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Early years[ edit ] On 3 May , Walter Barda-Bardenau received approval by the Austrian government for establishing an airline. On 14 May , the first flight performed by the fledging airline was conducted between Vienna and Munich, piloted by Hans Baur. The company was operated by Junkers Trans European Union. Some targets in Austria were served with seaplanes.

The union was dissolved in September Dring the same year, it formed an operating partnership agreement with Deutsche Luft Hansa. Line connections were planned and operated jointly by the two companies, while a route network to Berlin, Budapest, and Milan Vienna was created. The rapid growth of the firm throughout the s led to it becoming the fourth-largest airline in Europe at one point. Following the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in March , these plans were promptly abandoned.

From 1 January , the airline was fully under the control of Lufthansa. During June , the company was deleted from the commercial register. While it regained its independence as a result of the Austrian State Treaty of , the newly-reconstituted nation was initially lacking a national airline.

During its first decade of operation, Austrian Airlines experienced competition from Adria Airways ; passengers from the Austrian provinces of Styria and Carinthia were routinely commuting to neighbouring Yugoslavia to use airports in what is now Slovenia. On 18 February , Austrian ordered its first jet airliner, the Sud Aviation Caravelle , which it operated in an seat configuration. Deliveries of the American-built jetliner, the Douglas DC-9 , commenced during By the end of that year, all Viscounts had been permanently withdrawn, leaving the firm with an all-jet fleet.

During , the first of five DCs, an improved model, was introduced to service. Throughout the s, many airlines focused on co-operation and alliances. Austrian was one of the first companies to join the Qualiflyer Group , founded by Swissair. This was also a period of quick expansion in the long-haul market, launching new flight paths to China and South Africa. During the late s, Austrian Airlines developed an appetite for acquisitions; during March , it bought a 35 percent stake in Lauda Air while an It had 6, employees.

Three remaining Fokker 70s were sent to Tyrolean Airways. It was also decided to abandon the long-haul Airbus planes, consisting of four Airbus As and four Airbus As , to standardise the fleet in favour of Boeing s and Boeing s. Austrian Airlines removed complimentary in-flight meals and alcoholic drinks on short-haul services, introducing what was called a "Self Select Bistro Service", except on flights from London and any flights above minutes in duration.

As a result, in January , a new strategy was implemented, with the addition of 11 new aircraft in the next three years, leading to a renewal of the fleet on the long term, with Airbus planes serving medium-haul routes and Boeings serving long-haul routes. Lufthansa refused to provide financial support. However, pilots and flight personnel chose not to go to Tyrolean, but to instead leave the group.

This same year, management intensified efforts to end a long-running labour dispute. These Embraer aircraft, which had been owned by Lufthansa CityLine , replaced the ageing Fokker 70s and s.

Ownership and subsidiaries[ edit ] Austrian Airlines Group is wholly owned by Lufthansa. Austrian owns shares in 24 companies, including: Austrian Technik Bratislava, a maintenance company located at Bratislava Airport equipped for overhauls on Fokker and Embraer regional jets and the Airbus A family.


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