Edelweiss is modernizing its fleet of long-haul aircraft with the purchase of six aircraft Airbus A350-900 This new equipment will gradually replace all existing Airbus A340-300s in the fleet, ending an era of quadjets.
The leisure airline integrated the A340 in 2016 as part of a strategic plan to expand its intercontinental operations. Due to Lufthansa Group’s restructuring due to COVID-19, the company’s two Airbus A330s were transferred to Discover Airlines (formerly Eurowings Discover) in 2021.
The first A350 is scheduled to join the fleet from the 2025 summer season. By the end of 2026, the remaining five Airbus A340-300s will be replaced and the Edelweiss long-haul fleet will return to the six units it previously had. Pandemic. In 2019, the airline had four A340s and two A330s in service.
“The modernization of the long-haul fleet is a milestone in the almost 30-year history of Edelweiss. This means that Edelweiss will operate one of the youngest long-haul fleets in Europe from 2026,” said Bernd Bauer, CEO of Edelweiss.
“The design of the Airbus A350-900 sets new standards for efficiency with state-of-the-art technologies and outstanding aerodynamics. “It is one of the most environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft in the world,” Bauer added.
He Airbus A350-900 Compared to the Airbus A340-300, the airline has a longer range, meaning the airline can fly non-stop to new holiday destinations directly from Switzerland. The new aircraft features the “Airspace” cabin with wide aisles and large luggage racks.
As we move forward, Lufthansa Group will add four Airbus A350-900s, which previously belonged to LATAM Airlines These devices will be integrated into the Edelweiss fleet and offer all classes of the holiday airline: 246 in Economy Class, 63 in Economy Max and 30 in Business Class. With the A350s, the company will also provide 7.6% more seats compared to the A340.
The first four aircraft will initially use LATAM Airlines’ original configuration, with minor changes to the cabin and aircraft design. Edelweiss. This is due to a global material shortage and limited engineering and maintenance capacity. Next, the holiday airline will install a cabin configuration with new seats and interior design and invest three million euros for this.
According to the current schedule, the first Airbus A350-900 With the Edelweiss design you can achieve Zurich in summer 2025 and will be used across the holiday airline’s entire intercontinental network. This includes more than 20 vacation destinations in North America, Central America, South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean.