President and CEO of SWISS, André Dosé, today accepted two prestigious awards - Airline Executive of the Year and Airline of the Year (for Crossair). He received the accolades from Regional Airline World magazine in Nashville, Tennessee, during the US Regional Airline Association Annual Convention, in recognition of his “outstanding performance in 2001, a year in which he faced probably the hardest job in the industry.”
Voting on line, Regional Airline World readers applauded Dosé‘s efforts for: “successfully managing the crisis in Swiss aviation and setting up a new national carrier for Switzerland from the nucleus of Crossair, in record time.”
Crossair was an “outstanding winner,” the magazine’s readers determined, highlighting its unprecedented transformation (in four months) from regional to national airline.
“Both Crossair and André Dosé were winners in these two categories by significant margins,” said Regional Airline World Editor, Bernie Baldwin. “Nominations came in from all over the world, from airline executives, manufacturers, suppliers, media and others, so these awards are a true reflection of the industry’s feelings,” he added.
Regional Airline World, published in the UK, is the leading international regional airline publication, with a 50,000 plus readership.
SWISS launched on 31 March, serving 126 destinations in 59 countries with a 10,000 strong workforce. With a fleet of 128 aircraft SWISS will carry 9.8 million passengers this year and is forecasting 14.8 millions in 2003.
Headquartered in Basel, SWISS has been formed on a sound capital base of CHF 2.7 billion, raised from the Confederation of Switzerland, Cantons, banks, institutions and the private sector.