On June 10, SwissÂ International Air Lines officially inaugurated its new Boeing 777-300ER (77W) on its first regularly scheduled daily service to the United States. The debut flight took offÂ from ZÃ¼rich/Kloten Airport (ZRH) and arrived atÂ Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The 77W is the first Boeing product inÂ Swiss’s mainly-AirbusÂ fleet, and carries 55% more passengers than the Airbus A340-300 (343) it replaces on the ZRH-LAX route. Its first 77W, HB-JNA (delivered on January 29) with its special “Faces of SWISS” livery, made the flight.
A Swiss 777-300ER (HB-JNA) in special “Faces of SWISS” livery – Photo: Swiss
Swiss gave the public a CGI-based video previewÂ of the all-new aircraft and completely redesigned interior, and AirlineReporter was the first to confirm the delivery date of HB-JNA. We were also one of the few media to be invited to LAXÂ for the inaugural events to takeÂ a look with our own eyes. Were we disappointed?
The entry foyer on the newÂ Swiss 777-300ER – Image: Youtube | Swiss
SwissÂ International Airlines, part of the Lufthansa Group, will take delivery ofÂ their first of nineÂ new Boeing 777-300ERsÂ (77W) onÂ January 29, 2016. Miriam Oliviera, the airline’s Head of Marketing & Public Relations for the Americas,Â confirmed the date in a phone conversation on Thursday.
The 777 series is a new addition to Swiss’sÂ previously all-Airbus fleet. Currently, the Zurich-based carrier relies on the Airbus A330/A340Â series wide-bodies for long-haul service, as well as the Airbus A320 series for its narrow-body fleet.
Cheers:Â Mini-cabin that offers additional seclusion and privacy, connection efficiency atÂ the Zurich hub Jeers:Â No hot meal offered for second service, despite nearly 10-hour flight length, aging and clunky IFE Overall:Â A leadingÂ long-haul business class product from an EU carrier, needs a few updates to make it more competitive in the future
Tis the season for fooling. It is hard to know what is true and what is not true on this day. Some airlines have really gotten into it and come up with great April Fool’s news stories. Who says airlines can’t have a sense of humor? Here are the ones I have found so far: