Vienna, Austria - Austrian Airlines has begun phasing out the eighteen Bombardier Q400s in its fleet. The Canadian turboprops will be replaced by ten Airbus A320s.
At the beginning of this year, the Lufthansa Group subsidiary airline announced that it would retire its Bombardier Q400 fleet by 2021 and replace it with Airbus A320s. The turboprops with registrations OE-LGD and OE-LGE were already stored.
The Q400s of Austrian are 15 years old on average.
In July, Austrian Airlines has signed deals to take over two Airbus A320 jets from Chinese Juneyao Airlines and bankrupt Avianca Brasil.
The first of these planes has now arrived in Vienna and is being modified by Austrian Technik to join the Austrian carrier's fleet.
Another aircraft is already under renovation in Jacksonville, United States.
The planes will be painted in the colors the European operator's corporate identity and the cabins will be reconfigured in accordance with the other A320s in the fleet.