HB-IOC: Swiss scraps its oldest Airbus A321

Airbus A321 HB-IOC (Photo: V1Images.com/Robert Eikelenboom).
Airbus A321 HB-IOC (Photo: V1Images.com/Robert Eikelenboom).

HB-IOC: Swiss scraps its oldest Airbus A321

Airbus A321 HB-IOC (Photo: V1Images.com/Robert Eikelenboom).
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In March 1995, the Airbus A321 with the registration HB-IOC was delivered to what was then Swissair. For a long time, the plane wore the Olympic rings and the “Official airline of the IOC” sticker. The medium-haul jet is now being scrapped.

In the almost 28 years of service, the HB-IOC had different names. The machine started out as the "Neuchâtel" before being renamed "Lausanne" in 1996. The seating capacity also changed over the long period of use. At Swissair, this Airbus A321 was initially launched with 186 seats. In the meantime, 219 seats have been installed.

After the collapse of Swissair, this machine was taken over by Swiss, which is based on the regional airline Crossair. There was also a new baptismal name, because since then the HB-IOC has been known as "St. Moritz" on the way. The capacity was increased to 200 seats before the new Swiss Europa cabin was installed in 2015. Until recently, this A321 had 219 seats. During the long period of service there were also one or the other incident. For example, in March 2004 there was a tail strike on domestic flight LX2806 from Zurich to Geneva.

Due to the corona pandemic, HB-IOC was repeatedly parked at various airports, including Dübendorf, Bremen, Geneva and Amman, for long periods of time. This Airbus A321 was last brought back into active scheduled service on March 27, 2022. That was also the last reactivation, because the medium-haul jet is now being scrapped in Spain.

The seats have already been removed and, according to Swiss, will continue to be used in the training center. In general, you want to remove all parts that can still be used before scrapping them. The most valuable are the engines, which are only removed after the transfer to Spain and then used elsewhere.

The last commercial pair of courses served with the HB-IOC was on October 24, 2022. It was the circulation LX1054/1055 Zurich-Hamburg-Zurich. In a few days it will be transferred to Spain, where the machine will be scrapped. Many components are sent for recycling.

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