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Monday, September 30, 2013

Interview with Margrit Mondavi


“For me wine is a form of art”

The world of wine owes much to Swiss-born Margrit Mondavi. Together with her husband Robert Mondavi, she built up the Mondavi wine empire, which established the pleasure of wine as a major lifestyle focus.


Interview: Chandra Kurt for the in-flight magazine SWISS Universe

You are now 87 years old, you go into the office every day, travel round the world, and together with your late husband Robert Mondavi you brought radical changes to the world of wine. Where does so much enthusiasm come from?

I have been very lucky in my life. Everything was possible when I first came to California in the sixties. I was full of ideas and always loved the chance to link wine up with other areas. With music, for example, or with art. For me, wine has never been just wine.

Today, Napa Valley is the embodiment of premium wines from the USA, and California is responsible for some 90 per cent of total US grape production. What was the situation like back in the sixties?

Completely different. In those days, there were only 21 wineries and the sort of wine tourism that exists today was totally unknown. Wine tended to be a rather unexciting and extremely complicated matter. And, back then, it was very much a maledominated business.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Airline Glossary - ILS

ILS

What is the meaning of the abbreviation ILS, we asked you yesterday on our Facebook page. Here’s the answer:

ILS stands for instrument landing system, a facility that provides pilots with both lateral and vertical guidance signals to help them land, especially in conditions of limited visibility. The lateral guidance is provided by the localizer, which tells the pilots if they are aligned with the runway centreline; and the vertical guidance is provided by the glide slope, which leads the aircraft down at a prescribed angle of approach. By following the intersection of the localizer and glide slope signals, pilots can guide their flight right down to the runway’s touchdown zone. All the runways in Zurich, Geneva and Basel that are used by our flights are ILS-equipped. And the system will generally be used by approaching aircraft whenever it is available, unless ATC prescribes a different approach or the pilots opt to perform a visual approach for training purposes.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Trained, familiarized, ready for the world! (My sky-high life)


Kristina Roder, Cabin Crew Member

My last familiarization flight is over: I’m now a fully-fledged cabin crew member, able to fly to any point in our network and serve in either the SWISS Economy or the SWISS Business.

It’s taken some intensive training to get me this far. A basic course lasting several weeks, followed by eight months of short-haul deployments. Then another two weeks of long-haul training, combined with eleven training and familiarization flights. In all that time I’ve been halfway round the world several times, and criss-crossed Europe all over, too.

As with so many of my fellow trainees, the Business Class galley was a workstation for which I had a particular respect. There seemed to be so much to organize and coordinate, and so much to serve and remove, that I did find myself wondering: will it all fit into these trolleys? And what if I forget some detail: will the whole cabin service grind to a halt?   

Then you’re actually assigned there and realize it’s not that bad after all. Most of the steps in the process are pretty self-evident. And if you do forget or aren’t sure of something, you can always ask your fellow crew members. The teamwork here really helps us all to conduct our inflight service as smoothly and swiftly as possible.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wings for Japan (Part 2)


Rumi Sakunaga, e-Line Management (in Tokyo)

This year’s “Wings for Japan*” invitees from Tohoku – middle- and high-school students, 12 of them female and six of them male – boarded LX 8947 in Tokyo for Zurich on 26 July. As they did, they already had one long journey behind them: the bullet train from Tohoku and the Narita Express to the airport!





Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wings for Japan (Part 1)


Rumi Sakunaga, e-Line Management (in Tokyo)

This year’s “Wings for Japan*” invitees from Tohoku – middle- and high-school students, 12 of them female and six of them male – boarded LX 8947 in Tokyo for Zurich on 26 July. As they did, they already had one long journey behind them: the bullet train from Tohoku and the Narita Express to the airport!





Sunday, September 1, 2013

SWISS on Instagram (@FlySWISS)


Janine Hörburger, Revenue Management Innovation Lab

Shalom, everybody!

After Janina (great job, Janina!), this month it’s time for me: Janine. Yay!

I work as a business analyst in our Revenue Management Innovation Lab. My daily business is… well, there’s no such thing. Our team is a “two-geek show”, and our vision is to be outside the box, but inside the code! And me? I’m very passionate about any kind of board sports. Snowboarding is my endless love, kite-boarding is my new affair, and of course I have a constant crush on SWISS airplanes and travelling the world. My home-from-home is vibrant Tel Aviv, but my true home is Zurich, that sunny and calm beauty which turns into a crazy monster with the rhythm of the long nights. Throughout September I’ll be inviting you to share a mixture of pics from my SWISS travels, my beautiful Zurich, some geek stuff about my work and some of my crazier moments. I truly hope you will enjoy them!

From Janine with love :)