EGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2664 times:
Well upon a recent visit to LHR (Nov.1) i saw 2 Swissair, 1 A320 and 1 A321 and they were both fully functional! Also, around 3-4 days ago i saw a Swissair A330 fly past my house heading West out towards US/Canada.....Is Swissair completely gone????
Dynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1838 posts, RR: 7 Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2625 times:
Is it true that Swissair wanted to be a global carrier? I think so. In fact, they formed the first major global alliance with Delta and Singapore Airlines, though, not a successful one.
Is it true that Swissair failed mostly due to their bad investments? I think so, too.
However, I don't necessarily agree that Swissair made those bad investments because they wanted to be a global carrier.
IMHO, Swissair made those bad investments because they felt a need to get a foothold in the EU market, as Switzerland is surrounded by the EU but is not a member of the EU. Other than SAA, all their major investments were in airlines in the EU. Without a strong presence in EU, they would likely to disappear, too, but probably later. They were in a no win situation.
BluebellyA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 166 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2599 times:
It is sad that the first thing that you see on the tarmac upon arrival in ZRH is a procession of MD-11s shuttered and devoid of their PWs. Also noticed some narrows coralled in the distance (operational or not??). Sad to see of one of the very best.
ETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2016 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2589 times:
Katz wasn't there long enough to do that much damage and even if problems did arise under his leadership, the new management had more than enough time to correct Katz's actions. I'd put SR's problems down to infallible Swiss arrogance.
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 34 Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2560 times:
...because of Mr. "worst-airline-superasshole-manager-of-all-times-worldwide" P. Brugiesser. That sums it up quite nicely. Of course, the reasons mentioned are correct, too, but if you ask in each case, why it was done that way, you'll come back to the man with the somewhat longish name.