While Hong Kong is part of Swiss’ all new 777-300ER network, a lot of longhaul aircraft that Swiss still operates are A330s and A340s, both of which feature their old longhaul product. They’re not so different from the new longhaul product, though do look considerably older than their new 777-300ER products.
Swiss Airbus A340-300 Zurich Airport
Per Australian Business Traveller, Swiss Global Air Lines is looking to refurbish all their A340s with their 777 interiors.
For first class that’s a considerable upgrade, as we’re going from one of those “sleeper” seats to a fully enclosed suite, which is nice.
Swiss Airbus A340-300 First Class
Swiss Boeing 777-300ER First Class
Economy class will also get a considerable upgrade, from one of the old, tech-less seats to an “all-new” economy seat which will pretty much resemble their 777-300ER.
Swiss Boeing 777-300ER Economy Class
Here’s where it gets confusing. Swiss’ A340 product consists of Thompson Aero Vantage staggered seats, which are perfectly fine, though aren’t my favourite product.
Swiss Airbus A340-300 Business Class
Swiss’s 777-300ERs feature updated Thompson Aero Vantage seats, which really aren’t that different apart from some extra storage and privacy. While I’d say the throne seats are going to be a considerable upgrade, there’s not much more storage in the other seats either.
Swiss Boeing 777-300ER Business Class
Doesn’t it seem like a waste of money to completely reinstall the A340s with the 777-300ER seats, and not just do a small refresh? I get the changes in first class and economy, but to invest so much in slightly more cabin comfort is kind of confusing, in my opinion.
Their 777-300ERs aren’t filling up during peak season, so I’m imagining their A340s aren’t either. They could’ve gone for something else, like a reverse herringbone seat. At least that would’ve propelled them to offering one of the best business class hard products in the sky.
Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 Business Class
Finnair Airbus A350-900 Business Class
At least it achieves brand consistency, which I’m guessing is a good thing, though not as much when the product in the sky isn’t anyone’s favourite.
While overall Swiss’ new cabins represent an upgrade, their business class cabin upgrade is just confusing, in my opinion. Hopefully, they take the chance to further innovate their product from the 777-300ER to at least make it a little more differentiated from their old product.