At the holiday airline Edelweiss Air, the era of the four-jet Airbus A340-300 is coming to an end, because from 2025 they will be fleeting six used A350-900s as replacements. The first four copies will initially be on the road with Latam cabins.
It has been clear for a few weeks now that the Swiss sister company will modernize its fleet with the help of Airbus A350-900. In return, the A340-300s, which are aging and considered fuel-thirsty, will be parted with. However, they do not bring in brand-new aircraft, but rather use used aircraft that were previously used by Latam Airlines.
This means that the first four copies will initially travel in the cabins of the previous operator. Edelweiss Air justifies this, among other things, with global material shortages. The conversion to the Swiss carrier's long-haul standard will only take place at a later date.
“The modernization of the long-haul fleet is a milestone in the almost 30-year history of Edelweiss. From 2026, Edelweiss will operate one of the youngest long-haul fleets in Europe,” said company boss Bernd Bauer. “The design of the Airbus A350-900 sets new standards in efficiency with state-of-the-art technologies and excellent aerodynamics. It is one of the most environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft in the world.”
Edelweiss Air currently assumes that the first example in the carrier's livery will arrive in Zurich-Kloten in the summer of 2025. The machine will then be used across the holiday airline's entire long-haul network. Initially, the former Latam A350s will have 339 seats. Of these, 246 are in economy class, 63 in “Economy Max” and 30 in business class.