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Swiss Global Air Lines
Swiss Global Air Lines

Swiss Global Air Lines (until February 2015 Swiss European Air Lines)[5] was a Swiss airline and a subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines.

Like its parent, Swiss Global was part of the Star Alliance. It had its legal headquarters[6] in Basel; the physical head office was on the grounds of Zurich Airport and the town of Kloten.[7][8] Swiss Global Air Lines operated scheduled flights in the name and corporate design of its parent Swiss International to European metropolitan and some leisure destinations from Zürich Airport as well as some long-haul routes on behalf of its parent.

By 19 April 2018 all aircraft were transferred to the parent company as part of a new labour agreement. Therefore, Swiss Global Air Lines was dissolved.[9]


Swiss Global Air Lines was founded in 2005 as Swiss European Air Lines, to operate European routes for its parent company.

On 11 March 2009, the Lufthansa Group board announced that it planned to gradually replace the current Avro RJ100 fleet flown by Swiss Global with aircraft of the Bombardier CSeries from 2014.[10] The replacement of the twenty RJ100s was planned to take two years, while an additional ten aircraft would be delivered thereafter to allow for capacity expansion.[10] The new aircraft would allow Swiss to continue serving restricted destinations such as London City Airport or Florence Perétola Airport. With the delays to the Bombardier CSeries' development this date was postponed to 2015.[11] It was further postponed, with the first delivery, of a CS100, taking place in June 2016 with the first revenue flight on 15 July.[12] The Lufthansa Group is a launch customer for this aircraft type, and had previously signed a letter of intent for up to 60 aircraft.[13][14]

In December 2014, Swiss announced it would cease operations from EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg altogether by 31 May 2015, including Swiss Global Air Lines' operations there;[15] and subsequently concentrated on its operations in Zürich.

On 3 February 2015 Swiss International Air Lines announced the rebranding of Swiss European Air Lines to Swiss Global Air Lines.[5][16]

It was also confirmed on the same date, that Swiss International's six ordered Boeing 777-300ERs would be operated by Swiss Global Air Lines. These are the first aircraft for intercontinental flights in Swiss Global Air Lines' fleet.[16] A further three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft were ordered in 2015, bringing the commitment up to nine aircraft.[17] By April 2015, Swiss Global Air Lines requested traffic rights for flights to the United States to utilize the 777s on its parent's intercontinental routes.[18] The rights were granted by June 2015 and first used for flights to New York City from 2016.[19]

At the 2015 Paris Air Show, the airline announced it was switching 10 of its 30 orders for the Bombardier CS100 to the larger CS300.[20] Another 5 orders for CS100 were converted to CS300 on 4 June 2016. On 29 June 2016, Swiss Global received its first CS100 as the worldwide launch customer.[20] The first revenue service took place on 15 July 2016 from Zürich to Paris.[12]

In March 2017, Swiss converted another five CS100 orders to CS300 orders, for a fleet of 10 CS100 and 20 CS300 aircraft by the end of 2018. Swiss also holds options for up to 30 additional CSeries aircraft.[21]

On 1 June 2017, Swiss' first CS300 entered revenue service with its maiden commercial flight from Geneva to London Heathrow.[22] In 2017, following the delivery of Swiss Global's first Bombardier CS300, parent company (Swiss International Air Lines) CEO Thomas Kluhr announced that Swiss' Western Switzerland Base - Geneva fleet would consist of only Bombardier CSeries aircraft by the end of 2018, wholly operated by Swiss Global Air Lines, instead of Airbus A320 family aircraft.

On 14 August 2017, the final revenue RJ100 flight occurred, with the aircraft's formal retirement from Swiss service the following day.[23]

On 5 April 2018 it was announced that Swiss Global Air Lines would be dissolved, and all aircraft and employees were transferred to parent company Swiss International Air Lines by 19 April. The reason for this is considered to be the new labour agreement harmonizing pilot compensation across both companies that took effect on 1 April, negating the cost advantages of Swiss Global Airlines.[9][24]



When Swiss Global Air Lines ceased operations in April 2018, its fleet consisted of the following aircraft:[25][26]

On 14 August 2017, the final remaining Swiss Avro RJ100 aircraft, registered HB-IYZ, completed its last regular flight from London City Airport to Zurich, followed by a special flight from Geneva to Zurich for a formal retirement the next day.[23] A total of 24 Avro RJ100 aircraft had been a part of the Swiss fleet since 2002.[23]

Swiss European Air Lines started operations on 1 November 2005 with a fleet of 18 Avro RJ85/RJ100 and 8 Embraer 145.[3]

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