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First Anniversary of Flight Service to Chicago: 100,000 Passengers
• Chicago exceeds expectations in the first year
• 88% capacity utilization since resumption of flight service
• Austrian Airlines is massively expanding its offering to North America , serving the new destination of Newark as of July 2, 2014
One year ago, on May 17, 2013, Austrian Airlines resumed its non-stop flight service from Vienna to Chicago as part of its long-haul offering. Since then, the route has turned into a major success: Austria’s domestic carrier has transported some 100,000 passengers on this route, achieving an average capacity utilization of 88 percent. This performance surpassed the initial expectations placed on the resumed flight service. Due to the strong demand in the first year, Austrian Airlines has expanded the number of flights into Chicago, and now flies directly from Vienna to Chicago on a daily basis instead of five times per week.
More flights to North America
The summer 2014 flight schedule represents a massive expansion of the Austrian Airlines flight offering to North America: Starting on July 2, 2014, the domestic airline will launch direct flights to a new destination, namely Newark. In addition to the daily flights to Chicago, Austrian Airlines is also expanding its offering to Washington: Starting on July 1, 2014, Austrian Airlines will operate a Boeing 777 instead of Boeing 767 on its daily flights to Washington, which represents an additional 90 seats per flight. As a result, its offering to North America will be expanded by about 30 per cent in the summer of 2014. The existing daily flights on a Boeing 767 from Vienna into Toronto, Canada round off the North American offering of Austrian Airlines.
Austrian Airlines is Austria’s largest carrier and operates a global route network of round 130 destinations. That route network is particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe with 41 destinations. Thanks to its favourable geographical location at the heart of Europe, the company’s hub at Vienna International Airport is the ideal gateway between East and West. Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, Europe’s largest airline group, and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global alliance of international airlines. The flight operations of the Austrian Airlines Group has been bundled at its 100% subsidiary Tyrolean Airways since 1st July, 2012.
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