Yesterday, on December 14, 2014, Austrian Airlines and ÖBB launched the cooperation entitled ‘AIRail’ on the route between Linz central station and Vienna Airport. Austrian passengers with an Austrian flight either preceding or following their rail journey are now be able to use new ÖBB connections, with an Austrian flight number, between Linz central station and Vienna Airport. Integrating Linz into the Austrian Airlines network in this way – in addition to the five daily flights between the two cities already being offered – provides up to eight extra rail connections a day. The travelling time from Linz central station to Vienna Airport is 1 hour 47 minutes. From December 2015 onwards, the rail link will be extended further still, as ÖBB railjets and IC (Intercity) trains are deployed every 30 minutes and the travel time is reduced further, to 1 hour 42 minutes.
AIRail: earn miles in same way as when flying – and with guaranteed connection
Austrian passengers using AIRail on the route between Linz and Vienna can earn miles on the Miles & More programme in the same way as they would do when travelling by air. They also benefit from guaranteed onward transportation, no matter whether their journey is continued by air or rail. At platforms in Linz and Vienna Airport, an ÖBB porter helps passengers load and unload their luggage. Austrian Business Class passengers travel in the First Class compartment of the train, and receive free access to the newly designed ÖBB Lounge at Linz central station before departure.
Source: Austrian Airlines.