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 7
Destinations 34
Parent company Helvetic Airways AG
Headquarters Kloten, Switzerland
Key people Bruno Jans(CEO)
Tobias Pogorevc(CFO)
Website www.helvetic.com

Helvetic Airways is an airline based at Zürich Airport in Switzerland.[1] It operates flights to destinations in Europe and Northern Africa, mainly leisure markets, but also to business destinations.[2] The airline now also operates scheduled flights on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines using their fleet of Fokker 100s.

History[edit]

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

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]

As of January 2014 Helevtic 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
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia
  Switzerland
 United Kingdom

Fleet[edit]

Helvetic Airways Airbus A319-100

The Helvetic Airways fleet includes the following aircraft (as of December 2013):[8]

Helvetic Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Seat Notes
Fokker 100 6 - 100
Airbus A319 1 - 138
Total 7

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

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External links[edit]

Media related to Helvetic Airways at Wikimedia Commons