Austrian Airlines has become a new operator of the Embraer E-Jets family.
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines began using 120-seat Embraer 195s on scheduled services on January 4 on routes linking its hub at Vienna Airport with Belgrade, Warsaw, Hamburg, Thessaloniki and Tirana, as well as other European destinations.
The airline acquired 17 used Embraer 195s from Lufthansa Group sibling CityLine last fall.
“These 120-seater aircraft will use 18 per cent less fuel per seat [than the Fokker 100s and Fokker 70s they replace]. Therefore in the future, flying with Austrian Airlines will be even more environmentally friendly”, says Robert Heusmann, Austrian Airlines’ project leader for the Embraer 195 incorporation.
“Following the same path that others carriers did in Europe, Austrian is replacing older and less efficient aircraft with the E-Jets, creating value for its owner and partners, and also offering a tremendous product for its passenger in terms of comfort,” says Mathieu Duquesnoy, vice president, marketing & sales, Europe & Middle East for Embraer Commercial Aviation.
Replacing the elderly Fokker jets with the much younger Embraer 195s means Austrian Airlines’ fleet will now have an average age of four years. Its Fokker fleet had an average age of about 21 years.
Since the formal launch of its E-Jets program in 1999, Embraer has logged orders for nearly 1,700 aircraft in the E-Jets family and delivered more than 1,200.
The first E-Jet, an Embraer 170 for LOT Polish Airlines, entered revenue service in 2004. Some 70 customers from 50 countries now operate Embraer E-Jets.