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What Is Happening To HB-IQR?  
User currently offlineCodyKDiamond From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 537 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

Hello,
On Skyliner they had a photo of Swiss A330-223 HB-IQR re-registered as D-AIME in *A colors with LH titles waiting to be delivered. Now there is a new photo of the a/c re-registered HB-IQR in *A colors with LX titles. What is going on with this plane?

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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1688 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

I assumed that she would be flying for LH to expand the longhaul fleet untill the 380's arrive.
That she is now wearing LX titles again is a surprise



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User currently offlineViasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1880 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2419 times:

The owner of this aircraft is "Aircraft MSN 324 LLC" from Zurich. So Swiss has leased this plane from this company untill a date in the future (don't know the date). Lufthansa had the plan to take over this A330 from LX, but later they cancelled the lease.

Now LX still pay the debit for the lease. But a plane on the ground is not the best thing, so they will but it back into it's own operations.

There are also some rumours that it will be a back-up aircraft for LX and other rumours say, that LX will return two of it's six A321-100 to the lessor. One A321 will replace by a former US 3000 Airlines A320 and the other by the A330-200.

We will see what's happen next.

An interesting fact is, that Swiss is now back with 26 long haul airplanes (after the closing of Swissair they started with 26 long haul planes).


User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2388 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

It is already back in operations, just arrived here from Delhi this morning as LX147 and has taken-off bound for Nairobi and Dar es Salaam as LX292 some minutes ago.


Swiss aviation news junkie living all over the place
User currently offlineLXA340 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2006, 2122 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2168 times:



Quoting Viasa (Reply 2):
There are also some rumours that it will be a back-up aircraft for LX and other rumours say, that LX will return two of it's six A321-100 to the lessor. One A321 will replace by a former US 3000 Airlines A320 and the other by the A330-200.

We will see what's happen next.

An interesting fact is, that Swiss is now back with 26 long haul airplanes (after the closing of Swissair they started with 26 long haul planes).

I have a feeling that HB-IQR was exchanged for HB-IQQ so the long haul fleet should still be with 25 aircraft. I doubt they will exchange and A321 for an A320 as LX anyway only has 6 planes of this type and on the routes it is deployed the extra capacity seems to be needed. Nevertheless there were rumours than another 1 or 2 A32S planes would join the fleet by the end of the year I guess rather as expansion.


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