ZURICH, SWITZERLAND — SWISS International Air Lines—a key member of the Lufthansa Group—confirmed that the company will soon start accepting deliveries of five Airbus A350-900 aircraft to replace the older-generation A340s in the fleet. The new widebodies are expected to join the airline's fleet from 2025 onward.

The new planes will allow SWISS to reduce its carbon emissions while boosting its competitiveness and customer comfort on the carrier's long-haul routes.

"We are very pleased to have achieved our turnaround after the coronavirus crisis and be back on a sound financial track," said chief executive Dieter Vranckx.

"With this planned substantial modernization of our long-haul aircraft fleet, we are setting a vital course to sustainably maintain our competitive edge over the longer term."

The airline is set to take delivery of five A350s as part of a larger order placed by Lufthansa Group in 2019 for 25 aircraft of the same type.

"Our decision to acquire the Airbus A350-900 is a clear commitment to further enhancing the sustainability of our flight operations," Vranckx adds. "Our new long-haul twinjet will play a substantial part in achieving our ambitious climate goals."

SWISS International Air Lines currently operates 12 Boeing 777s, 11 Airbus A330s, and four Airbus A340s on its long-haul routes.