23 December 2003
Swiss International Air Lines is to make further enhancements to its long-haul network in summer 2004 and winter 2004/2005 by offering schedules which are aligned even more closely to changing seasonal needs. The new arrangement will see some destinations receive service of varying frequencies in response to fluctuating seasonal demand, while others will have their service patterns enhanced throughout the year. Despite the planned reduction of the SWISS fleet by two aircraft, all the carrier’s current destinations will continue to be served. The slightly modified service product is already available in the relevant reservation systems.
In modifying its services from the 2004 summer schedules onwards, SWISS is responding to demand on the intercontinental market, enhancing overall route profitability while paying due and full regard to seasonal fluctuations. The changes also permit a further reduction of the company’s long-haul fleet to the 18 aircraft specified under the present Business Plan.
Under the new arrangements, certain destinations will receive more or less service than at present, depending on demand and the time of year. Services between São Paulo and Buenos Aires will no longer be operated by SWISS: their operation will be entrusted to a partner airline under a codeshare arrangement. SWISS is currently in talks with a number of candidate carriershere.
The three weekly services to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam will see only their operating days changed (to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays); and Riyadh and Jeddah will now be served from Zurich on Sundays instead of the present Saturday flight. Service to Cairo will be increased from five to six weekly frequencies.
The modifications will come into effect with the start of the 2004 summer schedules on March 28 or the commencement of the 2004/2005 winter timetable period on October 31.
Seasonal changes (in frequencies per week)
- Boston, 7, 6
- Miami, 5, 6
- Montreal, 7, 6
- Johannesburg, 6, 7
- Hong Kong, 7, 6
- Tokyo (Narita), 6, 5
- Bangkok-Singapore, 6, 7
Newark: to 6 weekly frequencies (currently daily)
Los Angeles: to 5 weekly frequencies (current 7 in summer and 6 in winter)
São Paulo: to 5 weekly frequencies (currently 7)