• A total of 106 destinations will be flown to in June 
  • Mallorca, Sylt and Crete back in the program
  • “Great desire and longing of people to travel again,” says Harry Hohmeister

Germany | May 8, 2020– Starting in June, Lufthansa, Eurowings and SWISS will be offering monthly restart schedules to significantly more destinations in Germany and Europe than in the past few weeks. The repatriation schedules will thus end on 31 May.

A total of 80 aircraft will be reactivated with the “June timetable”. This means that a total of 106 destinations can be served in the coming month. From 1 June, 160 aircraft will be in service with the Group’s passenger airlines. The previously valid repatriation flight schedule was calculated to be flown with only 80 aircraft.

The Lufthansa Group’s airlines are thus responding to the growing interest of customers in air travel, following the gradual easing of restrictions and limitations in the German federal states and entry regulations of other countries in Europe.

“We sense a great desire and longing among people to travel again. Hotels and restaurants are slowly opening, and visits to friends and family are in some cases being allowed again. With all due caution, we are now making it possible for people to catch up and experience what they had to do without for a long time. It goes without saying that the safety and health of our guests and employees are of the highest priority,” says Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of German Lufthansa AG.

Munich | March 1, 2017– SWISS passengers are delighted: As of now, they will also be able to enjoy digital reading pleasure in XXL, above and under the clouds. Following Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and Air Dolomiti, the digital experts of Munich-based Media Carrier now convinced SWISS, the fifth airline in the Lufthansa Group, of the benefits of using their digital media library, the Media Box. With it, SWISS passengers can download their preferred on-board reading matter from a top-class range of eJournals, conveniently and free of charge.

Whether on mobile phone, tablet or other web-enabled devices – the Media Box from Media Carrier operates web-based, making it the perfect smart media companion for your travel experience. Just like Lufthansa, SWISS now also uses the e-paper media library to keep up with the constantly increasing demand for digital services in the airline industry. Media Carrier impressed the Swiss airline with its high quality standards in the areas of service and technology.

“As a Swiss airline, we do, of course, focus on a high quality standard. In Media Carrier, we found a service-oriented, innovative partner, which knows and serves the needs of modern travellers – and offers correspondingly top-class services. We are sure that, with the Media Box, we can offer our passengers an up-to-the-minute service, which is of ultimate importance to us as a quality airline,” says Alex Hastings, Inflight Procurement Manager at SWISS.

Including SWISS, all three hub airlines in the Lufthansa Group now use the Media Box from Media Carrier as a uniform, group-wide product, setting new standards in the area of digital services provided by airlines.

Passengers of the Swiss airline have access to the Media Box via a variety of “touchpoints”: either at the online check-in, on the SWISS homepage or via the pre-flight e-mail. They can individually compile and download their own reading matter from a range of over 250 Swiss and international newspapers and magazines. Depending on their booking class and frequent flyer status, passengers get a certain number of free downloads. The selected titles are then available for download as a PDF file for an unlimited period.

“We are delighted to have convinced SWISS, another prestigious airline in the Lufthansa Group, of the added values of our Media Box. More and more airlines are recognizing that they can offer their passengers an outstanding service with digital services. There is strong passenger demand for a modern, digital press service, and it is now actually expected – particularly by discerning business travellers. Our list of references in the airline sector is growing rapidly: over 100 million passengers per year can already make use of the newstainment offering in our Media Box,” explains Philipp J. Jacke, Managing Director of Media Carrier.

Lake Forest, CA | February 23, 2016– Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), the national airline of Switzerland, is renewing its focus on passenger experience in partnership with Panasonic Avionics by introducing inflight connectivity and a new user interface design.

The first of nine SWISS Boeing 777-300s has entered into service providing global inflight Wi-Fi and 3G phone services from Panasonic’s Global Communications Services. All are being line-fit at the OEM with the state-of-the-art system. Serving 104 destinations in 48 countries worldwide, SWISS is leveraging Panasonic’s unique broadband offering, which will allow passengers to email, surf the Internet, use social networks and even make calls.

SWISS also has introduced Panasonic’s eXcite2 software to its inflight entertainment (IFE) systems, which dramatically increases functionality and modernizes design, benefitting both the passenger and the airline. It introduces enhanced touch-screen performance for passengers with faster navigation and response, 3D effects and animation, as well as more dynamic graphics and richer content. eXcite2 allows airlines to dramatically reduce the time required to redesign their user experience and it makes frequent updates easier than ever before. It also allows SWISS to easily brand its own content, which can be used to create uniformity across both in-seat monitors and synchronized passengers’ own personal devices.

Paul Margis, CEO and President of Panasonic Avionics, said: “With such a significant global network, Panasonic is the natural choice for SWISS as it looks to offer its passengers a fully connected journey. Our provision of eXcite2 for the airline will also help transform not only the passenger experience, but also the ability of SWISS to open up revenue opportunities and enhance its brand through its entertainment systems.”

“The recently deployed inflight connectivity will allow our passengers to enjoy a new dimension of air travel experience,” says Markus Binkert Chief Commercial Officer and Member of the Executive Board of SWISS.

  • AeroMobile fleet continues to expand with Switzerland’s flag carrier SWISS International Air Lines

United Kingdom | February 18, 2016– Leading inflight connectivity provider, AeroMobile, has partnered with SWISS to allow its passengers, in all cabin classes, to use their mobile devices to call, text and browse the internet at 30,000 feet.

Aeromobile is a registered mobile network operator which enables airline passengers to roam inflight. Through this partnership, SWISS’ passengers will be able to use their own mobile devices inflight just as they would on the ground.

The first fully connected flight entered into service in early February 2016, a Boeing 777-300ER. SWISS will roll-out further B777 aircraft with inflight connectivity in the coming months, travelling to destinations including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.

AeroMobile provides technology that allows the safe use of passengers’ own mobile phones onboard aircraft. The company has roaming agreements with over 320 network operators globally allowing passengers from over 145 countries to use their phone inflight. Since 2008, over 36 million passengers have successfully connected to the AeroMobile network inflight.

The service is simple to use; passengers simply turn on their mobile device to connect to the network and are billed directly by their mobile operator. Prices are comparable to international roaming rates.

“It is a really exciting start to 2016 and we’re delighted to be working with SWISS, as we expand our fleet and continue supplying inflight connectivity to passengers around the world,” said Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile.

Zurich | May 4, 2015– Boeing [NYSE: BA], the Lufthansa Group and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) have finalized an order for three additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes, valued at $990 million at current list prices. This order, previously attributed to an unidentified customer, follows SWISS’ 2013 order for six 777-300ERs, and will form the backbone of the Swiss flag-carrier’s long-haul fleet renewal.

“I am delighted that with the formal signing of the contract, SWISS has set a further milestone in its long-haul fleet renewal,” said Harry Hohmeister, CEO of SWISS.

The 777-300ER is the most fuel and cost-efficient airplane in its class today with 99.5 percent reliability, making it the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world. The flagship of the world’s elite airlines, the 777-300ER carries 386 passengers in a standard three-class configuration up to 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers), on non-stop routes.

“SWISS’ latest order for additional airplanes is a testament to the unrivaled economics of the 777-300ER as the carrier continues to renew its long-haul fleet,” said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777-300ER is the perfect platform for SWISS to showcase its exceptional customer offering and remain at the forefront of international travel.”

SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group, serving 106 destinations in 49 countries from the Swiss cities of Zurich, Geneva and Basel, carrying over 16 million passengers a year with a fleet of 95 airplanes.

  • Third generation of highly automated solution boosts revenues through optimized booking control

Kelsterbach, Germany | November 6, 2013– Lufthansa Systems today announced that it has implemented the latest generation of its Revenue Integrity solution for Swiss International Air Lines. This will enable the airline to significantly reduce the number of blind bookings that result in lost sales.

The Revenue Integrity solution from Lufthansa Systems helps airlines eliminate unproductive bookings from their inventory, generate more accurate forecasts of their actual booking situation and make sure their aircraft are filled to capacity. This puts airlines in a position to further optimize their revenues. The Revenue Integrity Ticket Time Limit Controller checks all bookings and demands that agents issue tickets for them within a specified time frame. The latest generation of the product allows airlines to define rules for this process with the greatest possible precision and flexibility.

“With this new Revenue Integrity solution, we have opted for a tool which replaces our previous ticket controlling system and further reduces unproductive bookings. It ensures clean inventory information throughout the booking process, which optimizes our revenues,” said Bernd Bauer, Head of Revenue Management, Pricing & Distribution at SWISS.

The Revenue Integrity solution can be integrated with any reservation system and can process inventory data both in real time and in batches. This means that up to 200,000 booking updates can be checked for SWISS every day.

“Revenue Integrity has substantial positive effects on an airline’s economic performance,” explained Peter Ahnert, Senior Vice President Lufthansa Group Airline Solutions. “Thanks to its modern architecture, the solution can be flexibly and quickly adapted to specific customer requests, and highly standardized individual components keep development cycles short.” We are delighted that SWISS has opted for the new product generation,” said Ahnert.

By cleaning up their reservation data, airlines can release seats for re-sale and save the GDS costs incurred for unproductive bookings. For many airlines, this solution pays for itself within its first year of use.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is the national carrier of Switzerland and a member of the Lufthansa Group. With a fleet of 91 aircraft, it operates flights from Zurich, Basel and Geneva to 76 destination sin 40 countries worldwide.

20 April 2009 – Zurich based Swiss International Air Lines has received its first new A330-300. The aircraft is the first of nine A330-300s ordered in September 2007 to expand the Swiss’ medium to long haul network.

Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772B EP engines, the carrier’s first A330-300 is fitted in an all-new, comfortable three-class layout with a total of 236 seats (183 seats in Economy, 45 in Business Class and 8 in First Class).

“We are more than pleased to introduce the eco-efficient A330-300 into our fleet. Its true wide body cabin combined with our all-new, high-class product increases passenger appeal, comfort and style, while its outstanding performance strengthens our competitiveness and reduces the environmental impact at the same time,” said Christoph Franz, CEO of Swiss.

By adding A330-300s to its Airbus fleet, Swiss will fully benefit from the advantages of the unique Airbus commonality, allowing to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers. This gives Swiss more operational flexibility and will result in significant cost savings.

“We are proud to see Swiss expanding their services with the unrivalled A330 aircraft. Through state of the art technology and outstanding economics, the A330 is a ‘first class’ aircraft for a ‘first class’ airline. Swiss and Airbus make a perfect fit,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers.

The ability to better match market requirements in terms of range and efficiency makes the twin engine A330 one of the most popular wide-body aircraft in service today. With over 11 million hours in operation the A330 has demonstrated its very low operating costs per seat and is proven to be the most efficient aircraft in its class. With a true wide-body fuselage the A330-300 is the most economic means of flying medium range routes whilst offering true long haul comfort. It has a range of up to 5,650 nm / 10,500 km with a full passenger load. Orders for the aircraft stand at more than 390 from 39 customers.