Not to be out done by their German colleagues, Austrian today announced that a new livery will begin to adorn their aircraft as soon as this May. This comes after only 3 years from their previous livery update.
The new look is a bold departure from the current design found on their aircraft and was specifically designed to be more ‘digital friendly’ so that the new look of Austrian looks good on Social Media platforms, websites, etc.
You’ll notice that the font grows DRAMATICALLY on the side of the aircraft as compared to the current version. Planespotters will also notice that the tail section of the aircraft becomes bolder because the red on the tail now will come down to cover the very rear of the fuselage. There will be no mistaking that something is different with the new look.
Here is a before and after look:
Sporting the original livery, their 777 arrives from Vienna
Austrian’s rendering of their new look…..
According to Austrian, it will take 7 years to convert their entire fleet to the new look (same time frame as Lufthansa’s makeover). The repainting will happen as part of an aircraft’s maintenance schedule. The first aircraft to show off the new look will be one of their 777s, OE-LPF, which will be unveiled with the new look next month.
This new update will also be reflected on airport signage, corporate offices, and anywhere else where Austrian has a presence.
Austrian has updated their timetables to reflect increased service to Tel Aviv beginning with this Summer’s schedule that takes effect on March 25. Austrian is increasing weekly flights from Vienna to 18 for this Summer as compared to only 14 for last summer.
In addition to the bump in Summer frequency, OS will further increase service for Winter 2018/19 to 21 flights per week.
In their comments, Austrian suggested that further increases may be necessary.
Over the coming months, Senator and Business Class Lounges in Vienna will be closed at various times while they undergo renovation.
As of today, the Business Class Lounge in the non-Schengen area of concourse ‘D’ will be closed. Austrian did not provide a timeframe for it’s reopening.
After the ‘D’ Lounge re-opens, the Senator and Business Class Lounges in the Schengen Concourse F will be closed. After the ‘F’ Lounge is re-opened, the non-Schengen Lounge in Concourse G will closed for it’s facelift.
These rolling closures will continue throughout the winter, with the plan being that all lounge renovations are completed by early spring.
Through all this, the HON Lounge will remain open and will not be receiving any kind of renovation.
Austrian has released the schedule for the last handful of Fokker 100 flights that will take place this year. The last Fokker flight will take place on December 31, but ‘OS’ announced a schedule of current Fokker destinations that will see the aircraft for the last time before the 31st.
Final Fokker Flights….
Vienna-Basel on December 27 (OS473/OS474)
Vienna-Belgrade on December 30 (OS773/OS774)
Vienna-Brussels on December 17 (OS351/OS352)
Vienna-Bucharest on December 29 (OS789/OS790)
Vienna-Chisinau on December 29 (OS655/OS656)
Vienna-Geneva on December 25 (OS575/OS576)
Vienna-Lyon on December 17 (OS403/OS404)
Vienna-Munich on December 31 (OS111/OS112)
Vienna-Skopje on December 21 (OS775 on 12/21 & OS776 on 12/22)
Vienna-Sofia on December 28 (OS793/OS794)
Vienna-Warsaw on December 27 (OS625/OS626)
The final ever Austrian Fokker 100 flights will operate between Vienna and Pristina on December 31, operating as OS777 from Vienna, and OS 778 from Pristina.
A few days ago, Austrian updated their timetable to reflect frequency changes to Hong Kong and aircraft changes on flights to Newark.
The changes are slated to take effect for the Winter 2018/19 schedule so they’re still subject to additional adjustments, but as it stands today here’s what will be happening:
Beginning October 28, Vienna – Hong Kong will increase from 3x/week to 4x/week.
Beginning October 28, flights between Vienna and Newark will be flown by their 777 and 767 aircraft. The 4 weekly flights between VIE and EWR will be split between the 2 aircraft types. Specific days for each type have not been assigned as yet.