Swiss International Air Lines took delivery of its 10th Boeing 777-300ER on March 13, completing the now-expanded order it originally placed in 2013. That order was for six aircraft; three more were added in 2015, and the final 777 was added in 2016, the same year the first jet in the batch was delivered to the airline.
The new jets, with a maximum range of 7,370 nautical miles, also offer lower operating costs than competing aircraft, making them a very attractive option on long-haul routes.
Swiss placed the order as part of a planned update to their long-haul fleet. The 340-seat 777-300ER is used on eight intercontinental routes, all making use of the airline’s Zurich hub: Bangkok, Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, San Francisco, and Singapore. The airline also operates Airbus A330-300s and A340-300s on its long-haul routes.
The airline has configured all 10 of its 77Ws the same: eight first class seats, 62 in business, and 270 in 10-abreast economy.
Roughly 60 journalists and bloggers made the trip to Everett to cover the final delivery, and Swiss flew over a similar number of AvGeeks for the event — they were treated to tours of the Boeing plant and of Seattle, and many blogged and posted photos about the trip to pick up the aircraft and the ride home to Zurich on the mostly-empty jetliner.
The premium sections are very Euro styled, with warm colors and plenty of right angles. The sliding privacy screen/hanging closet in first is a very nice touch.
First class suites feature dimmable privacy glass on three sides and a 32″ video screen. The seat reclines to an 80″ bed.
Business class also features lie-flat beds of more than two meters in length (appx. 6′ 5.6″), with a 16″ video screen. Wifi is available throughout the aircraft, for a fee, of course.
There was a lot of excitement surrounding the delivery — it was the farthest thing from a somber event. Lots of smiles, lots of photos, lots of energy.
And, with that, the big jet was on its way to Zurich.