Air Transport World

Austrian's wandering eye.

Austrian Airlines Group is expected to switch alliances this fall. The group, which includes Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air and Tyrolean Airways, is being courted by Star and the nascent Air France/Delta partnership. For current AUA ally Swissair, which heads the smaller European Qualiflyer grouping, the move would be a setback.

Austrian, which suffered a 91.5% first-half profit decline largely due to the war in the Balkans, said it is "evaluating all options" and a decision will be made by or before year end. …

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