SkyWork Airlines wins the Race to the Top of Europe.

Friday 7th October 2011

SkyWork Airlines of Switzerland clocked the fastest time last Saturday 1 October in a race involving six competitors from the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce (BSCC) and six different routings from London to the Top of Europe - the Jungfraujoch in Interlaken. SkyWork Airlines passenger, Philip Worley, Strategy Manager from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), reached the top of Jungfrau, in a speedy 303 minutes from his starting point at London City Airport flying direct to Bern - arriving 40 minutes ahead of his closest contender.

Five additional competitors entered the race from London to the top of Jungfrau on different routings including: British Midland Airways/Swiss Air Lines from London Heathrow to Basle, Easyjet from Gatwick to Geneva, Easyjet from London Luton to Geneva, Swiss Air Lines from Heathrow to Zurich and Swiss Air Lines from London City to Zurich. Finish times ranged from the winning 303 minutes to 494 minutes, with one competitor flying from LHR to Zurich dogged with 'baggage issues,' sadly unable to reach Jungfraujoch at all.

SkyWork Airlines passenger and UKTI Strategy Manager, Philip Worley commented: "After a speedy check-in and tasty breakfast on board the roomy Dornier 328, I settled down with a SkyWork Airlines iPad until we landed approximately 105 minutes later in sunny Bern for the onwards journey by rail to Jungfraujoch. With breathtaking views of the alpine lakes and mountains of Bern and Interlaken, I reached the race finish at Jungfraujoch Station, feeling exhilarated and luckily, some distance ahead of the competition."

After viewing the magnificent panorama of Jungfraujoch, competitors were treated to a celebratory dinner and prize giving at the Hotel Caprice in Wengen sponsored by Jungfrau Region Tourism. Train travel was generously provided by SBB for travel to and from Interlaken Ost and Jungfraubahn from Interlaken Ost to the Jungfraujoch. Overnight accommodation was provided by the Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage in Interlaken and lunch at the hotel sponsored by Interlaken Tourism.

SkyWork Airlines UK representative Brian Brett who organised the race hopes to now make it an annual event "It was a great fun, a great group of people and the fabulous weather added to the experience."

About SkyWork Airlines:

SkyWork was founded in 1983 and is one of the oldest airlines in Switzerland. Initially specialising in ad-hoc, business and charter flights, SkyWork added five scheduled flights to its route network last year. A further seven scheduled routes will be added to the winter timetable for 2011/12. The fleet, which began with a single Cessna 340, now comprises of two Dornier 328 and two Dash 8 Q400s. Three additional aircraft - two 328s and one Q400 will be added to the fleet in 2012. The 72-seater Dash 8/Q400 is one of the newest and most modern aircraft in the SkyWork fleet. SkyWork currently has a workforce of 128 employees.

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