New York- October 3, 2006:- Austrian Airlines will commence non-stop service roundtrip from Chicago to Vienna in April 2007, it was announced today in New York by Paul Paflik, Austrian’s General Manager the Americas. "This will be Austrian's fourth North American gateway "“ after New York, Washington and Toronto," said Paflik, "and it represents a major expansion of our transatlantic service."

Austrian's Chicago flights will initially operate four times weekly, using Airbus A330 equipment, and quickly increase to daily by summer. "In addition to the daily Chicago flights, summer 2007 will see us flying daily also from Washington and Toronto, and virtually twice daily from New York's JFK International Airport," Paflik added.

A major feature of Austrian's 2007 plans include the introduction of its new Business Class service "“ to go into operation by the end of 2006, offering a variety of service innovations including luxurious cocoon seats converting into flat beds and the airline's legendary multi-course meals prepared by an on-board chef.

Austrian Airlines flies to more than 130 cities and 66 countries on five continents. Vienna International Airport is an ultra-modern hub where connections avoid the mile-long walks and laborious transfers between terminals prevalent at many European airports. "The Chicago flights will be timed specifically to connect seamlessly to and from our myriad flights to Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and India," Paflik observed.

Set to mark its 50th anniversary in 2008, Austrian Airlines operates the only non-stop flights from the U.S. and Canada to Vienna. Austrian is a member of the Star Alliance and flies to 130 cities in 66 countries with a fleet of more than 100 aircraft. Austrian Airlines passengers can earn miles on Austrian's Miles & More or United Airlines Mileage Plus programs.