Posted on: 04 January 2016 by Mark Howells
Austrian Airlines has become an Embraer E-Jets customer with new scheduled flights with the E195 from Vienna to several Central European destinations like Belgrade, Warsaw, Hamburg, Thessaloniki and Tirana, among others.
The airline began the incorporation of 17 used E195s into its fleet during the final quarter of 2015.
“We are very happy to welcome the Embraer E-Jets to our fleet. These 120-seat aircraft will use 18% less fuel per seat. Therefore in the future, flying with Austrian Airlines will be even more environmentally friendly”, noted Robert Heusmann, project leader of the Embraer incorporation at Austrian Airlines.
“Following the same path that others carriers did in Europe, Austrian is replacing older and less efficient aircraft with E-Jets, creating value for its owner and partners, and also offering a tremendous product for its passenger in terms of comfort,” commented Mathieu Duquesnoy, vice-president, marketing and sales, Europe & Middle East, Embraer Commercial Aviation.
The airline will use the E195s, which is acquired from Lufthansa CityLine, to replace a fleet of Fokker 70s and Fokker 100s. The fleet’s average age is now four years, compared with 21 years for the old Fokker fleet.