SWISS takes off with strong first month
Switzerland’s new national airline, SWISS has announced that it has exceeded initial expectations to achieve a seat-load factor of over 90 percent in its first month of operation. SWISS should finish this year 40 percent ahead of budget as a result of stronger than expected worldwide sales, reported a press release.
SWISS, which had its inaugural flight to the Gulf in April is the offspring of Swissair and Crossair. The number of seats filled between the SWISS hub in Zurich and the Middle East was very high throughout the month of April and should remain strong over the next few months.
SWISS, which operates a total of 30 weekly flights from the Middle East, has linked up with American Airlines for a code sharing and loyalty points agreement that will come into effect on selected routes on May 15 and provide improved connections and services to travelers. SWISS has a fleet of 128 planes operating to 126 destinations in 59 countries, while American Airlines flies to 234 destinations.
The Middle East regional schedule includes daily flights from Dubai, six weekly flights from Cairo, four weekly flights from Karachi, three weekly flights from Riyadh, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, and two weekly flights from Jeddah and Tehran. — (menareport.com)
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