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25 years of Austrian Airlines in Belarus

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25 years of Austrian Airlines in Belarus

  • Two flights a day between Minsk and Vienna: the gateway to Europe, North America and Asia
  •  Medium-haul fleet renewal: Embraer replace Fokker on Minsk-Vienna route
  • Short times of transfer at Austrian hub in Vienna


The first service to be provided by Austrian Airlines to Minsk took place on October 26, 1992. Therefore, Austrian Airlines is celebrating its 25th anniversary of flight service to Belarus this year, together with Lufthansa, which opened the route to Minsk a few months earlier, on March 29, 1992. During the last 25 years, Austrian Airlines has been a reliable partner for business and leisure travelers and has continually increased its service between the capital of Belarus and the Austrian hub in Vienna. “Today, we service two flights a day or around 1,200 flights per year on the Minsk- Vienna route. Therefore, we offer the ideal connection to the dense, global network of Austrian Airlines and the Lufthansa Group”, explains René Koinzack, Lufthansa Group General Manager Sales for Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia and Georgia.

Besides the attractive connections passengers of Austrian Airlines also benefit from the high reliability of Austrian flights: In 2016, the Austrian carrier operated 136,112 flights, equivalent to around 372 flights per day. According to “FlightStats”, Austrian Airlines ranked top five among the world’s most punctual airlines in 2016*.


Medium-haul fleet renewal: Embraer replace Fokker on Minsk-Vienna route


Austrian Airlines launched a program in January 2016 to renew its medium-haul fleet: The Austrian Airlines fleet of Fokker aircraft (21 aircraft) are replaced by Embraer 195 medium-haul jets (17 aircraft) which are already deployed on the Minsk-Vienna route. The Embraer jets consume about 18 percent less fuel per aircraft seat than the Fokker, and are thus much more environmentally friendly. The fleet renewal program also enhances travel comfort: the cabin, which has a 2-2 seat configuration, is particularly spacious thanks to its ergonomic design and therefore offers passengers a feeling of enjoying more space. The Embraer jets have an average age of four years and have a seating capacity for 120 passengers. The renewal program will be concluded by the end of 2017.


Austrian Star Alliance Terminal in Vienna: Short times of transfer


Thanks to its favorable geographical location in the heart of Europe, the Austrian hub at Vienna International Airport is the ideal gateway between East and West. The airport’s minimum time of transfer of 25 minutes is unique among the world’s hubs and is of special value to the passengers transferring with Austrian to Europe, North America or Asia.

Austrian Airlines offers six lounges in its Austrian Star Alliance Terminal. Passengers are welcome to enjoy an assortment of delicacies from Austria and from around the world in all lounges. They are supplied by DO & CO and are complemented by a comprehensive selection of national and international beverages.


* FlightStats: time-performance-service-awards-data/


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