This week has seen SWISS return one of its Airbus A330-300 aircraft, registered as HB-JHH, back to Zurich for commercial service.
Back to Zurich: SWISS Returns One A330 to Service…
HB-JHH departed Amman, Jordan on September 14 at 1900 local time as SWR5183, and arrived into Zurich at 2213 local time that same evening.
As per data from Planespotters.net, HB-JHH is a 13.1 year old Airbus A330-300 that was delivered to SWISS originally in August 2010.
The jet entered storage in Geneva between March 24-May 14, 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic affected all global air operations.
HB-JHH was then sent over to Amman on July 31, 2020, where it has remained since, up until Thursday’s flight back to Zurich, where it is understood to be stored currently, pending relevant checks to get it airworthy again.
The Aircraft Will Be Needed…
The return of this jet back to commercial service isn’t a surprise, given the carrier’s recent announcement this week about increases in long-haul flights for the Summer 2024 season.
On the long haul side of the announcement, Washington Dulles (IAD) and Toronto Pearson (YYZ) will be added to the map.
At the time, Chief Commercial Officer for SWISS, Tamur Goudarzi Pour, praised the new routes in a press release saying:
“In the wake of the pandemic, it has now become clearer than ever that travel is a deeply-rooted human need, especially among the younger generations.”
He added, “The demand for travel continues to steadily rise, and the loadings of our flights are now higher than they have ever been before.”
“As the airline of Switzerland, we connect our home country with the world; and, in doing so, we offer our customers a quality range of premium air services.”
All eyes will be on SWISS to see how long it will take them to get this jet back in the air following over three years of storage across Geneva, Amman and Zurich.
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