SWISS now Official Airline of the Swiss football team

Zurich Airport, 22 May 2016

SWISS is now the Official Airline of all Swiss national football teams, further expanding its involvement in sports at the Swiss national level.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is to support the Swiss Football Association (SFV) with immediate effect, by providing a wide range of air travel services for all 13 of the SFV’s Swiss national football teams. SWISS will, for example, be flying the men’s “A” team to and from all their matches in the coming European Championship in France.

“As The Airline of Switzerland, it is particularly important to us to support football, which is one of the favourite leisure interests of the Swiss people,” says Markus Binkert, SWISS’s Chief Commercial Officer. “At SWISS we have a lot in common with sportsfolk, too: a passion for top performance, a focus on the details and a strong team spirit.”

“As in football,” Binkert continues, “it takes a real team effort to make an airline a success. So it’s especially appropriate that we should team up with the Swiss Football Association. We also conducted a special promotion on two of our flights on 20 and 21 May to show just how much our Swiss national footballers and our cabin crew staff have in common.”

“SWISS will be ensuring that our Swiss national footballers reach their destinations as comfortably and speedily as possible,” adds Alex Miescher, the General Secretary of the SFV. “And the excellent quality that SWISS offers in the air will provide our players with the best of foundations for delivering a top-quality performance on the pitch.”

Under the four-year partnership, SWISS will offer its services not only for the Swiss men’s and women’s first teams but for all 13 of the SFV’s national teams. “We’re extremely proud to support these players at these key moments in their careers,” says Markus Binkert. “And we’re looking forward with all the other fans to some unforgettable matches!”

SWISS is now also offering prizes of exclusive trips to France: swiss.com/football

SWISS supports other Swiss sports events and associations, too

SWISS has long been a supporter of key international sporting events held in Switzerland, such as the Lauberhorn ski races in Wengen, golf’s Omega European Masters in Crans-Montana and the Weltklasse Zürich athletics meeting. SWISS recently extended its sports involvement to the national level, too, and is now the Official Airline of Swiss-Ski, Swiss Ice Hockey, the Swiss Handball Federation and the Swiss Olympic and Swiss Paralympic organizations.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is Switzerland’s national airline, serving 102 destinations in 46 countries from Zurich and Geneva and carrying more than 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 8,564 personnel, SWISS generated total operating income of CHF 5 billion in 2015. SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group, and is also a member of Star Alliance, the world’s biggest airline grouping.