Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines began using 120-seat Embraer 195s on scheduled services January 4 on routes linking its hub at Vienna Airport with Belgrade, Warsaw, Hamburg, Thessaloniki and Tirana, as well as other European destinations.

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Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group have signed a partnership agreement that will see the two airline groups operating routes between Singapore and Europe on a joint-venture basis, in addition to expanding codeshare ties significantly and deepening commercial cooperation.

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Austrian Airlines’ supervisory board has approved the purchase of 17 Embraer 195s from sister Lufthansa Group company Lufthansa CityLine, to replace 15 aging Fokker 100s and seven Fokker 70s Austrian now has in service.

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Austrian Airlines is adding two tourist destinations to its 2015 network, Mahon on the Mediterranean island of Menorca and Miami in Florida.

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Austrian Airlines is increasing the frequency of its Vienna-Newark service to a daily flight in June and will launch new weekly service between Vienna and Mauritius in late October.

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Dr. Christoph Franz, Lufthansa Group’s executive board chairman and CEO, says the SCORE restructuring program the group’s supervisory board launched in 2012 “is on course, despite massive headwinds: We are very confident we will achieve our targets.”

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A United Airlines service from Chicago landing early on the morning of June 4 will be the first flight to use London Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2. United Airlines will be alone for two weeks as the first user of the new Terminal 2 main building.

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Austrian Airlines has begun five-times-weekly non-stop service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Vienna International Airport, the first flight operating on May 17. The carrier is operating the service with Boeing 767-300ER widebodies.

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Air China, Austrian and Lufthansa will be the first Star Alliance member carriers to install the new economy-class seats on their long-haul fleets. Deliveries of the seats from B/E Aerospace are scheduled to begin in 2012.

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Basic three-night, four-day Austrian Airlines Vacation Center vacations to Vienna, Prague or Budapest from New York or Washington D.C. start at $1,099 per person, double occupancy, for travel between April 1 and May 13 and again between August 29 and October 29, 2011.

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From May 14 until May 30, 2010, Prague will host the largest annual beer festival in the Czech Republic. Some 70 different Czech beers will be featured at the Czech Beer Festival Prague on Mondays through Fridays between 3 p.m. and 2 a.m. and from 12 noon to midnight on weekends.

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Austrian Airlines and Austrian Airlines Vacation Center have created a 10-day, nine-night vacation package that showcases the scenic and cultural highlights in Austria’s three most famous cities.

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For travelers in search of cobblestone streets, cozy cafés and real-life castles as part of a romantic vacation, Austrian Airlines Vacations has designed a ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ tour package in the Czech Republic.

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Austrian Airlines Vacation Center has created a number of vacation packages that feature the historic city of Krakow, Poland’s 1,000-year-old cultural capital.

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Airport business lounges are an important part of a network airline’s service to its high-yield and frequent passengers. So they are places where the airline’s brand philosophy should be strongly evident.

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