Timetable images above are from the collection of Bjorn Larson from http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/os.htm
Austrian actually had operated long-haul flights for a short period from April 1, 1969 to September 1971 when it had an agreemennt with SABENA with which it operated a Vienna-Brussels-New York service. The aircraft utilised was a SABENA Boeing 707-329 OO-SJF reregistered as OE-LBA.
Another attempt at long-haul services occurred in September 1973 when the ONA DC-8-63 N865F was leased as OE-IBO. This arrangement lasted until December 1974.
Following this long-haul routes didn't recommence until after arrival of OE-LAA, the first of four Airbus A310-324s in December 1988. Initial services connected Vienna with New York and Tokyo via Moscow. Fleet expansion continued from 1995 when the first two A340-200s (OE-LAG/H) arrived, which were followed by a pair of A340-300s (OE-LAK-L). The series 200 was designed for long thin routes offering a substantial range increase over the original series 300.
Over time improvements to the series 300 and the A330 made the A340-200 obsolete and only 28 were built. Austrian also replaced its A310s with A330-200s however in 2006 mounting losses saw the entire Airbus long-haul fleet sold and many international destinations stopped (such as Phuket, Mauritius, Colombo, Kathmandu). Austrian was the last scheduled European airlines to operate to Melbourne but that didn't save it or the Sydney route which were both canned in March 2007.
Austrian had taken over its rival Lauda Air in 2000 and they operated a Boeing long-haul fleet of 767s and 777s. The sale of the 4 A330s and 4 A340s enabled a transition to an all-Boeing long-haul fleet. The pair of A340-200s were both sold and leased by the French Air Force where OE-LAG has become F-RAJA.
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