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Austrian Opt for Boeing 777

Austrian Airlines has signed an order for the purchase of one Boeing 777-200ER. 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 U.S. and Asia.
The airplane is valued at $181 million at list prices and 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. “Standardizing with the 777-200ER will deliver immediate economic and operational benefits and help keep our fleet amongst the youngest in the world.”

Austrian Airlines’ 777s are powered by General Electric GE90-series engines.