Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Manfred Simon, Captain and Deputy Fleet Chief
Hello Swiss community and a happy new year to all of you. I wish you all the best in 2014. My name is Manfred Simon and I am working as A320 Captain and as Deputy Fleet Chief A320 in the fleet office. I spend about 50% of my time in the aircraft flying on our short-haul network and the other 50% in the fleet office. It’s a pleasure for me to show you some insights of my job in the cockpit and in the office. Winter operations is quite a challenge for the pilots. At the end of January I’m scheduled for a trip to Moscow, which will show you how hard the winter further north can be.
My career as a pilot started 25 years ago with Swissair. I’m still convinced that it is a huge privilege to work as pilot in a company like SWISS. What I like most on our short-haul network is the pace of the operations, the challenging conditions and of course the night stops together with my crew. On the other hand, when I’m working in the office, I see how many people are involved in a safe and reliable and of course profitable airline. It needs a lot, to get an aircraft airborne.
I live close to the airport in Zurich, together with my wife and our two sons. In my free time I like to cook, which gives me a good balance to our working environment. Hopefully I can provide you with some new aspects and snapshots this month. And now, see you on Instagram! Thank you for following @FlySWISS.