Air Transport World

Buildup at Crossair. (expansion plans)(includes related article on new training facilities)

BASEL- Project ZGB, the handing over by Swissair of all of its regional routes operated by aircraft with fewer than 100 seats to its low-cost subsidiary Crossair, is up and running, with a target date for completion of September, 1996. "We are going to have 18 months of turbulence but we have the motivation in the airline to meet the challenge," Crossair President and CEO Moritz Suter told ATW here.

The challenge certainly is a big one. Under the plan approved by the boards of both airlines, Crossair's work force will increase from 1,500 to 2,000 and annual turnover will double from Sfr430 million ($375 million) to Sfr900 million. Swissair will divest its Fokker 100 fleet as Crossair acquires 12 new 97-,seat Avro RJ100s for Sfr350 million, giving it close to a quarter of Swissair's entire short-haul production, and Crossair will take over operations of the Swissair charter subsidiary Balair/CTA, together with eight MD-82/83s. …

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