Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Airline Glossary - Swiss aircraft registrations "HB"

Have you ever wondered why Swiss aircraft registrations (including those of our own fleet) begin with HB?

The definitive answer is lost in the mists of time, but here’s the most plausible explanation: Up until 1932 Switzerland’s country registration code was “CH” (for Confoederatio Helvetica, the Latin name for the Swiss Confederation).

Then, in 1934, the revised Paris Convention entered into effect, whose provisions included the stipulation that an aircraft’s registration must be identical to its radio call sign. The call signs for on-board radios had already been established in the Washington International Radiotelegraph Convention of 1927, under which Switzerland had been allocated the block of “HBA” to “HBZ”. So the later Paris Convention assigned Switzerland the “HB” country code for its aircraft registrations. Precisely why the 1927 Washington Conference had given Switzerland the “HBx” call signs is unknown.

Friday, November 1, 2013

SWISS on Instagram (FlySWISS)

Arnaud Delaloye, e-marketing Greater Geneva Area

Bonjour à tous!

I am extremely glad to take over the @FlySWISS Instagram account for the month of November and let you discover all the cool activities that are currently running in the “Romandie” region, the French-speaking part of Switzerland!

I recently joined the SWISS Marketing team in Geneva, where our company is developing a lot of exciting projects: opening many new routes within Europe, new Crew Base, new fare structure, new marketing campaigns and partnerships etc., etc. My tasks are mainly to develop and execute online marketing activities: for example, we have just launched our own weekly eNewsletter and Facebook page SWISS GVA ( ! My goal during the following weeks will be to introduce to you all the people who are running these projects and share with you interesting “behind the scenes” views of SWISS and the airline world.

On a personal note, I live in Geneva but am originally from canton Valais. I often go back and forth, which will hopefully give me the chance to show you pictures of all my favourite places, from Lake Geneva to the Valais Alps. And I will try to take you on board of our planes as often as I can, because if you are reading this and following us on Instagram that’s probably because, just like me, you love airlines.

See you on Instagram and thanks for following @FlySWISS here: Instagram.