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  • Mi sento unicamente una "Cittadina del Mondo"
    figlia, madre, amica, compagna, donna...
    Ho viaggiato lungo rotte conosciute ed altre ignote, per lavoro ma anche per curiosità o solo per il desiderio di scoprire nuovi luoghi!
    L'esperienza a contatto con altri popoli, religioni e culture, mi ha insegnato a venerare Madre Natura ed ogni forma di vita che ci conduce a valutare precetti inconfutabili, ma che purtroppo troppi ignorano nel più assoluto egoismo.
    Vi apro le porte del mio mondo virtuale... seguitemi lungo l'itinerante scorrer d'acqua lasciando traccia di vissuto.

  • What to say about Claudine? She is passionate about living a present, balanced and authentic life, with a healthy dose of humor! She loves to travel the world, explore new places, people and food, but equally loves to retreat into silent solitude. She is a writer who follows a hidden path, into an unfamiliar world. If you just surrender and go with her on her eerie journey, you will find that you have surrendered to enchantment, as if in a voluptuous and fantastic dream. She makes you believe everything she sees in her fantasy and dreams. But as well you take a journey to the frozen mountain peaks of the north of Europe, to the crowded sweating streets of Mexico or Africa. Her characters are wonderfully real and wholly believable perfectly situated in her richly textured prose. She’s a lovely person and she writes with exquisite powers of description! She’s simply great! R. McKelley

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    Chi è Claudine? Lei è appassionata nel vivere al presente una vita equilibrata e autentica, con una sana dose di humour! Ama viaggiare per il mondo, esplorare nuovi luoghi, persone e cibo, ma ugualmente ama ritirarsi in solitudine, nel silenzio. E' una scrittrice che segue un sentiero nascosto, verso un mondo sconosciuto. Se solo vi arrendete e andate con lei in questa spettacolare avventura, realizzerete che vi siete confidati all’incantevole, come in un sogno fantastico ed avvolgente. Vi farà credere ad ogni cosa che lei vede nei suoi stessi sogni e fantasie. Ma inizierete anche un viaggio verso le cime ghiacciate del nord Europa, verso le strade affollate del Messico o Africa. I protagonisti sono magnificamente reali e totalmente credibili stupendamente inseriti nella ricca trama di prosa. E’ una “grande” persona e scrive con uno squisito potere descrittivo. E’ semplicemente magnifica.

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The SWISSAIR legend

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1931  March 26th

Swissair begins flying. The company employs 64 staff, including 10 pilots, 7 ground crew and 8 technicians. The total fleet numbers 13, comprising 9 Fokkers, 2 Dornier-Merkur, 1 Messerschmitt and 1 Comte.

1934

Swissair becomes the first European airline to hire a flight attendant. The uniforms and styles would change over the years, but never the commitment of the staff. In the 1970’s, uniforms would be colour-coded for the job: blue for flying crew, red for special assistance, yellow for check-in and so on.

1936

The DC-3 makes its Swissair debut.

1938

A DC-2 makes Swissair’s first direct flight from London to St.Moritz.

1939

Eight years after Swissair began flying, its fleet comprises 5 DC-3s, 3 DC-2s, 1 Dragon-Rapide, 1 Fokker and 1 Compte. The total number of seats: 163.

1945

A football match between Switzerland and England in July is thrown into doubt because no aeroplanes are available from the UK to bring over the English team. With the match already sold out, Swissair comes to the rescue and make the first post-war flight from Dübendorf to London collect the English team. Swissair also takes the team home – after the Swiss beat them 3-1.

1946

Swissair takes delivery of its first four-engined DC-4.

1947

The first Swissair DC-4 transatlantic flight to New York takes place. The journey last 23 hours 36 minutes, including fuel, stops in Ireland and Newfoundland. The Captain’s name is Walter Borner. In the same year, extra destinations in South America and South Africa are added to Swissair’s growing worldwide network.

1951

After a night flight on the DC-6B (Swissair’s first long haul aeroplane with a pressurised cabin), passengers receive breakfast in bed.

1954

Swissair extends its reach into South America with a new service: Zurich-Geneva-Lisbon-Dakar-Recife-Rio de Janeiro-San Paulo.

1957

The airline launches Europe’s first in-flight magazine, the Swissair Gazette. South America connections grow. Swissair extends its routeings to Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Five years later it reaches further, this time to Santiago de Chile. Swissair opens up to the Far East, with Tokyo the final destination on its new routes.

1960

Swissair’s firs four Caravelles take to the air. This popular aeroplane is an immediate hit and the company orders four more. The Caravelle would replace the entire DC-9 fleet over the next 11 years.

1962

Swissair begins flying to West Africa. Accra and Lagos are the first two destinations. Meanwhile, Montreal and Chicago are added to North American routes.

1963/64

Tunis and Tripoli are added to the list of North African destinations.

1965

Swissair extends its reach in Africa with flights to Abidjan and Casablanca. A new Eastern European destination is Budapest.

1966

Swissair increases its Eastern Europe impact with flights to Zagreb and Bucharest.

1967

Swissair orders its first two Boeing 747 “Jumbos”. Moscow is Swissair’s newest destination. Holiday-makers, meanwhile, are delighted by Swissair’s announcement that it will begin flying to Malaga. Also this year, passenger steps at the rear of the aeroplane were used on an SE-210 Caravelle.

1968

Swissair’s last propeller aeroplane (a Convair CV-440) lands at Kloten, to be greeted by a farewell party.

1970

Flights between Zurich and Berne are stopped. Before the rail link was opened, the passenger was transported by Postbus.

1971

Swissair enters the jumbo age with the delivery of its first Boeing 747, operating between Switzerland and New York. Swissair also begins flying to Boston. Swissair makes its last flight using a Caravelle.

1974

An era comes to a close as Swissair makes its last flight using a Convair-990 “Coronado”, a popular aeroplane with passengers. One of the planes is donated to the Swiss transport Museum in Lucerne. Flown to Stans, the aircraft is then transported by boat to Lucerne.

1975

Swissair becomes only the second western airline to fly to China and also the first foreign airline to fly to two Chinese destinations: Beijing and Shanghai.

1977

Swissair’s first round-the-world flight with a DC-10. The trip takes 16 days.

1982

Swissair carries its 100.000.000th passenger.

1983

The A310 makes its debut in the Swissair fleet, alongside two new 747s with stretched upper decks. The new craft is photographed by flying two aeroplanes in parallel over the Matterhorn.

1985

Gabriela Lüthi becomes the first woman to attend the Swiss flying school and two years later becomes Swissair’s first female co-pilot. March this year, I started my adventure as a flight attendant

1989

Non-stop flights from Zurich to Tokyo begin on the Siberian route.

1990

Swissair’s fleet consists of 55 aircraft: five 747-357, 11 DC-10-30, 4 A310 Intercontinental and 5 A310 Europa, 22 MD-81 and 8 Fokker 100.

1991

After the historic changes in Eastern Europe, Swissair adds Kiev and St Petersburg to its list of destinations.

1992

Swissair’s last DC-10 flight.

1993

A new concept for Business Class is launched on European flights.

1996

Newark, Calgary and Vancouver are new routes.

1997   

Swissair Gazette celebrates its 40th anniversary. Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur are added to Swissair’s route network. Following my heart, at the end of August I quit the company and started a new job in my home Canton Ticino (South of Switzerland).

1998

Swissair’s first A330-200 begins flying.

2001

For the fifth year in a row, Swissair is voted Europe’s leading airline at the World Travel Awards.

On 2 October 2001, at 15:45 CEO Mario Corti decided to discontinue flight operations.

March 31st. 2002 Swissair was closed.

 

The film Grounding – Gli ultimi giorni di Swissair (2006) tries to analyse the causes and key events that led to the failure of SwissAir in 2001 and the famous grounding of 2 October 2001. In addition, the calamity of flight Swissair 111 was analysed in an episode of surveys of high-altitude Fire onboard.

Il film Grounding – Gli ultimi giorni di Swissair (2006) cerca di analizzare le cause e gli episodi chiave che hanno condotto al fallimento di SwissAir nel 2001 e al famoso grounding del 2 ottobre 2001. Inoltre la sciagura del volo Swissair 111 è stata analizzata nella puntata di indagini ad alta quota Fuoco a bordo.

In The German language, at this link, you may read the whole story about the wrong decisions of strategy which brought this fantastic airline to its end.

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