Austrian Airlines Salutes Vienna Philharmonic With Custom Jet

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Austrian Airlines has created a Vienna Philharmonic-themed jet in celebration of the Mozart Year of 2006 and Austria's presidency of the European Union, the airline announced.

The plane, an Airbus A340-300, bears the name of the orchestra and images of a violin, a cello, and a Vienna F-horn, a design used only by the Philharmonic. It has also been decorated with an image of a gold Vienna Philharmonic coin first minted in 1989.

The plane will be used to transport the Philharmonic to New York for its American tour later this year. Otherwise, it will be used primarily for flights to Japan.

According to Austrian Airlines, the painting of the plane was carried out using a laminated foil designed to withstand sudden changes in heat and pressure, as well as exposure to weather and the de-icing fluid sprayed on the plane during the winter.

All of Austrian Airlines' planes are decorated with the Mozart Year logo during 2006.

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