Crossair and Swissair shorthaul fleets to be integrated

The restructuring plan announced by Swiss national airline Swissair calls the airline’s shorthaul flights to be integrated with those of regional subsidiary Crossair, in a new operating entity dubbed Swiss Air Lines. The new entity, headed by current Crossair chief executive André Dosé, will build on Crossair’s approach of providing a high quality product but at significantly lower cost than Swissair itself. It will focus primarily on European point-to-point premium traffic. Despite the integration, Crossair will retain its individual brand name. The move will see the combined Swissair and Crossair fleets being substantially reduced by 2004, but most of the cuts are expected to come from the longhaul fleet. Crossair currently operates 4 Avro RJ85s and 16 RJ100s, but is planning to replace them with Embraer ERJ 170s and 190s over the next several years.

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