Switzerland leisure scheduled carrier Edelweiss Air is launching in November a route linking Zurich to Ho Chi Minh City, reopening a traditional route that former national carrier Swissair used to fly.
It was November 2001 and Swissair just pulled out from Ho Chi Minh City, after only three years of service. The carrier used to fly the route twice a week at that time. Justification to stop the route was the lack of potential.
However, times have changed and from mid-November 2018, leisure carrier Edelweiss will start flight services to Ho Chi Minh City. The carrier which is little known by Asian consumers is an affiliate of Swiss International Airlines and and a member of the Lufthansa Group. Edelweiss will actually fly in code share with Swiss, offering two week;y frequencies – just like Swissair used to do. However, the flight is planned for the winter season and no indication has so far been given that Edelweiss would continue the service over the summer.
Bernd Bauer, CEO of Edelweiss, highlighted that Asia is a new continent for Edelweiss. “We have expanded our route network in North, Central and South America over the past few years. We are now delighted to expand our network in Asia, and to offer our passengers flights to three new dream destinations in the East, including Ho Chi Minh City.”
The new holiday destinations of Edelweiss will be served with the recently converted Airbus A340 that seats 314 passengers and equipped with three classes of service. Edelweiss Business Class offers 27 seats that can be easily converted into two-metre-long beds. Economy Max encompasses 76 seats with 15 cm more seat pitch and more backrest recline. Finally, in the Economy Class, passengers will find 211 comfortable latest-generation seats that provide for a relaxing and carefree travel experience.
All of the travel classes feature a modern inflight entertainment system with large HD touchscreens and a choice of 180 movies and TV programmes, music channels and games.
The airline recently introduced an additional incentive to its passengers. Since December 1st, sports baggage up to 23 kg travels for free on any Edelweiss flight. Sports fans who also want to be active on holiday can do so with their favourite sports equipment. Edelweiss passengers can then take their surfboards, diving equipment, golf equipment or bicycles up to 23 kg with them for free on all Edelweiss flights.