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Why Do You Love Swiss?  
User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3308 times:

SWISS needs to be loved, I know that now most people feel like cheated the way Swissair broke and this is like when in a couple one of them have an extra-marital relation. I think some of our friends in this forum feel disapointed with the colapse of Swissair and the born of SWISS. But we must agree, when you're in a international airport and you see that nice red tail with a white cross you mind is transported away and you imagine beautifull things about the country and the airline of course. In the past Swissair was a great reference to civil aviation, they operated top-technology aircraft, some they actually helped to develop like the MD80, the CV990, the DC-9, the DC-10. Swiss aviation people gave a big contribution to the safety and orientation rules for civil aviation since the beggining. Swissair was one of the only neutral airlines to actually fly during the WWII, sacrificing crews to fly people all over Europe and eventually losing some airplanes too. Swissair lost some planes in hijackings and bombs on board when they stayed neutral. It will be too bad to lose the identity of SWISS and I strongly think SWISS will wake up from this "bad dream" soon, of course some people will be angry because they want to take advantage of the weakness of SWISS now to jump over them, but knowing the swiss people and knowing the past of Swissair and people that worked there I'm sure they'll come really strong. Besides that it's always a pleasure to fly with them, and my contribute hereunder goes with all the flights I did with them:












That's why I'm a fan of SWISS!!!

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User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1621 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

They sign my paycheck.

But that will soon be finished. Then I don't really care anymore. Until then I will do my job professionally and safely.

SWISS has done a lot to alienate most of their employees. I am not sure I know anyone who is really happy to work for SWISS. They are happy to have jobs in aviation, but nobody really feels any loyalty to SWISS.

Sorry to say it, but that is the reality, at least for most employees.

User currently offlineUnique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3198 times:

To put things straight for once and forever: I never worked for Swissair nor Crossair nor do I work for Swiss! I have no direct relationship to LX except that LX is the biggest customer of my employer - the airport company.

That's the only reason why I hope LX to survive!

Endless discussions about their management, route cuts, airplanes, staff, etc. etc. Everybody might be right in what he/she says, but I sincerely hope LX to survive (and indirectly save my job).

I agree when you're saying that the airport will further exist even without LX, but if the airport is reduced to a regional airport, lots of jobs will be lost on our side, too. That's the way the cookies crumble.
I do care if LX is taken over by LH or not as the airport depends on intercontinental flights and not on flights to MUC and FRA.

I sincerely hope that the LX managers as well as the politicians take the right decision (for once).

Spread your wings! FLY!

User currently offlineJamesvf84 From Switzerland, joined Sep 2003, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3175 times:

I once had a problem while traveling and Swissair went out of their way to help. The quote, "Such a refreshing airline", certainly does not require a lot of thought as to fathom out why!

I frequently travel within Europe and have traveled to Bangkok, Tokyo, Montreal and NY and all with Swissair / Swiss. I have never had to complain.

Why change when everything is fine, I do sympathize with the employees as they seem to be on the receiving edge of this new radical pay cut and job loss. It cannot be very motivating and they do put on a brave and smiley face. Hats off to you chaps!

I will not be happy to see Swiss ground to a halt, it is just a shame that so many happy customers, content employees have been mislead and used by the few mindless greedy over ambitious ex-Swissair and present board of directors. Having said that the latter have made improvements but not all the mistakes that were made by the Swissair directors seem to have been correctly understood!

In the mean time I will continue to fly Swiss as long as possible!

User currently offlineLH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2439 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3150 times:

Well, I love Swiss becaus it goes beyond the borders of pure "people movers". I'm a very aesthetic person, I like design. So that is a very thing of Swiss, I like their style, their design, their understatement. Tyler Brulé and his Winkmedia did a great job there.


Trittst im Morgenrot daher, seh ich dich im Strahlenmeer ...
User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3133 times:

Well, my mum loved Swissair, she refused to fly anything but...

Unfortunately after Swissair went belly-up, the routes that my mum frequently uses are no more there, so she switched to LH...and was not really impressed... Big grin

I know it's only VfB but I like it!
User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3125 times:

Well, ask any user with an username starting with "Sabena" why they love Swiss.  Laugh out loud Laugh out loud


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 48
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

...or anyone who has worked with Air Lib and lost their jobs.

Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
User currently offlineRotate From Switzerland, joined Feb 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3099 times:

tyler brule got 60 mio for that..., quiet exspensive, if you ask me ......


User currently offlineStefandotde From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3091 times:

I don't LOVE Swiss. For me SWISS is nothing else but SWISSAIR without responsibility against old SR-customers.
New name and no refund of SR-tickets, no paying SR-bills.

User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4706 posts, RR: 39
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3047 times:

Sorry to sound so harsh, but to me, SWISS is only a faint shadow of the quality and worldclass airline Swissair once was.

Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineMac100 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2997 times:

What's to "love" about them? They are an average airline like many others. Still the same elitist attitude that made SR go away, though.

User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2933 times:


Thanks for your feedback. I feel that specially for SWISS they still want to see the airline going on, well at least because they recieved their money from them directly or indirectly. For germans it's interesting, some of them don't like SWISS at all but in the oposite way they want LH to bid to take SWISS, this means something, and for me is that if they take SWISS one day they'll not stop bragging saying that who saved SWISS were LH, and that is very curious and probably there are some hiden issues involved!!!

User currently offlineRey777 From France, joined Apr 2001, 170 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

Well... just ask ex-crossair people what they think of SWISS management. Sorry to say that but for me SWISS is nothing more than Swissair Hold up on Crossair.
"Hey, give us your planes, your money and get the f... out of here".
I just wonder If anyone of you know what really happened for ex-crossair employees...


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2811 times:


I find out that actually people really hate the management and all the issues involved, well I must agree this is not a piece of cake, but I was talking more in a aviation/enthusiast way. We must "separate the waters", one thing is the poor choises, strategies, etc. etc. another is the SWISS product, fleet, service, confort, etc. etc.
If we see SWISS in those eyes maybe the opinions are different. My feeling is that when Jeffrey Katz came to Swissair and the megalomanic projects he had for Swissair really dumped the airline down, THY, TAP, AOM, Sabena were infact not the best choises, but thats history now.
I'm looking more for the people that work in SWISS now and is trying their best to raise up SWISS, crews, ordinary workers, those that really generate money for the airline, those really have my deepest respect and solidarity, that's why I want SWISS to keep flying!

User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1621 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2789 times:


Interesting of you to bring this up. Myself and hundreds of other former Crossair employees have been shown the door. I will be finished at the end of October.

Yes, hundreds of pilots and flight attendants of Crossair have been fired. Yet none of the former Swissair people have been fired (except when Swissair itself still existed and went bankrupt). Our costs are much lower, yet we have been eliminated in favor of the Golden Boys of Swissair.

I am glad at least one other person sees the truth here.

I am sure the former Sabena people feel about as good about Swissair people as I do.

User currently offlineMD-11 forever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2755 times:


I can understand your grief, but please stay at a certain fairness level. When you talk about Swissair people, you are talking about pilots, right? do you happen to know that not all Swissair employees were pilots?Do you think a ticket sales agent coming from Swissair to Swiss and now being outsourced to Swissport (by the way loosing a lot of flight privileges...) is what you call a golden boy? If so, I really have no understanding for your position.

Please stay at least fair, ok? By the way, I assume that a lot of the managers, responsible for the troubles at Swiss were from Crossair, also the CEO, who used to be one of your group... So also Crossair managers are not as shiny as some might think.

And, also around 400 people at my company are or will be shown the door because of the "great" managment in place at Swiss. I also feel not happy about them, but the regular staff workers at Swiss, are NOT responsible for this, no matter whether they are ex Swissair or ex Crossair, so there is no reson to feel bad about them. The people who deserve to feel angry about them are wearing the nice suits and calling themselves "managers"!

Cheers, Thomas

User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1621 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2714 times:


We have discussed this before. Yes, the management is responsible. I agree. And I will be the first one to say loudly that the management is made up of many, many ex-Crossair "managers". But not exclusively. There are also many ex-Swissair managers, including Manfred Brennwald, who also have a hand in what is going on. He is a member of Aeropers and thus by definition cannot be objective regarding the layoffs. The CEO is ex-Crossair, but the Chairman of the Board is not. He is ex-KLM and should be more competent than he has been. I have been VERY disappointed in him.

I am not blaming all the ex-Swissair employees - simply being critical of the fact that practically all working conditions in the company are better for them than for ex-Crossair. This just is not fair!

I feel badly for all who lose their jobs in this environment. Yes, all, including non-pilots. BTW, most of the outsourcing of ticketing, handling, check-in, etc to Swissport happened before Swissair went bankrupt. That is nothing new at all and certainly is not the fault of SWISS.

Also, off the subject here a bit. And I am not trying to kiss your ass but I think that maintainance and engineering of an airline is perhaps THE most important part of the company. Mechanics have the worst job in the sense that nobody respects the knowledge they require and at least the line maintainance guys are always working under stress. If an airplane cannot fly because of a mechanical reason it causes the company to lose a bucketload of money.

I feel badly for all the mechanics, and everyone else, who is losing their job as a result of the incompetence of the company. And yes, it is incompetence. That I will say loudly.

User currently offlineRey777 From France, joined Apr 2001, 170 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

In terms of product, I think SWISS is questionnable...
The strategy is struggling.
First time "Destination Excellence"... and then SWISS Express... and then not anymore "Express" but something like Low Cost... Oooops we dont have any low cost ! Hey, what are we going to do ?

First question to ask : "what kind of product my customers want ? ". But SWISS has first asked : "what kind of product we like to have to show we are the best ? "

In terms of human ressources, SWISS is nothing more than a genocide from ex-SR to ex-LX... One more time, just ask all people who leave the company at the end of october what they think about this.


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