|Operating bases||Geneva International Airport
|Fleet size||7 (+ 1 Order)|
|Company slogan||Flying the Swiss way|
|Parent company||Swiss International Air Lines Deutsche Lufthansa AG|
|Key people||Nick Grob (Founder)
Karl Kistler (CEO)
Edelweiss Air AG is a Swiss airline that operates mainly out of Zurich Airport, with a smaller base at Geneva International Airport. The company's name derives from the Swiss unofficial national flower, the Edelweiss, which is also painted on the airplanes. The airline is a wholly owned subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines and, through them, of Lufthansa. It has its head office in the Edelweiss Air Operations Center (OPC) on the property of Zurich Airport.
The airline was founded on 19 October 1995 in Bassersdorf, Switzerland, with just one aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83. The fleet was subsequently expanded and renewed. In 1998, new Airbus A320 aircraft were introduced to replace the MD-83s, and in 1999 long-haul flights were commenced using the Airbus A330-200. As of March 2011, Edelweiss Air added the larger Airbus A330-300 to its fleet, with an order having been filed on 5 April 2010.
Until November 2008, Edelweiss Air was wholly owned by Kuoni Travel Ltd and had 190 employees, when the operating rights were sold to Swiss International Air Lines, in exchange for sale rights of hotel capacities via the Swiss sales network. As Swiss International Airlines have since been acquired by Lufthansa, Edelweiss Air also has become a subsidiary of the largest German airline, though it is managed independently.
As of December 2013, the Edelweiss Air fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 10.5 years:
|Airbus A330-200||1||0||30||255||285||Leased from Swiss International Air Lines|
|Airbus A330-300||2||0||36||296||332||Leased from Swiss International Air Lines|
- Edelweiss Air Destinations List
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 76.
- "Ground Map." (Archive, See image) Edelweiss Air. Retrieved on 17 September 2011.
- Edelweiss Air order A333
- Swiss International buys Edelweiss Air
- Edelweiss Air History & Awards
- Edelweiss Air fleet Swiss Aircraft Registry
- Aircraft HB-IQI Detail Swiss Aircraft Registry
- Aircraft HB-JHQ Detail Swiss Aircraft Registry
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