Austrian Airlines is the leading carrier in Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Since the beginning of flight operations on 31st of March 1958, Austrian Airlines succeeded as a pioneer in including new, yet unknown destinations in the route network. As a specialised network-carrier, the Austrian Airlines Group focuses specifically on its extended home market in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and on East-West/West-East transfer traffic. Austrian Airlines is Austria’s largest carrier and operates a global route network of round 130 destinations. That route network is particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe with 41 destinations.