Monthly nr 1

January 2005

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Greater choice of delicious snacks on more european flights

Austrian Bistro Service extended to European flights within range of
up to 2 hours 30 minutes from 13 January 2005

From 13 January 2005, the Austrian Airlines Group will be extending its exclusive Bistro Service, originally introduced in November 2003, to include all Economy Class flights within Europe lasting up to 2 hours 30 minutes. (Until now, the service has only been available on flights lasting up to one hour 40 minutes.) The ‘Bistro Service’ range, which has proved popular amongst Austrian Airlines’ discerning guests, has now been complemented by a creative and varied range of new hot and cold snacks specially designed to satisfy the smaller hunger.

The Chief Commercial Officer of the Austrian Airlines Group, Dr. Josef E. Burger, commented on the new range: ‘Our passenger feedback to date has shown that customers really value the extra choice that our à la carte range offers them. Since the programme was introduced, around one-third of our short-haul and medium-haul passengers have used the Bistro Service offers. The trend towards a range of services in Economy Class fine-tuned to the price-performance ratio can be seen developing throughout Europe, and the choice on board our flights is more varied than that of our numerous competitor airlines. Unlike other airlines, we offer an à la carte choice prepared by the renowned airline caterers Airest and Do & Co, companies which guarantee innovative product design and the very best quality. For customers who book higher-priced Economy Class fares in order to benefit from increased travel flexibility, meanwhile, we shall be introducing a new concept tailored to the needs of this class of passenger in the near future.’

Naturally, coffee, tea and still mineral water continue to be provided free of charge. From 1 February 2005, the new Skygourmet bistro range, which will be provided on flights lasting approximately 100 minutes or more, will also feature hot snacks including Italian focaccia and a selection of favourites from Austrian cuisine. These offers will vary from week to week in order to provide a degree of culinary variety. Popular snacks such as the salmon baguette and our delicious tramezzini with a range of different fillings, as well as the vitamin bake with fresh fruits of the season will continue to be available at very reasonable prices.

Rückfragehinweis / For further information: Unternehmens- & Marktkommunikation / Corporate- & Market Communications
A U S T R I A N A I R L I N E S G R O U P: Johannes DAVORAS / Johann JURCEKA / Livia DANDREA-BÖHM /
Tel: +43 (0) 51766 1231 / Fax: +43 (0) 1 688 65 26,
E-mail: [email protected] / [email protected], [email protected]
Website: /
Eigentümer, Herausgeber, Vervielfältiger: Austrian Airlines, Österreichische Luftverkehrs AG, Bereich Unternehmens- und Marktkommunikation /
Corporate- & Market Communications Division of the Austrian Airlines Group, A-1107 Vienna, Fontanastrasse 1, P.O.Box 50, Tel: +43 (0) 51766,
E-mail: [email protected]

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Catering solution for Austrian Airlines Group within reach :
important intermediate step taken

Austrian Airlines AG expected to take over Airest shares from Gate Gourmet and LSG in second quarter of 2005

Following extensive negotiations with the co-owners of Airest Restaurant- und Hotelbetriebs GmbH, Austrian Airlines AG has reached agreement over the purchase of all shares in the prestigious catering company.

A Letter of Intent signed on Thursday, 23 December 2004 by the three proprietors states that Gate Gourmet Switzerland GmbH and LSG Lufthansa Service Europa/Afrika GmbH will sell their respective 35% and 30% shares in Airest to Austrian Airlines AG in the second quarter 2005 subject to the agreement of the respective supervisory bodies. The precise conditions of the transaction about which the partners have reached agreement will remain confidential.

Thomas Kleibl, Chief Commercial Officer of the Austrian Airlines Group, made the following statement on this important step towards the development of a unified catering solution for the Austrian Airlines Group: 'Since the beginning of 2002, while the issue of catering has been one of our strategic priorities, it has taken longer than intended to find a solution to this question due to the complicated nature of the syndication agreement. The agreement now reached with the co-owners of Airest represents a significant step both in terms of our future market position and from an operational point of view. We shall now look in detail at all the strategic options for the possible inclusion of new partners and the potential for the sale of shares. We shall also be entering into discussions with Do & Co and other, earlier interested parties. Airest has enormous expertise in the airline catering field, the very latest production facilities and experienced and qualified employees, making it a model operation in every regard.'

After many years of successful work with the company, the Managing Director of Airest Restaurant- und Hotelbetriebs GmbH, Georg Urbanski, will take his well-earned retirement as planned at the end of March 2005.
Under his aegis, Airest - in line with the wider group focus - has also begun to gain ground in Central and Eastern Europe. Austrian Airlines AG will employ Mr. Bernhard Kotlan, 43, and Mr. Eric Seiser, 37, as the new Managing Directors of Airest GmbH as of 1 April 2005. Both gentlemen will be designated for a three years´term. Bernhard Kotlan has worked for Austrian Airlines since 1984, and has managed the corporate division of Purchasing and Internal Services since 1991. In his function at Airest Eric Seiser has headed the entire Catering activities and was Authorised Signatory.

Airest Restaurant- und Hotelbetriebs GmbH reported operating revenues of EUR 66 million in the 2003 financial year, of which around EUR 43 million was generated within the airline catering business segment. The result from ordinary activities (EGT) in 2003 was EUR 3.5 million. For the financial year 2004 an increase of operating revenues to EUR 70 million is projected. The corporation currently operates with appr. 730 employees from production basis in Vienna, Linz, Graz, Klagenfurt, Salzburg as well as Bratislava and Ljubljana. In 2003 Airest prepared appr. 7 million airline-menues and hosted 4 million guests in its restaurant- and catering outlets on airports. The Austrian Airlines Group currently holds a share of approximately 77% in the catering turnover of Airest and is the company's largest customer by some way.

Rückfragehinweis / For further information: Unternehmens- & Marktkommunikation / Corporate- & Market Communications
A U S T R I A N A I R L I N E S G R O U P: Johannes DAVORAS / Johann JURCEKA / Livia DANDREA-BÖHM /
Tel: +43 (0) 51766 1231 / Fax: +43 (0) 1 688 65 26,
E-mail: [email protected] / [email protected], [email protected]
Website: /
Eigentümer, Herausgeber, Vervielfältiger: Austrian Airlines, Österreichische Luftverkehrs AG, Bereich Unternehmens- und Marktkommunikation /
Corporate- & Market Communications Division of the Austrian Airlines Group, A-1107 Vienna, Fontanastrasse 1, P.O.Box 50, Tel: +43 (0) 51766,
E-mail: [email protected]

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Continental Airlines to Become First Major U.S. Airline to Order the Boeing 7E7

Also Announces Plans to Lease Additional Boeing 757-300s Starting in 2005 and Accelerates Deliveries of 737-800s Into 2006

HOUSTON, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL)
today announced that it has reached agreement with Boeing to become
the first major U.S. airline to order the Boeing 7E7 aircraft, with the first 7E7
to be delivered in 2009. The company's initial 7E7 order is for 10 aircraft.

In addition, Continental has agreed to lease eight 757-300 aircraft from Boeing. The 757-300 aircraft will be delivered to Continental beginning in July 2005. Continental has also agreed to accelerate into 2006 the delivery of six Boeing 737-800 aircraft that were previously scheduled to be delivered in 2008. Boeing has agreed to provide backstop lease financing for the 737 aircraft.

"The 7E7 will be an important part of our international growth strategy," said Gordon Bethune, Continental's chairman and CEO. "With it we can continue to differentiate our award winning service and our consistently growing international network."

"The 7E7 is the widebody of the future for Continental and will provide the platform for our long-term international growth," said Larry Kellner, Continental's president and COO. "Leasing these additional 757 and 737 aircraft will be another step in outdistancing our competitors in this rapidly changing environment."

The agreement with Boeing for the 10 7E7 aircraft, the eight 757-300 aircraft, and the acceleration of the six 737-800 aircraft are subject to several conditions, including the approval of Continental's board of directors on or before Feb. 28, 2005, and in the case of the 7E7 agreement, the negotiation of an engine supply arrangement for the 7E7 aircraft acceptable to Continental. The company expects to finalize its $500 million in annual wage and benefit cost reductions by Feb. 28, 2005, and believes it will receive approval from its board for the additional aircraft, provided that the company's business case for the aircraft includes a cost structure that will allow the aircraft to generate a positive return to Continental.

Continental Airlines is the world's sixth-largest airline with more than 3,000 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Continental serves 151 domestic and 120 international destinations -- more than any other airline in the world -- and nearly 400 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines. With more than 41,000 employees, the airline has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and carries approximately 51 million passengers per year. In 2004, Continental has earned awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture. FORTUNE ranks Continental one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America, an honor it has earned for six consecutive years, and also ranks Continental as the top airline in its Most Admired Global Companies in 2004. The carrier won major awards at the 2004 OAG Airline of the Year Awards including "Airline of the Year," "Best Airline Based in North America" and "Best Executive/Business Class." For more company information, visit

SOURCE Continental Airlines
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Helvetic celebrates its first birthday

helvetic has been flying for a whole year. In its first twelve months of operation, the Swiss budget airline has achieved all its economic and operational goals. The seat load factor was even slightly ahead of schedule during the first twelve months. The emphasis in the coming year will be on consolidation and profitable operation.

Zurich Airport, 29 November 2004 – On the occasion of its first birthday, helvetic can look back on an extremely successful first year of operation. More than 400 000 passengers flew on 9,000 helvetic flights. The high points came in July and August, which each saw more than 1,000 flights and almost 60,000 passengers. The seat load factor (SLF) increased from month to month, and is currently running at 42 percent – better than originally planned. helvetic now serves seventeen scheduled destinations in nine countries. Its most important markets are Spain, Italy and the Balkans. More than half of helvetic passengers are vacationers, with one quarter business travelers. «We’re proud and delighted that we’ve been able to establish ourselves in the market after only a year,» says helvetic CEO Peter Pfister. «With clear, transparent pricing, our product obviously meets the needs of our customers.»

Outlook for the next twelve months

The priority for helvetic during the coming financial year will be to consolidate its operations. The airline runs a fleet of seven Fokker 100s, six in full service, and one available as a back-up in the morning and evening. The decision on whether to expand the fleet to up to eleven aircraft will be made at a later date. In a difficult market environment at Zurich Airport, helvetic has created more than 100 new jobs, and currently employs around 150 people. The plan for the coming financial year is to increase the number of flights to 9,900 from 9,000 in the first twelve months. helvetic predicts 600,000 passengers in 2005. With a higher seat load factor, the airline will be turning a profit next year.

A look forward to the 2005 summer schedule

helvetic will continue to expand its offering in its second year of operation, adding another ten weekly flights to Spain alone. Starting with next summer’s flight schedule, there will be daily flights to Valencia, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca – and a daily service to Naples as well. Further destinations in southern Italy are planned. Helvetic will also expand its charter business next summer, flying up to 17 weekly charter rotations to the Mediterranean on behalf of Kuoni. Added to this, helvetic will fly to Sweden (Karlstad and Östersund) on behalf of Kontiki-Saga Reisen, and to Lourdes on behalf of Reise-Meile. Bookings for helvetic’s 2005 summer schedule (27 March to 29 October) commence on 29 November 2004.

Helvetic’s birthday offer

helvetic is celebrating its first birthday by giving out special gifts: starting right now, passengers can book flights to thirteen European resorts for only 9 euros (excluding 33 euros fees and 6 euros fuel surcharge) per flight segment. They can choose from Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia in Spain, Rome, Naples and Venice in Italy, plus top city destinations London, Nice, Prague and Vienna. The only restrictions are that the number of discounted tickets is limited, passengers must fly between 13 December 2004 and 28 February 2005, and bookings must be made before 12 December.

Further information can be found on

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Four new helvetic destinations in southern Italy

With the introduction of its summer flight schedule, helvetic is expanding its network of scheduled destinations to include Sicilian cities Palermo and Catania, and Brindisi and Lamezia Terme at the southern end of the boot of Italy. These flights will be offered in partnership with travel operator Wasteels Reisen. The summer flight schedule, effective 27 March 2005, also features ten additional connections to Spain, plus a daily service to Naples.

Zurich Airport, 16 December 2004 - Next spring is not as far away as you might think: bookings for helvetic's summer flight schedule - including some attractive new services - commence before Christmas. Alongside its current Italian destinations Naples, Rome and Venice, helvetic will now offer flights to Catania and Palermo in Sicily, plus vacation resorts Brindisi and Lamezia Terme on the southern mainland. «We're delighted to join forces with Wasteels Reisen AG to offer our customers four new destinations in southern Italy,» says Peter Pfister, CEO of helvetic. «Italy has now become our second most popular market, hot on the heels of Spain.» Helvetic's summer schedule also reflects enormous demand for flights to Naples, with a daily service to the most sensual city in southern Italy.

More than 40 flights a week to Spain

helvetic's summer flight schedule also features even more services to Spain. There will now be daily flights to Valencia (previously three a week), Malaga and Palma de Mallorca (previously four a week). helvetic will continue to fly on a daily basis to Alicante on the Costa Brava, and to Barcelona, the secret capital of Spain. There will be six flights a week to Madrid. Helvetic will thus be flying to Spain more than 40 times a week during the summer 2005 season.

21 destinations in 9 countries

With its summer flight schedule (valid 27 March to 29 October 2005), helvetic will now be flying to 21 destinations in 9 countries. Alongside 6 destinations in Spain, Italy features particularly prominently, with 7 destinations as of this summer season. Helvetic will also be stepping up its charter services over the warmer months, flying charter rotations to the Mediterranean on behalf of Kuoni, flights to Sweden (Karlstad and Östersund) for Kontiki-Saga, and rotations to Lourdes on behalf of Reise-Meile.

Further information can be found on

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Lufthansa commande de nouveaux appareils long-courriers
Le Conseil de Surveillance a approuvé l’achat de sept airbus A340-600

Le Conseil de Surveillance de Lufthansa vient de donner son approbation pour l’achat de sept appareils long-courriers de type Airbus A340-600. Cette commande entre dans le cadre de la stratégie de Lufthansa qui vise à renforcer sa position parmi les compagnies leaders bénéficiant d'un réseau mondial. Avec cette décision, Lufthansa poursuit sa politique d'acquisition d'appareils modernes d'un point de vue écologique et économique et d'amélioration de la qualité des services offerts à la clientèle. L'Airbus A340-600 est remarquable car il permet d'effectuer des économies de carburant et dégage moins d'émissions toxiques. Cette commande était déjà comprise dans le programme d'investissement de Lufthansa.

Les nouveaux appareils seront livrés en 2006 et 2007. Cette commande est tout à fait en adéquation avec les prévisions de capacité faites avec l'introduction de l'Airbus A380 à partir de fin 2007. Outre le fait de remplacer les appareils existants, le nouvel A340-600 permettra à la compagnie d'offrir la capacité nécessaire à l'augmentation de trafic prévue dans les années à venir.

"La qualité de notre produit attire chaque jour de nouveaux clients. Avec nos partenaires, nous nous préparons à faire face à la croissance prévue. Nos deux hubs à Francfort et Munich offrent de nombreuses perspectives pour le trafic long-courrier. Lufthansa a l'intention de renforcer sa position stratégique et de saisir le plus d'opportunités possibles. Son objectif principal reste toutefois d'assurer une croissance rentable et de poursuivre son développement en fonction des tendances du marché", a déclaré Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Président du Conseil de Direction et PDG de Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

L'Airbus A340-600 est un appareil très économique. Lufthansa opère déjà dix appareils de ce type.

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Lufthansa inaugure une nouvelle destination
en Afrique occidentale : Port Harcourt (Nigeria)

La compagnie opèrera trois vols hebdomadaires vers Port Harcourt au départ de Francfort ainsi qu'un vol quotidien vers Lagos et Accra à partir du mois d'avril.

Avec la mise en service du programme été de Lufthansa, les passagers de la compagnie bénéficieront d'une meilleure offre vers l'Afrique occidentale. A partir du 7 avril 2005, Lufthansa opèrera trois vols hebdomadaires entre Francfort et Port Harcourt, au Nigeria (sous réserve d'approbation gouvernementale). Un Airbus A330-300 de 221 sièges desservira Port Harcourt les mardi, jeudi et samedi, puis continuera vers la capitale nigériane, Abuja. Lufthansa avait inauguré des vols vers Abuja en octobre 2002 et dessert actuellement la ville trois fois par semaine.

Les passagers de Lufthansa bénéficieront également d'un plus grand nombre de vols en connexion vers Accra, au Ghana : à partir du 7 avril 2005, Lufthansa opèrera un vol quotidien vers Lagos (Nigeria) en continuation vers Accra (Ghana). Actuellement, la compagnie offre quatre vols par semaine vers Accra et un vol quotidien vers Lagos.

L'introduction de vols vers Port Harcourt et l'augmentation des fréquences vers Accra permettront à Lufthansa de renforcer sa compétitivité sur ces marchés clés d'Afrique de l'Ouest pour le pétrole et le gaz. Le Nigeria est le premier producteur de pétrole d'Afrique et de nombreux champs pétrolifères sont situés près de l'aéroport de Port Harcourt. Les horaires d'arrivée et de départ des vols de Lufthansa ont été étudiés pour être en parfaite adéquation avec les besoins de l'industrie pétrolifère locale et pour permettre les transferts en hélicoptère vers les plateformes pétrolières. Les vols ont également été coordonnés avec le réseau dense opéré par Lufthansa et ses partenaires dans Star Alliance et permettront notamment de garantir des temps de transfert courts pour les vols à destination de l'Amérique du Nord passant par Francfort.

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HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium
visits the UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen
together with SN Brussels Airlines


Brussels, December 7, 2004 – Today HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium flies to Copenhagen on board a SN Brussels Airlines aircraft and visits the UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen. This visit is organised in the context of the « School, my right » campaign launched by UNICEF Belgium and actively supported by the Princess. In one year and thanks to the generosity of its clients and employees, SN Brussels Airlines has been able to offer millions of miles representing hundreds of free tickets to its partner UNICEF.

On November 18, 2003, SN Brussels Airlines became the official partner of UNICEF Belgium, offering logistic and financial support to this organization. In April 2003, just after the launch of its African operations, SN Brussels Airlines rebuilt a historical, social, economic and cultural bridge between Belgium and Africa. The company rapidly decided to support several social and cultural projects on the African continent. Conscious of the immense needs, the young airline understood the necessity of a structural approach combined with punctual actions for children. For this reason the company concluded a global partnership with UNICEF Belgium.

SN did not want to limit this partnership to the offering of free tickets. The company has decided to act as a sustainable? enterprise by making its 2040 employees and 3 millions clients sensitive to the importance of the work delivered by UNICEF, via amongst other things the company magazine « Skytalks » and the in-flight magazine « Connect ». Clients and employees answered positively to the call for solidarity and offered more than 3 millions miles, representing hundreds of airline tickets, to UNICEF Belgium in less than 6 months. This partnership is one of the numerous initiatives taken by the SN staff in favour of children. At the approach of the Christmas period, SN employees are gathering games, clothes and educational material which will be transported to Africa by the Belgian airline. Crew members are also restoring an orphanage in Kinshasa.

Today SN Brussels Airlines has the honour of welcoming HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium on board one of its aircraft accompanied by Mr. Marc Van Boven, President of UNICEF Belgium, and Mr. Rob Kuijpers, Executive Chairman of SN Brussels Airlines. Together they are flying to Copenhagen in order to visit the UNICEF Supply Division. The day after Saint-Nicolas/Sinterklaas, this visit takes place in the context of the UNICEF Belgium « School, my right » campaign, actively supported by the Princess.

“SN Brussels Airlines is an obvious partner for UNICEF”, says Rob Kuijpers, Executive Chairman of UNICEF. He added: “By supporting UNICEF with our African network we are now delivering a solid contribution to the improvement of child welfare in the world.”

“The support of corporate partners is very important to UNICEF Belgium because we are completely dependent on voluntary contributions of companies, governments and private individuals for our work”, says Christian Wiener, President of UNICEF Belgium.

UNICEF Belgium - PR 000-0000055-55
Benoît Melbeck, Spokesperson
Tel : +32 (2) 230 59 70
GSM : +32 (0)476/43.08.07
E-mail : [email protected]

Philippe Henon, Spokesperson
Tel : +32 (2) 230 59 70
GSM : +32 (0)477 55 50 23
E-mail : [email protected]

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Star Alliance lance le billet électronique en interline global

Bruxelles – 17 décembre 2004 – Star Alliance, le Réseau Aérien du Monde™, vient d'annoncer le lancement d'un nouveau produit, le billet électronique (e-ticket) en interline global. Après avoir subi une longue période de test, l'e-ticket en interline est en train d'être étendu à toutes les compagnies membres. Air Canada et Lufthansa ont été les premières compagnies à l'expérimenter en novembre dernier. ANA et United le mettront en place au cours de ce mois, puis Air Canada et Air New Zealand en janvier 2005. Outre ces lancements, les interlines sous forme électronique sont déjà possibles entre les membres de Star Alliance suivants :

* Air Canada <----> Lufthansa <----> United
* Austrian <----> Lufthansa
* Lufthansa <----> Scandinavian Airlines
* Scandinavian Airlines <----> Spanair
* United <----> US Airways

Tous les membres de Star Alliance devraient être reliés fin août 2005. Ainsi, les passagers pourront voyager sur la totalité du réseau Star Alliance en utilisant un seul e-ticket.

D'un point de vue technique, toutes les informations contenues sur un billet papier sont mémorisées sous forme électronique dans une base de données. Le principe consiste à échanger des informations concernant un e-ticket entre les différents systèmes des compagnies aériennes grâce à un format de message unique. En utilisant le système de Star Alliance, StarNet, un standard unique a été développé pour permettre l'échange d'informations concernant un e-ticket entre tous les systèmes des compagnies membres. L'avantage est que, contrairement aux liens individuels bilatéraux, les nouveaux membres ou les changements dans le système peuvent être intégrés plus facilement et plus rapidement.

“Le lancement de l'e-ticket en interline global est un nouvel exemple de la capacité de Star Alliance de réduire la complexité tout en améliorant le service offert aux clients et en permettant aux compagnies membres de réduire leurs coûts”, a déclaré Jaan Albrecht, CEO de Star Alliance.

Avec le billet électronique en interline, les voyageurs fréquents n'auront plus besoin d'attendre que leurs billets arrivent par la poste, de faire la queue pour récupérer leurs billets au comptoir et plus de risque de les perdre. De plus, le fait de voyager avec un e-ticket permet d'accélérer l'enregistrement et l'embarquement.
Le billet électronique permet aux compagnies membres de réduire leurs coûts de distribution. Selon IATA, le coût de billetterie pour l'émission d'un billet papier se situe en moyenne entre 7 et 9 USD, alors que le coût d'un billet électronique s'élève à seulement 2 USD en moyenne. Par ailleurs, il simplifie également de nombreuses procédures à l'aéroport ainsi que sur le plan comptable, ce qui permet également de réduire les coûts.

Star Alliance, la première alliance aérienne globale, a été créée en 1997. Elle offre un réseau mondial et simplifie les déplacements des voyageurs. Star Alliance regroupe les membres suivants: Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, Thai Airways International, United, US Airways et VARIG Lignes Aériennes Brésiliennes. South African Airways et TAP Air Portugal devraient les rejoindre en 2005. Ensemble, les compagnies membres opèrent plus de 14.000 vols chaque jour vers 772 destinations dans 133 pays.

Pour obtenir des informations complémentaires, merci de contacter:

Service de presse de Star Alliance
Tel: +49 69 96375 183
Fax: +49 69 96375 683
Email : [email protected]
Webste :

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Joeri (Idool 2004) en Paul Michiels vliegen ten voordele van Tsunami 1212

Melsbroek, 6 januari 2005, Paul Michiels en Joeri Franssen, twee kanjers uit de Belgische muziekwereld, vliegen mee met de speciale vlucht die Virgin Express zaterdag a.s. uitvoert ten voordele van de slachtoffers van de vloedgolframp in Zuidoost-Azië.

De vlucht op ongeveer 1000 m duurt ca. 30 minuten. Het vliegtuig vertrekt om 8u30 's ochtends. Op de romp van de Boeing 737-400 werd het opschrift "Support Tsunami Victims 000-0000012-12" aangebracht.

De basisidee komt van één van de piloten en heeft inmiddels massale steun gekregen van de andere Virgin Express-medewerkers. Piloten en cabinepersoneel van Virgin Express doen deze vlucht op volledig vrijwillige basis.

Een ticket kost €49 en kan geboekt worden via of via 070 35 36 37.

Dankzij de medewerking van BIAC, Belgocontrol, BGS, Sabena Technics en Total moeten er o.a. geen landingsrechten, afhandeling of kerosine betaald worden en gaat de opbrengst van integraal naar de actie Tsunami 1212. Sommige passagiers vragen een stoel met extra beenruimte aan en betalen hiervoor €10 extra. Deze toeslag zal ook aan 000-0000012-12 worden doorgestort.

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Virgin Express Organises Special Charity Flight for Tsunami Victims

Brussels Airport, 4th January 2005. On Saturday 8th January 2004 Virgin Express will, with the support of a number of companies of the Brussels airport community, operate a special flight. All the profits from this flight will be donated to the victims of the tsunami disaster is South-East Asia. This morning, the first Boeing 737 with the text "Support Tsunami Victims" on its side left the hangar. Over the coming days other aircraft will spread this message of solidarity as well.

The basic idea comes from one of the airline's pilots. Within a few hours the initiative gained massive support from all Virgin Express staff members.

In addition, a number of companies have demonstrated their corporate social responsibility and thrown in their logistic support behind the project. BIAC, the airport authority, has waived the landing charges for this special flight. Sabena Technics has put the special lettering on the aircraft fuselage free of charge, BGS will not charge for the passenger handling of this flight and Total has donated 5 tons of fuel free.

The special 30-minutes flight with a Boeing 737-400 above Belgium will leave on Saturday at 8.30 AM. Tickets are for sale at €49 via the Virgin Express call centre or via the website If customer demand is there, Virgin Express will operate extra charity flights next Saturday as well.

Neil Burrows, Managing Director of Virgin Express, stated: "With our aviation partners we at Virgin Express want to add what we can to the aid effort that is underway and I would like to thank our staff and those of the other participating companies for their whole-hearted support"

Finally, Virgin Express will allow a number of staff to volunteer their services to recognised charity organisations during this critical period. Time spent with the charity will be paid by Virgin Express and will not be deducted from annual leave. Also other companies within the Virgin Group are taking similar initiatives to help meet the needs of the people in South-East Asia.

For more info:
Corporate Communication Manager

Brussels Airport 116
B - 1820 Melsbroek
Tel.: + 32 2 752 06 77
Gsm: +32 478 48 25 74
Fax: + 32 70 70 88 37

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