Austrian Airlines wants only one type aircraft in its long-haul fleet


Vienna - Austrian Airlines wants to have only one type of aircraft in its long-haul fleet in the future. The company has both Boeing 767s and 777s in its current long-haul fleet, but they are almost at the end of their lifespan.

The standardization of the fleet is a high priority task,

said the airline's CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech in an interview with ATW.

It is not ideal to have two types of aircraft in a small long-haul fleet of twelve aircraft,

he added.

Flying with one type of aircraft reduces maintenance costs and makes the fleet more flexible.

Austrian Airlines has six Boeing 767-300ER and six Boeing 777-200ER in its long-haul fleet and they are more than twenty years old on average. The boss of Austrian, therefore, wants new aircraft.

I do not think we will buy more second-hand Boeing 777,

said Mr. Alexis von Hoensbroech.

But the problem is that the parent company Lufthansa Group does not consider Austrian profitable enough and therefore does not want to invest in a new long-haul aircraft.