Swiss adds premium economy to its Boeing 777s

Swiss adds premium economy to its Boeing 777s

Swiss is adding premium economy to its seating mix, although travellers will have to wait until early 2021 to sample the new seat.

The airline hasn't yet shared photos of its new premium economy pew, but here's what we do know:

  • Swiss premium economy will debut on the Boeing 777-300ER fleet from northern spring 2021 and "in the medium term... will be extended to the entire SWISS long-haul fleet"
  • Those long-legged Boeing 777-300ER jets will have a compact cabin of 24 premium economy seats, ranked in three rows at an eight-across layout of 2-4-2
  • Swiss' premium economy will be 10% wider and have 20% more recline than economy, while legroom will be 20% greater than economy. With the Boeing 777-300ER economy having a 32" pitch, this indicates around a 38" pitch for Swiss premium economy (the same as the premium economy class of parent airline Lufthansa).

Does this mean that Swiss will share a similar seat as Lufthansa? The airlines are striving for commonality, including in their new shared Boeing 777X business class (below).

Read more: Here is Lufthansa's new Boeing 777X business class

Approached by Australian Business Traveller  for more details on its forthcoming premium economy seat, the airline replied "we can at this stage not provide any details as they are currently still being defined."

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

5 comments

  • Jason Hamilton

    JKH

    15 Mar, 2019 07:55 am

    It’s been taking a while for airlines to collectively close the gaps in PE worldwide availability, and yet good to see it’s getting there. The gulf airlines have been belligerently slow in adding this product. It’s a good option for a self-funding leisure traveller who doesn’t just want any longhaul seat at the lowest fare possible.
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  • elchriss0

    elchriss0

    15 Mar, 2019 09:14 am

    The biggest problem is the price of premium is not commensurate with the extra space/benefits over Y. Typically taking the common Aus-EU routes will cost double of Y but you get maybe 30% more space vs J which is typically 4x the price of Y (i.e 2x W price). Without doing the maths I would guess that J is typically 3x the space offered in Y plus you get the benefits of lounge and all the extra soft product.
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  • Aleks Popovic

    SYDINI

    15 Mar, 2019 11:43 am

    I have to say I don’t agree. Lufthanasa’s Y+ fare is about $2K plus taxes when not on sale. It goes up to a ‘from’ of $2.5K depending on routing (via Asia, US, etc). There is no seasonality either. China Airlines also around the $2.5K mark but with taxes. Vietnam Airlines also around that. All the others sit around $3K. Lifthansa had a promo last month for $1600 plus tax.

    I’ve never paid more than $3K for my Y+ to Europe and at the same time Y was sitting at about $1800. While at the time J was about $6K. I’m happy to spend the extra $ to get more comfort, better meals, more benefits. Plus with lounge access if you work it out right and fly home via TYO then NH connection will give you lounge access there. To Europe via SIN/HKG is quickest so don’t worry about the lounge and LH lets you buy access for €25. Y doesn’t give you the option.


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  • elchriss0

    elchriss0

    15 Mar, 2019 02:01 pm

    Whenever I look at SQ and CX and QF for LHR (which is my primary route) they are typically anywhere from $3.5k to $4k
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  • Aleks Popovic

    SYDINI

    16 Mar, 2019 10:48 am

    But that’s 3 airlines that operate it only. How about British Airways, Lufthansa, Austrian, Air France, All Nippon, JAL, Aeroflot, LOT Polish, Scandinavian. There’s other options there much lower priced and you aside from BA you would still use one of those as connectors.
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