Austrian backs Vienna for Euro football

Austrian is to partner the City of Vienna during the UEFA European Football Championship 2008, which is being held in June next year. By taking responsibility for an area of some 200 m?, Austrian Airlines will play a prominent role on the fan mile at Vienna’s Rathausplatz and present a colourful and exciting programme to all soccer enthusiasts.

By creating a special design for use on one of its medium-haul jets, an Airbus A320 (identification OE-LBU), Austrian Airlines is also picking up both on the excitement of fans and the sporting and economic significance of the European Championship for the country as a whole. As an ‘Unofficial Fan Line’, Austrian will carry its enthusiasm for the first European Football Championship to be held in Austria around the world with a wink of the eye.

Vienna’s Deputy Mayor Grete Laska: “In Austrian Airlines, we have succeeded in winning an important and highly capable partner for our fan mile. I am extremely confident that, by working together, we will be able to provide a wide range of attractions, an amazing atmosphere and great live football matches for fans from all the competitor countries at the Vienna Rathausplatz site. With twelve large screens, grandstands to accommodate fans and numerous facilities offering top-class food, we have created the foundations for a great, peaceful celebration which will be the envy of all Europe in summer 2008.”

Austrian Chief Executive Officer Alfred ?-tsch is also looking forward to the European Championship already: “Just as a passion for football brings people together, Austrian Airlines connects people from the most diverse countries and continents. As an ‘Unofficial Fan Line’, we shall be carrying enthusiastic fans from all competitor countries safely and comfortably to the European Championship sites. We fly for your smile - and in June 2008, for the `Football King` as well! We are already hugely looking forward to the European Championship and the arrival of the enthusiastic fans, who will want to visit Austria and the football matches.”