The new airline says that it has decided to purchase new planes from the European plane maker...
Swiss Air Lines Ltd. has ordered 13 new Airbus wide body aircraft for about $1.3 billion, a 40 percent discount, as Switzerland's new national carrier replaces its aging fleet of Boeing aircraft.
Swiss Air chose the 228 seat Airbus A340s after securing ?a highly attractive offer? from the world?s second-largest plane maker in a competition with Boeing, the industry number one, the airline's Chief Executive Officer Andre Dose said at a press conference.
The airline is changing its name from Crossair and taking over assets from Swissair Group, which filed for protection from creditors last year. That is an advantage for Airbus, as three quarters of the 52 planes the new airline is inheriting were built by the Toulouse, France based planemaker.
?This was always going to be a very difficult one for Boeing,? said Neil Hampson, an aerospace consultant at Roland Berger in London. ?Swiss Air Lines has enough things to worry about without introducing a new supplier.?