Austrian Airlines’ 50th “independent” anniversary

Congratulations to them, and thanks for the opportunity to run their pix of a Vickers Viscount making the carrier’s first scheduled flight – from Vienna to London – on 31 March 1958; and also of the flight attendants.

Austrian Airlines Group CEO Alfred Otsch says in a statement: “With its successful Focus East strategy, uncompromising insistence upon quality and hugely dedicated workforce, the red-white-red tailfin of Austrian is perfectly positioned to enjoy an independent future.”

Not so long ago a flag-carrier CEO would have been thought quite eccentric to specify in an anniversary announcement that the company expected an “independent” future. Not any more though. In Austrian’s case time will tell.

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