Helvetic Airways

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Helvetic Airways
Helvetic Airways logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
2L[1] OAW HELVETIC
Founded 2003
AOC # 1033[2]
Hubs
Fleet size 12
Destinations 34
Parent company Helvetic Airways AG
Headquarters Kloten, Switzerland
Key people Bruno Jans, CEO
Tobias Pogorevc, CFO
Employees about 400[3]
Website helvetic.com

Helvetic Airways is a Swiss airline headquartered in Kloten with its fleet stationed at Zürich Airport.[4] It operates flights to destinations in Europe and Northern Africa, mainly leisure markets, but also to business destinations on its own behalf[5] as well as scheduled flights on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines as well as Lufthansa[6] using their fleet of Embraer 190s and Fokker 100s.

History[edit]

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.[7]

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.[8]

In December 2014,[9] Helvetic Airways began to take over seven Embraer 190s which were freed by Niki changing their fleet.[10]

Since March 2016 there is a wet lease contract with Lufthansa for the route Zurich-Munich.[11]

Destinations[edit]

Helvetic Airways Fokker 100 in former livery
Now phased-out Helvetic Airways Airbus A319-100

Not included are the routes served for Swiss International Air Lines as well as Lufthansa on a long-term wetlease contract.

Scheduled destinations as of May 2017:[12]

Country (Canton/Province/Region) City Airport name
  Switzerland Bern Bern Airport
  Switzerland Sion Sion Airport
  Switzerland Zürich Zürich Airport
 France Bordeaux Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport
 Italy ( Sardinia) Olbia Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport
 Spain ( Balearic Islands) Palma de Majorca Palma de Mallorca Airport
 Ireland Limerick Shannon Airport

Charter or partial charter flights as of May 2017:[13]

Country (Canton/Province/Region) City Airport name
 Greece Heraklion Heraklion International Airport “Nikos Kazantzakis”
 Greece Kos Kos Island International Airport, Hippocrates
 Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport
 France Lourdes Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport
 Spain ( Balearic Islands) Palma de Majorca Palma de Mallorca Airport
 Greece Preveza Aktion National Airport
 Greece Rhodes Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras"
 Norway Tromsø Tromsø Airport Langnes

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

Helvetic Airways Fokker 100

The Helvetic Airways fleet includes the following aircraft as of May 2017:[14]

Helvetic Airways fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Y Total
Embraer 190[15] 7[16] 112 112 5 operated for Swiss International Air Lines
Fokker 100 5[17] 100 100 4 operated for Swiss International Air Lines
Total 12

Historic fleet[14][edit]

Embraer 190 in current livery

The airline operated one Airbus A319-100, which was then return to its lessor in Spring 2017[citation needed]. Helvetic Airways previously also operated a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "List of approved Aircraft Maintenance Organisations" (PDF). admin.ch. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Information of Helvetic Airways Group". helvetic.com. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Imprint Archived 29 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine.." Helvetic Airways. Retrieved on 6 November 2009. "Helvetic Airways AG P.O. Box 250 CH-8058 Zurich Airport"
  5. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. p. 90. 
  6. ^ http://abouttravel.ch/reisebranche/transport-luft-land/helvetic-airways-fliegt-fur-lufthansa/
  7. ^ "2011 startet Helvetic auch von Bern-Belp aus".
  8. ^ Higgins, Andrew (18 February 2013). "Brazen Jewel Robbery at Brussels Airport Nets $50 Million in Diamonds". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  9. ^ "Helvetic Airways - Fleet information of E-190". www.helvetic.com. Helvetic Airways AG. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  10. ^ "A319 bekommen Niki-Beklebung".
  11. ^ INSIDE, TRAVEL. "Helvetic Airways fliegt für Lufthansa | aboutTravel". abouttravel.ch. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  12. ^ "Helvetic Airways". www.helvetic.com. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  13. ^ "Helvetic Airways - Charter / Teilcharter Flüge". www.helvetic.com. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  14. ^ a b "Helvetic Airways Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  15. ^ "Helvetic Airways Flotte - ZRH-Spotter".
  16. ^ "Helvetic Airways". www.helvetic.com. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  17. ^ "Helvetic Airways". www.helvetic.com. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 

External links[edit]

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