SWISS is responding to the continuing crisis in the air transport industry by modifying its current fleet renewal programme. Adjustments are being made to both the number of EMBRAER aircraft ordered and the timetable for their delivery. At the same time, however, SWISS has expressly confirmed its commitment to its chosen fleet concept and its partner EMBRAER; and the aircraft ordered remain a cornerstone of the company’s future business strategy.
In view of the current economic situation and the presently far-from-favourable business projections, SWISS and EMBRAER have agreed to modify the carrier’s order with the manufacturer from 60 to 30 aircraft (15 EMBRAER 170s and 15 EMBRAER 195s). The number of options is also being reduced, from 100 to 20 aircraft.
Delivery of the first aircraft has also been rescheduled to one year after August 2003, the original handover date. The simulator for the 70-seat EMBRAER 170 will, however, be installed in Basel this summer according to plan, enabling SWISS Aviation Training to offer corresponding training services to its customers. Delivery of the 108-seat EMBRAER 195 remains unchanged, i.e. from 2006 onwards.
As we know today, no delivery took place up to now...
I didn't find any information about a decision to delay the delivery again or even to cancel the order.
A friend of mine also told me of the E-Jet simulators still being in ZRH, so what is LX still doing with them? Are they still keeping those order slots?
Some light being shed on this topic would really help me find the missing puzzle piece.
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