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Edelweiss to add six ex-LATAM Airbus A350-900s to replace older A340-300s

Edelweiss made this announcement:

Edelweiss is acquiring six highly efficient and low-emission Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which will join the Edelweiss fleet in a staggered manner from summer 2025.

By the end of 2026, the existing five Airbus A340-300 long-haul aircraft will be replaced and Edelweiss’ long-haul fleet will be restored to pre-Corona levels. 

The Airbus A350-900 has an even greater range compared to the Airbus A340-300 and will allow new holiday destinations to be connected directly to Switzerland in the future. For guests, the new aircraft means an even more relaxed and pleasant travel experience. The spacious “Airspace” cabin of the Airbus A350-900 has wide aisles and large-capacity baggage racks. Thanks to the modern cabin, the aircraft also has a very quiet passenger compartment, which contributes to a significantly improved travel comfort. Edelweiss guests will also appreciate the improved air quality in the future. Thanks to advanced technology, you can breathe fresh air from every seat in the aircraft without draughts and enjoy the natural light coming in through the 30% larger panoramic windows. 

The aircraft, previously operated by LATAM Airlines, will initially have 339 seats and offer the proven Edelweiss comfort in all classes: 246 seats in Economy Class, 63 seats in Economy Max with more legroom and greater reclining angle and 30 seats in Business Class that can be converted into a flat bed. All guests benefit from one of the most advanced in-flight entertainment systems with large, high-resolution screens and USB power at every seat. Guests in Business Class even enjoy movies and series on a 19-inch screen. 

Due to worldwide material shortages and reduced maintenance & engineering capacities, the first four aircraft will initially operate in the original operator’s configuration with slight modifications to the cabin and Edelweiss design. Edelweiss will install a completely new cabin configuration with new seats and interior design at a later date. This will once again significantly enhance comfort and the travel experience for all guests. Edelweiss is investing a three-digit million sum for this.  

An environmentally friendly and economical aircraft

Latest generation engines and the use of lightweight materials make the twin-engine Airbus A350-900 one of the most fuel-efficient wide-body aircraft. It consumes 25 per cent less fuel and produces 25 per cent less CO2 than the four-engine Airbus A340-300, and noise emissions are up to 50 per cent lower.

According to current planning, the first Airbus A350-900 in the Edelweiss design will arrive in Zurich in summer 2025 and will be deployed on Edelweiss’ entire long-haul network. This includes over 20 holiday destinations in North, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean.

Edelweiss announces three new summer destinations

Edelweiss is adding three new destinations to its route network for the 2023 summer timetable: Akureyri (Northern Iceland), Biarritz and Bari.

Akureyri is the ideal starting point for visiting the highlights of Iceland and can also be perfectly combined with flights to Keflavik. The airport in the north of the country is served every Friday. Biarritz is a surfers’ and bathers’ paradise on the Atlantic in the west of France and impresses with its fascinating architecture. Those wishing to visit the Basque country can ideally combine Biarritz with the existing destination Bilbao. Flights to Biarritz start in June and take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. Bari is the capital of Puglia and is considered the perfect starting point to explore and enjoy this exciting region. On a round trip, you can discover other highlights such as the Amalfi Coast. Bari will be served on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from April.

More destinations during the summer timetable

For the first time in the summer timetable, Boa Vista and Sal on the Cape Verde Islands will be served; the season will be extended beyond winter until the end of June.

Amman and Aqaba in Jordan, which will be added to the flight schedule in February 2023, will also be served in the summer flight schedule.

Edelweiss will offer a total of 65 destinations in 21 countries on short-haul routes in summer 2023. Compared to the 2019 summer flight schedule, 19 short-haul destinations have been added and three destinations have been dropped.

More flights to Greece, the Canary Islands and Cyprus

The already very wide range of services to Greece will be further strengthened: Zakynthos will now be served on Sundays as well as Mondays and Thursdays. Corfu will be flown to four times a week: On Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and now also on Thursday. Furthermore, additional flights will be offered to Rhodes and Heraklion (Crete) and flight times to Mykonos will be improved. The offer to the Canary Islands is also being further strengthened: Edelweiss is now offering up to five weekly flights to Fuerteventura. In addition, there will be up to eight frequencies each to Tenerife and Gran Canaria and three to Lanzarote. Larnaca on Cyprus will be served up to 13 times a week.

Expansion of services to Scotland and North Africa

Edinburgh in Scotland will be served up to eight times a week next summer: an ideal destination for a weekend city break or a round trip through the magnificent Highlands. The service to North Africa will also be expanded: Marrakech will be served with six weekly flights next spring, Agadir with two. Morocco is an ideal destination for cultural tours followed by a beach holiday or a golfing holiday. The service to Djerba in Tunisia will be increased by one weekly frequency to three.

Top Copyright Photo: Edelweiss Switzerland Airbus A320-214 HB-JLS (msn 5069) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 958843.

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Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-223 HB-IQI (msn 291) arrives at the Zurich base.

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