Europe's largest airline group Lufthansa said Tuesday it was retiring "ladies and gentlemen" as an on-board greeting in favour of gender-neutral alternatives. A spokesman for the German company told AFP the move was intended to make all passengers on board feel welcome, including those who do not identify as male or female.
"This reaction of Russia is absolutely incomprehensible," the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in the first reaction.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Alexander Schallenberg, asked Russia for clarification and to stop, as he said, "artificially creating obstacles in free air traffic between Russia and Europe".
Fighting corruption and crime and the need for qualification of the cadres - these are the two most important issues that would improve the business climate in the country and the market conditions respectively. This was stated in a poll among the representatives of the Austrian business in Bulgaria.
Air Berlin is in talks with three competitors about buying up its assets, the insolvent airline's boss said on Aug. 17, warning that not all jobs would be saved.
"Aside from Lufthansa, we are in contact with two other interested parties from the aviation industry," Air Berlin chief executive Thomas Winkelmann told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.