Austrian Airlines will relaunch its direct service from Vienna to Shanghai on April 4, 2016.
The carrier first launched flights to Shanghai back in April 2004. However, flight service was terminated in January 2007 as part of the reshuffling of the airline’s long-haul fleet and the related decommissioning of all its Airbus A330 and A340 long-haul aircraft.
“Shanghai once again offers potential thanks to the significantly improved market environment and increased local demand.” Andreas Otto, chief commericial officer of the airline said.
The route will be operated by a B777-200ER five times a week, which consists of 48 business class seats arranged in a 1-2-1 or 2-2-2 setup, and 260 economy seats in a 3-4-3 configuration.
The service will depart Vienna International Airport at 1320 and arrive Shanghai Pudong Airport at 0540+1. The return leg will leave China at 1050 and touch down in Austria at 1610 local time.
Currently, passengers need to transit in Paris or Beijing before reaching Shanghai. The relaunch of the service will shorten the journey time to 10 hours and 20 minutes, down from around 13 hours.
The service will be increased to a daily basis from May 1, 2016 onwards.
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