SWISS summer schedules feature attractive innovations

16 March 2006

Swiss International Air Lines is extending its intercontinental network to Santiago de Chile in its coming summer timetable. SWISS passengers will also enjoy a further daily New York service from May onwards. In Europe, the airline will be offering enhanced connections and additional frequencies on several routes. SWISS will serve 69 destinations in 42 countries with its 2006 summer schedules, which extend from March 26 to October 28.

SWISS has aligned both its European services and its intercontinental network even more closely to its customers’ needs for its 2006 summer schedules. SWISS customers will also enjoy direct connections from Switzerland to 18 further destinations to which services are operated by the company’s codeshare partners.

A 67-aircraft fleet SWISS will be operating its 2006 summer schedules with a fleet of 67 aircraft. The restructuring of the SWISS European fleet will be completed in the course of the summer timetable period: the last of the company’s Embraer RJ145s will be withdrawn from service in early summer and replaced by six further bigger and more comfortable Avro RJ100s which, despite a decline in fleet aircraft numbers, will slightly increase SWISS’s overall seating capacity.

European services expanded SWISS will be offering its customers additional frequencies and enhanced transfer connections on its European network. The new summer schedules see the addition of a further daily frequency each between Zurich and Athens, Budapest, Hanover and LondonCity. Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Porto and Istanbul receive additional weekend services from Zurich, in response to the seasonal traffic peaks expected. In addition to the new frequencies, SWISS is fine-tuning the arrival and departure times of numerous European services to provide better transfer connections. The SWISS European network for summer 2006 will extend to 42 destinations in 22 countries.

Santiago de Chile added to the intercontinental network SWISS is also further developing its intercontinental services in its 2006 summer schedules with better connections in Southeast Asia, more flights to North America and East Africa and the addition of Santiago de Chile to its route network. The sole destination from which flights will be withdrawn is Benghazi in Libya, to which service will cease at the end of April. The SWISS intercontinental network for summer 2006 will encompass 27 destinations in 20 countries.

The intercontinental innovations planned include an additional daily service between Zurich and New York, to be operated from May onwards. SWISS customers will then be able to choose from three daily New York services from Zurich and a daily flight from Geneva. Service will also be increased to four times a week on the Zurich-Nairobi-Dar es Salaam route from June onwards.

Mini-hubs in São Paulo and Bangkok In a further development, SWISS and Lufthansa are harmonising their schedules to South America and Southeast Asia. SWISS will not only be extending its existing Zurich-São Paulo service to Santiago de Chile; the westbound arrival in São Paulo will be timed to offer passengers a convenient direct Lufthansa connection to Buenos Aires. Westbound Lufthansa passengers, meanwhile, will be able to change planes in São Paulo and continue their journey to Santiago de Chile on SWISS.

Lufthansa and SWISS have coordinated their schedules in Southeast Asia, too. As a result, SWISS passengers arriving in Bangkok from Switzerland can not only travel on to Singapore on SWISS; they now also have convenient onward Lufthansa connections to Kuala Lumpur and to Ho Chi Minh City.

New codeshare operations In view of its imminent membership of Star Alliance, SWISS is adding several further codeshare partnerships to its flight programme from the start of the summer schedules. SWISS now has new codeshare partners in SAS (for all flights between Switzerland and Scandinavia), Croatia Airlines (on the Zurich-Zagreb route) and Darwin Airline (between Bern and LondonCity). Codeshare agreements with Blue 1 (between Zurich and Helsinki) and Spanair (on the Zurich-Barcelona and Zurich-Madrid routes) are also close to conclusion. At the same time, SWISS’s current codeshare partnerships with Iberia, Finnair, Malev and Qantas will cease with the cutover to the new schedules. All in all, SWISS customers will enjoy direct service between Switzerland and twelve additional points in Europe and six further intercontinental destinations as a result of these codeshare arrangements.

The timetable The SWISS timetable is published in four languages and has a print run of 180 000 copies. The printed timetable is available in travel agencies, at all SWISS sales offices and aboard all SWISS aircraft. It can also be consulted at the www.swiss.com website; or it can be simply and practically downloaded onto a computer or PDA, where monthly updates will ensure that the very latest version is always readily to hand.