AUSTRIAN AIRLINES is planning further route and staff cuts in response to falling traffic, says director Mario Rehulka.

The carrier has also cut back on flights to Germany, launched a marketing campaign, and entered talks with pilot unions with the aim of reducing pension costs. The measures are expected to produce a combined annual saving of Sch310 million ($29 million).

Meanwhile, the airline has unveiled its "Millennium" Airbus Industrie A321, to mark the 1,000-year history of Austria. Portraits of famous Austrian personalities are displayed on the fuselage, although Niki Lauda, a former world-champion racing driver and boss of rival Lauda Air, is not included.

Source: Flight International