SWISS to expand its fleet as it orders two more Boeing 777s

posted on 9th May 2018 by Justin Burns
SWISS to expand its fleet as it orders two more Boeing 777s

Swiss International Airlines (SWISS) has ordered two further Boeing 777-300ERs to take its long-haul fleet to a total of 31 aircraft.

The aircraft are expected to go into operation in early 2020 and will be used to extend the carrier’s route network.

The Swiss airline already operates 10 Boeing 777-300ERs, which also provides sufficient range to cover the longest flights from Switzerland non-stop. A decision will be made on the routes to be served by the two new aircraft within the next year.

The $600 million fleet investment is part of the airline’s parent company – the Lufthansa Group’s development and commitment to SWISS.

SWISS chief executive officer, Thomas Klühr said: “I’m delighted that our sustained profitability allows us to make a further investment in our fleet for continuing organic growth.

“That should not, however, blind us to the fact that Zurich Airport will reach its capacity limit in the next few years and will therefore be unable to accommodate forecast growth.”

Following the commissioning of the two new aircraft, the SWISS long-haul fleet will comprise of 12 Boeing 777-300ERs, five Airbus A340-300s and 14 Airbus A330-300s.