Swiss Global Air Lines
|Frequent-flyer program||Miles & More|
|Alliance||Star Alliance (affiliate)|
|Key people||Andreas Thurnheer|
Swiss Global Air Lines (until February 2015 Swiss European Air Lines) is a subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines and therefore also of the Lufthansa Group. Like its parent, Swiss Global is part of the Star Alliance. It has its legal headquarters in Basel, on the grounds of Zurich Airport and the town of Kloten. Swiss Global Air Lines operates scheduled flights in the name and corporate design of its parent Swiss International to European metropolitan and some leisure destinations from Zürich Airport.
Swiss Global Air Lines was founded in 2005, named Swiss European Air Lines back then, to operate European routes for its parent company.
On 11 March 2009, the Lufthansa Group board announced that, in 2014, it plans to gradually replace the current Avro RJ100 fleet flown by Swiss Global with aircraft of the Bombardier CSeries. The replacement of the current 20 aircraft is planned to take two years, while an additional 10 aircraft will be delivered thereafter to allow for capacity expansion. The new aircraft will allow Swiss to continue serving restricted destinations such as London City Airport or Peretola Airport. With the delays the Bombardier CSeries experiences this date has been postponed to 2015. The Lufthansa Group is a launch customer for this aircraft type, and had previous signed a letter of intent for up to 60 aircraft.
In December 2014, Swiss announced to retract from EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg altogether by 31 May 2015 which means that Swiss Global Air Lines shut down their focus city operations there and subsequently concentrated on its operations in Zürich.
It was also confirmed on the same date, that Swiss International's 6 ordered Boeing 777-300ER will be operated by Swiss Global Air Lines. These planes, with deliveries being expected in 2016, will be the first aircraft for intercontinental flights in Swiss Global Air Lines' fleet. By April 2015, Swiss Global Air Lines requested traffic rights for flights to the United States to utilize the 777s on its parent's intercontinental routes.
Swiss Global Air Lines' operations are fully integrated into the route network of its parent company. This is a list of destinations served by Swiss Global Air Lines on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines as of May 2015:
- Lyon - Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport
- Nice - Nice Côte d'Azur Airport
- Paris - Paris-Charles de Gaulle
- Toulouse - Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
- Dresden - Dresden Airport
- Düsseldorf - Düsseldorf Airport
- Frankfurt - Frankfurt Airport
- Hannover - Hannover Airport
- Leipzig/Halle - Leipzig/Halle
- Munich - Munich Airport
- Stuttgart - Stuttgart Airport
- Bari - Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport seasonal
- Florence - Peretola Airport
- Milan - Malpensa Airport
- Naples - Naples International Airport
- Rome - Rome-Fiumicino
- Venice - Venice Marco Polo Airport
||to be replaced by Bombardier CS100|
||to be wet-leased to Swiss International Air Lines|
The average age of the Swiss Global Air Lines fleet is 16.9 years (as of February 2015).
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