|Founded||19 October 1995|
|Operating bases||Zürich Airport|
|Company slogan||Der Sonne entgegen.
(English: Into the sun.)
|Parent company||Lufthansa Group|
|Employees||540 (January 2015)|
Edelweiss Air is a Swiss leisure airline wholly owned by Swiss International Air Lines and the Lufthansa Group. It operates flights to European and intercontinental destinations from its base at Zürich Airport.
The airline was founded on 19 October 1995 in Bassersdorf, Switzerland, with just one aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83. The company's name is derived from the Swiss unofficial national flower, the Edelweiss, which is also painted on its airplanes.
For seven consecutive years between 2001 and 2008, Edelweiss Air received the golden Travelstar Award for its excellent achievements.
Until November 2008, Edelweiss Air was wholly owned by Kuoni Travel Ltd and had 190 employees, when the operating rights were sold to Swiss International Air Lines, in exchange for sale rights of hotel capacities via the Swiss sales network. Following Swiss International Airlines being been acquired by the German Lufthansa Group in 2005, Edelweiss Air also became a subsidiary of Europe's largest airline group at the same time it was acquired by Swiss.
As of March 2011, Edelweiss Air added the larger Airbus A330-300 to its fleet, with an order having been placed on 5 April 2010. In July 2015, it has been announced that Edelweiss will receive three Airbus A340-300s between 2017 and 2018 previously operated by its parent Swiss International Air Lines. The aircraft will be used to expand the route network.
As of April 2016, the Edelweiss Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Airbus A320-200||6||—||12||—||150||162||HB-IJU in revised livery|
|Airbus A330-200||1||—||22||50||203||275||To be transferred to brussels airlines by the end of 2016.|
||to be taken over from Swiss International Air Lines from October 2016|
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