Zurich Airport’s Emirates A380, AIS Airlines to Münster/Osnabrück and Etihad Regional’s launch; Jet2’s award; celebrations at Ixtapa Airport

A busy few days at Zurich Airport with three special events. On 8 January, Emirates celebrated the launch of A380 services to Zurich, bringing the number of destinations it serves with the superjumbo to 25. The first flight was marked by (left to right): Narmi Manalana, Emirates’ Flight Attendant; René Huber, Mayor of the City of Kloten; Juerg Müller, Emirates‘ Area Manager in Switzerland; Thierry Aucoc, Emirates‘ SVP Commercial Operations; Stefan Conrad, Zurich Airport’s COO; and Michaela Simmen, Emirates‘ Flight Attendant.

On 13 January, Zurich Airport celebrated the launch of AIS Airlines’ five weekly services to Münster/Osnabrück Airport with this cake. The event was marked by (left to right): Nicole Hortobàgyi Brand, Manager Marketing Services at Zurich Airport; Harry van Lieshout, AIS Airlines’ Sales Manager; and Rolf Hancock, Manager Airline Affairs at Zurich Airport.

The Etihad Regional launch was marked by (left to right): Hasan A. Saleh Al Hammadi, Etihad Airways’ SVPE Affairs; Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ CCO; HE Mohammed Atiq Al Rumaithi, UAE Ambassador in Switzerland; James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ CEO; Maurizio Merlo, Darwin Airline’s CEO; and Abdul Qader Hussein Ahmed, Etihad Airways’ VP Government and International Affairs.

On 16 January, Zurich Airport celebrated the launch of Etihad Regional, a Swiss-based airline. The airline, formerly known as Darwin Airline, will operate to 34 destinations by mid-2014. The launch was marked by (left to right): Hasan A. Saleh Al Hammadi, Etihad Airways’ SVPE Affairs; Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ CCO; HE Mohammed Atiq Al Rumaithi, UAE Ambassador in Switzerland; James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ CEO; Maurizio Merlo, Darwin Airline’s CEO; and Abdul Qader Hussein Ahmed, Etihad Airways’ VP Government and International Affairs.

Proudly showing-off the trophy for “Best Short Haul Airline” are (right to left): Steve Lee, Jet2.com’s Commercial Director; and James Corden, presenter of the awards.

Jet2.com was voted for the third year in a row “Best Short Haul Airline” at the Travel Weekly Globe Awards 2014 on 17 January. Proudly showing-off the trophy are (right to left): Steve Lee, Jet2.com’s Commercial Director; and James Corden, presenter of the awards.

Ixtapa Airport celebrated on 17 December the arrival of Sunwing Airlines’ charter flights from Toronto Pearson Airport with the traditional water arch salute and a special event at the arrival terminal.


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