Swiss’ Adorable Video Featuring Talking Airplanes

This is so cute. Swiss is in the process of refreshing much of their shorthaul fleet. They just retired their last Avro RJ100. For those of you not familiar, it’s the cute little plane with four engines, and Swiss flew the plane for nearly 15 years. Now they’ve added the Bombardier CSeries (both -100 and -300) to their fleet. They already have 10 of these in their fleet, with another 20 to be delivered over the coming years.

Well, Swiss has just published a really adorable video on their Facebook page, which features an Avro RJ100 and Bombardier CSeries in a maintenance hangar. What makes this unique is that the two planes are having a conversation with one another. It’s actually ridiculously adorable, as the Avro RJ100 plays the role of the old wise plane that’s giving the new CSeries tips as it’s about to begin its first day of work. There’s even some pretty good aviation humor in there.

If you have a few minutes, definitely give it a watch:

I’ll miss seeing the Avro RJ100 flying for Swiss. While I never found it to be a terribly comfortable plane from a passenger standpoint (it’s also quite loud and flies at an odd angle), it’s one sexy plane from the outside. Meanwhile I’m looking forward to hopefully flying the Bombardier CSeries sooner rather than later, as it seems to offer a truly improved passenger experience.

(Tip of the hat to Dan)


  1. Thanks for sharing. Really adorable video! Remind me of Tuesday this week. Spend nearly whole day at Zurich airport, rather than enjoying the city, before heading home and landing and Lnd City airport. And of course truly enjoyed the new lady plane as well!!! šŸ™‚

  2. Great video full of aviation humor. @Lucky any idea what Swiss is doing with their Avro RJ100s? The end of the video seems to insinuate that they are either going on a farewell tour or being sold to another airline.

  3. Longer than 15 years I think. I recall flying an Avro RJ100 from Zurich to London City back in the early 1990’s. It was under the “CrossAir” name that was a short-haul version of SwissAir. When the latter went bankrupt, the former took over the latter and the new name was “Swiss”, no doubt with a bunch of money from the Swiss.

    In fact back then the plane still went by its original name – British Aerospace 146.

    I always like them – 4 engines on a small plane is a luxury, albeit an expensive one

  4. Just took the CS100 from CDG-ZRH last week, the cabin is very well designed and sleek and it’s also pretty quiet, but the seat didn’t feel all that different, of course it was better than most A320s and 737s, but it wasn’t revolutionary.

  5. I appreciate Swiss’ commitment to a consistent visual identity across all their marketing. They stick with that desaturated, orange-and-teal instagram look with everything. Check out the video they did for the new CS300 and that fantastic brand video you wrote about. Same feel. Not quite as elegant as Air France, but kudos for a distinct style.

  6. @Lucky As a former copy editor, I can say that most reputable publications would write “Swiss’s.” This is indeed what most people would say, so that is how it should be written (it’s not so much a rule as a rule of thumb). You drop the s when the word would be unpronounceable with it (and also for some classical names). Hope that helps.

  7. This is for real nerdy av-geeks:
    The aircraft shown landing at LCY (HB-IYW) is just over 17 years old and did start its life flying for CrossAir. And it has crossed the Atlantic and has become part of the leasing fleet of a Canadian company called Tronos. And it has been re-registered as C-FXQJ.

    I really have to get a life:-)

  8. Pity they don’t seem to know which way is up on the UK flag (1’15”). A bit crap for an international airline. Originating in ships, flying a national flag upside down is an internationally-recognised distress symbol, so it’s kind of important.

    The 146s were originally given the brand name of “Whisperjets”, to emphasise how quiet they were – and they were specifically marketed at flights which used small or awkward (often inner-city) airports, given both their low noise and relatively short take-off/-landing capabilities. At one time they were the *only* jet licensed to use London City.

    I flew 146s often on Anglo-Scottish flights operated by AirUK of fond and distant memory (long ago digested by KLM). They were pretty decent.

  9. How do you even recognize that the U.K. flag is upside-down? It seems pretty symmetrical to me. Good luck with using that distress signal with a Swiss or Austrian flag…

  10. Very nice work from Swiss. It’s about time an airline had some personality. Flew the CS100 last week. Had that great new plane smell. Seems like a reasonable short haul workhorse. BTW – got a great snack in 1st, on just a 40 minute flight.

  11. @ Fritz

    I’m not sure the Swiss have much of a merchant fleet…

    Look at the diagonal red stripes. See how they are not centred within the white band? That’s how you know whether or not it’s the right way up. For the side furthest from the flagpole, the white band beneath the lower red diagonal should be wide, the white band above it narrow. In the video it is inverted.

    There was a famous / appalling incident on the first day of the directly-elected European Parliament, when the “Reverend” Ian Paisley, the leader of the right-wing Northern Ireland unioists, interrupted proceedings to shout that “the flag of my country is upside down” – something he apparently regarded as a huge insult (though really he loved the opportunity to grandstand).

  12. Wow. USAir used to fly those into secondary airports. I remember when there was service to Concord Buchanan Field (CA) and they flew those there.

  13. I flew the BAE 146 into ORD many years ago, it was pleasant to be on
    A four-thruster, I believe it may have been AA or NWA, possibly Air Wisconsin,
    as it was mostly A local flight, from Wisconsin or Minneapolis.
    As with the AA ‘Mad-Dogs’ and the 747 ‘Queen of the Skies’ that are slowly ‘flown’ into The sunset….I recall them fondly over the ‘Xian Warrier’ seating now offered…it was after all, a more Civil time.

  14. I like the British vs Canadian accents. Though I was expecting a QuƩbƩcois accent for the Bombardier.

  15. The dalliance with the damn crane is killing the airline’s identity though. Cost cutting has become so rampant, they’re even serving processed American cheese in Economy. Unthinkable, if not even blasphemous before Lufthansa took over. If they’re switching to Milka chocolate it’s overā€¦

  16. I have fond memories of the Avro RJ. Once took it from London City to Basel. What a takeoff!

    Extremely pleasant flight, zippy little thing.

  17. I always liked the 146, flew them on PSA and WestAir when they operated them as United Express in California.

    Hopefully our Avro friend will get to come to the States and get fitted out for firefighting.

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