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12/11/2020
SWISS operates more than 1,000 cargo-only flights since March

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis in March, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has operated more than 1,000 cargo-only flights, carried out by its airfreight division, Swiss WorldCargo. Over 23,000 tonnes of goods have been transported. During the months of April and May, the major commodities transported were medicines and medical supplies supporting the Swiss population and economy. Since then the focus has been on the transportation of commercial cargo.

A number of these cargo-only flights have been charter flights in which goods are mainly transported in the cargo hold. SWISS also uses the Economy Class cabin area on its three converted Boeing 777-300 to transport cargo. Since July, however, SWISS has also transported commercial cargo items within its cabins, following the approval received from the Swiss authorities. Previously this space was limited to protective medical gear and related humanitarian goods.

SWISS currently operates regularly scheduled cargo-only flights between Zurich and Beijing, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Dubai, Johannesburg, Mumbai and Shanghai. Cargo-only flight operations between Zürich and Santiago de Chile (via Sao Paulo) will also begin shortly. Within Europe, Swiss WorldCargo continues to offer service through regularly scheduled flights and its trucking network.

In addition to its charter flights, SWISS also continues to transport cargo in the belly of its regular passenger flights which has traditionally been the main business focus for its airfreight division, Swiss WorldCargo. The long-haul network for passenger flights currently includes destinations such as Bangkok, Boston, Dubai, Chicago, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Montreal, Newark, New York, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore Tel Aviv and Tokyo.

Swiss WorldCargo
​​​​​​​Swiss WorldCargo is the airfreight division of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). Headquartered at Zurich Airport, Swiss WorldCargo offers a comprehensive range of logistics solutions for transporting high-value and careintensive consignments to some 130 destinations in over 84 countries. The extensive Swiss WorldCargo network of airfreight services is further supplemented by daily truck connections between key business centers. As a reliable and innovative service provider within the Lufthansa Group, Swiss WorldCargo is consistently committed to delivering Swiss quality to its airfreight customers, and makes a substantial contribution to SWISS’s overall profitability.

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30/07/2020
Swiss WorldCargo begins transporting commercial cargo in cabin on certain routes

Zurich Airport, July 30, 2020 – Beginning this week, Swiss WorldCargo has updated its offering to include the transportation of commercial cargo in the cabin on select charter flights. Such cargo may include fashion/apparel, garments, fabrics, glassware, perishables, printing materials, machinery, electronic parts, aircraft parts, flowers, pharmaceuticals and spare parts. Medical equipment like diagnostic instruments and PPE equipment such as facemasks and surgical gloves can also continue to be transported within the cabin. 
 
Commercial Cargo in the cabin is currently allowed on flights to Shanghai (PVG), Beijing (PEK), Bangkok (BKK),São Paulo (GRU), Johannesburg (JNB) and Dubai (DXB). Medical and PPE equipment can also continue to be transported in the cabin on all wide-body aircraft routes. In order to transport commercial cargo effectively inside the aircraft cabin, additional airport handling competencies are required. Additionally, SWISS staff onboard every flight supervise all materials in order to ensure a safe journey. 
 
On Monday, 27 July, the first of such flights arrived in Zurich Airport from Dubai International Airport. The Boeing 777-300ER carried diverse garments and other fashion-related goods within the passenger cabin. 
 
Swiss WorldCargo  
Swiss WorldCargo is the airfreight division of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). Headquartered at Zurich Airport, Swiss WorldCargo offers a comprehensive range of logistics solutions for transporting high-value and careintensive consignments to some 130 destinations in over 84 countries. The extensive Swiss WorldCargo network of airfreight services is further supplemented by daily truck connections between key business centers. As a reliable and innovative service provider within the Lufthansa Group, Swiss WorldCargo is consistently committed to delivering Swiss quality to its airfreight customers, and makes a substantial contribution to SWISS’s overall profitability.  
 
This media release can be found at swissworldcargo.com 

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15/05/2020
SWISS to add new intercontinental destinations to its cargo-only network

Zurich Airport, May 15, 2020 – Since the end of March, SWISS and its Swiss WorldCargo division have operated more than 200 cargo-only flights, transporting over 4,000 tonnes of cargo between Asia and Switzerland. Most of the goods transported included medicines and medical supplies to support Switzerland and its population.

By including further intercontinental destinations to the SWISS route network, the company’s airfreight division, Swiss WorldCargo, can expand its services and, as of 15 May, will also offer frequent flights to Hong Kong (twice weekly), New York JFK (four times weekly) Johannesburg (weekly, performed initially by Edelweiss as cargo-only flight and from June by SWISS) and Mumbai (thrice weekly).

At the end of June, another 160 cargo flights are expected to be carried out on behalf of various private companies and public institutions. These will include the first-ever services to destinations such as Toronto and Shenzhen. The first of four such flights from Zurich to Toronto was conducted on 12 May, and ten cargo-only flights will be operated to Shenzhen from 22 May onwards. All these services will be performed with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

In addition, preparatory work is underway for the conversion of 4 Boeing 777-300ER. The Economy Class seats would be removed in order to increase the cargo volume on the aircraft.

Swiss WorldCargo
Swiss WorldCargo is the airfreight division of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). Headquartered at Zurich Airport, Swiss WorldCargo offers a comprehensive range of logistics solutions for transporting high-value and care-intensive consignments to some 130 destinations in over 84 countries. The extensive Swiss WorldCargo network of airfreight services is further supplemented by daily truck connections between key business centers. As a reliable and innovative service provider within the Lufthansa Group, Swiss WorldCargo is consistently committed to delivering Swiss quality to its airfreight customers, and makes a substantial contribution to SWISS’s overall profitability.

 

 

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