Edelweiss Air (WK, Zurich) says it will induct three A340-300s and one more A320-200 into its fleet over the next three years. In a statement, the leisure specialist said the A340s, sourced from parent Swiss (LX, Zurich), would arrive between 2017 and 2018 and will be reconfigured with Economy, Economy Max and Business Class seatings. The A320 is set to enter commercial service later on in November.

“Our plans are a major investment and commitment to the business location that is Switzerland. By expanding our aircraft fleet, Edelweiss will grow considerably and generate 350 new jobs in the coming years,“ airline CEO Bernd Bauer said.

Edelweiss plans to use the the added widebody capacity to expand its network into North and South America with flights to Rio de Janeiro Int'l and Calgary set to commence in Spring next year. Additional long haul destinations will be announced later.

Currently, Edelweiss operates five A320-200s, one A330-300 (leased from Swiss), and one A330-200 on flights throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, Canada, the United States, South Africa, the Caribbean, and the Far East.