11/06/2010

(HB-JZ)I have been replaced by two new easyJet A319

easyJet Switzerland has brought in another two Airbus A319 jets to Geneva. As a result, I (my full name is HB-JZI) have been sent away. In this, my fifth entry in my secret diary, I can tell you all about it!


You might have seen in the newspapers that easyJet Switzerland has reported having registered another aircraft just like me (I am an Airbus A319). This has had consequences for me which I did not expect.

To be precise, two of my distant cousins from England, G-EZNM and G-EZAE, came here on November 1st. We thought that this was an answer to our prayers (very suitably on All Saints' Day) to help us out with our winter workload. However, I was a bit surprised when these were immediately naturalised Swiss and became my adopted brothers  HB-JZU and HB-JZV respectively. I had thought that, even though both had regularly visited Geneva on day trips, the acquisition of Swiss nationality required a long period of residence, but they were processed in just two days.

My next surprise was that both decided that they would like to stay here in Geneva (maybe they fancy skiing this winter). As a result, one of we previous residents had to leave here: I bet that you can guess who it was! Yes indeed, yours truly: I flew out of here the same morning that the UV duo started working.

Actually, I don't quite know yet if I am to be working from Basle, as my flight code when I left Geneva was EZS8002 : a code for a non-passenger ferry flight to somewhere unknown. In fact, I am worried whether I have offended the authorities by publishing parts of my secret diary. I actually found out that I also am a naturalised Swiss aircraft: I was previously British, with the name G-EZEN. Since I read that the Swiss might want to deport people for serious crimes, I get more and more worried that I might lose my F-light work permit!

Even if I escape this terrible fate, I still have the problem of crossing the language barrier (here called the röstigraben). Although my French is not too bad, my knowledge of Swiss German is pretty minimal. I can manage "Greuzi mitenand", but after that I get overwhelmed by sounds that I cannot make head or tail of. I even hear that some of the natives over there get mixed up themselves, like when someone from the High Valais meets someone from Zürich. I did once look for a learning course for Swiss German in all the language brochures that I get in the post, but I never found one. Maybe this is how the Swiss Germans want things to be: one of my grandparents once told me how, in the war, the German Luftwaffe pilots could never understand the Swiss military pilots.

Anyway, if and when I find myself at Basle, I will see if life is any less hectic there. All my brothers and I hope that, as promised on many occasions, there will be spare aircraft. I have to admit, though, that I find it difficult to imagine the money machine that is our management accepting to have an aircraft on the ground when it could be flying. At best, maybe our schedules will be a little more relaxed, able to absorb the occasional, yet inevitable, delays on particular flights or destinations, or when one of us aircraft is ill for a period. At worst, we will one day revert to the chaos of last Summer.

Time will tell!

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