Helvetic Airways will serve Kos, Heraklion and Palma de Mallorca in this year’s peak summer season, in collaboration with tour operators Hotelplan Suisse and Universal. Flights will operate from Zurich and Bern between July and October.
The air transport sector remains severely affected by the present pandemic. Slow progress on the vaccination front, continued travel restrictions in Europe and a lack of clarity over the short – and medium-term future are not only delaying a return to normality, but are hindering airlines’ efforts to provide reliable flight programs. Despite the challenges, however, Helvetic Airways has teamed up with tour operator partners Hotelplan Suisse and Universal to offer an attractive selection of air services to Mediterranean leisure destinations for the summer months.
Focus on Greece and Spain
The Greek island of Kos will receive weekly Saturday charter flights from Zurich. The third biggest island in the Dodecanese Archipelago, Kos is famed for its villages, mountains, ancient ruins and magnificent beaches. Summer Saturday flights will also be offered to a second Greek destination: Heraklion. The capital of Crete, which is particularly renowned for i ts delightful Old Town, will be served from both Zurich and Bern.
Mallorca, one of Europe’s most popular vacation destinations, will be served every Sunday by Helvetic Airways over the summer months. Anyone seeking sun, sand, culture and good food will be well at home in Palma and its surrounds. Flights to this largest of the Balearic Islands will be offered from Zurich and Bern.
The services will be operated with Helvetic Airways’ Embraer E190-E2 aircraft. With its impressive low-noise and ecofriendly credentials, this state-of-the-art 110-seat twinjet is the flagship of the Helvetic Airways fleet.
2021 summer schedules (all times local)*
|2L 7310||10. July 21||23. October 21||Saturdays||ZRH||08:40||KGS||12:40|
|2L 7311||10. July 21||23. October 21||Saturdays||KGS||13:25||ZRH||15:55|
|2L 7300||10. July 21||23. October 21||Saturdays||ZRH||07:30||HER||11:20|
|2L 5301||10. July 21||23. October 21||Saturdays||HER||12:05||BRN||14:10|
|2L 5300||10. July 21||23. October 21||Saturdays||BRN||14:50||HER||18:35|
|2L 7301||10. July 21||23. October 21||Saturdays||HER||19:20||ZRH||21:30|
|2L 24||11. July 21||17. October 21||Sundays||ZRH||09:00||PMI||10:45|
|2L 23||11. July 21||17. October 21||Sundays||PMI||11:30||BRN||13:10|
|2L 22||11. July 21||17. October 21||Sundays||BRN||13:55||PMI||15:50|
|2L 25||11. July 21||17. October 21||Sundays||PMI||16:35||ZRH||18:25|
* subject to change
In other news, Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) has put an Embraer E190-E2 full flight simulator into operation at its Zurich training location.
This has created the best conditions for LAT to expand its partnership with Helvetic Airways and other customers with a complete onsite solution for the training of flight and cabin crews. The simulator is operated by LAT Switzerland AG in cooperation with Flight Safety International (FSI) from Tulsa/Oklahoma. This includes the provision of the equipment by FSI and the provision of the training service by LAT Switzerland for a full flight simulator, a procedure trainer and an advanced doortrainer.
As part of Helvetic Airways’ current fleet renewal, the Embraer E190-E2 aircraft type plays a central role. With its new, more aerodynamic design and latest-generation engines, the E2 consumes significantly less kerosene. Fuel consumption per seat is around 17 percent lower. Compared with its predecessor, the E1, the E2 emits 3,600 metric tons less carbon dioxide per year. The new wings and engines also significantly reduce noise levels in the cabin.
Eight E2 aircraft have now entered service with Helvetic Airways. Four more will follow by the end of the summer. Together with four remaining E1 aircraft, Helvetic Airways’ fleet will then comprise a total of 16 Embraer aircraft. Most recently, the Embraer E1 type replaced the Fokker 100 aircraft and has since already contributed to a 20% fuel saving per route.
The cooperation with Lufthansa Aviation Training in pilot training dates back to the integration of the Embraer E190 at Helvetic Airways in 2014. It includes an average of 1,500 hours of simulator time per year as well as the rental of training equipment in the area of so-called Emergency and Safety Equipment Training (ESET).
Top Copyright Photo: Helvetic Airways Embaer ERJ 190-E2 (ERJ 190-300 STD) HB-AZC (msn 19020030) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 949465.
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