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RTNOBLE
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Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:47 am

I am in VIE at the moment on a sunday morning and see an OS 763 to Innsbruck and a 772 to Budapest.

Is it normal for OS to throw widebodies on short european turns? Are these daily or is it a Sunday special.
 
RTNOBLE
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:52 am

Or, I guess, is there just an odd gate structure and looks become deceiving.
 
stylo777
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:53 am

You probably see the widebodies, but they are longhaul whereas the gates are used for INN/BUD and bus boarding (since both flights are actually operated by the smallest type in their fleet - Dash8)
 
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:59 am

Would innsbruck even be able to handle a 767 (assuming full passenger load but low fuel load)? Would be cool if os flies 767 there. I would book a flight just for fun.
 
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CarbonFibre
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:13 am

I flew an OS 767 FRA-VIE in the summer, so it does happen.
 
aw70
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:34 am

Might also be crew training, to keep enough wide body drivers current.
 
A350OZ
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:43 am

I checked FR24 and both flights operate with Q400s today.

I haven’t been to VIE in many years so assume if the terminal is designed similar to MUC or FRA then a 777 sitting on a gate may be boarded from the intl concourse upstairs and leave for say JFK or TYO, and on the Schengen level below the same gate position is used for bus boarding.
 
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:49 am

Austrian quite frequently uses 772 and sometimes also 763 on VIE-FRA hauls. One flight attendant explained that this was done because of capacity needs (the plane was packed indeed).
The crew currency argument seems quite plausible to me as well. Remember that Swiss has introduced the 77W over the last few years and LH Cargo builds its 77F fleet, thus creating a significant need for training and qualification.
 
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:40 am

That airport can be deceiving. The widebodies you see are boarded from the G gates, the non-Schengen area, which is above F, where you are/were.

Those destinations (INN and BUD) are served with the smaller Dash 8, which is usually parked remotely, so the passengers are going down the stairs into a bus.
 
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:58 am

devron wrote:
Would innsbruck even be able to handle a 767 (assuming full passenger load but low fuel load)? Would be cool if os flies 767 there. I would book a flight just for fun.


Here's what you can see if you look into the gallery.


 
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:11 pm

INN can indeed handle a 767.

OS flies widebodies to Frankfurt mainly for crew training purposes.
 
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:41 pm

As noted above, it has to do with the airport setup, where 1 jetway can be served by 2 separate departure gates, one above and one below, depending on the destination (Schengen or non-Schengen). MUC has a similar setup as well.
 
RTNOBLE
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:13 pm

Makes sense now, thank you all.
 
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:35 pm

With the LH strike recently OS sent a 777 to FRA as well to cover for LHs flights cancelling.
 
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:32 pm

RvA wrote:
With the LH strike recently OS sent a 777 to FRA as well to cover for LHs flights cancelling.

OS frequently sends 767s and 777s to FRA also without a LH strike
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Re: Austrian Airlines, European Widebodies

Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:37 pm

Mostly those are training flights:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FaIdquU04g

Here in VIE we also got this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6JuvX9JRvw


Swiss came to VIE with their 77W as well as with their 343 and 330s.

And this one we got as well on a regular basis:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LuBI4C44C4
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