New Business Jet service between Zurich and New York

30. June 2004

Swiss International Air Lines is to introduce a Boeing Business Jet service on its Zurich-New York (Newark) route in January 2005. The aircraft, which will be operated by international business aviation specialist PrivatAir, offers seating for 56 passengers. SWISS will continue to operate its current Zurich-New York (JFK) service using Airbus A330 equipment.

SWISS will be offering its new all-Business Class service between Zurich and New York (Newark) six times a week. The flights will be operated by a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) aircraft with seating for 56 passengers. The new service is scheduled to be launched on January 15, 2005. SWISS‘s current Airbus A330 operations between Zurich and New York (Newark) will be simultaneously withdrawn. But SWISS will continue to offer its present New York (JFK) services from both Zurich and Geneva.

The new product will be carefully tailored to business travellers‘ requirements. Passengers will enjoy shorter boarding times, a calmer ambience on board and special inflight service. Cabin comfort will also be assured by the provision of lie-flat seats at a generous 153 cm pitch. And no fewer than four flight attendants will be assigned to each departure. The new product is expected to meet a clear market need among the business travel community.

PrivatAir and Swiss have signed a ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance) agreement which will ensure their close cooperation on this route. The flights will carry LX flight numbers, but the BBJ used will remain in PrivatAir livery.