Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines will wet lease two Bombardier CRJ900s from Slovenia-based Adria Airways from March 31 to secure and stabilize operations for the summer 2019 season.

The Star Alliance carrier was challenged last year with flight delays and cancellations as a result of several factors, including an ambitious flight planning strategy, which did not provide enough aircraft, air traffic controller strikes and serious weather conditions.

The 86-passenger CRJ900s offer more capacity than Austrian’s smallest aircraft, the Bombardier Q400.

The CRJ900s will operate from its Vienna hub to destinations including Warsaw (Poland), Belgrade (Serbia) or Kosice (Slovakia).

Adria is going through a recapitalization process after its flight operations were hit hard by European flight congestion and crew shortages. The carrier plans to add more wet lease business to operate flights for the Lufthansa Group.

Also, the airline plans to close a base at Paderborn Airport (Germany), which opened in fall 2018.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviation@netway.at