Aircraft flypasts and naming at the 86th International Lauberhorn Races

Zurich Airport, 11 January 2016

SWISS will be well to the fore once again at this year’s 86th International Lauberhorn Races, which will be held in Wengen in the Bernese Oberland from 15 to 17 January. As official airline – for the fifth time – SWISS will be supporting this world-famous skiing event in various ways. As last year, the airline will be performing a spectacular flypast with one of its aircraft, accompanied by the Patrouille Suisse; and, as an additional highlight, the Airbus A321 involved will be formally named “Wengen” in a special ceremony on the ground just before the Saturday downhill event.

As part of its ongoing commitment to Swiss sport and major Swiss sporting events, SWISS will be serving once again as official airline of this year’s International Lauberhorn Races, which will be held in Wengen in the Bernese Oberland on the weekend of 15-17 January. And once again, The Airline of Switzerland will be contributing some major off-piste highlights to this world-famous skiing event. As last year, a SWISS aircraft will be performing a spectacular flypast over the race area, against the majestic local mountain backdrop, accompanied by the F5-E Tigers of the Patrouille Suisse Swiss Air Force display team. Weather permitting, the flypast will be performed on the Friday (between the combination downhill and slalom) and the Saturday (before the downhill event).As a small taster, a video of last year’s SWISS Lauberhorn flypast is available on the SWISS YouTube page here.

SWISS Airbus A321 "WENGEN" naming ceremony

As a special highlight this year, the aircraft involved in the flypasts – Airbus A321 HB-IOH – will also be formally named “Wengen” on the Saturday, just before the weekend’s blue-riband downhill event. The naming will be performed in the race’s finish area by local mayor Martin Stäger and former top Swiss skier Didier Défago, winner of the 2009 Lauberhorn downhill, in a ceremony that will be overseen by Markus Binkert, SWISS’s Chief Commercial Officer. The naming – of a model representing HB-IOH – will be followed immediately by the flypast of the aircraft itself, accompanied by the Patrouille Suisse.

As The Airline of Switzerland, SWISS attaches great importance to its Swiss sporting involvements. As well as supporting the Lauberhorn Races, the company also serves as official airline to Swiss-Ski and Swiss Ice Hockey on the winter sports front. SWISS further expanded its involvement in Swiss sports recently, and is now also the official airline of Swiss Athletics, Swiss Olympic, Swiss Paralympic and the Swiss Handball Federation.

SWISS is proud to support the national teams of all these associations by flying them to and from their training and major events and competitions all over the world.

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.