Lufthansa has reported a three-fold increase in profits, adding weight to expectations of a recovery in the global aviation sector. The German flag-carrier reported third quarter net profits of €628 million - far higher than the €390 million forecast by analysts.
Swiss International Air Lines has recorded a sharp fall in profits over the last year, as a “difficult economic environment” continues to impact upon the airline. While the flag-carrier reported an operating profit of CHF146 million for 2009, this is down from CHF472 million the previous year.
Amadeus, Lufthansa German Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines have signed a long-term full content agreement. The agreement, which is valid until the end of 2014, will guarantee travel agents worldwide access to the full range of Lufthansa and SWISS content through Amadeus, with no surcharge.
Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy is proud to announce the receipt of the award of the World Travel Association (WTA), one of the world’s comprehensive travel trade polls. For the third year in a row the hotel was voted “Russia’s Leading Hotel” and the trophy was accepted by Jan Chovanec, General Manager and Tamara Afonina, PR & Communications Manager.
Construction is under way on Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts’ first hotel in the Middle East: Swissôtel Makkah in Saudi Arabia. The international hotel chain expects the hotel to open in January 2011.
As unprecedented economic times lead the UK’s flag carrier to axe its free ski and board allowance, Swiss International Air Lines has become the only airline this winter to transport the first set of snowsport equipment free of charge, in addition to complimentary checked luggage on flights between UK and the Alps.
SWISS is set to increase its network out of northern England with the addition of two weekly direct flights from Manchester to Geneva from 20 December 2009. The new scheduled route, now bookable on swiss.com/uk from just £77 return including all taxes and free transportation of snowsport equipment, takes SWISS’s number of weekly flights out of Manchester to 26.
From now on, award miles earned in the Miles & More frequent flyer programme can also be used for voluntary carbon offset donations at Lufthansa and SWISS. The two airlines have expanded their CO2 compensation programme to allow passengers this mode of balancing their individual share of the carbon emissions generated during their flight.
Europcar and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) have announced that they have renewed their partnership agreement. The number one car rental company in Europe, and Switzerland’s national carrier have been partners since 2003.
SWISS is adopting a mould-breaking new seating concept for its intercontinental Business Class cabins.
Travel companies including SAS, SABRE, Lufthansa, Finnish Tourist Board, Swissair, lastminute.com, Icelandair Oracle, Transport for London, will be speaking at the SMS and Location Based Services for the Travel Industry Conference that will take place this February 12-13 in Olympia London.