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Milestones in the History of Edelweiss

2018

July 2018;;; Edelweiss’s route network now includes seventy holiday destinations in 34 countries. Furthermore, Kalamata (in Greece) and Tirana (in Albania) will be added as two new destinations in summer 2019.;;; ;;; June 2018;;; The airline’s considerable growth in recent years has led to an expansion of its aircraft fleet and a growing workforce: as of June 2018, Edelweiss has 1002 employees (218 pilots, 662 Cabin Crew members and 122 ground staff). ;;; ;;; April 2018;;; Two Travellers‘ Choice awards for Edelweiss. The airline received the Travellers’ Choice Award in the categories “Regional Airline Europe” and “Economy Class Europe” presented by TripAdvisor (the world’s largest travel website). ;;; ;;; March 2018;;; Edelweiss announced the addition of two new short-haul destinations per its 2018/2019 Winter Timetable: starting in October 2018, the airline will fly to La Palma on the Canary Islands and Eilat in Israel.;;; ;;; January 2018;;; Thomas Klühr is appointed as the new Chairman of the Edelweiss Board of Directors. His predecessor, Karl Ulrich Garnadt, will remain on the Board as a member.

2017

November 2017;;; Announcement of new long-haul destinations as of 2018, namely the Seychelles, Colombo und Ho Chi Minh City.;;; ;;; November 2017;;; Edelweiss announced the addition of three Airbus A320 medium-haul aircraft in spring and summer 2018. At the end of 2018, the Edelweiss fleet will total fifteen aircraft.;;; ;;; July 2017;;; Announcement of the second-largest expansion of holiday destinations in the history of the airline, with eleven new destinations added to the Edelweiss route network in summer 2018. The new destinations include Orlando, Denver and Varadero.;;; ;;; April 2017;;; Addition of the second A340 to the Edelweiss fleet.

2016

December 2016;;; For the first time in twenty years, the Edelweiss crew uniforms underwent a complete redesign. The new attire was created by the ASANDRI design studio in Zurich. ;;; ;;; October 2016;;; Edelweiss won the Swiss Travel Award 2016 in the category “Airlines Short-/Medium-haul” and came third in the category “Airlines Long-haul”.;;; ;;; October 2016;;; The first of four Airbus A340 aircraft joined the Edelweiss fleet. The interior of the aircraft was completely refurbished, including with the latest generation of comfortable seats and a new lighting concept featuring LED technology. ;;; ;;; July 2016;;; The Züri Fäscht festival visitors were treated to a very special sight. Together with the PC-7 TEAM of the Swiss Air Force, an Edelweiss A320 passenger aircraft performed a spectacular flight formation in the sky above the festival. ;;; ;;; June 2016;;; Decision to further expand Edelweiss’s long-haul route network. Starting in 2017, Edelweiss will fly to Cancún, Costa Rica and San Diego. ;;; ;;; June 2016;;; Edelweiss launched its new “Edelweiss Travel Magazine”. The magazine is available on all Edelweiss flights. ;;; ;;; May 2016;;; Refurbishing of the entire A320 fleet with new seats, a fresh interior design and a wireless entertainment system that enables passengers to access movies, music and digital reading by way of their own smartphones and tablets. ;;; ;;; April 2016;;; Addition of a further long-haul aircraft as part of the expansion programme. The Airbus A330-300 “Chäserrugg” was the first aircraft to be named pursuant to Edelweiss’s new “Where Edelweiss is at home” naming concept. In keeping with this concept, all future Edelweiss aircraft will be named after Swiss regions in which the Edelweiss flower grows.

A320 from Edelweiss Air

2015

November 2015;;; Addition of a further A320 to the Edelweiss fleet and the first to receive the new Edelweiss coating. ;;; ;;; July 2015;;; July 2015 marked the start of the largest fleet expansion in Edelweiss history. The expansion will be completed at the end of 2018 when the Edelweiss fleet will encompass twelve aircraft. Edelweiss will take over four Airbus A340 long-haul aircraft from its affiliate SWISS. Up to 400 new jobs will be created in Switzerland as a result of the expansion. ;;; ;;; May 2015;;; Edelweiss celebrated its twentieth anniversary. During the summer, scenic flights were carried out with the Edelweiss Zeppelin at six different locations in Switzerland. The flights were available to the general public.

Edelweiss Zeppelin

2010-2014

September 2014;;; Bernd Bauer took over as CEO of Edelweiss. ;;; ;;; June 2014;;; With the refurbishing of the airline’s A330 long-haul aircraft, Edelweiss introduced new Business Class comfort featuring modern fully lie-flat seats which convert into two-metre long beds. The refurbishing also included 15 cm more legroom in Economy Max.

Business Class fully lie-flat seat

2005-2009

November 2008;;; Edelweiss became a sister company of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and a part of the Lufthansa Group.

2000-2004

January 2002;;; Karl Kistler took over as CEO of Edelweiss.;;; ;;; November 2000;;; Edelweiss operated its first long-haul flight on 21st November 2000. The destination of the Airbus A330 was the Maldives holiday paradise.

1995-1999

February 1996;;; On receiving the green light for flight operations. Edelweiss carried out its first commercial flight on 10th February 1996, from Zurich to Paphos via Larnaca and back to Zurich. ;;; ;;; October 1995;;; Edelweiss Air AG was founded on 19th October 1995 by Kuoni Reisen AG and Niklaus Grob. Niklaus Grob became the airline’s first CEO.

Founding of Edelweiss Air AG