In the todays "Neue Zürcher Zeitung" (quality news paper of Zurich, Switzerland) is interesting article about Austrian an Lauda with the title:
"Cold war between Niki Lauda and AUA"
They say that Lauda has severe financial problems. Niki Lauda announced to sell 5 of his 26 aircrafts and lease them back to get cash . Austrian is has a stake of 35.9% in Lauda. They were not informed about this and are now angry about it.
The article is much longer, but unfortunatly I don't have time to translate it.
My questions: Is it possible to solve financial problems with this methode? I don't think so!
Are these the first consequences of the Austrian's decision to join Star Alliance. This was a big mistake because Lufthansa is too close and too big. The Austrian Airlines Group (inkl. Lauda) will become an only LH and FRA feeder and will have to give up a large number of intercontinental flights. The first was JNB others will follow. The second step made SIA to give up Vienna in favour of more flights to FRA.
For people who understand German: