Swiss International Air Lines has taken delivery
of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft at a delivery ceremony in
Named 'Engelberg', the plane (HB-JDA) is the first of 25
aircraft SWISS will receive between now and the end of 2024, of
which seventeen will be A320neos and the other eight, the larger
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,
the Airbus A320neo consumes up to 20% less fuel than
older comparable aircraft types.
The aircraft are also equipped as
standard with noise-reducing vortex generators. As a result, a
departing Airbus A320neo has a noise footprint on takeoff which is
around half the size of the footprint produced by older
aircraft of similar size.
“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.”
The new SWISS Airbus A320neo also offers
substantially more travel comfort to both Business and Economy
Class passengers, thanks to its newly-developed seats from Italian
With their ergonomic pressure distribution
over the backrest and the seat cushion, the new seats deliver a
tangibly pleasanter sitting experience. And the
horizontal placement of the literature pocket above the seat table
is also designed to provide more personal space.
The new seats can be
reclined to 20 degrees (instead of the previous 12) during the
taxi, takeoff and landing phases. And Business Class travellers
can even recline their seat to a full 26 degrees during the cruise
phase of flight.
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
The Airbus A320neo accommodates 180 passengers in Business
and Economy Class.