Air China’s Beijing to Vienna
Say it with flowers. Celebrating the return of Air China to Vienna on 5 May 2014 were (from left to right): Heinz Lachinger, CFO, Austrian Airlines; Julian Jäger, Member of the Management Board, Vienna Airport; Zhao Bin, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Austria; and Feng Run’e, Vice President, Air China. The resumed service is operated four times weekly with an A330-300 and continues on to Barcelona. A two-tier cake was baked to celebrate the new service and was unveiled at the launch party for the route held at the Liechtenstein Palace on the evening of the 6 May.
- Air China has increased its presence in Europe with the addition of two additional destinations. On 5 May the Chinese flag-carrier began four times weekly flights from Beijing (PEK) to Vienna (VIE) with the A330-300 then flying on to Barcelona (BCN). Feng Run’e Vice President of Air China said: “Twenty-two years ago, Air China used to have flights to Vienna. Today, the long history of Europe, the growing of the European Union and the irresistible charm of Vienna bring us back. I believe that the re-union of Air China and Vienna will make our partnership tighter, stronger and more fruitful.” Julian Jäger, member of the Management Board of Vienna Airport added: “The flow of traffic between Asia and Europe is expected to grow at an increasing rate in the future. Expanding our long-haul offering is therefore one of our strategic goals and, together with our partners, we are continuously working to attract new carriers to Vienna. The introduction of this new route by Air China shows that we are on the right course. The new connection will bring important growth impulses for the economic and tourism sectors in China and Austria.” See how Vienna Airport’s FTWA compares to the other airports in this week’s Arch of Triumph competition.