Freitag, 28. September 2007

Innsbruck - January 2006

Innsbruck in winter offers you beautiful scenery and nice airplanes. More and more the Russians discover the alps for their holidays - especially around New Year many aircraft can be observed.
Welcome Air in this attractive yellow/purple color scheme operates a small fleet of 3 Dornier 328 aircraft - both, the propeller and the jet version - out of their homebase Innsbruck. OE-GBB is one of 2 turboprops and offers a seating capacity of 30.

It can get really cold at Innsbruck. Nestled between mountains, the sun raises late and sets early in wintertime. This Yak42 of Tatarstan Airlines rests for a couple of days and definitely needs some serious de-icing before being able to leave.

The biggest airplane flying to INN on a regular basis is the Boeing 757. Russian airlines have discovered that it fits their needs well - VIM Avia took over this former Condor example, and 15 more, and is using it for charter flights all over Europe and domestic flights. Today RA-73008 is parked at Munich and waiting for better times.

Yak Service is specialized in executive passenger charters and operates a fleet of Yak40/42s in VIP configuration. RA-88295 joined the fleet in 2000 when it was acquired from the Polish Air Force.

Austrian Arrows (formerly known as Tyrolean) operates 10 Bombardier DHC-8-400Q. OE-LGH was delivered in early 2003 and seats 70 passengers. The -400Q version has been stretched 6.83m compared to the DHC-8-300 and is fitted with an active noise and vibration system which reduces cabin noise to a level comparable to the Canadair Regional Jet.

Smart Wings is a Czech low-cost airline, which operated 4 Boeing 737-500 at the time. Originally 2 ex Lufthansa Boeings were used but later replaced by 4 former United examples. OK-SWU arrived in March 2005 from Goodyear/AZ where it was stored for half a year after the lease to United Airlines ended. In spring 2007 the airline ceased operations and is rumored to be purchased by Icelandair.