28 Facts About Austrian Airlines


On 18 February 1963, Austrian Airlines ordered its first jet-powered airliner, the Sud Aviation Caravelle.

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In 2000, Austrian Airlines became a member of Star Alliance; a few years prior, it had joined the Qualiflyer Group.

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Austrian Airlines participated in the newly formed Austrian Airlines with one percent, with the remaining shares going to the Austrian railway transportation company and the Junkers-Werke.

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On 4 April 1957, Austrian Airlines was formed as Osterreichische Luftverkehrs AG through the merger of Air Austria and Austrian Airways.

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On 18 February 1963, Austrian Airlines ordered its first jet airliner, the Sud Aviation Caravelle, which it operated in an 80-seat configuration.

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Austrian Airlines was one of the first companies to join the Qualiflyer Group, founded by Swissair.

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Two years later, the airline wholly acquired Tyrolean Airways, making it a subsidiary During 1999, Austrian Airlines launched the ability for customers to book flights via the internet.

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Austrian Airlines' operating name was shortened to Austrian in September 2003, it renamed its three constituent carriers during this rebranding.

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In October 2006, Austrian Airlines was forced to adopt a stringent cost-saving policy, and in 2007, it eliminated over 500 jobs.

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Austrian Airlines removed complimentary in-flight meals and alcoholic drinks on short-haul services, introducing what was called a "Self Select Bistro Service", except on flights from London and any flights above 100 minutes in duration.

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Shares in Austrian Airlines AG were suspended on the Vienna Stock Exchange on 4 February 2010.

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In March 2014, it was announced that Austrian Airlines had returned to profitability for the first time in six years.

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In October 2014, it was announced that Tyrolean's flight operations and staff were to be reintegrated into Austrian Airlines by 31 March 2015, this move was a consequence of a new labour agreement having been recently reached.

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Ahead of this merger, Austrian Airlines announced an overhauled concept, initially called "my Austrian Airlines", on 26 March 2015; it included a new corporate design, a revised aircraft livery, and a number of new routes.

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However, in January 2016, Austrian Airlines announced it would revise its new branding introduced in spring 2015 by dropping the word "my" in front of Austrian; this new feature had been severely criticised.

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In June 2015, Austrian Airlines announced the purchase of 17 Embraer 195s from within the Lufthansa Group.

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That same year, Austrian Airlines began offering Internet on board its short-haul and medium-haul flights for the first time.

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Austrian Airlines suspended all regularly scheduled flights between 18 March and 15 June 2020 as global air traffic collapsed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In September 2021, it has been announced that Austrian Airlines will terminate all of its remaining scheduled services originating from Austrian airports outside of Vienna.

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Until 2008, full detailed accounts for Austrian Airlines were published in their annual reports; following the takeover by Lufthansa, only summary information for Austrian is made available, usually by way of press release.

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Austrian Airlines' arrow has seen several design modifications over the years.

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Austrian Airlines was the last European-based airline offering direct flights from Melbourne to Europe.

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Austrian Airlines has temporarily restarted the Vienna to Sydney route in March 2020, as part of their repatriation flights to retrieve people stranded in other countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On 13 January 2013, Austrian Airlines suspended flights to Tehran due to a lack of demand.

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Austrian Airlines resumed flights to Chicago on 17 May 2013, and launched Newark in 2014.

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Austrian Airlines started service to Mauritius in the beginning of the 2015 winter schedule.

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Austrian Airlines began service to Mauritius and Miami in October 2015.

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Austrian Airlines announced it would commence service to Shiraz which began on 2 July 2017, with a stopover in Isfahan using Airbus A320 aircraft.

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