Scrapped in Wales: The last Swiss Airbus A319s are scrap metal

Two years ago, the Lufthansa subsidiary phased out its last three Airbus A319s. They have now been deleted. However, some of them live on.

They were all delivered by Airbus to the predecessor Swissair and taken over by the successor Swiss in 2002. The Swiss national airline actually wanted to phase out the Airbus A319 by 2017. The newly fleeted, much more modern Airbus A220 made the older aircraft unattractive.

But in the end, the three A319s with the registration numbers HB-IPV, HB-IPU and HB-IPT flew a lap of honour. Only in early 2020 were they dismissed from service at the age of 23 and 24 respectively and moved to St. Athan Airfield flown. By that time they had each logged around 57,000 flight hours.

End in Wales

The specialist company Ecube, which dismantles aircraft and recycles parts, is based at the airport in South Wales. It has also since destroyed Swiss’s three former Airbus A319s, only one of which was owned by the airline itself.

According to a Swiss spokesman, the two leased jets were returned to the leasing company Willis Lease Finance as planned. They sold their own, which had the HB-IPV license plate. All three ended up in the same place.

Swiss held important parts

But why were the three Airbus A319s scrapped, even though the Lufthansa group still operates 87 examples of the model – at Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cityline? “The residual values ​​of this model are so low that it is worth more to disassemble it into parts,” explains aviation analyst Addison Schonland of Air Insight.

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However, some of them live on. “We kept important components for ourselves when we sold them, such as the engines and about 100 other parts. This has been agreed with the buyer,” says the Swiss spokesperson.



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