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     Facts and Figures
 
A True Story of Success
It all started in 1931. At that time nobody thought that Swissair would be part of a large group of companies one day. Today the SAirGroup is very successful and Swissair is one of the world's best airlines. Let the facts and figures tell you this true success story.

Current Financial Summaries

 
History of Swissair
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Swissair

Founded: March 26, 1931
Personnel at March 15, 1997: 7 741
Share Capital and Capital Structure:
Share capital at the end of 1996: CHF 807 805 250*
* If approved by the 1997 Shareholders' Assembly, Swissair's share capital will be converted into SAirGroup shares.

Composition:

  1. 2 308 015 registered shares: 20.4% held by public authorities and institutions (Swiss government, cantons, municipalities and cantonal banks); 7.3% by partner airlines; 5.4% by industry, commerce, and holding and finance companies; 22.4% by banks and insurance companies; 9.9% by welfare institutions and pension funds; 18.8% by private individuals. Total of 41 039 registered shareholders. Reserved shares: 1.7%. Shares not recorded in the share register at 31.12.1996: 14.0%.
  2. 178 205 "Genussschein" dividend-right certificates of zero par value, 1986 issue price CHF 200.

Capitalisation at 31.12.1996: CHF 2 456 000 000

Address:
Swissair AG, P.O. Box, CH-8058 Zurich Airport. Phone: +41 1 812 1212; fax: +41 1 810 8046; Internet: http://www.swissair.com.

Swiss Reservation Numbers:
0848 800 700 (leisure); 0848 800 600 (Business Class); 0848 800 500 (First Class, Club Members).

 
The SAirLines Division   Holding in %   Share Capital
in Thousands
Swissair Swiss Air Transport Company Ltd., Zurich 100 CHF 807 805
Airline Financial Support Services, Mumbai 75.0 INR 36 000
Austrian Airlines, Vienna 10.0 ATS 2 600 000
Balair/CTA AG, Meyrin 99.7 CHF 129 795
Crossair AG, Basel 67.0* CHF 328 500
Delta Air Lines Inc., Atlanta 4.6 USD 163 314
Sabena SA, Brussels 49.5 BEF 25 643 977
Traviswiss AG, Kloten 100 CHF 2 000
* Voting Rights: 70.2%
 
Swissair five-year review

Traffic     1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
Commercial Flights       102 324 113 627 119 696 121 469 129 822
Flight Hours       207 549 219 629 225 879 234 778 248 371
Available Tonne-km*   Million   4 356.7 4 564.2 4 739.5 5 141.1 5 837.2
Revenue Tonne-km*   Million   2 683.7 2 960.6 3 261.4 3 552.7 3 995.9
Passengers Carried**   Thousand   7 475.0 7 824.6 8 407.0 8 703.3 9 078.1
Revenue Passenger Tonne-km   Million   1 572.8 1 670.9 1 802.0 1 991.1 2 307.0
Total Cargo Volume   Tonnes   230 313 254 289 282 592 291 820 295 303
Revenue Cargo Tonne-km   Million   1 063.4 1 242.7 1 408.3 1 507.8 1 634.9
Total Mail Carried   Tonnes   14 384 13 606 14 555 14 797 14 682
Revenue Mail Tonne-km*   Million   47.5 47.0 51.1 52.6 53.6
Load Factor*** on Scheduled Sservices   %   61.7 64.9 68.9 69.4 69.2
Flight Operating Cost per Avbl. Tkm*   CHF   0.92 0.90 0.85 0.78 0.74
Seat Load Factor***   %   60.3 61.5 63.4 64.4 64.6
                 
Personnel Numbers at Year-end 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
Total Excl. Apprentices (Part-time Staff Pro-rata) 19 025 16 588 16 156 16 883 16 1301)
Of Whom Outside Switzerland 3 411 3 076 2 905 3 220 3 326
Pilots 1 114 1 176 1 219 1 262 1 168
Flight Engineers 74 73 67 64 67
Flight Attendants 2 595 2 551 2 766 3 133 2 862

* Tonne-km = One Tonne Transported One Kilometre
** Point-to-Point, i.e. Each Passenger Counted Once per Journey
*** Proportion of Capacity Actually Sold

 
Cooperation Accords with Other Airlines

Swissair
North Atlantic
Swissair, Austrian Airlines, Sabena and Delta Air Lines have established a close collaboration covering all the partners' flights between their main hubs in Europe and the United States, plus connecting flights to secondary destinations at either end. Benefits: all North Atlantic and many connecting flights freely bookable by any partner; revenues on joint routes shared according to a pre-agreed formula; jointly-numbered "codeshare" flights; enlarged route networks; standardised fares; coordinated timetables; through-check-in to final destination; greater benefits for frequent flyers.

Europe
Swissair collaborates closely with Sabena and Austrian Airlines in Europe, even operating joint services on some routes such as Zurich/Geneva-Brussels (with Sabena) and Zurich-Vienna (with Austrian Airlines). The partners also represent one another at certain destinations, and look after each other's interests in some home markets; and they are increasingly coordinating their fleet renewal plans (such as the decision to acquire the Airbus A330 to replace the present A310).

Further Cooperation Accords
Further cooperation accords between Swissair and Delta Air Lines offer a joint global route network of more than 300 destinations in over 80 countries. Swissair has further codeshare agreements with Air Canada, Air Ukraine, Deutsche BA, CSA (Czech Republic), Finnair, Kenya Airways, LOT (Poland), Olympic (Greece), Oman Air, Tarom (Romania), Transwede (Sweden), Turkish Airlines and Tyrolean Airways (Austria).