Vienna - Austrian Airlines says goodbye to the Bombardier Q400. The airline will phase out its Canadian turboprops by 2021.
The decision came as part of the so-called "DriveTo25" strategic plan of Austrian Airlines, which was approved by the Board of Directors on January 17. The Board also approved a plan for ten additional Airbus A320 aircraft. Austrian Airlines wants to transform into a global network operator by 2025 connecting destinations in Europe, North America, and Asia via Vienna.
Austrian Airlines inherited eight Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft from Tyrolean Airways, who merged with Austrian in 2015. The routes on which the Q400s are currently being deployed will be taken over by the Embraer E195s after 2021.
Austrian will continue to rely on the Boeing 767s and the Boeing 777s on its long-haul routes for now. Although the Boeing 767s of the carrier are 23 years old on average, the airline hasn't announced a successor yet.