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Austrian Airlines moves all aircraft (except one) to Tyrolean Airways, Austrian Arrows name being retired

Austrian Airlines (Vienna) as of midnight July 1, 2012 moved all flight operations to lower-cost subsidiary Tyrolean Airways (Innsbruck), including all of the long-range flights. One former Lauda Air Boeing 777-2Z9 (OE-LPB) was kept on the Austrian certificate to maintain its official “airline” status.

The company issued this statement:

“As of July 1, 2012, there will be joint flight operations under the unified Austrian brand name.

The objective: achieving competitive framework conditions enabling profitable operations

All of the flight operations of the Austrian Airlines Group, which has a fleet of some 80 aircraft, are now bundled at its 100% subsidiary Tyrolean Airways. As of July 1, 2012 Tyrolean is also operating the long-distance fleet.

For customers, the so-called “operational transition” will not result in any essential changes. The “Austrian” brand will remain on all aircraft. The flight numbers will also bear the “OS” airline code, as was the case in the past. However, travel agencies and tickets will provide notification on the identity of the operator of the aircraft undertaking all medium and long-distance flights based on the supplementary annotations “VO” or “operated by Tyrolean”. The supplementary brand “arrows” found on Tyrolean Airway aircraft will successively be removed by the end of 2012.

What has happened in detail:

• Aircraft fleet: 22 airplanes of the A320 family, 7 Boeing 737s, 6 Boeing 767s and 3 Boeing 777s changed their operators within the Austrian Airlines Group on midnight of July 1, 2012. One Boeing 777, OE-LPB, will stay with Austrian Airlines. This is due to international traffic laws. The outplacement of the fleet of the seven Boeing 737 medium-range airplanes still on hand and the “in-placement” of the seven Airbus A320s forms part of the harmonization of the fleet of medium-range aircraft which is being continued.

• Organization: The organization of the entire flight operations is to be bundled in Tyrolean Airways. Austrian Airlines retains such key responsibilities as station management, the technical department, sales in Austria and abroad, as well as such management departments as network planning, personnel, finances and marketing. There will be no changes in ownership. “Tyrolean Airways Tiroler Luftfahrt GmbH” remains a 100% subsidiary of Austrian Airlines AG.

• Austrian Airlines retains its operation authorization, and remains the user of traffic rights. The flights will be performed under the OS flight numbers. However, they will be “operated by Tyrolean”. Austrian Airlines serves some 50 countries from Vienna. No further permits or licenses need to be secured in a large number of countries. This is due to the fact, amongst other reasons, because prevailing legal regulations, especially in the European Union, generally permit this. For countries outside Europe, the requisite approvals have been secured.

• Personnel: some 460 pilots and 1,500 flight attendants are changing their employer within the Group. They will be transferred from Austrian Airlines to Tyrolean Airways. 110 pilots and 214 flight attendants have, in the final analysis, left the company. As a whole, Austrian has 900 pilots and 2,000 flight attendants, including the Tyrolean employees.  The employees will not experience any changes in working environments and remuneration. Tyrolean currently has a work force of about 1,500 employees, which will increase to 3,500 employees as a consequence of the operational transition. The Austrian Airlines Group employs approximately 6,700 people.

• Flight plan: to compensate for the departure of the pilots, a series of temporary measures were implemented for the summer flight plan:

• Retraining: The removal of 4 Boeing 737 airplanes from the fleet leaves 31 Boeing 737 pilots available. They have already been trained to fly Airbus A320 airplanes. The cessation of part-time work at Tyrolean has freed 36 Tyrolean co-pilots for other duties. These pilots, who were trained to fly Fokkers, have already been retrained to handle Airbus aircraft.

• Leasing of airplanes: Austrian Airlines will temporarily lease five airplanes from Lufthansa, Augsburg Airways, Contact Air und Welcome Air (wet leases). Lufthansa will provide a 139-seat Boeing 737-300 to fly the OS routes between Vienna and Düsseldorf and between Vienna and Rome in July and August. Lufthansa will assume responsibility for Vienna-Dubai-Vienna in July by flying a 241-seat Airbus 340-300. In a further move, the Salzburg-Frankfurt route, which has been served by Austrian acting under a commission from Lufthansa, will be operated by Lufthansa itself using a Boeing 737-300 for the first two weeks in July. Contact Air will fly a Fokker 100 seating 100 passengers to two of the four daily OS routes between Vienna-Zurich-Vienna and Vienna-Varna-Vienna. This aircraft would have originally been flown as a “wet lease” under a commission of Austrian’s associate SWISS. Augsburg Airways, which is part of the Lufthansa Group, will temporarily assume responsibility for one of the four flights serving the route between Vienna-Munich-Vienna and for two of the total of three flights on the Vienna-Stockholm-Vienna route during the period July 15 – August 31. 2012. Welcome Air will use a further a 31-seat Dornier 328 to carry out flights between Vienna and Klagenfurt, Salzburg and Prague, in addition to the existing four of the five flights between Linz und Vienna. Passengers will receive Austrian’s on-board services. Austrian will make use of the longer on-ground times by having Austrian Technik conduct maintenance work.

• Freelancers: Some of those pilots that have made use of the privileged termination of employment will be provided with work on a temporary and case-by-case basis.

The reorganization is based on the operational transition is a key component of the EUR 220 million restructuring program presented in January 2012. The objective of the program is the modernization of the structures of Austrian Airlines, so as to bring and sustainably keep Austria’s largest domestic airline in the profit zone.”

Bottom line: Austrian Airlines (under orders from parent Lufthansa) needed to reduce its cost structure and this dramatic move will probably accomplish this goal.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Sister-ship Boeing 777-2Z9 ER OE-LPC (msn 29313) is now being operated for Austrian Airlines by Tyrolean Airways.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Boeing 777-2Z9 OE-LPB (msn 28699) when it was with Lauda Air.

Austrian Airlines moves its flight operations into lower-cost Tyrolean Airways, pilots will have to work for less

Austrian Airlines’ (Vienna) board of directors has approved a plan to move Austrian’s flight operations to lower cost Tyrolean Airways (Innsbruck). Austrian issued the following statement:

“The Supervisory Board of Austrian Airlines has concluded the planned transfer of the company’s flight operations into its subsidiary, Tyrolean Airways. For legal reasons, the earliest possible date that this operation transfer can take place is July 1, 2012. With this decision the 220 million euro restructuring program has been formally sealed. The aim of the program was to bring the country’s largest domestic airline back into profit.

For customers nothing will change as a result of the transfer of flight operations: Austrian Airlines will remain Austrian Airlines – with a fleet of 77 aircraft serving 130 destinations around the world. For the employees of Austrian Airlines flight operations, who are 600 pilots and 1,500 flight attendants, nothing will change in terms of the workplace or actual salary. This is because, the savings should be achieved by means of level salary increases.

One flight operations for Austrian Airlines and Tyrolean:

The next step is to integrate the Austrian flight operations into Tyrolean. In March, a project organization was started with experts and managers of both companies. The aim of the working groups is to organize joint flight operations without a duplication of efforts by the end of the year. Both locations, Vienna and Innsbruck, are part of the future concept in all cases.

An overview of the work program:

• Staff: In the work package “Modernization of Collective Agreements” an agreement was found with the personnel workers´council of the Ground staff and the GPA (Union for private employees). Part of this are a zero growth wage agreement for 2013 and an agreement about the exit from the current pension fund model. Intensive negotiations with the personnel workers´council were lasting until the very last minute. Unfortunately no agreement has been reached. Therefore the transfer of flight operations into the subsidiary Tyrolean will now be realized. With the cost level of Tyrolean Airways, Austrian Airlines has a forward-looking and competitive basis for growth.

• Route network and fleet harmonization: A new flight schedule with a strategic orientation to our domestic market of Austria and strong eastern markets has been developed. The removal from the fleet of eleven medium-haul aircraft of the type Boeing 737 and the acquisition of seven Airbus A320 is underway. Essential here is that suitable aircraft types are found that allow us to carry out the necessary technical requirements, such as adjustments to the engine or cabin, as cost-effectively as possible. The retraining of pilots began back in March. This is being flexibly adjusted, depending upon the time of the successive fleet harmonisation. The “retraining pool” includes pilots of the Boeing 737 and copilots of the Fokker fleet.

• Location: An agreement has been signed with Vienna Airport to secure the common future of the two organizations, and to strengthen the development of transfer- and long-haul traffic. Overall, this should serve to expand the Vienna hub and the long-haul product being offered at the location. A good basis for doing this has been created with the new Austrian Star Alliance Terminal, which will go into operation in June 2012. In the field of handling, too, savings potentials have been identified, and the framework conditions for a long-term agreement have been defined.

• Costs and revenues: Many of the business partners and suppliers want to participate in the future concept of Austrian Airlines and support it in adapting the conditions. With an extension of contracts and cheaper conditions with more than 60 suppliers it was possible to save substantial amounts, running into millions. The revenue side includes the expansion of corporate customer business, through cooperations with Lufthansa Group and partners within Star Alliance.”

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. The Boeing 737s will be phased out.

Austrian Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Austrian Airlines to decide to shift operations to lower cost Tyrolean Airways on April 19

Austrian Airlines (Vienna) will decide on April 19 at its board meeting whether it will transfer all mainline operations to the lower cost Tyrolean Airways (Austrian Arrows) (Innsbruck) subsidiary according to this report by The flag carrier is currently at odds with its higher cost pilots who do not want to fly at the same rates as the Tyrolean pilots. Parent Lufthansa is pushing Austrian to take drastic actions to reduce costs or it will consider selling its shares in the airline. Austrian is also considering a new name for Tyrolean Airways.

Read the full report (in German): CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Long gone, this special “Wiener (Vienna) Philharmoniker” livery taxies past the camera at Toronto.

Austrian Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Austrian Arrows-Tyrolean Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth. Tyrolean Airways operates under the Austrian brand as Austrian Arrows.

Austrian to drop Helsinki and Milan Linate from Vienna

Austrian Airlines (Vienna) is dropping service from Vienna to both Helsinki and Milan (Linate) on November 15 per Airline Route. Both routes are operated by Austrian Arrows’ (Tyrolean Airways) Fokker jets.

Austrian Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Please click on the photo for additional information on this logojet.

Lufthansa receives final approval for Austrian

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) yesterday (August 28) was given EU Commission approval to acquire the Austrian Airlines Group. Austrian Airlines (Vienna), Lauda Air and Tyrolean Airways (Austrian Arrows) will be integrated into the Lufthansa Group in September.

Press release:

Austrian arrows to axe 14 CRJ200s/DHC-8-300s


The CRJ100s have already left the Austrian arrows fleet.  CRJ100 OE-LRH (msn 7125) prepares to land at Dusseldorf.  Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron.

The CRJ100s have already left the Austrian arrows fleet. CRJ100 OE-LRH (msn 7125) prepares to land at Dusseldorf. Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron.

Austrian Airlines (Vienna) has announced it can no longer efficiently operate its 50-seat aircraft operated by Austrian Arrows (marketed as Austrian arrows) (Tyrolean Airways dba) (Innsbruck and Vienna). As a result it will begin phasing out the CRJ200 fleet at the beginning of the 2010 summer season. The company will also reduce its DHC-8-300 fleet and partly replace them with larger DHC-8-400s. In total 14 aircraft will be removed from the fleet of 55 aircraft. An unspecified number of jobs will also be eliminated at the subsidiary.


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