SWISS is The Airline of Switzerland. It serves over 100 destinations all over the world from Zurich and Geneva. SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group and a member of the Star Alliance.
Swiss International Air Lines
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is The Airline of Switzerland, serving over 100 destinations in 44 countries worldwide from Zurich and Geneva and carrying almost 18 million passengers a year with its fleet of around 90 aircraft. The company’s Swiss WorldCargo division provides a comprehensive range of airport-to-airport airfreight services for high-value and care-intensive consignments to some 175 destinations in more than 80 countries. With its workforce of 9,000 personnel, SWISS generated total operating revenues of over CHF 5 billion in 2018.
As The Airline of Switzerland, SWISS embodies traditional Swiss values and is committed to delivering the highest product and service quality. Being moderately sized, it is also particularly well equipped to get and remain closer to its customers and to offer them an air travel product that isspecifically tailored to their individual needs.
SWISS is committed, long term and at various levels, to ensuring the careful and sparing use of resources, and has made a responsible attitude towards the environment, a cornerstone of its corporate culture. As part of the Lufthansa Group and a member of Star Alliance, SWISS also remains true to its mission of providing quality air transport services that connect Switzerland with Europe and the world.
Conducting all our business in a responsible and sustainable way is part and parcel of the SWISS corporate strategy. We are committed to creating added value for our customers, for our people and for Switzerland, and to living up to our responsibilities towards the environment, towards individuals and towards society as a whole.
SWISS is fully aware of its responsibility towards the natural environment and to future generations, and pursues a comprehensive environmental strategy. SWISS has reduced its specific fuel consumption by 29% since 2003.
Air transport is a global catalyst for growth, providing access to markets, creating jobs and promoting tourist travel. And civil aviation is of vital importance to Switzerland’s appeal as a place to live, work and visit. In addition to its many positive economic effects, though, air transport does have a negative impact on the natural environment.
SWISS’s business operations affect the environment in two ways. First, they are dependent on kerosene as their energy source (and will remain so in the near future). One tonne of kerosene produces 3.15 tonnes of carbon dioxide, along with nitrogen oxide and water vapour. And secondly, like other modes of transport, flying makes noise emissions. SWISS is fully aware of its environmental responsibilities, though, and makes great efforts to minimize the impact on the climate of its business and operations.
Our environmental goals
SWISS has been committed to the environmental objectives of IATA, the air transport sector’s umbrella association, since 2008. These are:
- until 2020: fuel efficiency improvements of 1.5% a year
- from 2020: carbon-neutral further industry growth
- by 2050: halve carbon emissions from their 2005 level