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Austrian Airlines Pilots “Unfit To Fly”

Following the announcement by the Austrian Airlines (AUA) Board of Directors on 30 April for a complete reorganisation, a number of its plots and flight crew have called in as “unfit to fly” in protest. So far, 24 flights had to be grounded this month, while Lufthansa – Austrian Airlines’ owner – took over some […]

Austrian Airlines in Jump Seat

Austrian Airlines in Jump Seat

The Austrian Airlines (AUA) trade union has unilaterally cancelled the wage agreement for 950 on-board staff of the subsidiary Tyrolean, deepening its standoff with the management of the crisis-hit company. The move came after management suspended the agreement for 2,400 AUA staff in February with a view to adjusting wages to the cheaper rate governing […]

AUA reports improved numbers after buyout

The slumping Austrian Airlines (AUA) announced improved August passenger numbers in the wake of its mid-September purchase by German carrier Lufthansa. According to the airline, passenger numbers fell at a slower rate last month than in the rest of 2009. From January to July, the average AUA flight was filled to 73.6 percent capacity. In […]

Unloading Austrian Air

Austrian Airlines, Austria’s flagship carrier, is set for a crash landing. Failed management and a bungled attempt to sell the airline – and now the financial crisis – threaten to undo the anticipated sale of the company to German carrier Lufthansa. The closing is seen as a last-ditch attempt to recoup at least some of […]

Austrian Business & Finance

Austrian Bank Seeks Government Aid    Kommunalkredit began talks this Sunday with Austria’s Finance Ministry, asking for aid during the current financial crisis. The Vienna based bank has thus become the first Austrian bank to ask for financial help from the government. In a brief statement, the bank told reporters that talks have begun to […]

Austria’s 5-star Airline at Fifty

Austria’s 5-star Airline at Fifty

“Ladies and Gentlemen, your Austrian Airlines flight OS093 to Washington D.C. in cooperation with United Airlines and TAROM is now ready for boarding at gate A04,” a young Austrian employee calls out into her microphone. I present my boarding pass to one of the women dressed in a red uniform, and walk down the gangway. […]

Austrian Airlines: Sharing the Runway

Austrian Airlines: Sharing the Runway

The Slovakian airline Sky Europe is taking Austrian Airlines head on, and  for the first time, there will be real price competition on a national route. Starting Oct. 28, Sky Europe will connect Vienna with Innsbruck three times a day Monday through Friday, once every Saturday and twice on Sundays. And that is not just […]

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