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.
Swiss International Air Lines
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.
Marc Dufour, president of French independent regional airline Air Littoral, finds the prospects “encouraging” for this year–a bold statement coming just months after the collapse of Swissair, its former owner.
French regional airlines AOM and Air Liberté have escaped the jaws of bankruptcy through their purchase by an Air France pilot. The airlines–formerly owned by SAirGroup and French investment firm Taitbout Antibes–expect to shed 1,800 jobs, restructure and adopt a new name as part of a plan to form a viable rival to Air France.
Airbus has hired executive charter specialist PrivatAir to operate a corporate shuttle service linking its facilities in the UK, France and Germany. Starting in April, a pair of 126-seat Airbus A319s will provide the daily midweek service between the Airbus factories at Broughton and Filton in the UK with those at Toulouse in southwestern France and Hamburg in northern Germany.
The board of directors of startup Swiss company Aviace confirmed on September 24 that Wilfried Koeck is its new CEO. Koeck was the founder and president of leasing and financing company Airfleet Credit. He replaced Hilmar Hilmarsson, who left the company. In May, Zurich-based Aviace announced a firm order for 112 Eclipse 500 twinjets and unveiled plans to establish a network of “jet clubs” in Europe.
Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation ordered 34 Swiss Air Lines pilots grounded after three of the airline’s flying instructors “failed to fulfill all their formal requirements for their duties.” According to Swiss, it voluntarily agreed to pull the Embraer ERJ-145 pilots from duty, but it called the incident a matter of formality, attributing the violation to a documentation oversight in the instructors’ records.
A Swiss federal prosecutor confirmed today that he will indict Moritz Suter, André Dosé and four former employees with management functions of the defunct regional airline Crossair for homicide by neglect in connection with the crash of an Avro RJ100 during approach on Zurich Airport on Nov. 24, 2001. The prosecutor announced plans to bring charges last November, but he identified the suspects only by their initials.
Swiss International Airlines (formerly Crossair) on May 28 took delivery of the final Embraer ERJ-145 of a firm order for 25, thus completing the first phase of a fleet-renewal program scheduled to introduce the first production 70-seat Embraer 170 next spring. Also the 600th Embraer regional jet delivered, the 50-seat jet flew from São José dos Campos, Brazil, to Basel, Switzerland, via Natal, Brazil, the Cap Verde Islands and Casablanca.
Zimex Aviation disclosed that it has phased out of business aircraft maintenance, to focus instead on air-charter operations and executive aircraft handling at Zurich Airport. The privately owned company was founded in 1969 and embarked on business aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul with the 1986 acquisition of Limess Aviation, which was the Swiss airport’s first general aviation maintenance firm when it opened in 1955.