Austrian Airlines to rejuvenate their fleet

first_imgAustrian Airlines to rejuvenate their fleetIn a bid to rejuvenate their fleet the Austrian Airlines board has purchased 17 almost new Embraer 195 aircrafts with a list price of almost $900 million.The first commercial flight is planned for January 2016 after 200 pilots are retrained to operate the aircraft once the first of the aircrafts are delivered in August.Andreas Otto, Austrian Airlines chief commercial officer explained that “some 900 jobs are directly connected to this investment program,” the largest investment in Austrian aviation history.The new aircrafts are considerably larger than the Fokker aircraft, which it will replace over time, now offering 120 seats as compared to 80.They are also far more fuel efficient using 18 per cent less fuel per aircraft seat and are far younger with an average age of four years, as opposed to the aging Fokker fleet with an average age of 21 years.The aircrafts have been purchased from Lufthansa CityLine who will receive Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen jets from Eurowings.Source = ETB Travel News: Peter Gollagherlast_img read more

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