Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Airlines on Thursday took over Zurich-based Servair Private Charter for an undisclosed amount and said it will integrate the company into a new business unit called Swiss Private Aviation. The Servair staff of eight have been transferred to Swiss, as well as an undisclosed number of aircraft management contracts.
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Crossair, Europe’s largest regional airline, spreads its wings next month when it formally takes over Swissair routes following the national carrier’s bankruptcy last year. The airline, to be known as Swiss, will fly to 123 destinations in 60 countries with a fleet of 128 aircraft. But André Dosé, the airline’s president and CEO, insisted that the regional roots of Crossair would form the foundation of Switzerland’s new national carrier.
The Swiss federal court last month acquitted Crossair chairman Moritz Suter, CEO André Dosé and four other former airline employees of homicide by neglect in connection with the crash of an Avro RJ100 during approach to Zurich Airport on Nov. 24, 2001. The trial began on May 5 at Bellinzona in southern Switzerland. The “not guilty” verdict was read May 16, much earlier than expected.
French authorities on December 13 acted on a court order to seize one of Crossair’s Embraer ERJ-145s at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport at the behest of Air Lib, the French airline formed through the consolidation of former Swissair subsidiaries Air Liberté and AOM.
In his opening speech at Crossair’s December 6 extraordinary shareholders assembly in Basel, Switzerland, Crossair founder and outgoing chairman Moritz Suter expressed regret over the new shareholders’ decision to oust him and six other members of the board, but resigned “to ensure a smooth transition and secure a good start” for the reconstituted Crossair intercontinental airline.
The Dubai Air Show, held November 4 to 8, demonstrated an abundance of business-as-usual spirit when it opened its doors in the face of a worldwide security crisis and the intensifying war in Afghanistan just 500 mi away to the northeast.
The future of the SAirGroup’s troubled French regional airline subsidiaries hung in the balance as the Swiss airline conglomerate awaited a decision from the commercial court responsible for examining offers for Air Liberté/AOM.
Lufthansa Technik is juggling a schedule that has interior completion and refurbishment projects rolling in and out of its Hamburg facilities with a frequency that threatens to wear out the hangar doors.
When Lufthansa started offering executive jet flights through its subsidiary Lufthansa Private Jet in March 2005, the intention was to carry first-class passengers to and from its hub airports in Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich, providing a seamless connection with scheduled services. The airline was also offering point-to-point flights between some 1,000 European airports.
AMAC Aerospace (Booth No. 651), the new Swiss completions, maintenance and refurbishing firm, is here at EBACE announcing it is on target to begin full operations when its first hangar–at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg–is completed in September. A spokesman indicated the company plans eventually to include aircraft management, charter and brokerage in its portfolio.