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Swiss WorldCargo launches new direct flights between Zurich and Beijing, adding third Chinese destination


Zurich, Switzerland - Beijing, China: Swiss WorldCargo, the airfreight division of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd., announces the launch today of new direct flighs between Zurich and Beijing. Operated with A340-300 wide body equipment, the new connection marks a significant increase of cargo capacity to and from China, where Beijing is the third destination served by SWISS, after Hong Kong and Shanghai. 

The Chinese capital is not only the political and cultural centre of the most populous state in the world, but also the heart and mind of one of the fastest growing economies, and home to an amazing array of companies. Most of China’s largest state-owned corporations are based here, as well as 100 of the biggest private firms, and no fewer than 26 Fortune-500-companies -more than any other city apart from Tokyo and Paris.

In the past decade, the annual average growth rate of China’s export to Switzerland stood at 19% while that of Switzerland’s export to China was as high as 29%. “China is the largest contributor to Swiss export growth, with a growth rate ten times faster than Swiss exports to the EU: It is therefore a great opportunity to position our brand and service quality in Beijing, our third online station within the Greater China area,” says Ashwin Bhat, Managing Director Asia, Africa and Middle East.

“The new flight will enable our customers to take advantage of Swiss WorldCargo’s exceptional services and high quality transportation of general cargo and special products across its global network,“ Bhat continues. “Our customers can be sure we deliver our services with a passion for their needs, a drive for punctuality, and the dedication “to care for their cargo” every step of the way. “ 

SWISS flight LX196 departs at 12.30 and arrives in Beijing at 05.15 the next morning. The return flight LX197 leaves Beijing at 06.45 and lands in Zurich at 10.40 (all local times). SWISS is operating the flights with an Airbus A340-300, offering 18 tons of capacity in both directions. 

Key Facts

  • First Flight: Saturday, 11 February 2012
  • Equipment: A340-300
  • Capacity: Up to 18 tons per flight

Zurich-Beijing (daily)

LX196 ZRH-BJS 12.30 - 05.30 (+1)

Beijing-Zurich (daily)
LX197  BJS-ZRH 06.45 -10.40

Additional Information

Alexandra Dahl
Senior Manager
Head of Cargo Marketing and Communications

Swiss WorldCargo
Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.
CH-8058 Zurich Airport
Phone +41 44 564 42 58


Silvia Cappelli
PR & Online Communication

Swiss WorldCargo
Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.
CH-8058 Zurich Airport
Phone +41 44 564 55 02