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​Austrian completes E-Jets' introduction

Austrian Airlines has completed the addition of 17 second-hand Embraer 195s to its operations.

The Lufthansa Group carrier says it put the 17th of the aircraft into scheduled service within the last week. Austrian had received its first E195 in 2015 and began operating it commercially in January 2016. The aircraft are replacing Fokker 70/100 regional jets.

Four Fokker 100s are still operated by Austrian but will be phased out by December, the airline adds.

In 2015, Austrian had a total of 21 Fokker 70/100 jets, fitted with 70 and 100 seats, respectively.

Austrian's 120-seat E195s were previously part of Lufthansa CityLine's fleet. They rolled off the production line between 2009 and 2012.

Their new operator notes that they consume 18% less fuel on a per-seat basis than the Fokkers.

For the fleet replacement programme, Austrian trained around 200 pilots, 600 flight attendants and 80 technicians.

KLM has likewise opted to end Fokker 70 operations later this year and replace the aircraft with E-Jets.

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