Swiss to split off regional fleet

Swiss will transfer its Avro RJ fleet to a newly-created subsidiary, Swiss European Air Lines. The new airline will continue to fly under the Swiss brand, but will have its own management and operating certificate. Swiss currently operates four Avro RJ85s and fifteen RJ100s, but will increase its RJ100 fleet to 24 by next summer. Swiss has been under pressure from new owner Lufthansa to cut its costs. An earlier plan to shift the regional fleet to a low-cost subsidiary to be called Swiss Express was abandoned in 2003.

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