Swiss Global Air Lines

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Swiss Global Air Lines
Swiss International Air Lines Logo 2011.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
-[1] SWU EUROSWISS
Founded 2005
Hubs Zurich Airport
Frequent-flyer program Miles & More
Alliance Star Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size 17
Destinations 36
Parent company Lufthansa Group
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.

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 31 May 2015 which means that Swiss Global Air Lines shut down their focus city operations there[9] and subsequently concentrated 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] A further 3 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft were ordered in 2015, bringing the commitment up to 9 aircraft.[11] 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.[12] The rights have been granted by June 2015 and will be first used for flights to New York City from 2016.[13]

At the 2015 Paris Air Show, the airline announced to switch 10 of its 30 orders for the Bombardier CS100 to the larger CS300.[14]

On 2 August 2015 the first Avro RJ100 HB-IXW was pushed out. The second airplane, HB-IXX, was withdrawn from use on 28 September 2015.[15]

SWISS received its first Boeing 777-300ER, HB-JNA in 29th January 2016 when the aircraft arrived in Zurich Airport from Everett. From the start of February the airlines has done a lot of go around in Palma de Mallorca for cockpit training. HB-JNA did its first commercial flight on 8th February 2016 and the airlines has decided to use the aircraft for cockpit training in European routes, like Barcelona, Geneva, Frankfurt and other destinations.

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

Swiss Global Air Lines Avro RJ100

The Swiss Global Air Lines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of January 2016:[16]

Swiss Global Air Lines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Options Passengers Notes
Avro RJ100
16
97
To be replaced by Bombardier CS100/300
Boeing 777-300ER
1
8
340
To be wet-leased[12] to Swiss International Air Lines,[10][17]
First delivered on 29 January 2016.
Bombardier CS100
20
30
121[18]
Swiss Global Air Lines is the CS100 launch customer;[14]
First to be delivered in late May 2016.
Bombardier CS300
10
145[19]
10 orders changed from CS100s to CS300s at the 2015 Paris Air Show[14]
Total 17 38 30

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. 6 October 2010. 
  9. ^ 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. ^ "Swiss Global Air Lines". Airliner World: 7. July 2015. 
  12. ^ a b http://www.austrianaviation.net/news-international/news-detail/datum/2015/04/13/swiss-global-us-rechte-beantragt.html
  13. ^ http://ch-aviation.com/portal/news/38108-swiss-global-secures-us-traffic-rights-facp
  14. ^ a b c http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/38130-swiss-converts-ten-cs100-orders-into-cs300s
  15. ^ https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/British-Aerospace/BAe-146/E3262/HB-IXX-Swiss
  16. ^ "Swiss Global Air Lines Fleet". bazl.admin.ch. Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ http://www.aero.de/news-21125/Swiss-meldet-Boeing-777-300ER-bei-Regionaltochter-an.html
  18. ^ "Swiss fleet Bombardie CSeries 100". 
  19. ^ http://www.aerotelegraph.com/bombardier-statt-airbus-cs300-c-series-soll-swiss-a319-ersetzen

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