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Austrian Airlines Inaugurates Boeing 787 Transatlantic Flight

DALLAS — Austrian Airlines (OS) has operated the inaugural Boieng 787 transatlantic flight from Vienna (VIE) to New York (JFK) on June 15, 2024. This marks the commercial introduction of OS’s new Boeing 787 on transatlantic routes, a market for which the Dreamliner was introduced in OS’s fleet.

Flight OS87 from Vienna-Schwechat (VIE) to New York-Kennedy (JFK) Airport departed at 17:10 local time on June 15, 2024. This inaugural flight was operated by a Boeing 787-9 with registration OE-LPL, one of the two Boeing 787-9s received by the carrier to date, both still featuring a titleless white livery.

This route was previously operated by the larger Boeing 777-200ER carrying 330 passengers on each leg, 40 more than the Dreamliner. However, the Boeing 787 offers better fuel efficiency, compared to the Boeing 777.

Thousands followed live the flight path of OS87 from Vienna to New York on AirNav RadarBox and the Airways Magazine Social Media. Image: AirNav RadarBox.

Crew, Aircraft Being Prepared

Before operating the inaugural transatlantic service to JFK, OS has been scheduling the Dreamliner on short-haul routes from VIE to Frankfurt (FRA), Berlin (BER), and Dusseldorf (DUS) for cabin crew familiarization.

While OE-LPL and OE-LPM are two Boeing 787s formerly owned by the Asian low-cost carrier Bamboo Airways (QH), the next five airframes expected to arrive in OS’s fleet will be transferred from its group partner Lufthansa (LH), and are currently registered as D-ABPA to D-ABPE.

The Austrian flag carrier has ferried the first of these five Boeing 787s to Teruel Airport (TEV) in Spain for painting. This aircraft will be unveiled to the general public in the coming days.

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