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Austrian Airlines expands fleet at the Vienna hub, 4 Q400s to return from Swiss

Austrian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) OE-LGM (msn 4319) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943817.

Austrian Airlines has issued this statement:

• Four additional aircraft starting in the summer of 2019
• Aircraft to be deployed for European flights

In an initial step, Austrian Airlines will deploy four additional aircraft at its home base at Vienna Airport in order to strengthen its own route network.

The 76-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft currently in operation for the Lufthansa Group sister company Swiss within the context of a wet lease agreement will be relocated from Switzerland to Austria. The recall of the first jet already took place at the end of October, and the three other aircraft will be successively returned to the Austrian flag carrier in the first half of 2019.

“We will not make it easy for the low cost carriers at Vienna Airport,” says Andreas Otto, Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines. “We are well prepared when it comes to service and very well positioned with our worldwide route network”, he adds.

Austrian Airlines already expanded its European route network when the winter flight schedule took effect. More than 40 additional flights to fourteen destinations have been operated each week since October 2018. The increase in the number of flights offered to North America in addition to the increase in European flights. The number of passengers transported by Austrian Airlines in October 2018 rose 11.7 percent to more than 1.3 million. On an accumulated basis, Austrian Airlines has flown more than 11.9 million passengers to their destinations in the period January-October 2018. This corresponds to a year-on-year rise of 8.6 percent.

Top Copyright Photo: Austrian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) OE-LGM (msn 4319) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943817.

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Austrian Airlines expands service to Tokyo

Named "Thailand"

Austrian Airlines made this announcement:

Starting at the end of March 2019, Austrian Airlines will operate six weekly flights from Vienna to Tokyo. As of the beginning of May until the end of October 2019 a daily connection will be offered. Up until now five flight connections per week were planned in the summer flight schedule of 2019.

“With this step we are reacting to the ongoing high level of demand on this route”, states Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto.

The additional flights will be operated with a Boeing 767-300 aircraft from existing capacities.

As a result, Austrian Airlines as well as its Star Alliance and joint venture partner ANA will each operate daily flights between Vienna and Tokyo as of 2019. Austrian Airlines flies to Narita Airport, whereas ANA departs from Haneda. “More than 37 million people live in Tokyo and its surroundings. Moreover, Japan is becoming an increasingly interesting destination for European tourists, for example due to the 2020 Summer Olympics”, explains Andreas Otto. “For this reason, the outlook is also good,” he adds.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Austrian): Austrian.com – my Austrian (Austrian Airlines) Boeing 767-31A ER WL OE-LAT (msn 25273) VIE (Tony Storck). Image: 939149.

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Austrian Airlines wants more women in the cockpit

Austrian Airlines has made this announcement:

More aircraft, more flights and more staff. Austrian Airlines is continually expanding. In the first half of 2018 alone, Austria’s home carrier hired 400 new employees, mainly pilots and flight attendants. At present Austrian Airlines plans to add 100 fully trained pilots. In addition, training courses for future pilots will be offered again in the coming year. “We are pleased that we can offer so many career entry opportunities to experienced pilots and those who still want to become pilots”, says Helmut Haubenwaller, Head of Crew Training at Austrian Airlines.

More women in the cockpit
The job and training offering particularly targets women. Over the last three years, the percentage of female pilots at Austrian Airlines has risen from three percent in 2015 to the current level of five percent. This is a positive development. However, it also demonstrates that women are still strongly underrepresented in this profession. For this reason, the declared objective of Austrian Airlines is to have more women in the cockpits of its aircraft.

Learning to fly from scratch
Four so-called ab initio courses will be offered in 2019, each with 24 training positions for interested candidates without previous flight experience. The requirements demanded of prospective candidates include EU citizenship, a secondary school leaving certificate, a secondary school vocational certificate, or the subject-related university entrance qualification of the country of origin. Furthermore, candidates should be at least 165 cm tall and have an unrestricted passport. In addition, they should have a very good command of written and spoken German and English. People wearing glasses or contact lenses may only have maximum of +/- 3.0 diopter lenses. More information for potential applicants is available at www.austrianpilot.at.

Austrian Airlines will significantly expand its European route network in the winter

Austrian Airlines Airbus A320-216 OE-LXA (msn 3295) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942247.

Austrian Airlines has made this announcement:

Austrian Airlines will significantly expand its European route network in the upcoming winter flight schedule 2018/19.

More than 40 additional flights each week will be operated to 14 destinations starting at the end of October 2018. This includes German cities such as Berlin, Dusseldorf and Hamburg as well as other destinations such as Copenhagen, Kiev, Athens and Krakow. These frequency increases will be made possible on the basis of enhanced efficiency in the route network. “Alongside the European flights we are increasing our frequencies to North America as well”, explains Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto. “As a result we are strengthening Vienna as hub for our flights.”

More flights to Germany, Denmark and Greece

As of the end of October 2018, Austrian Airlines will operate up to 48 weekly flights to Berlin-Tegel and 36 flights to Dusseldorf, an increase of seven flights per week in each case compared to the winter of 2017/18. Austrian Airlines will fly up to 29 times each week to Hamburg, or three additional flights in the upcoming winter flight schedule. On balance, Austria’s flag carrier will offer up to 17 more weekly flights to Germany or a total of up to 238 flight connections each week from Vienna to Germany.

Denmark’s capital city is also included in the drive to expand frequencies in Europe. Austrian Airlines will fly up to 30 times per week to Copenhagen starting at the end of October 2018, an increase of four flights compared to the last winter flight schedule.As of the end of October 2018, the number of weekly flights offered to Athens will be raised by four, from six to ten times each week. Daily flights will be operated to Thessaloniki, which is three times more often than in the 2017/18 winter flight schedule.

Strengthening of Eastern European core market Eastern Europe will remain an important market for Austrian Airlines. Kiev will be served up to 16 times per week in the upcoming winter flight schedule, which is five times more often than in the previous winter. All in all, Austrian Airlines will offer up to 30 weekly flight connections to destinations in Ukraine as of the end of October 2018. This not only encompasses the capital city of Kiev but also Dnipro, Lviv and Odessa.

One additional weekly flight will be operated to each of the destinations of Košice, Budapest, Belgrade and Sarajevo for a total of up to 63 flights per week. Austrian Airlines will offer flights to Warsaw and Krakow in Poland and increase its weekly offering to Krakow by two flights to make a total of up to thirteen times per week. Up to 18 weekly flights will be operated to Warsaw.

Romania is represented with three destinations in the Austrian Airlines 2018/9 winter flight schedule. Bucharest, Iasi and Sibiu will be served up to 41 times per week altogether.
Bulgaria will also continue to be an integral part of the Austrian Airlines flight schedule with two destinations. Up to 29 weekly flights will be operated to the capital city of Sofia, and daily flight service will be offered to the coastal town of Varna. As a result, Austrian Airlines aircraft will take off for Bulgarian destinations up to 36 times each week starting with the coming winter season.

Increased frequencies to North America and Tel Aviv

In addition to inaugurating flight service to the traditional holiday destination of Cape Town, Austrian Airlines is also expanding its long-haul flight service to North America effective at the start of the winter flight schedule 2018/19. As of the end of October 2018, up to thirteen flights will be operated to New York each week, a rise of six weekly flights compared to the last winter flight schedule. Furthermore, Austrian Airlines will operate daily flights to Chicago, comprising two more weekly flight connections compared to the winter flight schedule 2017/18. One additional flight will be offered each week to Toronto, pushing the weekly total to five flights. On balance, Austria’s national carrier will operate up to 30 flights to North American destinations in the upcoming winter flight schedule 2018/19.

Austrian Airlines is also increasing frequencies to Tel Aviv in addition to raising the number of flights to North America. Passengers who want to travel between North America and Israel via the flight hub of Vienna Airport can choose from up to 21 weekly flight connections to Tel Aviv starting at the end of October 2018, or more than double the number of Austrian Airlines flights compared to the last winter flight schedule.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Austrian): Austrian Airlines Airbus A320-216 OE-LXA (msn 3295) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942247.

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Austrian Airlines signs new collective bargaining agreement for flight personnel valid until 2022

Austrian Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) OE-LWE (msn 19000423) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943133.

Austrian Airlines issued this statement:

• Significant rise in entry-level salaries for flight attendants
• Enhanced flexibility of working hours

Employer and employee representatives signed a new collective agreement applying to the Austrian Airlines flight personnel lasting until 2022. This agreement was preceded by long negotiations. In May and June 2018, the negotiating parties ultimately agreed on a key points paper for the collective bargaining agreement. Negotiations over the past months focused on formulating the texts and contractual details.

“For the first time we have concluded a collective agreement applying over a period of four years. The long-term validity of the agreement brings peace and stability to the company. Furthermore, working as flight attendants and pilots has once again become more appealing. We have raised entry-level salaries to a good level and also opened up new perspectives for our existing flight and cabin crew”, according to Human Resources Manager Nathalie Rau and Accountable Manager Jens Ritter of Austrian Airlines, who led the employer negotiating team.

As already presented in the key points paper, current salaries for flight attendants and pilots will be hiked by 5.5% in 2018 and 2.5% in 2019, to be followed by a 1.83% rise in 2020 and by an increase of at least 1.4% in 2021. Particular attention was paid to raising starting gross salaries for flight attendants, which will be increased by 10.7%, from EUR 1,533 to EUR 1,700. Allowances for cabin managers will also be raised.

At the same time, flight duty regulations were made considerably more flexible, enabling the company to more effectively compensate for seasonal fluctuations in passenger demand.


Austrian Airlines currently employs about 7,000 people, including 1,200 pilots and 2,400 flight attendants. The company is seeking to hire new employees for its cockpit and cabin crew.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Austrian): Austrian Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) OE-LWE (msn 19000423) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943133.

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Austrian Airlines’ traffic grew by 9.8% in the first half due to expanded fleet

Revised 2018 livery, with 60 Jahre (Years) logo

Austrian Airlines issued this statement:

Austrian Airlines carried close to 6.4 million passengers in the period January to June 2018. This comprises a year-on-year increase of 9.8 percent or about 600,000 passengers. This rise in passenger volume can be primarily attributed to the integration of an additional Boeing 777-200 aircraft (above and below) in the airline fleet alongside growth in continental flight traffic in Europe.

The flight offering measured in available seat kilometers (ASK) was up 4.9 percent to almost 12.9 billion. Revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) climbed 8.1 percent from the prior-year level to surpass the level of 9.8 billion. Capacity utilization of the flights (passenger load factor) equaled 75.8 percent on average, an increase of 2.3 percentage points compared to the first half of 2017.

“The new member of our fleet strongly boosted passenger volume in June”, says Andreas Otto, Member of the Management Board and CCO of Austrian Airlines. “Besides the positive development of our continental traffic, we also continued to score points in the intercontinental segment, for example with the restart of our flights to Tokyo.”


The upward trend in the total number of passengers also applies to the month of June 2018. About 1.4 million passengers flew with Austria’s red-white-red flag carrier in June, comprising a 10.1 percent increase from the prior-year month. The flight offering measured in available seat kilometers climbed 7.7 percent to 2.7 billion. Revenue passenger kilometers were up 11.9% to almost 2.2 billion. Capacity utilization (passenger load factor) equaled an average of 81.5 percent, representing an increase of 3.1 percentage points compared to June 2017. The number of flights was up six percent from the previous year to 13,979 flights in June 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Austrian): Austrian Airlines Boeing 777-2Q8 ER OE-LPF (msn 28692) (60 Jahre-Years) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 942209.

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Austrian Airlines launches flights to Tokyo again

Starting today, May 15, 2018, Austrian Airlines is once again flying to Japan. The inaugural flight from Vienna to Tokyo will take off today at 5.45 pm. Five weekly flights will be operated each week to the Japanese capital city deploying a Boeing 777, the largest aircraft in the Austrian Airlines fleet. Up to 57,000 passengers are expected to take an Austrian Airlines flight on this route by the end of the year. “We had to terminate flight service on the route to Tokyo back in 2016 due to the economic downturn and the currency decline in Japan. Now market conditions are significantly better. There is potential for this flight service once again”, explains Stephan Linhart, Senior Director Sales Austria & Slovakia. “We are very pleased that we can return to Japan so quickly.”

Photos: Austrian Airlines.

In addition to the attractiveness for tourists, the Vienna-Tokyo route also offers considerable potential for transfer passengers. About one-half of all passengers will change to other flights at the Vienna flight hub. Prague, Zagreb, Innsbruck and Milan are the top transfer destinations and Austrian Airlines offers an extensive flight offering to all of them. In the current summer flight schedule, Austrian Airlines flies up to 37 times per week to Milan, up to 32 times to Prague, operates up to 31 flights to Innsbruck and up to 19 to Zagreb.

Tokyo in the 2018 summer flight schedule
In the current summer flight schedule, flights are operated to Japan’s capital city on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The duration of the flight from Vienna to Tokyo at a distance of over 9,100 kilometers is about eleven hours. Tickets are available starting at EUR 637 round trip including taxes and charges and can be booked at http://www.austrian.com, by calling +43 (0) 5 1766 1000 or in a travel agency.

Route                 Flight number  Flight days               Departure – Arrival (local times)
Vienna – Tokyo   OS 51              Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Friday 5:45 p.m. to 11.55 a.m. (next day)
Sunday                   1:40 p.m. – 7:50 a.m. (next day)

Tokyo – Vienna    OS 52             Monday                         10:55 a.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Saturday        1:35 p.m. – 6:35 p.m.

Photo: Austrian Airlines.