Edelweiss Air deploys A340 to Pristina

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Switzerland's Edelweiss Air has commenced operations with its wide-body Airbus A340-300 aircraft between Zurich and Pristina. The 314-seat jet is being deployed on services to the Kosovan city several times per week, depending on demand. The aircraft features 27 seats in business class, 76 in economy max, and the remaining 211 seats in its standard economy cabin. Edelweiss was the third busiest airline in Pristina last year, handling 240.200 passengers, while Zurich solidified its position as the busiest route to and from the city, accounting for 16.2% of all passenger traffic.

Edelweiss Air A340 business class cabin
Edelweiss Air A340 economy class cabin

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  1. Holly Molly! PRN seems to be unstoppable in terms of passengers growth! Well done PRN!

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    1. Thousands of albanian People lives in Switzerland and they all fly back home for holidays.. so nothing special about an A340. They fly rather this big bird instead of more daily flights with an A320

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    2. The only international flight during ex-yu time from/to PRN was ZRH. Later, even with MAT, Palair and Avioimpex having dozen of daily flights from SKP to PRN, MAT was leasing Jat DC-10 to operate two daily rotations. So, market between Macedonis/Kosovo has always been HUGE, especially in peak summer season so this is not much of the news

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    3. Hey pozdrav is Rijeke, interestingly BSL serving as a low cost alternative to ZRH will probably become a busier route from PRN. Today there are 5 flights from BSL to PRN operated by 5 different airlines:
      (1) easyJet Switzerland;
      (2) Eurowings;
      (3) ALK Airlines;
      (4) Orange2Fly; and
      (5) TUI fly.

      The next 3 days there are 6 flights per days with 3 other airlines serving the route:
      (6) Wizz Air;
      (7) Chair Airlines (formerly Germania Flug); and
      (8) Zimex Aviation!

      The competition on the ZRH-PRN route is nowhere near as stiff.

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    4. I still think its a big thing because few years back this wasn't possible. Also I don't see any other routes in intra europe section which flies big birds to the Ex Yu. So big thumbs up from Dubrovnik!

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    5. Zvone, TUI flies regularly Dreamliners from different UK cities to both Pula and Dubrovnik, for entire summer season, with 6 weekly flights, 2 PUY and 4 DBV if I'm not mistaken and being from DBV you are the first who should know it

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  2. Yet in neighbouring SKP you will probably never see this...

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    1. I very much doubt this was posted by a Kosovar. Why bring SKP into this and why all the needless trolling?

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  3. Well done PRN.
    But SKP this year will have more passanger then PRN

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    1. Dont worry, July and August are coming

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  4. Deploying a A340 seems dumb. It only has like 25 economy seats more than the A320.

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    1. You did something wrong with calculation :)

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    2. Since when is an A320 equipped with 289 seats, according to your calculation?

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    3. It has 314 total seats of which 211 are regular economy while an A320 indeed has around 25 fewer

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    4. You can add 76 Economy max seats to these 211 regular economy - not such a huge price difference after all....

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    5. Exactly as Andrej says. The max seats are not even sold separately on the PRN flight because A340 deployment is adhoc.

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    6. Guys, in occasions like this, plane is usually FULL. And probably all 300 + seats are sold economy and lucky pax will be upgraded - of course not service-wise and with more space only

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    7. Edelwiss A320 has 156 economy seats. The A340 has 211 regular economy and another 76 economy plus. The A320 has 174 total seats while the A340 has 314.

      Basically it holds 140 more people on each flight.

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  5. https://www.facebook.com/srfnews/videos/1753790381402602/

    I filmed this part as part of an other story for SRF (Swiss Public TV) the Air Traffic controller explains about the A340 and PRN handling it!
    Enjoy

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    1. Good Job thank you for creating and sharing the video of Edelweiss A340 in Pristina Love it.

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  6. JU used to fly DC10 ZRH-BEG back apx 15 years ago during holiday season. Also LX operates A333 to PRG OPO or 77W to ATH and TP A332 ZRH to LIS during peak travel season

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    1. JAT flew DC-10 around Europe. Sometimes due to number of passengers, sometimes due to aircraft shortage, sometimes so the crew can have enough flying hours on the type. I flew JAT DC-10 to Tivat and back. Full plane to Tivat (travel agency lease) and 20 passengers back. Now THAT was one awesome climb rate after take off from Tivat!

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  7. For the A340 they need longer turnaround time due to hot brakes and no brake fans avail.

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    1. Gd morning Mr Anonymous, I would like to ask you 1st, are you an aircraft technician or mechanic? Just for your info A340 in all it's series is one of the saftiest aircraft so far no problems i.e hydraulic brakes, engine, gears etc etc, so please do not under estimate the giant airspace factory being since long NBR 1 in technic, safety and sales. Thank you.

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    2. Anon 06.17 you do realize that the A340 has generally been a flop? Especially the A346 variant.

      Also this upgrade happens every summer.

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    3. They can use thrust reversals to help so brakes do not overheat? I would assume that's a standard procedure? Also, kinda offtopic but I would like to know, in case of really overheating the brakes, how much time you usually need to cool them down? Thanks

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  8. Now I see why my comment on this topic the other day got abruptly removed. Fair enough, but you go through the details of typing all the details about daily flight, including flight departure times, flight numbers, aircraft type only for the comment to be deleted, makes you wonder why bother.

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    1. Your comment was simply moved to the appropriate topic: Pristina Airport's June results as you posted it in a completely unrelated topic.

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    2. @Admin
      Sorry, I was not aware it was moved. Thanks for clarifying.

      Just to say that as a regular reader for what feels like 10 years now, I recall there used to be OTs all the time on posts, I was genuinely not aware that comments were bring moved.

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  9. July 21st another flight with Airbus A340 in Pristina!

    Wow wow keep going doing great!

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    1. That's right, in addition to 4 other A320 flights Edelweiss/Swiss operated on ZRH-PRN today there was a A340 flight today.

      Also, tomorrow's afternoon Edelweiss ZRH-PRN scheduled to be operated by A340.

      Interestingly, no A340 on Saturday when it's the busiest day of the week although there were multiple A320s.

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  10. And these flights continued this week two with both Sunday (WK1412) and Monday (WK1408) afternoon flights operated by A340-300. Since it's these same flights operated by the same equipment for at least 3 weeks that I'm aware of, they may in fact be scheduled on wide-body for a period of time.

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