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What Happened To Air Switzerland?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9440 posts, RR: 13
Posted (10 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4420 times:

They planned to start up an airline called Air Switzerland and fly to key cities like JFK, HKG etc. And I think they even ordered some A 340-300s. What happened to it?

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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4134 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4414 times:

They already employed a lot of staff, then got trouble to receive the AOC.

If you want to get an AOC in Switzerland you need to go through hell and you burn hundreds of thousand $. The problem is that you need to employ all the staff and do expensive test flights and immatriculation costs are high as well. It all takes a lot of time- and money. But at this time you have absolutely no income.

They burnt all the money already before they had their AOC.


User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4394 times:

As far as I remember (but I could be wring of course), there was also a problem, that Air Switzerland didn't want to fully disclose, where their financing was coming from. Some shareholders simply wanted to stay in the background.


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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9440 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4361 times:

That is very sad.........

Is the plan still on?

User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4134 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4319 times:

No. There are several airline projects in Switzerland and some of them are flying (flyBaboo, Darwin...).

To be honest, a second longhaul carrier out of Switzerland would not make sense in my opinion. "SWISS' " network is weakening and for point-to-point flights without connecting passengers the Swiss market is very limited.


User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1749 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4197 times:
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[quote=RJ100,reply=4]No. There are several airline projects in Switzerland and some of them are flying (flyBaboo, Darwin...).

Agree, lets get our SWISSAIR back, and let the government put these
thieves witch buried SR in jail.


User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4191 times:

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 4):
There are several airline projects in Switzerland

In what state are you're plans Thomas?

(still interested to know!)

User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4163 times:

There are some "startups" running at the moment. But I don't think there are any serious plans of new airlines in Switzerland at the moment.

The situation with Swiss and Lufthansa and with EasyJet in GVA/BSL and Helvetic in ZRH doesn't really let a lot of space open to new carriers in Switzerland. The small gap left was taken by FlyBaboo and Darwin.

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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9440 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4129 times:

Did Air Switzerland place any orders?

User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4134 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4074 times:

Quoting SWISSER (Reply 6):
In what state are you're plans Thomas?

We had a very interesting meeting with BaselArea (business development organisation). They confronted us with (useful) critical questions but at the same time give us a lot of help. Current status is that we are soon finished with the business plan and then we would like to bring some famous people aboard- BaselArea will be very helpful in this further step (offering their contacts).

It's not easy and I'm wondering how far we will make it. Also, the business is changing very fast. According to some media reports, easyJet is announcing another major expansion in BSL soon, now concentrating more on business travellers by offering sameday returns (that means existing destinations will be upgraded from daily to twice daily), competing directly with our future product. Therefore I think our time frame isn't that bad (earliest take off in 2007 when everything calmed down).


User currently offlineSwissairtaz From Switzerland, joined Jul 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 23 hours ago) and read 4021 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 8):
Did Air Switzerland place any orders?

As far as I remember they planed to use ex SQ A340 (from the Boeing-SQ T7 deal), a Dornier 328 was parked in ZRH in full Air Switzerland colors but it never took off.

md11 forever
User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2452 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (10 years 22 hours ago) and read 3985 times:

Mario Ritter was an impostor, they never really signed for these A340s for example although he claimed they would have signed for two of them. I started some investigations after one of the two he claimed he had signed up for was delivered to Khalifa. He told the Swiss media earlier that the aircraft were being painted in Hamburg when they were stored outside in ex-SQ colours.

When I started digging a little bit in 2002 when this all happened I found a lot of very strange facts about Air Switzerland and wanted to make sure no more people would leave their jobs and go and work there, so I started to give all of the stuff to several Swiss media and tried to stop them.

Ritter claimed he paid less than 40 million USD per aircraft to buy the aircraft which was very strange, he also said he would have picked the aircraft up in Seattle although they were ferried Singapore-Hamburg nonstop.

Boeing did confirm they had not sold the aircraft to Air Switzerland when he was claiming he had bought them already, this is all I still find in my old e-mail archive from Boeing: ("Sounds like you've gotten quite a bit information there. I have discussed this issue with our sales team and we all agreed that we can
confirm we have an on-going negotiation with Air Switzerland. However, it
is our policy not to release any sales negotiation details without our
airline customer's approval.")

The guy was running a website called www.aircraft-leas.com claiming the Mario Ritter Group would run a hell lot of travel agencies around the globe and would be involved in aircraft brokering and logistics (and a lot of other untrue stuff). Four hours after Swiss newspaper CASH had written about this website in one of their articles on Air Switzerland, the website was not taken off the web, but redirected to the Air Switzerland website (which was kind of stupid).

In fact, he did have a small travel agency in Liechtenstein and a lot of letterbox companies abroad (the New York branch happened to be in the same building in Harlem as another company specialized in providing letterbox companies for a couple hundred buck at this address  Smile ). He also claimed that he would have got an MBA one and a half years after his A levels (kind of unrealistic).

I was talking with Ritter and his fellow several times and they could not tell me which aircraft they had actually purchased either, at least they were giving different MSNs all the time (it turned out to be they did not really know and just said something, at least this is my guess).

Not enough time to list everything else, anyway, it took me about 2 days to find out it must be a hoax and as soon as they had found out I was providing information to the media they called me and wanted me to go to Hamburg with them to visit their two aircraft. I agreed and they called the night before saying there were no seats available on Lufthansa and Swiss the next day and we could not go. Hm, well, I called both airlines to check and checked Amadeus etc. and the flights were wide open. About three weeks later they chartered a business jet to fly to Hamburg with Swiss TV news guys from "10 vor 10" but did not let them visit the aircraft either saying they would not be allowed to bring a TV team with them.

I know several people who have worked for Air Switzerland and after salaries were paid for two months from unknown sources, noone has seen any additional money. It looks like a lot of the bills were actually never paid either.

Swiss aviation news junkie living all over the place
User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10516 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 14 hours ago) and read 3908 times:

You have a great insight in Air Switzerland. Thanks for sharing the info. I hope aviation in Switzerland will rise again some day as it appears to be in a little downfall right now looking at the reactions in this thread.


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