SWISS International Airlines is the surviving flag carrier of Switzerland, wholly-owned by the Lufthansa Group, and traces its roots back to the 1930s when its predecessor, Swissair, took to the skies. Swissair collapsed in 2001 and was grounded once most of its assets lost value. It officially “died” on March 31, 2002, but the following day, on April 1, 2002, SWISS was born. A former subsidiary of the SAir Group, Crossair, took over the routes, fleet, and personnel who had worked for Swissair.
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- SWISS International Airlines Routes and Route Map
- SWISS International Airlines Fleet
- Zurich Airport Terminal Map, Geneva Airport Terminal Map
SWISS initially operated some of the legacy Swissair fleets such as the McDonnell-Douglass MD-11s and Airbus A330-200s. In fact, all of the Airbus fleet that Swissair had operated (A319, A320, A321, and A330) were transferred to SWISS along with the MD-11s. There had also been an order for Airbus A340-600s, but these were later canceled in favor of the Airbus A340-300 as a replacement aircraft for the MD-11.
SWISS retained a large portion of Swissair’s global network and partnered with some of Swissair’s codeshare carriers, such as American Airlines. However, after SWISS was taken over by Lufthansa in 2005, it has since firmly remained in Star Alliance.
SWISS flies to the following markets in Africa and the Middle East: *Denotes service from Edelweiss, which is its leisure partner carrier.
In the Americas region, SWISS flies to Sao Paulo, Montreal, New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Newark.
And in the Far East region, SWISS flies to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Delhi, Mumbai, Tokyo, Singapore, and Bangkok.
Currently, SWISS operates the following aircraft:
- 7 A340-300s
- 14 A330-300s
- 5 777-300ERs (20 on order)
- 9 A321s in service
- 21 A320 CEO
- 5 A319
- 4 DHC-8
- 1 CRJ900
- 10 A320 NEOs on order
- 10 A320 NEOS on option
- 5 A321 NEOs on order
Where Does SWISS Fly its 777s? Or A330s? Or from Geneva?
SWISS sends its 777-300ER routes primarily to Star Alliance hubs, such as San Francisco and Singapore, as well as markets with strong financial ties such as Hong Kong and Los Angeles. (Following maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper – copyright © Karl L. Swartz.)
The Airbus A340 travels to the following markets.
And finally, the Airbus A330-300 travels to these remaining stations, including one point-to-point route from New York JFK to Geneva.
Cool Fleet and Company Videos
This is a must-watch video of the People behind SWISS.
SWISS Cabin Crew