Helvetic Airways

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Helvetic Airways
Helvetic Airways logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
2L[1] OAW HELVETIC
Founded 2003
Hubs
Fleet size 13
Destinations 34
Parent company Helvetic Airways AG
Headquarters Kloten, Switzerland
Key people Bruno Jans, CEO
Tobias Pogorevc, CFO
Website helvetic.com

Helvetic Airways is a Swiss airline headquartered in Kloten with its fleet stationed at Zürich Airport.[2] It operates flights to destinations in Europe and Northern Africa, mainly leisure markets, but also to business destinations on its own behalf[3] as well as scheduled flights on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines as well as Lufthansa[4] 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.[5]

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.[6][7][8]

In spring 2015, Helvetic Airways began to take over seven Embraer 190s which were freed by Niki changing their fleet.[9]

Destinations[edit]

Helvetic Airways Fokker 100 in former livery
Helvetic Airways Fokker 100 in current livery

As of March 2016, Helvetic Airways serves the following destinations on its own behalf.[10] Not included are the routes served for Swiss International Air Lines as well as Lufthansa on a long-term wetlease contract.

The Netherlands
France
Cyprus
Spain
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Macedonia
Norway
Switzerland
United Kingdom

Fleet[edit]

Helvetic Airways Airbus A319-100

The Helvetic Airways fleet includes the following aircraft as of March 2016:[12]

Helvetic Airways fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Y Total
Airbus A319-100 1 138 138
Fokker 100 5 100 100 to be phased out by 2017
Embraer 190[13] 7 112 112 taken over pre-owned from Niki[9]
Total 13

Helvetic Airways previously operated McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft.

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External links[edit]

Media related to Helvetic Airways at Wikimedia Commons