Austrian AirlinesFounded in September, 1957, Austrian Airlines was formed when Air Austria merged with Austrian Airways. For the first twelve years of its existence, the new carrier focused on service in and around Europe, but that changed in 1969, when it made its first transatlantic flight from Vienna to New York.
These days, Austrian Air has the market cornered when it comes to flights in and around Central and Eastern Europe. Its hub is in Vienna, and from there Austrian Airlines has cheap air flights to many cities in Europe, including Budapest, Ankara, Kiev, Riga, Stockholm, and others. It is also one of the only airlines to fly into the smaller cities in Austria such as Klagenfurt and Graz.
In addition, it has numerous routes to Asian cities as well, including Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China, and many others. The airline flies to all parts of Asia, including Japan, China, India, and even countries in the middle-east such as Iran, U.A.E., and Azerbaijan.
Its fares are very reasonable when compared to other European carriers. For example, Austrian Airlines flights from London to Salzburg, Austria, cost just a few hundred pounds, even though the flight requires a stopover in Vienna. One may also find a group rate on flights to places such as New Zealand, by using an air travel finder online. Cheap round trip tickets for airline flights on Austrian Airlines are often found this way, as they have promotions all the time, even on first class tickets.
Many changes are being made to the airline’s routes, however, in the coming years. Because of Airbus fleet cuts that it made in 2006, some of the long-haul flights that Austrian Airlines had made previously will be coming to an end. Service to Shanghai will end in 2007, as will service to Phuket, Maritius, Colombo, and Male. Also, Kathmandu will no longer be a destination as well. The airline had previously studied routes to Karachi and Chennai, but those will not be opened now.
Instead, it will be focusing on other routes, such as its Vienna to Moscow route, to which it will be soon adding more flights. In addition, it just started service to Erbil, Iraq twice a week, and it was the first European airline to have scheduled service to Iraq since the invasion.