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Yes I know..
is one of the best Airlines in the world.. too bad.. that
after more than 75 years of quality
service and secure easy flights, all is going down..
What makes me really cry, is, that all those happenings are
the result of a Bad Management, that simply had too much money
in their hands and who bought other companies like parts of
Southafrican Airlines.. and then they moved out parts of the
(**SOLD**), one of the most precise
company who does all kinds of Airplain Checks and Repairs,
to Southafrica... and
(**SOLD**), the company that
makes sure that passengers get the very
best food ever.. not only during Swissair-Flights and
not only in Zürich at the
Airport but also at a big number of other countries.. they
were the first one to use natural grown
food :-) All of them do have big money problems now..
and they start reducing the number of workers.
With the help of the government
and economical big companies all hope to make it possible,
that a new National Airline can
get into the footsteps of Swissair
and provide the same great, fast, Intercontinental
and European Flights, we are used to.. Even at the
lowest prices ever found!! The whole reorganisation is a long
- time awaited step, that unfortunatly can't be done without
cutting down the numbers of jobs.. as number of Passengers
have lowered down for at least 1/3.. during 2001 compared
to the year 2000.
Now there is
who operated only in short and middle range European Flights..
and coz they offer lower prices than Swissair and coz of the
diffrent marketsegement.. they were able to keep themselfs
alive. In only 1 month all started to get out.. by the press,
that Swissair has more than 17 billion
SFR of dept and the Banks didn't provide Swissair the
needed money before oil-company said, they don't give petrol
till they get money.. which then in fact resulted in a Grounding
of all Swissair Airplanes for 48 hours.. The image
of Swissair has been crashed.. especially for those 3000 passengers
who were stuck at Zürich Airport.
next step was to push the Government to give money.. which
they did.. just to keep Swissair in the air till the end of
October, when Crossair should
take over ( now in January 2002 they actually started to take
over most of the Swissairflights) - as known by now 26
Long and 26 short Flight Aircrafts.. out of around
50 each.. at least it's not Swissair the owner of the airplains
it's the company called Flight Lease AG.. so that's a relief
(small one). This take-over costs around 4500 jobs.. ( not
all in Switzerland though )!
All Pilots (Swissair Pilots
Cabin Crew, or workers of
( where a friend of mine was working.. ) and many other small
where I wanted to work.., be it from the Crossair side or
from Swissair.. yes the good old Swissair crashed by the management..
should keep together and make the NEW
SWISS Airline ( yes we still don't know the name..
) be a valuable partner for everybody
in the future!! At least 4 billion SFR from government and
from the economy.. should help to keep the winter flight plan
working out.. and giving a good state for a new start..
Now in January
2002 finally the Town Zürich said YES to the 300
million SFR credit for the new Airline and with this 4400+
jobs have been saved!! And former Swissair workers have a
light that due to the good ticketsails and coz of the concurs-mass,
they might be able to save at least partly the social plans...
latest News is, that the battle with AOM/Air
Liberté is not over yet, as they blocked several
million SFR from the ticketsails of Crossair, coz they say..
it's the Swissair's mis management that put them in deep problems
and Crossair is the next company beeing responsible till the
NEW Swiss Airline starts...
will stop it's activities in March 2002.. Crossair is probably
going to start it's own cargo service..
like to thank everybody who took the time to read this..
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made by Tom Philip