Travelling through time, at least once. Many of us wish for this. We celebrated our 60th anniversary in retro style: Last Saturday – exactly on the day 60 years after the first flight – Austrian Airlines took off heading to London.


On March 31, 1958, our Vickers Viscount took off for the very first time: VIE – LHR was on the flight plan. To celebrate this special day we flew to London on March 31, 2018 with the retro liner OE-LBP. We’ll tell you about this historic flight today and share with you lots of details about OS453:


60 Years Austrian Airlines


You could sense the special flair already at the check-in: the retro logo had been placed prominently on the screens, the check-in counters had vases with blooming flowers and smiling flight attendants. Selected guests were even given old paper airline tickets by mail last week – just like back then.



The Gate for time travellers


Red Sacher Cake, sparkling wine and drinks awaited guests at Gate G04. Again, there were many retro elements to be found such as old pictures from 60 years ago, wooden armchairs, carpets and a flight bulletin with interesting information about the flight. The only thing not quite retro about it are the ones covering the story: Planespotters reported live on their social media channels. And we too shared many insights of that day – those can still be found in the highlights of our Instagram Stories.



Ready to Take-Off


The guests were chauffeured from the gate to the plane in a blue vintage bus, where the crew ceremoniously cut the ribbon and opened the flight.


No aircraft other than the Airbus A320 OE-LBP was eligible for this special day. With its retro exterior design, with the old logo, the red-white-red tail and the iconic black nose, it was the perfect one for the anniversary flight. Also on the plane, we paid attention to the details like the headrests with the old AUA logo.



High up in the Air


After a charming welcome by Captain, we made it to the runway and OS453 left Vienna Schwechat behind. At flight altitude the guests were spoiled with sparkling wine and Sacher Cake and the Austrian classics.



That’s how beautiful our Anniversary Flight was:



We can not promise you another retro-flight, but London is always worth the trip. Plan your next flight now:


Photos: © Optical Engineers | Felipe Kolm