Employees bid farewell to the aircraft as it left Vienna bound for the United States
As part of Austrian Airlines’ fleet modernisation programme, the first of three Boeing 767s has left Vienna for the United States.
The 30-year-old widebody, OE-LAT (c/n 25273), is currently on its way to Marana/Pinal Airpark in Arizona after a stopover in Bangor in the state of Maine.
Alpha Tango was delivered to Martinair Holland in October 1991 but acquired by Lauda Air in December of that year.
It flew for the Austrian operator and its Italian subsidiary until 2004 when the airline became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the flag carrier.
Since 1991, the jet has completed over 19,000 landings and around 133,000 flight hours, equating to more than 15 years in the air.
Last month, the flag carrier revealed it had signed a deal with aviation asset and equity specialists MonoCoque Diversified Interests (MDI), which would see the US-based company purchase three of its 767-300ERs.
“Being able to sell all three Boeing 767s to one buyer is very gratifying and a big step for our fleet transition”, commented Alexis von Hoensbroech, CEO of Austrian Airlines. “I would like to thank MonoCoque Diversified Interests for the good negotiations and our team for their great commitment.”
Mary Alice Keyes, the manager of the Texas firm, added: “[We] are excited to continue the growth of our passenger and cargo aviation portfolio with the addition of three 767-300ERs. It has been a pleasure to work with Austrian Airlines, a group with a long history and outstanding pedigree.”
The next transfer flight is scheduled for May with OE-LAX (c/n 27095), while OE-LAW (c/n 26417) will follow later this year.
At an average age of 28.5 years, the three 767s are the oldest aircraft in the flag carrier’s fleet. After the completed handover, Austrian will have nine long-haul jets including six 777-200ERs and the three remaining younger 767-300ERs.
Before the end of this year, 15 more aircraft will exit the fleet including eight De Havilland Canada Dash 8s and seven Airbus A319s. A fleet reduction to around 60 examples corresponds to a capacity cut of around 20%.