Swiss is the national carrier of the central European country, Switzerland. The airline operates from Zürich Airport and Geneva Airport to destinations all over the world. Swiss wants to show that it embodies traditional Swiss values and that it can deliver the highest service and product quality.
Swiss is a subsidiary of the German aviation group: Lufthansa Group. Swiss has a subsidiary itself which is called Edelweiss Air. Like Lufthansa, Swiss is also a member of Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance in the world. The airline has about 9,000 employees, among which about 40% ground staff and 60% aircrew.
- Parent company
- Lufthansa Group
- Star Alliance
- Zurich Airport
Swiss was established in 2002, just after the bankruptcy of Switzerland’s former flag carrier Swissair. Because the airlines’ management board saw what happened with Swissair, it decided that the best thing to do was be taken over by another larger airline. Swiss directors talked with Air France-KLM, British Airways and Lufthansa. Because British Airways was open for a take-over, Swiss underwent its first step, getting accepted in the Oneworld alliance. Eventually, when Swiss was accepted by Oneworld, the airline decided not to join because they were obligated to change its current frequent flyer program to the one of BA. One year later, Swiss made a deal with Lufthansa, which soon after started to obtain shares of Swiss which led to full ownership in 2007.
- Swiss has the cleanest airline cabin according to Skytrax (2019).
The amount of allowed hand baggage depends on the travel class. Passengers travelling in Swiss Economy can bring 1 piece of cabin luggage with a maximum weight of 8 kg while Swiss Business and Swiss First passengers are permitted to take 2 pieces of cabin baggage on board. In addition, every passenger is allowed to bring 1 personal item. For hold luggage, the amount of permitted baggage depends also on the travel class. Travellers flying in with Economy Light need to pay an additional charge to bring a piece of hold luggage while Economy Classic and Flex can bring 1 piece with a maximum weight of 23 kg free of charge. Business Class passengers are allowed to bring 2 pieces with each a maximum weight of 32 kg. Please consult website Swiss for more information.
Swiss offers in-flight Wi-Fi on their Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A330-300 aircraft at an additional charge. Please consult website Swiss for more information.
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