Austrian Airlines retires maiden Boeing 767

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. 

Seen here in 2012,  OE-LAT is a -300ER variant of the popular 767 family. Flickr Commons/BriYYZ

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. 

The jet was also used by Lauda Air and its Italian subsidiary. Wikimedia Commons/Ken Fielding

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. 

The jet is on its way to Arizona but will stop in Bangor, Maine first. Flightradar24

“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.” 

Dash 8
The flag carrier expects to retire its whole fleet of De Havilland Canada Dash 8s by the end of the year. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

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. 

Austrian's seven-strong compliment of A319s will also be exiting the fleet this year. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

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%.