SWISS plans on collaborating with airBaltic to stabilize their winter 2022/23 schedules. As part of the collaboration, airBaltic will operate up to six Airbus A220-300s on behalf of SWISS under a wet-lease agreement.
On Monday (August 8, 2022), Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) announced that they will collaborate with Latvia’s airBaltic for the winter 2022/23 season to help stabilize their schedules and ease present pressures on the airline’s cabin crew. As part of the collaboration, airBaltic will operate up to six Airbus A220-300s on behalf of SWISS under a wet-lease agreement. SWISS also operates 21 fuel-efficient Airbus A220 Family aircraft. Under the wet-lease arrangement, airBaltic will perform flights throughout the SWISS European network that had been previously planned for SWISS’ own operation.
In Monday’s announcment, SWISS’ Chief Commercial Officer, Tamur Goudarzi Pour, said,
“This collaboration with airBaltic will enable us to further stabilize our own flight schedules and give our customers even greater reliability for making their travel plans. On top of this, it should also help further relieve the present pressures on our cabin crew corps. Air Baltic is an ideal wet-lease partner for us. Like us, they operate the highly advanced, innovative and ecofriendly Airbus A220-300. And they have already performed flights for other airlines of the Lufthansa Group this summer with impressive reliability.”
Aside from this new arrangement, SWISS continues to recruit and train new cabin crew members. The airBaltic collaboration also complements SWISS’ existing partnership with Helvetic Airways, with Helvetic already operating six aircraft on behalf of SWISS year-round, and potentially deploying more aircraft to cover SWISS routes during peak demand periods. Guests traveling on a SWISS flight operated by airBaltic can expect the usual SWISS service product.
Source: Swiss International Air Lines