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Helvetic Airways is a Swiss low cost airline headquartered in Kloten with its fleet stationed at Zurich Airport.[4] It operates flights to destinations in Europe and Northern Africa, mainly leisure markets, on its own behalf,[5] as well as scheduled flights on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines and Lufthansa,[6] using their fleet of Embraer 190s and Embraer E2.

Helvetic Airways
Helvetic Airways logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
2L[1] OAW HELVETIC
Founded2003
AOC #CH.AOC.1033[2]
Hubs
Fleet size11
Destinations34
Parent companyHelvetic Airways AG
HeadquartersKloten, Switzerland
Key peopleBruno Jans, CEO
Tobias Pogorevc, CFO
Employeesabout 400[3]
Websitehelvetic.com

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HistoryEdit

Helvetic Airways was established in the autumn of 2003, as a rebranding and extension of the existing airline Odette Airways, to serve destinations in South-Eastern Europe. Switzerland's first budget carrier began operating in November, with a Fokker 100 flying to 3 destinations. By 2004, the fleet had grown to 7 aircraft.

In December 2006, the carrier unveiled a new look for its aircraft. Since that time, all the Fokker 100s have livery in red-white-silver grey colours, with the Swiss cross on the tailfin.

In October 2010, the Swiss news media announced a new base in Bern Airport.[7]

On 18 February 2013, in the 2013 Belgian diamond heist, eight men armed with automatic weapons and dressed in police uniforms seized 120 small parcels, containing an estimated $50 million (£32,000,000) worth of diamonds from a Helvetic Airways Fokker 100 passenger plane, loaded with passengers preparing for departure to Zurich. The men drove two vehicles through a hole they had cut in the airport's perimeter fence to Flight LX789, which had just been loaded with diamonds from a Brink's armoured van. The men were able to execute the operation within five minutes with no injuries and without firing a shot.[8]

In December 2014,[9] Helvetic Airways began to take over seven Embraer 190s, which were freed by Niki changing their fleet.[10]

Since March 2016, there is a wet lease contract with Lufthansa for the route Zurich-Munich.[11]

In 2018, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) expanded its partnership with Helvetic Airways, announcing that it will deploy up to eight Helvetic Airways Embraer E190-E2 aircraft or similar equipment on its route network, from 2019 onwards.[12]

DestinationsEdit

 
Helvetic Airways Fokker 100 in former livery
 
Now phased-out Helvetic Airways Airbus A319-100

Scheduled destinations as of July 2018:[13][14] Not included are the routes served for Swiss International Air Lines, as well as Lufthansa on a long-term wetlease contract.

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport Charter Terminated
Finland Kuusamo Kuusamo Airport
France Bordeaux Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport Terminated
France Calvi Calvi – Sainte-Catherine Airport
France Lourdes Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport Charter Terminated
Germany Rostock Rostock–Laage Airport
Greece Heraklion Heraklion International Airport Charter Terminated
Greece Kos Kos International Airport Charter Terminated
Greece Preveza Aktion National Airport Charter Terminated
Greece Rhodes Rhodes International Airport Charter Terminated
Ireland Limerick Shannon Airport
Italy Olbia Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport
Kosovo Pristina Pristina International Airport Charter Terminated
North Macedonia Ohrid Ohrid "St. Paul the Apostle" Airport Charter Terminated
North Macedonia Skopje Skopje International Airport Charter Terminated
Norway Tromsø Tromsø Airport, Langnes Charter Terminated
Spain Jerez de la Frontera Jerez Airport
Spain Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport
Switzerland Bern Bern Airport Hub
Switzerland Sion Sion Airport
Switzerland Zürich Zurich Airport Hub

FleetEdit

 
Helvetic Airways Embraer 190
 
Helvetic Airways Fokker 100

Current fleetEdit

The Helvetic Airways fleet includes the following aircraft, as of July 2019:

Helvetic Airways fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Embraer 190[15] 11[16] 112 Up to 11 operated for Swiss International Air Lines. Replaced Fokker 100.
Embraer 190-E2 12[17] TBA Order with 12 purchase rights.
Deliveries between 2019 and 2021.
Total 11 12

On Friday 14, June 2019, the Helvetic Airways Fokker 100 left the fleet with a special event including a water salute at Zurich Airport.

Historic fleetEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  2. ^ "List of AOC Holders with Complex Airplanes" (PDF). Federal Office of Civil Aviation. 28 March 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Information of Helvetic Airways Group". helvetic.com. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Imprint Archived 29 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine." Helvetic Airways. Retrieved on 6 November 2009. "Helvetic Airways AG P.O. Box 250 CH-8058 Zurich Airport"
  5. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. p. 90.
  6. ^ http://abouttravel.ch/reisebranche/transport-luft-land/helvetic-airways-fliegt-fur-lufthansa/
  7. ^ "2011 startet Helvetic auch von Bern-Belp aus".
  8. ^ Higgins, Andrew (18 February 2013). "Brazen Jewel Robbery at Brussels Airport Nets $50 Million in Diamonds". New York Times. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Helvetic Airways - Fleet information of E-190". www.helvetic.com. Helvetic Airways AG. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  10. ^ "A319 bekommen Niki-Beklebung".
  11. ^ INSIDE, TRAVEL. "Helvetic Airways fliegt für Lufthansa | aboutTravel". abouttravel.ch. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  12. ^ "SWISS and Helvetic Airways Expand their Collaboration". Airline Suppliers. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Flugplan". www.helvetic.com. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Flugplan". www.helvetic.com. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Helvetic Airways Flotte - ZRH-Spotter".
  16. ^ "Helvetic Airways Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  17. ^ https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/69018-embraer-lands-seven-new-regional-jet-orders
  18. ^ "About Travel (in German)". www.abouttravel.ch. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Helvetic Airways Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Helvetic Airways Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 2 May 2017.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Helvetic Airways at Wikimedia Commons