Swiss International Air Lines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft at a delivery ceremony in Hamburg, Germany. Named ‘Engelberg’, the plane is the first of 25 aircraft SWISS will receive between now and the end of 2024, of which 17 will be A320neos and the other eight, the larger A321neo version.
The new twinjets will replace older Airbus A320 family aircraft in SWISS’ fleet. Thanks to the advanced technology of its Pratt & Whitney engines and its aerodynamic sharklet wingtip extensions, it consumes up to 20% less fuel than older comparable aircraft types. The aircraft are also equipped as standard with noise-reducing vortex generators.
“Our new Airbus A320neo family aircraft will substantially further reduce the average age of the SWISS aircraft fleet,” said Thomas Klühr, CEO of SWISS. “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.”
The airline 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.