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Swiss adds Ljubljana to its route network

Swiss International Air Lines has made this announcement:

From October 16, 2019 onwards, Swiss will be offering a new service to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, departing from its hub at Zurich Airport. There will be five connections a week initially, with a daily flight from October 27, 2019.
The new route will initially be operated by Helvetic Airways. With the rollout of the winter schedule on October 27, 2019 Swiss will fly to the new destination once a day from Zurich on an alternate basis with its wet lease partner, Helvetic Airways.
Prior to discontinuation of flight operations by Adria Airways, Swiss passengers were able to travel to from Zurich to Ljubljana thanks to a codeshare agreement.
The new flights will ensure a continuing connection.
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Helvetic Airways sells its fleet of Fokker 100 aircraft

Type Retired: June 14, 2019 (flight 2L 100 with HB-JVG)

Helvetic Airways has announced the sale of its remaining fleet of Fokker 100 aircraft and the entirety of Helvetic’s spare engines, spare parts and tooling to Alliance Aviation Services Limited, of Australia, the world’s largest operator of Fokker aircraft.


Following the negotiations conducted in recent weeks, the conclusion of the sale puts a final end to the phasing-out project of the Fokker fleet of the Swiss company.

Helvetic Airways currently now operates a standardized fleet of eleven Embraer E190-E1 aircraft.

From this autumn onwards, these will be supplemented by the first of twelve new Embraer E190-E2s.

As previously reported, the airline operated its last Fokker 100 revenue flight on June 14, 2019 with HB-JVG.

Top Copyright Photo: Helvetic Airways Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 HB-JVG (msn 11478) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 907302.

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Helvetic Airways retires its last Fokker 100

Helvetic Airways made this announcement:

After more than 15 years of service with the type, Helvetic Airways officially withdrew its last Fokker 100 on June 14. Just prior to its withdrawal, aircraft HB-JVG performed an exclusive scenic flight around Switzerland before making its final landing at Zurich Airport in Helvetic service.

Following some commemorative activities at the departure gate, special flight 2L 100 departed for its farewell tour of Switzerland carrying several media representatives, Helvetic Airways employees and selected guests.

On landing, the aircraft was also treated to a water salute by the airport fire service.

Photos: Nicolas Bruni / Tis Meyer

Swiss and Helvetic Airways expand their collaboration

Swiss International Air Lines is to expand its partnership with Helvetic Airways, and will deploy up to eight Helvetic Airways Embraer E190-E2 aircraft (above) or similar equipment on its route network from 2019 onwards under wet-lease (i.e. the lease-in of aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) arrangements.

The expanded collaboration reconfirms the high quality of Helvetic Airways’ services and its premium partner credentials. It will also provide greater planning security and ensure the optimum utilization of the Helvetic Airways fleet.

Four Embraer E190s of Helvetic Airways are currently in service for Swiss. The aircraft are deployed on Swiss flights to over 40 European destinations.

Helvetic Airways AG currently operates a fleet of seven Embraer E190 and five Fokker 100 aircraft. The latter will be withdrawn next year and replaced with further Embraer equipment. The new Embraer E190-E2 aircraft will enter service from September 2019 onwards. Four of the company’s Embraer E190s are presently operated on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines under a long-term ACMI lease agreement. The remaining aircraft in the Helvetic Airways fleet are operated under other ACMI leases or perform the company’s own scheduled and charter flights.

All photos by Helvetic Airways).

Helvetic Airways firms up its order for 12 Embraer E190-E2 jets

Embraer and Helvetic Airways have signed a contract for a firm order of 12 E190-E2 jets.

This agreement was announced as a Letter of Intent (LOI) at the recent Farnborough Air Show, in July.

The firm order has a value of $730 million, based on current list prices, and will be included in Embraer’s 2018 third-quarter backlog. The contract also includes purchase rights for a further 12 E190-E2, with conversion rights to the E195-E2, bringing the total potential order up to 24 E-Jets E2s.

With all the purchase rights being exercised, the deal has a list price of $1.5 billion. The announcement was made by the two companies during the Zurich debut of the E190-E2, the world’s most efficient and quietest single-aisle aircraft, as part of its tour of Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The first 12 E190-E2 aircraft will begin replacing Helvetic’s five Fokker 100s and seven E190s, starting in late 2019 and completing in autumn 2021.

The purchase options for a further 12 aircraft (E190-E2 or E195-E2) will enable Helvetic Airways to grow according to market opportunities. Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft.

Image: Embraer.

Embraer, Helvetic Airways sign Letter of Intent for up to 24 E2s

Embraer announced today at the Farnborough Air Show that Zurich based Helvetic Airways has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for 12 E190-E2 and purchase rights for a further 12, with conversion rights to the E195-E2. If all purchase rights are exercised, the deal has a list price of USD 1.5 billion. The order will be included in Embraer’s backlog as soon as it becomes firm, which will happen in the coming months.

The first 12 E190-E2 aircraft will begin replacing Helvetic’s five Fokker 100s and seven E190s, starting in late 2019 and completing in autumn 2021. The purchase options for a further 12 aircraft (E190-E2 or E195-E2) will enable Helvetic Airways to grow according to market opportunities.

Helvetic’s plans to operate to London City Airport in the future received a further boost last week (13th July) when the E2 made its debut at the airport located in the city of London.

Image: Embraer.

Helvetic Airways starts operating two Fokker 100s from Munich for Lufthansa

Helvetic Airways started operating two Fokker 100s (HB-JVF and HB-JVG above) today (March 25) with the start of the summer schedule for Lufthansa at the Munich hub. The wet leases will be for the summer season.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf.

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