Huuuuffff! I'm glad SWISS is keeping LAX
! I didn't want to be redirected to another US airport with AA
and I was looking forward to fly in the new 343, that's good!
Now about the new 2003/2004 Winter Schedule I think it's a very reasonable, bright, honest effort from SWISS. The past of swiss aviation was founded in many routes all over the world and during a lot of time that was great, Switzerland was in the centre of Europe, so it was a great connecting point, also Swissair was a very reliable airline, people enjoyed flying them and they gave a great service, but the globalization of civil aviation around the world, the 9/11, low cost airlines, all that and many other things changed the approach of those strong airlines.
What I see now is SWISS is JUST going to fly routes that are profitable and routes that they expect will florish in the future.
I agree with most of those cuts, Africa unfortunetly is still a very volatile place to operate, BA
are well positioned there, even TP
is quite solid there, they've been flying for more than 50 years, Sabena left a big hole there too, so SWISS leaving those places is not bad. Rio is also well cut/off, S. Paulo is ok to stay and there's always a huge air-bridge flying those 2 cities, Buenos Aires must be one of those places that SWISS expect to florish, Argentina is not in good shape but who's flying from there to Europe?
- 343 or 346?
And of course AR
, but if we look closely SWISS can actually compete well with all of these, maybe BA
would be the most competitive but looking to AZ
, I would really choose SWISS!
Middle East, India, China, that's ok too, there's a lot of flights going there so! In Europe, SWISS is keeping all their major european cities, the list of the ones that are dropping are 2nd. tier ones and some capital from eastern europe like Kiew and Sofia those ones were kept just to "show" swiss flad there!
SWISS is really wise keeping all their US cities, all of them can generate a lot of income, US travellers love to travel to Europe and Switzerland is still a place in their dreams. Don't forget that at this time SWISS is the only one flying to the real centre of Europe, Alitalia stopped flying LAX
and I'm sure some of the italian traffic will re-direct via ZRH
SWISS is tayloring their network to their reality and that's good.