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Auf Wiedersehen Lauda! Hello Austrian.  
User currently offlineWhite Eagle From Australia, joined May 2001, 61 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2657 times:

These are the words plastered across a huge billboard in Sydney, Australia.

It looks like the Austrian Airlines group has decided to start flying under the "Austrian" name on flights to Australia.

The billboard then proceeds to say:

"New Name - Same Smile"

By Lauda (in small letters)

As mentioned in previous threads, the flights to Australia will use the standard OS numbering from the end of March and not use the 3000 series reserved for what were previously NG operated flights.

It means that a sad end in Lauda's 16 year history of flying to Australia in its own name will end and being the only airline to have cabin crew wear Levis Jeans. How sad!

I used to real enjoy flying them up until a few years ago and since Niki Lauda left, that entrepreneurial spirit seems to have left the airline. I guess it was only time before OS assimilated Lauda.

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User currently offlineVHTAE From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

I was coming home from work today and noticed the same billboard at the new docklands development in Melbourne. It's sad to see Lauda lose it's name and let's hope Austrian keep flying to Australia.

User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8322 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2519 times:

I don't think Austrian have any intention of pulling out. I was talking to their rep the other day at work, and they are increasing rather than decreasing flights, not to mention they are investing in Advertising & a whole lot of new fare products. That's a lot of infrastructure to get in order just to pull out. I can't wait to see the 777 in the Austrian livery.

User currently offlineThestooges From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2417 times:

So I therfor assume that the 772's will definitely be repainted in Austrian colours as the above post states.

User currently offlineSU184 From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 280 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

Maybe they'll switch to A340's, any info about that!

User currently offlinePhaeton From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 406 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2127 times:

Those words remind me a bit of Ryanair who painted one of their planes to attack Lufthansa.

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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

They cancelled the last 77..and are taking three 738's instead. I don't know delivery dates.

User currently offlineMaxfly From Austria, joined Oct 2003, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

don'tknow about the F/As but the aircraft are definitely not going to be repainted - although the flights to SYD/MEL will operate as OS 001 and OS 007 resp., they will still be flown by Lauda's 777s and the brand is not going to vanish in favor of OS - so, you won't see the ludicrous new OS livery for a long time in Australia...


User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

I don't have any sentimental feelings about Lauda brand, so I'm more than happy to see them flying to KUL/SYD/MEL under Austrian banner now. Most people I met haven't got a clue which country Lauda's from - at least Austrian is already a household name.

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