SWISS receives its first Boeing 777-300ER and opens new lounges at Zurich Airport

Swiss International Airlines (SWISS) took delivery of the first nine new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft today.  They also have their 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 group, under its “Next-Generation Airline of Switzerland” strategy.

The first of the nine Boeing 777-300ERs which SWISS has ordered arrived at Zurich Airport this morning.  The aircraft, was welcomed with the loud applause of a large crowd and aviation fans and other keen spectators. The youngest – and biggest – member of the SWISS fleet was flown directly to Zurich from Boeing’s Everett Factory in the state of Washington in the USA.

In SWISS configuration the Boeing 777-300ER offers 340 seats: eight in First Class, 62 in Business Class and 270 in Economy Class. The totally new-designed cabin interior of the new SWISS fleet flagship offers top comfort and visual appear in all three classes.

Boeing 777 passengers will also enjoy wireless internet connectivity aloft, the first time this has been offered on SWISS flights.  The new “SWISS Connect” internet option offers a choice of three data packages costing between CHF 9 and CHF 39 to meet customers’ varying internet needs.  SWISS First travellers will be offered a 50mb package on each flight free of charge.  As a further part of its new on-board internet facility, SWISS will also be offering an in-flight phoning option (including SMS text messages and data transmission) using roaming technology for a one-year trial period.

SWISS’s new Boeing 777-300ERs will gradually enter service from the start of 2016 summer schedules.  They will largely be deployed on services to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Tel Aviv.

The new SWISS Lounges in Zurich’s Terminal E

SWISS have also unveiled a new dimension in lounge facilities at Zurich Airport.  Extending over more than 3,300 square metres and located conveniently close to its long-haul departure gates, the new lounges feature 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.

The new lounges’ culinary highlights included “front cooking” areas where the chefs prepare selected meats right in front of the guest, while the Senator Lounge boasts an exclusive Whiskey Bar offering over 120 different whiskies. The SWISS First Lounge now 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.

All three lounges have access to a terrace with great views of the airport and the Swiss Alps beyond. 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.