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Swiss to launch fourth Saudi connection
October 2006 110

SWISS International Air Lines (Swiss) will launch a fourth weekly flight from Riyadh and Jeddah as of December 3, according to a statement.

Swiss is committed to travellers from the Gulf region, and will continue to build on its strong network in five countries, said the statement.
The airline, the national carrier of Switzerland, continues to provide its world travellers the best of travel solutions. Ranked high as leading European airline for its inimitable hospitality, quality, service and efficiency, Swiss caters to passengers’ needs across its extensive travel spectrum, said the statement.
Swiss was honoured in the 13th World Travel Awards (WTA) this September. Receiving the distinctions for Europe’s Leading Airline, Europe’s Leading Business Class Airline and World’s Leading Economy Class Airline proves SWISS to be on the right path, and that its products and services are well received across the world.
The WTA were implemented in 1993 to honour service excellence in the travel and tourism sectors, and the selection process is based on the input of more than 167,000 travel and tourist specialists from 200 different countries.
Swiss has been acknowledged by the World Travel Awards in recent years, having thrice won the accolade for Europe’s Leading Airline and once for Europe’s Leading Business Class Airline.

WEB CHECK-IN
Travellers from Dubai can also make use of SWISS’ swift web check-in facilities that allow passengers to check-in online and select their seating choice. Passengers holding an e-ticket, those with confirmed reservations or travelling with children above the age of two can avail of this service, which is applicable at Dubai International Airport. The facility is available from 24 hours before the flight departs until one hour before take-off.
Worldwide, Swiss flies to 69 destinations in 42 countries. On a regional level, the airline currently operates a total of 25 weekly flights from the Middle East, including daily non-stop flights from Dubai and Muscat, five weekly flights from Cairo and three weekly flights from Riyadh and Jeddah.
The partnership with Lufthansa German Airlines allows Swiss travellers to enjoy more options such as additional flights to any one of Lufthansa’s 181 destinations in 76 countries, the single airfare policy, combined check-in facilities and optimum hub connections via the cities of Zurich, Frankfurt and Munich.

FREQUENT FLYERS
Swiss travellers can also benefit from the joint frequent flyer programme, Miles & More. Together with Lufthansa, SWISS has launched an innovative regional promotion, giving travellers the opportunity to collect additional award miles during the months of October and November, 2006.
Members of this leading European frequent flyer program will collect 7,500 miles on First class, 5,000 miles on Business class and 2,500 miles on Economy class per sector flown, when travelling return on Swiss from Dubai to Zurich, and on Lufthansa from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt and Munich.
Members registered in Oman, Bahrain, Doha, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE can avail of this special promotion, and collect a considerable number of additional award miles for future trips on Swiss.
Swiss strives to provide its passengers the optimum options; be it for First class, Business class or Economy class passengers, and for European or regional routes, SWISS is focused on exhibiting a customary service using forward thinking methods.
Switzerland remains a popular destination for travellers in the Gulf region, and continues to hold a strong attraction due to the efficient visa process.
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals travelling to Switzerland can take advantage of the simple and convenient visa application procedures via an embassy or consulate, as a result of Switzerland’s long-standing relations with member countries of the GCC.




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