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Name: HELVETIC AIRWAYS
7JetSet7 Code: OAW
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: ZURICH
Country: SWITZERLAND
Employees 150
Web: helvetic.com
Email: info@helvetic.com
Telephone: +41 (43) 816 7820
Fax: +41 (43) 816 7821
Sita: ZRHOAXH
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OAW-2003-11 - NEWS
OAW-2004-03 - NEWS
OAW-2004-05
OAW-2004-07 - UPDATE A
OAW-2004-07 - UPDATE-B
OAW-2004-07 - UPDATE-C
OAW-2005-01
OAW-2005-01-A
OAW-2005-07-A
OAW-CABIN ATTENDANTS
OAW-JET-ADS
OAW-LOGO
OAW-MAP

ESTABLISHED IN 2001 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2002. INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
PO BOX 250
ZURICK AIRPORT
CH-8058 ZURICH, 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.

DECEMBER 2001: MAIN PARTNERS: MALESIA REISEN AND REISEBURO PRISTINA.

(http://www.odetteairways.ch). (office@odetteairways.ch).

OPERATES CHARTER FLIGHTS TO THE BALKANS. DESTINATIONS: TO KOSOVO - ALBANIA; MACEDONIA; AND ALBANIA. TO PRISTINE (2/DAY). OCCASIONALLY TO SKOPJE AND OHRID.

AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE BY SWISSAIR (SWS) SR TECHNICS.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1349-49359, /87 36 28 HB-INV), EX-SWISSAIR (SWS).

MARCH 2002: GENEVA - PRISTINA (SATURDAY CHARTERS).

December 2002: Adds MD-82 (49277, HB-INR), ex-Swissair (SWS).

July 2003: 40 employees. SITA: ZRHOAXH.

In the fall, to commence flights to 10 European points with 10 F 100's being acquired from American Airlines (AAL) and US Airways (USA) through cooperation with Germania (GER) Express.

September 2003: Failed to reach a cooperative agreement with Germania (GER). However, with backing of Kuoni, will still acquire 10 F 100's from American Airlines (AAL).

Airline name will be changed from Odette Airways to Helvetia. Has requested a revised Air Operating Certificate (AOC) to allow scheduled flights to start from Zurich in 10/03 with 2 or 3 F 100's.

Has increased its capital to SFR 10 Million with funds coming mainly from Swiss investors. By end of 2004, plans to operate 10 F 100's to 20 to 25 destinations. Employees will be increased from the current 40 to 180, including 80 pilots (FC).

October 2003: Receives 1st two of 11 ex-American Airlines (AAL) F 100's (11460, HB-JVA; 11491) for its Helvetic Airways: (http://www.Helvetic.com) low-fare operation.

Next month, Helvetic.com, Zurich - Alicante (4/week)/Valencia (3/week), Vienna (12/week). In 1/04, Zurich - Brussels (11/week)/Malaga (3/week)/Palma de Mallorca (4/week).

November 2003: Receives its Air Operating Certificate (AOC) for its low-fare subsidiary Helvetic Airways.

January 2004: In March, Helvetic, Zurich to Nice (12/week), Marseille (4/week), Venice (4/week), Naples (3/week), Rome (12/week), & Prague (daily), boosting its network to 12 routes.

February 2004: F 100 (11501, HB-JVC), Airfleet Credits leased.

March 2004: Helvetic (OAW) will operate weekend scheduled charters this summer on behalf of Kuoni to Bodrum, Kos, Mykonos, & Santorini, Bodrum, Bourgas, Lamezia Terme, Menorca, and Palma de Mallorca. In May, Zurich - Madrid (5/week). In June, Zurich - Amsterdam (2/day).

April 2004: 30 employees (including 8 Flight Crew (FC); 16 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 1 Maintenance Technician (MT)).

June 2004: Helvetic Wings wet-leases a Beech 1900C from Twin Jet (TWJ) for Geneva - Basel & Marseille.

July 2004: Next month, to move its Rome flights from Ciampino to Fiumicino.

August 2004: To retire its MD-83 by the end of 2004-10.

September 2004: Zurich - London Gatwick (LGW) (daily). Zurich to Skopje (daily). Zurich to Ohrid (F 100 weekly). In 2004-10, Zurich - Barcelona (daily). Is evaluating using leased ATR42's to open new routes such as Zurich - Innsbruck.

F 100 (11478, HB-JVG), Pembroke (PEB) leased.

October 2004: Zurich - Pristina (F 100, daily).

December 2004: 146 employees.

Zurich to Palermo, Catania, Brindisi, and Lametia Terme by spring.

Carried 400,000 passengers in its 1st year with 45% LF. Expects to carry 600,000 in 2005 and become profitable.

June 2005: F 100 (11460, OM-AAC), leased to Slovak Airlines (SLV).

October 2005: Odette Airways removed sold airplanes, and services were taken over by Helvetic Airways (OAW).

Helvetic Airways (OAW) is discontinuing service from Zurich to Madrid, Prague and Rome and plans to reduce its fleet of 6 Fokker 100s to 4 airplanes.

January 2006: Helvetic Air (OAW) will inaugurate nonstop service from Zurich to Pisa on Apr 12th. The airline will operate 3x-weekly, on Wed/Fri/Sun, with a F 100. Helvetic Air (OAW) will inaugurate nonstop service from Zurich to Rimini on May 18th. The airline will operate 2x-weekly, on Mon/Thu, with a F 100.

February 2006: Helvetic Airways (OAW), a Swiss low-fare airline, named former pilot (FC) Bruno Dobler (CEO). He succeeds Peter Pfister, who will remain with the company as a member of the board of directors. Helvetic commenced operations in 2003 and operates four F 100s.

May 2006: Helvetic Airways (OAW) operates low-cost jet airplane flights into major European destinations, mainly to leisure markets, but also selected business destinations.

(IATA) Code: 2L. (ICAO) Code: OAW (Callsign - HELVETIC).

Main Base: Zurich Kloten (ZRH).

International, Scheduled Destinations: Alicante; Barcelona; Brindisi; Catania; Lamezia-Terme; London; Malaga; Naples; Palermo; Palma de Mallorca; Pristina; Skopje; & Valencia.

June 2006: Helvetic Airways (OAW) discontinued service on its Zurich to London Luton route and will discontinue service to Barcelona in late July.

October 2006: Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) will lease an F 100 from Helvetic Airways (OAW) to provide lift on its Zurich - Manchester service from October 28 until February 28.

December 2006: Swissport International named Philipp Joeinig, Executive VP Operations; Michel Jansen, Executive VP Cargo; & Adrian Melliger, Head of Swissport Station Zurich.

F 100 (11501, HB-JVC), painted in new livery - see photo.

February 2008: Swiss (CSR) signed several (ACMI) wet-lease contracts for its upcoming summer schedule. (DLH) regional partner, Contact Air will operate flights from Zurich to Warsaw, Venice and Stuttgart using F 100s, while Helvetic Airways (OAW) will fly F 100s for (CSR) to Budapest, Manchester, Birmingham, and Brussels. UK-based, Flightline (FLT) will fly Zurich - Prague.

July 2008: Helvetic Airways (OAW), based in Zurich, will stop operating all scheduled flights at the end of October owing to high fuel prices and instead will use its four F 100s on wet-lease (ACMI) and charter flights. 3 of its airplanes already are on wet-lease with Swiss International Air Lines (CSR). Helvetic (OAW)'s scheduled routes to Brindisi, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Palermo, and Jerez de la Frontera will be closed this fall. It said all 125 employees will remain on staff. It launched operations in 2002.

September 2009: Helvetic Airways (OAW) will continue to operate 3 F 100s for Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) through spring 2014 under an extended wet-lease (ACMI) agreement. (OAW) operates a 4th F 100 on charter flights.

March 2010: Helvetic Airways (OAW) will operate twice weekly seasonal F 100 service from Zurich to Rostock/Laage between May 6 and September 26. It will no longer serve Catania, Jerez de la Frontera and Palermo next summer season.

April 2010: Helvetic Airways (OAW) will add its 5th and 6th F 100 in May and June respectively. It also will add 30 full time employees, increasing the ranks to 150. It said revenue in its fiscal year ended March 31 was "around" CHF5 million/$4.7 million.

June 2010: Fokker F 100 (11324, HB-JVH), (AF&T) leased, ex-(F-GPNK).

April 2011: Helvetic Airways (OAW) announced it will begin to offer a Business Class (C) called “Viva” on board its Fokker F 100s on selected European flights. Features of the new service include: the ability to change the date of travel at no extra cost, a baggage allowance of 30 kg (up from 20 kg), separate check-in, and free over-the-phone, advance seat reservations.

May 2011: Helvetic Airways (OAW) is investing SFR1.5million/$1.7 million in establishing a Zurich-based maintenance center to service its fleet of 6 Fokker F 100s. (OAW) is reportedly looking to join the third-party Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) business for this airplane type and hopes to get business from approximately 200 F 70 and F 100s operating worldwide.

Travelport reached an agreement with Helvetic Airways (OAW) under which its subscribers in Switzerland will be able to issue tickets on (OAW) through (IATA)’s Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP). “Hahn Air can be used for all e-ticketing needs in other (BSP) countries around the world,” Travelport said.

December 2011: Helvetic Airways (OAW) launched a new route to the UK out of its Zurich (ZRH) base on December 5 as (OAW) began serving Bristol (BRS). Flights operate 3x-weekly with (OAW)’s 100-seat Fokker F 100s. (OAW) notably served nearby Cardiff, 45 km away, until last month. The last time Bristol was connected with Zurich was when British Airways (BAB) operated the route between 2005 and 2007. Bruno Jans, (CEO) Helvetic Airways, commented: “With flights to Bristol we are developing our service in an economically strong region of the British Isles, providing business travelers with a fast link to Zurich. For Swiss tourists, Bristol is an ideal starting point for leisure trips.” Robert Sinclair, (CEO) Bristol Airport, added: “The launch of Helvetic Airways (OAW)’s new service to Zurich reconnects the South West to this important business destination. We are confident the region’s business community will make (OAW) welcome by getting behind this new route, which has long been on the wish list of passengers.”

January 2012: Helvetic Airways (OAW) is increasing the number of scheduled flights from Berne and Zurich:
Berne - Catania: weekly seasonal Fokker F 100 service between May 13 and October 21;
Berne - Enfidha: weekly seasonal Fokker F 100 service between July 3 and October 16;
Berne - Heringsdorf: weekly seasonal Fokker F 100 service between May 26 and September 29 (replacing Ostfriesische Lufttransport (OLT));
Berne - Olbia: weekly seasonal Fokker F 100 service between June 30 and September 22;
Berne - Palma de Mallorca: 2x weekly seasonal Fokker F 100 service between May 13 and October 23;
Zurich - Bristol - Cardiff: 3x weekly Fokker F 100 service has started on December 5 (adding stop in Bristol to its existing Cardiff route);
Zurich - Heringsdorf: weekly seasonal Fokker 100 service between May 26 and September 29 (replacing (OLT)).

May 2012: Helvetic Airways (OAW) started services from Berne in Switzerland to Catania in Italy and Palma de Mallorca in Spain.

February 2013: Helvetic Airways ((IATA) Code: 2L, based at Zurich Kloten (ZRH)) (OAW) is about to take delivery of its 1st leased A319-112 (1886, HB-JVK) currently being prepared for the Swiss carrier at Sofia International (SOF). It will use the ex-Nas Air (NAZ) (Saudi Arabia) A319-100 for charter services from Berne (BRN) and Geneva Cointrin (GVA) on behalf of Swiss tour operator Kuoni.

The movie-like heist of diamonds from the cargo hold of a Helvetic Airways (OAW) Fokker F 100 preparing for takeoff at Brussels Airport raises unsettling questions about airport security.

Detailed by "The New York Times," the robbery exposed a clear vulnerability. One paragraph in the "Times’" article in particular caught my attention: “Jan Van Der Cruysse, a spokesman for the airport, insisted that security was entirely up to international standards, but ‘what we face is organized crime with methods and means not addressed in aviation security measures as we know them today.’ Precautions intended to combat would-be bombers and other threats, he added, could not prevent commando-style raids by heavily armed criminals. ‘This involves much more than an aviation security problem.’”

Airport security worldwide is largely focused on one goal above all others: stopping terrorists from blowing up a plane or commandeering an airplane and using it as a weapon. That leaves a much lower level of security at other parts of the airport.

Remember the Moscow Domodedovo bombing two years ago, occurring in the international arrivals hall, just outside Customs clearance, where crowds were gathered awaiting passengers, who had claimed bags from flights arriving from around the world. Now this brazen robbery involving the breach of a perimeter fence, heavily-armed intruders moving in the air side area of the airport and an estimated $50 million worth of cargo swiped so quickly that authorities didn’t come close to catching the robbers at the crime scene.

Ironically, the passengers aboard the (OAW) airplane bound for Zurich had no idea what was going on. They had all presumably cleared a security checkpoint, had their luggage scanned and were sitting on an airplane likely equipped with a locked cockpit door. The security system, insofar as preventing a terror attack on the airplane or its passengers, had worked perfectly — even though it is unlikely the Fokker F 100, being operated by Helvetic (OAW) under a capacity purchase agreement with Swiss International Air Lines (CSR), was targeted for that kind of attack.

But it was targeted by an apparently sophisticated organized crime operation looking to steal millions of dollars worth of diamonds. Given the fact that such valuable jewels are flown between Brussels and Zurich regularly, this kind of threat would not seem to be a totally unimagined one.

Threats to airplanes from bombs and hijackers certainly do exist, and should not be minimized given the horrific consequences of an airborne terror attack, but a vast global security apparatus is in place to prevent such attacks. Not so (certainly nowhere near the scale) when it comes to air cargo theft or other threats, such as bombings like the one in Moscow. These vulnerabilities could become more glaring over time, perhaps forcing authorities to take a more balanced approach to aviation security in the future.

December 2013: Helvetic Airways (OAW) will begin 2x-weekly, Bordeaux - Zurich service in May 2014.

July 2014: Embraer EMB-200LR (0155, G-FBEJ), ex-(PT-SAK), FlyBee (BEE) wet-leased to Helvetic Aiways (OAW).

December 2014: Helvetic Airways (OAW) will buy 7 112-seat Embraer E190s from Austria-based airberlin (BER) subsidiary FlyNiki (NKI), which is expanding its fleet capacity with 5 150-seat Airbus A319s and 2 180-seat A320s.

May 2015: E190-100 (0420, HB-JVQ), Bernia Aircaft Leasing leased.

March 2016: A wholly owned German Operating Aircraft Leasing (GOAL) subsidiary conducted a purchase/sales transaction for 3 Embraer E190-100s (354, 420 and 435), with their attached leases to Helvetic Airways (OAW), from previous owner Bernina Aircraft Leasing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airfleet Credit Corporation.

June 2017: A319-112 (1886, HB-JVK), returned to (AWAS) (AWW) after completing lease.

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OAW-A319 - 2013-05
OAW-F 100
OAW-F 100 CONFIG
OAW-F-100-HB-JVC-1206

September 2017:

0 MD-82 (JT8D-217C) (1181-49277, /85 HB-INR), EX-(SWS) 2002-12, RETIRED. 156Y.

0 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1349-49359, /87 HB-INV), EX-(SWS) 2001-12. RETIRED END OF 2004-10. 161Y.

0 A319-112 (1886, HB-JVK - - SEE PHOTO - - "OAW-A319 - 2013-05"), EX-(NAZ) 2013-02. (AWA) LSD. RETURNED 2017-06.

6 F 100 (TAY 650-15) (11324, HB-JVH, 2010-06; 11446 NTU; 11459, /93 HB-JVE; 11460, /93 HB-JVA, 2003-09; 11466; 11478, HB-JVG, 2004-09; 11483; 11490 NTU; 11491, /94 HB-JVB 2003-09; 11498, /94 HB-JVD; 11499 NTU; 11501, /94 HB-JVC - SEE NEW LIVERY PHOTO, 2006-12; 11502 NTU; 11515 NTU; 11520, /94 HB-JVF), EX-(AAL), AIRFLEET CREDIT LSD, WET-LST. 11460 LST (SLV) AS (OM-AAC) 2005-06. 100Y.

1 BEECH 1900C, (TWJ) WET-LSD 2004-06.

8 EMBRAER E190 (0285, /09 OE-IHA; 0294, /09 OE-IHB; 0349, /10 OE-IHC; 0354, /10 OE-IHD; 0420, HB-JVQ, 2015-05; 435), PURCHASED FROM FROM (NKI). 112Y.

4 EMBRAER E190, LST SWISS EUROPEAN AIR LINES (CSR) 2014-09.

1 EMBRAER E190-200LR, (RX-(PT-SAK), (BEE) WET-LSD 2014-07.

Management:
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OAW-1-PETER BLUM
OAW-2-BRUNO JANS - 2012-11
OAW-2-BRUNO JANS-A
OAW-2-BRUNO JANS-B
OAW-4-TOBIAS POGOREVC-RIGHT-2014-03
OAW-6-CAPTAIN BRUNO SCHALLER

PETER BLUM, CHAIRMAN & PRESIDENT.

BRUNO JANS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

DOMINIC WASER, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).

TOBIAS POGOREVC, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

THOMAS FRISCHKNECHT, CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER (CCO).

CAPTAIN BRUNO SCHALLER, HEAD OF CREW (HOC).

RETO GASSER, HEAD OF PRODUCT & SERVICES.

 
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