SWISS is the latest airline to take delivery of a brand new 777-300ER and yesterday they showed off the new aircraft to members of the media. Our reporter Sven Hennig was there to take a look at what we think is the latest ‘designer’ aircraft interior by London based Priestmangoode. In total, Swiss International Air Lines will receive nine new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which will come into regular service in time for the summer schedules.
The day also saw the opening of new SWISS First Class, Business Class and Senator Lounge facilities in Zurich Airport’s Terminal E. The two events usher in a new era for SWISS, in the air and on the ground, under its “Next-Generation Airline of Switzerland” strategy – similar to the strategy adopted by China Airlines to turn the carrier around.
The SWISS 777
In SWISS configuration the Boeing 777-300ER offers 340 seats: eight in First Class, 62 in Business Class and 270 in Economy Class. In comparison British Airways offers just shy of 300 and China Airlines offers 358 seats. These higher density aircraft such as Swiss and China Airlines are made possible by the adoption of 10 abreast seating in economy.
To take a look at the cabin specifications in detail, check out our previous story on the Swiss 777 here. SWISS’s new Boeing 777-300ERs will largely be deployed on services to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Los Angeles, San Francisco, São Paulo and Tel Aviv.
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The New SWISS Lounges in Zurich
On the same day SWISS also unveiled a new wave of lounge facilities at Zurich Airport. In a formal ceremony this morning the new First Class, Senator and Business Class Lounges in the airport’s Terminal E were officially opened.
These are no small lounges. Extending over more than 3,300 square metres and located conveniently close to the airline’s long-haul departure gates, the new suite of lounges feature an innovative zonal concept for the comfort and convenience of SWISS’s premium guests: open areas in which to sit and simply enjoy the stay, working areas with secluded workplaces and rest zones equipped with specially-developed seating offering genuine relaxation.
Business Class Lounge Images
The new lounges’ culinary highlights include “front cooking” areas where the chefs prepare selected fresh meals right in front of the guest, while the Senator Lounge boasts an exclusive Whisky Bar offering over 120 different whiskies. The SWISS First Lounge even features its own version of a five-star à la carte restaurant: whatever the time of day, guests can select the meal of their choice from an extensive menu.
First Class Lounge Images
All three lounges have access to a terrace with great views of the airport and the Swiss Alps beyond. And guests in the First Class Lounge can even enjoy a tasty fondue or raclette on the terrace in the winter months as they take in the spectacular vistas.
Senator Lounge Images
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