Austrian Airlines will have four A2023neos in the fleet by spring 320. This means that the carrier has been getting brand-new commercial aircraft again for a long time. The machines come from an existing Lufthansa order and will be taken over from August 2022.
A few days ago, Aviation.Direct was the first specialist medium to report that Austrian Airlines concrete plans for the incorporation of Airbus A320neo. At that time, the carrier did not want to comment on this because they did not want to anticipate corporate decisions. Now it's fixed, because AUA will get a total of four Airbus A2022neo between August 2023 and spring 320.
In return, older machines from the A320 series will be phased out. "The use of modern and fuel-efficient aircraft is, in addition to the use of sustainable fuels, the greatest lever to achieve our ambitious climate goals," says Austrian Airlines COO Francesco Sciortino. “We want to halve our CO2030 emissions by 2 and be CO2050-neutral both on the ground and on board by 2.” The new A320neos will not only reduce emissions but also reduce noise. A Neo taking off is 50 percent quieter than comparable aircraft types.
The A320neos will be used by Austrian Airlines on continental routes and initially on the routes to London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. The new aircraft, which have a capacity of 180 seats, will significantly increase travel comfort on short and medium-haul routes. Thanks to the innovative Airspace Cabin and slimmer side walls, passengers are offered even more personal freedom, especially in the shoulder area. Compared to the previous version, the new cabin concept is also characterized by a capacity for hand luggage that is up to 60 percent larger. In addition, a new, flexible lighting system that adapts to the natural biorhythm of the passengers increases well-being on board. Depending on the phase of the flight and the time of day, the cabin and washrooms are bathed in warm red or cooler blue tones.