The provisionally named Swiss Skies has big transatlantic plans operating next-gen single-aisle aircraft.
Another low-cost carrier is planning transatlantic flights from Europe following the rapid growth of this discount market, this time from a base where the Swiss, German and French borders meet.
As airlines like Norwegian, WOW air, Level and Primera Air expand their routes across the Atlantic with varying degrees of success, the future carrier, for now called Swiss Skies, plans flights on single-aisle aircraft from a base at Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg EuroAirport.
To be rebranded before launch, the company is seeking an initial $100 million in investment capital to enable it to start flying in the second half of 2019, SFGate reports.
The founders include a former Lufthansa and Air Berlin executive and a pilot who ran operations at the Brazilian carrier Azul.
They say they want to focus on point-to-point travel to secondary US airports, giving the example of Basel-Cincinnati as a likely first route. Both of these regions have large pharmaceutical businesses, and Swiss already flies the ‘Roche coach’ between San Francisco and Zurich, which connects businesses in the pharma and biotech fields.
Swiss Skies’ fleet would have narrow-body, long-range A321neos, the same aircraft JetBlue says it may use to begin transatlantic flights from the US east coast.
It would be a 190-seat version of the neo, allowing it to offer fares that are 30% lower than those currently in the market, the founders claim.
The future airline is aiming at 16 A321s by the second year of operations and 38 in year four. Ultimately it would expand to serve points in the Middle East, the Caribbean and Brazil and also add other European bases.
WOW uses A321s for its US routes via Reykjavik, except for widebody A330s to California, while Primera also uses the next-gen single-aisle neos for its routes between both London Stansted and Paris CDG and Newark and Boston as well as Washington-London.