Tyrolean Airways, officially Tyrolean Airways Tiroler Luftfahrt GmbH, was an Austrian airline based in Innsbruck with its hub at Vienna International Airport 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.
|Founded||1978 (as Aircraft Innsbruck)|
1980 (as Tyrolean Airways)
|Ceased operations||31 March 2015 |
(merged into Austrian Airlines)
|Frequent-flyer program||Miles & More|
|Alliance||Star Alliance (affiliate)|
|Fleet size||see Austrian Airlines|
|Destinations||see Austrian Airlines|
|Parent company||Austrian Airlines Group|
|Key people||Klaus Froese, CEO |
CEO of Austrian Airlines
Tyrolean operated regional flights under the Austrian Arrows brand on behalf of Austrian Airlines from 2003 until July 2012, when nearly all employees and the fleet of Austrian Airlines was transferred to it following a labour dispute. Following a new labour agreement, Tyrolean was merged into Austrian Airlines and dissolved as a company on 31 March 2015.
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.
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 as a new labour agreement had been signed. 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.
Tyrolean Airways' historic fleet included:
|de Havilland Canada Dash 8-100||1987||2003|
|de Havilland Canada Dash 8-300||1991||2010|
|de Havilland Canada Dash 8-400||2000||2015|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 February 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Impressum. Tyrolean Airways. Retrieved on 25 February 2012. "Fürstenweg 176 A-6026 Innsbruck"
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 81.
- Austrian Airlines fleet list at planespotters.net Archived 10 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine
Media related to Austrian Arrows at Wikimedia Commons