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Swiss airline more popular than ever

Swiss International Air Lines has carried a record number of passengers this year, surpassing the 15-million mark.

In a statement on Friday, the airline – a subsidiary of Germany’s Lufthansa – said its previous high was 14.17 million, which it set in 2010.

Swiss was created after the collapse of the national carrier Swissair ten years ago under a mountain of debts. After getting off to a rocky start, the fledgling airline was bought out by the Lufthansa group in 2005.

Under the wing of Lufthansa, Swiss has not only survived the financial crisis and boom in oil prices but has become one of the most commercially successful airlines.

The company has a global workforce of 7,521. From next year it will expand its fleet of 81 planes with the delivery of five Airbus 330-300s, two Airbus 221s and two Airbus 320s.

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