Austrian 777 begins new direction

Austrian Airlines new fleet addition, the Boeing 777 has taken off from a significant naming ceremony as `Spirit of Austria’.The Austrian Airlines Group has long had a tradition of naming its aircraft after Austrian cities, regions and foreign destinations. With the Boeing 777 ‘Spirit of Austria’, however, it has chosen a different path.

Chief Executive Officer Alfred ?-tsch said the following on the occasion of the naming ceremony: ‘As an airline, we connect countries and peoples, in this way contributing to raising the level of understanding between nations. We actively support the opening up of countries and new markets, where we create flight connections that transcend cultures, religions and national borders, often pioneering such moves in these parts of the world. As Austrian Airlines, we bear Austria in our name, and are intensely proud of the fact. This is why we are particularly proud to be able to place the ‘Spirit of Austria’ in service around the world. I am also very glad that we have sent a unifying message in our naming ceremony today: following the blessing by Cardinal Schönborn, the Supreme Rabbi Paul Chaim Eisenberg and Imam Mahir Zekiri gave prayers.’

Margit Fischer, wife of the Federal President, named the aircraft ‘Spirit of Austria’. Following the ceremony itself, the guests and 120 children from Pitten children’s home and from Pöttsching children’s village were treated to an aerial tour of Austria.

The Boeing 777, largest aircraft in the Austrian fleet, provides seating for 309 passengers. It is deployed on the routes to Washington, Delhi, Bangkok and Tokyo.