Swiss International Air Lines has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft at a delivery ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.
In acquiring these advanced and efficient short- and medium-haul aircraft, Swiss is further underlining its commitment to resource-friendly aviation. With its innovative engine technologies, the Airbus A320neo consumes some 20 percent less fuel than comparable aircraft of the older generation.
The first Airbus A320neo of Swiss International Air Lines landed in Zurich at 10:57 today. The aircraft, which bears the registration HB-JDA, arrived directly from Airbus’s Hamburg-Finkenwerder works airport in northern Germany.
Swiss will be receiving a total of 25 new aircraft of the Airbus A320neo family between now and the end of 2024: seventeen A320neos and eight of the larger A321neo version. The new twinjets will replace older Airbus A320 family aircraft in Swiss’ fleet.
After arriving in Zurich, the aircraft was formally welcomed in the hangar area by a delegation of invitees from the political, business and media worlds, and was also named “Engelberg”. The naming was jointly performed by Alex Höchli, the mayor of the Central Swiss mountain resort, and Brother Meinrad Haberl of Engelberg Monastery.
“Our new Airbus A320neo family aircraft will substantially further reduce the average age of the SWISS aircraft fleet,” said Swiss CEO Thomas Klühr. “Once they are all delivered, our aircraft’s average age will be one of the youngest in Europe at around nine years. These billion-franc investments will further enhance our environmental credentials, too,” Klühr continues, “because operating an advanced and fuel-efficient aircraft fleet is one of the most effective means of reducing the environmental impact of aviation activities.”
Swiss will be deploying its Airbus A320neos on its short- and medium-haul routes of up to 4,200 kilometres within Europe and to and from destinations in North Africa and the Middle East. The Airbus A320neo accommodates 180 passengers in Business and Economy Class.