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Swiss grounds A220 fleet for inspections

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Swiss is grounding its A220 (née C Series) fleet for inspections after a series of issues with the aircraft’s Pratt and Whitney engines. The airline currently operates 9 A220-100 and 20 A220-300 aircraft. In a statement the airline said, ‘ongoing technical inspections of several aircraft will restrict our flight operations.’

Update 29 October — The FAA issued an expanded Airworthiness Directive revising instructions for engine inspections and expanding the scope to include additional engines. The revised AD also reduced the length of time in which operators much comply with the directive. Read the full directive.

Update 26 October — Transport Canada issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive instructing operators of the A220 to limit the engine N1 setting to 94% while above 29000 feet. Read the full directive.

Update 15 October | 1900UTC — Swiss says the first A220 inspections have been completed and aircraft are returning to service as the inspections are finished. HB-JBI departed for London, while HB-JCM flew to Paris. The airline says it will operate a mostly normal A220 schedule by Thursday, 17 October.

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Swiss A220 engine incidents


On 25 July 2019, LX348 en route from Geneva to London, experienced an uncontained failure of its left Pratt & Whitney PW1524G engine. The aircraft, HB-JCM, safely diverted to Paris. Inspection of the engine post-flight revealed a missing low-pressure compressor stage 1 rotor.

LX348 flight path


On 16 September 2019, LX358 from Geneva to London suffered a failure of its left Pratt & Whitney PW1524G. The aircraft, A220-300 HB-JCA, returned safely to Geneva. Per the French BEA, post-flight inspection ‘revealed a hole in the low pressure compressor case and a separated low pressure compressor stage 1 rotor’.

LX358 flight path


On 15 October 2019, LX359 from London to Geneva diverted to Paris due to an engine failure. A220-300 HB-JCC landed safely. After this incident, Swiss announced it was grounding its A220 fleet for inspections.

LX359 flight path

The Swiss A220 fleet

Swiss operates a total of 29 A220s, 9 A220-100s and 20 A220-330s.

HB-JBAAirbus A220-100500103 years
HB-JBBAirbus A220-100500113 years
HB-JBCAirbus A220-100500123 years
HB-JBDAirbus A220-100500132 years
HB-JBEAirbus A220-100500142 years
HB-JBFAirbus A220-100500152 years
HB-JBGAirbus A220-100500162 years
HB-JBHAirbus A220-100500172 years
HB-JBIAirbus A220-10050018Brand new
HB-JCAAirbus A220-300550102 years
HB-JCBAirbus A220-300550112 years
HB-JCCAirbus A220-300550122 years
HB-JCDAirbus A220-300550132 years
HB-JCEAirbus A220-300550142 years
HB-JCFAirbus A220-300550152 years
HB-JCGAirbus A220-300550201 year
HB-JCHAirbus A220-300550211 year
HB-JCIAirbus A220-300550231 year
HB-JCJAirbus A220-300550251 year
HB-JCKAirbus A220-300550271 year
HB-JCLAirbus A220-300550291 year
HB-JCMAirbus A220-300550301 year
HB-JCNAirbus A220-300550321 year
HB-JCOAirbus A220-300550331 year
HB-JCPAirbus A220-300550361 year
HB-JCQAirbus A220-300550401 year
HB-JCRAirbus A220-300550441 year
HB-JCSAirbus A220-30055045Brand new
HB-JCTAirbus A220-30055046Brand new
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