Austrian, United kick off partnership
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Austrian Airlines has said it plans to launch more intercontinental flights as its Chicago route commenced with United Airlines this week.
The five-weekly service between Vienna and Chicago is the start off the two carriers’ partnership, which also includes connections into 370 destinations across the USA.
“We can already see a huge demand on this new route in our bookings sheets. With a load factor of about 90%, we are expecting a surplus of 100,000 passengers per year,” said Karsten Benz, chief commercial officer of Austrian Airlines.
However with new aircraft on the way the airline is hoping to increase its services to the USA and other destinations next year.
“I am very optimistic about the long-haul business. Austrian has not fully made use of the market potential from Vienna and Austria in recent years. In 2014, we will continue to grow over the fleet expansion,” said Benz. Its long-haul aircraft have been revamped recently with a Boeing 777-200ER to be delivered in 2014.