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OEBB Austrian Railways

ÖBB Cuts Early Retirements and Projects

The Austrian Railways (ÖBB) has to reduce costs by € 1.6bn until 2016. The major part is based on cost cuts in infrastructure projects.

February 11, 2012

Do & Co Takes Over Catering at ÖBB

After the successful application, the Austrian catering company Do & Co will serve passengers at ÖBB in future. Do & Co. ÖBB expects to reduce costs.

January 28, 2012

Austrian Railways: Resistance Against Management Arising

The works council as Austrian Railways (ÖBB) wants to prevent the planned reduction in staff. Before that, outsourced service must be reduced, the council states.

January 28, 2012

Austrian Railways Reduced Losses

The Austrian Railways (ÖBB) is still in the red. Nevertheless, losses were lower than initially expected.

January 19, 2012

Austria Grants Highest Subsidies in Europe

In 2010, subsidies amounting to 6.5% of the Austrian GDP were distributed. The EU-average is only the half.

January 7, 2012

Alpine Receives Railroad Operator License

The Austrian construction company received official license from the Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology for freight transports today.

December 22, 2011

Austerity Package for Austrian Railways?

According to media reports, the Austrian Railways (ÖBB) faces drastic steps. Among others, a hiring freeze is discussed.

December 19, 2011

Austrian Railways: Losses Amount to € 28.0m

The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) could reduce its expected losses for 2011. Operating results could be positive.

December 12, 2011

Austrian Government Pushes for Further Austerity Measures

The Minister of Finance, Maria Fekter, did not exclude an austerity package. First effects should be seen already in 2012. However, it is not clear yet if economic forecasts for the next year will hold.

November 26, 2011

Dismal Prospects for Austrian Transport Industry

In spite of satisfying results this year, the domestic transport industry expects worsening conditions in 2012.

November 21, 2011

Austerity Measures or New Taxes?

The Austrian government has to reduce its deficits, after having announced the “debt break”. The social democrats call for property taxes.

November 19, 2011

Spindelegger: Cost Cuts and Privatizations to Save Triple-A

Annual interest payments would grow by € 3bn if Austria was downgraded by one notch.

November 11, 2011

Federal Railways: Debt Burden € 15.2bn

The Austrian Minister of Infrastructure, Doris Bures, announced the amount of debt for Austrian Federal Railways and Asfinag.

November 5, 2011

Sale at Rail Cargo Austria?

The freight traffic division of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) still suffers from its Hungarian subsidiary RCH. A sale to Hungary seems to be possible.

October 15, 2011

ÖVP: Privatization of ÖBB “Unrealistic”

A privatization of the Austrian Federal Railways as suggested by Finance Minister Fekter is not an option at the moment.

October 7, 2011

Czech Railways Orders 16 Railjets from Vienna

Major Order for Siemens Austria from the Czech National Railways Ceske Drahy: the railway group exercises an option, which was reserved for the Austrian Federal Railways originally.

October 3, 2011

ÖBB with Positive Operating Result in First Half of 2011

The Austrian Federal Railways continue their restructuring program. Management expects to leave the loss zone by 2013.

September 29, 2011

New Board Member at ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Siegfried Stumpf succeeds Herwig Wiltberger, who retires from the Board on health reasons at the end of November.

September 22, 2011

Turnaround of RCA Is „Very Close“

The restructuring process of the Rail Cargo Hungaria, a subsidiary of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) is going on. The rail cargo segment reports better results than expected.

September 19, 2011

Westbahn Company to Provide Bus Service

The new Austrian competitor to the Federal Railways (ÖBB) intends to extend its transport services to bus lines.

September 13, 2011

ÖBB: “Cargo Business on the Right Track“

The Austrian Federal Railways’ CEO is satisfied with the development of the group’s cargo unit. RCA achieved a positive operating result in the first half of the year.

August 26, 2011

SNCF Acquires Stake in Westbahn

The French national railway company participates with 26% in ÖBB’s new competitor. Operations start on 11 December.

August 24, 2011

Tumpel-Gugerell Appointed to the Supervisory Board of ÖBB

The former central banker will join the Supervisory Board of the Austrian Federal Railways’ holding company.

August 18, 2011

ÖBB’s Debt Will Amount to € 30bn in 2020

Large infrastructure development projects will almost double the Austrian Federal Railways’ debt. In relation to other European countries, Austria spends the second highest amount per capita on the expansion of rail networks.

July 4, 2011

Hungary Considering Buyback of ÖBB’s Rail Cargo Hungaria

The Hungarian state is interested in acquiring a stake in the Austrian Federal Railways’ cargo subsidiary which it privatized in 2008.

June 14, 2011

ÖBB with Capital Injection for Its Italian Freight Business

The Austrian Federal Railways’ subsidiary Linea needs additional funding in order to cover its last year’s losses of € 5.8m.

June 9, 2011

ÖBB: Opposition to Privatization Plans

Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter has sparked a debate about the railway company’s future. Her plans have been criticized from many sides.

June 6, 2011

Michaelis: “Should Have Sold Postbus”

The CEO of ÖIAG regrets his decision to integrate the bus company into ÖBB. He will be succeeded by Markus Beyrer at the end of June.

June 3, 2011

ÖBB: No Sale of Loss-Making Rail Cargo Hungaria

The Austrian Federal Railways want to become market leader in rail cargo in Central and Southeastern Europe. € 30m will be invested in Hungary.

May 27, 2011

Surprisingly Good First Quarter Results for ÖBB

The Austrian Federal Railways achieved earnings of € 4.2m before tax in the first three months of 2011. For the full year, however, the company still forecasts a loss.

May 23, 2011

Massive Losses for Federal Railroad

The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) had to report a record loss of € 330m in 2010. CEO Kern speaks of "legacy".

April 30, 2011

Kern Leads an Image Campaign for ÖBB

With humorous content, but caused by the serious situation of the Austrian State Railway, CEO Christian Kern intends to promote greater understanding for the Group.

April 26, 2011

ÖBB Debt Reduction is Further Delayed

The debt of the Federal Railroad increases dramatically through the acquisition of a 25% share in the Brenner Base Tunnel (BBT) project,

April 15, 2011

ÖBB Promote Construction of the Brenner Tunnel

After the ÖBB detached themselves from the financing of the Brenner tunnel in February, an agreement was reached with the Ministry of Finance.

April 14, 2011

Kern: "We are Struggling for Survival"

The CEO of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Christian Kern, paints a dramatic picture of the largest domestic transport company.

April 8, 2011

Official start of construction of Austria's largest building project

The start of construction of the controversial Koralm tunnel, a railway connection between Carinthia and Styria, has occurred. The 20km long tunnel will be completed in 2022.

March 29, 2011

Economic Chamber: Austria's Economy in Distress because of ÖBB-Structuring

"Significant price increases and deterioration of rail services will lead to shift of traffic to roads."

March 24, 2011 · Updated: March 24, 2011; 00:49

No Sale of ÖBB-Power Plants

The proposal that the Austrian Federal Railways sell its assets rather than increase its capital meets with vehement rejection.

March 23, 2011

ÖBB: Massive Losses in Ireland

The ÖBB had to write off € 260m because of a sale and lease-back transaction.

March 19, 2011

ÖBB Restructuring: "There is no other Alternative"

Christian Kern, CEO of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) explains his plans to manage the turnaround in an interview with the magazine "Standard".

March 12, 2011

Austria's Public Debt Ratio Increases to over 80%

By including again non-active budget items, which are no longer allowed under EU law, debts of the Republic of Austria increase dramatically.

March 8, 2011

ÖBB: Cargo Division as Loss-Maker

The continuing crisis of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) is due in large extent to the losses in freight traffic of Rail Cargo Austria (RCA).

March 8, 2011

Major order for Siemens Austria

The Austrian subsidiary of the German electronics group receives a new order from Poland for the construction of underground train sets.

February 26, 2011

Brenner Tunnel: ÖBB will not pay

The Austrian Federal Railways will only accept to build the tunnel for € 10bn, if the costs are passed on to the state.

February 22, 2011

Austria's Budget Deficit is Lower than Expected

The preliminary budget outcome for 2010 is 0.6% better than forecast. However, the results of the ÖBB could increase the deficit again.

February 17, 2011

Difficulties in ÖBB Restructuring

The Austrian Federal Railways cannot get out of their debt crises. Restructuring of the freight division requires additional funding

February 15, 2011

SPÖ against expanding the ÖIAG

The expansion urged by Industrial Association and the ÖVP meets the resistance of the Social Democratic coalition partner.

February 15, 2011

Massive Increase in Public Debt

Austrian public debt could rise dramatically soon by a new calculation involving separate legal entities.

February 10, 2011

Tension between ÖBB and ÖVP

The conflict over the finances of the Austrian State Railway between the ÖBB and the ruling ÖVP goes on.

February 8, 2011

ÖBB CEO Kern Closes In on Politicians

The CEO of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Christian Kern, reacts angrily to accusations made by politicians.

February 5, 2011