Swiss Grounds its A220 Fleet


Update, 15/10, 21:30 UK

Swiss have announced that the checks are complete on two aircraft and will return to service. The airline is hoping to have the majority of the fleet back in service by Wednesday 16th October.


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It was announced this afternoon that Swiss has grounded its entire fleet of 29 Airbus A220 aircraft.

Once more, the type suffered an engine issue on a flight between London and Geneva. This was the third engine failure suffered by the type since July.

Coincidentally, all three failures have occurred on the London-Geneva route.

As such, Swiss took the decision to ground the fleet to check their PW1500G engines.

The frames to suffer the failures have been HB-JCA, HB-JCM previously. Earlier today, HB-JCC, operating the LX359 was diverted to Paris – so its assumed that was the aircraft that suffered the latest issue.

The Airbus A220, previously known as the Bombardier Cseries is currently operated by Swiss, airBaltic, Korean Air, Air Tanzania, Delta Airlines and EgyptAir. There are currently 90 of the type in service.

It is unknown what action the other airlines will take.

This is likely to cause a huge disruption to the Swiss operation out of Geneva. The airline only operates the A220 from their secondary hub, save for a couple of shuttle flights that originate from Zurich.

Rebooking options for those affected can be found here:

https://www.swiss.com/ch/EN/various/breaking-news-2

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