Sunday, September 2, 2007
Swiss has confirmed that it will be placing an order for 9 Airbus A 330-300s via its parent company i.e. to replace its fleet of A 332s as it finds the A 332 too small to effectively use on most of its long haul flights to and Eastern USA where demand in the premium cabins is very high.
Some might wonder why is LX wanting to replace its A 332s when they're only 8-9 years old only. The reason being is that currently, they seat 196 pax in a 3 class configuration and with further upgrades needed to be done to the F & J class cabins (which were last done in 2002), capacity on board would be reduced to 185 seats which is obviously insufficient when flying such a large aircraft on long haul flights to Asia, USA & . Therefore with the A 333s, extra seating capacity is available which would help revenue. It is expected that LX's A 333s would see a new F & J class cabin product which would seat approximately 225-230 pax in a 3 class configuration.