On its fleet of Airbus A340-300, SWISS has started integrating the new premium economy class.
By April, the brand-new premium economy cabin will be entirely accessible.
The Airbus A340-300 fleet of SWISS has reportedly started receiving the upgraded premium economy class. This week, flight LX282 between Zurich International Airport (ZRH) and Johannesburg International Airport was operated by the first aircraft with this upgraded cabin, registration HB-JMB (JNB).
launching a new cabin for lengthy flights
The national carrier of Switzerland, SWISS, declared that all of its Airbus A340s would be equipped with the new premium economy class. By April, all of these additional cabins will be completely functional, and the new seating class will be reserveable for the locations served by this fleet.
Data from Cirium indicates that as of January 2023, SWISS operated this aircraft model on 26 weekly flights in three directions, leaving Zurich for Hong Kong, Johannesburg, and Chicago O’Hare.
Tamur Goudarzi Pour, the chief commercial officer (CCO) of the company, stated:
“Our new premium economy class has quickly become a very well-liked means of transportation. And the overwhelmingly excellent comments we’ve gotten from our customers about the improved service, bigger variety of meals, and higher quality of the food has further fueled our desire to offer this premium product on more of our routes.
Where is this first-class economy cabin?
All of SWISS’s Boeing 777-300ER fleet, the first of which was finished at the end of February 2022, is equipped with premium economy Class. The best-in-class premium economy seat, with a pitch of nearly a meter and a breadth of 48 centimeters, was initially introduced by SWISS as part of the Lufthansa Group. Data from ch-aviation shows that the Lufthansa Group affiliate operates 12 Boeing 777-300(ER) aircraft, nine of which are flying at any given time.
The fleet has an average age of 12.4 years. 340 passengers can travel in three classes on the Boeing 777-300(ER) operated by SWISS. Eight first class closed suites, 62 business seats, and 270 economy seats are available. SWISS now uses the Boeing 777-300 on 94 weekly flights, according to Cirium (ER).
Commercial flights by SWISS to Bangkok, So Paulo, Los Angeles, Miami, Tokyo, San Francisco, and Singapore depart from Zurich. Long-distance routes and the SWISS fleet
109 aircraft are in the fleet of the Zurich-based airline. In order to promote travel to locations like Haslital, Saas-Fee, and Val Surses, SWISS also announced this week that it would name 20 Airbus A220 planes after Swiss resorts and tourist destinations.
Three of the 33 Airbus A220-300s owned by SWISS are on sublease to airBaltic. In addition, it operates 12 Boeing 777s, 16 Embraer E190s, 14 Airbus A320ceos, six A320neos, seven A321ceos, and two A321neos.
Cirium data indicates that SWISS conducts about 1,260 flights per week. Airbus A220-300s are used by the airline to operate one out of every three trips (414). By January 2023, the Boeing 777-300 will only fly 94 times each week.