Swiss International Air Lines to offer new flights from San Francisco to Zurich


Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) announced today new long-haul service between San Francisco and Zurich six times a week offering Bay Area passengers the opportunity to enjoy Swiss hospitality and feel right at home when flying to Switzerland and beyond to any of its 76 worldwide destinations.

The new service will begin on June 2, 2010 with an Airbus 340, complete with the SWISS First and SWISS Business cabins, plus a more comfortable SWISS economy experience. The schedule is as follows:

San Francisco-Zurich (SFO-ZRH), LX 39, dep. 7:25 pm, arr. 3:40 pm next day
Zurich-San Francisco (ZRH-SFO), LX 38, dep. 1:15 pm, arr. 4:30 pm next day

Rigorous cost management and focused endeavors to enhance efficiency, make SWISS one of the few air carriers able to further expand its network in 2010. As a result, the new San Francisco-Zurich service brings one of North America’s most important business and leisure destinations into the SWISS network, and with San Francisco growing steadily in importance for Swiss-based companies, the new service will further enhance Switzerland’s appeal as a business location.

“By adding San Francisco to our network, we are meeting a strong demand that we have heard and felt from many major companies and large numbers of leisure-travel customers,” said SWISS CEO Harry Hohmeister. “Actions like this show just how much drive and dynamism a healthy and competitive SWISS can provide for Switzerland as a place to do business and as a tourist destination.”

The Honorable Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco applauded the news about the new service: “Congratulations to Swiss International Air Lines on new premium non-stop service from Zurich. This route will further cement the ties between our two sister cities and provide passengers with a superior travel option to Zurich and beyond.”

San Francisco makes the eighth gateway served by SWISS in North America. SWISS offers convenient service to Switzerland from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, and Montreal. The new San Francisco service into Zurich flies into the heart of Europe, from where SWISS serves all major European cities with minimum connecting times.