Thursday, 21. August 2014
03. 04. 13. - 11:00
A Lauda-Air plane flew from Vienna to Linz for the last time yesterday (Tues). Austrian Airlines (AUA) and their subsidiary Tyrolean said goodbye to the last Boeing 737.
It was the last machine of the Boeing medium-haul fleet, painted in old Lauda-Air colours, which became part of AUA. According to the managing director of AUA, Jaan Albrecht, the AUA will save 17 million Euros by changing from Boeing to Airbus.
Double costs for maintenance and spare parts will be omitted and synergies with the Lufthansa aircraft fleet are expected. The 23 Fokker machines will be replaced until 2019/2020. AUA is discussing replacing them with Embraer or the new Bombardier "CSeries".
"The next important decision will be the replacement of Fokker machines. We can only carry out the change when we make profits in order to finance it out of our own resources", Mr Albrecht said.
10 Boeing long-range aircrafts (four of the type 777 and six of the type 767) will be operating for another seven or eight years. They are being converted for 90 million Euros. Depending on the business performance of the company, the long-range aircraft fleet will be slowly increased.
When AUA started a business deal with Lauda Air in 1997 and took over Lauda Air in 2002, the company increased its fleet of Boeing planes. Up to 11 Boeing 737 "Next Generation" and one "Classic" have been in its fleet since 2002. When Lufthansa became the parent company of Austrian Airlines, seven Airbus A 320 were leased.
The brand "Lauda Air" existed until 2012 as a charter sales brand. 120 pilots were trained to fly Airbus 320.
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