Edelweiss Air

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Edelweiss Air
Edelweiss Air logo.png
Founded 19 October 1995[1]
Operating bases Zürich Airport
Fleet size 7 (+1 order)
Destinations 52[2]
Company slogan 'Flying the Swiss way'
Parent company Swiss International Air Lines, Lufthansa Group
Headquarters Kloten, Switzerland
Key people Nick Grob (Founder)
Bernd Bauer (CEO)
Employees 540
Website edelweissair.com

Edelweiss Air AG is a Swiss airline that operates out of Zürich 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 the Lufthansa Group. It has its head office in the Edelweiss Air Operations Center (OPC) on the property of Zurich Airport.[3]


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.

For 7 consecutive years between 2001 and 2008, Edelweiss Air received the golden Travelstar Award for its excellent achievements.[4]

Until November 2008, Edelweiss Air was wholly owned by Kuoni Travel Ltd and had 190 employees,[5] when the operating rights were sold to Swiss International Air Lines, in exchange for sale rights of hotel capacities via the Swiss sales network. Following Swiss International Airlines being been acquired by the Lufthansa Group in 2005, Edelweiss Air also became a subsidiary of Europe's largest airline group at the same time it was acquired by Swiss.[6]

As of March 2011, Edelweiss Air added the larger Airbus A330-300 to its fleet, with an order having been placed on 5 April 2010.[7]



Edelweiss Air Airbus A330-200

As of September 2014, the Edelweiss Air fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 10.5 years:[8]

Edelweiss Air Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
J Y+ Y Total
Airbus A320-200 5 12 150 168 Business class can be extended or shortened.
Airbus A330-200 1 22 50 203 275 Leased from Swiss International Air Lines.[9]
Airbus A330-300 1 1 27 56 232 315 Leased from Swiss International Air Lines.[10]
Total 7 1


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Edelweiss Air Destinations List
  3. ^ "Ground Map." (Archive, See image) Edelweiss Air. Retrieved on 17 September 2011.
  4. ^ Edelweiss Air History & Awards
  5. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 76. 
  6. ^ Swiss International buys Edelweiss Air
  7. ^ Edelweiss Air order A333
  8. ^ Edelweiss Air fleet Swiss Aircraft Registry
  9. ^ Aircraft HB-IQI Detail Swiss Aircraft Registry
  10. ^ Aircraft HB-JHQ Detail Swiss Aircraft Registry

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