Austrian Airlines (OS) is the national flag carrier of Austria, with its headquarters in Office Park 2 at Vienna International Airport, in Schwechat. Austrian Airlines is a subsidiary of Lufthansa and also a member of Star Alliance. Along with its subsidiaries Lauda Air and Tyrolean Airways, Austrian Airlines operates flight services to more than 130 destinations. The main hub of the airline is Vienna International Airport.
Destination & Services
Some of the important destinations to which Austrian Airlines flies to are Egypt, Libya, Dominican Republic, Canada, United States, Kazakhstan, People's Republic of China, Japan, India, Maldives, Thailand, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordon, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Albania, Croatia, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and United Kingdom.
As of March, 2011, the fleet of Austrian Airlines consists of 42 aircrafts, with an average age of 10.6 years. The fleet includes 7 Airbus A319, 9 Airbus A320-200, 3 Airbus A321-100, 3 Airbus A321-200, 2 Boeing 737-600, 2 Boeing 737-700, 6 Boeing 737-800, 6 Boeing 767-300ER, and 4 Boeing 777-200ER aircrafts.
The free Baggage Allowance policy of Austrian Airlines allows 20 kilograms and 30 kilograms of weight allowance to adults and children aged 2 years and older on Economy and Business Class, respectively. However, the weight allowance may differ for the destination you are flying to, therefore, you must check out the airline website or with your travel agent before flying.
Awards & Recognition
Austrian Airlines have been awarded with many awards in recent years. Their route programme and fabulous services are all fine-tuned to suit the requirements of their passengers. The airline received “Crystal Cabin Award for the Europe Seat” in 2011 by Crystal Cabin Award. The airline also won first prize for “Best Wine on the Wing” in 2010, awarded by Global Travel Magazine. Then in the year 2008, Capital Magazine awarded Austrian Airlines with the Best Airline Award in Europe
Austrian Airlines History
Austrian Airlines was founded through the merger of Austrian Airways and Air Austria on September 30th, 1957. The first flight was made on March 31st, 1958, when Vickers Viscount 779 took off from Vienna for London, via Zurich. The airline commenced its domestic operations on May 1st, 1963, and with time, spread its services to the whole world, including United Arab Emirates. In 1969, it began its transatlantic services with flights to New York from Vienna. In 2000, it became the member of Star Alliance and also acquired Lauda Air in this year. On February 15th, 2001, it acquired Rheintalflug. The name of the airline was shortened to Austrian in September, 2003.
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