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Swiss-News And First Flight

Mon Mar 18, 2002 4:54 am

Hi all

Here you will find some news about SWISS, from the sunday newspaper„SonntagsZeitung“:

No ideas and inputs of the lifestyle guru Thyler Brule will be integrated in the new Swiss aircrafts. Like meals, inflight entertainement, design of seats and the new flagship that was announced in february this year. Alexander Arafa (Swiss-Manager) said that Tyler and his crew are very creativ collegues, but no ideas of them will be integrated in the summer flight plans.

By the way: The first official Swiss flight will be LX 2991 from Basel to ZRH. Departing
Basel at 6.00 arriving at 6.35. Date 31. march 2002.

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RE: Swiss-News And First Flight

Mon Mar 18, 2002 9:57 am

Hello,

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:

http://www.lematin.ch/ressources/images/Swiss_300_horaire_nouveau.jpg

Jeremiah

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RE: Swiss-News And First Flight

Mon Mar 18, 2002 12:51 pm

Too bad Swissair (or should I say Swiss Air Lines?) dumped the ideas of Thyler Brule, he and his company are very creative and could have given "Swiss" a fresh and different approach to their corporate identity.
I was really disappointed when I saw their new paint scheme: Too much white, no grey or brown or blue to complement the red. Really a degradation from Swissairs old scheme!
It seems like they wanted to change something but weren't really sure what...
 
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RE: Swiss-News And First Flight

Mon Mar 18, 2002 3:50 pm

Actually, wasn't it Tyler Brule who designed the new livery in the first place. Anyway, in reading interviews with Mr. Brule it became apparent that he had a tenuous grasp upon airline economics. He wanted to create an elitist airline when the rest of the world is moving toward more lean, cost-efficient business models.
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RE: Swiss-News And First Flight

Mon Mar 18, 2002 4:03 pm

Well lets hope it all works out!

One question I have, I guess it is sort of pointed towards Jeremiah, what happens with the crossair brand. They were a good airline and did not have the problems of swissair. What will be of thier name and so on?
 
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RE: Swiss-News And First Flight

Tue Mar 19, 2002 6:19 am

ILOVEA340,

Short and simple, it is bye bye the Crossair brand. As much as everyone (including me) liked it, Swiss is a single company flying a single brand.

Jeremiah
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RE: Swiss-News And First Flight

Tue Mar 19, 2002 6:42 am

There are some rumous in the newspaper that CEO Mario Corti from Swissair have found some investors to keep the Swissair going...
its said that they will run Swissair from ZRH, but they dont will "battle" Swiss...

i suppose there will be some surprises in the next few days...

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RE: Swiss-News And First Flight

Tue Mar 19, 2002 7:56 am

Are there going to be any changes in the route network of Swissairlines from Swissair...any routes being dropped or added??

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