Swiss takes off

Swiss, the new Swiss national airline built around Crossair and the remnants of bankrupt Swissair, took to the air on 31 March. The inaugural flight, LX2991 from Basel to Zürich, was flown by Avro RJ85 HB-IXF (no doubt chosen because she is the only RJ to have already been painted in the new airline’s livery). She took off from Basel at 06:42 with 65 passengers on board, including the company’s chief executive, Andre Dosé. She landed at Zürich at 06:57, and was met by a water-gun salute. The new Swiss airline’s fleet includes four RJ85s and fifteen RJ100s. A legal challenge by Swissair’s receivers over the use of the name Swiss was rejected in court.

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