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  • James Durojaiye

50 Swiss Flights Cancelled as Swiss International Grounds its Entire Airbus A220 fleet

Swiss International Airlines has grounded its entire fleet of Airbus A220 jets, consequently, 50 Swiss flights were cancelled.

The A220 jets were grounded as a result of engine failures on three different flights on the Geneva - Heathrow route.

Swiss informed the public that "The ongoing technical inspections of several aircraft will restrict our flight operations. As a result, many flights will be cancelled"

Swiss was the launch customer of the A220. Photo Credit: flybyeigenheer - GVA Etang de Colovrex

The affected flights include two return flights between Geneva and Zurich and Heathrow.

Swiss is the largest operator of the A220 in the world with 29 A220s in its fleet. The jet was created by Bombardier Aerospace as the C Series and the planemaking operation was taken over by Airbus.

Swiss was the launch customer for the C Series in 2016.

The cause of the grounding was an engine failure in flight on a Tuesday morning from Heathrow to Geneva. Flight LX 359 was diverted to Charles de Gaulle Airport, in Paris.

It followed two previous engine failures on the Geneva - Heathrow route. One on the 25th of July 2019 and 16th September 2019.

The cause of the engine failure in the three cases is believed to the low pressure compressor rotor on the Pratt and Whitney engines.