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Tapping a lode in the East: new long-haul routes and historical Eastern Europe system gives Austrian Airlines its best results ever.

Vienna--Riding the new wave of intensifying business and pleasure interest in Eastern Europe and creating a few ripples of its own, Austrian Airlines in producing some impressive traffic and financial figures that could make 1990 its best year ever. The results are spurring accelerated expansion of Austrian's alliances with other airlines and ventures into new markets.

One of the brightest recent spots has been the joint operation with All Nippon Airways and Aeroflot between Vienna and Tokyo through Moscow and over the Siberian route that reduces flying time between Europe and Tokyo significantly. The service began last July with two trips per week, using Austrian's new Airbus A310-300s. It was expanded to three flights a week last March and is supposed to increase to four per week in November if a slot can be found at Tokyo Narita Airport. Under the Austrian/All Nippon/Aeroflot agreement, costs and revenues are split 40% each for Austrian and ANA and 20% for Aeroflot. Two ANA cabin attendants are on board each flight and there is a Soviet "navigator" assigned to the portion of the trip between Moscow and Tokyo.

A twinjet first

The service is the first by a twin-engine transport across the Siberian route, and the Soviet navigator would be helpful for communications in the event of an emergency that required a diversion in the Siberian sector. So far, the two A310s have been very reliable, with only one technical delay over the Siberian route, that due to a faulty pump in Moscow, repaired in 4 hr. …

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