This is what airlines do not want to happen: A large aircraft en route to a warm destination has an engine failure over a particularly remote region and has to divert to the nearest suitable airport, one that features a short runway, an outside temperature of -30F, hardly any ground infrastructure and no hotel rooms. But that is what happened to Swiss International Air Lines. On Feb. 1, the airline was operating one of its nine-month-old Boeing 777-300ERs—registered as HB-JND—as ...

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