The Switzerland-based airline Edelweiss, a sister company of Swiss International Air Lines, has announced it is expanding its route network to North America. From June 9, 2017, the airline will now offer seasonal flights between Zurich and San Diego.
An Edelweiss Airbus A340-300 will fly twice weekly between Zurich and San Diego, directly between the two cities. The new connection offers European tourists, especially those living in Switzerland, the ability to reach San Diego.
Bernd Bauer, CEO of Edelweiss, says San Diego and California are very popular among Swiss tourists, noting that Swiss vacationers tend to spend more time and money than visitors from other countries. He added that the new flights are expected to bring approximately 7,000 visitors to San Diego in 2017 which will generate an economic impact of $30 million this year.
The new flight schedule (seasonal flight June 9 –September 18) is as follows:
- Monday Zurich- San Diego 1:30pm – 5:05pm LX8018
- Monday- San Diego – Zurich 6:45pm – 3:20pm (+1) LX8019
- Friday- Zurich – San Diego 2:05pm – 5:40pm LX8018
- Friday- San Diego – Zurich 7:10pm – 3:45pm (+1) LX8019
The route will be operated with an Airbus A340-300 that seats 314 passengers. Edelweiss Business Class is equipped with 27 fully lie-flat seats and an inflight entertainment system with sixteen-inch HD touch screens.
Economy Max offers 76 seats with 6 inches of more legroom, more reclined seats, as well as other amenities. The 211 seats in Economy Class also provides travelers with an entertainment system that includes HD touch screens.