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EDITORIAL

Willkommen! Von verschiedenen europäischen Destinationen fliegt Helvetic Airways regelmässig nach Zürich und in die Schweizer Hauptstadt Bern. Beide Städte bieten zu jeder Jahreszeit überraschende und zauberhafte Einblicke in Brauchtum, Kultur und das quirlige Leben. Kommen Sie mit Opernstar Noëmi Nadelmann auf eine Entdeckungsreise durch Zürich und Bern.

Benvenuti! Da diverse destinazioni europee Helvetic Airways vola regolarmente a Zurigo e nella capitale Berna. In ogni periodo dell’anno entrambe le città offrono scorci sorprendenti e fantastici di usi e costumi, cultura e vita vivace. Insieme alla star dell’opera Noëmi Nadelmann potrete fare un viaggio alla scoperta di Zurigo e Berna.

Tobias Pogorevc, CFO, and Bruno Jans, CEO.

Welcome Aboard and Welcome to Switzerland! From various European destinations, Helvetic Airways flies regularly to Zurich and the Swiss capital of Berne. Both offer far more than just the ambience of big cities. They can be explored at any time of the year and offer enchanting insights into local traditions, culture and the lively everyday. And in no time at all one can leave the hustle and bustle behind to find oneself in unspoiled nature and among majestic mountains. This guide cannot do justice to the diversity our country has to offer. But we will try to give you some tips to make your stay in Switzerland an unforgettable one. Discover the hidden, known and unknown treasures of Zurich and Berne together with Swiss opera star Noëmi Nadelmann. A few words on our own behalf: Did you know that Helvetic Airways is operating more and more VIP charter flights? A growing number of renowned companies, sports clubs and small groups use our exclusive services. You can find out what exclusive means toward the end of this booklet. Did you also know that Helvetic Airways offers a Business Class? In the Viva! Business Class you are not only pampered with an exquisite catering. The additional amenities are also outlined in the second part of this booklet. There is a lot to be discovered. We hope to indulge you on board again soon. Cordially

Bruno Jans

Tobias Pogorevc

Welcome to our website www.helvetic.com

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Our Destinations Basel

Zurich Lucerne

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With Helvetic Airways to Switzerland “Quality assured: Helvetic Airways now flies directly to and from Zurich and Berne – ranked in the top ten most livable cities in the world, according to Mercer’s City Ranking Tables. Now you can experience Swiss living quality in the new Helvetic Airways Viva! Business Class.”

«Qualität garantiert: Helvetic Airways fliegt jetzt direkt nach Zürich und Bern – gemäss Mercer-Städteranking zwei der zehn lebenswertesten Städte der Welt. In der neuen Helvetic Airways Viva! Business Class können Sie jetzt Schweizer Lebensqualität geniessen.»

«Qualità assicurata: Helvetic Airways da oggi offre voli diretti da e per Zurigo e Berna, due fra le dieci città più vivibili al mondo secondo le classifiche stilate da Mercer. Adesso potete sperimentare la qualità della vita in Svizzera nella nuova Business Class Viva! di Helvetic Airways.»

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AT A G L A N C E

Zurich & Berne Two cities, two worlds, and two great loves of Noëmi Nadelmann. Zwei Städte, zwei Welten und zwei grosse Lieben der Noëmi Nadelmann. Due città, due mondi, e due grandi amori di Noëmi Nadelmann.

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The Unique Mix Zurich’s Old Town is a charming mix of past and present. In der Zürcher Altstadt treffen Vergangenheit und Gegenwart aufeinander. La città vecchia di Zurigo è un mix affascinante di passato e presente.

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Serene and Sophisticated For Noëmi Nadelmann, Berne means business, shopping, and childhood memories. Bern bedeutet für Noëmi Nadelmann Beruf, Einkaufsbummel und Kindheitserinnerungen. Per Noëmi Nadelmann, Berna è sinonimo di lavoro, shopping e ricordi d’infanzia.

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Services and Facts & Figures Learn more about Helvetic Airways and the Horizon Swiss Flight Academy. Erfahren Sie mehr über Helvetic Airways und die Horizon Swiss Flight Academy. Venite a scoprire Helvetic Airways e la Horizon Swiss Flight Academy.

Always updated, all the addresses and links to our insider tips www.helvetic.com

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MY ZURICH

Noëmi Nadelmann’s Zurich Personal and international – impressions of the city on the Limmat. P O R T R A I T P H O T O S : A L B E R T O V E N Z A G O, T E X T: N O Ë M I N A D E L M A N N

My home is Zurich’s Old Town. I was raised and still live here today, in one of these centuries-old buildings. From my apartment, I can see the river Limmat flowing past, from my skylight I see Lake Zurich – close to the water, a source of joy! When my daughter was small, she used to say: “I can see the ocean!” Zurich has the kind of “ocean view” that I need. Zu Hause bin ich in der Zürcher Altstadt, hier bin ich aufgewachsen und bis heute wohnhaft, in einem dieser jahrhundertealten Häuser. Ich sehe von meiner Wohnung auf die vorbeifliessende Limmat, vom Dachfenster aus sehe ich den Zürichsee – nah am Wasser, Quell des Glücks! Meine Tochter sagte damals, als sie noch klein war: «Ich kann das Meer sehen!» Zürich hat die «Meersicht», die ich brauche. La mia casa è la città vecchia di Zurigo, dove sono cresciuta e dove vivo ancora oggi, in una di queste case antiche. Dal mio appartamento vedo il fiume Limmat, e dal lucernario anche il Lago di Zurigo: sono in mezzo all’acqua, una fonte di gioia! Mia figlia, quando era ancora piccola, diceva sempre: «Vedo il mare!» Zurigo ha la «vista mare» di cui ho bisogno.

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The Fraumünster abbey and the sky above Zurich, gateway to the world.

The Fraumünster abbey is “my” church, with a long history that includes a great medieval abbess and the modern Chagall windows. Das Fraumünster ist «mein» Münster, mit der Vergangenheit einer grossartigen Äbtissin, mit den modernen Chagall-Fenstern. La Fraumünster è la «mia» chiesa, che coniuga l’antico, con la storia di una grande badessa, e il moderno, con le vetrate di Chagall.

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The Old Town is especially lovely around the “Neumärt” with its cafés, situated between the Oberdorf and Niederdorf quarters, or the beloved “Schipfe”… I also enjoy walking the sublime Kirchgasse. Die Altstadt mag ich ganz besonders gern um den «Neumärt» mit

Whether you are sitting in an elegant café or on a night-time stroll past the Grossmünster church, the Old Town has plenty of enchanting vistas.

seinen Cafés, zwischen Ober- und Niederdorf, oder an der geliebten Schipfe... oder ein Gang durch die erhabene Kirchgasse. Le zona della città vecchia che preferisco sono quella intorno al «Neumärt», con i suoi caffè, tra i quartieri Oberdorf e Niederdorf, e l’amato Schipfe… adoro anche passeggiare nella bellissima Kirchgasse. H ELVET I C A I R WAYS

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The city on the water, the summer light, the open spaces – and the mysterious corners in Zurich’s Old Town, like Schwarzenbach’s legendary grocery emporium or the Café Schober, where I helped out as a teenager. Die Stadt am Wasser, Licht des Sommers, Weite – und die geheimnisvollen Ecken in der Zürcher Altstadt wie das legendäre Kolonialwarenparadies Schwarzenbach und das Café Schober, in dem ich in meiner Jugend mitgearbeitet habe. La città sull’acqua, la luce dell’estate, gli spazi aperti… e gli angoli misteriosi della città vecchia di Zurigo come il leggendario negozio di generi coloniali Schwarzenbach e il Café Schober, dove ho lavorato da ragazza.

Noëmi Nadelmann, soprano: international in her profession, at home in Zurich and in the Swiss mountains. www.noëminadelmann.ch Alberto Venzago takes photos and films the world over. In between he finds rest in the oasis that is Zurich. www.venzago.com

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Helvetic Airways serves the following destinations from Zurich Airport: Bari ➔ 7 times per week Brindisi ➔ twice a week Lamezia Terme ➔ twice a week Inverness ➔ once a week Bristol ➔ 3 times per week Cardiff ➔ 3 times per week Rostock ➔ twice a week Heringsdorf ➔ once a week Subject to change. For the exact flight data, please consult the schedule at www.helvetic.com.

5TRANSFER Regular train and bus service to the station or the city centre. Good connections by public transport to other Swiss cities. www.sbb.ch (Swiss Railway) www.vbz.ch (Zurich Public Transport)

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OF INTEREST BY TOBIAS POGOREVC

➔ Zurich lies in the heart of Europe and is the economic, cultural and social centre of Switzerland. ➔ Due to its urban diversity, the picturesque location on Lake Zurich, the Alps on the horizon and the numerous recreational areas, the city offers an attractive whole. ➔ Enjoy a splendid view above the rooftops of Zurich and right up to the Alps. The Uetliberg mountain is especially beautiful during the winter season, when its peak (875 metres above sea level) lies above the fog level. EXCURSIONS

RHINE FALLS At 500 feet wide and 75 feet high, with an average 21,000 cubic feet of water per second, the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen are Europe’s biggest waterfalls – and a very spectacular sight. We recommend a boat tour in the falls basin over to Centre Rock and further downriver. RAPPERSWIL Located on the “Riviera” of upper Lake Zurich, this city – sometimes termed “the city of roses” – is a charming and hospitable regional centre with a promenade conjuring up a Mediterranean feel, a cosy historic district and many opportunities for sports and leisure activities. LUCERNE With its world-famous Chapel Bridge and Water Tower, Lucerne is arguably Switzerland’s prettiest city, which is best discovered on foot. The Lake Lucerne region further offers countless opportunities for memorable outings and excursions – for example a trip on one of the lake’s paddle steamers.

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E AT & D R I N K

High Society Sausages If you happen to pass by what seems to be a fastfood joint on Bellevue square, the major tram junction by the lake, and if you should see ladies in evening gowns and men in tuxedos eating sausages at said stand, don’t be surprised. THE STERNEN-GRILL is actually

the most famous – and busiest – place to eat the traditional Swiss Kalbsbratwurst, a long white sausage made from veal, fried to the point of bursting, and served together with mustard and a bürli, a delicious, chewy bread roll with a hard, golden crust. All rounded off by a glass of local beer. “Wait a minute,” I hear my Swiss friends saying. “Why Kalbsbrat-

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wurst?” And they are right – I should also mention the equally traditional Cervelat, a shorter but fatter, brownish-red sausage that tastes a bit like a frankfurter but with a smokier and also saltier flavour, which is often referred to as the national sausage. (In numbers: some 160 million sausages are produced in Switzerland each year, which equals a consumption of a good 20 Cervelats per person annually).

I also read somewhere that grilling cervelats on a stick over an open fire – with its ends cut open so they expand like a butterfly’s wings – is a childhood memory for nearly every Swiss person, and as a result many Swiss are emotionally attached to the sausage. As for the ladies in evening gowns and the men in tuxedos? Another local tradition: before an opera premiere, the city’s high society meets at Sternen-Grill to share a small yet hearty meal. But the stand, apart from serving the best sausages in town, is generally a great place for people watching, not only on opening nights. And it is one of few places where you can have lunch or dinner for under ten francs – drink included. So if you don’t happen to pass by the Sternen-Grill by chance, hop on a tram and find out which of the two Swiss sausages suits you best. (No formal wear required.) Australian-born Jo Gill is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer based in Zurich. Sternen-Grill Theaterstrasse 22 CH-8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 251 49 49 www.belgrill.ch


Where to Eat in Zurich LOBSTER & OYSTER BAR ST. GOTTHARD

Lobster & Oyster Bar – the name says it all – is one of the most exclusive nightspots, situated in the St. Gotthard Hotel opposite the main station. Guests have included Prince Charles, Cindy Crawford and Aga Khan III, who was a regular patron of the bar. Lobster Bar, St. Gotthard Hotel Bahnhofstrasse 87 CH-8024 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 227 77 00 www.hotelstgotthard.ch

RIVE GAUCHE TERRACE

LaSalle Hungry before or after a visit to the theatre or the Moods music club? This restaurant in the staggering Schiffbau building, where ships used to be built and which today is one of the homes of the city’s theatre and a jazz club, serves meals made from market-fresh ingredients, inspired by

HAUS HILTL

Thinking of Swiss dishes, you probably won’t come up with a vegetarian one first. But this stylish Zurich restaurant has been serving meatless delights since 1898 – making it Europe’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. Be sure to check out the giant salad bar. Haus Hiltl Sihlstrasse 28 CH-8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 227 70 00 www.hiltl.ch

STORCHEN-BAR

Enjoy live piano music, a tasty cocktail or a refreshing drink by the waters of the river Limmat in the bar of the Hotel Storchen – or a light

French and Italian cuisine. Its main focus is on fish and seafood, but meat, poultry, pasta and vegetarian compositions can also be ordered. LaSalle Schiffbaustrasse 4 CH-8005 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 258 70 71 www.lasalle-restaurant.ch

The perfect place to while away those hot summer days and lazy evenings – tucked away in the garden of five-star hotel Baur au Lac. Small snacks and light meals are served until midnight. Rive Gauche Terrace, Hotel Baur au Lac Talstrasse 1 CH-8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 220 50 28 www.bauraulac.ch

lunch during a break from shopping in the picturesque Old Town. Storchen-Bar Hotel Storchen Weinplatz 2 CH-8002 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 227 27 27 www.storchen.ch

KRONENHALLE

If there’s one culinary thing the Swiss love, it’s their Italian food. And with its fresh pasta, many speciality dishes and the charming “giardino”, this is the perfect place for an authentic Mediterranean experience.

Arguably Zurich’s most famous restaurant, steeped in a long tradition of quality and service. This is where old-established local families, theatre and opera fans, artists and the international jet set meet to wine and dine – among artworks by Chagall, Segantini or Giacometti.

Da Angela Hohlstrasse 449 CH-8048 Zurich Tel. +41 (044) 492 29 31 www.daangela.ch

Kronenhalle Rämistrasse 4 CH-8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 262 99 00 www.kronenhalle.com

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Night over Zurich Some special places to sleep, wake up full of energy and enjoy a great day in the city on the Limmat.

RADISSON BLU HOTEL

HOTEL SEEFELD

In Zurich for a short break? This elegant airport hotel features sleek, modern design just steps from the terminal. Optimal comfort and convenience with a de luxe fitness centre on site, gourmet restaurants and well-appointed rooms and suites – free high-speed Internet throughout the hotel included.

Three-star design hotel located in the lively Seefeld quarter, near Lake Zurich. Numerous restaurants and cultural facilities, such as the Zurich Opera House – as well as the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse and the banking institutions on Paradeplatz – can all be reached in a few minutes by tram. Then again, you might just want to take a bottle of wine down to the shores of the lake.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport CH-8058 Zurich-Airport Tel. +41 (0)44 800 40 40 www.radissonblu.com/hotel-zurichairport

HOTEL FLORHOF This hotel in the city’s only converted noble house is a superb home away from home in perfect proximity to the picturesque Old Town, the museums, the theatre and the universities, with downtown also well within walking distance. Voted the best three-star business hotel in Switzerland by “Bilanz” magazine. Hotel Florhof Florhofgasse 4 CH-8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 250 26 26 www.florhof.ch

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Sorell Hotel Seefeld Seefeldstrasse 63 CH-8003 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 387 41 41 www.hotelseefeld.ch


WIDDER HOTEL

THE DOLDER GRAND Zurich’s landmark five-star hotel is the perfect environment for people looking for pleasure, exclusivity and relaxation. 173 luxurious rooms and suites, exquisite cuisine and a spa covering 4,000 square metres leave no wish unfulfilled. Since 2008, the original belle époque “Curhaus”, dating from 1899 and renovated by world-renowned architect Lord Norman Foster, presents itself anew on its elevated location between the pulsating life of the city and a refreshingly natural green zone, providing a magnificent view of Zurich, the lake and the Alps. The Dolder Grand Kurhausstrasse 65 CH-8032 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 456 60 00 www.thedoldergrand.com

This five-star oasis of tranquillity and luxury is tucked away in old Zurich and made up of nine carefully refurbished town houses, fusing historical architecture and modern design. It is also a furniture lover’s paradise, since every one of the 42 rooms and 7 suites has been individually styled – and every famous piece of modern furniture by the biggest names in design can be found here... somewhere. From Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames to Eileen Gray and Frank Lloyd Wright. It comes as no surprise that the Widder is a member of the Design Hotels association – as well as of The Leading Hotels of the World. Widder Hotel Rennweg 7 CH-8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 224 25 26 www.widderhotel.ch

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MY BERNE

Noëmi Nadelmann’s Berne Childhood memories of Switzerland’s capital, the home of Noëmi’s mother and grandmother. P O R T R A I T P H O T O S : A L B E R T O V E N Z A G O, T E X T: N O Ë M I N A D E L M A N N

Behind the veil of centuries, Berne – familiar from many childhood visits to my grandparents – is serene and sophisticated. Vertraut aus den vielen Besuchen in der Kindheit bei den Grosseltern: der Gang durch das beschauliche, filigrane Bern mit seinem Schleier der Jahrhunderte. Rivestita dall’affascinante velo dei secoli, Berna, che conosco bene per via delle tante visite ai nonni durante l’infanzia, è tranquilla e sofisticata. H ELVET I C A I R WAYS

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“The Old Town of Berne, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and the capital of Switzerland.”

Time travel and daydreams: Berne offers the chance to shop under the famous arcades, or to stroll past the legendary haunted house. Zeitreise und Tagträume. In Bern ergibt sich das «Lädele» unter den Lauben. Oder ich spaziere am legendären Geisterhaus vorbei. Un viaggio nel tempo e un sogno a occhi aperti: a Berna è possibile fare shopping sotto i portici oppure passare davanti alla leggendaria casa degli spiriti.

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Music and Berne: The Swiss capital and its theatre are part of my professional life. I’m thrilled that Alberto Venzago’s brother Mario is now the head conductor of the Berne Symphony Orchestra. Musik und Bern: Zu meinem Berufsleben gehört auch Bern, das Stadttheater. Eine Freude ist für mich, dass Alberto Venzagos Bruder, Mario Venzago, nun Chefdirigent des Berner Symphonieorchesters ist.

The municipal theatre of Berne; the secret frog – childhood memory and lucky charm in the Old Town; the Federal Parliament; a stroll through the mysterious arcades.

Berna e la musica: la capitale svizzera e il suo teatro fanno parte della mia vita professionale. Sono contentissima che il fratello di Alberto Venzago, Mario Venzago, sia ora il direttore dell’orchestra sinfonica di Berna. H ELVET I C A I R WAYS

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Near the mountains: Berne, the scene of childhood visits, is today a recurrent scene of my performances. Then as today, a bold jump into the icy river Aare is all it takes to wake me from the fairytale slumber of dignified Berne. Nah den Bergen: Bern, dem die Familienbesuche in der Kindheit galten, und heute immer wieder Ort meiner Auftritte. Im Sommer ein mutiger Sprung in die kalte Aare, damals und heute – dies reisst aus dem feinen Berner Dornröschenschlaf. Vicino alle montagne: Berna, che nei ricordi dell’infanzia è la città dove andavo a visitare i nonni, è ancora oggi un palcoscenico su cui mi esibisco spesso. Oggi come allora, in estate, prendere il coraggio e buttarsi nelle fredde acque dell’Aare è tutto ciò che mi serve per ritemprarmi.

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4 FLIGHT SCHEDULE Helvetic Airways serves the following destinations from Berne-Belp: Brindisi ➔ once a week Olbia ➔ once a week Catania ➔ once a week Palma de Mallorca ➔ twice a week Heringsdorf ➔ once a week Enfidha ➔ once a week

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OF INTEREST BY TOBIAS POGOREVC

➔ One of the largest Swiss nature reserves can be found in the Jungfrau region in the Bernese Oberland. Here, natural warmth and Swiss hospitality meet joie de vivre, nature and pleasure. ➔ Whether culture, tradition, summer and winter sports or family fun – in the region of Berne you will always find the ideal offers and conditions! ➔ The name Interlaken means “between the lakes”. Apart from the Jungfraujoch and the Schilthorn, Lake Brienz and Lake Thun have made the place world-famous. ➔ Every year, the cradle of Swiss skiing with its 170 kilometres of slopes attracts countless fans of the sport to the Bernese Oberland. And in summer Adelboden, which lies 1350 metres above sea level, is an eldorado for hikers, mountain bikers and climbers.

5TRANSFER Regular bus service to the station or the city centre. Good connections by public transport to other Swiss cities. www.sbb.ch (Swiss Railway) www.bernmobil.ch (Berne Public Transport)

8CAR RENTAL Book your Sunny Car rental vehicle fast and easy via www.helvetic.com.

EXCURSIONS

EXPERIENCE LAKE BRIENZ With its unparalleled colour, Lake Brienz has always been a special place to recharge and relax. Take in the wild and romantic landscape and quaint little lakeside towns from aboard a boat. Perched high above Lake Brienz, the Grandhotel Giessbach with its worldrenowned foaming Giessbach Falls is already visible from a distance. SCHYNIGE PLATTE The nostalgic cog railway will transport you up to the Schynige Platte in 52 minutes, from where matchless and breathtaking views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau abound. JUNGFRAUJOCH – TOP OF EUROPE After passing through Kleine Scheidegg, you’ll reach the Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest cableway station at 3,545 metres above sea level. Enjoy the high Alpine world, the ice palace and the views of the Aletsch Glacier, entered on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List. See right across Switzerland’s borders from the Sphinx viewing terrace in clear weather.

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E AT & D R I N K

Züri Geschnetzeltes and Berner Rösti: Swiss classics.

My favourite Swiss food is Rösti. These grated, fried potatoes are very traditional and popular – some even consider Rösti the national dish (move over, cheese fondue!) – and there are countless versions of it all over Switzerland. The capital city, Berne, for example, kicks the basic version up a notch and calls it Berner Rösti, adding strips of crisply cooked thick bacon – lardons – and milk for extra richness and flavour.

Memories in Good Taste What does an expatriate Swiss-American look forward to most when she comes to Switzerland? The food! Especially two simple, traditional dishes: Züri-Gschnätzlets and Berner Rösti. WHEN WE MOVED TO SWITZERLAND

in 1979, it was love at first sight, a sentiment that did not diminish during the 16 years that followed. This country will always feel like my second home. One of the many reasons I love it is its food culture. Whenever I visit now, the first places on my itinerary are not the quaint Alpine villages, the intriguing historical sites, the world-class museums or the chic stores lining the

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main shopping promenades in cities from Zurich to Geneva. Rather, I head for the farmers’ markets, butcher shops, cheese shops, bakeries and pastry shops, and to my favourite restaurants. I always tell our American friends: “You can’t get a bad meal in Switzerland!” In most cases at least, that’s no exaggeration. The quality is very high.

Although Americans often compare Rösti to hash browns, it is actually more like a potato pie: a golden, glistening, crispy disk outside, and a melt-in-your-mouth, chewy, moist, buttery-salty potato delight inside. And how lucky for me that my second-favourite Swiss food, Züri Gschnätzlets – tender, diced veal Zurich-style in a wine and cream sauce with mushrooms (and sometimes veal kidney) – is usually served with… Rösti! Simple plentiful Swiss ingredients – veal, potatoes, milk, butter – are elevated to Alpine heights when prepared in these classic recipes. I get homesick just thinking about them! Swiss-American freelance journalist Janice Binkert lives and works in Northern Michigan.


Where to Eat in Berne

ROSENGARTEN

Restaurant Falken taurant is also well-known for its “Falkolio” cold-pressed olive oil, bottled exclusively in the small town of Vendone on the north-western coast of Italy. A great gift for lovers of Italian and Spanish cooking.

This restaurant sits high above the winding river Aare and offers splendid views of the Old Town of Berne – a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site –, the Jura chain of hills and the Alps. You can also stroll through the historic garden, perfumed by the scent of over 223 types of roses, 200 types of iris and 28 types of rhododendrons before your meal. The menu includes traditional dishes with a modern spin as well as the restaurant’s own Mediterranean creations.

This eatery sheltered by one of the famous arcades in the Old Town is a stone’s throw away from attractions such as the medieval clock tower Zytglogge with its moving puppets, the Bagpiper Fountain or Berne’s Cathedral – and is the ideal place to relax and enjoy a plate of the famous Falken Spaghetti after sightseeing. Also make sure you try Grandmother’s Chocolate Cake. The res-

Restaurant Falken Münstergasse 64 CH-3011 Berne Tel. +41 (0)31 311 30 95 www.falkenbern.ch

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LE MAZOT

Giuseppe Verdi composed the most passionate melodies of Italian classical music – and at this restaurant, traditional Italian dining has found a home in Switzerland’s capital – the kitchen of the Emilia-Romagna region, to be exact: Verdi’s home. Wine also enjoys a high standing here, and the restaurant’s guests can choose their bottle in the recently opened Galleria Vini wine gallery.

The place to indulge in traditional Swiss cuisine from the Valais region – such as cheese fondue, raclette and Rösti, a dish based on fried grated potatoes, a little like a potato pie, at reasonable prices. The restaurant has a cosy atmosphere full of old-world charm, but is often full, so you might want to book a table in advance.

The “Delli”, as this restaurant is lovingly called, is mainly frequented by locals. It serves a variety of traditional Swiss dishes, and the house’s speciality is the Bernese platter with various types of sausages and cold meats, boiled potatoes and sauerkraut. The restaurant has been in business since 1892, which might explain why the city’s most famous regulars’ tables can be found here – the one simply called “Number 1” as well as those of the city’s shooting club and the “Helveter” and “Rhenaner” fraternities.

Restaurant Le Mazot Bärenplatz 5 CH-3011 Berne Tel. +41 (0)31 311 70 88 www.mazot-bern.ch

Restaurant Della Casa Schauplatzgasse 16 CH-3011 Berne Tel. +41 (0)31 311 21 42 www.della-casa.ch

Verdi Ristorante Gerechtigkeitsgasse 7 CH-3011 Berne Tel. +41 (0)31 312 63 68

Restaurant Rosengarten Alter Aargauerstalden 31b CH-3006 Berne Tel. +41 (0)31 331 32 06 www.rosengarten.be

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T O S TAY O V E R N I G H T

Night over Berne Some special places to sleep, wake up full of energy and enjoy a great day in the capital city.

HOTELBERN The capital hotel in the vibrant heart of Berne. With an impressive art nouveau façade and modern interior, this fourstar house attracts guests from both Switzerland and abroad, both tourists and passers-by – and it is also a favourite haunt of numerous big names in the world of business, politics and sport. Features two indoor and two outdoor restaurants. HOTELBERN Zeughausgasse 9 CH-3011 Berne Tel. +41 (0)31 329 22 22 www.hotelbern.ch

HOTEL SCHWEIZERHOF While this five-star hotel just across the street from the main station has been welcoming guests since 1913, it recently received a makeover by London’s MKV Design team. Reopened in new splendour in April 2011, this is the place to let yourself be pampered. Also stop by the legendary Jack’s Brasserie, which was only softly renovated, retaining its French charm. Hotel Schweizerhof Bahnhofplatz 11 CH-3001 Berne Tel. +41 (0)31 326 80 80 www.schweizerhof-bern.ch

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HOTEL BELLE EPOQUE

HOTEL ALLEGRO Classic but contemporary, traditional but trendy – this four-star lifestyle hotel is located conveniently but in a scenic setting and offers an excellent standard of service. Enjoy the view of the historic Old Town and the Alps from Berne’s highest-altitude hotel rooms.

This charming city hotel embodies the true spirit of art and culture. The rooms and décor rekindle the glance and glamour of days gone by. Each and every room and junior suite surprises with its own exclusive colour concept. The Le Chariot bar & restaurant completes the promise of tasteful enjoyment. Hotel Belle Epoque Gerechtigkeitsgasse 18 CH-3011 Berne Tel. +41 (0)31 311 43 36 www.belle-epoque.ch

Hotel Allegro Kultur & Kongresszentrum Bern Kornhausstrasse 3 CH-3000 Berne 25 Tel. +41 (0)31 339 55 00 www.kursaal-bern.ch/en/hotel-allegro

HOTEL NYDECK Comfortable two-star establishment only a short walk away from Berne’s famous Bear Pits at the eastern edge of the Old Town. The hotel is under monumental protection and features twelve freshly renovated rooms on three floors as well as a café bar. Hotel Nydeck Gerechtigkeitsgasse 1 CH-3011 Berne Tel. +41 (0)31 311 86 86 www.hotelnydeck.ch

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EXCURSION

Stanserhorn: Where Swiss Tradition Meets Innovation A trip to the Stanserhorn summit is the ultimate Swiss experience, mixing spectacular mountain vistas in a traditional Alpine setting with the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first cabriolet cable car. By Marta Falconi

IMAGINE RIDING A VINTAGE funicular, a wooden gem that has been climbing the steep path up the Stanserhorn peak across pasture land and pristine meadows since 1893. Imagine being welcomed by friendly conductors in traditional uniforms and feeling like time has stopped as you ascend to an altitude of 1,900 metres. Now, imagine stopping at a platform half way up and boarding the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first double-decker cabriolet cable car, a revolutionary concept that takes you all the way up to the peak with an accessible open-air deck.

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The path up the summit of the Stanserhorn, an off-thebeaten-track mountain in the heart of Switzerland, starts in Stans, a quaint village near Lucerne. The first leg of the climb is by funicular and the second by aerial cable cars that will be replaced by the sleek CabriO® silhouettes May 2012. With a 360-degree view spanning more than 100 kilometres of snow-covered Alps, as well as ten lakes, countless villages and even a small airport, when you reach the summit of Stanserhorn you feel like being on top of the world. Surrounded by an extensive network of hiking trails, visitors can also explore flower reserves, as well as a marmots sanctuary, guided by experienced rangers who will share their passion for the mountain’s untouched environment. After eating a hearty Swiss speciality at the top-notch revolving restaurant Rondorama, visitors can relax on the sun deck while taking in unobstructed vistas which include Mount Pilatus and Rigi and stretch as far as Germany’s Black Forest and eastern France. “The breathtaking view you enjoy from the top is the best feature of Stanserhorn,” says Tobias Pogorevc, CFO of Helvetic Airways, who grew up in the nearby town of Sarnen and used to take family trips up the mountain as a kid. “When I was young, I used to play a quiz game with my father, trying to correctly guess all the names of the peaks and lakes you see from up there.”

World’s First – in the CabriO® to the Top!

Mixing a touch of nostalgia for the old days with the innovative design of the CabriO ® engineering jewel, Stanserhorn offers a decidedly unusual path to discovery, allowing visitors to ride on the gondola enjoying the fresh air above sheer vertical drops. More info: www.stanserhorn.ch

“The breathtaking view you enjoy from the top is the best feature of Stanserhorn.” Tobias Pogorevc, CFO of Helvetic Airways

OPEN AIR AUF DEN BERG Das atemberaubende Panorama und die intakte Landschaft machen das Stanserhorn zu einer der eindrücklichsten Naturattraktionen der Schweiz. Mit der Weltneuheit CabriO® gelangen Gäste ab Mai 2012 in einer Kabine mit offenem Oberdeck auf eines der schönsten Dächer der Welt. On weekends, it is possible to take after-dark journeys to catch dramatic views of mountain sunsets and the romantic lights of the villages that dot the valleys on the horizon. Whatever time of the day you choose to visit, Stanserhorn is always a wonder – and quintessential Switzerland at its best. Marta Falconi is a Zurich-based writer and former news correspondent, currently focusing on travel, culture and lifestyle reports from Switzerland. Her contributions appear regularly in international magazines and websites. She is also the author of a luxury city guide about Rome.

SALIRE TOCCANDO IL PANORAMA I panorami mozzafiato e la natura incontaminata che rendono lo Stanserhorn una delle attrazioni naturali più emozionanti della Svizzera, saranno presto raggiungibili con la prima funivia CabriO® che consentirà di arrivare su uno dei più bei tetti del mondo, con una cabina aperta simile ad una terrazza sull’infinito. Appertura maggio 2012.

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TR AVEL TIPS : ZURICH AND BERNE

Good to Know MONEY

Currency: CHF, but it is often possible to pay in EUR Cash machines: with PIN and Maestro card Credit cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants/hotels EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Police Fire service Ambulance Roadside assistance

117 118 144 140

INTERESTING INTERNET ADDRESSES

Zurich Airport: www.flughafen-zuerich.ch Cultural information Zurich: www.kulturinfo.ch Airport Berne-Belp: www.flughafenbern.ch Cultural information Berne: www.kultur-bern.ch Swiss weather: www.meteoschweiz.admin.ch TOURIST ORGANISATIONS

Switzerland Tourism: www.myswitzerland.com Zurich Tourism: www.zuerich.com Berne Tourism: www.bern.com WHAT TO BUY

For any taste and budget: No stay in Switzerland would be complete without having purchased a Swiss watch! Always a delight: Swiss chocolate is available in all forms and sizes. A handy companion: the famous Swiss army knife. Caution: Knives are not allowed to be carried in your hand luggage! Imprint Publisher: Helvetic Airways AG, P.O. Box 250 CH-8058 Zurich-Airport

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220 volt alternating current (AC) Safety plugs do not fit Swiss sockets â&#x20AC;&#x201C; adapter!

Concept, art work, editorship, production: Primafila AG, Hornbachstrasse 50, CH-8034 Zurich

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Printed by: Ziegler Druck- und Verlags-AG, CH-8401 Winterthur Circulation: 10,000 Issue: December 2011

SKIING AND HIKING HIGHLIGHTS

Artwork by kind permission of: Alberto Venzago, Zurich Tourism, Berne Tourism, 2fotografinnen/ Annette Boutellier/Yoshiko Kusano, iStockphoto, Stanserhorn-Bahn, Daniel Gerber

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In principle included in the price. Usually one rounds up to the full Swiss franc. Good service can of course be rewarded with an appropriate tip.

From Zurich Ideal for families: Hoch-Ybrig, Elm, Melchsee-Frutt Places to be: Laax, Davos/Klosters, Engelberg From Berne Ideal for families: Adelboden, Lenk, Meiringen-Hasliberg Places to be: Gstaad, Wengen, Grindelwald


Safety and Hospitality • • • • • •

Facts & Figures / Highlights Map of Destinations VIP Charter Viva! – Business Class Important Information for Booking I Am Helvetic Airways

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FACTS & FIGURES

Who We Are The main facts and figures about Helvetic Airways AG and the Horizon Swiss Flight Academy.

Tobias Pogorevc, CFO (left) and Bruno Jans, CEO of Helvetic Airways.

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HORIZON SWISS FLIGHT ACADEMY

Staff members Helvetic Airways Back office 28 Aircrew 117 Maintenance 35 Total 180 Flight schedule, charter flights, ACMI operator

Staff members Horizon Back office 5 Freelancer and part-time staff >40 Training for private and commercial airline pilots, further training, recruitment training for operators (CRI/IRI, NPA, etc.)

Fokker 100

Michael Anklin, CEO of Horizon Swiss Flight Academy.

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Fleet 6 Fokker 100 Length 35.53 m Height 8.42 m Wingspan 28.08 m Cabin length 21.20 m Maximum take-off weight 45,810 kg Maximum carrying capacity 9,100 kg Cruising speed 850 km/h Maximum altitude 10,700 m Fuel capacity 13,65 l Maximum range 2,500 km Crew 2/2 Passengers 100 Seat spacing 84 cm Seat width 43.2 cm

Fleet 1 Diamond DA-42 and matching simulator

Simulator D-SIM-42 NG 1


Map of Destinations Our destinations at a glance.

DID YOU KNOW THAT HELVETIC AIRWAYS

➔ has leased 3 aircraft to SWISS for long-term use? ➔ has its own maintenance service for its Fokker 100 fleet since 2011? ➔ operates charter flights to destinations in North Africa such as Oujda, Marsa Matrouh or Enfidha? ➔ has won the silver Travel Star Award in the categories Regional and Leisure Airlines (short- and medium-haul flights) in the years 2010 and 2011? HORIZON

➔ has trained more than 4,500 pilots who today work in countless cockpits all over the world? ➔ has structured its airline pilot training in such a way that it is possible to undergo it while working full-time? ➔ operates its FNPT II Diamond Aircraft Simulator 24 hours, 7 days a week in order to make training as efficient as possible? ➔ offers training for operators (for example ESET, DG, security, CRM, quality, etc.) and not only basic and further training?

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LUXURY CHARTER

VIP Charter: Nuances of Exclusivity The significance of the cryptic term “VIP Charter” can be explored in detail during these individually booked and arranged travels aboard Helvetic Airways flights. By Christopher Findlay

“Exclusivity” is a matter of personal preference. Some travellers associate the term with gourmet catering and extra legroom; for others, luxury means the option of flexible and direct flights to the desired destination without delay. Like a bespoke suit, Helvetic Airways’ VIP Charter service is tailored exactly to the requirements and desires of customers.

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based on the destination, route, number of passengers, and date. Additional features may include corporate branding at check-in, a reception in the airport’s VIP lounge, or headrests displaying the company logo in the aircraft. Two additional crew members can be supplied if needed to ensure that all guests are cared for and their requirements met even on short-haul flights. Of course, all attendants are selected for language skills and intercultural competence in accordance with the client’s wishes.

CUSTOMISED DESTINATIONS Since the Fokker 100 can access even minor airports directly, it is possible, in principle, to travel to all des-


tinations situated within four hours’ flying time from Zurich, Berne, or Geneva. For instance, a major car maker decided to fly staff members to a small airport in south-western Tunisia as part of an incentive programme. Instead of a 13-hour journey with transfer in Tunis, the trip took only 2½ hours – and booking seats for 100 was not an issue.

EVENTS ON BOARD THE FOKKER 100 For many customers, the flight itself is part of the event – as in the case of the travellers to Ibiza who were already fired up in flight by a DJ and his mixing desk. Others use VIP Charter service because of special requirements in transit – such as the Swiss football team travelling to a Champions League match in Romania. Not only was their destination airport closer to the stadium, their extra kit and training equipment easily fit on board as well. In this case, the catering was especially important – a high-carb, low-salt diet and no alcohol. The players were

FURTHER INFORMATION AND OFFERS For companies, organisations, and groups seeking VIP Charter bookings with Helvetic Airways: www.helvetic.com

seated separately from other guests of the club in order to prepare for the game undisturbed. Three dedicated cabin attendants took care of the athletes’ needs. Thus, with VIP Charter, the sky’s the limit when it comes to customer requests. No matter whether the flight is conceived as comfortable transport or as an event in its own right – the airline’s usual excellent service can be adapted exactly to individual requirements: With Helvetic Airways, it is up to customers to determine the meaning of exclusivity. Christopher Findlay has been working as a freelance journalist, editor, and translator in Zurich since 2001.

Helvetic Airways caters even to exclusive customer requests.

VIP-Charter: Was exklusiv heissen kann

VIP Charter: la vera esclusività

Wie ein massgeschneiderter Anzug wird das VIP-Charter-Angebot von Helvetic Airways genau an die Bedürfnisse und Wünsche der Kunden angepasst. Auf Anfrage kann meist innerhalb von 48 Stunden eine Offerte unterbreitet werden, die sich nach Flugziel, Strecke, Anzahl der Passagiere und Datum richtet. Da die Fokker 100 auch kleinere Flughäfen direkt anfliegen kann, kommen prinzipiell fast alle Destinationen in Frage, die innerhalb von vier Flugstunden von Zürich, Bern oder Genf erreichbar sind. Destination und Gestaltung des Fluges können so nach Kundenwunsch arrangiert werden: Bei Helvetic Airways bestimmt der Kunde selber, was Exklusivität bedeutet.

Come un vestito confezionato su misura, il servizio VIP Charter di Helvetic Airways si adatta perfettamente alle esigenze e ai desideri dei clienti. Su richiesta, nella maggior parte dei casi entro 48 ore è possibile ricevere una proposta personalizzata in base a destinazione, tratta, numero di passeggeri e data. Poiché il Fokker 100 può servire anche gli aeroporti più piccoli, in linea di principio l’offerta è disponibile per pressoché tutti gli aeroporti raggiungibili in meno di quattro ore di volo da Zurigo, Berna o Ginevra. La destinazione e i servizi del volo possono essere selezionati in base alle proprie esigenze: con Helvetic Airways è il cliente a definire il significato della parola esclusività.

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BUSINESS CLASS

Viva! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the New Business Class of Helvetic Airways Starting with the summer 2011 flight schedule, Helvetic Airways offers Business Class service on selected flights. Viva! Long live hospitality and comfort! Business travellers and those wishing to experience the various special features will be very comfortable in the bright cabin.

Viva! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Helvetic Airways business class offers the following advantages over the comfortable Economy Class:

FREE LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE The limit for luggage allowance in Business Class is 30 kilograms (Economy: 20 kilograms).

FULL FLEX TICKETS Tickets purchased for Business Class can be changed to another date at no cost through the Service Center.

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SEAT RESERVATION Seats can be reserved by telephone ahead of time at no cost.


SPATIAL SEPARATION The front rows are reserved for Business Class seating. In three-seat groupings, the middle seats are left vacant. This permits relaxed work and ensures the necessary privacy.

DEDICATED ASSISTANCE An experienced crew member with special training caters exclusively to the requirements of Business Class passengers and takes care of their well-being and wishes.

PRIORITY CHECK-IN Separate check-in for Business Class passengers is available at all airports. At selected airports, these guests are also offered use of a “fast lane” security check.

ACCESS TO BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE Holders of Business Class tickets have free access to the Business Class lounges at airports. Here, travellers can refresh themselves and enjoy their wait in peace and quiet.

EXCLUSIVE FOOD – CUCINA VIVA! Together with our catering service “First Catering”; we offer our guests in the Viva! Class exclusive dishes adapted to the length of the flight. Travellers may enjoy a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Viva! Business Class service includes exclusive dishes adapted to the length of the flight.

Viva! – die neue Business Viva! – la nuova Business Class der Helvetic Airways Class di Helvetic Airways Seit Beginn des Sommerflugplans 2011 bietet Helvetic Airways seinen Kundinnen und Kunden auf ausgewählten Flügen eine Business Class an. Viva! Es lebe die Gastfreundschaft und der Komfort! In der hellen Kabine werden sich Geschäftsreisende und solche, die die verschiedenen Vorzüge erleben wollen, sehr wohl fühlen. Zu den Dienstleistungen der neuen Business Class gehören kostenloses Umbuchen, zusätzliches Freigepäck (30 Kilogramm statt 20 Kilogramm), kostenlose Sitzplatzreservierung, mehr Freiraum, exklusive Betreuung, separates Check-in und Fast-LaneSicherheitskontrolle, Business Class Lounge, und exquisites Catering.

Con l’inizio del piano di volo estivo del 2011, Helvetic Airways offre ai suoi clienti la Business Class su una selezione di voli. Con la classe Viva!, vivono l’ospitalità e il comfort! Nella luminosa cabina, chi viaggia per lavoro e tutti coloro che vogliono sperimentarne il comfort si troveranno perfettamente a loro agio. Tra i servizi della nuova Business Class figurano il cambio di prenotazione gratuito, una franchigia bagaglio maggiore (30 chilogrammi anziché 20 chilogrammi), prenotazione gratuita dei posti a sedere, più spazio, assistenza esclusiva, check-in separato e corsia preferenziale ai varchi di sicurezza, Business Class Lounge e squisito servizio catering.

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B O O K I N G I N F O R M AT I O N

Taking off with Helvetic Airways WEB CHECK-IN

WEB CHECK-IN

Our web check-in service allows you to check in for your fl ight at home, choose your desired seat, and print out your boarding pass via www.helvetic.com.

Mit unserem Web Check-in können Sie Ihren Flug bereits zu Hause auf www.helvetic.com einchecken, Ihren gewünschten Sitzplatz wählen und auch gleich Ihren Boarding Pass ausdrucken.

SERVICE CENTER Friendly and competent: Our staff members at the Service Center will be glad to assist you in German, English, French, and Italian: +41 (0)44 270 85 00

SERVICE CENTER Freundlich und kompetent: Unsere Mitarbeiter im Service Center beraten Sie gerne in Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch und Italienisch: +41 (0)44 270 85 00

SEAT RESERVATION Would you like to book a window seat or sit next to your friends? All seats on our scheduled fl ights can already be reserved during booking at www.helvetic.com.

ONLINE CUSTOMER CENTER Change of name or fl ight? At www.helvetic.com, you can make these modifi cations yourself around the clock and from anywhere in the world. Just log in and select the desired function. You can also view fl ight bookings and print out booking confi rmations.

ADDITIONAL BAGGAGE? As our fl ight guest, you have the option of increasing your baggage allowance on www.helvetic.com from the usual 20 to 25 or 30 kilograms. Raising the baggage allowance to 25 kilograms costs CHF 20 per customer and way, the fee for raising the limit to 30 kilograms is CHF 40 per customer and way. This amounts to a reduction of up to 50% compared to the offi cial excess baggage fees.

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SITZPLATZRESERVIERUNG Möchten Sie einen Fensterplatz buchen oder neben Ihren Freunden sitzen? Sämtliche Sitzplätze auf unseren Linienfl ügen können schon bei der Flugbuchung auf www.helvetic.com reserviert werden.

ONLINE-KUNDENCENTER Namensänderung oder Flugänderung? Auf www.helvetic.com können Sie solche Modifi kationen rund um die Uhr und von überall auf der Welt selber erledigen. Loggen Sie sich ein und wählen Sie die gewünschte Funktion. Sie können auch Flugbuchungen einsehen und Buchungsbestätigungen ausdrucken.

VIEL GEPÄCK? Als Fluggast haben Sie die Möglichkeit, während Ihrer Buchung auf www.helvetic.com die Freigepäckgrenze von den üblichen 20 auf 25 oder 30 Kilogramm zu erhöhen. Für eine Freigepäckgrenze von 25 Kilogramm bezahlen Sie einen Zuschlag von CHF 20 pro Fluggast und Strecke, für eine Erhöhung auf 30 Kilogramm beträgt der Zuschlag CHF 40 pro Fluggast und Strecke. Sie profi tieren somit von bis zu 50% Reduktion gegenüber den offi ziellen Übergepäckgebühren.


WEB CHECK-IN Con il servizio Web Check-in è possibile effettuare il check-in per il proprio volo comodamente da casa, scegliendo il posto desiderato e stampando la carta di imbarco su www.helvetic.com.

CENTRO SERVIZI Cortese e competente, il nostro staff al Centro Servizi sarà lieto di assistervi in tedesco, inglese, francese e italiano: +41 (0)44 270 85 00

PRENOTAZIONE POSTI Vorreste sedervi vicino al fi nestrino o magari accanto ai vostri amici che viaggiano con voi? Tutti i posti sui nostri voli di linea possono essere scelti al momento della prenotazione del volo su www.helvetic.com.

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A Childhood Dream Comes True Co-pilot Christian Suhner describes his training as a professional pilot and the joy of flying.

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A PILOT?

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

After high school and basic military training, I considered studying medicine, studying music, and training to be a pilot. With the choice of a pilot career, I have fulfilled a childhood dream.

Of course, I’m working towards becoming a commander at some point.

WHAT DOES CHRISTIAN SUHNER DO IN HIS SPARE TIME? I’m a keen musician as well as a bit of

WAS IT A DIFFICULT DECISION? Of course you want to give it some thought. Training is tough and demands a lot of discipline, as well as being expensive. It took me some time to weigh all these factors.

WHEN AND WHERE DID YOU COMPLETE YOUR PILOT TRAINING? My entire instruction was at the Horizon Swiss Flight Academy. I worked on the side as a service technician, in administration, and finally in the maintenance department. This allowed me to continue my pilot training at the same time, while already being in the thick of the “airline business”. My training took three and a half years.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB AS A PILOT? I never cease to be fascinated when our Fokker breaks through the cloud ceiling and we can fly over the Alps in sunny weather. It’s a feeling that you never tire of.

WHICH OTHER FUNCTIONS DO YOU HAVE AT HELVETIC AIRWAYS? Together with the IT department, I develop various applications and contribute to a number of projects.

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an athlete, and try to keep a clean slate as the goalie of the Helvetic Airways football team…

EIN KINDHEITSTRAUM WIRD WAHR Viele Kinder träumen davon, später einmal als Pilot über den Wolken zu schweben. Doch die Ausbildung verlangt enorme Disziplin und Hingabe an den Beruf. Copilot Christian Suhner erzählt über seinen Werdegang – seine Berufsausbildung zum Piloten an der Horizon Swiss Flight Academy, die Arbeit bei Helvetic Airways und seine Freude am Fliegen.

UN SOGNO DELL’INFANZIA CHE SI AVVERA Tanti bambini sognano di diventare piloti per fluttuare tra le nuvole. Ma l’addestramento richiede un’enorme disciplina e dedizione al lavoro. Il copilota Christian Suhner ci racconta il suo percorso professionale: il corso di pilota presso la Horizon Swiss Flight Academy, il lavoro con Helvetic Airways e la sua gioia di volare.


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