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