Austrian Airlines and time:matters mark 100th cargo flight with expanded partnership    

Published: Monday, March 1, 2021

NEU-ISENBURG: Austrian Airlines and time:matters marked their 100th cargo flight between Asia, Austria and Europe since the pandemic began in March 2020 with a special lively and an expanded partnership for additional cargo flights on the routes.

Medical supplies like protective gloves, masks and suits as well as rapid antigen tests have continued uninterruptedly on the routes since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis thanks to the partnership between Austrian Airlines and time:matters.

A subsidiary of Lufthansa Cargo, time:matters initiated the move in order to directly transport urgently needed protective materials to Vienna, Frankfurt or Linz. The Austrian Airlines team, henceforth, worked closely with the local branch office of time:matters in Vienna at all times.

More than 2,000 tons of relief supplies were brought to Europe on some 100 flights from Xiamen, Shanghai and Penang. Austrian Airlines’ Boeing B767 and 777 aircraft with built in seats were deployed on these flights as well as the B777 “Prachter”— the German word for a passenger plane turned into a freighter.

On the occasion of the 100th cargo flight jointly operated by Austrian Airlines and time:matters, the converted B777 cargo aircraft of the Austrian flag carrier was given a special livery over the last few days by the experts at Austrian Technik.

The tail section of the aircraft displayed the time:matters logo as well as lettering to point out the anniversary flight taking off today from Vienna and heading to Penang. The aircraft returned to Vienna again on February 28, 2021 carrying urgently needed relief supplies.

“I am extremely pleased that we are able to do something good thanks to the strong partnership with time:matters, especially with its team of cargo experts in Vienna. On the basis of our joint airlift, we can contribute to halting the spread of the pandemic,” said Austrian Airlines CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech.

time:matters CEO Alexander Kohnen added: “We want to further intensify our cooperation with Austrian Airlines and are working to launch additional air cargo routes. I think it is fantastic to leverage this special occasion as the basis for expanding our collaboration and making further plans for the future.”