Swiss International Air Lines customers will soon be able to enjoy an improved product on the ground and in the air with the acquisition of four additional Airbus A320 aircraft. The new aircraft will allow SWISS to add new European destinations to its timetable and increase existing services.
A major expansion of SWISS facilities at Zurich and Geneva airports provides customers with a relaxing, personalised travel experience.
SWISS will integrate two additional Airbus A320 aircraft into its fleet in the year ahead. A further two new aircraft of the same type will join the fleet in 2011 and 2012. This expansion of the fleet enables SWISS to offer customers in Europe an even more attractive range of services, in the form of new destinations and more flights to points already in the route network.
Significant expansion on the Zurich-Berlin route takes place as early as 28 October when SWISS increases service from three to four flights daily. SWISS customers will then be able to fly non-stop to or from the German metropolis early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Capacity on this route is thus increased by one-third. All flights between Zurich and Berlin will be operated with aircraft from the Airbus A320 family. The additional SWISS flight brings the combined SWISS and Lufthansa product on this route to seven daily connections. In this way, SWISS and Lufthansa are further expanding their position in the key market of Germany.
Florence, Sofia and St Petersburg, as of summer timetable From March 2008, SWISS will introduce a daily service betweenZurich and St. Petersburg, which marks significant expansion of SWISS’s position in the booming Russian market, where St. Petersburg ranks second only to Moscow in importance as a business location. Numerous Swiss companies have opened branch operations in the St. Petersburg area recently. The five flights Lufthansa operates daily from Frankfurt and Munich and this SWISS flight combine to provide SWISS and Lufthansa customers with an exceptionally attractive range of timetable options for St. Petersburg.
As of the 2008 summer timetable SWISS will fly thrice daily non-stop from Zurich to Florence, thereby strengthening its position in Italy. Florence is the home to flourishing service and industrial companies, with business traffic generated accordingly. The city is also one of Italy’s most attractive tourist destinations.
A further benefit to SWISS customers also comes on line as of March 2008 in the form of a daily flight from Zurich to Sofia. Bulgaria is experiencing economic growth that ranks well above average on a European comparison. It has become home to many corporate branches of Swiss companies, and growth in tourist traffic has also been exceptional.