Lionel: Don't misquote me, nor misunderstand me:-
1. I said "'small but rather strong European carrier'" and I put it in inverted commas as I wanted to mean 'relatively small' (you can go up the thread and reread that... and make sure you have your glasses on if you have a pair (just kiddin', ok?!)... but I definitely did not write "'rather small airline'" as you claim).
2. Of course swiss is among the "big" in Europe, but again, as pointed out above, LH, BA, AF and KLM are definitely bigger, as are also IB and AZ (although AZ badly lacks the concept of quality).
TAP...? Last month I was in Portugal (...and btw, what a nice country!) and I was at the TAP office at Etascao Oriente in Lisboa and I got the impression that they already have seen into some of the problems related to the dissolve of the Qualifyer Group
with their own separate FFP up and flyin'. Good luck to this promising airline too.
Anyway, I loved swissair, and I wish lots of success to the brand-new swiss too (even if there are some dark grey clouds cast by the European Commission over swiss skies at the moment)