As we continue our series on airlines, we’ll talk about Swiss International Airlines.
IATA: LX, ICAO: SWR
Part 6; Swiss International Air Lines:
The flag carrier of Switzerland, Swiss International Air Lines AG (short for Aktiengesellschaft), also known as SWISS, runs regular flights within Europe as well as to North America, South America, Africa, and Asia. It uses Geneva Airport as a focus city and Zurich Airport as its sole hub.
The operations headquarters of Swiss International Air Lines are located at EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg in the Swiss canton of Basel.
The group of businesses known as Swiss International Air Lines includes the following firms:
- Edelweiss Air
- Swiss Aviation Training
- Swiss World Cargo
- SWISS tours
- Swiss Aviation Software
Facts about the airline:
- It is a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group and a Star Alliance member.
- Swiss International Air Lines has earned a 4-Star rating for the calibre of its crew, onboard amenities, and airport and ground services.
- Additionally, Swiss may offer snacks. On shorter flights, cold snacks are offered; on longer flights, heated snacks. Sandwiches from a Swiss bakery are included in the economy class service. On all flights, a miniature bar of Swiss chocolate bearing the word “SWISS” and the distinctive tail wing is given to each passenger upon landing.
A red shape enclosing a white cross. The form represents a component of an aircraft’s wing, developing a connection to the airline sector.
Its current fleet size: is 88 aircraft
The fleet consists of 76 airbus planes and 12 Boeing
Aircraft types and their number:
Airbus A220-100: 9
Airbus A220-300: 21
Airbus A320-200: 11
Airbus A320neo: 6
Airbus A321-100: 5
Airbus A321-200: 3
Airbus A321neo: 2
Airbus A330-300: 14
Airbus A340-300: 5
Boeing 777-300er: 12
History of the airline:
- After Swissair declared bankruptcy in 2002, Swiss was established.
- From 2002 to 2005, the new airline experienced a $1.6 billion loss. Credit Suisse and UBS, two of Swissair’s largest creditors, sold some of its assets to Crossair, which had previously been Swissair’s regional rival.
- The airline cut its losses in half every year, and in 2006 it turned a $220 million net profit.
- In 2007, there was a $570 million net profit.
- In the March 2008 issue of Airways, Biedermann claimed that “this was the beginning of getting our house back in shape.” He acknowledged the need for assistance and used Lufthansa as a model; hence, despite their differences, their coming together was natural.
- The Lufthansa Group announced its intention to acquire Swiss on March 22, 2005.
- Swiss European Air Lines is a subsidiary of the airline that was established.
- Edelweiss Air and Servair, which were later renamed Swiss Private Aviation, were acquired by Swiss International Air Lines in 2008.
- Swiss used five A330-300s on medium- and long-haul flights in April 2010.
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