SWISS becomes official airline of Swiss-Ski

SWISS is now the official airline and partner of Swiss-Ski, and will be supporting Switzerland’s umbrella winter sports association in various areas, including the Swiss national skiing and snowboarding teams. The new agreement further expands SWISS’s involvement in sports at the Swiss national level.

10 November 2015

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is to support the Swiss-Ski association with immediate effect, providing a comprehensive range of air travel services for the association’s international World Cup and FIS competition events outside Switzerland in all eleven of its winter sports disciplines. As the new Swiss-Ski partner, for instance, SWISS will fly the members of the Swiss national skiing and snowboarding teams from Zurich to their World Cup events all over the globe.

“As The Airline of Switzerland, we are particularly keen to support winter sports, which are one of people’s favourite leisure-time activities in our home country,” says Markus Binkert, SWISS’s Chief Commercial Officer. “So we’re very proud that we will now be conveying and otherwise supporting our Swiss national skiing and snowboarding teams in their training and their major competitions abroad. And as a passionate skier myself, I’m especially delighted at this new team-up between Swiss-Ski and SWISS.”

“We are very pleased to have secured such an attractive and appropriate partner as SWISS just before our new season begins,” adds Urs Lehmann, the President of Swiss-Ski. “Our 300-odd athletes and 150 support staff in our eleven winter sports disciplines will be travelling all over the world throughout the coming season. So it’s all the more vital that we can rely on a partner who offers us the kind of strong service culture which perfectly complements the performance of our teams.”

SWISS’s new partnership with Swiss-Ski has been initially concluded until the end of April 2018.

Further partnerships with Swiss sports associations and events

SWISS has been supporting major international sporting events in Switzerland for a number of years now. These include skiing’s International Lauberhorn Races in Wengen, golf’s Omega European Masters Crans-Montana and the annual Weltklasse athletics meeting in Zurich. The company has also been expanding its involvement in Swiss sports at the national level, and is now the official airline of Swiss Ice Hockey, Swiss Olympic, Swiss Paralympic and the Swiss Handball Federation.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is Switzerland’s national airline, serving 105 destinations in 49 countries from Zurich and Geneva and carrying over 16 million passengers a year with its 94-aircraft fleet. The company’s Swiss WorldCargo division provides a comprehensive range of airport-to-airport airfreight services for high-value and care-intensive consignments to some 130 destinations in over 80 countries. As “The Airline of Switzerland”, SWISS embodies the country’s traditional values, and is committed to delivering the highest product and service quality. With its workforce of some 8,250 personnel, SWISS generated total operating income of CHF 5.2 billion in 2014. SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group, and is also a member of Star Alliance, the world’s biggest airline network.

Swiss-Ski is one of Switzerland’s biggest sports associations, with some 100,000 members, 300 athletes, coaches and further staff covering the 11 winter sports disciplines of alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, Nordic combined, biathlon, ski cross, freeskiing, aerials, moguls and Telemark, and with around 760 affiliated clubs grouped into 12 regional associations.