Swiss adds direct flight to Singapore

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Airline Swiss will be offering direct Zurich-Singapore flights starting in May 2013, the company announced 26 September. An Airbus A340-300 with capacity for 219 passengers will fly daily, with the  non-stop flights in either direction leaving at about 23:00. The airline is taking reservations starting 8 October.

Swiss airline passenger traffic up in first half 2012

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss saw increases in both the number of passengers and passenger load in the first six months of 2012, parent Lufthansa said Tuesday 10 July in a press release. Passengers were up 4.1 percent to nearly 8.1 million, compared to just under 7.8m a year earlier. They “were able to sell more […]

JetBlue pilot held without bond in Texas

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The JetBlue pilot who made world headlines after he was arrested for causing a mid-air panic among passengers is being held without bond following a federal court hearing in Texas Monday 2 April. Clayton Osbon, who has been a flight captain with the US airline for 12 years, was charged last week […]

Swiss to fly to City airport rather than London Heathrow from Basel

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Airline Swiss will begin using City Airport in London rather than Heathrow for its Basel flights starting 21 May. The airline says “the modifications to Swiss’s Basel services have been prompted by the planned sale of sister Lufthansa Group carrier bmi to the International Airlines Group.”

Zurich airport agreement signed by Germany, Switzerland

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – More morning and evening flights, but fewer flights over southern Germany from Zurich: this is the tradeoff agreed to by Switzerland and Germany, which announced Saturday 28 January they have signed an agreement to reduce noise. The new accord is expected to go into effect in the summer of 2012. Noise reduction […]

easyJet’s loss deepens despite strong passenger growth

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The number of passengers travelling on easyJet grew by 11.6 percent in the past six months, but the airline’s growing popularity was not enough to stem losses due to fuel price increases. The company 10 May published half-year results. Load factor was a healthy 84.6 and 59 percent of the 23.9 […]

Swiss economic upturn helps airline top Lufthansa’s carriers

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss was the best-performing of Lufthansa Group’s carriers in 2010, Air Transport World reports 21 March. The airline group 17 March published its annual report for 2010, showing Swiss in a much stronger position than in 2009. It carried 14 million passengers, the highest number in its history and had a […]

Swiss flies in the black again with CHF61m profits

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch.com) – Swiss is flying high again, with CHF61 million in profits for the first six months of 2010, after a dismal start to the year thanks to the Icelandic volcano that forced planes to stay on the ground. Profits were down compared to the first six months of 2009 (CHF65m), but the […]

EasyJet’s ash detector gets CAA support

London, England (GenevaLunch) – EasyJet, one of the airlines hardest hit by ash cloud bans, has come up with a detector that could allow pilots to spot too much ash and change course. Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority says it is “happy an airline appeared to have found a technical solution, and, although it was not […]

Flower power gets Swiss plane to San Francisco

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Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Geneva residents heading for San Francisco and who want to opt for the new Swiss airline Airbus A340 flower power plane will be happy to see they’ll pay less than their fellow passengers who board in Zurich. The company has sent its special offer fares to regular customers and for those […]