The next step in the modernisation of Swiss International Air Lines’ (SWISS) long-haul fleet will be the introduction of the Airbus A350-900. From 2025 onwards, the airline will take delivery of five A350-900s, which in the longer term will replace the airline’s four remaining four-engined A340-300s.
The five incoming aircraft are part of a total order for 25 A350-900s that was placed by the Lufthansa Group in 2019.
“We are very pleased to have achieved our turnaround after the coronavirus crisis and be back on a sound financial track,” stated Dieter Vranckx, CEO of SWISS. “As a result of this, we are now in a position to invest again in the future of our company, in our people and in the quality that we offer our travelling guests. With this planned substantial modernisation of our long-haul aircraft fleet, we are setting a vital course to sustainably maintain our competitive edge over the longer term.
“Our decision to acquire the Airbus A350-900 is a clear commitment to further enhancing the sustainability of our flight operations,” Vranckx continued. “Our new long-haul twinjet will play a substantial part in achieving our ambitious climate goals. And in adding this latest-generation aircraft to our fleet, with all the additional inflight comfort it will provide for our guests, we are also further confirming our position as a premium air carrier.”