Last Monday, SWISS International Airlines received its fourth Boeing 777-300ER, with tail number HB-JND. The youngest – and biggest – member of the SWISS fleet was flown directly to Zurich Kloten Airport from Boeing’s Everett Factory in the state of Washington in the USA. Commonly referred to as the “Triple Seven”, the aircraft is the largest twinjet in the world and its distinguishing features include the largest-diameter turbofan engines of any aircraft, six wheels on each main landing gear, fully circular fuselage cross-section and a blade-shaped tail cone. This aircraft received by SWISS is the 1400th Boeing 777 ever built.
SWISS is renewing its flagship fleet with the Boeing 777-300ER and these airplanes will gradually substitute the Airbus A340-300 from SWISS’ fleet. The airline configuration of the Boeing 777-300ER offers 340 seats: eight in First Class, 62 in Business Class and 270 in Economy Class. The totally newly-designed cabin interior of the new SWISS fleet flagship offers top comfort and visual appeal 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 Class travelers will be offered a 50 MB package on each flight free of charge. As a further part of its new onboard internet facility, SWISS will also be offering an in-flight phoning option (including SMS text messages and data transmission) using roaming technology for a trial one-year period.
The 777-300ER is one of the most fuel and cost-efficient airplanes in its class and is the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world with an on-time departure rate of 99.5 percent. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane in service.
First international destinations of SWISS new flagship is below:
|Hong Kong||Since April 10th, 2016 (daily since May 09th, 2016)|
|Los Angeles||Daily from June 10th, 2016|
|Bangkok||Daily from July 15th, 2016|
|Sao Paulo||Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from August 1st, 2016|
|Singapore||Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays from September 02nd, 2016|
|Miami||Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 30 October 30th, 2016|
|Montreal||Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from August 29th, 2016 to October 28th, 2016|
|San Francisco||Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from February 16th, 2017|