Send emails from a height of 32,808 feet, shop online while soaring over the Alps, stream videos above the clouds - and all of that with broadband quality. Soon, passengers of Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines will be able to go online on shorter journeys too - as they have already been able to do for quite some time on long haul flights.
Austrian Airlines and Air Berlin have concluded a wet lease agreement stipulating the lease of five aircraft operated by the Air Berlin Group. The airplanes will be successively integrated into the Austrian Airlines fleet in the months of March and April 2017.
Austrian Airlines has started serving Havana, Cuba, once a week on Tuesdays, with a Boeing 767 aircraft. “We have continuously expanded our offering to long-haul tourist destinations since 2013, with flights now being operated to Colombo and Mauritius. “We will also serve Havana, and thus a Caribbean destination for the first time in six years,” explained Andreas Otto, chief commercial officer of Austrian Airlines.
Lufthansa has approved large-scale investments in the Austrian Airlines fleet. The investments will serve as the basis for the Austrian Airlines strategy entitled, “Next Level Austrian”, at the Vienna flight hub, as well as for the acquisition of one additional intercontinental and two additional continental aircraft.
Austria’s flagship carrier, Austrian Airlines, is launching a new mobile solution, eFlight Manager, developed by Sabre Corporation, which will enable real-time NOTAM, weather and flightplan updates throughout the lifecycle of the airline’s flights if air-to-ground communication is available in the cockpit.
Austrian Airlines has begun new, nonstop service from Miami, Florida to Vienna, Austria. The airline will operate five weekly, non-stop flights, with a Boeing 777 aircraft, from Miami to Vienna. Austrian Airlines chief commercial officer, Andreas Otto, said: “The addition of Miami shows that we are significantly expanding our service from North America, and now offer a total of 27 weekly flights from six destinations in the USA and Canada in our winter flight schedule.”
The board of Austrian Airlines has approved the purchase of 17 Embraer 195 aircraft in almost new condition with a list price of close to $900 million. The first jet will already be delivered in August 2015, modified in line with Austrian Airlines standards and used for training purposes.
Austrian Airlines will join the other carriers of the Lufthansa Airline Group at Manchester with the start of a new daily service to Vienna on September 10th, 2015. In addition to providing a point to point service to one of Europe’s most frequently visited cities, the new flight also completes access for the Lufthansa Group’s customers in the north of England to the 360 degree onward connection offering across the airline group worldwide network.
Austria’s flag carrier, Austrian Airlines, has said it will return to a cautious growth path after years of restructuring. A new pricing model, new medium-haul fleet, new destinations, the expansion of the business as an operating carrier within the Lufthansa Group and a new red-white-red market image comprise the underlying basis. “The restructuring carried out over the past few years has made us fit again for the challenging aviation market,” said Austrian Airlines chief executive Jaan Albrecht.
Kay Kratky is expected to replace Jaan Albrecht as chief executive of Austrian Airlines following his endorsement by the supervisory board of parent Lufthansa. The appointment is expected to be confirmed on May 12th. Albrecht has accepted the job as chief executive of SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
Austrian Airlines is presenting its passengers an extensive offering of about 130 destinations in 58 countries during the summer of 2015. Furthermore, this year Austria’s national carrier will increasingly focus on tourist destinations and has added new destinations such as Menorca starting in June 2015 and Miami and Mauritius as of October 2015. The airline is also expanding its North American service by offering daily flights to its destinations in this region.