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Photo reportage: Lauda flies out first four A320s

Eight more A320s will follow on Wednesday.

The airline Lauda began withdrawing its A320 fleet on Tuesday evening. According to the company, a total of 21 machines of this type will be transferred to other airports. It started with the OE-IHL, OE-LOX, OE-LOU, and the OE-IBJ. In future these will be parked at Stansted Airport.

The Ferry flights are carried out by pilots of the airline Lauda, ​​who have volunteered for this mission. They will make their way back to Austria on board a private jet. Eight more planes are due to be delivered to Stansted Airport on Wednesday.

The company plans to have flown out all 21 Airbus A320s that were parked at Vienna Airport by the end of the week. The destinations of the machines are Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Palma and London-Stansted. It is currently uncertain whether a return to Vienna could take place. The company agreed that if the new collective agreement was signed, the base in Vienna would be kept open until Thursday evening and that the jets would be retrieved in good time before the scheduled connections were resumed.

It remains to be seen whether this will happen or whether today’s readers mark the beginning of the end of Lauda in Vienna. The Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the Vida trade union emphasize that efforts are being made to find a solution that will maintain the Lauda base in Vienna. The routes previously served by the Austrian airline will be taken over by Ryanair DAC, Malta Air and Buzz if the base is closed.

Pilots of the airline Lauda provided the impressions of today’s departure of the Vienna Airbus A320 fleet. A YouTube video is also provided at this link.

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