Wednesday, 22 April 2020

SWISS operates its first cargo-only flight from Shanghai to Geneva

Swiss Boeing 777 special cargo flight  Photo Swiss
On behalf of Geneva University Hospital (HUG) and the Canton of Geneva, SWISS transported medical supplies from China to Switzerland, supported by its Swiss WorldCargo airfreight division. This operation was conducted in collaboration with Swiss Centers China. It was SWISS's first cargo-only flight to Geneva.

The Boeing 777 carried syringes and several million surgical masks. On this cargo-only flight no passengers were carried, the material was transported in the aircraft’s cargo hold and passenger cabin. The flight from Shanghai landed at Geneva airport at 7:45pm on 21 April.

Conversely, goods were transported from Switzerland to China on behalf of other partners in the interests of the Swiss export economy and the worldwide movement of goods.


Swiss Boeing 777 special cargo flight  Photo Swiss
To date, SWISS has already operated approximately 30 cargo flights from Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong to Switzerland. Further cargo flights to and from China and other countries are being planned to ensure the functioning of supply chains between Switzerland and the world.

SWISS extends minimum timetable to 17 May 2020
Due to continuing travel restrictions, SWISS has decided to extend its minimum timetable to 17 May for the time being. Besides a significantly reduced schedule for short and medium-haul routes serving selected European destinations from Zurich and Geneva, SWISS will continue to operate three long-haul flights per week to New York / Newark (USA).

Passengers whose flight has been cancelled, or who were unable to travel, may keep their ticket and book a new departure date – latest 30 April 2021 – and possibly a new destination, before 31 August 2020. Passengers who book to fly before or on 31 December 2020 will also receive a discount of CHF 50 in the form of a flight voucher which can be downloaded online from swiss.com

Swiss Boeing 777 special cargo flight  Photo Swiss

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