Monday, 25 April 2011

Swiss

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Swiss                      +41 848 700 700
Germany               +49 1805 110036
France                   +33 892 232 501  
United Kingdom  +44 845 601 0956
USA                        +1 877 359 7947

Our rating    4  stars.

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Swiss,  or Swiss Air as it's still sometimes called is the new, or newish national airline of Switzerland, it's a rebirth of a carrier from the former Swissair.   The service on it's flights is rather unremarkable and understated and the relatively new aircraft are comfortable.  Their medium and long haul Airbus aircraft have inseat entertainment systems with a wide choice of music and video entertainment.   The fares are very reasonable and comparative to most other airlines.  In fact on some routes they are even cheaper than their low cost rivals -  worth remembering if you're flying just within Europe.   

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Meals in business class have recently won awards thanks to the airlines tie up deals with top class hotels and restaurants and chefs,  it really is a taste of Switzerland,  In economy the meal service is fresh, exciting and tasty.  Service is nice and don't forget to leave room for the cheese!  We say yes please,  Swiss is a nice airline,  right at the heart of Europe offering good service at a reasonable and competitive fare.  Average on time record,  which is slowly getting better make Swiss an ideal choice.






Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) serves 72 destinations in 39 countries all over the world (as of summer 2011) from its Zurich hub and the further Swiss international airports of Basel and Geneva with a fleet (as of summer 2011) of 89 aircrafts. Switzerland’s airline embodies typical Swiss values such as hospitality, quality in every detail and personal care: SWISS aims to make all its customers feel totally at home.    
SWISS is committed on various fronts to the careful and sustainable use of natural resources, and regards a responsible attitude to the environment as an integral part of its corporate culture. As part of the Lufthansa Group and a member of Star Alliance, SWISS remains true to its mission of providing quality air services that link Switzerland with Europe and the world. 



VISION

We want to be the best airline of Europe -  also part of the Lufthansa Group.

MISSION

We are the airline of Switzerland – connecting Switzerland and Europe with the world.

Based on our strengths in personal care, SWISS hospitality and SWISS quality we make our guests feel as if they were at home.

As a part of the Lufthansa group we develop SWISS in a self-governed manner.

MANAGEMENT BOARD

Chairman of the BoardBruno Gehrig
Chief Executive OfficerHarry Hohmeister
Chief Financial OfficerMarcel Klaus
Chief Operating OfficerRainer Hiltebrand
Chief Commercial OfficerHolger H├Ątty

EXTENDED MANAGEMENT

Chief Cargo OfficerOliver Evans
Chief Technical OfficerPeter Wojahn
Head office
Basel, Switzerland 

AIRCRAFT FLEET (SUMMER 2011)

Aircraft typeNumberAverage age in years
Airbus A319713.6 years
Airbus A3202113.3 years
Airbus A321712.0 years
Airbus A330-200211.8 years
Airbus A330-30010 1.0 years
Airbus A340-30015 9.8 years
Avro RJ1002012.9 years
TOTAL8211.6 years

FURTHER AIRCRAFT ARE OPERATED FOR SWISS UNDER WET-LEASE ARRANGEMENTS:

Aircraft typeNumberPartner
Saab 20001Darwin Airline
BBJ2 (B737-800)1Privatair
Fokker 1002Contact Air
Fokker 1003Helvetic
Total7

KEY TRAFFIC FIGURES FOR SCHEDULED SERVICES
(JANUARY - MARCH 2011)

Passengers carried3 432 658
Flights operated36 956
Available seat-kilometres (million)9 438
Revenue passenger-kilometres (million)7 206
Seat load factor systemwide76.4%


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