One of the first regular long-haul flights operated by Austrian Airlines took off from Vienna today at 10:33 A.M. as flight OS 89.
The Boeing 767 with the registration OE-LAX landed on time at Newark Airport in New Jersey at around 1:45 P.M.
Close to one third of the aircraft is occupied, with 64 passengers on board. The return flight is fully booked.
“Long-haul routes comprise the supreme discipline in Austrian aviation”, says Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto. “Therefore, after such a long interruption, we are of course especially pleased to be able to offer intercontinental flights again and thereby get our hub at Vienna Airport up and running again.”
The last regularly scheduled Austrian Airlines long-haul flight before the forced coronavirus break, departing from Chicago, landed in Vienna on 19 March 2020.
In the meantime, Austrian Airlines carried out various repatriation flights from South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, amongst other places.
Transport flights for medical supplies from China and Malaysia also took place and will be continued in July.