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EDE-2014-05-TO LAS VEGAS
FORMED IN 1995 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1996. REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
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ZURICH-FLUGHAFEN, ZURICH CH-8058, SWITZERLAND
Switzerland (Swiss Confederation) was established in 1291, its covers an area of 41,293 sq km, its population is 7.5 million, its capital city is Berne, and its official languages are French, German, Italian, and Romanche.
FEBRUARY 1996: OWNED BY SWISS TOUR OPERATOR KUONI.
OPERATES INTERNATIONAL CHARTER PASSENGER JET AIRPLANE FLIGHTS TO THE MEDITERRANEAN, THE RED SEA, AND THE CANARY ISLANDS.
TO LUTON AS PART OF A CITY-BREAK PACKAGE, INCLUDING VIENNA, ORGANIZED BY MINORITY, STRATEGIC INVESTOR, KUONI SWITZERLAND. INCLUSIVE TOURS TO BALEARICS, CANARY ISLANDS, CYPRUS, PORTUGAL, AND TUNISIA.
VENUS AIRLINES (VNS) OWNS 40%, KUONI SWITZERLAND OWNS 33%, WITH REST BY PRIVATE INVESTORS.
2 MD-83'S (49935/49951) EX-(GUE), (GUI) LEASED.
APRIL 1997: 1 MD-83 (49629), EX-OASIS, (GUI) LEASED.
APRIL 1998: 3 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 1999) A320'S, TO REPLACE 3 MD-83'S, 162 PASSENGERS (PAX) LEASED.
OCTOBER 1998: MD-83 (49629), (NSJ) LEASED, UNTIL APRIL 1999.
JANUARY 1999: MD-83 (49935), RETURNED TO (GEH), FOR MERIDIANA (ALS).
FEBRUARY 1999: 1ST A320-214 (942, HB-IHX). 2ND (947, HB-IHY).
MARCH 1999: MD-83 (49629) RETURNED TO LESSOR, LEASED TO SPANAIR (SPP).
APRIL 1999: 111 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 32 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 66 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA).
DECEMBER 1999: 1 ORDER (OCTOBER 2000) A330-200 (369) (TRENT), CIT (TCI) 10 YEAR LEASED, FOR CHARTER FLIGHTS TO CARIBBEAN, AFRICA, & ASIA.
APRIL 2000: 111 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 31 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 75 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA).
OCTOBER 2000: 1 A330-200 (369), CIT AEROSPACE (TCI) LEASED, 313 PAX FOR OPERATIONS TO DESTINATIONS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, CUBA, MEXICO, AND THE MALDIVES.
MARCH 2001: SWISS TRAVEL COMPANY, KUONI IS NOW USING (EDE) A330, INSTEAD OF BALAIR AIRPLANES. THIS MIGHT FORCE A MERGER, BETWEEN BALAIR (BCT), AND CROSSAIR (CSR).
APRIL 2001: 106 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 31 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 75 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA).
MAIN BASE: ZURICH (KLOTEN).
NOVEMBER 2001: CHARTER SERVICE TO MOMBASA, KENYA, REPLACING BALAIR (BCT).
JANUARY 2002: IN APRIL, IN CONJUNCTION WITH SWISS TOUR OPERATORS KUONI, AND TUI SUISSE, PLANS SERVICE TO ORLANDO SANFORD (A330-200, WEEKLY CHARTERS).
MARCH 2002: 170 EMPLOYEES.
OWNERS/SHAREHOLDERS: KUONI (100%).
MAIN BASE: ZURICH (KLOTEN) (ZRH).
November 2002: In summer 2003, will coordinate its charter activities with BELAIR (BLB), in an effort to reduce over-capacity in the market.
March 2003: In summer, to base an A320-200 in Geneva.
April 2003: 112 employees (including 26 Flight Crew (FC), 59 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 1 Maintenance Technician (MT)).
October 2003: INCDT: A330-223 (369), approximately 40 miles/64 km from Miami on way to Zurich, suffered an uncontained engine failure on #1. An uneventful return was made to Miami.
June 2004: Will return its sole A330-200 to lessor by end of 2005.
October 2004: 210 employees (including 54 Flight Crew (FC), 139 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 3 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
October 2004: 737-4Z9, Lauda Air (LAL) wet-leased.
December 2004: A320-214 leased to MyAir (MYR).
April 2005: 250 employees (including 50 Flight Crew (FC), 180 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 3 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
December 2005: Futura International Airways (FUA) (CEO) Roman Pane and Britannia Nordic (TNS) Managing Director Goran Gardo were elected President and VP, respectively, of the (IACA) Annual General Meeting (AGM). The organization also ratified 5 new airline members: Arkefly (HOL), Edelweiss Air (EDE), Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), NIKI (NKI), and Nouvelair (NOU).
September 2006: Edelweiss Air (EDE) is a Swiss-owned charter airline operating passenger jet airplane services to the Canary Islands, Caribbean, Kenya, Maldives; Mediterranean, Red Sea, and the USA.
210 employees (including 55 Flight Crew(FC); 140 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 3 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: WK - 945. (ICAO) Code: EDW (Callsign - EDELWEISS).
Parent organization/shareholders: Kuoni Travel Group (100%).
Main Base: Zurich Kloten Airport (ZRH).
December 2006: Swissport International named Philipp Joeinig, Executive VP Operations; Michel Jansen, Executive VP Cargo; & Adrian Melliger, Head of Swissport Station Zurich.
February 2008: Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) and Kuoni Travel Holding will launch a comprehensive partnership under which Swiss (CSR) will acquire Kuoni's leisure carrier, Edelweiss Air (EDE), while Kuoni will offer a range of hotel options on Swiss's website beginning next year. "This collaboration is a win/win situation for everyone involved," Swiss (CSR) (CEO) Christoph Franz said. The parties agreed not to divulge financial terms, but Swiss media reported last week that Swiss (CSR) will pay nearly CHF75 million/$68.2 million for Edelweiss (EDE). The carrier was launched in 1995 and will continue to operate as a separate airline with its own fleet, crew (FC)/(CA), the present management team, and the remaining 240 personnel. Kuoni will purchase capacity on Swiss (CSR) and Edelweiss (EDE) leisure flights. Edelweiss (EDE) operates 3 A320s and 1 A330-200 and transports around 700,000 passengers annually.
June 2008: Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) named Peter Spring, (CCO) of its Edelweiss Air (EDE) subsidiary, effective August 1.
August 2008: Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) and its Edelweiss Air (EDE) subsidiary reached an agreement allowing (CSR) customers to book seats on Edelweiss (EDE) flights to 15 destinations from October 26.
SR Technics (SWS) said Edelweiss Air (EDE), a Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) subsidiary, extended its existing full-support contract covering (EDE)'s fleet of A320s for an additional 39 months.
November 2009: Edelweiss Air (EDE) plans weekly A330-243 flights to Calgary and onward service to Vancouver.
December 2009: Monarch (MON) Aircraft Engineering will support Edelweiss Air (EDE)'s Goa operation with line maintenance and technical handling for an A330.
June 2010: Edelweiss Air (EDE) said it will take delivery of a 332-seat A330-300 in March 2011 to replace its single A330-200. The Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) subsidiary also said it is investing CHD4.2 million/$3.8 million to install new lighter Recaro seats on its 3 A320s between June and August. The seats save 800 kg of weight per airplane.
August 2010: Edelweiss Air (WK/Zurich) will return its A330-200 currently used on long haul services by the end of the summer season and temporarily lease another A330-200 from Swiss (CSR) for the winter timetable period.
October 2010: Edelweiss Air (EDE) will add weekly, Zurich (ZRH) – Kilimanjaro and (ZRH) – Mauritius service to its winter schedule. (EDE) will also launch weekly, (ZRH) – Whitehorse – Anchorage service next summer and is evaluating the launch of (ZRH) – Beijing service in 2011. It will operate the summer 2011 season with one A330-200 and one A330-300 on its long-haul routes.
November 2010: Swiss (CSR) WorldCargo will begin to market the belly capacity of Edelweiss Air (EDE) service to Mauritius, Kilimanjaro, Goa, Pristina, Skopje, and Puerto Playa during the winter season.
January 2011: Edelweiss Air (EDE) will operate seasonal weekly, A330-200 Zurich - Beijing service between July 7 to 14.
A330-343E (1193, HB-JHQ - - SEE PHOTO - - "EDE-A330-343E-2011-01"), Swiss International Airlines (CSR) leased.
March 2011: Edelweiss Air (EDE) (COO) Peter Spring said that (EDE) took delivery of a 332-seat A330-300 and is endeavoring to grow international flying. (EDE) ordered the airplane in April 2010 to replace its single A330-200. He said (EDE) expects its share of passengers not originating in Switzerland to rise "from 15% to 30% in a very short" period owing to increased capacity on long-haul routes. Spring asserted that (EDE) can count on strong feeder traffic via Zurich from Swiss (CSR). (EDE) also operates 3 A320s and is evaluating the addition of a 4th.
(EDE) carries approximately 1 million passengers annually with 40% on long-haul routes and 60% on short- and medium-haul sectors. But Spring said, "This [ratio] will change in favor of the long-haul market."
As recent civil unrest spread across the Middle East, affecting flights to Egypt and Tunisia, (EDE) quickly shifted capacity to other destinations such as Morocco and Spain. "We have learned [to cope] with such scenarios," Spring commented, adding that a "single negative event like Egypt cannot influence our business in general."
Beginning this summer, (EDE) will add seasonal flights to Tokyo Narita, Beijing and Beirut from (ZRH). In response to a question on costs, Spring was tight-lipped on numbers but said, "We have a very lean organization very focused on service and high quality." He noted that (EDE) operates with an average load factor of 85% - 90% LF.
(EDE) employs 340 staff, including 65 pilots (FC) and 175 flight attendants (CA).
September 2011: Edelweiss Air (EDE) will launch 2x-weekly, Zurich - Tampa A330 service on May 25.
January 2012: Edelweiss Air (EDE) is adding new routes in 2012:
Zurich - Alicante: 2x-weekly seasonal A320-200 service between May 26 and October 18;
Zurich - Dubrovnik: weekly seasonal ARJ-100 service between May 27 and September 16 (operated by Swiss European Air Lines);
Zurich - Funchal: weekly A320-200 service starting on April 8;
Zurich - Tampa: 2x-weekly seasonal A330-300 service between May 25 and October 26 (replacing route to Orlando International);
Zurich - Tokyo Narita: weekly seasonal A330-200 service between May 26 and September 22.
Edelweiss (EDE) will not resume its seasonal services from Zurich to Anchorage, Beijing, and Whitehorse in 2012. Its parent, Swiss (CSR) has now launched a daily flight to Beijing itself.
March 2012: Edelweiss Air (EDE) will fly the 2x-weekly, Zurich - Tokyo flights for Swiss International (CSE)'s summer schedule.
January 2013: Edelweiss Air ((IATA) Code: WK, based at Zurich Kloten airport (ZRH)) (EDE) will take over an A330-300 from parent, Swiss (CSR) from March 31 onwards and will operate the A330-300 with its crews on 1 of Swiss (CSR)'s 2 daily services between Zurich Kloten (ZRH) and New York John F Kennedy International (JFK) airports. (EDE) currently already operates an A330-200 and an A330-300 on its own leisure oriented long-haul services. Swiss (CSR) has explained the measure with a need to reduce a vacation time backlog for its Airbus (EDS) cockpit crews (FC).
September 2013: Switzerland-based leisure carrier, Edelweiss Air (EDE) will begin to reconfigure its long-haul fleet from May 2014.
The business (C) class will be equipped with lie-flat seats and a new in-flight entertainment system (IFE) including 16-inch screens. In addition, (EDE) will introduce an economy-plus class, offering passengers +15 centimeters more leg room and other amenities. (EDE)’s economy (Y) class will also receive a makeover with new seats and a new (IFE) system that includes touch-screens.
Also starting in spring 2014, Edelweiss (EDE) will launch new routes from Zurich to Las Vegas, Nevada, Havana and Edinburgh.
(EDE) operates 1 A330-200, 1 A330-300 on long-haul routes and 4 A320s.
May 2014: Edelweiss Air (EDE), the wholly owned subsidiary of SWISS (CSR) and the Lufthansa Group, expanded its long-haul network with the addition of weekly flights (Mondays) from Zurich (ZRH) to Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) on May 5th
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The 9,182 km sector to the most populous city in the USA state of Nevada will be operated utilizing (CSR)’s 332-seat A330-300 and will face no competition. In addition, this service will see a frequency increase to 2x-weekly (Fridays) from June 6th. (EDE) will also inaugurate a weekly link to Havana on May 8th as well as 2x-weekly operations to Edinburgh on May 12th.
Edelweiss Air (EDE), which in the previous week had launched a long-haul service to Las Vegas, continued to expand its Zurich (ZRH) offering with 2 new routes. On May 8th, (EDE) commenced a new long-haul service to Havana (HAV) in Cuba with weekly flights (Thursdays) operated utilizing its 332-seat A330-300. Furthermore, the wholly owned subsidiary of SWISS (CSR), inaugurated operations on the 1,248 km sector to Edinburgh (EDI) on May 12th with 2x-weekly flights (Mondays and Fridays), using (EDE)’s 162-seat A320s. While the service to Scotland will be served until October 20th, (EDE) will face no competition from other carriers on any of the new airport pairs.
June 2015: Swiss (CSR) leisure subsidiary, Edelweiss Air (EDE) will also take delivery of an additional Airbus A330-300 next year. (CSR) (CEO) Harry Hohmeister said the A330-300 can fly nonstop from Switzerland to Brazil.
July 2015: News Item A-1: As Greece negotiates a potential bailout, Swiss airline Edelweiss (EDE) is taking extra precautions when flying to the crisis-hit nation. Pilots (FC) have been told to carry >US$11,000 to cover costs, as the nation is largely operating on a cash-only basis.
The cash is used to pay for "kerosene, handling or landing fees," Edelweiss (EDE) pilot (FC) Captain Martin Gautschi tweeted in response to a question from the "Blick am Abend" newspaper.
"The people are very helpful, the service perfect (despite the difficult situation)," Gautschi wrote.
The pilot (FC) added that all transactions are being conducted in cash, "just like in the last days of Swissair (SWS)." The comment references Swissair (CSR)'s financial difficulties when it became bankrupt in 2001 and airports would only accept cash for payment of fuel and airport services. Edelweiss (EDE) is owned by Swissair (CSR) and Lufthansa (DLH).
Although the nation is operating in cash, money isn't easy to come by in the debt-ridden nation. Residents are limited to withdrawing EUR60/US$66 a day from (ATM)s, but the cash machines have been running out of money and banks continue to remain closed.
Receiving cash from family and friends abroad is nearly impossible, as wire services such as Western Union and Moneygram have stopped transferring money to Greece until further notice, the "Schweiz am Sonntag" newspaper reported.
Meanwhile, Greece's future remains uncertain. The country has officially asked for a 3-year loan facility from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and agreed to quick reforms. Athens has promised to present a new plan by July 9.
The requested 3-year bailout is estimated to be >EUR51 billion/US$56 billion, although an exact amount has not been confirmed.
On July 5, Greek citizens voted against accepting a proposal from creditors that would have meant more austerity measures.
Greece has previously received two bailouts, totaling US$266 billion in loans.
News Item A-2: Edelweiss Air ((IATA) Code: WK, based at Zurich) (EDE) said it will induct 3 A340-300s and 1 more A320-200 into its fleet over the next 3 years. (EDE) said the A340s, sourced from parent Swiss (SWS), would arrive between 2017 and 2018 and will be reconfigured with Economy, Economy Max and Business Class seating. The A320 is set to enter commercial service later on in November.
“Our plans are a major investment and commitment to the business location that is Switzerland. By expanding our aircraft fleet, Edelweiss (EDE) will grow considerably and generate +350 new jobs in the coming years,“ (EDE) (CEO) Bernd Bauer said.
(EDE) plans to use the the added wide body capacity to expand its network into North and South America with flights to Rio de Janeiro International and Calgary set to commence in Spring next year. Additional long haul destinations will be announced later.
Currently, (EDE) operates 5 A320-200s, 1 A330-300 (leased from Swiss), and 1 A330-200 on flights throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, Canada, the USA, South Africa, the Caribbean, and the Far East.
October 2016: A340-313X (562, HB-JMG), Swiss (CSR) leased.
November 2016: Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) (CSR) subsidiary Edelweiss Air (EDE) has taken delivery of the 1st of 4 former SWISS (CSR) Airbus A340-300s. The aircraft will undergo cabin-reconfiguration through SR Technics.
Edelweiss Air (EDE) Head of Corporate Communications Andreas Meier said the 1rst flight will be December 1, from Zurich to Cape Town, South Africa. A 2nd A340-300 will join the fleet in April 2017; the 3rd aircraft in June 2018; and the final one is expected in September 2018. “Our A340s will operate throughout the Edelweiss Air (EDE) long-haul network, especially on long sectors like from Zurich to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), San Jose de Costa Rica or to Phuket (Thailand),” Meier said.
(EDE), which flies mainly on leisure routes, will operate flights under a SWISS (CSR) code share.
Edelweiss Air (EDE) operates 1 A330-200, 2 Airbus A330-300s and 6 A320s to >40 destinations. “Beside the 4 A340s, we have no additional aircraft deliveries planned,” he said.
Meier said the introduction of the new aircraft type leads (EDE) into a huge program of training and type ratings for its current employees. “But we are also looking for many more new colleagues. The number of our employees will grow from 530 to 900 by the end of 2018. Our recruiting program for new employees is on track,” he said.
SWISS (CSR) once operated 15 A340-300s and will keep 5 A340s, which will be outfitted with new cabin products, including in-flight entertainment and internet connectivity.
(CSR) has ordered 10 Boeing 777-300ERs to replace some A340s. So far, SWISS has taken delivery of 6 777s.
January 2017: SR Technics (SWS) has an Edelweiss Air (EDE) contract to upgrade cabins of 4 Airbus A340-300s.
March 2017: A340-313X (561, HB-JMF), leased from Swiss International Airlines (CSR).
July 2017: Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) (CSR) subsidiary Edelweiss Air (EDE) announced plans to expand its network by +20% in summer 2018, adding 11 new destinations and reaching a total of 62 destinations in 28 countries.
On long-haul routes, (EDE) will launch flights from Zurich to Orlando, Florida (1x-weekly) from January 16, 2018; Denver, Colorado (2x-weekly) from June 4, 2018; and Varadero, Cuba (1x-weekly) from July 26, 2018.
On short- and medium-haul routes, (EDE) will add 1x-weekly seasonal flights in summer 2018 from Zurich to Djerba (Tunisia), Paphos (Cyprus), Chania (Greece), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Samos (Greece), Inverness (UK/Scotland) and Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), as well as special flights to Svalbard (Norway).
(EDE) also plans to increase frequencies on existing routes during summer 2018 by adding 17x-weekly flights.
Edelweiss Air (EDE) operates a fleet of 10 aircraft including Airbus A320s, A330-300s and A340-300s, transporting around 1.5 million passengers annually.
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0 737-4Z9 (CFM56-3C1), (LAL) WET-LSD 2004-10. RTND. 164Y.
0 MD-83 (49951), (GUI) LSD, 49935; 49951; TO (ALS). 162 PAX
1 A320-200 (CFM56-5B4), 30CY, 138Y.
3 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4) (942, /99 HB-IHX "CALVARO;" 947, /99 HB-IHY "UPALI;" 1026, /99 HP-IHZ "VIKTORIA;" 2024, /03 HB-IJV), (GEH) LSD, 1 LST (MYR) 2004-12. 30CY, 138Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4) (1951, /03 HB-IJU), (CSR) LSD 2015-11. 30CY, 138Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4) (2134, /03 HB-IJW "SHAYAN"). 30CY, 138Y.
1 A330-223 (PW4168A) (291, /99 HB-IQI "KIBURI" - SEE PHOTO - "EDE-A330-243-2010-10"), (CSR) LSD 2010-10. EX-(F-WWKS). 30C, 255Y.
0 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60/16) (369, /00 HB-IQZ "BAHARI"), (TCI) 10 YR LSD TIL END OF 2005, RTND & LST AIR TRANSAT (AJI) 2010-10. 38C, 275Y.
1 A330-343E (TRENT 772B-60) (1193, /11 HB-JHQ - - SEE PHOTO - - "EDE-A330-343E-2011-01"), (CSR) LSD 2011-01 TO REPLACE AN A330-200. 36C, 296Y.
1 A330-343 (TRENT 772B-60) (1355, /12 HB-JHM), 2013-03. 8F, 45C, 183Y.
2 A340-313X (561, HB-JMF; 562, HB-JMG), (CSR) LSD 2016-10 & 2017-03.
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BERND BAUER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
CAPTAIN KARL KISTLER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
NIKLAUS GROB, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
RUEDI VOEGELI, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
PETER SPRING, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO) & CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER (CCO) (2008-08).
CHRISTOPH ZOGG, HEAD FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
PIUS IMBACH, HEAD INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).
ANDREAS MEIER, HEAD CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS.
MICHAEL TRESTL, HEAD CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT.
CHRISTIAN GFELLER, HEAD GROUND OPERATIONS.
ESTHER BAUMANN, HEAD HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) & ADMINISTRATION.
MARKUS GANDER, HEAD IN-FLIGHT SERVICES.
PETER ZOSSO, HEAD MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING.
CHRISTIAN STUSSI, FLIGHT SAFETY MANAGER.
PASCAL STUMPP, BUSINESS & NETWORK DEVELOPMENT MANAGER.
BENEDIKT ESCHER, BUSINESS & NETWORK DEVELOPMENT MANAGER.