Starting September 2002, air Switzerland - which is completely privately financed - will offer "scheduled charter" services as an attractively-priced alternative for long-haul flights from Unique Airport Zurich. It is planned to provide scheduled charter services in three classes to selected holiday and business destinations such as Las Vegas, Cape Town, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai. With these offerings air Switzerland sees its role as an ideal complement to Swiss, and as contributing to the attractiveness of air travel to and from Switzerland.
In the start-up phase, air Switzerland will fly two A340-300 machines of the airbus family. The two aircraft are currently in Hamburg but will be brought to Zurich-Kloten at least six weeks before flight operations begin. They each have 10 first class, 30 business class and 225 economy class seats. The tail fin of the aircraft bears the Swiss cross, the colours of Liechtenstein and a crown. The crown symbolizes a service orientation in which the customer is king, explains Manfred Rutz, Vice President Sales & Marketing.
air Switzerland already has 12 employees and has moved into its headquarters in Glattbrugg. In preparation for flight operations it is now recruiting 17 commanders, 32 first officers and 175 flight attendants.