Tyrolean Airways

Tyrolean Airways, officially Tyrolean Airways Tiroler Luftfahrt GmbH, was[1] an Austrian airline based in Innsbruck[2] with its hub at Vienna International Airport[3] and its homebase at Innsbruck Airport. It was owned by the Lufthansa Group and was an affiliate of the Star Alliance together with its parent Austrian Airlines.

Tyrolean Airways
Logo Tyrolean.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1978 (as Aircraft Innsbruck)
1980 (as Tyrolean Airways)
Ceased operations31 March 2015
(merged into Austrian Airlines)
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programMiles & More
AllianceStar Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet sizesee Austrian Airlines
Destinationssee Austrian Airlines
Parent companyAustrian Airlines Group
Lufthansa Group
HeadquartersInnsbruck, Austria
Key peopleKlaus Froese, CEO
Jaan Albrecht,
CEO of Austrian Airlines

Tyrolean operated regional flights under the Austrian Arrows brand on behalf of Austrian Airlines from 2003 until July 2012,[4][5] when nearly all employees and the fleet of Austrian Airlines was transferred to it following a labour dispute.[6] Following a new labour agreement, Tyrolean was merged into Austrian Airlines and dissolved as a company on 31 March 2015.[1]


Early yearsEdit

The airline was established in 1978 as Aircraft Innsbruck by Gernot Langes-Swarovski and Christian Schwemberger-Swarovski. It adopted the title Tyrolean Airways when scheduled services began on 1 April 1980.

Tyrolean Airways was the only airline to operate Dash 7 airplanes into the dangerous Courchevel Airport in France.

Development as part of Austrian AirlinesEdit

The airline was acquired by Austrian Airlines in March 1998 after the original owner, Mr Gernot Langes-Swarovski, made the company available for purchase. In 2003, as part of an effort by its parent company to consolidate its brand, the fleet was rebranded as Austrian Arrows with livery changed to match that of the Austrian Airlines Group. Airline operations, however, were still managed independently by Tyrolean from its Innsbruck base.

Since 1 July 2012, all flights of the Austrian Airlines Group were carried out by Tyrolean Airways. In a consolidated effort to save Austrian Airlines from bankruptcy, the Austrian Airlines CEO at the time, Mr Jaan Albrecht fused the entire fleet and staff of the Austrian Airlines Group, approximately 460 pilots and 1,500 cabin crew, into Tyrolean to maintain operations. All Austrian Airlines Group flights - except for a single Boeing 777-200ER (OE-LPB) due to international traffic laws - were operated by Tyrolean, but maintained their Austrian flight numbers.

In October 2014, it was reported that Tyrolean's flight operations and staff were to be reintegrated into Austrian Airlines by 31 March 2015[4][5][6] as a new labour agreement had been signed.[4] Accordingly, on this date all flight operations, crew members and aircraft were transferred back into Austrian Airlines while Tyrolean Airways was dissolved after serving as a vessel to float Austrian Airlines back into operations.

Historic fleetEdit

A former Tyrolean Bombardier CRJ200LR
A Tyrolean Fokker 70

Tyrolean Airways' historic fleet included:[7]

Lauda Air's Historic Fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A319-100 2012 2015
Airbus A320-200 2012 2015
Airbus A321-100 2012 2015
Airbus A321-200 2012 2015
Boeing 767-300ER 2012 2015
Boeing 777-200ER 2012 2015
Bombardier CRJ-100 Un­known Un­known
Bombardier CRJ-200 1996 2010
de Havilland Canada Dash 8-100 1987 2003
de Havilland Canada Dash 8-300 1991 2010
de Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 2000 2015
Fokker 50 1994 1997
Fokker 70 1995 2015
Fokker 100 2004 2015


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 February 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Impressum. Tyrolean Airways. Retrieved on 25 February 2012. "Fürstenweg 176 A-6026 Innsbruck"
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 81.
  4. ^ a b c http://www.aero.de/news-20608/Austrian-KV-Bord-unter-Dach-und-Fach.html
  5. ^ a b http://www.aero.de/news-20484/Austrian-Airlines-beendet-Tyrolean-Experiment.html
  6. ^ a b http://ch-aviation.com/portal/news/31796-austrian-tyrolean-flight-crew-union-near-labour-agreement-deal
  7. ^ Austrian Airlines fleet list at planespotters.net Archived 10 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

  Media related to Austrian Arrows at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 47°15′28″N 11°21′15″E / 47.2579°N 11.3541°E / 47.2579; 11.3541