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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 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.
Swiss International Air Lines will operate its new long-haul aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, on services between Zurich and São Paulo in the coming 2017/18 winter schedules. Four of Swiss’ seven weekly flights to Brazil’s biggest city will
be operated with Boeing 777 equipment from February 8, 2018 onwards, while the remaining three continue to be operated with Airbus A340-300 aircraft; and one month later, on March 9, 2018 the service will become an all-Boeing 777 operation.
New winter services to Wroclaw and Niš
Swiss will also be expanding its Zurich-based European services in the 2017/18 winter schedules. Wroclaw newly joins the network, with three weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The new service is primarily intended to meet the air travel needs of the growing Swiss-Polish business community.
The service introduced this summer between Zurich and Niš (Serbia) will be continued in the winter months. The twice-weekly Friday and Sunday service is aimed mainly at the travel segment of migrant workers and their families.
Adjustments on selected European routes
Swiss will be raising its frequencies to and from some existing European destinations this winter in response to continuing high demand. As a result, Swiss customers will enjoy the choice offered by 14 additional weekly services to Düsseldorf and 21 more flights a week to Berlin. All in all, Düsseldorf will receive 34 and Berlin 57 weekly Swiss flights. Swiss’ current Zurich-Lyon service will be discontinued from October 29, 2017 as part of a broader network enhancement.
More scheduled flights between Zurich, Sion and London
Following the services’ popularity in Winter 2016/17, Swiss will again be offering UK-based winter sports tourists the possibility of flying directly between London and Sion in the coming winter timetable period.
Seasonal destinations from Geneva
Four seasonal destinations will be offered from Geneva between December 23, 2017 and March 24, 2018 in the new Swiss winter schedules: weekly services to Stockholm, Gothenburg and St. Petersburg, and a thrice-weekly service to London Gatwick Airport. Frequencies will also be increased on the existing Geneva-Moscow route to up to 12 weekly flights in peak season.
Swiss will serve 81 destinations (58 European and 23 intercontinental) in 38 countries in its 2017/18 winter schedules.
Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-3DE ER HB-JNF (msn 44587) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 934485.
Swiss International Air Lines through Swiss Global Air Lines operated its last Avro (BAe) RJ100 revenue flight on August 15, 2017 with the pictured HB-IYZ on flight LX7545 between Geneva and Zurich.
Swiss issued this statement:
Swiss International Air Lines removed the final Avro RJ100 from flight operations on August 15, 2017 after over 15 years as part of its fleet. The last of a total of 21 aircraft took off from Geneva in the morning and made its last official landing at Zurich Airport.
Immediately after landing in Zurich, the aircraft registered HB-IYZ received the traditional water fountain salute by the airport fire brigade before being officially taken out of service to loud applause from a crowd of employees and aviation fans. This special flight, operated under flight number LX7545, carried a mix of media professionals, staff and other guests.
The Avro RJ100 and its smaller version, the Avro RJ85, formed the backbone of the Swiss European fleet since the company was founded in 2002. The Avro fleet has completed over 700,000 hours in the air. During that time Swiss made over half a million flights with this British Aerospace (BAe) aircraft. With their record for excellent maintenance quality, these former Swiss aircraft remain in high demand despite their age, and will go into service with other airlines.
Copyright Photo: Swiss Global Air Lines BAe RJ100 HB-IYZ (msn E3338) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 930696.
Swiss International Air Lines on June 14, 2017 made this announcement:
As a testimony to its commitment, Swiss International Air Lines 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
“The Swiss Romands’ aeroplane”, the CS300, will wear its new colors for the next 12 months. No less than 300 square meters 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.
Biography – Mathias Forbach
Mathias Forbach (Fichtre) studied at the École Cantonale d’Art in Lausanne and graduated from there in 2005 with a Bachelor in Media & Interaction Design. He began teaching illustration at the École Cantonale d’Art in Sierre, Valais in 2009, and decided in 2012 to proceed his artistic education by following the Work.Master programme at the Haute École d’Art et de Design in Geneva. In 2014, he co-founded STADIO art gallery in Vevey with Joëlle Nicolas, Guillaume Ehinger and Jacques Duboux, and was awarded a Masters degree in Visual Arts in 2015. As a freelance graphic artist, he uses drawing and illustration as means for experimentation and research. The exhibition space is core to his approach, and he is constantly questioning and changing it. It is a multi-faceted vector, with infinite possibilities, a revival of graphic languages. The result is a “hyperarea”, a continent with undefined edges, which reminds us that visual art is limitless, as is the variation of its medium.
Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Bombardier CS300 (BD-500-1A11) HB-JCA (msn 55010) (Swiss Romandy) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 938219.
The airlines in the Lufthansa Group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines – will be an even more attractive option for holidaymakers this summer. As always, passengers can rely on the high standard of service, quality and reliability of the Lufthansa Group.
The Group continued;
In the forthcoming 2017 summer flight timetable, the airlines will offer their customers precisely 23,476 flights each week around the world. This summer, the Lufthansa Group airlines will link 308 destinations in 103 countries via their 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 summer flight timetables for the individual Group airlines apply from Sunday, March 26, 2017 until Saturday, October 28, 2017.
The main news from the Lufthansa Group airlines:
Lufthansa is adding new attractive tourist destinations to its European flight timetable for the forthcoming summer season 2017. Lufthansa flies its holiday passengers to the “best weeks of the year” with the service of a scheduled airline – whether it’s for a beach holiday, an expedition or a city break.
From the end of March 2017 for the first time, there will be three flights a week from Frankfurt to Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Bordeaux (France) is on Lufthansa’s flight plan from Frankfurt twice a week for wine fans and sun-seekers. Flights leave on Thursdays and Sundays for the metropolis on the Gironde, the economic, political and cultural capital of south-west France.
Lufthansa is offering flights to Shannon (Ireland) once a week from Frankfurt. Shannon is in County Clare, one of Ireland’s most popular holiday regions.
The program of summer destinations from Frankfurt is completed by Pula in Croatia and the Baltic resort of Heringsdorf.
Last but not least, fans of the flower island of Madeira will be happy, because Lufthansa is now offering flights to Funchal (Portugal) from Frankfurt all year round, not just in winter. And Frankfurt–Paderborn is now back in the Lufthansa flight plan, too.
Starting this summer, Lufthansa will be extending its route network from Munich to include two great new flight destinations. Beginning March 28, 2017, there will be flights six times a week from Munich to Nantes, located in the Pays de la Loire region of France. Additionally, at the beginning of the Easter holidays, on April 9, 2017, Lufthansa will, for the first time, offer flights from Bavaria‘s capital to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. From March 27, 2017 onwards, there will also be flights departing from Frankfurt every Monday, Thursday and Friday to the pilgrimage destination in Spain. This summer travelers will also have the chance to fly non-stop to Marrakech for the first time. There will be flights twice a week to the Moroccan royal city – popular with lovers of culture – departing every Friday and Sunday.
Aside from these new destinations, the summer flight schedule is also being expanded to include more flights to some already popular destinations. There will be more weekly flights to Malta, Cologne, Dublin, the Romanian city of Sibiu, Geneva, Graz and St. Petersburg.
Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 D-AIXA (msn 074) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 936200.
North America fans starting from Munich will be happy too – both the Canadian city of Montreal and Denver in the USA will be featured daily in the future flight program. There is also something special coming for Lufthansa passengers traveling to Boston – from March 14, 2017 onwards, the new Lufthansa A350-900 will be flying to this city in Massachusetts. A third A350-900 service will start to Mumbai in the second half of April. This aircraft is currently the most advanced and most environmentally-friendly long haul aircraft in the world. If you don’t want to wait until then for this amazing new flight experience, starting February 10, 2017, you can fly with the Airbus A350-900 to New Delhi. Lufthansa will be operating daily flights to the Indian capital throughout the summer.
Austrian Airlines is adding another long-haul destination in North America to its 2017 summer flight timetable. From April 10, 2017, there will be up to six flights a week with a Boeing 777-200 to the biggest city in California, Los Angeles (USA). Austrian Airlines will offer a total of up to 44 weekly non-stop flights to North America in the 2017 summer flight plan. They include up to five flights a week to Miami, up to six a week to Los Angeles and Toronto, and up to seven connections a week to Washington and Chicago. Austrian will continue to offer a total of 13 flights a week to Newark and JFK in New York. The airline will be adding a second long-haul destination to its portfolio in 2017. From October 25, 2017, there will be a nonstop flight every Wednesday from Vienna to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Austrian Airlines will offer its passengers a wide range of up to 130 destinations in total in its 2017 summer flight timetable.
Brussels Airlines is welcoming five new destinations this summer. From March 30, the Belgian airline in the Lufthansa Group will connect Brussels Airport five times a week with Mumbai (India). Several tourist destinations will be added to the short- and medium-haul route network at Brussels Airlines. Funchal (Portugal), Comiso (Italy), Rhodes (Greece) and Palma de Mallorca (Spain) will feature in the Brussels Airlines flight plan for the first time. As well as introducing new destinations, the Belgian airline is also increasing the number of flights on existing routes. Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Accra (Ghana), Lisbon, Porto (both Portugal), Alicante (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Billund (Denmark), Warsaw (Poland) and Athens (Greece) will have more frequent connections to Brussels Airport, the Brussels Airlines hub.
Eurowings will continue to expand its long-haul program from Cologne/Bonn in the forthcoming 2017 summer flight timetable. From June, passengers can fly twice a week to Las Vegas (USA). Windhoek (Namibia) is the first route to Africa to feature in the flight timetable. Another new destination from Cologne is the iconic German island of Sylt. It will be served with three flights a week, with one flight a week to the Greek island of Karpathos. Then there are the eastern European cities of Pula (Croatia) and Cracow (Poland), with two and six flights a week respectively from Düsseldorf.
For passengers who don’t want to fly far for their sun and sand, Eurowings is flying three times a week to Ibiza (Spain) and once a week to Cagliari (Sardinia) from Hanover this summer. Our passengers also have the opportunity to fly to Faro, on the Portuguese Algarve, twice a week.
Passengers can also fly from Berlin Tegel to Faro (Portugal) every Sunday and to the Greek island of Mykonos once a week.
There are also two new connections for Eurowings passengers from Stuttgart. They can fly three times a week to Pisa (Italy) and once a week to Cyprus.
Eurowings is also adding four new routes from Vienna to its summer flight timetable. There are two flights a week to Kavala in the Macedonia region of Greece and one to Lamezia Terme in Calabria. Zadar in northern Dalmatia will be served with three flights a week, with two flights a week to Santorini (Greece).
Two Airbus A320s are initially to be stationed at the new Eurowings base in Palma de Mallorca from the end of May 2017. In the summer, they will fly from Mallorca to Paderborn/Lippstadt, Münster/Osnabrück and Saarbrücken, as well as to Basel in Switzerland.
Eurowings is offering a total of 32 new routes from Munich for the first time, starting in the summer. They include six connections a week from Munich to Paris, London and Amsterdam, along with three to Naples and two to Mykonos.
Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-3DE ER HB-JNB (msn 44583) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 933436.
Swiss International Air Lines
Swiss International Air Lines will expand its capacity from Zurich and Geneva in the forthcoming summer flight timetable. From April 22, 2017, Swiss will operate new daily services from Zurich to San Francisco (USA) with the Boeing 777-300ER. Between June and October 2017, the Boeing 777-300ER will also be in service on six of the 12 weekly connections to Chicago. Swiss will add five new seasonal destinations to its summer flight plan: Bergen, Cork, Figari, Niš and Sylt. Introducing additional Bombardier CSeries aircraft in Zurich and Geneva will enable Swiss to offer its passengers even greater comfort on European routes.
Edelweiss, the sister airline of Swiss, will begin services to the Greek island of Zakynthos in the summer season.
Top Image: Lufthansa Group.