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