Austrian Airlines announced on April 19 that the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in its fleet will be delivered in 2024. The Austrian carrier will have 10 aircraft of the model by 2028.
As a subsidiary of the Lufthansa group, Austrian will receive the 10 jets through existing parent company orders.
The goal is to have a fleet of 66 aircraft by 2024, ten of which are long-haul jets. Currently, there are six Boeing 777-200 and three 767-300 in service, but they have a very high average age, around 23 years.
By 2028, the ten Boeing 787s will retire all of the airline’s oldest widebodies, however.
“With the ‘Dreamliner’ Austrian Airlines is taking off to a new era of aircraft and is setting course for growth. The fleet induction of ten Boeing 787-9 in the coming five years shows that we are fit for investments and the future”, said Austrian Airlines CEO Annette Mann.
As with other airlines in the Lufthansa group, Austrian Airlines has a very aging fleet, which also includes 29 A320s and six A321s with an average of 18 and 26 years in operation.
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There are two new A320neos, recently incorporated, in addition to 17 Embraer E195s with an average age of less than 12 years.
Another Lufthansa subsidiary, Swiss, will also renew its long-haul fleet but with Airbus A350-900 jets. They will arrive from 2025 and will succeed the four-engined A340.