We spent a long time looking for a former Austrian Airlines plane and now we’ve finally found it! And where do you find a plane from your next-door neighbour? In the US, of course. So now it has a few extra miles under its proverbial belt.
The OE-LAX with the MSN 27095 was delivered to what was then Lauda Air in 1992, christened no other than “James Dean”.
After 15 years of taking to the skies for the airline founded by former Formula 1 pilot Niki Lauda, the Boeing 767 joined Austrian Airlines in 2007 as part of the takeover, where it was given the epithet “Salzburg Festival”.
The OE-LAX finally ended up at the cargo airline Kalitta Air in Michigan. It still registered the aircraft as N788CK, but actually used it solely to extract spare parts.