Swiss International Air Lines CEO Christoph Franz confirmed to ATWOnline yesterday that passenger numbers in first and business class dropped at a double-digit rate during the past several months, leading the airline to park one A340-300 until summer. "This is equivalent to a 6% drop in long-haul capacity that we originally planned for the summer of 2009," Chief Network and Distribution Officer Harry Hohmeister said. If the downturn continues, Franz said LX conceivably could ground more ...

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