Friday, February 28, 2014
My name is Nadja and during March I will be your SWISS Instagramer of the month. I am relatively new at SWISS, having joined the company only three months ago. So I am naturally excited about this month because it gives me the opportunity to discover SWISS with my Instagram photos, together with you. Instagram and all the other social media networks have a special status in my daily work as I am responsible for our social media strategy and activities. Every day I am in contact with you, our SWISS fans, through various channels, which enables me to exchange thoughts with you about our exciting world of air transport.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
By Kristina Roder, Cabin Crew Member
Sometimes I am in uniform when I travel to and from the airport. For example, when having the extra time at home is more important than the anonymity of travelling in civilian clothes, or when I am travelling from Bern rather than from my parents’ place, or have to get home as fast as possible in order to keep an appointment. But travelling in uniform is a lot less relaxing than doing so in civilian clothes. Other rail passengers often seem to feel that I should know everything and be ready to help everyone. That after a 12-hour flight I might not be in the mood for small talk is not always met with understanding.
But wearing my uniform also generates some memorable encounters. Such as on the morning of Christmas Day.
Monday, February 17, 2014
by Myriam Ziesack, Media Relations
Photos: Rumi Sakunaga, Online Marketing Japan
Switzerland’s relationship with Japan in aviation terms dates back to May 1956, when the initial bilateral air services agreement was signed between the two countries. The first official flight on (what was then) Swissair’s new Far East route to Tokyo took off from Zurich in April the following year, and reached Japan’s capital via intermediate stops in Geneva, Beirut, Karachi, Bombay, Bangkok and Manila.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Dear followers and fans of SWISS. My name is Florian and I will be your Instagramer of the month in February, giving you insights into my work as a First Officer on the BAe Avro RJ100. I have been flying on our short-haul network for about one-and-a-half years now and will regularly share photographs taken while en route to various European destinations from my home base of Zurich.
We operate to most of the European destinations in our SWISS route network and also handle all scheduled SWISS flights to various destinations from Basel.
Two special airports in our network are City Airport, located not far from the financial center of London in the United Kingdom, and Florence Airport in Tuscany, Italy. Both places have a rather short runway and require extra training in order for us pilots to fly there. The Avro exclusively serves these airports as the Airbus family of aircraft in our fleet are not certified for that. I look forward to taking you along virtually!
I myself wanted to fly for a living all my life. I started flying gliders at the age of 17, single-engine and multi-engine propeller aircraft at the age of 20 and flew on a jet aircraft for the first time at SWISS at the age of 24.
I fondly remember my training in the United States, where general aviation is a lot more integrated into people’s lives and indeed a tool to experiencing freedom. There you are able to fly almost everywhere without much hassle. My most adventurous flight so far was on a multi-engine Cessna 340 from the State of New York all the way to Iceland via Canada and Greenland, together with two more experienced pilots.
Anyway – that’s all about me for now – I hope you enjoy the photographs I get to share with you, follow us @FlySWISS.
Monday, January 20, 2014
By Kristina Roder, Cabin Crew Member
When I was recently assigned to a Montreal rotation that included a two-night stay, I immediately asked my mother if she would like to accompany me. Since parents of staff enjoy travel at a reduced fare, a weekend trip to Montreal really sounds attractive, right?
My mother accepted my invitation. Even though her dream destination is Hong Kong, I wanted to see how she would cope with a relatively short flight to Montreal before letting her sit in a jump seat on a flight to the Far East for 12 hours. The low fare is available on a standby basis, which means that a seat is not guaranteed. You take what you can get. And a jump seat is better than no seat, which would mean not flying at all.
The predicted availability on the outbound flight, however, was poor, which prompted me to “sign up” for duty in the Economy Class galley. I thought that if my mother was given the jump seat then I would at least be able to brief her on the procedure and attend to her en route. Personally speaking, I find daytime flights in Economy Class much more demanding than in Business Class, where passengers often prefer to sleep between meal services. There is always a lot going on during a daytime flight in Economy, which is fun but much more tiring. But as it turned out, my mother was in luck on the flight to Montreal and was even able to travel in Business Class. So while I spent the seven hours of the flight organising and serving, my mother was pampered by my colleagues.