Austrian Airlines ABC

Austrian Airlines ABC | Editor: Florian Lieke

With our #AustrianABC we will take you exclusively behind the scenes of Austrian Airlines. From A to Z - discover the world of Austrian with us!


A – Airbus

Airbus aircraft are an integral part of our fleet. With a total number of 42 Airbus aircraft, we fly you to numerous short- and medium-haul destinations such as Athens, Amsterdam and Amman.


You always wanted to know how the phase-in of our Airbus aircraft is organised? Learn more about it here!

B – Boeing

We operate two different types of Boeing aircraft: the Boeing 777-200ER and the Boeing 767-300ER. In total, we have twelve of these long-haul aircraft that take you to destinations like New York, Tokyo, Mauritius or Cape Town.

C – Cabin Crew

Currently, more than 2,600 charming cabin crew members are on duty every day in the skies. We are so incredibly proud of them and thankful for turning your flight into a truly remarkable journey!


You just can't get enough of our flight attendants or would like to get to know their daily work routine better? In this blog post you get an exclusive look behind the scenes.

D – DO & CO

A team of Do & Co chefs prepares all meals that you can enjoy onboard. Thanks to the outstanding service of our cabin crew and the delicious meals available, we were awarded “World's Best Premium Economy Class Catering” by Skytrax in 2019.


Find out more about our culinary delights above the clouds in this article.

E – Europe

We are very proud to provide more than 400 flights a day with our Airbus, Embraer and Dash aircraft to more than 100 cities all over Europe. Wherever you want to go, Austrian Airlines will get you there and back home again with a warm welcome and #Servus!


You want to explore Europe? #ServusWorld provides numerous articles and tips for our European destinations. Let yourself get inspired for your next trip!

F – Frequent Traveller

Reach either 35,000 miles or 30 flight segments a year to receive the Frequent Traveller status. Benefit from numerous advantages within the Lufthansa Group, Star Alliance and all Miles & More partners for at least two years.


You want to learn more about Miles & More? Here you will find all the essential information and advantages of the Frequent Flyer Programme.

G – Gate Event

We love celebrating new destinations! With a lot of love for details, we have planned our gate events to mark our inaugural flights to Los Angeles, Cape Town and Montréal in the past years. Is there any better way to start a new route other than a festive and memorable celebration when departing from Vienna?

H – Holidays

Are you already dreaming of your next holidays? From stunning beaches in Greece, culinary highlights in Italy to spectacular glaciers in Iceland - Austrian Holidays flies you to more than 30 destinations. Baggage, warm meals and drinks are always included, so that you can start your holidays even before taking off.


The next holiday is just coming up and you don't have a flight to your dream destination yet? Book your next holiday right here!

I – iThemba

Together with Help Alliance, the aid organization of Lufthansa Group, we are supporting the project iThemba that aims to help socially disadvantaged children in South Africa obtain a school education. Our goal is to fund the “flying classroom” at the primary school.


More information on how you can support iThemba can be found here.

J – Jetshop

Visit to find aircraft models, suitcases and everything else from the world of Austrian. We even have our own Austrian sneakers! You also earn miles while shopping our travel accessories and high-end brands.

K – Kids

Flying can quickly become boring for children and is therefore often associated with difficulties. But we have the solution: our Austrian Airlines on-board entertainment! You can choose from countless films - from classics to current blockbusters. Our flight attendants are also happy to give a helping hand and always have a little treat for our little guests.


You can find the current on-board entertainment program in our Entertainment Guide.

L – Lounges

Did you know that you can find trees in our lounges? And admire Austrian artists such as Schiele, Klimt and Romako while you are waiting for your next flight? Escape from the hustle of the airport and experience tranquility in one of our six lounges at the Star Alliance Terminal. Relax on cosy furniture, enjoy our famous Do & Co catering and benefit from our wide entertainment offer.

M – Maintenance

More than 800 highly motivated and carefully trained employees work around the clock to keep our aircraft moving. Our modern facilities around the world enable them to carry out aircraft as well as component maintenance, technical modifications and maintenance training. With the aspiration to always stay-up-to-date when it comes to new developments, Austrian Technik also invests into innovative technologies such as autonomous drones for aircraft inspection. These systems perfectly support our maintenance team to enhance our stability in flight operations, so that you arrive safely and on time at your destination.

N – Nonstop

Do you know what the difference between a nonstop, direct and connecting flight is? Nonstop means that you fly from one airport to another, without any stops along the way. On a direct flight, the aircraft might make one or several stops on the way to your final destination. A connecting flight will take you from one city to another, with a layover stop in between to change planes. We fly you nonstop from Vienna to many destinations in the world - where would you like to go?


Book your next non-stop flight with Austrian Airlines now!

O – OS

When your flight number starts with “OS”, you know it is an Austrian Airlines flight. But why does every Austrian Airlines flight carry this abbreviation? Every airline has its own two-letter code, containing a mixture of numbers and letters, which is issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). They are mainly, but not only, used in ticketing and passenger information systems and are the first two digits of every flight number.

Flight number Austrian Airlines

P – Premium Economy Class

Our passengers' travel comfort is at the heart of the flight experience with Austrian Airlines. For this reason, our Premium Economy Class has been flying around the globe since March 2018. A total number of 252 seats guarantee a comfortable flight between our Economy Class and Business Class. Have you ever wondered how the Premium Economy experience feels like? Check in two 23kg suitcases, enjoy a welcome drink on board, relax with extra spacious legroom and savor the extensive entertainment programme with a bigger screen and noise-cancelling headphones. On top of that, we offer you a three-to-four-course menu, snacks and an amenity kit with practical accessories that you can take with you on your future journeys to come. So - what are you still waiting for?


Take advantage of our upgrade options or book your non-stop flight on our website now and take off completely relaxed next time!

Q – Quality

It is not only your destination that makes your travel experience special. A seamless flight experience is just as important, and we aim for the highest quality standards for our passengers. Our charming Austrian crew ensures that you feel relaxed throughout your whole journey. Our cabin crew is even the “Best Cabin Crew in Europe 2019” according to Skytrax. Services such as free hand luggage, drinks and snacks on board and various entertainment options are included on every Austrian Airlines flight. In addition, our technical division guarantees commitment, professionalism and quality when it comes to the maintenance of our aircraft. With this in mind, we hope we can welcome you onboard soon to enjoy the Austrian experience!

R – Runway

The last and first touches our airplanes make with the ground happen on runways all around the world. But did you know that a runway's direction was not determined randomly? Take-offs and landings are best performed by taking advantage of the prevailing winds. That’s why runway orientations are aligned according to historical meteorological data. And because conditions can be volatile, some airports (like our home base in Vienna) are equipped with Open-V runways. This allows take-offs and landings during almost all kinds of conditions. In this sense, we are hoping that you will have a beautiful take-off the next time you are flying with Austrian Airlines!

S – Servus

“Servus” means much more to us than the literal translation to the Austrian German word “Hello”. It is our way of making you experience Austrian hospitality throughout your whole journey – whether you discover Austria or discover the world with us. “Servus” is our heartfelt philosophy that you can feel not only at the airport or when boarding our aircraft. It shapes every personal encounter: on social media, when our crew greets you on board with a smile or at our events.

T – Turbine

The turbine is one of the essential parts of our aircraft's jet engines. It converts energy from a fluid flow into mechanical power. In simplified terms, modern jet engines begin with compressing air that is being sucked in through the intake fan. After mixing the compressed air with fuel, it is then ignited in the combustion chamber. The hot, high-pressure air leaving the combustor causes the turbine rotation while the aircraft is on its journey. Finally, the exhaust gases exit the engine through a conical exhaust nozzle.


You want to learn more about the aircraft? No problem, in this article you will learn more about it and in this article we will reveal four interesting facts about our engines.

U – Uniform

Red uniforms have distinguished our flight attendants for almost 50 years. But it hasn’t always been like this: In the beginning, our flight attendants wore navy blue uniforms! In 1969, the first uniform inspired by the Austrian national flag was designed. Since then, red is our colour. In 1974, a red and white checked dress with a red jacket replaced the traditional red costume introduced in 1969. Our current uniform is based on a 1996 design. It has been continually improved since then.


Here you can learn more about the history of our characteristic red uniform.

V – Vienna International Airport

Vienna International Airport is a place steeped in history. In 1954, Vienna International Airport established the capital's new airport between Fischamend and Schwechat. Two years later, the expansion and modernization of the airport began and represented a gateway to the world for many people. In 1973, the airport was already serving more than 2 million passengers and 30.000 tons of freight. Today the airport is a large company and offers three terminals for its passengers. The latest addition to the airport is Terminal 3: our home base.


Did you know? About 13.9 million passengers took off from Vienna to various destinations in 2018.

W – Winglets

Maybe you already noticed it: Some of our aircraft have ends on the wings that are folded upwards. These ends are called “winglets”. But what are these winglets actually good for? For airplanes, wake vortices (induced drag) are unfavorable. This turbulent air affects fuel consumption negatively. Winglets minimize the vortices at the wingtips. The decreased drag results in less fuel consumption.


Another interesting fact: on Airbus aircraft, the same parts are called “sharklets”.

X – X-Ray

If you want to take hand luggage with you on one of our planes, you have to pay attention to a few things, in order for everything to run smoothly at the “X-Ray”. You can carry 100 ml of fluids per item in your hand luggage in total; the capacity is 1 liter. Medication and special food, which are needed during the flight, can be carried outside the plastic bag, but must also be presented at the security check. Cameras, laptops or tablets should be removed from hand luggage.


Pro tip: Jackets, hats, belts and watches should be taken off while queuing at the security check.


Why do Canadian airports usually start with “Y”? We have got the answer! Airports around the world use three letters as their designation. The abbreviations usually stand for the cities in which the airport is located, for famous personalities or suburbs (e.g. VIE for Vienna, ATH for Athens). In Canada, however, airports are named slightly differently. They always contain a “Y”. Originally, Canadian airports only had two letters for their names. These letters stood for the nearest weather or radio station. Due to IATA regulations, all airport codes must have three letters. Instead of renaming all airports, their codes got a “Y” attached to them. This letter “Y” stands for “Yes”.

Z - important for our aircraft registrations

Maybe you've noticed: Our planes have individual aircraft registrations. “Z” is used within the registration of our newest Airbus aircraft. But what is the logic behind our registrations? The first two letters “OE” stand for Austria, the next letter, e.g. “L”, describes the take-off weight, the second letter in the tail number, e.g. “Z”, the Aircraft type and the last letter, e.g. “D”, the individual designation. Therefore, “Z” stands for our newest Airbus airplanes.


FAQs and exciting information about the Austrian Airlines fleet can be found here.

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