The first of the ten additional Airbus A320 aircraft, which will strengthen the Austrian Airlines fleet at Vienna Airport, landed in Vienna yesterday evening 9 Oct.
In January, Austria’s national carrier announced a large-scale conversion of its fleet. Ten additional Airbus jets will replace 18 Dash 8-400 turboprops by 2021.
The very first of the jets was received yesterday evening by Austrian Airlines in Vienna. The aircraft was handed over by the leasing company Aviation Capital Group, departing in Jacksonville (Florida) and making stops in Bangor (Maine) and Shannon (Ireland) before landing in Vienna.
The paintwork of the aircraft already featured the well-known Austrian Airlines colors. This A320-214 aircraft was first licensed in October 2012 and is equipped with CFM56-5B4/3 engines. Plans call for the Airbus A320 jet to be the first of the additional planes to be transferred to Austrian Airlines Operations and take off on behalf of Austria’s national carrier over the next few weeks.