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Swiss grounded its Airbus A220 fleet

Update: Swiss brings A220s back into the air

Airbus A220-100 Swiss International Air Lines

- 16 October 2019 -
Swiss International Air Lines has grounded its Airbus A220 (ex-CSeries) fleet after three serious incidents during the last four months.

The latest incident took place on 15 October on a flight from London Heathrow to Geneva. The aircraft performed an emergency landing at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport after one of the aircraft's engines failed during flight.

Swiss will give its fleet a complete inspection. Today, 15 October, the airline canceled a number of its flights. Swiss currently operates nine A220-100s and twenty A220-300s.

On 25 July 2019, the left engine of a Swiss A220 en route from Geneva to London suffered a mechanical failure over eastern France. The pilots shut down the engine and also landed at Paris Charles de Gaulle.

On 27 September 27, an A220-300 returned to Geneva Airport after taking off for a flight to London because of an uncontained failure. The French aviation authority BEA asked the public to help find disintegrated engine parts.

The A220 is powered by two new generation Pratt & Whitney PW1500G geared turbofan engines.

Latest news: In the morning of Wednesday 16 October, Swiss decided to resume A220 flights after close inspection of the aircraft. Operations are gradually returning to normal. (Photo: Airliners Now)

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