Austrian Airline Flights:

An overview of Austrian Airlines

image of austrian airlinesAustrian Airlines, a merger between Austrian Airways and Air Austria, came into existence on the 30th of September 1957. It made its first flight from Vienna, via Zurich, to London on the 31st of March 1958 in a 779 Vickers Viscount. Their domestic flight services commenced in May 1963 and its transatlantic services in April 1969. The transatlantic services were carried out with the cooperation of another airline – Sabena.

As the airline began to grow, so did their fleet. It grew in terms of numbers as well as in the technology employed. In the early 1970s the airline took delivery of its first set of DC-9-32s and sold off the last of the remaining Vickers Viscounts. By the mid 1970s, Austrian Airlines had inaugurated its system for electronic reservation called OSCAR and it placed an order for its first set of eight MD-80s. By the late 1980s, the airline was listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange.

In keeping with the rapid growth of the airline, Austrian Airlines first bought 36% of Lauda Air. They then upped their share to 85.7% and acquired a 100% share in Tyrolean Airways. By April 1999 the airlines started offering online booking through the internet and its stock capital was increased to 3.4 billion. The airline bought Rheintalflug in 2001. This was later merged with Tyrolean Airways during 2002

At the onset of the 2000s, Austrian Airlines took up the remaining 14.3% in Lauda Air – bringing their stake in that business up to 100% – and announced their new brands: Lauda Air, Austrian Arrows and Austrian.

Scheduled traffic is the main area of focus for Austrian; regional business is the focus of Austrian Arrows; and chartered flights are the domain of Lauda Air. They soon started expanding to Eastern and Central Europe, and currently offer 38 destinations in these two areas.

The Austrian fleet, which is 50 years old, is one of the world’s most modern fleets. This airline believes in catering to its passengers’ needs and requirements to the highest of standards, with quality, security and reliability being its top priorities.

All three of the Austrian Airlines brands, Austrian, Lauda Air and Austrian Arrows have come to be known the world over for their professionalism, their friendliness and their exemplary quality levels.

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Globe Trotting with Austrian Airlines :
The Austrian group joined the Star Alliance team in March 2000 and, as a result, can offer their passengers a choice of more than 965 destinations in 162 countries as well as 18,000 flights per day. The 20 airline strong Star Alliance Team consists of: ANA, BMI, Air New Zealand, Austrian, LOT Polish Airlines, Air Canada, Scandinavian Airlines, Lufthansa, Asiana Airlines, Spanair, South African Airways, Thai, Air China, Shanghai Airlines, TAP Portugal, United Airways, Singapore Airlines, U. S. Airways, and Turkish Airlines

Travel out of South Africa has been made easy through the Star Alliance. Now South African tourists can choose from some of the top airlines in the world, depending on their travel destination. If you are heading for Austria, the quickest routes are offered by Lufthansa and South African Airways.

Both Lufthansa and South African Airways fly out of Johannesburg to Frankfurt and to Munich. From both these cities, short regional connecting flights are freely available to cities like Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck in Austria.