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Austrian Airlines is still in command

Austrian Airlines
22. March 2011

Come summer the possibility of a cooperation pact between Niki and Emirates Airlines looms large. Many perceive this impending pact as a threat to Austrian Airlines. Besides there are deliberations that the Austrian carrier is planning to use a smaller aircraft on Dubai- Vienna route. In an exclusive interview with the Austrian Trade commission, the Austrian Airlines clears the air.

The recent news en route Vienna of the possibility of a cooperation pact between Austrian Airline Niki and Emirates has led many to speculate that both the airlines could prove to be a threat to Austrian Airlines. In an exclusive interview to the Austrian Trade Commission the Austrian carrier clears the air and puts to rest all the deliberations. Says Karim El Sanadily, Regional Manager for the GCC, Austrian Airlines. We would hardly call this impending cooperation pact a threat . It would be a healthy challenge but never a threat. Vienna has been growing over the years as a very important European destination and it is natural for several regional carriers to put Vienna on its map.
Adds El Sanadily, “The Middle East is an important region for Austrian Airlines and so is Dubai. We are operating daily flights between Dubai and Vienna and will continue to do so . We have several strong USPs that our customers appreciate a lot. To name just a few: There is our hub in Vienna. We offer flights from Vienna onwards to around 130 destinations worldwide. We have a very strong presence in the East European markets with 44 destinations. Transferring in Vienna is really easy, because there is a minimum connecting time of only 25 minutes. Our service on board is of very high standard. With several airline awards under our belt, we also offer Miles & More, the biggest frequent flyer programme in Europe. As for the competition and more and more carriers penetrating the market We believe that at the end of the day, it is no matter how many airlines are around, it is the quality customer service, reliability that wins the day. “
Also the Austrian Airlines has dismissed rumours that it will be flying to Dubai using a smaller plane. Remarks El Sanadily, “The whole thing of using a smaller aircraft on Dubai –Vienna route is baseless. Austrian Airlines have always flown to Dubai using Boeing 767-300, and last winter as a rotation change of aircrafts we used 777-200 for couple of months . And now we are going back to use Boeing 767-300. Both the aircrafts are of the same size with ample seating capacity.”
The Austrian Airlines was taken over by Lufthansa group in 2009. A member of Star Alliance, this Austrian carrier signed a code share agreement with Kuwait's Wataniya Airways in 2010, its first agreement of this kind with a Gulf-based airline.