Mon, 29 July 2019

Austrian Airlines Secures Six More Airbus A320s

Austrian Airlines has secured six additional Airbus A320 aircraft.

The first of the six jets is scheduled for delivery in August.

A total of ten additional jets are to replace the 18 Dash 8-400 turboprop aircraft by 2021, meaning that Austrian will increase its Airbus fleet from 36 to 46 aircraft. As of 30 June 2019, the entire Austrian Airlines fleet consisted of 82 aircraft.

"These six additional A320s should also be understood as a strong signal towards low cost competition. We are defending our market position and are determined to fight for our customers," said Austrian Airlines CCO, Andreas Otto.

Austrian Airlines Airbus A320 reg: OE-LBW. Picture by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

Four of the six additional A320 jets are being leased from Aviation Capital and previously flew at Avianca Brasil. In part, these aircraft are already being subject to the necessary delivery check.

The first A320 is expected to be transferred to Austrian Airlines in the middle of August. Additional planes will be supplied at the end of August as well as in September and October.

Following the necessary modifications and adaptations, the first aircraft should be put into operation on Austrian Airlineís behalf in December of this year.

Austrian Airlines will take possession of two other Airbus jets purchased from CDB Aviation, which are currently operated by Star Alliance Connecting Partner, Juneyao.

The Six A320s

OE-LZA (September 2007) A320-214 CFM56-5B4/P planned delivery January 2020 - Juneyao

OE-LZB (October 2007) A320-214 CFM56-5B4/P planned delivery January 2020 - Juneyao

OE-LZC (September 2012) A320-214 CFM56-5B4/3 planned delivery August 2019 - Avianca Brasil

OE-LZD (October 2012) A320-214 CFM56-5B4/3 planned delivery August 2019 - Avianca Brasil

OE-LZE (September 2013) A320-214 CFM56-5B4/3 planned delivery September 2019 - Avianca Brasil

OE-LZF (November 2013) A320-214 CFM56-5B4/3 planned delivery October 2019 - Avianca Brasil

So far this year, Austrian Airlines has already decommissioned two Dash aircraft. The hand over of a further Dash turboprop is also planned for later this year. Nine other Dash turboprops are scheduled to be phased out from the Austrian Airlines fleet in the course of 2020, the remaining six will follow in 2021.

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