Austrian Airlines first Boeing 787-9 in Vienna

Austrian Airlines receives its first ‘white’ Boeing 787

The leased aircraft was flown by Bamboo Airways and arrived in Vienna on May 14. Airline put the 787-9 on training flights in Germany

Austrian Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, but the event was not as popular as other ceremonies marking the arrival of a new aircraft.

The Lufthansa Group carrier welcomed the OE-LPL jet on May 14, but the aircraft arrived in the country with an all-white fuselage.

The 787-9 was flying with Bamboo Airways, a Vietnamese airline that is going through a financial crisis. It and the future Dreamliner OE-LPM were removed from service in November 2023 and returned to the lessor, CALC, of China.

In February, the two widebodies appeared associated with Austrian Airlines with delivery scheduled for April. The jets are expected to enter service from June, initially on the route between Vienna and New York and later to Chicago.

Austrian Airlines Boeing 787-9 (AA)

On Friday, the Dreamliner OE-LPL carried out several flights from Leipzig, Germany, for crew training, according to local press.

The second 787 is in Taipei undergoing overhaul services before being sent to Vienna.

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Austrian Airlines’ first Boeing 787 when it was still flying with Bamboo Airways (Colin Cooke Photo)

Austrian currently has an aging fleet of long-range jets. There are six Boeing 777-200s with an average age of 24 years, in addition to three 767-300s with almost 25 years in service.

According to the company, the goal is to replace these aircraft with nine Boeing 787s that will be transferred by Lufthansa by 2028.

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