Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Engine troubles cause A220 fleet grounding for SWISS as carrier adds Ljubljana to its route network


From 16 October onwards, SWISS will be offering a new service to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, departing from its hub at Zurich Airport. There will be five connections a week initially, with a daily flight from 27 October.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is to extend its route network to include a new destination, Ljubljana, from 16 October onwards. There will be five flights weekly up to and including 26 October, which will initially be operated by Helvetic Airways. With the rollout of the winter schedule on 27 October SWISS will fly to the new destination once a day from Zurich on an alternate basis with its wet lease partner, Helvetic Airways.

Prior to discontinuation of flight operations by Adria Airways, SWISS passengers were able to travel to from Zurich to Ljubljana thanks to a codeshare agreement. The new flights will ensure a continuing connection. As a result, passengers from all over the world will still enjoy smooth travel to the Slovenian capital via the SWISS hub at Zurich Airport. Passengers from Ljubljana will have access to the Swiss flag carrier’s worldwide network.


A220 fleet grounded 
The carriers Airbus A220 were grounded on Tuesday for emergency engine checks following a series of accidents and mishaps. An inflight shut down on 25th July was followed by a similar incident on 16th September. A third occurrence took place on Tuesday 15th October causing an A220 divert to Paris and resulted in the airline grounding the entire fleet for checks.

Early examinations indicate failures in a low-pressure compressor in the Pratt & Whitney PW1524G-3 engines were the lightly causes of the shutdowns. “Swiss takes these incidents very seriously and is in close contact with the responsible authorities, Airbus Canada and the engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney,” a spokesperson for SWISS said.

“Only after a faultless inspection will the aircraft return to regular flight operations - This would lead to a noticeable reduction in Swiss flight operations, as numerous flights would have to be cancelled,"

“The safety of our customers and crews is our top priority. We will do everything in our power to return our fleet to normal flight operations as quickly as possible and to continue to ensure safe flight operations.” 

The airline has checked some of the jets and returned them to service, although dozens of flights had to be cancelled, causing disruption to hundreds of passengers.   

 Current cancellation for16th October.
Oct 16
LX 348 / 349
Geneva-London-Geneva
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 352 / 353
Geneva-London-Geneva
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 782 / 783
Zurich-Brussels-Zurich
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 819
Hannover-Zurich
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 978 / 979
Zurich-Berlin-Zurich
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 1029
Dusseldorf-Zurich
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 1050 / 1051
Zurich-Hamburg-Zurich
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 1080
Genf-Frankfurt
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 1100 / 1101
Zurich-Munich-Zurich
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 1120
Geneva-Munich
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 1129
Munich-Geneva
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 1179
Stuttgart-Zurich
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 1188 / 1189
Zurich-Nuremberg-Zurich
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 1222 / 1223
Zurich-Gothenburg-Zurich
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 1430 / 1431
Geneva-Pristina-Geneva
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 1576 / 1577
Zurich-Vienna-Zurich
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 1612 / 1613
Zurich-Milano-Zurich
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 2031
Madrid-Zurich
cancelled
Oct 16
LX 2801
Geneva-Zurich
cancelled

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