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Germanwings Flight 9525 was a Suicide Mission

According to the latest reports, suicide and mass murder by the co-pilot explains the deaths of 150 people aboard Germanwings flight 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. There is clear evidence that 27-year-old German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately locked the pilot out of the cockpit and then began with the Airbus A320 a constant, unauthorized and deadly descent. Brice Robin, the public prosecutor from Marseille told a press conference that the first officer had locked the captain out of the cockpit and set the controls of the Airbus for a rapid descent and the eventual crash into the French Alps. The Aviation Safety Network has published a list of aircraft accidents caused by pilot suicide (see below).

March 26, 2015 · Updated: March 26, 2015; 18:30

Update: Germanwings Crash - Two Iranian Journalists on Transit to Vienna among Victims

It has been confirmed that two transit passengers to Vienna were aboard the crashed Germanwings plane Flight 9525. Reuters reports that the two Iranian dead are sports journalists who were travelling to watch their national team play Chile in Sankt Pölten tomorrow. The two men had earlier travelled to Barcelona to cover a match between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

March 25, 2015

Analysis: Crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 - Investigation and Latest Responses

Yesterday Germanwings Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf, an Airbus A320-200, crashed around 100 kilometres (62 mi) northwest of Nice, in the French Alps. All 144 passengers and six crew members died. People on board by nationality were: Germany 67, Spain 45, Kazakhstan 3, Mexico 3, Argentina 2, Australia 2, Colombia 2, Croatia 2, Japan 2, Morocco 2, Belgium 1, Denmark 1, Israel 1, Netherlands 1, Turkey 1, United Kingdom Several (unconfirmed), and unknown 15. The aircraft had reached its cruising altitude, flight level 380 (approx. 38,000 ft [12,000 m]) at 9:27 GMT. Three minutes later the aircraft began its descent - the purpose of the descent is not currently known. 14 minutes after the initial descent, radar contact with the aircraft was lost. Meanwhile the first cockpit voice recorder was recovered by rescue workers and is being examined by the investigation team. The recorder was damaged in the crash, but was said to be still in a "usable" condition. The search for the flight data recorder was to be a priority when the recovery operation resumed. It is the third-deadliest crash of an Airbus A320, after TAM Airlines Flight 3054 and Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501, and the third-deadliest aviation disaster on French soil, after Turkish Airlines Flight 981 and Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 1308. Unusually, the plane appears not to have deviated from its flight plan during its descent.

March 25, 2015 · Updated: March 26, 2015; 14:30

German Wings Crash: No Austrians or Transit Passengers to Vienna Were Aboard

It is believed that no Austrians or direct transit passengers to Vienna were aboard the crashed Germanwings plane. "None of the passengers from Düsseldorf held connecting flights to Vienna, so we believe this tragedy has not affected any Austrians. However, we do not as yet have a passenger list of those who were on the flight," Lufthansa said.

March 24, 2015 · Updated: March 26, 2015; 10:45

German Airliner with 150 People Crashes in Southern France

An Airbus A320 airliner of German low-cost airline Germanwings crashed in the French Alps near Digne carrying 144 passengers and six crew members. "All 150 feared dead" says Fancois Hollande. It is unclear whether Austrian passengers were on board.

March 24, 2015 · Updated: March 24, 2015; 14:45

Strabag Builds Two Czech Motorways for € 24 Mln

Strabag a.s., the Czech subsidiary of Austrian-based publicly listed technology group Strabag SE, has been awarded two new motorway contracts in the Czech Republic as part of a consortium with Eurovia CS. The company will build two sections of the D3 motorway (see image) linking Prague with southern Bohemia.

March 9, 2015

Flying Ambassador: Fischler Christens AUA Aircraft “Spirit of Alpbach“

The godfather of the christening of an Austrian Airlines turboprop at Innsbruck-Kranebitten Airport was the former EU Commissioner and Austrian Minister of Agriculture Franz Fischler in his capacity as the President of the European Forum Alpbach

January 22, 2015

State Holding ÖIAG to be Renamed ÖBIB

Austrian state holding ÖIAG is going to be turned into a limited liability company (GesmbH) called "ÖBIB" Österreichische Bundes- und Industriebeteiligungsholding, which will be permitted to make new acquisitions and which will report directly to the Finance Ministry.

January 13, 2015

Gebrüder Weiss Opens Three Branches in Moscow

Logistics Company Gebrüder Weiss is consolidating its network, and with the Russian location, will be closing a geographical gap between its branches in Europe and Asia.

January 13, 2015

FACC and Parent AVIC to Shift Manufacturing of Passenger Cabins from Austria to China

During the China trip of Economy Minister Mitterlehner, Foreign Affairs Minister Kurz and Agriculture Minister Rupprechter, FACC AG and parent Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) have re-confirmed their "plans to enter into a strategic partnership relating to the integration of aircraft passenger cabins in China". Over the long run this means, that Austrian know-how and Austrian jobs will be moved and outsourced to China.

October 23, 2014

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Starts the Use of Austrian Drones

The OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) today completed the maiden flight of its unarmed/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) before members of the media near Mariupol in eastern Ukraine. The OSCE will use unmanned and unarmed drones for the monitoring of the border between Ukraine and Russia.

October 23, 2014

New Post Logistics Center Opens in Upper Austria

Listed postal service provider Post AG has officially inaugurated the new logistics centre in Allhaming, Upper Austria. Built for EUR 50 million (USD 64 million) and used since the beginning of August instead of the centre located at the Linz main train station, it has been designed for daily up to 1.6 million letters and 100,000 packages. Some 650 employees work in the new post office near the motorway Westautobahn. Various political officials participated in the inauguration.

October 17, 2014

AUA Sweeps Istanbul from Winter Timetable

AUA could no longer defy Turkish Airlines, because the Turkish airline puts on quality, but has much lower costs. During the winter schedule AUA therefore sweeps flights to Istanbul from its program.

September 16, 2014

Ederer Elected as Supervisory Board President of ÖBB Austrian Railways

A few days after her resignation from the ÖIAG Supervisory Board the former Siemens manager Brigitte Ederer was elected unanimously to the top of the ÖBB Supervisory Board.

September 11, 2014

Strabag to Build Koscierzyna Bypass in Poland for EUR 40 Mln

A consortium of Strabag Poland and its subsidiary Heilit+Woerner has been awarded the design-and-build contract for a 7.6 km bypass around the city of Kościerzyna in northern Poland. The 7.6 km carriageway includes various civil engineering structures and environmental protection measures. The contract has a value of about € 40 million (PLN 165 million).

September 11, 2014

Ederer Resigns as Supervisory Board Member of OIAG

Brigitte Ederer resigns as supervisory board member and leaves state holding company OIAG.

September 9, 2014

Transport & Logistics - DB Schenker Opens New Logistics Center in Belgrade

DB Schenker will be moving into a new logistics center near Belgrade/Serbia at the beginning of 2015. The center will offer customers the technology for specialized logistics solutions.

August 29, 2014

ÖBB Chairman Pöchhacker is Dead

The longtime chairman of the board of ÖBB and former CEO of the construction company Porr, Horst Pöchhacker, died on Wednesday after a short illness at the age of 75 years.

August 13, 2014

Siegfried Wolf New OIAG Supervisory Board Chairman

OIAG's supervisory board has appointed Siegfried Wolf as the new Chairman of the supervisory board.

June 27, 2014

Austrian Export Award 2014 for Above-Average Export Commitment

As part of a festive gala evening in Vienna's Museumsquartier, the Austrian Export Prize 2014 has been awarded by the Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economics, Reinhold Mitterlehner, and the President of the Economic Chamber Austria (WKO) Christoph Leitl.

June 26, 2014

AIRail: New Type of Rail Connections Between Linz and Vienna International Airport

From 14 December 2014, Austrian Airlines and ÖBB are to launch a cooperation entitled ‘AIRail’ on the Linz central station – Vienna Airport – Linz central station route. In future, Austrian passengers with an Austrian flight either preceding or following their rail journey will also be able to use new ÖBB connections with an Austrian flight number between Linz central station and Vienna Airport.

June 16, 2014

Tonight Emirates Will Take the First Airbus A380 to Vienna

Emirates airline will operate a one-off A380 service to Vienna, celebrating 10 years of flying to Vienna International Airport.

May 26, 2014

Yakunin: Broad-Gauge System from Vladivostock to Vienna to Be Established

Vladimir Yakunin, head of the Russian Railways (RZD), wants to stick to his strategic plans and establish an uninterrupted rail link between Vienna and Vladivostock.

May 24, 2014

Emirates: The Air Rights Quarrel Between Austria and UAE Continues

The Arab airline demands considerably more landings in Vienna.

May 23, 2014 · Updated: May 24, 2014; 16:15

Romania: Privatization of Railroad Company Flopped

The privatization of Romanian freight railroad company CFR Marfa failed. The sale of shares is part of the conditions with IMF, the World Bank and the European Union.

October 17, 2013

Poland to Improve Railway Infrastructure

According to CIR, the Polish government’s press center, the government plans on spending PLN 979m on railway infrastructure in 2014 and a further amount of PLN 692m in 2015.

October 16, 2013

Polish Airline LOT Staves off State Aid

Because of the effective restructuring measures, the airline carrier has fended off the need for a capital injection by the Polish state, accordint to Deputy Treasury Minister Rafal Baniak.

October 15, 2013

Croatia: Not Plans of Privatizing State-Owned Companies

Croatian government denies it planned to privatize 28 large state-owned companies.

October 14, 2013

Turkish Airlines Not Interested in Croatia Airlines

The Turkish airline carrier has denied rumors of acquiring states at Croatia Airlines.

September 11, 2013

Lopatka Demands Reform for Austrian Railways

State Secretary Lopatka demands Minister of Infrastructure Bures to tackle the expensive pension system at the Austrian Railways by doing away with privliges for emplyoees in order to unburden tax payers.

September 4, 2013

Transport & Logistics - DB Schenker to Expand its Operations in Croatia

Simultaneously with the accession of Croatia into the EU, and thus the abolition of customs borders between Croatia and the EU countries, Schenker positions itself on that market as a potential logistics partner.

September 3, 2013

Adria Airways to be Acquired by China Southern Airlines

Chinese Southern Airlines wants to gain a foothold in the Slovenian air traffic sector. Besides Adria Airways, Ljubljana Airport will be privatized.

August 25, 2013

Polish Airline LOT Puts Pressure on Boeing

Polish carrier LOT is threatening Boeing with claims for compensations. Dreamliner purchased by the airline company were faced with weeks of grounding due to a series of technical problems. Losses are estimated in the amount of up to € 25m.

August 23, 2013

Strong Signs of Life in CESEE Airline Sector

After a couple of difficult years, the airline industry in the CESEE region takes a re-start. In Hungary and Serbia, Arab investors have entered the stage.

August 5, 2013

AUA Posts Positive Operating Result

Austrian Airlines´operating result was up by EUR 20 million in the first half-year.

August 2, 2013

Slovenia Lures Russian Investors

Slovenia invites Russian investors to participate in privatization plans.

July 30, 2013

China: Big Plans for Ljubljana Airport

China Southern, Asia’s biggest airline company, plans to establish a hub in Ljubljana for SEE.

July 24, 2013

Good Outlook for Austrian Airlines

CEO Jaan Albrecht thinks that the Austrian subsidiary of German Lufthansa will record positive results this year.

July 22, 2013

Austrian Airlines: Ongoing Upward Trend

Traffic Results of Austrian Airlines for June 2013: Ongoing Upward Trend in Capacity Utilization

July 11, 2013

Kapsch Successfully Completes Interoperability Tests for GSM-R

Train communication systems from Kapsch CarrierCom successfully tested according to EU interoperability specifications.

June 28, 2013

Austria: Change on Supervisory Board of Austrian Airlines

The Annual General Meeting today decided to make a change on the Supervisory Board of Austrian Airlines AG:

June 28, 2013

Slovenia Expects Economic Recovery As Soon As 2014

On Saturday, the Slovenian Finance Ministry expressed its confidence that the newly adopted action plan would help stabilize public finances and help gain economic recovery despite of Fitch’s downgrade.

June 24, 2013

Kapsch Technology Ensures Safety on the Mecca-Medina Railway Line with it GSM-R Solution

The Prestigious High-speed rail on the pilgrimage route between the two holy cities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is being equipped with the GSM-R solution of Kapsch.

June 24, 2013

Last Try to Save Polish Airline LOT

Poland’s National Treasury starts a final attempt at saving Polish Airlines LOT.

June 21, 2013

Austria: Reduction in Working Hours at ÖBB

So far, the trade association of railways at the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO) has rejected the reduction of working hours at the Austrian Railways (ÖBB).

June 20, 2013

AUA „Makes Good Progress“

Chairman of Lufthansa Christoph Franz is confident that the Austrian affiliate Austrian Airways (AUA) will be able to make the turnaround in time.

June 20, 2013

Austria: Raids by EU Commission at ÖBB

The Austrian Railways is alleged of having agreed to fixed prices with other companies. House searches were carried out.

June 19, 2013

AMAG to Provide Aluminium for Airbus

Listed aluminium manufacturer AMAG received a major order by defence and aerospace company EADS.

June 13, 2013

Slovenia: Commission’s Target to Be Achieved in September

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Gregor Virant announced that Slovenia will achieve the EU Commission’s aim for approving more budget cuts by the end of September to avoid international bailout.

June 6, 2013

Zagreb: In-depth Analysis of SEE Infrastructure Development Plans

Many countries of Southeast Europe are outlining ambitious infrastructure development plans within transport, social, energy and environmental projects.

June 1, 2013