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Jaan Albrecht, who has been the CEO of Austrian Airlines since November 2011, has accepted a position at SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, and will serve as its CEO starting June 1. Albrecht will remain CEO of Austrian Airlines until the end of May. The Supervisory Board will make a decision on Albrecht’s successor at a later date.
Austrian Airlines will feature a new brand identity and a slightly changed design starting this week. The product appearance “myAustrian” will strongly orient “AUA”, the Austrian designation for Austrian Airlines, to reflect Austrian values and offer individual service. The first aircraft in the new red-white-red design and the typical Austrian greeting ”Servus” on its belly is now in service.
Germanwings announces with the deepest regret that, according to the information currently available, its Airbus A320 aircraft operating Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf suffered an accident above the French Alps at around 11:00 local time today (Tuesday 24 March). According to current information, there were 144 passengers and six crew members on board.
Members of the families of the passengers involved can obtain personal information by calling the toll-free hotline on 00800 11 33 55 77.
Everyone at Germanwings and Lufthansa is deeply shocked and saddened by these events. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and the crew members.
We will provide further information as soon as this is available. All the latest information will also be published online at www.germanwings.com.
Air New Zealand and Air China have released details of a proposed alliance on services between China and New Zealand.
The alliance, subject to regulatory approvals, would see Air China introduce a daily direct service between Beijing and Auckland. The carrier would also continue to codeshare on Air New Zealand’s daily Shanghai – Auckland service, which will be operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft starting in late August.