March 21, 2023

  • Swiss Airbus A330-343 HB-JHJ (3)

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    Airline Sort:
    Full Service Service
    Zurich Airport
    Yr Based:
    Star Alliance
    Airline Group:
    Lufthansa Group
    Dieter Vranckx

An Airbus A220-100 has reportedly been caught at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) since diverting there on Friday whereas en path to Zurich. The plane in query belongs to SWISS Worldwide Air Traces, and is registered as HB-JBG.

Flight LX391 from Manchester (MAN) to Zurich (ZRH) was flying at 39,000 ft over Western Germany when the crew seen an uncommon scent within the cockpit and determined to divert. Some 17 minutes later, the plane landed safely on runway 07C at Frankfurt Airport.

The 113 passengers onboard later accomplished their journey to Zurich by practice. The plane, nonetheless, stays in Frankfurt. Easy Flying has reached out to SWISS for remark.


The flight’s routing from Manchester, and the next diversion to Frankfurt, may be clearly seen:

Flight LX391 was en path to Zurich when it diverted to Frankfurt on Friday morning. Picture:

Manchester to Zurich

SWISS flies between Manchester and Zurich twice each day. Flight LX391 is scheduled to depart the Northern English metropolis at 08:45, arriving in Switzerland some two hours later at 11:45. The airline’s night departure leaves Manchester at 18:45 and arrives in Zurich at 21:45.

The airline is the one operator to fly the route, and the flights are conveniently timed each for enterprise day journeys, and to attach with numerous SWISS flights worldwide. Their delayed arrival into Zurich by practice would have subsequently possible disrupted the onward journey plans of lots of these onboard.

SWISS has a complete of 30 Airbus A220s in its fleet. Picture: SWISS

SWISS and the Airbus A220

SWISS at present has 30 Airbus A220s in its fleet. Its 9 Airbus A220-100s seat a complete of 125 passengers in a two-class configuration – 12 in enterprise class and 113 in financial system class. The 21, barely bigger, Airbus A220-300s seat 145 passengers – 18 in enterprise class and 127 in financial system class.

Again in July 2016, the airline was the launch buyer for the Airbus A220-100, with plane HB-JBA working the sort’s first industrial flight from Zurich to Paris CDG. At present, it’s the fourth-largest operator of the Airbus A220 behind Delta Air Traces (56), airBaltic (36), and Air Canada (31).

Discover out extra about SWISS’s fleet right here.

In accordance with, the plane that’s caught in Frankfurt, HB-JBG, was delivered to SWISS in April 2017, making it 5 and a half years previous. The day earlier than Friday’s incident, the plane had flown from Zurich to Manchester, Paris CDG, and London Metropolis.

Whereas the plane is reportedly nonetheless in Frankfurt, lists HB-JBG as scheduled to function as regular from Tuesday. It stays to be seen if the plane may be cleared by upkeep groups in Frankfurt to return to Zurich in time to fly the deliberate sectors.

SWISS was the launch buyer for the Airbus A220 in July 2016. Picture: SWISS

This isn’t the one time that Frankfurt Airport has welcomed a diverted plane with uncommon smells onboard. Earlier this yr, a Boeing 747-8 belonging to Lufthansa returned to Frankfurt shortly after departure to São Paulo (GRU), following studies of a scent of smoke within the cockpit and the cabin.

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