miaintl From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 946 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5782 times:
Does anyone know what the future plans for OS long haul fleet are? Are they going to renew their 767s and 777s with any airbuses or 787's? I heard some people suggest that OS might cease flying long haul all together and be relegated to a reginal feeder airline.
B777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1142 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5533 times:
It stands to reason that, whatever the fleetplans of OS might entail they'll be closely linked to mother Lufty.
As such, any future order will be a mega one, combining the needs of LH, LX, SN and OS. Buying in bulk, maintaining in bulk all makes financial sense. Of course, the LH Group also need to take into consideration Lufthansa Technik, who likes very much to have their fingers in all the pies. It's therefore not outside the realms of possibility to see LH going with A, while LX and OS are told to go with B. Or vice versa. The combined fleets will be large enough not having to worry about single source; in fact that might very well prove counter-productive.
There's still a market for long-haul flights out of VIE, but there's also good reasons to consolidate the less-viable routes in either MUC, ZRH or FRA. From that point of view, what metal the routes will be flown with is not really that important.
From receips and radials over straight pipes to big fans - been there, done that, got the hearing defects to prove
Quoting miaintl (Reply 4): Keep in mind that VIE is a very important hub to eastern europe and offers service to dozens of secondary markets there, someting FRA, MUC, and ZRH dont!
I definitely enjoy connecting through VIE and have flown OS a few times, but LH has excellent connections (destinations and frequency) to Southern and Eastern Europe from those airports you mentioned. What secondary markets are served via VIE that MUC and FRA don't serve? Realizing that LX is not as strong, but through Star is more than adequate.