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Switzerland is a federal republic in west central Europe, bordered on the north by France and Germany, on the east by Austria and Liechtenstein, on the south by Italy, and on the west by France. The country has an area of 41,285 sq km (15,940 sq mi). Its largest city is Zürich, and the capital is Bern
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May 16, 2017 PowdAir has announced 14Dec2017 as its commencement date [update]
April 20, 2017 Belair plans to cease operations by Oct2017 [news]
February 16, 2017 PowdAir intends to operate into the heart of Switzerland's most popular winter sports region, the Valais [added]

Airline

Operating Dates Status

Ad Astra   

1931* - 1931 Renamed

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^ Genealogy : Ad Astra Aero + Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft Comte Mittelholzer & Co =>Ad Astra + Balair =>Swissair +>Crossair

Ad Astra Aero   

1919 - 1931 Renamed

^ Comments : Aktiengesellschaft was founded in Zurich on 15Dec1919 & on 24Feb1920 it merged with the Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft Comte Mittelholzer & Co to form Ad Astra Aero AG

^ Genealogy : Aktiengesellschaft + Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft =>Ad Astra Aero + Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft Comte Mittelholzer & Co =>Ad Astra + Balair =>Swissair +>Crossair

Ad Astra Swiss Air Transport Company   

1919* - 1919* Renamed

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^ Genealogy : Ad Astra Aero + Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft Comte Mittelholzer & Co =>Ad Astra + Balair =>Swissair +>Crossair

Aero Jet   

1991 - 1996 Inactive

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^ Genealogy : Air City >Aero Jet

Aero St. Gallen   

1930* - 1930* Status?

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Aerodrome Regional de Montreux   

1969* - 1969* Status?

^ Comments : Aerodrome Regional de Montreux undertook charter work, air taxi etc

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Aero-Gesellschaft Comte Mittelholzer & Co   

1920* - 1920 Renamed

^ Comments : Aktiengesellschaft was founded in Zurich on 15Dec1919 & on 24Feb1920 it merged with the Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft Comte Mittelholzer & Co to form Ad Astra Aero AG

^ Genealogy : Aktiengesellschaft + Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft =>Ad Astra Aero + Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft Comte Mittelholzer & Co =>Ad Astra + Balair =>Swissair +>Crossair

Aeroleasing   

1978* - 1979* Status?

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Aeropa   

1958 - 1960 Inactive

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Aerowings   

2002 - 2002 Inactive

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Air Alpes   

1997 - 2000* Inactive

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Air Avance   

2004* - 2004* Inactive

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Air City   

1990 - 1991 Renamed

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^ Genealogy : Air City >Aero Jet

Air Corviglia   

2013* - date Active

^ Comments : Air Corviglia, a private airline, located in Samedam just outside of St. Moritz

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Air Engiadina   

1987* - 2001 Renamed

^ Comments : Air Engiadina was founded 22Apr1987 & ceased operations on 01Apr2001 before being renamed to Swisswings

^ Genealogy : Air Engiadina >Swisswings

Air Engiadina   

2006* - date Active

^ Comments : Air Engiadina was founded 04Feb2006

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Air Executive   

2004 - 2008 Renamed

^ Comments : VistaJet was founded in 2004 as Air Executive. Renamed in 2008

^ Genealogy : Air Executive >VistaJet

Air Glaciers   

1965* - date Active

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Air Globe   

(1940s) Unconfirmed

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Air Méditerranée Suisse   

(2009) Began?

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Air Starline   

1988* - 1995 Inactive

^ Comments : ASA Air Starline was the Swiss subsidiary of African Safari Airways (a Kenyan company)

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Air Switzerland Europe   

2002* - 2002* Inactive

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Air Ticino   

1976 - 1976 Inactive

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Air Zurich   

(****) Unconfirmed

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Air-Sea Service   

1976 - 1980 Renamed

^ Comments : Air-Sea Service was renamed to RhineAir in 1980

^ Genealogy : Air-Sea Service >RhineAir

Aktiengesellschaft   

1920* - 1920 Renamed

^ Comments : Aktiengesellschaft was founded in Zurich on 15Dec1919 & on 24Feb1920 it merged with the Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft Comte Mittelholzer & Co to form Ad Astra Aero AG

^ Genealogy : Aktiengesellschaft + Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft =>Ad Astra Aero + Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft Comte Mittelholzer & Co =>Ad Astra + Balair =>Swissair +>Crossair

ALAG (Alpine Luft-Transport AG)   

1961 - 1979* Status?

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Alp Wings   

(2006) Began?

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Alpar Bern   

1932* - 1932* Status?

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Alphalines   

1989* - 1989* Status?

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Alpliner   

1990s Status?

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Alpstein Air   

(2003) Began?

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Arctic-Glaciers   

2002* - 2002* Status?

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ASA Aerospace   

1998* - 1998* Status?

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ASL Airlines Switzerland   

2015 - date Active

^ Comments : Farnair Switzerland was renamed to ASL Airlines Switzerland in Jun2015

^ Genealogy : Farner Air Transport >Farnair Switzerland > ASL Airlines Switzerland

Astra Airlines   

(2003) Began?

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ATA (Air Tourisme Alpine)   

1969* - 1974 Renamed

^ Comments : Transvalair was known until 1974 as ATA (Air Tourisme Alpine)

^ Genealogy : ATA (Air Tourisme Alpine) >Transvalair

Avion Tourisme   

**** - **** Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Avion Tourisme >>Ad Astra Swiss Air Transport Company =>Swissair +>Crossair

Avione   

2003 - 2003* Status?

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Avisto  updated in 2017

1990* - 2003* Inactive

^ Comments : Avisto was a Passenger and cargo charter carrier founded in 1990

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Baboo   

2008 - 2011 Renamed

^ Comments : Baboo, founded by Julian Cook in Aug2003, operated its first flight to Lugano as Flybaboo on 03Nov2003. Acquired by Darwin Airline

^ Genealogy : Flybaboo >Baboo >>Darwin Airline >Etihad Regional

Balair   

1925* - 1931 Renamed

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^ Genealogy : Ad Astra + Balair =>Swissair +>Crossair

Balair   

1957 - 1993 Renamed

^ Comments : Balair was formed in 1953 & began operations the same year.as a flying school and pilot training organisation. Commercial service began with a Vickers Viking in Jun1957

^ Genealogy : Balair + CTA =>Balair - CTA >Balair >Belair

Balair   

2000* - 2001 Inactive

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^ Genealogy : Balair + CTA =>Balair - CTA >Balair >Belair

Balair - CTA   

1998* - 2000* Renamed

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^ Genealogy : Balair + CTA =>Balair - CTA >Balair >Belair

Belair  updated in 2017

2001 - date Active

^ Comments : Belair was registered in the Swiss Commercial Register on 16Oct2001 & operations started on 03Nov2001. Belair plans to cease operations by Oct2017.

^ Genealogy : Balair + CTA =>Balair - CTA >Balair >Belair

BenAvia   

1998* - 2002 Inactive

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Bodner Air Taxi   

1978* - 1979* Status?

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Brisair   

1982* - date Active

^ Comments : Brisair was founded in 1982

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Business Flyers Basel  updated in 2017

1975 - 1978 Renamed

^ Comments : Crossair was founded on 14Feb1975 & commenced services as Business Flyers Basel on 02Jul1975. Renamed on 18Nov1978, before the beginning of scheduled services on 02Jul1979 [SWISS was formed as BUSINESS FLYERS BASLE by Maurice Suter. Renamed to CROSSAIR just prior to starting scheduled services. Launch customer for Saab 340A/B in 1984 and Saab 2000. Swiss began operations, taking over many routes from bankrupt Swissair on 31Mar2002 after the airline went bankrupt following the Sept 11 2001 disaster]

^ Genealogy : Business Flyers Basel >Crossair >Swiss

Cargo Lion AG   

1991* - 1992 Renamed

^ Comments : Cargo Lion started life in Switzerland as Cargo Lion AG in 1991 & relocated to Switzerland. Ceased operations on 17Apr2001

^ Genealogy : Cargo Lion AG >Cargo Lion

Cat Aviation   

1991* - date Active

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Catran (CargoTrans)   

(2004) Began?

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Charter-Leisure   

(1997) Began?

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Cityline Swiss   

2010 - date Active

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Classic Air   

1985* - 2004* Inactive

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Clipper International Airways   

1977* - 1985 Inactive

^ Comments : Clipper International Airways was possibly reformed as Avistar Airlines in Cyprus

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Club Airways   

2003 - 2005 Inactive

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Comlux   

2006* - date Active

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Commercial Air Transport   

(****) Began?

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Connect Air   

(2005) Began?

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Crossair  updated in 2017

1978 - 2002 Renamed

^ Comments : Crossair was founded on 14Feb1975 & commenced services as Business Flyers Basel on 02Jul1975. Renamed on 18Nov1978, before the beginning of scheduled services on 02Jul1979 [SWISS was formed as BUSINESS FLYERS BASLE by Maurice Suter. Renamed to CROSSAIR just prior to starting scheduled services. Launch customer for Saab 340A/B in 1984 and Saab 2000. Swiss began operations, taking over many routes from bankrupt Swissair on 31Mar2002 after the airline went bankrupt following the Sept 11 2001 disaster]

^ Genealogy : Business Flyers Basel >Crossair >Swiss

CTA (Compagnie de Transport Aerien)   

19782 - 1993 Renamed

^ Comments : CTA was formed in Sep1978 to succeed the privately owned charter airline SATA. Operations began on 02Nov1978

^ Genealogy : Balair + CTA =>Balair - CTA >Balair >Belair

CTA (Compagnie de Transport Aerien)   

2000* - 2001* Renamed

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^ Genealogy : Balair + CTA =>Balair - CTA >CTA >Belair

Darwin Airline   

2004 - 2014 Renamed

^ Comments : Darwin Airline was formed on 12Aug2003 & started operations on 28Jul2004. Operated in the Etihad Regional livery as from 17Jan2014 for the first time. Acquired Geneva-based Baboo Airlines on 25Nov2010 & phased out the name in late 2011

^ Genealogy : Darwin Airline >Etihad Regional

Eagle Air Services   

2001* - 2001* Status?

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easyJet Switzerland  updated in 2017

1999 - date Active

^ Comments : EASYJET SWITZERLAND was founded in 1988 as TEA BASEL & started operations on 23Mar1989. Renamed to TEA SWITZERLAND in 1993* and acquired by EasyJet and renamed in 1999. Scheduled International passenger carrier

^ Genealogy : TEA Basel >TEA Switzerland >EasyJet Switzerland

Edelweiss Air  updated in 2017

1996 - date Active

^ Comments : Edelweiss Airwas founded in 1995 & operations started on 10Feb1996. Charter airline operating passenger services to the Mediteranean

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Etihad Regional   

2014 - date Active

^ Comments : Darwin Airline was formed on 12Aug2003 & started operations on 28Jul2004. Operated in the Etihad Regional livery as from 17Jan2014 for the first time

^ Genealogy : Darwin Airline >Etihad Regional

Euroblue   

(2004) Began?

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Eurojet Geneva   

1999* - 2002* Inactive

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Eurosky Airlines   

(2015) Renamed

^ Comments : Eurosky Airlines renamed to Metropolitan Airlines prior next year's start

^ Genealogy : Eurosky Airlines >Metropolitan Airlines

Execujet Switzerland   

2003* - 2004* Status?

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Executive Air Transport   

1999* - 1999* Inactive

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Executive Jet Aviation   

1978* - 1979* Status?

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Executive Traveller   

(****) Unconfirmed

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Farnair Switzerland   

1984 - 2015 Renamed

^ Comments : Farnair Switzerland was formed in 1984 & operations started on 30Jun1984. Renamed to ASL Airlines Switzerland in Jun2015

^ Genealogy : Farner Air Transport >Farnair Switzerland > ASL Airlines Switzerland

Farner Air Transport   

1984* - 1984 Renamed

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^ Genealogy : Farner Air Transport >Farnair Switzerland > ASL Airlines Switzerland

FlyA   

(2013*) Began?

^ Comments : FlyA indefinitely postponed its plans to launch low cost flights to various European & North American destinations after it failed to secure adequate financing in time for its planned 2013 launch

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Flybaboo   

2003 - 2008 Renamed

^ Comments : Baboo, founded by Julian Cook in Aug2003, operated its first flight to Lugano as Flybaboo on 03Nov2003. Acquired by Darwin Airline

^ Genealogy : Flybaboo >Baboo >>Darwin Airline >Etihad Regional

FlyGiardino   

2012 - date Active

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Frick & Co   

1920* - 1920 Renamed

^ Comments : Aktiengesellschaft was founded in Zurich on 15Dec1919 & on 24Feb1920 it merged with the Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft Comte Mittelholzer & Co to form Ad Astra Aero AG

^ Genealogy : Aktiengesellschaft + Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft =>Ad Astra Aero + Frick & Co + Aero-Gesellschaft Comte Mittelholzer & Co =>Ad Astra + Balair =>Swissair +>Crossair

G5   

2002* - 2003* Status?

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Germania Flug   

2015 - date Active

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Globe Air   

1960 - 1967 Inactive

^ Comments : Globe Air is a charter operator, registered in 1957 & started operations late in 1960 with an ex-BEA Ambassador and concentrated mainly on IT flights

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Gribair   

1978* - 1979* Status?

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Hello   

2004 - 2012 Inactive

^ Comments : Hello operations started in Aug2004 & ceased on 21Oct2012

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Helvetic Airways  updated in 2017

2003 - date Active

^ Comments : Helvetic Airways was founded as Odette Airways in the summer of 2001 & and began operations on 15Feb2002. Restructured as Helvetic Airways in Sep2003, operating its first flight under the new brand on 28Nov2003

^ Genealogy : Odette Airways >Helvetic Airways

Helvetic Wings   

2004 - 2004 Inactive

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HolidayJet   

2015 - 2015 Inactive

^ Comments : HolidayJet started operations on 26Mar2015. Ceased operations later in 2015

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Horizon Air Taxi   

1987* - 1994* Inactive

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Jet Air Cargo   

1991* - 1992 Inactive

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Jet Aviation   

1999* - 2003* Status?

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Jet Club   

1998 - 2006* Status?

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Ju-Air   

1987* - 2009* Status?

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Kinghill Aviation   

1978* - 1979* Status?

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Kissfly   

2014 - date Active

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KLM alps   

1999 - 2001 Renamed

^ Comments : Air A!ps started operations on 28Mar1999 as KLM alps operating scheduled domestic services within Europe

^ Genealogy : KLM alps (Switzerland) >Air A!ps

LemanAir   

1996* - 1996* Status?

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Leopair   

(2000) Began?

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Lions Air (Lions-Air)   

1986^ - 2009* Status?

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Metropolitan Airlines   

(2016) Began?

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Mexair   

1998* - 2003 Inactive

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NHORA NHORA (Navigation Horlogère Aérienne)   

1926 - 1928 Inactive

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Odette Airways  updated in 2017

2002 - 2003 Renamed

^ Comments : Helvetic Airways was founded as Odette Airways in the summer of 2001 & and began operations on 15Feb2002. Restructured as Helvetic Airways in Sep2003, operating its first flight under the new brand on 28Nov2003

^ Genealogy : Odette Airways >Helvetic Airways

PendulAir   

(1996) Began?

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Petrolair System   

1977^ - 2000 Inactive

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Phoenix   

1971 - 1974 Inactive

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PremiumAir   

(2007*) Began?

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PrivatAir   

1977 - date Active

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RhineAir   

1980 - 1982 Inactive

^ Comments : Air-Sea Service was renamed to RhineAir in 1980

^ Genealogy : Air-Sea Service >RhineAir

SAPO International   

(2001) Began?

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SATA (SA de Transport Aerien)   

1966* - 1978 Inactive

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Serenity Wings   

(2009) Began?

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SkyWork   

1983 - date Active

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Speedwings   

2006* - date Active

^ Comments : Speedwings was founded in 2006

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Sunshine Aviation   

1989* - 1995 Inactive

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Swiss (Swiss International Air Lines)  updated in 2017

2002 - date Active

^ Comments : Crossair was founded on 14Feb1975 & commenced services as Business Flyers Basel on 02Jul1975. Renamed on 18Nov1978, before the beginning of scheduled services on 02Jul1979 [SWISS was formed as BUSINESS FLYERS BASLE by Maurice Suter. Renamed to CROSSAIR just prior to starting scheduled services. Launch customer for Saab 340A/B in 1984 and Saab 2000. Took over most of the routes and aircraft from Swissair after the airline went bankrupt following the Sept 11 2001 disaster]

^ Genealogy : Business Flyers Basel >Crossair >Swiss

Swiss European Air Lines   

2005 - 2015 Renamed

^ Comments : Swiss European Air Lines was renamed to Swiss Global Air Lines

^ Genealogy : Swiss European Air Lines >Swiss Global Air Lines

Swiss Express   

(2003) Began?

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Swiss Global Air Lines   

2015 - date Active

^ Comments : Swiss Global Air Lines was renamed from Swiss European Air Lines

^ Genealogy : Swiss European Air Lines >Swiss Global Air Lines

Swiss Skies   

2003 - 2004* Status?

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Swiss Sun   

2002 - 2006* Status?

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Swiss World Airlines   

1998* - 1998* Inactive

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Swissair  updated in 2017

1931 - 2001 Inactive

^ Comments : SWISSAIR was formed in 1931 by the merger of two pioneering Swiss airlines AD ASTRA and BALAIR. Swissair began services between Zürich and London on 01Apr1935. Launch customer for A310-200 in 1983 along with Lufthansa. First operator of F.100 and MD81 (DC9-81) in 1980 and A319 in 1996. International and regional passenger and cargo airline that is the flag carrier of Switzerland and ceased operations in late 2001 due to financial difficulties. Restarted in a different form after assets were taken over by Crossair and the entirity was called SWISS

^ Genealogy : Swissair +>Crossair

Swissair Asia   

1995* - 2001 Inactive

^ Comments : Swissair Asia was formed because of the Taiwan requirements to have separate named airline for landing rights. Ceased operating when Swissair went under.

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Swisscargo   

1999* - 2002 Inactive

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Swisswings   

2001 - 2002 Inactive

^ Comments : Swisswings started operations on 28Mar2001 & ceased on 08Apr2002

^ Genealogy : Swisswings

TAG Aviation   

1999* - 2004* Status?

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TEA Basel  updated in 2017

1989 - 1993* Renamed

^ Comments : [EASYJET SWITZERLAND was founded in 1988 as TEA BASEL & started operations on 23Mar1989. Renamed to TEA SWITZERLAND in 1993* and acquired by EasyJet and renamed in 1999]. Scheduled International passenger carrier

^ Genealogy : TEA Basel >TEA Switzerland >EasyJet Switzerland

TEA Switzerland  updated in 2017

1993* - 1999 Renamed

^ Comments : [EASYJET SWITZERLAND was founded in 1988 as TEA BASEL & started operations on 23Mar1989. Renamed to TEA SWITZERLAND in 1993* and acquired by EasyJet and renamed in 1999]. Scheduled International passenger carrier

^ Genealogy : TEA Basel >TEA Switzerland >EasyJet Switzerland

Tellair   

1969* - 1969 Inactive

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Tellair (Tell Air)   

1999 - 2001* Inactive

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Tellair ACEF   

(2003) Began?

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Ticinojet.com   

(2004) Began?

^ Comments : Ticinojet.com was start-up that planned to operate services from Switzerland to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Beirut and Dubai

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Transair Suisse   

1970s Inactive

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Transcend Executive Airline   

(2002) Began?

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Transvalair   

1974 - 1980 Inactive

^ Comments : Transvalair was known until 1974 as ATA (Air Tourisme Alpine)

^ Genealogy : ATA (Air Tourisme Alpine) >Transvalair

VistaJet   

2008 - date Active

^ Comments : VistaJet was founded in 2004 as Air Executive. Renamed in 2008

^ Genealogy : Air Executive >VistaJet

Zimex Aviation   

1969 - date Active

^ Comments : Zimex Aviation was formed in 1969 as a Zurich based passenger, parcels and executive services. Operations started on 30Jun1969. Acquired by Execujet Switzerland in 2003

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Zurichair   

**** - **** Inactive

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