Your FAQs about Austrian Airlines Fleet

Recently, we’ve been collecting your burning questions about Austrian Airlines on our social media channels. The result? A vast number of different questions, across a wide range of subject areas. So this week, we want to answer your Frequently Asked Questions about our fleet…

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How many aircraft are there in the Austrian Airlines fleet?

Our fleet currently consists of 83 aircraft. The Airbus 321-211, Airbus 321-111, Airbus 320-200, Airbus 319-111 and Embraer 195 aircraft types, as well as the Bombardier Q400, are used on short- and medium-haul routes. When flying on our long-haul routes, meanwhile, you will be enjoying the considerable comforts of a Boeing aircraft of the types 767-300ER or 777-200ER.

How many 777s are there in the Austrian Airlines fleet?

Our aircraft family includes six Boeing 777-200ER. Our ‘Triple-Sevens’ have all been named, and are called ‘Sound of Music’, ‘Heart of Europe’, ‘Dream of Freedom’, ‘Spirit of Austria’, ‘Blue Danube’ and ‘Sibanye’. We can transport a total of 306 passengers using this aircraft (38 in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy Class, and 244 in Economy Class).

For further details of our Boeing 777, just click here. You can also take a virtual guided tour of the cabin by clicking here.

When did the first Boeing 777 take off flying the Austrian Airlines colours, and what was its destination?

To answer this question, we dipped into our archives, where we found the following response:

A Boeing 777-200 took off with an OS flight number for the first time in the 2001 winter flight schedule. This first flight flew via Bangkok to Denpasar, on the Indonesian island of Bali.

How are decisions reached as to which aircraft type, and aircraft, should be deployed on a particular route?

Operational and commercial criteria are used to decide which type of aircraft and which aircraft are scheduled on the various routes. Our Boeing aircraft are used on long-haul routes, when they fly you – amongst other places – to Montréal, Miami, Chicago, Beijing and the Maldives.

Examples of operational criteria include an aircraft’s range, and whether a particular slot and gate are available at the desired time. Commercial criteria relate to the level of demand; if more passengers want to fly to New York, for example, then a larger aircraft is used.

What special paintwork is currently being used in the Austrian Airlines fleet?

In June 2019, a total of 10 of our aircraft featured special paintwork:

  • Our Airbus 320-200 with the registration OE-LBO is using a retro design from 1988.
  • Our Boeing 777-200, registration OE-LPF, is cruising above the clouds in the special ‘60 Years’ design.
  • Our Boeing 777-200 with the registration OE-LPE is adorned with special paintwork showing greetings on its left forward fuselage.
  • Our Boeing 777-200 with the registration OE-LPD also has special paintwork on the left fuselage featuring the lettering ‘mySound of Austria’ and an image of a flight attendant.
  • A further six aircraft made by the manufacturers Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer use the Star Alliance colours when flying.

All this talk of ‘registrations’ – what exactly are these, and what’s the logic behind them?

Aircraft have individual aircraft registrations. On a car, the ‘registration’ would be its number plate. In aviation, registrations are assigned according to a certain system, which varies in many countries. In Austria, this is as follows:

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Here’s how the registrations in our fleet are created:

  • Boeing 777-200ER à OE-LP_
  • Boeing 767-300ER à OE-LA_
  • Airbus 321 and Airbus 320 à OE-LB_
  • six Airbus 320 á ‘OE-LX_’
  • Airbus 319-111 à OE-LD_
  • Embraer 195 à OE-LW_
  • Bombardier Q400 à OE-LG_

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