Swiss Unveils First and Business Class Cabins, Routes for New Boeing 777-300ER Fleet
The Basel-based airline, which currently operates an all-Airbus fleet, will begin to take delivery of the new airliners in 2016. The first six 777-300ERs will replace six Airbus A340-300s that the airline has on lease. The final three 777-300ERs will replace three additional A340s that the airline will transfer to Edelweiss, a sister carrier.
Swiss plans to use the 777 on routes linking the West Coast, South America, and Asia with Zurich and Geneva. The first three cities to see the new aircraft will be Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. The aircraft will seat 340 passengers in three cabins and offer in-flight Wi-Fi.
The plane’s interior was designed by PriestmanGoode, a London-based design firm, and carries forward many design elements from the airline’s current cabins along with significant improvements.
The first-class cabin will seat eight. The airline says that each lie-flat seat can be turned into an almost fully-enclosed private suite and will include a 32” display for access to the in-flight entertainment system as well as a private wardrobe. The window blinds in the first-class cabin will be electrically adjustable as well.
Seats in business class will offer more privacy and continue in a staggered configuration similar to what the airline currently has, where most but not all passengers will have direct-aisle access. Each seat converts into a fully lie-flat bed 79” long.
Coach passengers will get seats with new seat-cushion technology and a large personal touchscreen.
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