Edelweiss Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
WK[1] EDW EDELWEISS
Founded19 October 1995; 28 years ago (1995-10-19)[2]
AOC #CH.AOC.1007[3]
Operating basesZurich Airport
Fleet size18
Destinations65
Parent companySwiss International Air Lines[4]
HeadquartersKloten, Zürich, Switzerland
Key peopleBernd Bauer (CEO)
FounderNick Grob
Employees540 (January 2015)
Websitewww.flyedelweiss.com

Edelweiss Air AG is a Swiss leisure and charter airline and the sister company of Swiss International Air Lines and a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group. It operates flights to European and intercontinental destinations from its base at Zürich Airport.[5]

History

Early years

The airline was founded on 19 October 1995 in Bassersdorf, Switzerland, with just one aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83. The company's name is derived from the Swiss unofficial national flower, the Edelweiss, which is also painted on its aircraft.

The fleet was subsequently expanded and renewed. In 1998, new Airbus A320-200s were introduced to replace the MD-83s, and in 1999 long-haul flights were commenced using the Airbus A330-200.

For seven consecutive years between 2001 and 2008, Edelweiss Air received the golden Travelstar Award for its achievements.[6]

Until November 2008, Edelweiss Air was wholly owned by Kuoni Travel and had 190 employees,[7] when the operating rights were sold to Swiss International Air Lines, in exchange for sale rights of hotel capacities via the Swiss sales network. Following Swiss International Air Lines being acquired by the German Lufthansa Group in 2005, Edelweiss Air also became a subsidiary of Europe's largest airline group at the same time it was acquired by Swiss.[8]

Developments since 2010

In March 2011, Edelweiss Air added the larger Airbus A330-300 to its fleet, with an order having been placed on 5 April 2010.[9] In July 2015, it was announced that Edelweiss would receive four Airbus A340-300s between 2017 and 2018 previously operated by its parent Swiss International Air Lines. The aircraft were used to expand the route network.[10]

In November 2015, Edelweiss introduced a revised livery on one of its Airbus A320-200s which was subsequently applied to the rest of the airline's fleet.[11] In December 2016, Edelweiss Air phased out its sole Airbus A330-200, which was transferred to Brussels Airlines and replaced by Airbus A340-300s inherited from parent Swiss.[12] In 2021 Lufthansa moved Edelweiss Air's two Airbus A330-300s to Eurowings Discover.[13]

Destinations and Codeshare Agreements

As of December 2023, Edelweiss Air flies to the following destinations:[14]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Argentina Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport Terminated [14][15]
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro/Galeão International Airport Terminated [14]
Salvador Salvador Bahia Airport Terminated [14]
Bulgaria Varna Varna Airport Seasonal [14]
Cape Verde Boa Vista Boa Vista International Airport Terminated [16]
Sal Amílcar Cabral International Airport Seasonal [14][17]
Canada Calgary Calgary International Airport Seasonal [14]
Vancouver Vancouver International Airport Seasonal [14]
Whitehorse Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport Terminated [14]
Colombia Bogotá El Dorado International Airport [18]
Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport [18]
Costa Rica Liberia Guanacaste Airport Seasonal [14]
San José Juan Santamaría International Airport [14]
Croatia Dubrovnik Dubrovnik Airport Seasonal [14][19]
Pula Pula Airport Seasonal [14]
Split Split Airport Seasonal [14]
Cuba Havana José Martí International Airport [14]
Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport Seasonal [14][19]
Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport [14]
Paphos Paphos International Airport Seasonal [14][19]
Dominican Republic Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport [14]
Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperón International Airport Seasonal [14][20]
Egypt Hurghada Hurghada International Airport [14]
Luxor Luxor International Airport Seasonal [21]
Marsa Alam Marsa Alam International Airport [14]
Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El Sheikh International Airport [14]
Finland Kittilä Kittilä Airport Terminated [14][22]
Rovaniemi Rovaniemi Airport Seasonal Charter [14]
France Figari Figari–Sud Corse Airport Seasonal [14]
Greece Araxos Patras Araxos Airport Seasonal
Corfu Corfu International Airport Seasonal [14]
Chania Chania International Airport Seasonal [14][19]
Heraklion Heraklion International Airport Seasonal [14]
Kalamata Kalamata International Airport Seasonal [14]
Kos Kos International Airport Seasonal [14]
Mykonos Mykonos Airport Seasonal [14]
Rhodes Rhodes International Airport Seasonal [14]
Samos Samos International Airport Seasonal [14][19]
Santorini Santorini (Thira) International Airport Seasonal [14]
Zakynthos Zakynthos International Airport Seasonal [14]
Iceland Akureyri Akureyri Airport Seasonal [14]
Italy Cagliari Cagliari Elmas Airport Seasonal [14]
Catania Catania–Fontanarossa Airport [14]
Lamezia Terme Lamezia Terme International Airport [14]
Pisa Pisa International Airport Seasonal [23]
Olbia Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport Seasonal [14]
Jamaica Montego Bay Sangster International Airport Seasonal [14]
Jordan Amman Queen Alia International Airport [24]
Aqaba King Hussein International Airport [24]
Kosovo Pristina Pristina International Airport [14]
Maldives Malé Velana International Airport Seasonal [14]
Mauritius Port Louis Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport [14]
Mexico Cancún Cancún International Airport [14]
Morocco Agadir Agadir–Al Massira Airport Seasonal [14]
Marrakesh Marrakesh Menara Airport Seasonal [14]
North Macedonia Ohrid Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport Seasonal [14]
Skopje Skopje International Airport [14]
Norway Bergen Bergen Airport [14]
Tromsø Tromsø Airport Seasonal [21]
Oman Muscat Muscat International Airport Seasonal [14]
Portugal Faro Gago Coutinho Airport [14]
Funchal Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport [14]
Ponta Delgada Ponta Delgada Airport Seasonal [14]
South Africa Cape Town Cape Town International Airport Seasonal [14]
Seychelles Mahé Seychelles International Airport Seasonal [14][25]
Spain Arrecife Lanzarote Airport Seasonal [14]
Fuerteventura Fuerteventura Airport [14]
Jerez de la Frontera Jerez Airport Seasonal [14]
Ibiza Ibiza Airport Seasonal [14]
Gran Canaria Gran Canaria Airport [14]
La Palma La Palma Airport Seasonal [14][26]
Menorca Menorca Airport Seasonal [14]
Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport [14]
Santiago de Compostela Santiago–Rosalía de Castro Airport Seasonal [14]
Seville Seville Airport Seasonal [14]
Tenerife Tenerife South Airport [14]
Sri Lanka Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport Seasonal [14][25]
Switzerland Zürich Zurich Airport Hub
Tanzania Kilimanjaro Kilimanjaro International Airport [21]
Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport [21]
Thailand Phuket Phuket International Airport Seasonal [14]
Tunisia Djerba Djerba–Zarzis International Airport Seasonal [14]
Turkey Antalya Antalya Airport Seasonal [14]
Bodrum Milas–Bodrum Airport Seasonal [14]
Dalaman Dalaman Airport Seasonal [14]
United Kingdom Edinburgh Edinburgh Airport [21]
Inverness Inverness Airport Terminated [21]
Newquay Newquay Airport Seasonal [27]
United States Anchorage Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Terminated [14]
Denver Denver International Airport Seasonal [14][19]
Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport Seasonal [14]
San Diego San Diego International Airport Seasonal [14]
Orlando Orlando International Airport Terminated [14]
Tampa Tampa International Airport [14]
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat International Airport Terminated [14][25]

Codeshare agreements

Fleet

Edelweiss Air Airbus A320-200
Edelweiss Air Airbus A340-300
A former Edelweiss Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (1997).

Current fleet

As of October 2023, Edelweiss Air operates the following aircraft:[29]

Edelweiss Air fleet
Aircraft In
service
Orders Passengers Notes
J Y+ Y Total
Airbus A320-200 13[30] 174 174
Airbus A340-300 5[30] 27 76 211 314 To be retired and replaced by Airbus A350-900s.[31]
Airbus A350-900 6 30 63 246 339 Deliveries begin 2025 to replace Airbus A340-300s.[31][32]
Total 18 6

Former fleet

In the past, Edelweiss Air has operated the following aircraft:

Edelweiss Air former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Ref
Airbus A330-200 2 2000 2016 [12]
Airbus A330-300 2 2011 2021 [13]
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 3 1996 1999 [33]

References

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