Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss is considering ordering Airbus A321neoLR’s o operate on routes from Zurich to Africa.
Africa is regarded as an awkward market to serve, 300 seats on a widebody are difficult to fill but the A321neoLR would have the range, economy, and lower capacity to make more routes viable.
Swiss does have the option to swap to CEO engines on its orders if the P&W engines don’t work out.
Swiss current Airbus narrowbody fleet includes 21 A320-200’s, nine A321-100/200’s and five A319’s that will be retired by 2019, and replaced with Bombardier CSeries aircraft. The airline recently retired its last Avro RJ100 and is phasing in the last of 30 CSeries aircraft by the end of 2018.
Swiss plans to spend CHF100 million ($103.5 million) to retrofit the interiors of its five remaining A340-300s. When completed, the A340s will have 223 seats—eight in first class, 47 in business and 168 in economy. In addition, two more new Boeing 777-300ERs will join the fleet in spring 2018.