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SWISS’s Airbus A330-300 with the registration HB-JHK was formally named ‘Herisau’ this morning. The ceremony at Zurich Airport bestowed the name of the capital of Canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden in Eastern Switzerland on the aircraft, which was the fourteenth A330-300 to join the SWISS fleet. The naming was performed by Mayor Renzo Andreani and Swiss TV personality Paddy Kälin of Herisau, together with SWISS CEO Harry Hohmeister. The aircraft, which had arrived from Delhi earlier in the morning, was given the name in a champagne ceremony and subsequently toured by the event’s invitees.
“Today’s aircraft naming is a special one,” said SWISS CEO Harry Hohmeister at the event. “Herisau is the 26th Swiss cantonal capital to have its name carried by one of our advanced aircraft all over the world. And I am delighted that it’s Herisau and Appenzell Ausserrhoden, such bastions of traditional Swiss values, that should complete the Swiss cantons and cantonal capitals that we carry on board.” SWISS names its aircraft after Switzerland’s cantonal capitals, key tourist destinations and local airport municipalities.
Herisau Mayor Renzo Andreani was equally enthusiastic. “‘Our’ A330 is sure to fly over Herisau from time to time,” he explained. “But I hope that many of its inflight guests don’t just see our town from the air, but also come in person to enjoy our extensive cultural attractions and our beautiful local scenery.” As a small sample of the ‘Appenzellerland’, Mayor Andreani presented Harry Hohmeister with a large Appenzeller Biberli – a local gingerbread speciality – featuring an Airbus picture decoration.
Immediately after the ceremony HB-JHK ‘Herisau’ departed again for Delhi at around 12:45. The aircraft is one of fourteen Airbus A330-300s in the Swiss International Air Lines fleet. The A330-300 is 63.7 metres long and 16.8 metres high, and has a wingspan of 60.3 metres. It seats 236 passengers and offers an advanced cabin product in all three seating classes. With their maximum range of 8,400 kilometres, ‘Herisau’ and its sister A330s are deployed on the SWISS long-haul network, serving such destinations as Dubai, New York, Montreal, Delhi and Nairobi.