Gallery: Austrian Airlines Bids Farewell To Last Dash 8 Turboprop
On May 31, Austrian Airlines operated its last Dash 8 Q400 scheduled service on its Innsbruck-Vienna route.
From 1980, 60 De Havilland Dash 7 and Dash 8 aircraft have been operating in Austria, transporting 20.4 million passengers on board the Canada-manufactured turboprops. The first aircraft, a Dash 7, was operated in 1980 for Tyrolean Airways, which became part of Austrian Airlines in 1998, when former owner Gernot Langes Swarovski, who died earlier this year, sold the company.
In 2003, the airline was rebranded into Austrian Arrows. In March 2015, Tyrolean Airways/Austrian Airlines was fully integrated into Austrian Airlines, which is owned by Lufthansa Group.
Aviation Week/ATW correspondent Kurt Hofmann was on board the final flight and shares exclusive pictures.