Swissair, S.A./AG was for many years the national airline of Switzerland.It was formed from a merger between Balair and Ad Astra Aero, in 1931. For most of its 71 years, Swissair was one of the major international airlines and known as the "Flying Bank" due to the financial stability of the airline, causing it to be regarded as a Swiss national symbol and icon. The airline thrived into the 1980s, It was headquartered at Zurich Airport and in Kloten. Swissair’s assets dramatically lost value, grounding the already-troubled airline in October 2001. The airline was kept alive until 31 March 2002 by the Swiss Federal government. On 1 April 2002 successor airline Swiss International Air Lines was founded on the base of former Crossair, taking over most of the routes, planes and staff of the former Swissair. Today, The SAirGroup company still exists and is in the process of being liquidated. Swiss International Air Lines was taken over by the German airline Lufthansa in 2005.
Swiss International Airlines has a fleet size of 83 carriers(including subsidiaries-Swiss Global Air Lines & Edelweiss Air) . The aircraft fleet is named after local towns and cities over since 2007. The names are featured on the aircraft fuselage, with cabin interiors showing the coat of arms of the town or city. The back-then latest fleet addition, an Airbus A330-300, was the first to follow this scheme, named Bern.
SWISS serves 103 destinations in 48 countries all over the world from its Zurich hub and the international airport of Geneva with European country connectivity in main focus and the rest of the world is limited in comparison to the number of flights for European countries alone.
On all intra-European flights, Swiss offers drink services. Depending on the time of day and the scheduled flight duration, Swiss may also offer snack services. On shorter flights, cold snacks are offered, and hot snacks are offered on longer flights. The Europe economy class services include sandwiches from a Swiss bakery. In addition, Swiss chocolate is provided to passengers prior to landing on most flights.