Austrian arrows currently flies a fleet of 17 Bombardier CRJs, though the five 100LR variants currently operated are due to be disposed of in the near future. However, the 12 200LR aircraft will be retained.
An Austrian Arrows Dash 8-Q300, OE-LTM, on approach to the airline's home base of Innsbruck. The company is still officially known as Tyrolean Airways, though the aircraft wear the brand name of Austrian arrows to reflect its ownership by Austrian, the nation's flag carrier.
Tyrolean Airways’ first aircraft was the Dash 7. Its STOL performance proved ideal for operating from Innsbruck Airport, which is surrounded by mountains.
Austrian arrows’ largest aircraft is the 100-seat Fokker 100. The type was procured as part of the Focus East programme through which the company hopes to double its passengers to destinations in Eastern Europe. The Fokkers were also used to replace Austrian’s seven remaining McDonnell Douglas MD-80s.
Nine Fokker 70s are operated by Austrian arrows. This aircraft, OE-LFG, pictured at Salzburg, was painted in this scheme to highlight Tyrolean Airways’ membership of the Star Alliance airline grouping.
Tyrolean Airways has been a major supporter of Bombardier aircraft over the years. The largest turboprop it operates is the 72-seat Dash 8-Q400, of which ten are in service. This aircraft is pictured departing Innsbruck.
Despite its take-over by the country’s flag carrier, Austrian arrows is still based at Innsbruck and is proud of its Tyrolean roots. One of the airline's Dash 8-Q400s is pictured climbing out on an early morning flight from Innsbruck, with the surrounding mountains visible in the background. From operating a few services from this provincial airport, the company now flies all over Europe.