Austrian’s first ERJ is set to arrive in Vienna later this week after spending the last few weeks at Austrian Technik’s satellite in Bratislava (BTS). The ERJ195 was painted in BTS and will now take a 5 minute flight from BTS to Vienna on October 31.
After arriving in VIE, the aircraft will undergo additional cabin renovations and will be used for pilot and cabin crew training before entering service in January. OE-LWD, as she is registered, will also be christened on November 13 in Vienna and will be given her ‘nickname’.
16 additional ERJ195 aircraft will join the OS fleet as they are transferred away from Lufthansa’s Cityline fleet. All of them will sport the ‘myAustrian’ livery as well.
The transfer of all the new ERJs should be complete by early 2017 and they will replace the Fokker aircraft currently in the OS fleet.
Perhaps I’ll have a chance to stop by the BTS facility in November and take a look at the next ERJ as it is being prepared……