It's not just Swiss who are looking at their A340 in the middle of the next decade. Also sister company Edelweiss moves with him. But how are the four lamps replaced?
The Edelweiss holiday airline exchanges two-thirds of the long-haul fleet. Currently, it still consists of two Airbus A330s and four A340s, two very similar aircraft types. The big difference: the A340 does not have two engines, but four.
This not only gives passengers fear of having a sense of security, but also needs much more control systems and higher maintenance costs, in addition to causing a greater weight. The A340 is no longer delivered since 2011 and is considered a plane from yesterday.
Like the Swiss
Now, an Edelweiss spokesperson told the Aerotelegraph: "In the next decade, we plan to replace our current Airbus A340 fleet."
Exactly the same is also said of the Swiss (published by BLICK). Sister Edelweiss is still flying with five such machines around the world, just redecorating the cabin. It is likely that Switzerland gets rid of part of a large order from Lufthansa's parent company. That means that, starting in 2025, it will probably fly with an A350 or Boeing's competition model, the Dreamliner B787.
In theory also possible B777X
And Edelweiss? "We are currently examining various options in close cooperation with Switzerland and the Lufthansa Group," the spokesman said. A decision had not yet fallen.
According to the "Aerotelegraph", it should be a type of aircraft that the Swiss already know. After all, his technicians are also waiting for Edelweiss machines. In addition to the A340 and A330, Swiss also operates the B777 on long-haul routes.
In theory, it could even be a B777X, which will be the longest passenger plane in the world at 76.70 meters next year. Lufthansa is one of eight airlines that have already ordered machines. (KST)