Helvetic Airways

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Helvetic Airways
Helvetic Airways logo.svg
IATA
2L
ICAO
OAW
Callsign
HELVETIC
Founded 2003 (as Helvetic Airways AG)
Hubs
Fleet size 10
Destinations 34
Parent company Helvetic Airways AG
Headquarters Kloten, Switzerland
Key people Bruno Jans (CEO)
Tobias Pogorevc (CFO)
Website helvetic.com

Helvetic Airways is a Swiss airline based at Zürich Airport.[1]

It operates flights to destinations in Europe and Northern Africa, mainly leisure markets, but also to business destinations on its own behalf[2] as well as scheduled flights on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines using their fleet of Fokker 100s.

History[edit]

Helvetic Airways was established in the autumn of 2003 as a rebranding and extension of the existing airline Odette Airways to serve destinations in South-Eastern Europe. Switzerland's first budget carrier began operating in November with a Fokker 100 flying to 3 destinations. By 2004, the fleet had grown to 7 aircraft.

In December 2006, the carrier unveiled a new look for its aircraft. Since that time, all the Fokker 100s have livery in red-white-silver grey colours with the Swiss cross on the tailfin.

In October 2010, the Swiss news media announced a new base in Bern Airport.[3]

On 18 February 2013, in the 2013 Belgian diamond heist, eight men armed with automatic weapons and dressed in police uniforms seized 120 small parcels containing an estimated $50 million (£32,000,000) worth of diamonds from a Helvetic Airways Fokker 100 passenger plane loaded with passengers preparing for departure to Zurich. The men drove two vehicles through a hole they had cut in the airport '​s perimeter fence to Flight LX789, which had just been loaded with diamonds from a Brink's armoured van. The men were able to execute the operation within five minutes with no injuries and without firing a shot.[4][5][6]

Destinations[edit]

Helvetic Airways Fokker 100 in former livery
Helvetic Airways Fokker 100 in current livery

As of January 2014 Helvetic Airways serves the following destinations on its own behalf.[7] Not included are the routes served for Swiss International Air Lines on a long-term wetlease contract.

 France
 Cyprus
 Spain
 Greece
 Ireland
 Italy
 Kosovo
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia
  Switzerland
 United Kingdom

Fleet[edit]

Helvetic Airways Airbus A319-100

The Helvetic Airways fleet includes the following aircraft (as of February 2015):[9]

Helvetic Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Seat Notes
Fokker 100 6 - 100
Embraer 190 3 [10] 4 112
Airbus A319 1 - 138
Total 10 4

Helvetic Airways also used to operate McDonnell Douglas MD-83 which have since been phased out.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Helvetic Airways at Wikimedia Commons