This Latest Delivery Completes The First Phase In The
Integration Of The Advanced Long-Haul A330-300 Into The Swiss
Swiss added a tenth Airbus A330-300 twinjet to its
fleet Friday when aircraft HB-JHJ performed its delivery
flight from Toulouse to Zurich. The aircraft is due to enter
revenue service on Sunday 23 January on a Zurich-New York flight.
This latest delivery completes the first phase in the integration
of the advanced long-haul A330-300 into the SWISS fleet.
Swiss has been steadily taking delivery of its new Airbus
A330-300s since April 2009. The twinjets are gradually replacing
the earlier A330-200s in the airline's fleet. A further five
A330-300s were ordered last year. These will join the airline's
long-haul fleet from 2012 onwards, raising total A330-300 numbers
to 15 aircraft.
Originally ordered by Swiss back in 2007, the Airbus A330-300
consumes some 13% less fuel per passenger than its predecessor
model. One key reason for this is the -300's advanced and more
fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.