Just Four Left: A Look At Austrian Airlines’ Boeing 767s

Austrian Airlines’ widebody fleet is not large. It comprises all-Boeing aircraft: the B767-300ER and the B777-200ER. In an intriguing contrast, its narrowbody fleet is fully Airbus, aside from its Embraer regional jets. Austrian now has four three active 767s and five active 777s, together with one inactive example of each type.

Austrian 767
This aircraft, OE-LAW, was expected to leave Austrian’s fleet in September, but it is still in use. On October 5th, it landed in Vienna from Newark at 08:07 and will fly to JFK at 10:40. Photo: Adam Moreira via Flickr.

Austrian Airlines’ three active B767-300ERs are all winglet-equipped and have the IATA code of 76W. They’re operated in a 211-seat configuration with 26 fully flat business seats, 18 in premium economy, and 167 in economy.

All but one 767 is owned by Austrian itself, ch-aviation.com shows, and they’re an average of 24.34 years old. They’re the second-oldest in the carrier’s fleet, behind only its A321-100s with an average of 25.8 years.

Details of the last four active 767s are below. Interestingly, Alpha Echo and Alpha Whiskey have only been used by Austrian operators. Alpha Yankee, however, saw brief service with Spanair (2001-2002) as EC-HVG and Condor (2003-2004) as D-ABUV.

  • OE-LAE: 20.98 years and delivered to Lauda Air in 2000
  • OE-LAW: 29.19 years; delivered to Lauda Air in 1992
  • OE-LAY: 22.85 years; delivered to Lauda Air in 1998
Austrian 767 OE-LAE
When writing, none of Austrian’s active 767s are in the air. However, OE-LAE flew overnight from Dulles, arriving back home at 08:15. Image: Radarbox.com.

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Where are Austrian’s 767s flying this month?

Just five destinations see the 767 from Vienna in October, according to schedules information from experts OAG. These are shown below. The importance of Star Alliance hubs – along with ever-popular New York JFK – is clear to see. Based on the week starting October 18th, Washington Dulles and Newark are both served seven-weekly.

  1. Newark: OS89; seven-weekly; leaves Vienna at 10:15
  2. Washington Dulles: OS93; seven-weekly; leaves at 10:35
  3. Montreal: OS73; three-weekly; leaves at 10:30
  4. New York JFK: OS87; three-weekly; leaves at 10:40
  5. Chicago O’Hare: OS65; four-weekly; leaves at 10:45

Note that all five routes depart between 10:15 and 10:45, which is Austrian’s only departure period to North America. This schedule is designed for lots of connectivity over its Vienna hub. Note Chicago. While it has four-weekly 767 flights, it also has three by the 308-seat 777.

Austrian 767
On some days in the week beginning October 18th, Austrian will have four 767 departures from Vienna. This means that OE-LAZ, the only inactive 767, is expected to return to service. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

Montreal has resumed

Austrian resumed Montreal (YUL) on October 1st after an 18-month absence. In 2019, approximately 40,000 passengers connected over Vienna to/from Montréal, booking data shows. Tehran, Tel Aviv, Chișinău, Cairo, and Bucharest saw the most transit passengers.

Austrian's 767 routes
At 3,500 nautical miles, Austrian’s Montreal route is the carrier’s shortest to North America. Image: GCMap.

Austrian 767 throwback

If the period between 2004 and 2021 is combined, Austrian has used the 767 to some 70 destinations from its Vienna hub, analyzing OAG data indicates. These include many one-offs and time-limited services, including numerous leisure destinations across Europe.

However, just 20 destinations have had over 100 flights by the type on a normal scheduled basis. While Dulles, Beijing, Toronto, Delhi, and JFK were the top five most served destinations, other lesser-known routes are pretty exotic. These include Melbourne served via Singapore until 2006 and a non-stop to Mauritius from 2004 to 2007 and again in 2015.

What are your experiences or memories of flying Austrian’s 767s? Let us know in the comments.

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