SWISS becomes world’s first airline to serve London City with the Bombardier C Series

Courtesy: SWISS.

SWISS today (August 08th, 2017) became the first airline in the world to offer commercial flights with the Bombardier C Series aircraft to and from London City Airport. The advanced and innovative short- and medium-haul Bombardier CS100 will henceforth also operate SWISS’s scheduled services to and from London City.

The first commercial Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) Bombardier CS100 flight to London City Airport arrived from Zurich at 17:47 (local time London) today. The advanced and innovative CS100 will henceforth also operate of SWISS’s scheduled services between Zurich and London City. SWISS will also be deploying its Bombardier C Series aircraft on its Geneva-London City route from next summer onwards.

Additional pilot training for demanding approach

With its short runway and its steep landing approach, London City Airport makes particular demands on pilots, who are required to undergo additional training for such operations. “We have prepared our pilots down to the finest detail to perform our new scheduled Bombardier C Series flights to London City,” says Peter Koch, SWISS’s C Series Fleet Chief. “And we’re delighted that we can now offer all the many attractions of the C Series, in inflight comfort and more, on this important route.”

As well as the additional pilot training, the aircraft itself has had to be certificated to perform the steep landing approach that service to London City requires. The aircraft’s manufacturer, Bombardier of Montreal, Canada, obtained this in April of this year. “The C Series is the only commercial aircraft specifically designed for operations at challenging airports,” says Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We are very proud of its performance, and we congratulate SWISS on this first CS100 commercial flight to London City.”

London City Airport operator is also pleased at the aircraft’s arrival. “The inaugural commercial flight of the Bombardier C Series by Swiss International Air Lines is a landmark moment for London City Airport, and it is a pleasure to welcome the first passengers and crew from Zurich, following five years of preparation,” says Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer, London City Airport. “This next-generation aircraft is one of the quietest in operation, with greater fuel efficiency and longer range, setting a new standard for SWISS operations and London City.”

New comfort, operating economics and environmental benchmarks

The Bombardier C Series aircraft set new benchmarks in comfort, operating economics and environmental terms. With its low-noise-emission credentials, the C Series is also known as the “Whisperjet”. SWISS is acquiring its C Series aircraft primarily to replace its Avro RJs, which were used to commence its scheduled services to and from London City precisely 25 years ago. The last commercial SWISS Avro RJ100 flight will be from Zurich to London City and back on Monday 14 August.

Source: SWISS.

SWISS dedicates its first CS300 to Swiss Romandy

Courtesy: SWISS.

As a testimony to its commitment, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is dedicating its very first Bombardier CS300 to Swiss Romandy and its citizens. A wide-scale two-phase competition was held over a number of months. Firstly, SWISS asked the Swiss Romands: “What does Swiss Romandy mean to you?” The response quote was phenomenal: more than 7,000 people answered with a slogan, a phrase or just a word. Their replies once again demonstrated the diversity and richness of Swiss Romandy. But all the answers had one thing in common: pride in the region, its nature, its inhabitants and their achievements. There was also a second question: “Who is your Swiss Romand hero?” SWISS received many testimonies inspired by very poignant personal stories, sometimes amusing but mostly moving. SWISS then chose 49 of these stories at random and their heroes’ names are each printed on one of the seats of the new aircraft.

The artist: Mathias Forbach, also known as Fichtre

The artist was truly inspired by the competition results. Mathias Forbach, also known as Fichtre, immersed himself in the replies before producing a graphic interpretation of the plethora of ideas put forward on this beautiful region. He says of the project: “Every artist’s goal is to broadcast their art and give it wings … what better way to do that than on an aeroplane!”

A special livery for the first SWISS CS300

Courtesy: SWISS.

“The Swiss Romands’ aeroplane”, the CS300, will wear its new colours for the next 12 months. No less than 300 square metres of special film were printed and carefully applied to the plane in a 36-hour-long process. The aircraft will be based in Geneva and will serve 27 destinations including Palma (in summer), St. Petersburg (in winter) and Dublin (all year round).

SWISS renews its Geneva fleet

The CS300 has 145 seats, 20 more than the CS100. By the end of 2018, the SWISS short-haul fleet in Geneva will consist exclusively of Bombardier C Series. In total, the company plans to add one CS100 and seven CS300s to replace (amongst others) the seven Airbus A320-family aircraft currently stationed at Cointrin airport. SWISS is thus reaffirming its commitment to the Geneva site and Swiss Romandy as a whole.

Source: SWISS.

Boeing, SWISS confirm additional order for 777-300ER

Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) today (October 26th, 2016) confirmed a new order for one 777-300ER (Extended Range), valued at $339.6 million at list prices. The Swiss airline had previously ordered nine 777s and taken delivery of six this year as it continues to establish the 777-300ER as its flagship.

“The 777-300ER will be the backbone of our long-haul fleet for many years to come,” said Peter Wojahn, Chief Technical Officer, Swiss International Air Lines. “As one of the largest operators of the 777-300ER in Europe we can offer our passengers unrivalled frequency and passenger comfort to a number of intercontinental markets thanks to this super-efficient long-haul aircraft.”

The 777-300ER is the most fuel and cost-efficient airplane in its class as well as the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane.

“We value the continued confidence SWISS places in the 777 program and are honored that the 777-300ER will continue to play a prominent role in the airline’s expansion plans,” said Monty Oliver, Vice President, European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The 777-300ER has consistently won many accolades including “Best Aircraft Type” based on passenger preference polls, “Best in Class” based on fuel burn, passenger load cost and performance and “Best Residual Value for a Twin Aisle Airplane” among others.

Source: Boeing.

Lufthansa Group to serve new holiday destinations over winter

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The airlines in the Lufthansa group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines – will be even a more attractive option for winter holidaymakers and business travellers this winter. As always, passengers can rely on the high standard of service, quality and reliability of the Lufthansa Group.

In the forthcoming 2016/2017 winter flight timetable, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group will offer its customers precisely 19,838 flights each week around the world. This winter, the Lufthansa Group airlines will link 255 destinations in 101 countries via its hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, but also via many point-to-point routes. These services will be supplemented by more than 18,000 code-sharing flights with some 30 partner airlines, offering passengers a network which almost spans the globe. The winter flight timetables for the individual Group airlines apply from Sunday, 30 October 2016 to Saturday, 25 March 2017.

Key news from the Lufthansa group airlines:

Lufthansa

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa lists a total of 194 destinations in its winter flight timetable and offers approximately 9,668 flights a week. There is some good news for travellers who love South Africa: Lufthansa is adding a service from Frankfurt to Cape Town (South Africa) to its flight timetable again this winter.  Starting on 2 December 2016, a Lufthansa aircraft will take off from Frankfurt every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday bound for the port city near Table Mountain. This year-round service expands the Lufthansa Group’s multi-hub portfolio and perfectly complements the seasonal service previously operated out of Munich and Zurich in conjunction with Edelweiss.

Flights will also run to San Jose (USA) in Silicon Valley over winter, along with the attractive dream destinations of Mauritius, Malé (Maldives) and Cancún (Mexico). Lufthansa has significantly increased the number of connections to Nairobi (Kenya), Dallas (USA) and Poona (India).

Funchal (Madeira) is being added to the European programme, with a once-weekly flight to the city commencing on 29 October 2016. Thanks to mild weather all year round, the Portuguese island primarily attracts walkers during the winter season.

The list of new European destinations served out of Frankfurt also includes Tromsø (Norway) and Ivalo (Finland), with one flight to each per week. With these two new destinations and its existing twice-weekly service from Munich to Kittilä (Finland), Lufthansa will fly to three attractive tourist destinations in the far north of Europe. This region is gaining in popularity among winter sports enthusiasts and holidaymakers keen to see the northern lights. The summer destination of Tirana (Albania) will remain on the winter flight timetable, with daily flights to the city from Frankfurt. There will be an increase in the number of connections from Frankfurt to Friedrichshafen and Wrocław (Poland) over winter.

A new year-round service to Marrakesh (Morocco) will be offered out of Munich. Lufthansa will start operating this route on 30 October, taking passengers to the Moroccan city twice a week. Denver (USA) and Tehran (Iran) will be added to the winter flight timetable as new destinations and there will be more frequent services to Los Angeles, Miami (both USA) and Tel Aviv (Israel).

Debrecen (Hungary), Odessa (Ukraine) and Porto (Portugal) will remain on the timetable. Passengers will be able to fly from Munich to the Polish city of Rzeszów this winter for the first time. There will also be additional weekly services to Ancona (Italy) and Graz (Austria). Twice as many flights will run to Malta.

Austrian Airlines

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines.

In winter 2016/2017, Austrian Airlines will offer its passengers a wide range of up to 130 destinations in 56 countries. The Austrian carrier is stepping up its focus on tourist destinations over winter. For instance, a Boeing 767 will fly to the Cuban city of Havana once a week starting on 25 October. In addition, there will be direct flights from Vienna to the Maldives and Mauritius up to twice a week. The airline will offer as many as two weekly connections to Marrakesh and a once-weekly flight to Colombo in Sri Lanka in its winter flight timetable. With these additions, Austrian will address its strong seasonality and fly to an interesting range of sunny destinations in winter as well as in summer.

Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines will serve a large number of new destinations this winter. Starting on 6 March 2017, the Belgian airline will fly to the Indian metropolis of Mumbai from Brussels five times a week. The new service to Toronto (Canada), which was introduced during the last flight timetable period, will continue to run over winter.

There is good news for anyone looking to travel to Africa. The seating capacity on flights to the popular winter destinations of Banjul (Gambia) and Dakar (Senegal) will be increased and more frequent services to Entebbe (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda) will make it easier to travel to East Africa.

Compared with last winter, Brussels Airlines has significantly expanded its flight timetable, adding services from Brussels to Porto (Portugal), Naples (Italy), Belfast (Ireland), Nuremberg (Germany) and Nantes (France). On top of this, the airline is increasing its weekly flights to Lisbon (Portugal), Málaga, Tenerife (both Spain), Edinburgh (UK) and Billund (Denmark).

Eurowings

Courtesy: Lufthansa Group.

Courtesy: Lufthansa Group.

Eurowings will further add to its growing list of services from Austria in the new winter flight timetable. For the first time, Eurowings Europe aircraft will fly from the new base in Salzburg to Zurich (Switzerland) six times a week, Geneva (Switzerland) three times a week, Brussels (Belgium) four times, Paris (France) five times and Hamburg (Germany) three times a week. There will be seven flights per week to Cologne-Bonn (Germany).

A host of attractive new destinations will be served out of Vienna this winter. Eurowings passengers will be able to fly to Málaga, Fuerteventura and Las Palmas twice a week or head to the Andalusian city of Jerez de la Frontera (all Spain) once a week. Rome and Pisa will be added to the list of destinations in Italy. Passengers looking to soak up the Egyptian sun over winter can now fly from Vienna to Marsa Alam (Egypt) once a week. A new once-weekly service will also be available to Faro (Portugal). Passengers will also be able to fly to Nuremberg (Germany) eleven times a week over winter. Thanks to the expansion of the flight timetable at the new foreign base in Vienna, passengers will be able to reach 18 destinations for the first time.

During the winter season, the long-haul programme will be expanded with a once-weekly flight from Cologne to the Cuban capital of Havana. The first winter service from Cologne to Miami (USA) and back will also be introduced. This US destination was first included in the flight timetable in summer 2016. There will be more frequent long-haul services from Cologne to Varadero (Cuba), Mauritius and Phuket (Thailand).

The destinations of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura (both Spain) and Lisbon (Portugal) will be added to the list of flights out of Düsseldorf. Passengers will be offered new services from Hamburg to Tenerife and Fuerteventura (both Spain) this winter.

In the new winter flight timetable 2016/2017, Eurowings will serve 91 destinations in 34 countries.

SWISS

Courtesy: SWISS.

Courtesy: SWISS.

In the forthcoming winter flight timetable, the new SWISS long-haul aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER, will be used for flights to Miami and San Francisco for the first time. Starting on 3 March 2017, the new flagship will also fly to Singapore every day. This service is currently run three times a week using a Boeing 777-300ER. SWISS will also step up its weekly connections to Hamburg, Berlin (both Germany), Cracow (Poland) and Belgrade (Serbia) in winter. Between 4 and 25 February 2017, SWISS will also offer a number of new scheduled flights between Zurich, Sion (Valais, Switzerland) and London City (UK) to meet the demand for attractive services catering for winter tourism. SWISS will use larger aircraft on flights to Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia), Portugal (Lisbon) and Italy (Rome, Florence) this winter.

In the new winter flight timetable 2016/2017, SWISS will serve 100 destinations in 44 countries.

In addition to this, SWISS will offer connections to holiday destinations around the world in conjunction with its partner Edelweiss during the winter season 2016/2017. More frequent flights will be offered to the Canary Islands. For the first time, there will be five flights a week to Tenerife, four to Gran Canaria and two to both Fuerteventura and Lanzarote (all Spain). Passengers will also be able to fly to Seville (Spain) twice a week over winter for the first time.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

SWISS becomes the world’s first airline to put the new Bombardier C Series into commercial service

Courtesy: SWISS.

Courtesy: SWISS.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) became the first airline in the world to operate the new Bombardier C Series today when its first CS100 aircraft took off on its first commercial flight. The new “whisperjet” left Zurich for Paris Charles de Gaulle after an appropriate inauguration ceremony at the departure gate. The new Bombardier C Series will gradually replace the present Avro RJ100s on SWISS’s short- and medium-haul routes between now and July 2017.

SWISS commenced scheduled operations with the new Bombardier C Series today when the world’s first Bombardier CS100 aircraft to be delivered to an airline departed from Zurich on flight LX 638 to Paris. The new short- and medium-haul transport, which has also been dubbed the “whisperjet” for its low noise emissions, left Zurich shortly after noon for Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Gate ceremony with Miss Switzerland 2013 Dominique Rinderknecht

The historic first Bombardier C Series flight was duly celebrated at the gate before its departure. SWISS Chief Commercial Officer Markus Binkert presented a special certificate to mark the occasion to passenger Thomas Marks Lee, the world record holder for first flights on a new aircraft type. This was followed by the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was performed together with Dominique Rinderknecht, Miss Switzerland of 2013. The CS100, which was named Kanton Zürich last week, was fully booked for its first-ever commercial flight.

“I am extremely proud that we are the first airline in the world to put this totally newly-developed aircraft into service,” said SWISS CCO Markus Binkert. “The Bombardier CS100 is a class act in every respect: comfort, economics and environmental credentials. And its service entry today ushers in a new era in short- and medium-haul air travel, for our customers in particular.”

Gradual replacement of the Avro RJ100 fleet by July 2017

Courtesy: SWISS.

Courtesy: SWISS.

SWISS has ordered 30 Bombardier C Series aircraft in all – 15 CS100s and 15 of the bigger CS300. The new aircraft will primarily replace the present SWISS Avro RJ100s between now and mid-2017. This will be followed by further C Series deliveries which will partly replace other aircraft types and partly permit some modest growth of the SWISS short- and medium-haul fleet.In addition to Paris Charles de Gaulle, Manchester, Prague and Budapest will be the first SWISS destinations to receive Bombardier CS100 service. They will be joined by Warsaw and Brussels at the end of August, and by Nice, Stuttgart, Hanover, Milan, Florence and Bucharest in September. Further points currently served with Avro RJ100 equipment will switch to C Series operation with each successive delivery. The Zurich-London City route is scheduled to change to C Series service in the first quarter of next year.

Source: SWISS.

 

SWISS welcomes Star Alliance CEOs to Zurich for board meeting

Courtesy: Star Alliance.

Courtesy: Star Alliance.

Swiss International Air Lines last Friday welcomed the Chief Executives of the Star Alliance member airlines to Zurich for their annual summer meeting. The delegation arrived on an exclusive flight operated by the new Bombardier CS100 aircraft branded in the livery of its launch customer SWISS.

The airline is hosting the Alliance’s Chief Executive Board Meeting as part of its celebrations to mark 10 years since it joined Star Alliance in April 2006.

“We are very pleased to be welcoming our fellow Chief Executive Board members to Zurich in this special year – having flown on a very special aircraft – the Bombardier C Series – for which SWISS is the launch customer, said Thomas Klühr, CEO SWISS. “Today (last Friday) we announce that we will convert five of our CS100 orders – numbers 21 to 25 – into CS300s. We will decide at a later stage whether we will make additional conversions”, Klühr added.

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Courtesy: Bombardier.

The flight to Zurich was the first ever passenger flight with the new Bombardier C Series. SWISS will take delivery of the first Bombardier CS100 this month and the aircraft is will enter service in mid-July this year. The special flight brought the Alliance’s top executives from Dublin, Ireland, where they were gathered for IATA’s Annual General Meeting and where the aircraft could be seen on static display.

“Along with our friends at Star Alliance we were able to offer their member airlines a unique opportunity to aboard the CS100 aircraft from Dublin to Zurich,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “As we approach first delivery and entry-into-service with launch operator SWISS, it was our pleasure to offer this chance to experience first-hand the C Series aircraft’s cabin with its widest aisle, widest seats and largest bins.”

The Star Alliance Chief Executive Board is the 28-member airline group`s top strategic and decision-making body. It typically meets twice per year, once in summer and a second tome close to the year-end. Meetings may be hosted by a member airline or be held in other strategically important locations.

Source: Star Alliance.

SWISS receives its fourth Boeing 777-300ER

Courtesy: SWISS / M. Guler.

Courtesy: SWISS / M. Guler.

Last Monday, SWISS International Airlines received its fourth Boeing 777-300ER, with tail number HB-JND. The youngest – and biggest – member of the SWISS fleet was flown directly to Zurich Kloten Airport from Boeing’s Everett Factory in the state of Washington in the USA. Commonly referred to as the “Triple Seven”, the aircraft is the largest twinjet in the world and its distinguishing features include the largest-diameter turbofan engines of any aircraft, six wheels on each main landing gear, fully circular fuselage cross-section and a blade-shaped tail cone. This aircraft received by SWISS is the 1400th Boeing 777 ever built.

SWISS is renewing its flagship fleet with the Boeing 777-300ER and these airplanes will gradually substitute the Airbus A340-300 from SWISS’ fleet. The airline configuration of the Boeing 777-300ER offers 340 seats: eight in First Class, 62 in Business Class and 270 in Economy Class. The totally newly-designed cabin interior of the new SWISS fleet flagship offers top comfort and visual appeal in all three classes.

Boeing 777 passengers will also enjoy wireless internet connectivity aloft, the first time this has been offered on SWISS flights. The new “SWISS Connect” internet option offers a choice of three data packages costing between CHF 9 and CHF 39 to meet customers’ varying internet needs. SWISS First Class travelers will be offered a 50 MB package on each flight free of charge. As a further part of its new onboard internet facility, SWISS will also be offering an in-flight phoning option (including SMS text messages and data transmission) using roaming technology for a trial one-year period.

The 777-300ER is one of the most fuel and cost-efficient airplanes in its class and is the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world with an on-time departure rate of 99.5 percent. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane in service.

First international destinations of SWISS new flagship is below:

Destination Date
Hong Kong Since April 10th, 2016 (daily since May 09th, 2016)
Los Angeles Daily from June 10th, 2016
Bangkok Daily from July 15th, 2016
Sao Paulo Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from August 1st, 2016
Singapore Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays from September 02nd, 2016
Miami Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 30 October 30th, 2016
Montreal Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from August 29th, 2016 to October 28th, 2016
San Francisco Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from February 16th, 2017