Austrian Airlines Boeing 777
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines Group will add a fifth Boeing 777-200ER to its fleet from summer 2014. The aircraft, which has a €33 million ($43.2 million) market value, will be an eight-year lease from an unidentified international leasing company.
Austrian CEO Jaan Albrecht told ATW recently the airline will use additional aircraft to increase capacity on existing routes and transfer the smaller 767-300ERs on new routes, most likely to North America or Asia. “Compared to the 767, the 777 brings 20% to 25% of additional capacity on a route,” he said.
The carrier has traffic rights to Brazil from former Lauda Air, which was eliminated as part of Austrian’s restructuring process. “If the traffic rights still exist, then we have definitely an interest operating to South America, especially during the winter season,” Albrecht said.
Austrian Airlines currently operates four 777-200ERs and six 767-300ERs in its long-haul fleet.