TW741 From Austria, joined Sep 2004, 479 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3277 times:
10.12.2004 OS1521 1000 VIE AUSTRIAN AIRLINES **OE-LMB** TRAINING-FLIGHT (LAST FLIGHT)
10.12.2004 OS1521 1230 VIE AUSTRIAN AIRLINES **OE-LMB** TRAINING-FLIGHT (LAST FLIGHT)
This will be the startup of the final countdown - OS is finally in the process of phasing out the last remaining twinjets of the McDonnell-Douglas family. OE-LMB - a DC9-82/MD-82 will be the first of total 7 DC9's/MD8's left in OS fleet to leave its homebase (ferry flight out of VIE is scheduled for the 13th of December).
OE-LMK/L/N/O - all MD87's - are scheduled to leave by yearend, OE-LMD (MD83) by end of March 2005 and with OE-LME (MD83) to be phased out end of May 2005 the MD era at OS will come to an end.
Going back to 70's OS started their "modern jet age" with 9 DC9-32's - first being OE-LDA. The 9 DC9's were the flying ambassadors showing each the name and the flag of one of the 9 federal districts of Austria.
Next type to enter service supplementing the DC9-32's was the DC9-51 having been ordered together with SR followed by numerous family members of the MD80-family.
For a short period OS was even operating a DC8-63CF OE-IBO (leased from ONA) primarily in cargo configuration.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4702 posts, RR: 41
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3201 times:
Thanks for the info, I will watch out for the few remaining Mad Dogs when I am in VIE. For once it is a good thing to be frequently on business trips to Vienna during the next few months, at least I get to watch the end of an era.
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