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Swiss flew the Swiss squad to Russia for the World Cup

Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A321-212 WL HB-ION (msn 5567) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 938350.

Swiss International Air Lines has made this announcement:

As official airline of the Swiss Football Association, Swiss flew the men’s Swiss national soccer squad to the World Cup in Russia. Swiss soccer fans can also take advantage of a special charter flight to Rostov during the tournament, and of increased capacities to Moscow. And selected flights within Europe will feature culinary creations by the Swiss squad’s chef during the World Cup competition.

Swiss International Air Lines  flew the men’s Swiss national soccer squad to Samara in Southwest Russia, where the squad will be based for the coming World Cup tournament, starting on Monday June 11. The special flight to Samara Airport was operated with an Airbus A321 (above). Swiss will also be flying the Switzerland squad back home from Russia after the event.

Fan charter and more capacity to Moscow

Swiss will also be offering Swiss soccer fans numerous opportunities to go and experience the coming Russia World Cup. On behalf of TRAVELclub, the official tour operator of the Swiss Football Association, Swiss will be providing a charter flight to Rostov on Sunday June 17 for Switzerland’s first group game against Brazil. Swiss will also be increasing its capacities to Moscow during the World Cup tournament, including operating its flagship Boeing 777-300ER (below) on the route on selected days.

Swiss' first Boeing 777-300 ER - Faces of Swiss

Above Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-3DE ER HB-JNA (msn 44582) (Faces of SWISS – images of employees) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942356.

Players’ favorite meals on board

In a further special feature for the World Cup event, Swiss is offering passengers the chance to sample the food which the national team’s players will be eating during the tournament. From mid-June to mid-July, culinary creations by long-serving team chef Emil Bolli will be served to both Business and Economy Class travellers on selected European flights. Emil Bolli has created four starters, eight main courses and eight desserts for Swiss, based on the meal plan of the Swiss soccer squad.

Top Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A321-212 WL HB-ION (msn 5567) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 938350.

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Swiss orders two additional Boeing 777-300ERs

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Swiss International Air Lines has ordered two additional Boeing 777-300ERs to take its long-haul fleet to a total of 31 aircraft.

The aircraft are expected to go into operation in early 2020 and will be used to extend the route network.

Swiss already operates ten Boeing 777-300ERs.

A decision will be made on the routes to be served by the two new aircraft within the next year.

Following the commissioning of the two new aircraft, the Swiss long-haul fleet will comprise a total of 12 Boeing 777-300ERs, five Airbus A340-300s and 14 Airbus A330-300s.

Swiss International Air Lines serves over 100 destinations in 43 countries worldwide from Zurich and Geneva and carrying some 17 million passengers a year with its 90-aircraft fleet. Swiss is part of the Lufthansa Group, and is also a member of Star Alliance, the world’s biggest airline grouping.

Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-3DE ER HB-JNF (msn 44587) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104596.

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Swiss and Etihad to codeshare on the Zurich – Abu Dhabi route

Etihad's first Boeing 787-9, delivered December 31, 2014

Swiss International Air Lines and Etihad Airways are teaming up to offer passengers new codeshare connections in expansion of global route networks.

Swiss passengers may now book flights from Zurich to Abu Dhabi via Swiss (first flight on March 26, 2018). Swiss transfer passengers may fly into Zurich aboard a Swiss flight, then continue on to Abu Dhabi aboard an Etihad Airways flight operated under a Swiss flight number. Luggage may be checked in at the point of departure for collection at the final destination.

On the Zurich-Geneva route, a codeshare arrangement will also allow Etihad Airways’ customers to continue direct to Geneva via the Zurich hub.

The new codeshare flights form part of the cooperation concluded between the Lufthansa Group and the Etihad Aviation Group in December 2016.

Top Copyright Photo: Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLA (msn 39646) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 926629.

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Swiss opens its new Zurich First Class Lounge

The new Swiss First Lounge A at Zurich Airport will open its doors on Monday, March 5.

The 650-square-meter lounge features check-in facilities, its own security checkpoint, an à la carte restaurant and a barista bar serving a wide range of Swiss grappas and further fruit brandies. Swiss will also be introducing an exclusive new chauffeur service in Zurich this summer for its inbound First Class guests.

Swiss International Air Lines will be offering its First Class travellers and HON Circle Members of the Lufthansa Group an exclusive new Swiss First Lounge in Zurich Airport’s Terminal A from next Monday onwards. The new lounge, which is accessible via an escalator from the Terminal A departure concourse, enables guests to check in simply and conveniently at the welcome desk, hand in their registered baggage and then pass through a dedicated security checkpoint. Travellers departing in winter for warmer climes can also deposit their coat free of charge in a lockable wardrobe facility.

A wide range of work and rest options

The new 650-square-meter lounge has been designed in the style of the existing Swiss First Lounge in the airport’s Terminal E, and offers lounge suites, a lounge club with inviting leather sofas, a business zone and a meeting room with a view of the apron area. Further facilities include a relaxation room with two loungers, and a smokers’ lounge with its own outside section and a choice of fine whiskies. With its bright oiled-oak parquet floor, its Jura limestone walls and its elegant furnishings by Swiss designers such as Vitra and de Sede, the new lounge exudes an ambience of refined exclusivity.

Culinary variety and an extensive barista bar with Swiss products

The centerpiece of the new Swiss First Lounge A is its extensive barista bar, at which guests can sample various speciality coffees and choose from over 100 Swiss grappas and further fruit brandies. On the culinary front, the new lounge offers both an à la carte restaurant and a front cooking option. So every guest is free to decide whether they wish to be served their food and drinks or prefer to help themselves.

The new Swiss First Lounge A is primarily intended for guests who wish to enjoy their time at the airport before their short-haul flight. Travellers to long-haul destinations will be taken directly by limousine from Lounge A to the Swiss First Lounge in Terminal E, which is the departure point for long-haul flights. The new Swiss First Lounge A is available to all Swiss First Class guests and HON Circle Members of the Lufthansa Group. The lounge will be open daily from 05:30 to 22:30.

An exclusive chauffeur service for Swiss First customers arriving in Zurich

Swiss will also be offering an exclusive new service this summer to its First Class customers arriving in Terminal E, in Terminal B or at a remote aircraft stand. The new chauffeur service will collect the customer from the aircraft door and take them directly to the relevant passport or security control in Terminal A or B.

Photos: Swiss.

FL Technics lands two new clients from Lufthansa Group: Germanwings and Swiss International Air Lines

FL Technics (Vilnius), a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, has announced signing agreements with two Lufthansa Group carriers – Germanwings and Swiss International Air Lines.

FL Technics has signed a contract with Germanwings for the provision of base maintenance services. The contract with the European carrier is an anticipated result after having launched new base maintenance management practice bringing FL Technics production services to the next quality level. The first 3 out of 5 aircraft have already landed for C- and D-checks.

Germanwings GmbH is a German low-cost airline based in Cologne. The carrier operates a fleet of 45 Airbus A319/320 aircraft. It is a subsidiary of Lufthansa Group.

Another prominent Lufthansa Group carrier to have recently signed a cooperation agreement with FL Technics is Swiss International Air Lines. The 5-year-long agreement covers base maintenance, engineering and DOA services. Its first aircraft has already arrived at FL Technics for a window frame replacement.

Photos: FL Technics.

Swiss to add new destinations in Summer 2018

"Swiss Romandy" special livery

Swiss International Air Lines is to further expand its route network in its 2018 summer schedules with attractive new destinations served from Zurich. New flights will be introduced to the French cities of Bordeaux and Marseille; service will be resumed to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine; and Swiss will also offer summer service for the first time to Wroclaw in Southern Poland.

Swiss International Air Lines will offer travellers from Zurich services to four attractive new destinations in its 2018 summer schedules.

New flights to Bordeaux, Marseille, Kiev and Wroclaw

Swiss will offer 12 weekly services to Bordeaux in Southwest France from the end of next March onwards. The first such flight will operate on March 26, 2018. The new services will consist of two daily flights on Mondays to Fridays and single daily Saturday and Sunday flights. Bordeaux lies in a popular tourist region that is famed for both its wines and its extensive cultural attractions. The region is important in economic terms, too, and has become particularly prominent in recent years in the field of future technologies such as molecular sciences and space research.

Swiss will also be introducing a new thrice-weekly service between Zurich and Marseille on 21 April 2018. The flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Mediterranean port city is the gateway to Provence, one of Europe’s most attractive and popular holiday regions, and is also the starting point for many cruise vacations.

Nonstop Swiss services to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev will resume on 26 March 2018. SWISS withdrew its previous Zurich-Kiev flights in October 2014. The new service will consist of four weekly flights operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The new thrice-weekly service to Wroclaw in Southern Poland which will commence with the start of the 2017/18 winter schedules will also be continued in the 2018 summer timetable period. The service, which will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, is being introduced in response to strong demand from the growing Swiss-Polish business community.

Swiss’ new 2018 summer destinations from Zurich will be served using various aircraft types including its new Bombardier CS100s and CS300s.

Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Bombardier CS300 (BD-500-1A11) HB-JCA (msn 55010) (Swiss Romandy) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 939552.