Austrian Airlines has joined the “retrojet” club with the introduction of an Airbus A320 adorned with the livery the carrier flew in the 1980s.
The aircraft (OE-LBO) has been applied with the distinctive livery featuring an angular chevron, grey belly and traditional red/white/red flag on the tail. This scheme adorned the airline’s Airbus A310 (below) and Boeing MD-80 fleets during that era.
“Considering the colourful era of the 1980s, it was, all in all, a restrained branding on the part of Austrian Airlines,” says the carrier’s head of marketing, Isabella Reichl.
Austrian says the retro-look is a homage to the destinations of Tokyo and New York, which are celebrating key milestones this year. The airline is marking the 30th anniversary of its Tokyo services (with interruptions) and a half-century since it began New York flights. In 1989, two A310s named Tokyo and New York were part of the airline’s fleet.