The SWISS Fleet In 2021

With a fleet of 92 aircraft, Lufthansa Group member SWISS is an airline with an interesting mix of…

The SWISS Fleet In 2021

With a fleet of 92 aircraft, Lufthansa Group member SWISS is an airline with an interesting mix of aircraft. One of the more interesting aspects of this airline’s fleet is that it operates both the Airbus A340 and A220. The former being seen as outdated and inefficient, and the latter as an efficient performer and a shining star during the global health crisis. But with additional types being flown by the carrier, let’s take a full look at the SWISS fleet in 2021.

SWISS was an early backer of the Airbus A220 when it was still known as the Bombardier CSeries.  Photo: SWISS

Fleet composition at a glance

First, let’s take a look at the composition of the airline’s fleet as a whole. The aircraft types are listed below with quantities in parentheses. We’ll first start with Airbus:

  • A220-100 (9)
  • A220-300 (21)
  • A320ceo (18)
  • A320neo (3)
  • A321ceo (8)
  • A321neo (2)
  • A330-300 (14)
  • A340-300 (5)

The airline operates a single Boeing type, the 777-300ER, with 12 of these aircraft in the fleet.

Adding all of these aircraft up, SWISS’ total fleet size is 92 aircraft. This is smaller than its fellow Lufthansa Group legacy carriers, Lufthansa (389) and Austrian (122). However, it is larger than Brussels Airlines (73), another full-service Lufthansa Group outfit.

SWISS A320
Although the A220 takes more of the spotlight these days, the airline’s A320 family jets are a core part of SWISS’ intra-Europe operations. Photo: SWISS

The majestic quad jets

The Airbus A340 is becoming increasingly rare as a commercial passenger aircraft. The global health crisis has been a major part of this, with airlines like SAS, Iberia, and Virgin Atlantic retiring the quadjet over the past year and a half. However, SWISS is still holding on to its A340s.

SWISS currently has five A340-300s, of which four are active at the time of publishing this article. As we understand it, the fifth aircraft has been undergoing maintenance. The airline’s five 343s have an average age of just under 18 years, and all were delivered new to the full-service carrier.

There has been some expectation that the carrier will retire this portion of its fleet soon. However, a retirement date for the 343 has yet to be revealed. However, it is likely to be fairly close, especially as the wider Lufthansa Group increasingly focuses on smaller twins.

SWISS Airbus A340
SWISS’ A340s have 223 seats spread across 168 in economy, 47 in business, and eight in first. Photo: SWISS

The wide twins

It’s a pretty safe bet to say that SWISS will follow the industry-wide trend of using widebody twinjets for its long-haul operations. To this end, the airline is relying on the Airbus A330-300, and the Boeing 777-300ER.

The Boeing 777-300ER is the airline’s flagship jet and is a relatively young part of SWISS operations. The average age of these jets is just 4.2 years.

Previously, the airline had also operated the A330-200. However, a phase-out of this type first took place in 2003-2004, with two leaving for Air Caraïbes and another two going to Malaysia Airlines. One of these now serves with the Portuguese wet lease carrier Hi Fly. A second and more significant reduction of A330-200s took place in 2009. Between April and December of that year, four A330-200s went to Vietnam Airlines. One went on to fly with Australian carrier Strategic Airlines.

SWISS Airbus A330
SWISS has 14 A330-300s in its fleet. Photo: SWISS

The pandemic performers

SWISS, through its parent company Lufthansa Group, was one of the first airlines to order the Airbus A220, known at the time as the Bombardier CSeries. In fact, the carrier was the launch customer of the type, first operating the CS100 (A220-100) in 2016. 

The airline now has 30 A220s, with just nine -100s and 21 -300s. Across both variants, the longest route is from Geneva to the Egyptian resort of Hurghada, some 2,004 miles away, a clear demonstration of the type’s flexibility.

The airline is also in the process of modernizing its medium-haul narrowbody fleet. Its order of 25 A320neo family aircraft will eventually replace the airline’s older A320ceo and A321ceo aircraft.

Have you flown on any of these SWISS aircraft? For you, which type is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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Here’s Why United Airlines Had To Deplane A Flight To Orlando

A United Airlines flight was heading to Orlando International Airport from San Francisco International Airport on Thursday afternoon…

Here’s Why United Airlines Had To Deplane A Flight To Orlando

A United Airlines flight was heading to Orlando International Airport from San Francisco International Airport on Thursday afternoon when the passengers on the aircraft had to deplane due to a potential threat. The reason for this situation has now been revealed.

Passengers flying from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States has to hop back off the aircraft before heading out of California this week. Photo: Getty Images

A cause for concern

United flight 2167 was scheduled due to depart San Francisco at 14:00 on June 22nd. However, the passengers had to leave the Boeing 737-924ER after the pilot announced a threat on the aircraft.

SFGATE has spoken about details that reporter Chris Beale shared. The 737 was sitting on the ground following reports from numerous passengers that they received inappropriate photos.

United Airlines 737-900ER
The United Airlines Boeing 737-900ER had to wait at San Francisco while officials investigated the issue. Photo: United Airlines

Delayed passengers

Ultimately, photos of an Airsoft gun were being shared through AirDrop, a popular document sharing function available on Apple devices. It has now been revealed that a teenager on the flight shared the images.

Thus, the passengers had to all deplane for the narrowbody to be cleared and inspected for a potential threat. The travelers then all had to go through security again, apart from the teenager, which was not allowed back on the flight.

The weapon in the picture reportedly did not belong to the prankster. However, he managed to still disrupt operations and cause a three-hour delay.

According to RadarBox.com, the plane departed SFO at 17:12 to arrive at MCO at 01:03 the following morning. Undoubtedly, there would have been many frustrated passengers arriving at their destination way after midnight.

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A word from United

SFGATE shares that a United spokesperson confirmed that the trip was delayed amid a security issue involving a passenger. The Chicago-based carrier added that authorities were notified about the situation. 

N75429, the 737 that was involved in the delay, was delivered to Continental Airlines in December 2008, three years before the merger with United. According to ch-aviation, this unit is one of 126 737-900ERs in the operator’s fleet. Presently, 122 of them are active, leaving only 14 on the ground.

The airline will be happy with this ratio following the significant downturn last year. Domestic action across the US has notably picked up in recent months.

United 737 MAX
United Airlines is ramping up domestic services again. Photo: Getty Images.

The company is also expecting a strong long-haul return next year as international travel opens up. Nonetheless, United will be keen to clamp down on delays such as this Thursday’s to ensure operations run safely and smoothly.

Simple Flying reached out to United Airlines for further comment on the incident. We will update the article with any additional announcements from the airline.

What are your thoughts about the passengers on this United Airlines flight deplaning on Thursday? What do you make of the cause of the event in San Francisco? Let us know what you think of the overall situation in the comment section.

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