Swiss Airbus A340 fleet to be replaced with Boeing B777-300ERs
SWISS will begin replacing its present long-haul aircraft fleet from 2016 onwards. To this end, orders have been placed for six Boeing B777-300ER aircraft. The decision to opt for Boeing’s successful 777 was taken after extensive evaluations.
The six firm orders represent a total investment of more than CHF 1.5 billion.
Boeing 777-300ER (swiss.com)
The new Boeing twinjets will be deployed on SWISS’s ultra-long-range routes to destinations such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, São Paulo, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Johannesburg and Singapore.
The Boeing B777-300ER incorporates proven sophisticated technology. The aircraft is extremely reliable, offers high cabin comfort levels and seats over 330. It also boasts per-seat fuel and CO2 savings of 23% over the A340.
- The Boeing B777-300ER has the ideal size and range to meet our Swiss market needs,” says CEO Harry Hohmeister.
- And with many of our competitors already operating aircraft with over 300 seats on the routes concerned, this further investment in an advanced aircraft fleet is a landmark decision that is crucial to retaining our competitive edge.”
The 777 is already in service elsewhere within the Lufthansa Group, too – at Austrian Airlines and, as of autumn 2013, it will be in use at Lufthansa Cargo.