Swiss International Airlines (LX) is an important airline of Switzerland and operates scheduled services to Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America. The airline is often referred to by the name, 'Swiss'. The main hub of the airline is at Zurich Airport, Kloten, Switzerland. The airline evolved after the bankruptcy of Swissair in year 2001, Switzerland's former national carrier. Swiss International Airlines is a subsidiary of German airline Lufthansa, the headquarters of which is located at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, near Basel, in Switzerland. The registered office of the airline is also in Basel.
Destination & Services
Swiss International Airlines flights serve 72 destinations in 39 countries from its main hub at Zurich Airport, and the Swiss international airports in Basel and Geneva. Some of the destinations served in Europe are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom. In Africa the destinations covered are Camerroon, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Tunisia. In Middle East the destinations served are Israel, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. In Asia the destinations served are China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Maldives, Singapore and Thailand. In North America the countries served are Canada, Mexico and USA, and in South America the countries served are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.-Less
Swiss International Airlines has a varied fleet which comprises of 89 aircrafts till date, with an average age of 10.6 years. Out of them, 27 aircrafts are used for long haul routes, 55 for medium and short haul routes, and 7 operate on wet lease. There are 7 different kinds of aircrafts in Swiss International Airlines fleet: 7 Airbus A319-100, 21 Airbus A320-200, 6 Airbus A321-100, 1 Airbus A321-200, 4 Airbus A330-200, 10 Airbus A330-300, 15 Airbus A340-300, 20 Avro RJ100, 1 Boeing 737-800 and 6 Fokker 100 aircrafts.
Swiss International Airlines Baggage policy does allow passengers to carry some amount of baggage free of charge. The baggage allowance depends on the destination you are flying to. For SWISS First passenger free baggage allowance is 40 kilograms, for SWISS Business it is 20 kilograms, and for SWISS Economy it is 20 kilograms. For Children less than two years of age, free baggage allowance is 1 piece of baggage, with a maximum weight of 10 kilograms, and one folding pushchair.
Swiss International Airlines History
Swiss International Airlines was formed after the bankruptcy of Swissair in the year 2002, which was the former flag carrier of Switzerland. Swiss International Airlines was formed from the remains of Crossair, the regional counterpart to transatlantic Swissair. After turmoil of ups and downs, Swiss recovered its losses in 2006 and on July 1st, 2007, Lufthansa Group's took over Swiss. On April 1st, 2006, Swiss International Airlines joined Star Alliance and became a member of Lufthansa's Miles and More frequent program. Swiss acquired Edelweiss Air and Servair, in the year 2008.
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