Austrian Airlines opts for 777

Austrian Airlines has signed an order for the purchase of one Boeing 777-200ER worth $181 million at list prices.

Austrian Airlines already operates three 777s on routes to Melbourne via Singapore and Sydney via Kuala Lumpur. Its fourth 777 will be used primarily for flights to the US and Asia.

The airplane is currently scheduled for delivery in late 2006. The agreement includes the cancellation of a previous order by Austrian Airlines for a 737.

“The 777 has proven to be a most economical and reliable aircraft and one that is well liked by our passengers,” said Austrian Airlines Chief Financial Officer Thomas Kleibl. “Standardising with the 777-200ER will deliver immediate economic and operational benefits and help keep our fleet amongst the youngest in the world.”

According to Boeing, the twin-engine 777 is the most fuel-efficient airplane in its category, and it releases fewer emissions into the environment than its four-engined competitor.