Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Airline Glossary - ECARF


For what does ECARF stand for, we asked you on our Facebook page. Here’s the answer:

European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF ) is a body that strives to improve the quality of life for allergy sufferers and actively promotes allergy research.

Over 30% of Europe’s population are personally affected by allergies. The Foundation, which is based at Berlin’s Charité University Hospital, has developed an internationally-recognized seal of approval which it bestows on products and services that pay due and full regard to allergy sufferers’ needs. Our company has now become the first airline in the world to earn the ECARF seal of approval. We have done so by actively addressing the needs of allergy sufferers among our customers: modifying our cabin interiors and equipment, expanding the range of food and drink we serve in our lounges and to travellers aloft, and developing an extensive information programme for our personnel.

If this topic is of interest for you, watch as well the following video:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SWISS on Instagram (FlySWISS)

Our Instagramer of the month in April is text editor and translator Alan Millen. With his broad SWISS experience and daily interaction with colleagues from across the company, particularly in Marketing and Corporate Communications, Alan will give you unique insights into his professional and private life.

Hello, SWISS Fans and Followers

My name is Alan Millen and I’ll be the Instagram supplier for the month of April. I have been with SWISS as a Marketing unit text editor and German-to-English translator since the company came into existence in 2002. I do a lot of work for our inflight magazine so there’s a pretty good chance you’ve read some of my work on a SWISS flight at some point. From 1991-2002  I was part of the Corporate Communications team at Swissair. I came to Switzerland from Vancouver, Canada in 1987, where I had worked as a newspaper reporter and secondary school teacher. But that’s all a long time ago now. Away from the airline business, I have done the English subtitling for a number of Swiss  feature films and documentaries, the best known of which were released in English as The Foster Boy (“Der Verdingbub”), The Curse of the Alps (“Sennentuntschi”),  180° (“180° Wenn deine Welt plötzlich Kopf steht”) and The Little Room (“La Petite Chambre”).

As a SWISS employee I enjoy flying whenever the opportunity comes up. My most recent trip was to snowy Boston and New York in early February. Toward the end of April I’ll be flying to Barcelona and will make a point of sending some pictures from that trip together with friends visiting from Canada.

As I am based at head office in Zurich, most of the images I provide will be of day-to-day SWISS scenes at nearby Zurich Airport and Zurich in general. I’m looking forward to this project as it takes me out of my comfort zone. It will be a challenge to match the standards set by previous Instagrammers!

Best regards


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