Saturday, July 7, 2012
Austrian Airlines: Vienna-Riyadh, October 1986
Lufthansa has not been the only German-speaking airline serving the Gulf states. Here, Austrian Airlines links Vienna to Riyadh, beginning in 1986. Incredibly, this was operated using a narrow-body MD-82, hardly a spacious option for such a long fight.
Its also remarkable that the cancellation stamp shows the 1971-era striped water tower, which in the 1980s was Riyadh's only modern landmark (surely today with iconic Kingdom Centre or Al Faisaliyah skyscraper would be used). Austrian still serves a number of cities in the Middle East, but Riyadh is not currently one of them.