Crossair

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Crossair
Crossair Logo.svg
IATA
LX
ICAO
CRX
Callsign
CROSSAIR
Founded 18 November 1978 (as Business Flyers Basel AG)
Ceased operations 31 March 2002 (formed Swiss International Air Lines)
Hubs Euro-Airport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
Frequent-flyer program Qualiflyer
Fleet size 88
Parent company SAirGroup
Headquarters EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
Saint-Louis, Haut-Rhin, France
Key people Moritz Suter (Founder and former CEO) André Dosé (CEO)
Website Crossair.com Crossair.tk

Crossair Ltd. Co. for Regional European Air Transport (German: Crossair AG für europäischen Regionalluftverkehr) was a regional airline headquartered on the grounds of EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg in Saint-Louis, Haut-Rhin, France, near Basel, Switzerland. It became Swiss International Air Lines after taking over most of the assets of Swissair following that airline's bankruptcy in 2002.

History[edit]

Founded as a private company under the name Business Flyers Basel AG by Moritz Suter, it changed to Crossair on 18 November 1978, before the beginning of scheduled services on 2 July 1979 with flights from Zürich to Nuremberg, Innsbruck and Klagenfurt.[citation needed] It was headquartered at Zürich International Airport in Kloten in 1985.[1]

The logo of the new Swiss International Air Lines.

It added charter services for major shareholder Swissair in November 1995. On 31 March 2002, Swissair passed out of existence as most of its assets were taken over by Crossair which then changed names to Swiss International Air Lines.[citation needed]

The SAirGroup logo.
A McDonalds tail on a Crossair MD-83 in a McDonalds livery to promote the restaurant.

Fleet[edit]

Crossair operated the following aircraft.

Aircraft Total Delivered Retired Notes
Piper L-4J 1 1975
Cessna 310P 1 1975
Cessna 421B 1 1976
Cessna 551 1 1977 First Jet Operated by Crossair
Fairchild Swearingen Metro II 3 1979 may have been used up to the late 80s or early 90s
Fairchild Swearingen Metro II 9 1980? (actual year unknown) may have been used up to the late 80s or early 90s
SAAB 340 34 1984 2002 flew mainly from Basel as well as Lugano and Zürich
replaced by Embraer ERJ 145
Fokker 50 5 1990 1995
Fokker F27 3 1984 1984
BAe 146 3 1990 1994
Avro RJ 85 4 1993 2002 named Kärpf, Piz Julier, Montchaibeux, Lindenberg
Avro RJ 100 16 1995 2002 all were named.One written off
Saab 2000 32 1994 2002 all were stored or sold, though what happened to one is not known
was world's largest operator of the type in 2000
flown mainly from Basel as well as Lugano and Zürich
replaced by Embraer ERJ 145
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 12 1979 2004 some were named, all were sold, though what happened to one is not known
mostly used on larger routes from Zurich, and some from Basel
Embraer ERJ 145 LU 25 2000 2005? (actual year unknown) all were named or sold
used on routes from all three hubs
replaced SAAB aircraft
Embraer ERJ 145 LR 1 2002 named Gemsstock
used on routes from all three hubs
replaced SAAB aircraft
  • Swissair leased an MD-11 to Crossair for the Zurich-Palma De Mallorca route.

Destinations[edit]

Crossair flew from Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lugano and Zurich. Crossair was very interested in serving from several hubs and, therefore set up a multi-hub business plan. Crossair set up a Eurocross scheme from their Basel base which was set up to help them serve smaller airports and transfer their passengers to larger hubs with short transit times (only around 20 minutes) This helped Crossair link with their partners, such as Swissair from Zurich. Crossair also operated flights between Swiss airports.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

Head office[edit]

The current Swiss International Air Lines head office at EuroAirport was once the head office of Crossair

Crossair was headquartered on the grounds of EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg in Saint-Louis, Haut-Rhin, France, near Basel, Switzerland.[2] In 2002 the name "Crossair" was replaced with "Swiss International Air Lines" on the head office building.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 30 March 1985. 71." Retrieved on 17 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Location." Crossair. Retrieved on 13 June 2009.
  3. ^ "INDUSTRY BRIEFS." Airline Industry Information. 2 July 2002. Retrieved on 12 January 2010. "According to a company statement, the new name replaces Crossair at the corporate headquarters in Basel."

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