ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13 Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2572 times:
I know Swiss is in a precarious financial condition and last year, it slashed a number of long haul routes, including Washington DC, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires, to name a few, and the Newark flight is going to be sub contracted to PrivatAir starting in January, but is there any chance that Swiss would start flying to Philadelphia?
Swissair flew ZRH-BOS-PHL for many years, until the mid 1990's. It would be nice to see more there other than LH, BA, AF, and US flying to Europe.
HB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4502 posts, RR: 72
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1982 times:
It was not GIG, that they left, it was GRU
The most certainly left GIG and are still operating into GRU 5 times weekly. GRU used to be daily, GIG has never been served more than 3 times weekly, although during the SR heydays GIG used to received non-stop flights from ZRH, which would then continue to EZE or GRU.
LXs CEO released a statement 3 weeks ago that his airline is looking for 2 additional A 343s to make GRU, BKK and LAX from 6 weekly to daily services!!!
Funny that they are now looking for additional capacity after having shed so much capacity in the first place. They could as well have kept 2 of the the A332s that are now flying around at LH, MH and other companies. Swiss is facing a huge competitive disadvantage by not being able to serve key longhaul markets such as LAX, GRU, JNB, BKK, SIN and HKG daily. They also received authority last year to serve NRT daily but haven't so far acted upon it. So, if LX were to expand, I'd say these would be the first moves to make.
As for new destinations, I guess we'll see a couple of other moves before the airline decides to ever go back to PHL. For some reason a couple of enlightened minds at SR/LX deemed it necessary to withdraw from booming markets like Shanghai, Beijing and Delhi at a time when other airlines are trampling each other to dead to get their hands on extra rights to these destinations. It would be a logical move to contemplate returning to these emerging markets as soon as humanly possible!
Cha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 785 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1914 times:
I once flew SR from ZRH-BOS-PHL. Pretty much everybody got off the plane in BOS. The BOS-PHL flight only had 14 people on it that I counted...4 of us in Business, 1 in first, and the rest in coach. I can't imagine how that could even have been remotely close to profitable to fly a 747 from BOS to PHL with so few people.
You land a million planes safely, then you have one little mid-air and you never hear the end of it - Pushing Tin