- Joe Breitfeller
Austrian Airlines Prepares to Phase Out Boeing 767-300ERs
The carrier is phasing out their Boeing 767-300ERs in the coming months. The first aircraft (OE-LAT) completed its last passenger flight on January 10, 2021 and its transfer flight to the U.S. is expected to take place in early March.
On Wednesday (January 13, 2021), Austrian Airlines announced that they will be phasing out their fleet of three Boeing 767-300ERs in the coming months. The first aircraft to leave the fleet (OE-LAT) made its final passenger flight on January 10, 2021 and the transfer flight is planned for early March. The long-haul aircraft was manufactured in 1991 and served Austrian Airlines for around 20 years after the 2001 takeover of Lauda. During the next few weeks, the aircraft will undergo preparations for transfer to the U.S. The remaining aircraft, OE-LAX and OE-LAW, will remain in service until next fall, when they will also be phased out. Austrian’s Boeing 767-300ERs have an average age of 28.5 years and are among the oldest aircraft in the carrier's fleet.
Austrian Airlines will phase out a total of 28 aircraft from their fleet by the beginning of 2022. In addition to the three 767-300ERs mentioned above, the airline will also phase out 18 Dash turboprops and seven Airbus A319s. Ten of the 18 Dash turboprops have already exited the fleet and the eight remaining aircraft will be phased out by early March. With the planned fleet reduction, Austrian Airlines’ fleet will consist of approximately 60 aircraft by the start of 2022.
Source: Austrian Airlines