AUSTRIAN AIRLINES GROUP
Austrian (former Austrian Airlines) was founded in 1958. Leisure airline Lauda Air began in 1979, and Austrian Arrows (former Tyrolean Airways) serving internal and short-range destinations - in 1980. These are the three partners in the Austrian Airlines Group.
Austrian serves 130 destinations in 70 countries on five continents and employs 7,000 people. The company has an extensive fleet of 76 short and 15 long-range aircraft. Austrian has recently joined global airline union Star Alliance to provide even better flight connections across Central and East Europe.
In autumn 2003, two of the three companies in the Austrian Airlines Group were renamed. The head company now operates under the Austrian brand, and Tyrolean Airways became Austrian Arrows (operated by Tyrolean), while Lauda Air remained the same. The rebranding was aimed at creating a new brand to pinpoint the high level of integration within the Group. Austrian Airlines operates many flights to Europe with transfer at Vienna International Airport. The new brand architecture also consolidates the
image of Lauda Air as a leading tourist airline.
In Russia and the CIS, Austrian offers flights to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Minsk, Kiev, Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov, Tbilisi, Baku, Yerevan and Chisinau. Soon it will extend its route network to Rostov-na-Donu and Almaty, and then to Tyumen and Astrakhan.
In the year 2002, Austrian carried 60,000 passengers to these destinations.