Edelweiss Air confirms A350s as new longhaul-aircraft
On 18 September 2023, Edelweiss Air announced it has selected the Airbus A350-900 as its new longhaul-aircraft. The selection isn't a big surprise as in February 2023, the airline's CEO already said the airline was eying the aircraft as a successor for its A340-300s.
In total, Edelweiss Air will take delivery of six A350-900s, which are scheduled to be delivered between March 2025 and December 2026. According to the airline's press-release, the aircraft will be former LATAM Airlines aircraft. However, according to our data, of the thirteen A350-900s once delivered to LATAM, only four are still available and currently stored and waiting on a new user. These are:
- N264AR (363), former PR-XTM and stored at Victorville (CA) since June 2021. Owned by Wilmington Trust
- N285BN (035), former PR-XTC and stored at Victorville (CA) since August 2021. Owned by Bank of Utah.
- N286BN (045), former PR-XTD and stored at Victorville (CA) since October 2021. Owned by Bank of Utah.
- N287BN (079), former PR-XTG and stored at Victorville (CA) since July 2021. Owned by Bank of Utah.
Adding six new widebodies also means a bit of expansion for Edelweiss, as the airline is currently flying with five A340-300s.
Illustration by Edelweiss Air.