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FOUNDED IN 1979. STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1985. REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
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A-1300, VIENNA-FLUGHAFEN, AUSTRIA
Austria was established in 1918, covers an area of 83,856 sq km, its capital city is Vienna, it has a population of 8.5 million, and the official language is German.
May 1991: ACCDT: Lauda Air (LAL) Flight 004 crashed in Thailand killing 223 people. It is the deadliest aviation accident involving a Boeing 767.
Lauda Air (LAL) Flight 004 was a regularly scheduled international passenger flight between Bangkok, Thailand, and Vienna, Austria. On May 26 1991, the thrust reverser on the No 1 engine of the Boeing 767-300ER operating the flight deployed in flight without being commanded, causing the airplane to spiral out of control, break up, and crash, killing all 213 passengers and the 10 crew members on board.
It is the deadliest aviation accident involving a Boeing 767 and the deadliest aviation accident in Thailand. The crash also marked the 767's 1st fatal incident and 1st hull loss.
AUGUST 1995: LUFTHANSA (DLH) OWNED 39.7% IN THE EARLY YEARS.
1 767-300ER, ANSETT WORLDWIDE (AWW) LEASED, DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 1995: 79 767 EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) FLIGHTS/MONTH OVER NORTH ATLANTIC, 18 OVER INDONESIA, & 17 OVER ASIA, AFRICA & INDIAN OCEAN.
OCTOBER 1995: SIGNED GENERAL TERMS AGREEMENT WITH SHANNON AEROSPACE FOR ALL BASE MAINTENANCE CHECKS ON 737 & 767 AIRPLANES.
NOVEMBER 1995: TO DO MAINTENANCE FOR 4 CANADAIR AIRPLANES OF TYROLEAN AIRWAYS. MODIFICATIONS FOR 180 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) ON 767, (VL011) - - NOW ALL (LAL) AIRPLANES CERTIFIED FOR 180 MINUTES (ETOPS).
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = 1.5 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX); +$15 MILLION (NET PROFIT).
APRIL 1996: TO HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM. TO BANGKOK.
APPLIED FOR (FAA) REPAIR STATION LICENSE.
JULY 1996: NOW 70% SCHEDULED SERVICES. LOOKING AT NEW ITALIAN ROUTES DUE TO 60 MILLION POPULATION, WHEREAS AUSTRIA ONLY HAS 8 MILLION POPULATION.
LUFTHANSA (DLH) HAS 39.7% STAKE IN LAUDA AIR (LAL). NIKI LAUDA HAS EQUAL STAKE +2 SHARES.
AUDIT BY AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL) AND TYROLIAN AIR, SINCE LAUDA AIR (LAL) DOES MAINTENANCE) AND DOES (AUL) REGIONAL FLIGHTS.
HONEYWELL (SGC) VISIT RE-AIRLINE MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS SUPPORT SYSTEM (AMOSS) SOFTWARE PROGRAM.
SEPTEMBER 1996: (FAA) AUDIT OF MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT REGARDING (FAA) REPAIR STATION LICENSE APPLICATION.
OCTOBER 1996: 767 MAINTENANCE CONTRACT "C" CHECKS TO AER LINGUS (ARL) (DID GO TO SHANNON AEROSPACE BEFORE), WHO STILL DO 737'S "C" CHECKS.
WANT TASK CARDS ON CD ROM. LAUDA AIR (LAL) USES (AMOS) WHICH IS A SWISSAIR (SWS)/CROSSAIR (CRS) COMPUTER SYSTEM FOR TRACKING SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS.
FEBRUARY 1997: 737 "C" MAINTENANCE CHECKS COMPLETED AT SHANNON AEROSPACE ON (PP852 & PW702).
APRIL 1997: AUSTRIAN (AUL) BUYING 36% LAUDA AIR (LAL), & LUFTHANSA (DLH) SELLING THEIR 39.7% TO (AUL) FOR FULL (AUL) CONTROL. RESULTS IN (LAL) RETAINING 30%, (AUL) 36%; & (DLH) 19%. (LAL) TO RETAIN IDENTITY & CONCENTRATE ON TOURISTIC ROUTES. (LAL)'S ORDERS FOR 737-800'S & 777'S UNAFFECTED.
$50 MILLION CONTRACT TO (GE) ENGINE SERVICES FOR MAINTENANCE, COST-PER-HOUR REPAIR & OVERHAUL, OF (GE90)'S FOR 4 777'S FOR 10 YEARS.
767'S (VN242 & 3) "C" MAINTENANCE CHECKS AT TEAM (ARL) (TEL).
APRIL 1997: NIKI LAUDA, CHAIRMAN UNDERWENT KIDNEY TRANSPLANT USING KIDNEY FROM HIS BROTHER.
JULY 1997: AIR TRAVELERS ASSOCIATION GIVES LAUDA AIR (LAL) A REPORT CARD "F" RATING FOR SAFETY USING DATA FROM AIRCLAIMS UK.
1996 = +$6.60 MILLION (+$4.70 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).
AUGUST 1997: NIKI LAUDA HAS MADE A COMPLETE RECOVERY FROM HIS KIDNEY OPERATION TRANSPLANT AND HAS BEEN CLEARED TO RESUME FLYING.
WHEN 777-200 (IGW) DELIVERS NEXT MONTH, IT WILL BE OPERATED VIENNA TO SINGAPORE TO SYDNEY TO MELBOURNE & RETURN.
SEPTEMBER 1997: 1ST 777-2Z9 (IGW) DELIVERY. TO BE OPERATED TO SINGAPORE, SYDNEY, MELBOURNE & HOST IN-FLIGHT GAMBLING.
OCTOBER 1997: 1,241 EMPLOYEES.
WITH ARRIVAL OF 777, NOW TRANSFERRING 767-300 (VL011) TO (LDI). 777-200 IDG (GE90-90B) VIENNA (VIE) TO SINGAPORE (SIN) TO SYDNEY (SYD).
DECEMBER 1997: 1 ORDER (DECEMBER 1998) 767-300 (PW4000) TO REPLACE 767 (OE-LAS) WHEN RETURNED TO LESSOR IN OCTOBER 1998. 767-300 (OE-LAU) OWNERSHIP TRANSFERRED TO (LDI).
JANUARY 1998: INTER OWNERSHIP WITH (AUL) & TYROLEAN LEADS TO NEXT SUMMER 1998 FOR LAUDA AIR (LAL) FOCUS ON SCHEDULED FLIGHTS & LEISURE MARKET, AUSTRIAN (AUL) FOR BUSINESS ROUTES, & TYROLEAN REGIONAL OPERATIONS. CONSEQUENTLY, (LAL)'S BOMBARDIER CRJ'S TO BE OPERATED BY TYROLEAN ALONG WITH (AUL) F 70'S.
FEBRUARY 1998: TO TALLIN AND WROCLAW, AUSTRIAN (AUL) COOPERATION).
MARCH 1998: TO SPLIT, CROATIA.
HAS 1 ORDER 767-300 DUE DECEMBER 1998, & IN OCTOBER 1998 WILL RETURN 767-300 (27909) TO LESSOR.
APRIL 1998: TO DENPASAR, BALI VIA BANGKOK (767-300).
MAY 1998: 5 YEAR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO LUFTHANSA TECHNIK (LTK) (DLH) FOR 4 777'S TO SUPPLY SERVICE COMPONENTS.
1 737-400 (CFM56-3C1), EX-MALAYSIAN (MAS). LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) 1 ORDER 767 (12/99) FOR TOTAL 6.
JULY 1998: 1ST 737-8Z9 (28177) DELIVERY.
AUGUST 1998: OPERATES 737-8Z9 ON CHARTER ROUTES FLYING TO VARIOUS TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN SPAIN, ITALY, GREECE, AND TURKEY.
SEPTEMBER 1998: TO MEXICO CITY AND CANCUN + 1X-WEEKLY TO SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, VIA KUALA LUMPUR.
2ND 737-8Z9 DELIVERY. 2ND 777-2Z9 (IGW) (GE90-90B) OPERATES TO MIAMI (MIA).
OCTOBER 1998: NONSTOP TO MOROCCAN SEASIDE RESORT, AGADIR (737-400).
737-400 (OE-LNH) "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK AT SHANNON AEROSPACE. 777 1ST "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK. EXERCISES 2 OPTION 777'S.
DECEMBER 1998: 767-3Z9ER (29867) DELIVERY.
JANUARY 1999: $519 MILLION, 2 ORDERS (2000) 737-600'S; 4 ORDERS (2000) 737-700'S; & 1 ORDER (AUGUST 1999) 767-300ER. 767-33AER (27909) TRANSFERRED TO LAUDA AIR ITALY (LDI).
MARCH 1999: 737-800 DELIVERY.
APRIL 1999: BECOMES ALL-BOEING (TBC) FLEET, WITH TRANSFER OF 7 CRJ'S TO SUBSIDIARY, TYROLEAN AIRWAYS.
(http://www.laudaair.com). SITA: VIEOONG.
MAY 1999: 2ND CRJ LEASED TO LAUDA AIR ITALY (LDI).
JUNE 1999: PARIS AIR SHOW: 1 ORDER 767-300ER (OCTOBER 2000).
AUGUST 1999: PETER PIFFL, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.
767-3Z9ER (30331, OE-LAZ) DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 1999: NIKI LAUDA, PRESIDENT PILOTED NEW 767-3Z9ER AROUND THE WORLD TO 5 CITIES ON 4 CONTINENTS COVERING 22,028 NM IN 46.1 HOURS.
IN OCTOBER 1999, 767-300ER (VN388) TO BE LEASED TO (LTU) FOR 6 MONTHS, AND THEN RETURNED TO ANSETT (AWW). TO TRANSFER 2 767-3Z9ER'S (OE-LAW; OE-LAX) TO LAUDA AIR ITALY (LDI). 777 "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK BY LUFTHANSA TECHNIK (LTK) (DLH). (LTK) ALSO HAS 15-YEAR OVERHAUL CONTRACT FOR (CFM56-7) ENGINES FOR ITS 737-NG AIRPLANES.
NOVEMBER 1999: AUSTRIAN AIRLINES GROUP (AUSTRIAN (AUL), LAUDA AIR(LAL)/LAUDA AIR ITALY (LDI), AND TYROLEAN) LEAVES SAIR GROUP (SWS) QUALIFLYER GROUP AND JOINS STAR (SAL) ALLIANCE.
2 767'S (OE-LAW; OE-LAX) TRANSFERRED TO LAUDA ITALY (LDI). 767-33AER (27909, OE-LAS), LEASED TO (LTU) UNTIL APRIL 2000.
DECEMBER 1999: 120 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) APPROVAL (1ST IN EUROPE) FOR 737-800 OPERATIONS TO COUCHIN, INDIA.
DAILY CHECK EXTENDED FROM 24 HOURS TO 48 HOURS.
2 777'S MAXIMUM TAKE-OFF WEIGHT (MTOW) INCREASED FROM 632,000 TO 650,000 LBS.
MARCH 2000: 1999 = 6.31 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+13%); 1.71 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+9.2%).
767-33AER (27909), RETURNED TO ANSETT WORLDWIDE (AWW), LEASED TO KENYA AIRWAYS (KEN). POSSIBLE 5/5 ORDERS 767-400ER'S.
APRIL 2000: 1,692 EMPLOYEES. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MAY 2000: LINZ TO FRANKFURT (737-600, 4/DAY).
2 737-6Z9'S DELIVERIES. 767 "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK CONTRACT TO (SASCO), SINGAPORE (SIA).
JUNE 2000: AFTER JOINING THE STAR ALLIANCE (SAL), LAUDA AIR (LAL) RECEIVED AN AUDIT BY REPRESENTATIVES OF UNITED AIRLINES (UAL), SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS), AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ), AND AIR CANADA (ACN), WHO WERE IMPRESSED WITH (LAL) TECHNICAL OPERATIONS.
JULY 2000: 1999 = 6.31 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+13%); 75.6% LF (LOAD FACTOR); 1.71 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+9.2%);
1,692 EMPLOYEES (+17.5%).
2 NEW 737-6Z9'S FEATURE LEATHER SEATS AND OPERATES BUSINESS FLIGHTS TO MUNICH AND HAMBURG. BOARD TENTATIVE OK FOR 5/5 ORDERS 767-400'S.
AUGUST 2000: AUSTRIAN AIRLINES GROUP (AUL) TO INCREASE ITS 36% STAKE IN LAUDA AIR (LAL) TO 59%.
PETER PIFFL, MAINTENANCE MANAGER RESIGNS AND REPLACED IN THE INTERIM BY WALTER HECHENBERGER, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.
OCTOBER 2000: 1999 = -$40 MILLION, WHICH WILL BRING ENTIRE AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL) GROUP INTO THE RED, AND THROWS LAUDA AIR (LAL)'S SURVIVABILITY INTO DOUBT. HIGH FUEL COSTS AND UNFAVORABLE DOLLAR EXCHANGE RATE WORSENED THE SITUATION.
1 767-300ER DELIVERY. (LAL) TRANSFERRED 2 CRJ-200'S TO AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL).
NOVEMBER 2000: DELOITTE & TOUCHE CONSULTANTS, PROJECT LAUDA AIR (LAL) WILL LOSE -$68 MILLION THIS YEAR, WHICH WOULD BRING AIRLINE TO VERGE OF BANKRUPTCY. NEEDS AT LEAST $15 MILLION IN NEXT FEW WEEKS TO AVOID GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. DESPITE OBJECTIONS OF MAJOR SHAREHOLDER, AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL), (LAL) SELLS AND LEASES BACK 5 AIRPLANES TO FREE UP SOME CASH. NIKI LAUDA, CHAIRMAN, ACCUSES (AUL) OF TRYING TO FORCE (LAL) OUT OF BUSINESS. (AUL) IS NOW TRYING TO ACQUIRE LUFTHANSA (DLH)'S 20% STAKE IN (LAL). UNDER MOUNTING PRESSURE FROM AUSTRIAN (AUL), NIKI LAUDA RESIGNED AS CHAIRMAN. FERDINAND SCHMIDT, (CEO), EX-(AUL).
1 737-400 WET-LEASED TO LAUDA AIR ITALY (LDI) FOR 3 YEARS. 1 767-300ER WET-LEASED 18 MONTHS TO ROYAL AIR NEPAL (RNA). 767-3Z9ER (30383, OE-LAE), DELIVERY. 1 CL-600-2B19 (7033) SOLD TO FAIR INC.
DECEMBER 2000: WITH TAKEOVER BY AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL), LAUDA AIR (LAL) PLANS TO CONSOLIDATE ALL TECHNICAL ORGANIZATIONS OF (AUL), (LAL), AND TYROLEAN, UNDER 1 UMBRELLA. ALSO PLANS TO REDUCE FLEET SIZE FROM 25 AIRPLANES TO 15, BY THE END OF 2001.
WILL DISPOSE OF 4 737'S, 1 767-300 AND 5 CRJ'S. BOTH 777'S "C" MAINTENANCE CHECKS AT (HAECO) (CAT).
JANUARY 2001: TO KUALA LUMPUR AND ON TO MELBOURNE.
FEBRUARY 2001: INCREASES ITS FLIGHTS TO AUSTRALIA TO 5X-WEEKLY, INCLUDING SYDNEY & MELBOURNE TO ADELAIDE, BRISBANE, CANBERRA, CAIRNS, PERTH, HOBART AND LAUNCESTON.
1 767-300ER, WET-LEASE TO CUBANA (CUB). 1 767-3Z9 (23765, /88), LEASED TO ROYAL NEPAL (RNA) UNTIL JUNE 2002.
APRIL 2001: AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL) TAKES OVER REMAINING 8.9% SHARE HELD BY LUFTHANSA (DLH), FOR TOTAL 67% OF LAUDA AIR (LAL). HAS OPTION TO BUY 33% HELD BY LAUDA PRIVATSRIFTUNG, WHO ARE BACKED BY NIKI LAUDA.
TECHNICAL AUDIT BY LUFTHANSA (DLH) COMPLETED.
TO AMSTERDAM (737).
1 737-7Z9 (30418, OE-LNN) DELIVERY. TO BE USED FOR CHARTER FLIGHTS TO GREECE, SPAIN, AND TURKEY. 1 767-3Z9ER (29867) LEASED TO SPANAIR (SPP). 2 CRJ200'S (7032; 7036) LEASED TO EUROWINGS (RFG).
MAY 2001: CHRISTIAN FITZ, CHAIRMAN, REPLACES FERDINAND SCHMIDT.
JULY 2001: 2ND 737-7Z9 DELIVERY (30419, OE-LNO). 767-31AER (25273, OE-LAT), WET-LEASED TO AIR CALIN (NCI).
SEPTEMBER 2001: NIKI LAUDA AGREES TO SELL REMAINING 21.9% TO THE AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL) GROUP.
OCTOBER 2001: NOW THAT AUSTRIAN (AUL) HOLDS 90% OF LAUDA AIR (LAL), (LAL) IS QUICKLY RUNNING OUT OF MONEY AND WILL NEED (AUL) TO MAKE A CASH INJECTION FOR IT TO SURVIVE.
NOVEMBER 2001: TO OPERATE 12 MEDIUM-HAUL AND 12 LONG-HAUL ON BEHALF OF BALAIR (BCT) CHARTER FOR HOTELPLAN.
TO TRANSFER 3 767'S TO LAUDA AIR ITALY (LDI), AS A RESULT OF (AUL)'S 99% CONTROL OF (LAL) AND DEDICATING IT TO MOSTLY CHARTER FLIGHTS.
JANUARY 2002: DELAYS DELIVERY OF 1 737-800 FROM 1ST QUARTER 2002 TO 4TH QUARTER 2002 AND 1 777 FROM 2004 TO 2005. 767-3Z9ER (29867) RETURNED FROM SPANAIR (SPP).
MARCH 2002: TO DUBAI (737NG, 2X-WEEKLY).
APRIL 2002: IN MAY 2002, TO TORONTO (767-300ER, OPERATES FOR (AUL).
MAIN BASE: VIENNA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (VIE).
1ST 737-800 WITH BLENDED WINGLETS. 1 777-2Z9 DELIVERY.
May 2002: 5th anniversary of the Star Alliance (SAL): (ACN); (ANZ); (AUL); (BMA); (CMA); (DLH); (LAL); (SAS); (SIA); (TII); Tyrolean; (UAL); & VAR).
July 2002: Klaus Schludnig, Head of Engineering, and Fleet Chief Regional Jets, til end OF 2002. In January 2003, Herbert Reinisch will be combined Austrian (AUL)/(LAL) Head of Engineering & Technical Department. Sepp Sengstschmid, (acting) 767/777 Fleet Chief.
August 2002: Will base 1 737-600, in Innsbruck for charters to Spain, and Egypt, as well as a weekly service to London Gatwick (LGW).
1 737-300, and a 767-300 will be based at Zurich for operations on behalf of Swiss tour operators.
September 2002: In October 2002, to Nairobi/Mombasa.
737-3Z9 (245081) sold to Air Madagascar (MAD). "C" maintenance check at Shannon.
October 2002: In October 2002, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Burma) (767-300ER, weekly) (the only scheduled European operator to fly here).
November 2002: To Casablanca (weekly). In December 2002, to (JFK) for Austrian (AUL) (767-300ER).
December 2002: In April 2003, Vienna to Valletta, Malta, for (AUL) (737-400, 164Y, or 50C, 104Y, or 737-800, 16 Amadeus class, 142Y, 5/week).
Maintenance & Engineering management of Austrian (AUL) and Lauda Air (LAL) has been consolidated under one Austrian Airlines Group management.
Sells 3 767-3Z9ER's to Lufthansa (DLH) for lease to Condor (CDF).
January 2003: "C" maintenance check contract to FLS Aerospace, Ireland (TEL) for 4 767-300ER's, including installation of Boeing (TBC)'s fortified cockpit doors.
In February 2003, Vienna - Funchal (737-700, weekly).
Changes 1 order 777-2Z9 to 3 orders 737-8Z9's.
February 2003: In 4/03, Vienna - Dublin (737-800, 3/week), for Austrian (AUL).
March 2003: In 6/03, resume Vienna - Miami, scheduled charter service for Raiffeisen.
April 2003: 1,200 employees.
2 767-3Z9ER's (29867; 30331) sold to Lufthansa (DLH), leased to Condor (CDF).
June 2003: 737-4Z9 (2432-27094, OE-LNI), wet-leased to Aeris (AEY) til 7/03.
July 2003: 1,700 employees. SITA: VIESONG.
In 12/03, Vienna - Rangoon - Phuket (767-300ER, weekly charter).
737-3Z9 (23601) wet-leased to Aeris (AEY). 737-7Z9 wet-leased to Express Airways (SED). 737-4Z9 (CFM56-3) (2043-25147, OE-LNH), leased to Alisea (ALZ). 737-8Z9 (1345-30421, OE-LNQ), delivery.
September 2003: Milan (MXP) - Rimini - Havana (weekly charter). In 10/03, will base a 737-800 at Graz, a 737-300 or -600 at Innsbruck and a 737-300 at Linz, for charter rotations to Egypt, Spain, and Turkey.
767-330ER (377-25137), (ILF) leased.
October 2003: Code share with Malaysia (MAS), Vienna to Kuala Lumpur. In summer 2004, Bratislava, Budapest, and Ljubljana to Greece, Spain, and Turkey (charters for TUI Austria).
767-3Z9ER (467-27095, OE-LAX) returned from Livingston (LDI).
November 2003: In 3/04, Vienna to Almaty (767-300ER, 3x-weekly). In 5/04, Vienna to Shanghai (PVG) (767-300ER, 3x-weekly). Bratislava to Brussels, London, Paris (CDG). In 6/04, Vienna to Keflavik (737-800, weekly).
December 2003: Has painted 737-6Z9 (OE-LNM) assigned to its Innsbruck to London Gatwick (LGW) service, in special Tyrolean mountains livery.
January 2004: In 4/04, Vienna to Malta (737-400, 2x-weekly).
In 5/04, will base 1 737-300 in Bratislava. 2 767-3Z9ER's (29867; 30331), were operated by Lufthansa (DLH)/Condor (CDF), returned.
March 2004: Code share with Air Mauritius (MAU), Vienna to Mauritius (767-300, weekly).
June 2004: Lauda Air (LAL) is the last remaining carrier on the European continent and only Star (SAL) Alliance member to offer direct flights from Europe to Australia. To lease a 4th 777 and increase flights to 2x-daily to Sydney and Melbourne.
Vienna Airport is investing # EUR 722 million/$866 million in an expansion program that includes a new terminal called SkyLink that should be operational in 2008. The cost of SkyLink, the 1st part of the investment, is around # EUR 280 million. The terminal will offer 51 gates including 17 with air bridges, along with 96 check-in counters. With SkyLink and the existing terminal facilities, Vienna (VIE) will be able to handle 28 million passengers/year.
Austrian Airlines (AUL) will discontinue the Lauda Air (LAL) brand and repaint all its airplanes in Austrian livery.
July 2004: In 3/05, Milan (MXP) to Guatemala City (A330-200, weekly).
4th order (7/05) 737-800. Plans to phase out its 737-300 and 2 737-400's.
October 2004: In 5/05, Vienna to Mumbai (767-300, 5x-weekly).
737-4Z9 wet-leased to Edeleweiss Air (EDE). 767-3Z9ER (30331, OE-LAZ) returned from Condor (CDF).
November 2004: 737-4Z9 (25147, OE-LNH) sold to Aero Capital and leased to Ukraine International (UKR).
January 2005: 1 order 737-6Z9. A320-214 (1137), Austrian Airlines (AUL) leased.
March 2005: 2 A320's Austrian (AUL) wet-leased for summer.
June 2005: 737-8Z9 (34262, OE-LNS), delivery.
737-3Z9 (23601) sold to Slovak Airlines (SLV).
October 2005: Parent, Austrian Airlines (AUL) will add a 4th 777-200ER to its fleet by December 2006. "This airplane is a 1st replacement for our 2 A340-200s we just sold. And we can use the 777 as a backup for our Australia operations and as well when there is a need for higher capacity to destinations like Delhi or Bangkok," (CEO) Vagn Soerensen said. In an effort at further streamlining, (AUL) plans also to sell its last 737-600 and 3 CRJ100s.
February 2006: Austrian Airlines (AUL) Group will end all long-haul charter flying by its Lauda Air (LAL) leisure subsidiary at the end of the current winter season, with its 6 767-300ERs and 777-200ERs repainted in (AUL)'s livery. Some charter flights, such as those to Mauritius, will be terminated, while others will become scheduled services, (CCO) Josef Burger said. Burger said the (LAL) name may disappear entirely, "but as long as the (LAL) brand makes sense for the Group, we will keep it." (LAL)'s short-haul fleet consists of 2 A320s, 7 737-800s, 2 737-700s and 1 737-600.
May 2006: Lauda Air (LAL) is a major Austrian airline operating scheduled passenger flights to >40 destinations. (LAL) also operates charter leisure jet airplane flights to European, North African, and Caribbean destinations.
(IATA) Code: NG - 231. (ICAO) Code: LDA - LAUDA.
Parent organization/shareholders: Austrian Airlines (AUL) Group (100%).
Alliances: Star Alliance.
Main Base: Vienna International (VIE).
International, Scheduled Destinations: Agadir; Amsterdam; Bangkok; Belgrade; Cancun; Casablanca; Cologne; Colombo; Dubai; Dublin; Dusseldorf; Faro; Frankfurt; Funchal; Geneva; Gothenburg; Hamburg; Hanover; Holguin; Kuala Lumpur; Lisbon; Lyons; Malaga; Male; Manchester; Melbourne; Milan; Minsk; Mombasa; Nairobi; Palma de Mallorca; Phiket; Porto; Skopje; Sofia; Stuttgart; Sydney; Timisoara; Tirana; Tripoli; Vilnius; Warsaw; Yangon; and Zurich.
(LAL) took delivery of its 7th and final 737-8Z9 earlier this month. (LAL) this summer will operate a fleet of 9 airplanes including 2 A320s and expects to transport around 1.6 million passengers this fiscal year and generate turnover of €250 to €260 million, Managing Director, Thomas Surtisch said.
June 2006: Lauda Air (LAL) starts a weekly Vienna to Reykjavik service from June 13.
September 2007: Lauda Air (LAL), the leisure subsidiary of Austrian Airlines (AUL), hopes to present a profit this year after a 2006 loss. "We reduced our capacity -12% (ASK)s this summer, by operating without 2 A321s," (CEO) Thomas Suritsch said. (LAL) transported 792,000 passengers in the 1st 7 months of 2007 and expects up to 1.4 million for the full year. Suritsch said there are no additions planned to a fleet of 6 737-800s and 2 A320s operating under the (LAL) brand, as (LAL) is more concerned with consolidating its financial performance. "On the European medium-haul network, we serve all the important destinations. (LAL) is in a stable situation again," he said. For the coming winter season, 1 737-800 will be leased out to Icelandic operator JetX (JTX).
June 2008: Parent, Austrian Airlines Group (AAG) faces tough competition at home from Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s. It has said it may lose as much as -€90 million this year, and is willing to consider investment by a larger strategic partner. "So far, (AAG) hasn't really reacted" to low-cost competition, Andreas Bierwirth, (CCO) admitted. "For example, we are under attack on 31 routes from (LCC)s in Zurich, where Swiss (CSR) is just affected on 11 routes." Launching its own low-cost operation is not a viable option at the moment, although its Lauda Air (LAL) leisure subsidiary might offer an outlet. He said Lauda (LAL) "is very successful" selling seats online and that it may be used on more price-sensitive routes such as to Innsbruck or Berlin.
July 2009: The Austrian Airlines Group (AAG) said that it will need to cut an additional -€200 million/-$281.6 million in costs and will slash -1,000 jobs to help it achieve the savings target. "It is no easy step," Executive Board member, Andreas Bierwirth said. "We see the market dropping more than we expected. It is the biggest crisis in aviation and the crisis will be increasing." Talks with unions are underway to find a solution to reach the workforce reduction. "The company needs more [cost] structure improvement, [increased] productivity and we have to get to lower labor costs to reach a level like SN Brussels (DAT)/(EBA) or Swiss (CSR)," Bierwirth said. He added that the liquidity of the company is secured at least until the end of this year. Subsidiary, Lauda Air (LAL) is being evaluated to determine if it should continue being operated under its own brand.
Regarding the European Commission (EC)'s decision to extend the deadline of its investigation into the proposed takeover of (AAG) by Lufthansa (DLH), Executive Board member, Peter Malanik said, "We have indications that [the extended investigation] will be shorter than 90 days. We have answered already more than >400 questions from the (EU). We are getting very close [to closing the deal]." He added that the (AAG) hopes the transaction can be completed by July 31. "If we were not confident that the closing [of the takeover] is realistic, then we [would have] had to announce a much tougher scenario to stay independent" than these cuts, Malanik added. The (AAG) employs more than >7,900. Some 2,600 already are working on a reduced schedule.
August 2009: The European Commission (EC) officially approved Lufthansa (DLH)'s proposed acquisition of the Austrian Airlines Group (AAG), saying (DLH) alleviated antitrust concerns by agreeing to reduce service between 5 European cities and Vienna. The (AAG) announced draconian cuts to its management structure.
The (EC), which previously signaled its intention to grant approval, cleared both the proposed merger and €500 million/$713 million in restructuring assistance for the (AAG) from the Austrian government. (DLH) had said it would not go through with the takeover absent the state aid.
Competition Commissioner, Neelie Kroes said, "This case shows that consolidation in the airline sector is possible with proper remedies to safeguard consumers' interests." The (EC) said (DLH)'s antitrust "remedies package" includes a commitment to relinquish slots, "according to an efficient and timely slot allocation mechanism," that will increase competition, "namely [on] the routes from Vienna to Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne, and Brussels."
(DLH) launched a public offer for the (AAG) on March 2 after reaching agreement with state holding company (OIAG) to buy its 41.56% stake for €366,000 plus a per share "earn-out option" for all (AAG) shareholders willing to sell. Its €4.49-per-share offer was conditioned on antitrust clearance and approval of €500 million in restructuring aid from (OIAG) to the (AAG). It also was subject to acquiring at least 75% of (AAG)'s permanent voting shares.
(DLH) said that "all of the necessary conditions for the merger in accordance with the public takeover offer have been met within the prescribed deadline and Austrian Airlines (AUL) will be integrated into the Lufthansa Group as of September 2009."
It added that (AAG) shareholders who have offered their shares for sale will receive €4.49 per share "probably on September 3." It said it will be paying the free-float shareholders €166 million in total. The (AAG) said in a statement that its "economic basis improves enormously as a member of the Lufthansa Group."
(DLH) plans to operate the (AAG) as an independent subsidiary as part of its strategy of becoming a "system of independent airlines" with multiple European power bases.
The Austrian Airlines Group (AAG), which is being acquired by Lufthansa (DLH), announced that it will reduce its management staff by approximately -45% from 347 currently, including cutting the number of VPs from 24 to 14. Together with 14 senior directors "who manage the staff functions and a number of selected specialist divisions," they will make up the top management of the group. "By taking this step, we are creating more efficient structures and simplifying our decision-making processes," Executive Board Members Andreas Bierwirth and Peter Malanik said in a statement. The dramatic downsizing is part of the carrier's restructuring program that includes elimination of around -1,000 positions, reducing the workforce to approximately 6,500 full-time positions by mid-2010. (AUL) said it already has "restructured its Sales, Network Planning, Ground Operations, & Controlling Divisions."
May 2011: Austrian Airlines (AUL) and its subsidiaries, Tyrolean Airways and Lauda Air (LAL), received (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification renewals.
April 2013: The Austrian Airlines (AUL) Group has phased out its final Boeing 737-800 as part of its restructuring process to eliminate the brand, Lauda Air (LAL). The Lufthansa (DLH) subsidiary has operated several 737 variants for 28 years. All were ordered by Lauda Air (LAL), which was integrated into (AUL) in 2001.
(CEO), Jaan Albrecht said, “Now we have a medium-haul fleet of 29 [Airbus] A320 family airplanes, which will operate a bit >10 hours per day. Within several months, (DLH) will also phase out its remaining 737-300/-500 fleet.”
Austrian (AUL) is undergoing a strict restructuring program, which includes a fleet reduction. “We expect to save €17 million/$21.8 million annually, thanks to the phase-out [of the 737],” Albrecht said. The 2 737-600s, 2 737-700s and 7 737-800s have flown a total of 300,000 hours for Austrian (AUL). “We transferred 120 pilots (FC) from the 737 to the A320 fleet,” he said.
The next step will be to replace 9 Fokker F 70s and 14 Fokker F 100s within 3 to 4 years. The Lufthansa (DLH) Group will decide on a replacement airplane, which includes regional airplane orders. Albrecht said the type decision could include the Bombardier CSeries Regional Jet, which (DLH) subsidiary, Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) ordered in 2011. “It is important to continue our restructuring program to produce sustainable earnings again—not only to replace the regional fleet, but also to be able to add an additional Boeing 777 next year,” he said. The 777 should operate on existing routes from Vienna to replace the 767-300ERs.
“Compared to the 767, the 777 brings +20% to +25% of additional capacity on a route, [which could be used] for new routes [such as] North America or Asia,” he said.
(AUL)’s current long-haul fleet includes 4 777-200ERs and 6 767-300ERs. The 767s will remain in the fleet for the next 7 to 8 years. The 767 replacement is planned for 2019/2020, Albrecht said.
Austrian (AUL) also operates 12 Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s.
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0 737-3Z9 (CFM56-3B1) (1254-23601, /86 OE-ILF "JOHN LENNON;" 1515-24081, /88 OE-ILG), FOR SALE, STORED AT SHANNON. 24081 SOLD TO (MAD) 9/02. 23601 WET-LEASED TO (AEY) 7/03. 23601 SOLD TO (SLV) 5/05. 57C, 82Y.
0 737-4Z9 (CFM56-3C1) (2043-25147, /91 OE-LNH "ELVIS PRESLEY;" 432-27094, /93 OE-LNI "JANIS JOPLIN"), 1 WET-LEASED TO (LDI) 9/00, 1 WET-LEASED TO (LDA) 11/00, FOR SALE/LEASE BY (ECC). 25147 WFU 1/02. 25147 RETURNED FROM (BPA) 6/03. 27094 WET-LEASED TO (AEY) UNTIL 7/03. 25147 LST (ALZ) 8/03. 27094 WET-LST (EDE) TIL 10/04. 25147 SOLD TO AERO CAPITAL & LEASED TO (UKR) 11/04. 27094 WFU 6/05. 164Y; OR 50C, 104Y.
2 737-6Z9 (CFM56-7B22) (526-30137, /00 OE-LNL "ROMY SCHNEIDER;" 546-30138, OE-LNM, 5/00). FOR SALE. 60C, 51Y; OR 111Y.
2 +4/2 ORDERS 737-7Z9 (CFM56-7B24) (815-30418, /01 OE-LNN "MARIA CALLAS;" 874-30419, /01 OE-LNO "GRETA GARBO"). 40C, 84Y; OR 132Y.
7 737-8Z9 (CFM56-7B27) (69-28177, /98 OE-LNJ "FALCO;" 222-28178, /99 OE-LNK "FREDDY MERCURY; 1100-30420*, /02 OE-LNP "GEORGE HARRISON;" 1345-30421*, OE-LNQ "GREGORY PECK," 7/03; 1680-33833, /05 OE-LNR "FRANK ZAPPA;" 1720-34262*, /05 OE-LNS "MILES DAVIS"). *WITH WINGLETS. 184Y
3 767-3Z9ER (PW4060) (26417; 27095) (165-23765, /88 OE-LAU; 812-30383, /00 OE-LAE), 2 LEASED TO (LDI) 11/99 23765 RF (RNA); 731-29867, /98 OE-LAY; RETURNED FROM (SPP) 1/02. 3 ST (CDF) 2/03. (SIA) MAINTENANCE. (467-27095, /92 OE-LAX) RETURNED FROM (LDI) 10/03. 29867, OE-LAY "JAPAN;" 759-30331, /99 OE-LAZ; RETURNED FROM (DLH)/(CDF) 1/04. 26417 RETURNED 8/04. (ETOPS). 24C, 220Y.
1 767-330ER (377-25137), (ILF) LEASED 9/03.
1 767-31AER (PW4060) (393-25273, /91 OE-LAT), IN STAR (SAL) ALLIANCE COLORS.
2/2 ORDERS 767-400.
3 +1/2 777-2Z9 (IGW) (GE90-92B) (87-28698, /97 OE-LPA "PABLO PICASSO;" 163-28699, /98 OE-LPB "ERNEST HEMINGWAY;" 386-29313, /02 OE-LPC), (GEF) LEASED. TRANSFERRED TO (AUL) 9/05. 42C, 302Y.
2 A320-214 (1137, OE-LBQ "RAY CHARLES" 1/05; 1150, OE-LBR "FRIDA KAHLO" 2/05), (AUL) WET-LEASED.
3 CANADAIR RJ100 (CF34-3A1), OPERATIONS BY TYROLEAN, 1 LEASED TO (DLH) CITYLINE, 7 OPERATIONS BY SUBSIDIARY TYROLEAN AIRWAYS, 2 LEASED TO (LDI). 7033 SOLD TO FAIR INC 11/00. 7032; 7036; LEASED (RFG) 4/01. 7125 TRANSFERRED TO TYROLEAN 5/04. FOR SALE. 50Y.
0 LEARJET 60 (1 LEASED FROM (CLS) CLIPPER LEASING).
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KLAUS STOGER, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
WALTER HECHENBERGER, EXECUTIVE VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (2002-12) (VIEDTNG).
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