And for some more information on Swiss. Yesterday’s copy of LeMatin (Swiss-French newspaper) had a nice and informative article. Here are some of they key points I noted:
-- The exact service changes for the passenger will be announced on March the 26th.
-- All the company cutlery will (obviously) be changed. Look out for pure and classic lines (I suppose similar to the current Crossair ones) A part of the old Swissair tableware has already been sold to employees, prices are around 1 Franc per cutlery item and 3 Francs per Glass. No lack of clients, the sale turned into a real souvenir rush.
-- From the first of April Swiss will introduce an “Expo 2002 Food Concept” on European flights which will feature specialities from the Cantons of Vaud, Neuchatel, Fribourg and Bern. Portions will be generous and gone are the plastic cups, cartons etc.
-- The uniform will be as follows: The uniforms will be standardised on the 1st of May. The females will wear a slightly modified version of Crossair’s current uniform while the males will wear a slightly modified version of Swissair’s current uniform (ties etc. will be changed) Both company’s flight crew will keep their current uniform for the present time since their contact with passengers is rather limited. Look out for a whole new uniform costing 2000 Francs a piece (!) in the next 2 years.
All in all nothing of all that is really surprising but one thing I can’t understand is the uniform. All of Swissair female flight attendants will have to get the new Crossair uniforms which will again be changed in short-term. Not really much saving going on. I also feel that some of the things mentioned are real “Crossairish” such as that “Expo 2002 food concept”, yes it works on 50 seater aircraft etc. but is it really practical on 150 seater aircraft? I often felt that my worst Crossair flights were ZRH-DUB flights, flights that were always totally full (operated by MD-83s or RJs) Comparing a DUB flight with a HAJ flight for instance was like comparing cheese and cheese and chalk.
Finally, for those of you that haven’t picked up a copy of the new Swiss timetable (including me), there is a picture of one here: