Austrian Airlines

euro adhoc: Austrian Airlines AG
Group prepared for possibility of conflict in Iraq (E)

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The Austrian Airlines Group has made extensive proactive preparations in the face of possible conflict in the Middle East. The Group’s ability to withstand the economic pressures of war has been substantially bolstered by the real progress achieved to date as part of the turnaround programme. A clear fall in demand has been gaining in strength since the beginning of this year, a trend reflected in relatively low prebookings for the first quarter. As a result of this, the forecast results for 2003 (EBIT of EUR 120 million, net profit of EUR 45 million) will not be achievable. Since it is impossible to make a reliable estimate of the duration and economic consequences of a war in Iraq at present, a hedged new forecast cannot yet be provided. The prospective financial results for 2002 of approximately EUR 40 million (EBIT) will not be affected by this development. The new turnaround programme successfully introduced last year will be secured with a further package of measures.

end of announcement            euro adhoc 12.02.2003

Further inquiry note: Konzernkommunikation: Johannes Davoras Johann Jurceka Tel.: 051755-1231 Investor Relations Karl Knezourek Tel.: 051766 - 3328

Branche: Air Transport
ISIN:      AT0000620158
WKN:        062015
Index:    ATX, ATX Prime, WBI
Börsen:  Wiener Börse AG / official dealing

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