Swiss to Slash Regional Fleet–Again

 - December 10, 2007, 10:19 AM

Swiss International Air Lines last month announced another restructuring program that will shrink its regional fleet by at least 13 aircraft and its staffing by 800 to 1,000 positions over the next 18 months. 

To ensure a supply of feeder traffic into its Zurich hub, Swiss plans to extend its code-share agreements with regional airlines, as it has done with Cirrus Airlines on its Lugano-Zurich link.

The company hasn’t said which aircraft it will shed, but most likely on the block sit the airline’s last seven Saab 2000s, its only remaining turboprops. Some of Swiss’s eleven 49-seat Embraer 145 regional jets appear likely targets as well.

The restructuring program also includes the closure of the airline’s French subsidiary, Europe Continental Airways (formerly Crossair Europe), which flies three Saab 340s.