Edelweissa subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines dedicated to leisure destinationacquired six Airbus A350-900 used to replace its five Airbus A340-300 currently in service in its fleet.
Previously operated by the South American company LATAM with a configuration of 339 seats, the long-haul A350-900s will be delivered in stages from the summer of 2025. Edelweiss, which will also refit the aircraft, has indicated that it is investing an amount three digits in millions, without specifying the currency.
“Due to global shortages of materials and reduced maintenance and engineering capabilities, the first four aircraft will be used with the original configuration (339 seats, editor’s note), with slight modifications to the cabin and design. Edelweiss“, explained the Swiss airline in a press release. New seats and new interior design will subsequently be installed on these old planes in LATAM colors.
The first Airbus A350-900 in Edelweiss colors will be available in Zurich in summer 2025. It will be deployed on the long-haul network which includes more than twenty destinations in North, Central and South America as well as Africa , in Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean. By the end of 2026, the five existing long-haul Airbus A340-300 aircraft will be replaced. On this date, the fleet for Edelweiss long-haul destinations “will return to pre-Covid level“.