Lauda Air to spread its wings over Asia
LAUDA Air will launch a twice-weekly flight from Vienna to Hong Kong as part of a drive to expand its presence in the Asian Pacific market.
Under the terms of the winter schedule, the airline will also connect with Singapore via Hong Kong and fly twice weekly from Singapore to Melbourne and Sydney.
In anticipation of this growth, Lauda Air has ordered eight new Boeing 777s which are expected to be ready for use by 1997.
As one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia, Hong Kong is the hub for Asian transport and the airline hopes to tap into the market by introducing a second flight on its Vienna-Bangkok-Hong Kong route.
Lauda Air's expansion programme has also seen it acquire route clearance for Singapore.
This will allow Lauda Air to extend its operations into the Australian market which is now showing an upturn in passenger traffic.
Commenting on the expansion of Lauda Air's operations, commercial director Derek Jewson said: ''By acquiring route clearance for Singapore, Lauda Air can now offer its passengers a greater choice of destinations as it opens up the possibility of more connecting flights within Asia and, more specifically, to Australia.''