I am planning a trip with Austrian Airlines. As I was looking at their web site I noticed what an incredible mix of fleet they operate. This must give them a huge operating cost penalty. Here is what I found out:
2x A340-300, 2x A340-200 and 4x A330-200 (Austrian)
3x B777-200, 2x B767-300 (Lauda Air) and 3x B767-300 of Lauda Air Italy
6x A321, 8x A320, 5x MD82/83, 4x MD87 (Austrian)
3x B737-800, 2x B737-700, 2x B737-600 (Lauda Air)
2x B737-400, 1x B737-300 (Lauda Air)
6x F70 (Austrian, 75pax), 6x F70 (Tyrolean, 80pax)
12x CRJ (Tyrolean), 6x CRJ (Lauda Air)
3x ERJ-145 (former Rheintalflug now operated by Tyrolean)
2x Dash 8-200, 10x Dash 8-Q300, 5x Dash 8-Q400 (Tyrolean)
This gives 12 types of a/c with 22 different variants. Name another (not so big) airline group which has so many of them.
Anyone knows what is the status of Air Alps ? That would add FD-328 to the lot. But I think they are not considered Austrian Airlines Group.
Anyway, I thought someone from Austria might know if they have plans to consolidate the operations under one brand name or are they happy with the Austrian-Lauda-Tyrolean division ?
I just posted a trip report about a couple of Tyrolean Dash 8s flights - an overall positive experience. I am now looking forward to my first flight on Austrian long-haul fleet, I heard their 330/340s have nose cameras installed.