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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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Swiss brings the Olympic Flame to Switzerland for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne

Swiss International Air lines has made this announcement:

The city of Lausanne, Switzerland will host the Winter Youth Olympic Games in January 2020. Swiss had the privilege of transporting the Olympic Flame from Athens to Geneva.
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) carried the Olympic Flame for Lausanne 2020 on its flight from Athens to Geneva, following the Flame’s lighting ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Athens yesterday (17 September). The Olympic Flame has thus returned to Switzerland for the first time since the Winter Olympics were held in St. Moritz in 1948.
The Olympic Flame was accompanied on Swiss flight LX 1823 from Athens to Geneva today by Virginie Faivre, the President of the Lausanne 2020 Organizing Committee, and members of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games delegation. Also on board was Lorenzo Stoll, SWISS’s Head of Western Switzerland. “As The Airline of Switzerland,” he said, “we are proud to support this exceptional event, and to serve as the first carrier of the Olympic Flame on its journey from Greece to Lausanne.”
The Olympic Flame’s arrival on Swiss soil was formally marked with an airside ceremony which was attended by representatives from the Republic and Canton of Geneva and from the Canton of Vaud. From 21 September onwards, the Flame will be taken on a tree and a half month Torch Relay through all of Switzerland’s 26 cantons before arriving in Lausanne for the Games’ opening ceremony on the evening of 9 January 2020.
Extensive organization
The Flame’s air journey from Greece to Switzerland required extensive organization, because the Flame must traditionally remain lit at all times. The flame itself was enclosed in a lantern, but various authorizations were still required, and good coordination was vital. SWISS’s Dangerous Goods unit gathered all the necessary information, such as the type of liquid used to keep the flame lit aloft and the type of gas which was being transported in the aircraft’s hold to keep it alight within the torch upon its arrival in Switzerland. The entire operation was also approved by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation. Swiss WorldCargo was then enlisted to ensure the loading of all the items required; and the crew of the flight were also fully briefed about their unusual cargo.
Spreading the Olympic message
The Youth Olympic Games enable young people aged 15 to 18 to compete internationally at the highest level in a range of Olympic disciplines, combining performance, culture and education in a genuine sporting festival. SWISS is proud to be the official carrier of the Olympic Flame and to support  this event, which encourages its participants to adopt and live by sport’s positive values – self-esteem, respect for others, care for the environment, friendship among peoples and cultures, performance and commitment – and to serve as ambassadors thereof all over the world.
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Swiss reports a first half earnings decline

Delivered on May 30, 2016

Swiss International Air Lines reported its financial results for the first half of 2019:

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) achieved adjusted earnings before interest and taxes of CHF 245 million for the first six months of 2019, a 24-per-cent decline on the prior-year period (first half of 2018: CHF 322 million1)). Total revenues for the period were broadly in line with last year’s level at CHF 2.58 billion. First-half earnings were substantially reduced by higher expenditure on fuel. Maintenance costs also increased over their 2018 levels as the recent additions to the aircraft fleet became due for the first of their periodic C Check maintenance visits. Overcapacities in Europe put sizeable pressure on fares, with a resulting fall in unit revenues; and the first-half earnings result was also affected by a lasting decline in demand in the cargo segment, especially on Far East routes.
“While our first-half earnings for 2019 fell short of the record levels we achieved last year, we can still be satisfied with this Adjusted EBIT result, especially in view of the challenging market situation,” says SWISS CFO Michael Niggemann. “We had already factored in the higher fuel and maintenance costs, so this first-half earnings trend is in line with our expectations.”

A strong second quarter
SWISS saw a slight easing of the revenue and earnings pressures in the second-quarter period. Operating revenue for the period was raised one per cent to CHF 1.42 billion (Q2 2018: CHF 1.40 billion). Adjusted EBIT for the period declined 10 per cent, however, to CHF 197 million (Q2 2018: CHF 218 million1)). While below the level seen in the record year of 2018, this is still the second-best second-quarter earnings result in SWISS’s history, and was buoyed among other things by enhanced production management, especially on European routes.
Full-year forecast unchanged
While the overall business parameters are expected to remain challenging, SWISS still aims to achieve a double-digit Adjusted EBIT margin for 2019 as a whole.
The company will further pursue its fleet modernization in the second half of the year, receiving the two additional Boeing 777-300ERs which were ordered in May 2018.
“Thanks to our billions in investments, we now have one of Europe’s most advanced aircraft fleets,” says SWISS CEO Thomas Klühr. “That’s not only good news for our guests: it’s good for the environment, too. Operating efficient aircraft is by far the greatest contribution that an airline can make to reducing the environmental impact of air transport activities.”
1) SWISS adopted new accounting principles at the end of 2018 in compliance with those of the Lufthansa Group. An Adjusted EBIT of CHF 224 million for the second quarter and of CHF 330 million for the first half of 2018 were previously reported in July 2018.
Top Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-3DE ER HB-JND (msn 44585) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 934573.
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Swiss to offer new service to Marsa Alam from Geneva

Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) HB-JCQ (msn 55040) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 947070.

Swiss International Air Lines has made this announcement:

Swiss International Air Lines will be expanding its range of services from Geneva in the Winter 2019/2020 timetable period by adding a new route to Marsa Alam in Egypt.
The new weekly service will be provided on Wednesdays October 16 and 23 and then every Thursday from October 31 to March 26, 2020. The flights will be operated with Airbus A220-300 aircraft.
Located on the Red Sea coast, Marsa Alam is a beach vacation destination that is particularly popular among divers. The new route further expands Swiss’ services to Egypt, which already include regular Geneva-Hurghada flights. Swiss will be the only airline serving Marsa Alam from Geneva.
Geneva-Munich and Geneva-Frankfurt services to be retained in winter schedules

 

Swiss will continue to operate its daily services from Geneva to Munich and Frankfurt in the coming winter timetable period. Munich will receive five Swiss flights from Geneva a day, while Frankfurt will receive a total of eight daily services, four operated by Swiss and four by Lufthansa.

 

Top Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) HB-JCQ (msn 55040) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 947070.

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Swiss to introduce new Premium Economy Class

Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-300 ER HB-JNH (msn 62753) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945980.

Swiss International Air Lines is to introduce a new Premium Economy Class on its long-haul aircraft fleet from spring 2021, to further strengthen its position as a premium air carrier. In a first step here, the additional travel class will be available in a 24-seat section on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

In the medium term, the new travel product will be extended to the entire Swiss long-haul fleet. For Economy Class travelers seeking more inflight comfort, the new product will offer a totally new air travel experience. Swiss will be investing some CHF 40 million in installing the new seating class on its Boeing 777 fleet.

The new product will initially be available on the company’s Boeing 777-300ERs, with each aircraft offering 24 Premium Economy seats. In the medium term, the new product should be extended to the entire Swiss long-haul fleet.

Substantially more personal space

For Economy Class travellers seeking more inflight comfort, Premium Economy will offer a totally new air travel experience. The new class of travel will feature a newly developed seat providing extensive legroom and movement. “All in all, our Premium Economy Class travellers will enjoy a substantially stronger sense of personal space,” confirms Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Swiss’ Chief Commercial Officer.In introducing the new class of travel, SWISS is responding to a growing demand for an air travel product between Economy and Business Class. The decision to offer the new seating class has also been encouraged by the positive experiences with such a product at Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines, Swiss’ sister companies within the Lufthansa Group.

Introduction in spring 2021

Swiss will embark on the cabin conversion work required in winter 2020/21, and the new Premium Economy Class product will be available from spring 2021. Swiss will be investing a total of some CHF 40 million in installing the new seating class on its Boeing 777 fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-300 ER HB-JNH (msn 62753) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945980.

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Lufthansa Group orders 40 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A350-900 aircraft, will sell 6 A380s

Lufthansa Group is consistently forging ahead with the modernization of its long-haul fleet. In today’s meeting, based on the recommendation of the Executive Board, the Supervisory Board approved the purchase of a total of 40 state-of-the-art aircraft for the group’s airlines. The 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners (above) and 20 additional Airbus A350-900 planes will primarily be replacing four-engine aircraft. The new planes will be delivered between late 2022 and 2027.

The order has a list-price investment volume of $12 billion USD. As is usual with such orders, Lufthansa Group has negotiated a significant price reduction. The parties have agreed not to disclose the actual purchase price.

“By replacing four-engine planes with new models, we are laying a sustainable foundation for our future in the long run. In addition to the cost-effectiveness of the A350 and B787, the significantly lower CO2 emissions of this new generation of long-haul aircraft was also a decisive factor in our investment decision. Our responsibility for the environment is becoming more and more important as a criterion for our decisions,” says Carsten Spohr, CEO and Chairman of Lufthansa Group.

The decision regarding which airline will deploy the aircraft at which hub will be made at a later date.

The investment in new technology, efficiency and passenger comfort is a continuation of the ongoing fleet modernization of the group’s airlines. The arilines of the Lufthansa Group currently operate a long-haul fleet of 199 aircraft (as of December 2018), including twelve state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Beginning in 2020, Lufthansa will be introducing the new Boeing 777-9.

Investment in modern, fuel-efficient and low-noise aircraft

With the Airbus A350-900, the Boeing 777-9 and the Boeing 787-9, Lufthansa Group will own the most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft of their class in terms of kerosene consumption per passenger and 100 kilometers flown. This order highlights the company’s desire to invest in cutting-edge technology in the interest of the environment. On average, the new aircraft will only consume around 2.9 liters of kerosene per passenger and 100 kilometers flown. That is 25% below what is used by predecessor aircraft, which will likewise have a positive impact on the CO2 footprint.

The Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900 aircraft that have been ordered will primarily be replacing four-engine aircraft. By the middle of the next decade, the entire long-haul fleet will have been modernized. The possible fuel savings alone add up to 500,000 metric tons per year. This is equivalent to a CO2 reduction of 1.5 million metric tons.

A consistent focus on cost

With the new, more economical aircraft, the operating cost compared to the earlier models will sink by around 20 percent. In addition to this, Lufthansa Group will be significantly reducing the diversification and complexity of its fleet over the next few years and taking seven aircraft types out of service, which will reduce cost and complexity for maintenance and the supply of replacement parts, among other things.

After the long-haul aircraft rollover, the company will be offering its customers one of the world’s most modern fleets. This will also involve a significant increase in comfort and reliability.

Sale of six Airbus A380 aircraft

In today’s session, the Lufthansa Group Executive Board also informed the Supervisory Board of the sale of six of its 14 Airbus A380 planes to Airbus. The aircraft will be leaving Lufthansa in 2022 and 2023. The parties have agreed not disclose the purchasing price. The transaction will not affect the group’s earnings performance.

Lufthansa continuously monitors the profitability of its world-wide route network. As a consequence, the group is reducing the size of its Airbus A380 fleet from 14 aircraft to eight for economic reasons. The structure of the network and the long-haul fleet, fundamentally optimized according to strategic aspects, will give the company more flexibility and at the same time increase its efficiency and competitiveness. This will of course also benefit Lufthansa’s customers.

Swiss welcomes back its first refurbished Airbus A340-300 – HB-JMH

Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A340-313 HB-JMH (msn 585) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104582.

Swiss International Air Lines announced on social media:

Welcome back HB-JMH. The first Swiss Airbus A340-300 with a totally refurbished interior in all three seating cabins took off from Zurich on March 7 on its first revenue flight to Tokyo.

The airline also issued this press releases:

The first Swiss Airbus A340-300 with a totally refurbished interior in all three seating cabins took off from Zurich on March 7 on its first revenue flight. Aircraft HB-JMH departed at 13:26 on flight LX 160 to Tokyo.
HB-JMH is the first of Swiss’ five Airbus A340-300s to be given this nose-to-tail cabin refurbishment. The aircraft are undergoing the work one after the other; and under current planning, all five A340s should be refurbished by summer of this year.
The refurbishment program entails developing and installing new First, Business and Economy Class seats, providing a new inflight entertainment system that also offers internet connectivity, installing new galleys and comprehensively modernizing the entire interior (including adopting a new lighting concept) in all three seating cabins. The refurbishment delivers further passenger benefits, too, and raises the inflight comfort aboard Swiss’ Airbus A340s to that of its Boeing 777s.
Next to Tokyo Swiss’ Airbus A340-300s are deployed on services to such destinations as Boston, Johannesburg, Shanghai and Tel Aviv. Swiss has five A340-300s in its long-haul fleet, together with 14 Airbus A330s and ten Boeing 777-300ERs. The Swiss long-haul network currently extends to 24 destinations.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Swiss): Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A340-313 HB-JMH (msn 585) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104582.
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