Austrian Airlines (OS, Vienna) has confirmed it has ended Fokker 70 operations following the retirement of its last active machine of the type late last month.
In a statement to ch-aviation, the Lufthansa Group unit confirmed OE-LFQ (msn 11568) conducted its last commercial service on July 30 as OS536 Bologna-Vienna. As with the other Fokker Aircraft in Austrian’s fleet, it will be ferried to Bratislava where it will be taken up by Alliance Aviation Slovakia (Bratislava), the Slovak sister of Australian carrier Alliance Airlines (QQ, Brisbane Int’l).
It is recalled that in November 2015, Alliance Air’s parent firm, Alliance Aviation Services, agreed to acquire Austrian Airlines’ entire fleet of twenty-one Fokker jets – fifteen Fokker 100s and six Fokker 70s – for a total consideration of USD15 million.
As it stands, the Austrian Fokker fleet now consists of just four Fokker 100s, the last of which is slated to end commercial service in December.
Austrian is replacing the outgoing Fokker capacity with seventeen ex-Lufthansa CityLine EMB-195s.