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SWISS ups capacity and comfort

From 26 October 2008 SWISS will begin operating its thrice-daily service between Manchester and Zurich with an Airbus A319, replacing the route’s current 100-seater Fokker operation. The A319s are 124-seater aircraft, representing a 24 per cent increase in seats on this route.

Treats for SWISS passengers from top Fribourg chef

SWISS will be treating its guests to delicacies from the canton of Fribourg. Pierre-André Ayer, chef at the award-winning Le Pérolles restaurant, has designed menus for First and Business Class passengers as part of the SWISS catering concept "SWISS Taste of Switzerland". The creations of the chef from Fribourg will be available on SWISS flights until the end of November.

SWISS names Airbus ‘Locarno’ during town’s film festival

A SWISS aircraft now bears the name ‘Locarno’. The plane – Airbus A320 HB-IJQ – was symbolically named at a ceremony held in the town during this year’s International Film Festival. The naming was performed by town mayor Carla Speziali, in the presence of festival president Marco Solari, SWISS CEO Christoph Franz, numerous invitees and media representatives.

SWISS adjusts fuel surcharges again

The prices of crude oil and jet fuel have seen further steep rises to new record levels over the last few weeks. A number of major European airlines have already increased their fuel surcharges in the light of these developments.

15th SWISS Airbus A340 takes off

SWISS adds its 15th Airbus A340 to its long-haul fleet this month. The aircraft, which bears the registration HB-JMN, took off for Johannesburg for its inaugural flight. The entry-into-service of this latest A340 concludes the expansion of the SWISS Airbus fleet that was embarked upon in November 2006.

More flights in SWISS’ winter schedules

SWISS will be further expanding its services in Europe with the start of the new winter schedules on October 26, to the benefit of travellers to and from London City, Istanbul, Valencia and Budapest. SWISS will also be operating Airbus A340 equipment on its Zurich-Dubai-Muscat route from mid-December onwards.

SWISS acquires Servair to operate as Swiss Private Aviation

SWISS acquired Zurich-based Servair Private Charter AG this month, July 17. Servair will henceforth be operated as Swiss Private Aviation AG, a fully-owned subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines AG. The new acquisition should establish the SWISS Group in the business aviation sector and provide a platform for operating the Lufthansa Private Jet fleet.

SWISS names Airbus A320 ‘Kloten’

SWISS Airbus A320 HB-IJS was formally named ‘Kloten’ at Zurich Airport on July 23rd. The naming ceremony was co-conducted by SWISS CEO Christoph Franz and Kloten town mayor René Huber, with various members of the Kloten town and communal councils in attendance. The ceremony was held as part of the weekend’s ‘Terrassenfest’ event at Zurich Airport, to the delight of both invitees and other visitors from throughout Switzerland and abroad.

SWISS to acquire Edelweiss Air

SWISS will formally acquire Edelweiss Air on November 1, and with the new subsidiary’s Management Board already appointed, SWISS has now announced the composition of the company’s three-member Board of Directors.

Record fuel prices prompt fuel surcharge adjustment at SWISS

The prices of crude oil and jet fuel have seen further steep rises to new record levels over the last few weeks. A number of major European airlines have already increased their fuel surcharges in the light of these developments. SWISS is now following suit, and is adjusting its own fuel surcharges.

SWISS joins the Lufthansa eXperts programme

SWISS will be joining Lufthansa on its dedicated travel trade programme eXperts, which now includes the newly updated co-branded website The site has been designed to improve communications with the trade and offer 24-hour day support with all the latest product and pricing information.

E-tickets now in use system-wide at SWISS

SWISS customers will be able to travel on an electronic ticket to any SWISS destination from June 1 onwards. SWISS will offer electronic tickets (e-tickets) for all its services from June 1 onwards. The extended facility should soon make paperless tickets the norm for all travellers throughout the SWISS network.

SWISS to adjust fares at the end of May

SWISS will be raising its fares slightly at the end of May. The price of a SWISS flight from Switzerland will be increased by an average of around 2.5 per cent. With the cost of crude oil having reached new record highs over the past few weeks and months and with little prospect of any easing of the situation even in the mid-to-long-term future, SWISS has decided to follow its competitors and effect a moderate increase to its fares.

SWISS takes off with top cuisine from Bern

SWISS will be offering its customers culinary delights from Bern, Switzerland’s capital, from May 28. Gregor Zimmermann, executive chef at the city’s Bellevue Palace, has concocted some innovative combinations exclusively for SWISS’s First and Business Class travellers in collaboration with foodservice provider Gate Gourmet.

SWISS sets new benchmark for comfort

SWISS sets new benchmark for comfort

SWISS is adopting a mould-breaking new seating concept for its intercontinental Business Class cabins. The new seats – the first of their kind anywhere in the world – will be gradually installed throughout the SWISS long-haul fleet from spring 2009 onwards. The new seating will give SWISS Business travellers a “bed above the clouds” which is fully reclinable and two metres long.