SWISS Unveils New Premium Economy Class

The airline’s latest cabin product will be rolled out on board its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from the fourth quarter of this year.

SWISS’s brand-new premium economy–class seats. (All photos courtesy of SWISS)

SWISS has just released details of its upcoming premium economy class cabin, featuring 24 newly developed fixed-backshell seats laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration. Passengers can expect greater comfort and perks such as double the baggage allowance of economy class and priority boarding.

According to the airline, this new premium economy class will be gradually installed aboard SWISS’s 12 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from the fourth quarter of this year. The entire SWISS Boeing 777-300ER fleet will feature the new premium economy class cabin by the start of the 2022 summer schedules. In line with general market pricing, the one-way fare for the new premium economy class will be around CHF 250 (about US$272) to 350 (US$380) higher than its economy-class equivalent.

Each SWISS Boeing 777-300ER will be equipped with 24 latest-generation premium economy–class seats from seat manufacturer ZIM. The comfortable seat is simple to recline, and is integrated into a fixed backshell to ensure zero intrusion into the personal space of the passenger behind. The new seat has a width of between 46 and 48 centimeters, compared to 43.4 centimeters for one in economy class. And seat pitch has been extended from the 78.7 centimeters of economy class to 99 centimeters, which translates into substantially more legroom.

The newly designed seats all come with a fixed backshell.

Premium economy travelers can look forward to a greater choice of inflight meals.

To add to their on-board comfort, SWISS premium economy travelers will be given a complimentary amenity kit made with sustainable materials. They will also receive their own high-quality noise-reducing headphones that will enhance the film or music experience offered via the seat’s 15.6-inch inflight entertainment monitor. Personal reading lamps will provide suitable lighting on night-flight services, while electronic devices can be charged using the seat’s in-built USB-A socket.

As for inflight cuisine, premium economy travelers will be offered a refreshing elderberry welcome drink, and will be able to choose from three hot meals all served on china tableware. The selection will include a dish from the award-winning ‘SWISS Taste of Switzerland’ inflight culinary program, together with a vegetarian option supplied by Hiltl, the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant.

SWISS premium economy customers will also enjoy an enhanced travel experience on the ground. At two bags of up to 23 kilos each, their registered baggage allowance is double that of economy-class travelers. They can take advantage of reduced-rate access to the SWISS Business Lounges at Zurich and Geneva airports and the SWISS Arrival Lounge at Zurich Airport. Premium economy passengers will also enjoy priority boarding over economy-class travelers. And they will be able to download two publications from the eJournals portal onto their digital devices free of charge ahead of their flight.

The new class is already bookable for travel from April 2022 on SWISS’s entire Boeing 777-300ER route network. Destinations served by SWISS with this aircraft type include Bangkok, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, São Paulo, and Singapore. Depending on the further development of the present pandemic, the new premium economy class may also be established sooner as a standard product on some of these routes.

More information here.

The upcoming premium economy cabin will not be separated from economy class.

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