|Founded||2003 (as Helvetic Airways AG)|
|Parent company||Helvetic Airways AG|
|Key people||Bruno Jans(CEO)
Helvetic Airways is an airline based at Zürich Airport in Switzerland. It operates flights to destinations in Europe and Northern Africa, mainly leisure markets, but also to business destinations. The airline now also operates scheduled flights on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines using their fleet of Fokker 100s.
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.
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.
- Bordeaux - Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (begins 8 May 2014)
- Calvi - Calvi – Sainte-Catherine Airport seasonal
- Fuerteventura - Fuerteventura Airport charter
- Gran Canaria - Gran Canaria Airport charter
- Lanzarote - Lanzarote Airport charter
- Palma de Mallorca - Palma de Mallorca Airport
- Tenerife - Tenerife Airport charter
- Corfu - Corfu International Airport charter
- Heraklion - Heraklion International Airport charter
- Kos - Kos International Airport charter
- Rhodes - Rhodes International Airport charter
- Brindisi - Brindisi Airport
- Catania - Catania Airport
- Lamezia Terme - Lamezia Terme Airport
- Olbia - Olbia Airport
- Bristol - Bristol Airport
- Glasgow - Glasgow International Airport seasonal (begins 18 May 2014)
- Inverness - Inverness Airport
- Manchester - Manchester International Airport
The Helvetic Airways fleet includes the following aircraft (as of December 2013):
Helvetic Airways also used to operate McDonnell Douglas MD-83 which have since been phased out.
- "Imprint." Helvetic Airways. Retrieved on 6 November 2009. "Helvetic Airways AG P.O. Box 250 CH-8058 Zurich Airport"
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- Higgins, Andrew (18 February 2013). "Brazen Jewel Robbery at Brussels Airport Nets $50 Million in Diamonds". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
- Casert, Raf, , "Robbers Snatch $50 Million of Diamonds Off Plane in Belgium," Associated Press, 19 February 2013, 4:13 a.m.
- Smith, Vicky, "The Great Plane Robbery: Gang of Fake Police Officers Steal £32m of Diamonds in Airport Heist," Associated Press, 19 February 2013, 18:49
- "Swiss Aircraft Register". FOCA. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
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