Montana Austria

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Montana Austria Airlines
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IATA ICAO Callsign
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Founded1975
Ceased operations1981
Operating basesVienna International Airport
Fleet sizeSee Fleet details below
DestinationsBaghdad, Iraq; Bangkok Thailand; New York City, United States
HeadquartersVienna, Austria
Key peopleCarl Press (main investor)
Hans Stöckl (founder)

Montana Austria was an airline based in Vienna, Austria and existed between 1975 and 1981. The company's name was chosen to reflect the montaneous landscape in Austria.

Company history[edit]

Montana Austria was founded in 1975 by Captain Hans Stöckl and started using two Boeing 707 aircraft. A third Boeing 707 aircraft was acquired in 1977.

In the beginning, Montana Austria faced bureaucratic difficulties since the then-national monopoly airline Austrian Airlines tried to obstruct any competition. Finally in November 1976, the airline was granted to serve the Vienna-Baghdad-Bangkok route. Additional routes to other destinations, such as New York, were introduced later.

Montana Austria operated only long-haul routes which were not served by Austrian Airlines in the 1970s and thus were considered as a niche in the airline business of Austria back then.

Since the number of passengers started to decrease in the late 1970s and early 1980s due to an economic crisis, Montana Austria switched its activities from passenger services to cargo transportation. The only passenger service to remain was the one to New York.

One of the company's cargo aircraft was loaded with illegal weapons in Houston, Texas and was impounded by US authorities. After the main investor Carl Press of the German freight forwarding company deugro withdrew his financial support Montana Austria went into receivership and ceased operations. Eventually the Austrian government revoked the airline's operating license. Montana Austria ceased operations in July 1981.[1]

Fleet details[edit]

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Boeing 707-138B der Montana Austria, Wien 1977

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hengi,[page needed]
  • Hengi, B.I. (2000). Airlines Remembered: Over 200 Airlines of the Past, Described and Illustrated in Colour. Midland. ISBN 9781857800913.