Austrian Airways Considers Boeing 737 MAX 8 As Substitute For Getting old Airbus A320s


  • Austrian Airways’ CEO revealed that the airline is contemplating a swap to Boeing 737 MAX for its medium-haul fleet renewal.
  • There stays uncertainty across the allocation of the 40 737 MAX plane on order by the Lufthansa Group.
  • The growing old A320 household fleet has prompted Austrian Airways to hunt a alternative plane which is at the moment the A320neo of which 5 are already in service.

Austrian Airways’ CEO Annette Mann advised each ch-aviation and Aviation Week that the service is looking for a alternative plane sort for its Airbus A320 household fleet. The feedback got here at this month’s IATA Basic Meeting in Dubai, a gathering that brings collectively necessary business stakeholders.

A attainable swap to the 737 MAX

The most recent feedback come because the airline launched operations with its first Boeing 787-9 immediately because it makes an attempt to resume its whole widebody fleet. With the long-haul facet of issues beginning easily, the airline is seeking to the way forward for its narrowbody fleet.

Moderately than observe the apparent path and proceed its ongoing shift to the A320neo, the airline is contemplating the potential for the 737 MAX. The CEO advised Aviation Week:

“By 2035, we will have to replace a considerable number of short-haul aircraft. One option is to use A320 orders from the Lufthansa Group, but there are also discussions about where to place the Lufthansa order for the Boeing 737 Max.”

Picture: Austrian Airways

Austrian Airways has truly already acquired 5 A320neo plane as a part of its medium-haul fleet renewal. It isn’t actively anticipating anymore, awaiting little doubt a call from the Lufthansa Group on future deliveries. The planes are listed under.


Supply date


December 2023


June 2023


June 2023


November 2022


September 2022

Uncertainty surrounding 737 MAX allocation

Austrian Airways is a member of the Lufthansa Group, which additionally owns Brussels Airways and SWISS, to call just a few. As such, the whole lot is determined by the fleet allocation determination for the group’s orders. Because it stands, the group is anticipating deliveries of 40 737 MAXs.

Notice that again in Could, the Eurowings boss had hinted at the potential for the 737 MAX being entered into service there too, which means Austrian Airways turns into the second risk on the desk. Reflecting on 737 MAX allocation prospects, Mann stated:

Particularly as Austrian has a excessive demand for narrowbody alternative, we could possibly be a kind of 737 MAX instances.
Additionally Eurowings could possibly be an instance.”

Chatting with ch-aviation, Mann elaborated:

“We have to do a lot to renew our short-haul fleet since it’s not the newest. It will be very dependent on the Lufthansa Group’s decisions about who actually gets the B737 MAX because that’s not decided yet. For Austrian, there are two options: either, of course, rolling over with new A320neos or completely switching to B737s.”

The growing old fleet of A320s

Austrian Airways operates a fleet of 35 A320ceo household plane, divided as follows per ch-aviation information:



Common age



19.4 years



28.5 years



24.8 years

Thus, the airline’s narrowbody medium-haul fleet is pretty important in measurement, and given their age, the necessity for a alternative is quick approaching. The above-mentioned plane function 6348 seats in whole of their present configurations, representing roughly 42% of the airline’s total capability supply.

Extra 787s?

Austrian Airways’ first 787-9 took off on its inaugural business flight immediately, with a service from Vienna (VIE) to New York (JFK). The plane, registered OE-LPL, is the primary of 11 new widebody jets the airline expects to obtain over the approaching years.

Rendering of the Austrian 787 flying in the sky

Picture: Austrian Airways

In the identical interviews on the IATA convention, the CEO revealed that the airline was contemplating rising its order for the Dreamliner by one, reaching 12 in whole. A call on that can be reached later this yr. A thirteenth instance is unrealistic, given weak returns, the Austrian boss advised Aviation Week.

“With a margin far below our 2024 target of 5.5%, it will not be realistic anymore to have a thirteenth 787-9. Normally an 8% margin would be ideal for sustainable future investments.”


Austrian Airways Welcomes First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner To Vienna

The inaugural flight is scheduled for Friday.

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