Austrian Airlines (AUA) is the flag carrier of Austria, headquartered in Vienna. It operates a global network focused on Central and Eastern Europe along with long-haul service to Asia, Africa and the Americas.
– Founded in 1957, began operations in 1958
– Hub: Vienna International Airport
– Alliance: Lufthansa Group, Star Alliance
– Fleet Size: Around 80 aircraft
– Destinations: Over 130 worldwide
– Passengers: 14+ million annually
– Revenue: €2 billion (2019)
– Employees: 7,000
As part of the Lufthansa Group, Austrian Airlines connects to the broader Star Alliance route network. Its main hub is at Vienna International Airport.
Network and Hubs
Austrian Airlines serves over 60 year-round destinations in 40+ countries including:
– Europe – Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Warsaw, Zurich, Helsinki
– Middle East – Tehran, Erbil
– Asia – Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai
– Africa – Cairo
– North America – Washington D.C., Toronto, Chicago
Within Austria, Austrian flies domestic routes to cities like Graz, Linz and Salzburg from its Vienna base.
The Austrian Airlines fleet is comprised of:
– Airbus A320 family – A320 and A321 for short/medium haul
– Airbus A330, Boeing 767 – Used for long haul flights
– Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 – Turboprop for regional flying
It recently retired its 737 fleet and plans to grow its A320 family narrowbody fleet.
Austrian offers three cabins of service on its long-haul flights:
– Business Class – Fully lie-flat seats with direct aisle access
– Premium Economy – More legroom, improved service
– Economy Class – Standard comfort
Short-haul flights have a two-cabin Business and Economy configuration.
Frequent Flyer Program
Miles & More is the frequent flyer program of Austrian Airlines and the Lufthansa Group. It has basic, Frequent Traveller, Senator and HON Circle elite tiers with benefits like lounge access, bonus miles and priority services.
Austrian Airlines operates lounges at its Vienna hub and other airports internationally for eligible passengers. Lounges offer complimentary food and beverages, conference rooms, showers and relaxation areas.