Swiss International Air Lines saw passenger numbers rise nearly six percent in the first quarter of the year, the airline said on Tuesday.

 

"/> Swiss International Air Lines saw passenger numbers rise nearly six percent in the first quarter of the year, the airline said on Tuesday.

 

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Swiss passenger numbers soar

Swiss International Air Lines saw passenger numbers rise nearly six percent in the first quarter of the year, the airline said on Tuesday.

 

Swiss passenger numbers soar
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Swiss International Air Lines saw passenger numbers rise nearly six percent in the first quarter of the year, the airline said on Tuesday.

The airline transported 3,432,658 passengers in the first three months of 2011, a 5.9 percent increase compared to the 3,242,591 of the same period last year.

The national carrier said its total number of operated flights in the same period were also up 7.1 percent to 36,956 flights. Its seat load factor, or seat occupancy rate, stood at 76.4 percent, slightly down compared to 78.3 percent recorded for the same period a year ago.

In the month of March, Swiss carried 1,242,726 passengers, a 4.4 percent improvement on the 1,190,823 of the same month last year. The 77.2 percent systemwide seat load factor was 4  percentage points down compared to March 2010, owing also to the political unrest in North Africa and the uncertainties in Japan, the airline said.

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Robbed Swiss plane had $93 million: report

A Swiss International Air Lines plane robbed of $1.2 million was carrying an additional $91.8 million when it flew from Zurich to New York over the weekend, America's ABC News is reporting.

Robbed Swiss plane had $93 million: report
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The plane landed at JFK International Airport on Saturday but on Monday officials noted the disappearance of $1.2 million in $100 bills.

It was part of a larger shipment of $93 million sent by a US bank from its offices in Switzerland to the Federal Reserve in New Jersey, according to ABC News.

Conflicting accounts have emerged about what happened.

ABC news reported that an employee of JFK airport discovered that a box containing the cash was damaged.

“Three crates of cash were delivered to JFK,” ABC News quoted one official saying.

A seal on one of the crates, transported in a larger shipping container, was broken on Monday, the official said.

A forklift operator “opened the sealed crate and noticed damage to one of the crates in the form of a puncture from a forklift. It was a hole large enough to put your arm in.”

The FBI has not yet stated whether the theft occurred in New York or in Zurich.

The online site of Swiss newspaper Blick said American authorities have asked Zurich police for help in the investigation. 

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