Swiss Global Air Lines

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Swiss Global Air Lines
Swiss International Air Lines Logo 2011.svg
IATA
-[1]
ICAO
SWU
Callsign
EUROSWISS
Founded 2005
Hubs Zurich Airport
Focus cities EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (until 31 May 2015)
Frequent-flyer program Miles & More
Alliance Star Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size 18
Destinations 36
Parent company
Headquarters Kloten, Switzerland
Key people Andreas Thurnheer
Website swiss.com

Swiss Global Air Lines (until February 2015 Swiss European Air Lines)[2] 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[3] in Basel, on the grounds of Zurich Airport and the town of Kloten.[4][5] 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 and until 31 May 2015 EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg as well.

History[edit]

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.[6] The Lufthansa Group is a launch customer for this aircraft type, and had previous signed a letter of intent for up to 60 aircraft.[7][8]

In December 2014, Swiss announced to retract from EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg altogether by May 2015 which means that Swiss Global Air Lines will shut down their focus city operations there[9] and will subsequently concentrate on its operations in Zürich.

On 3 February 2015 Swiss International Air Lines announced the rebranding of Swiss European Air Lines to Swiss Global Air Lines.[2][10]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Destinations[edit]

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 April 2015:[citation needed]

Belgium Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegowina
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Croatia Croatia
Czech Republic Czech Republic
France France
Germany Germany
Italy Italy
Luxembourg Luxembourg
Netherlands Netherlands
Poland Poland
Slovenia Slovenia
Spain Spain
Sweden Sweden
Switzerland Switzerland
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Fleet[edit]

Swiss Global Air Lines Avro RJ100

The Swiss Global Air Lines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of December 2014:[12][13]

Swiss Global Air Lines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Avro RJ100
18
97
to be replaced by Bombardier CS100
Boeing 777-300ER[14]
9
TBA
to be wet-leased[11] to Swiss International Air Lines[10]
Bombardier CS100
30
121[15]
Launch customer
Total 18 36

The average age of the Swiss Global Air Lines fleet is 16.9 years (as of February 2015).[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b http://beta.nzz.ch/newsticker/zuerich-swiss-nennt-tochtergesellschaft-um-1.18474767
  3. ^ "Swiss European Air Lines - Zefix Firmenregister". Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Swiss European Air Lines Facts and Figures". Swiss International Air Lines. Retrieved 29 September 2009.  "Headquarters Swiss European Air Lines AG Postfach CH-8058 Zurich Airport Switzerland"
  5. ^ "Kloten - Ortspläne Schweiz". ortsplan.ch. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Swiss International Air Lines - Introduction of Bombardier CSeries". Swiss International Air Lines. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Swiss Investing in Further Fleet Renewal from 2014 On". Swiss International Airlines. 2010-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Lufthansa board approves order for 30 CSeries aircraft". flightglobal.com. 11/03/09. Retrieved 6 October 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ a b http://www.airportzentrale.de/kurznachrichten-swiss-verlaesst-basel-regierungsterminal-in-berlin-und-fluggastzahlen-von-air-france/36891/
  10. ^ a b c http://www.aero.de/news-21125/Swiss-meldet-Boeing-777-300ER-bei-Regionaltochter-an.html
  11. ^ a b http://www.austrianaviation.net/news-international/news-detail/datum/2015/04/13/swiss-global-us-rechte-beantragt.html
  12. ^ Swiss European Air Lines Fleet Swiss Aircraft Registry
  13. ^ http://www.planespotters.net/Airline/Swiss
  14. ^ http://www.aero.de/news-21125/Swiss-meldet-Boeing-777-300ER-bei-Regionaltochter-an.html
  15. ^ "Swiss fleet Bombardie CSeries 100". 
  16. ^ "Swiss European Airlines". airfleets.net. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

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