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A pioneer in technology. (Swissair's retired chairman Armin Baltensweiler)

ZURICH -- Armin Baltensweiler, Swissair board chairman, has retired at 72 after 44 years with the airline. One of the best-known and most respected members of the international air-transport industry, his career with Swissair began with him based in San Diego in connection with the company's purchase of a fleet of Convair 240s.

After returning to Switzerland, he became president in 1972 -- at the time, one of Europe's youngest CEOs. Active in many international groups, he became president of IATA in 1982, the same year in which he was elevated to Swissair's chairmanship.

A pilot engineer, Baltensweiler maintains close personal relationships with the leaders of aircraft and engine manufacturing industries in Europe and the U.S. It was he who persuaded Douglas Aircraft management to develop the DC-9 design into the MD-80 series. …

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