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Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:51 am

Swiss confirmes that they will take over three more A340, two coming from OS and one coming from AC. Two of those aircraft will be used to server more destinations.

Here is the link:

http://www.swiss.com/web/IE6/about-s...iss/sw-nw-pr-press-releases-06.htm
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:00 am

Thats cool. Maybe they will announce some interesting new routes. Are they getting the A343 from OS?? i am assuming yes.

I know OS has 2 A342 and 2 A343. I am wondering who is getting the 2 A342s?
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:03 am

good news, I can't start looking at LX A343's again in Hong Kong!!
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:11 am

Isn't the French Air Force taking the two OS A340-200?
I know one has already been handed over, not sure about the other.
Or are they further examples that OS has to get rid of?
OS is also giving away the 4 A330-200s and they will remain with few 767s and 777s.

Good for Swiss

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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:41 am

Quoting Mk777 (Reply 1):
I know OS has 2 A342 and 2 A343.

Not anymore. Now, it's only one and two respectively.

Quoting Steman (Reply 3):
Isn't the French Air Force taking the two OS A340-200?

One is already with'em, and the second one is planned to arrive at the beginning of next year.

Cheers / Ciao

[Edited 2006-11-13 17:49:21]
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:01 am

Quoting N754PR (Reply 2):
good news, I can't start looking at LX A343's again in Hong Kong!!

Why again. They never stopped flying to HKG. LX 138 goes daily with A 343 to HKG.
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:08 am

Why is it that LX are buying second hand??? They have never done that in their history, they who always pruned a young up to date fleet...
Moreover, why have they chosen the A340 as flagship, IIRC the loser in A340 vs 777 is obviously the A340 (plz no A vs B !), I would have said the T7 is a much better aircraft for LX's needs, but I think their all Airbus fleet policy prevented it; well that's what happens when they have such stubborn management and yet they bring in other excuses to justify their poor business...
I apologize if my post was a bit agressive, but these questions were in my mind for a while now, it would be great if someone cleared them out!
Thank you!
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:24 am

Quoting Sr176 (Thread starter):
Two of those aircraft will be used to server more destinations.

I am extremely curious which will be these new destinations. Let's guess: more in India, China (PEK, PVG) more in the US (IAD)... or what else?
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:25 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 6):
Why is it that LX are buying second hand??? They have never done that in their history, they who always pruned a young up to date fleet...

As they say on a radio I listen to: "There's always a first time, this is it!"  Wink

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 6):
Moreover, why have they chosen the A340 as flagship, IIRC the loser in A340 vs 777 is obviously the A340 (plz no A vs B !)

No A vs B war? You may have started it yourself, but I won't go further on this. Well, LX is operating an almost all Airbus fleet, with all the advantage it can have. If the A340 was such a looser, there won't be any new order for it! Just like for the MD-11 pax.

And don't forget that Swiss is now owned by Lufthansa which has a, shall we say, rather large Airbus fleet, so we may see there some kind of inspiration.

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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:26 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 6):
Why is it that LX are buying second hand??? They have never done that in their history, they who always pruned a young up to date fleet...
Moreover, why have they chosen the A340 as flagship, IIRC the loser in A340 vs 777 is obviously the A340 (plz no A vs B !), I would have said the T7 is a much better aircraft for LX's needs, but I think their all Airbus fleet policy prevented it; well that's what happens when they have such stubborn management and yet they bring in other excuses to justify their poor business...
I apologize if my post was a bit agressive, but these questions were in my mind for a while now, it would be great if someone cleared them out!
Thank you!

LX doesn't have the money to buy a whole load of brand new 777s. Secondhand A340s aren't the most glamouous plane in the world but they will do the job for Swiss.
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:35 am

Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 9):
Secondhand A340s aren't the most glamouous plane in the world but they will do the job for Swiss.

Yes, and after refurbishment no passenger will be able to distinguish them from the other models.


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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:36 am

I'd say, it's logical, but before all this, didn't they realize when they wanted to change the 743s that there were some nice T7s?
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:56 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 11):
I'd say, it's logical, but before all this, didn't they realize when they wanted to change the 743s that there were some nice T7s?

Swissair wanted to replace the 743s by A340-600 (Swissair was even one of the launch customers ; the 346s in question are currently flying with South African). They wanted a far bigger capacity than the 777 offered at the time...

Just after his creation, the new Swiss national carrier decided to reconsider the order and finally to go to smaller capacity with A343.



[Edited 2006-11-13 19:59:35]
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:20 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 6):
I would have said the T7 is a much better aircraft for LX's needs

I don't think so. The same pilots can fly the 320 family, the 332 and 343. All together they will have at least 51 frames (28 320 family, 11 332 and 12
343).
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:42 am

Yeah, it's starting to make sense...

Quoting Lsgg (Reply 12):
They wanted a far bigger capacity than the 777 offered at the time...

what about the 773ER? I thought it has more capacity than the A346... like the 773ER has a typical 3 class of 386 pax vs 370 in the A346, tell me if I'm wrong.
Also, do you have an idea of what might be the future of the LX fleet? I mean obviously Boeing has some very attractive models now, 787, 748, 777 etc... I couldn't say the same about Airbus with the A380 problems and the A350XWB which is a redesign, (doesn't seem to dangerous to the 787, could harm the T7 though) I dunno, but it's more or less obvious that Boeing has the advantage...
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:50 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 14):
what about the 773ER? I thought it has more capacity than the A346.

When the former Swissair (co)launched the 340-600 the 773 did not yet fly and they had already 332.
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:55 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 14):
what about the 773ER? I thought it has more capacity than the A346... like the 773ER has a typical 3 class of 386 pax vs 370 in the A346, tell me if I'm wrong.
Also, do you have an idea of what might be the future of the LX fleet? I mean obviously Boeing has some very attractive models now, 787, 748, 777 etc... I couldn't say the same about Airbus with the A380 problems and the A350XWB which is a redesign, (doesn't seem to dangerous to the 787, could harm the T7 though) I dunno, but it's more or less obvious that Boeing has the advantage...

IIRC, the 346 was available before the 773ER. And more importantly, it shared crewing comonalities with the 332s. The 343 was a good switch. With fairly small fleets, this seems to make sense to me. Although, you may not like the 330s, either. Seems a bit far fetched to me that the 7488 is a "very attractive" model and the 350XWB is a redesign. Who cares if it is a redesign. If it makes it a better plane, all the more. What exactly would you call the 748i in whatever form it takes today?

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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:59 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 14):
Yeah, it's starting to make sense...

Hey the lausannoix !
Glad to see a Romand here, welcome on board  smirk 

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 14):
what about the 773ER? I thought it has more capacity than the A346... like the 773ER has a typical 3 class of 386 pax vs 370 in the A346, tell me if I'm wrong.

About this I'm pretty agree with ZHR

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 14):
Also, do you have an idea of what might be the future of the LX fleet? I mean obviously Boeing has some very attractive models now, 787, 748, 777 etc... I couldn't say the same about Airbus with the A380 problems and the A350XWB which is a redesign, (doesn't seem to dangerous to the 787, could harm the T7 though) I dunno, but it's more or less obvious that Boeing has the advantage...

I guess the A350XWB (which has completely new design since the XWB extension) would be a good deal for LX to replace their A330/A340
However the average age of their A330 is 6.9 and 3.1 for their A340. So it's not for tomorrow  Smile
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:02 am

Why are you guys talking about an LX fleet renewal anyways? LX has a fairly young fleet and, given you cut away the RJs which fly for Swiss European, it is actually very young. No need of thinking about any fleet renewal in the distant future.
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:05 am

Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 18):
Why are you guys talking about an LX fleet renewal anyways? LX has a fairly young fleet and, given you cut away the RJs which fly for Swiss European, it is actually very young. No need of thinking about any fleet renewal in the distant future.

Completly agree, and that was not the debate  Smile
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:48 am

Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 18):
Why are you guys talking about an LX fleet renewal anyways?

Ok, don't shoot me! This LX all airbus fleet thing is just killing me that's all... Then after all the A345 would have been the best option had it come on time... anyway, enough said!

Quoting Lsgg (Reply 17):
Hey the lausannoix !
Glad to see a Romand here, welcome on board

Thanks, I'm glad to see a Suisse Romand too!
Other than that, are they A340-313x? Or the 311? Well in any case it's positive news for Swiss, will they bring back some of their services to the middle east such as ZRH-THR? I've heard it was a very profitable route as it connected Iran to the US and that flights were always full out.
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:55 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 20):
Then after all the A345 would have been the best option had it come on time.

The 340-500??? This is never ever an option for Swiss. It is an ultra long-haul aircraft and Swiss does not have any destination for this aircraft. The 343 makes easily all Swiss destinations. Did you probably mean the 340-600?
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:56 am

No, the A345, not because of its range but the ideal capacity.
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:56 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 20):
Then after all the A345 would have been the best option

I disagree, as the A343 is clearly the best option for LX looking at the loading factors, also the A345 with its long range would be overkill as LX dont operate any ultra-long haul flights. But i'd be happy if you prove me wrong.
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:07 am

Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 23):
LX dont operate any ultra-long haul flights.

Why is that? Why do they limit their destinations, they could make much more profit if they made connections. I'd perfectly see a GVA-SYD of course with connections from Europe...
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:08 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 6):
Moreover, why have they chosen the A340 as flagship, IIRC the loser in A340 vs 777 is obviously the A340 (plz no A vs B !), I would have said the T7 is a much better aircraft for LX's needs, but I think their all Airbus fleet policy prevented it; well that's what happens when they have such stubborn management and yet they bring in other excuses to justify their poor business...

1. Not a huge fleet
2. Commonality with the already operated 332
3. Commonality has an importance for a fleet of the size of LX.
4. The LH partnership
5. 343s are cheaper, both new and second-hand
6. Finances at LX were (are?) an issue
7. SR was suffering from over-capacity, and the 343 is slightly smaller than the 772
8. The 772 is boring! Personal opinion only, I should say personal joke actually!
9. LX would not be LX without the Swiss cross on the winglets! And the 777 falls short on these! Equally personal opinion, this one not a joke at all.
10. Please no 3-X-3 config in Y. Even more serious, although I'm not sure LX was concerned...

Long life to LX and its four-holers...
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:09 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 22):
No, the A345, not because of its range but the ideal capacity.

Isn't the 345 only slightly larger than the 343? The 346 is aimed squarely at the 742/743 operators, of which SR was one.

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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:13 am

Yeah, it brings us to the big issue: Better economics vs commonality, of which LX chose cockpit commonality...
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:14 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 24):
I'd perfectly see a GVA-SYD of course with connections from Europe...

What? With JFK being LX's only long-haul out of GVA, I really doubt such a route will ever happen. And on what metal? Sure an empty 343 has the range, but you don't make much $$ flying empty!
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:18 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 24):
Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 23): LX dont operate any ultra-long haul flights.
Why is that?

This has to do with the position of Europe on a map of the world. The only operated ULH out of Europe are Tahiti, Australia, and New Zealand, and none of them can be served non-stop with today's aircraft anyway, 772LR included.
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:20 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 27):
Yeah, it brings us to the big issue: Better economics vs commonality, of which LX chose cockpit commonality...

I assume you mean fuel efficiency only. There are economic benefits to commonality.

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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:24 am

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 22):
No, the A345, not because of its range but the ideal capacity

The 345 is only a bit larger than the 343, about 15 passengers in a three class configuration.

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 24):
I'd perfectly see a GVA-SYD of course with connections from Europe.

There is no aircraft at the moment which can make GVA-SYD with an economical payload. The 777LR and 345 can make it non-stop but not with enough payload, obviously no European airline flies this route non-stop. As I know there are no European airlines which fly these ultra long-haul aircrafts like the 777LR or the 345. All Swiss destinations from ZRH or GVA can be done with the 343. As already posted a 345 for Swiss would be an overkill. Why use a less economical aircraft (with more powerful engines) like the 345 when a 343 can do it?
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:34 am

Dambuster, get your facts straight. As already said, an A345 cannot do GVA-SYD with an economical payload, furthermore, such a route, even if possible, would sure go out of ZRH and by no means GVA.

Quoting ZRH" class=quote target=_blank>ZRH (Reply 31):
Why use a less economical aircraft (with more powerful engines) like the 345 when a 343 can do it?

Exactly my point, but apparently our Genevian visitor refuses to see it.
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:56 am

Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 32):
but apparently our Genevian visitor refuses to see it

If you are refering to Dambuster, he's not from Geneva. You've to go a further 60kms north east.  Wink
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:10 am

Quoting Magyarorszag (Reply 33):

Oh my bad, thanks for the correction. Seeing as he's such a dedicated GVA lover i presumed he was from Geneva, but Lausanne is fine aswell Big grin though i dont think Lausanne is 60KM from Geneva, but that's peanuts  Smile
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:15 am

Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 34):
though i dont think Lausanne is 60KM from Geneva

here you are wrong, as I know Lausanne is almost exactly 60 km from Geneva.
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:21 am

Quoting ZRH (Reply 35):
here you are wrong, as I know Lausanne is almost exactly 60 km from Geneva.

Oh right, sorry about that Big grin
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:25 am

The next step will be four more A330-200 (former OS aircraft) I think...
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:27 am

Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 34):
though i dont think Lausanne is 60KM from Geneva, but that's peanuts

Actually, if you take west of Geneva and east of Lausanne, I think we get to 60km  Wink

Quoting Lsgg (Reply 17):
Glad to see a Romand here, welcome on board

Yay, the club's getting bigger! Dütschschwytzers, be aware  Wink

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 24):
perfectly see a GVA-SYD of course with connections from Europe...

Gotta agree with the others, this route would never exist because not profit making, and LX would certainly prefer to fly 10x weekly out of ZRH before they even think about GVA...

About the 340s, great to sww Swiss growing, and finally making profit. It's doing fine, so why won't LX buy Emirates' abandonnes A346s? That woul really be cool!

Let's keep dreaming...
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:49 am

Quoting Lsgg (Reply 12):
the 346s in question are currently flying with South African

Actually I believe they are flying with Iberia, EC-IQR, EC-INO, EC-IOB.

So with the acquisition of three more A340-300s does this mean that JFK could possibly now see the A340-300 daily?
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:54 am

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 39):
So with the acquisition of three more A340-300s does this mean that JFK could possibly now see the A340-300 daily?

I don't think so. But the second ZRH-JFK flight will now go daily with the second new 332.
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:13 pm

Alright then, let's say the A343s are fine if there's no need for ULH... But the fact one cannot deny is that the 772 is a better aircraft (from the investor's point of view of course) but since they have an all Airbus fleet then it makes sense to have A343s, though 2nd hand ain't Swiss!  Wink
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:22 pm

Quoting PipoA380 (Reply 38):
Dütschschwytzers, be aware

:D

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 39):
Actually I believe they are flying with Iberia, EC-IQR, EC-INO, EC-IOB.

My mistake yes sorry : ZS-SNA, ZS-SNB and ZS-SNC ; so only 3 to South African

Quoting PipoA380 (Reply 38):
so why won't LX buy Emirates' abandonnes A346s? That woul really be cool!

I always saiy this : we will have our A346 in Switzerland !!!  bigthumbsup 

Quoting ZRH" class=quote target=_blank>ZRH (Reply 40):
But the second ZRH-JFK flight will now go daily with the second new 332.

Ok now this : why not have a second ZHR-GVA LX daily flight ? Or at least replace the A330 by A340 to increase capacity ? I know that flight runs very well and the CO daily GVA-EWR too...
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:55 pm

IIRC, they don't have flights to ATL, won't they add a weekly flight? e.g. ZRH-ATL ?
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:20 pm

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 43):
IIRC, they don't have flights to ATL, won't they add a weekly flight? e.g. ZRH-ATL ?

Not Atlanta. This makes no sense at all because ATL is a Sky Team (Delta) hub and an only transfer destination (not many O/D passengers). Swiss has to fly to destinations which either are Star Alliance hubs or have enough O/D traffic. In ATL they would not have any connecting traffic (which airline?).
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:43 pm

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 43):
don't have flights to ATL, won't they add a weekly flight?

It doesn't make sense. Outside of what ZRH said, it would be much too expensive to have one flight per week. LX can't afford have a whole flight/cabin crew out for a week. Swissair flew to ATL many times a week, if not daily, but that was then part of its Global Excellence alliance with DL. If LX want to add a new US destination, it would be wiser to go to a UA or US hub, like DEN, SFO, CLT or PHL, thus benefiting from all the connections.
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:56 pm

Quoting Mk777 (Reply 1):
Maybe they will announce some interesting new routes.

In my wildest dreams, and as much as I would like to see a SLC-ZRH flight with a 332, It would make MUCH more sense to serve LAS, PHX or DEN, due to those cities status as major Star Alliance hubs...
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:49 pm

According to 20Min, a daily newspaper comparable to the Wall Street Journal  Wink, new destinations will be in India, China and the USA...

This is what ZRH already mentioned in a previous post...
I would definately go for some more African routes
i.e. LX could take over some east african routes from LH like ADD, Khartoum etc.
alternatively they could reopen some west-african routes, which would make more sence in a broad star-alliance perspective.
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:14 pm

I did not find any response to this, but why did they remove the ZRH-THR flights ? Apparently they were quite profitable since it made ZRH a transfer hub... it was all benefs for Swiss... IIRC it was 3x weekly.
 
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RE: Three More A340 For Swiss Confirmed

Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:37 pm

Quoting Lsgg (Reply 12):
Swissair wanted to replace the 743s by A340-600 (Swissair was even one of the launch customers ; the 346s in question are currently flying with South African)

Actually, the A346s were destined to be an MD11 replacement. The 5 B743s (3 combi + 2 full pax) were replaced by additional MD11 capacity, as then Swissair took over 4 MD11 frames from LTU (HB-IWR/S/T/U) as well as incoming A332 capacity. The B743s were withdrawn from the fleet long before the A346 was due to arrive. Last B743 flight was ZRH ATL ZRH in January 2000.

Quoting Dambuster (Reply 48):
I did not find any response to this, but why did they remove the ZRH-THR flights ? Apparently they were quite profitable

The ZRH THR flights were never profitable. Initially, there was just one weekly flight, leaving ZRH on Thursday nights, and Swissair gradually built frequency in hopes of improving yields, but that never happened. The MD11 deployed to THR was also too big.

Quoting Matterhorn (Reply 47):
According to 20Min, a daily newspaper comparable to the Wall Street Journal , new destinations will be in India, China and the USA...

I would consider a return to IAD an obvious choice given the UA partnership. ZRH IAD, as an interhub route, can definitely sustain double daily operations just as ZRH ATL could at the time of the DL partnership. It will be interesting to see what destinations LX might be looking for an India and China, because, ever since the airline left both markets, they have become much more crowded and competitive. I don't think a return to DEL or PEK is a done deal. Maybe LX is looking at some secondary niche market in China. In any case, such a strategic decision will definitely be taken in close cooperation, if not by, with LH.