Edelweiss Air A340 Melchsee-Frutt – Photo: Edelweiss
Recently, I received a press release email from my local airport, San Diego International. The title read: â€œEdelweiss to begin nonstop seasonal service between Zurich and San Diego.â€ Youâ€™ve got to love it when your local airport adds new service, but this time was a little different than usual. Normally, KSAN â€œnew serviceâ€ press releases involve Southwest or Alaska, and to places like Newark, Tampa, or Cabo San Lucas. Did this one really say Zurich? And who exactly is Edelweiss? For an airport that receives very little wide-body international service (JL to Narita and BA to Heathrow), this KSAN press release was big news.
Being a card-carrying #AvGeek, Iâ€™ve heard of Edelweiss but I canâ€™t say I know much else about them or what they do. In fact, my first thoughts when hearing the name werenâ€™t even related to the airline.
Main business cabin on the Swiss 777-300ER
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?