03/22/2012

German visitors to the Salon

The motor show in Geneva always brings many visitors from Germany. On the last day, corresponding to the first day of the 2012 Formula 1 season, we can look back on them.


The motor show always has a first Wednesday showing for the media and special visitors. The German airline, Air Berlin, was busy on that day, 7 March, with special flights from Berlin (Tegel airport), Düsseldorf, Hanover and Munich bringing clients here for the whole day.

It was also not a surprise to see visitors from Stuttgart that same day. However, they came in on Condor Flugdienst GmbH, normally shortened to Condor.

On the first real open day, Thursday 8 March, the incoming flight from Stuttgart was a much more exclusive affair: a Cessna Citation Bravo small jet aircraft operated by Stuttgarter Flugdienst. This aircraft can carry only 8 passengers: really exclusive.

Air Berlin was also indirectly involved in bringing vistors from Austria, via its subsidiary airline, FlyNiki. As its name implies, this airline was started up by the famous Formula 1 driver, Niki Lauda, but from last year it has been owned by Air Berlin.

As one might expect, FlyNiki has been bringing people from Austria. It operated on four different days, from three different Austrian towns: Graz (twice), Salzburg and Vienna. Interestingly, all of these flights used the same flight number: 1280 coming to Geneva and 1281 going back again. They all arrived well in time to enter the show at 10am, then left again between 7pm and 8pm: enough time to buy a few cars.

Of course, most visitors from Germany and Austria would doubtless have come in on the scheduled flights of the various standard commercial airlines.

Apparently the attendance was down a few percent over last year.

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