LONDON – Yesterday, Austrian Airlines announced that four Airbus A320neo aircraft will be incorporated into the fleet by the Spring of 2023.
The newest aircraft received is due to depart on its maiden flight today between Vienna and London.
Such an announcement was made at the “Servus A320neo” event at one of the airline’s hangars at Vienna Airport.
Commenting on this move was Annette Mann, the CEO of Austrian Airlines:
“The Austrian Team has bravely navigated the crisis over the past two and a half years and put the company back on track. The restructuring has been completed, and the Austrian Team is “fit to fly” again.”
“This summer, we successfully demonstrated our performance level. This was the basis for us to add factory-new aircraft to our fleet for the first time in more than 16 years and thus take an important growth step for our company and the Vienna hub”.
Also commenting on the news was Martin Kocher, the Minister of Labor and Economic Affairs for Austria:
“I am very pleased to see that Austrian Airlines, as Austria’s largest airline, is finally expanding again after the past challenging years.”
“The acquisition of the new Airbus A320neo shows that Austria and its airport Vienna-Schwechat is an important hub for aviation in Central and Central Eastern Europe and beyond. I warmly congratulate AUA on the ceremonial “christening” of the new aircraft!”
When the four aircraft are in full operation, this will bring the airline’s total fleet count to 65.
Austrian Pushing Sustainability Theme Hard…
Austrian Airlines has pushed the sustainability theme hard following the delivery of these aircraft. They said the following in a statement:
“By adding modern and efficient short- and medium-haul aircraft, Austrian Airlines underlines its commitment to resource-saving aviation.”
“Thanks to innovative Pratt & Whitney engine technology and improved aerodynamics, the fuel consumption of the Airbus A320neo is up to 20 percent lower than of comparable older-generation aircraft.”
“In addition, a Neo taking off has a noise footprint that is around 50 percent smaller than comparable aircraft types.”
“The new aircraft thus make an important contribution to Austrian Airlines’ environmental efficiency, increase profitability and at the same time represent an important long-term investment in the Vienna hub.”
“Depending on the route, the operation of an Airbus A320neo can save up to 3,700 tons of CO2 per year compared to the respective predecessor.”
Adding to this was Francesco Sciortino, the COO of Austrian Airlines:
“Besides the use of sustainable aviation fuels, modern and fuel-efficient aircraft are the biggest lever in achieving our ambitious climate targets,”
“By 2030, we want to halve our net-CO2-emissions, and by 2050, we want to be CO2-neutral both on the ground and on board.”
It remains clear that Austrian Airlines is pushing for the environment, and the new additions to the fleet will slowly begin the process of the carrier being able to do this on a larger scale.