Late last week SWISS updated their timetable for 2017 with 4 updates concerning the 777 the days it will fly on certain route. This is just the first batch of changes and more will be coming in the next few weeks. For now, here is what is changing with 777 service going into 2017:
Zurich – Bangkok will see the A340-300 replace the 777 between March 28 and April 22 on 3 of the 7 flights each week. The A340 will fly the route on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday while the 777 will fly the route on the remaining days. These days are based on Zurich departures.
Zurich – Montreal will see the 777 replace the A330-300 between March 26 and May 31 on 3 of the 7 flights each week. The 777 will fly the route Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday while the A330 will fly the route on the remaining days. These days are based on Zurich departures.
Zurich – San Francisco will see the 777 fly the route everyday beginning on April 17. Currently the A340 is flying the route 4 days a week, while the 777 flies on the remaining 3 days.
Zurich – Singapore will see the 777 fly the route everyday beginning March 4. Currently the A340 is flying the route 4 days a week, while the 777 flies on the remaining 3 days.
SWISS Announces EUROPEAN Routes for 777
SWISS 777 Route Update For USA
SWISS has announced that it will end service between Zurich and Istanbul beginning with the Winter 2016/17 timetable which is effective between October 30 and March 25.
The affected flights are:
LX1800 that was scheduled between Zurich and Istanbul on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays.
LX1804 that was scheduled between Zurich and Istanbul on Monday, Thursdays, Sundays.
LX1801 that was scheduled between Istanbul and Zurich on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays.
LX1805 that was scheduled between Istanbul and Zurich on Mondays, Thursdays, Sundays.
Swiss International Airlines Launches Inaugural Service With Bombardier CS100
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On July 15, Swiss International celebrated the start of service of the new Bombardier CS100 aircraft with an inaugural flight from Zurich (ZRH) to Paris (CDG).
Swiss is the launch customer for the CS100/300, the newest and largest members of the Bombardier aircraft family. Depending on specific configuration, the CS100 accommodates from about 108 passengers (8 business + 100 coach) up to 125 passengers in a 5-across arrangement. A larger version of the airframe, the CS300, seats typically about 130 (12 J + 118 Y) up to a maximum of 160.
In terms of passenger capacity and cabin diameter, the Bombardier C-Series jets fit nicely into the space between the Embraer E-Jet family and the larger Boeing 737– Airbus A320– series, and are a nice replacement for the retiring BAe 146s (Avro RJ100). Based on my first experience, I would like to especially thank the Canadian taxpayers for rescuing from development delays what seems to be a technically wonderful airplane. The C-Series should turn out to be an excellent addition to regional/short-haul fleets around the world in the 100- to 130-seat market.
View from row 15…..
I was fortunate to be among the passengers onboard for the July 15 inaugural flight of HB-JBA, “Kanton Zürich,” the first CS100 operated by SWISS, and indeed the first CS100–flight in revenue service.
The on-board experience…..(Photos Courtesy of Vielfliegertreff’s (VFT) founding member ‘RCS’):
5-across cabin seating features comfortable seats with plenty of knee/leg room even for people a bit over 6 feet/185cm tall. Body support was good, and the seat upholstery had a nice look and quality feel.
Take note of the shortened arm-rest for the window seat. This stub might lead to a comfort issue.
Generous overhead baggage storage…..will alleviate risks of gate-checking luggage.
Large and well-designed overhead bins accommodate standard carry-on baggage, and when closed contribute to a spacious feel in the cabin. Combined with large windows, the cabin leaves a large, bright, and airy impression.
A typical Economy Class seat provides ample leg room.
I was sitting in Row 15 (over the wing, which I found to have a bit more noise and vibration than I expected. Further forward and aft, the cabin was much quieter.
The lavatory to my surprise was large and roomy considering the size of the aircraft. It reminds you of the Lavs you would find aboard widebody aircraft.
Unfortunately, since the flight destination was Paris/CDG, the normally festive mood was somewhat subdued out of respect for the victims of the terror attack in Nice the night before. For example, the usual celebratory water cannon salute for a new aircraft arrival in Paris did not happen, and the pre-flight celebrations in Zurich were low-key, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the gate. But despite the muted background, there was genuine excitement for the new airplane.
Frequent flyers, airline managers, people from the airline industry, and as special guest Miss Switzerland 2013 gathered to celebrate the first revenue flight of C100. Amongst the passengers also was Thomas Lee, who completed his 5th inaugural flight of a new airplane after joining the 747-100, A380, 787 and A350 inaugural flights.
In addition to the impressive passenger cabin, the ‘office’ of the aircraft is even more impressive. The pilots flying the CS100 will enjoy a full ‘Glass Cockpit’ with the most advanced technology currently available.
What a fantastic place to work! Photo Courtesy of Vielfliegertreff’s (VFT) founding member ‘RCS’
Overall, I am excited about the Bombardier C-series aircraft, and despite a bit of mid-cabin noise and vibration, I am pleased with the passenger experience. I look forward to future SWISS flights featuring the CS100, and I think passengers flying short-haul routes served by SWISS and the CS100 are in for a pleasant flight experience.
In the final ‘installment’ covering the opening of SWISS’ new lounges in Zurich, I’ll take a look inside their Business Class Lounge. This new lounge, like the FIRST and SENATOR Lounges are located inside the airport’s ‘E’ Concourse.
The Business Lounge is the largest of the 3, covering 13,000 square feet and can hold up to 200 visitors at once. It makes sense for this lounge to be the biggest, since it is the ‘easiest’ of all the 3 lounges to get in.
Like the SENATOR lounge, the Business Class Lounge offers guests 4 shower rooms as well as an upgraded food service. Hot foods are prepared fresh in front of guests, and cold buffet offerings are present as well. A self-serve bar is available as well and guests have access to an outdoor terrace.
Thanks again to VielFliegerTreff’s Ralf (RCS) for sharing his photos…….
Terrace access similar to First Class and Senator lounges
Fresh food prepared in front of you!
Looks better than most Business Lounges that I’ve seen!
Private rest areas
Last week was an especially busy one for SWISS.
Not only did they open 3 brand-new lounges inside of Zurich’s ‘E’ Concourse, they also took delivery of their first Boeing 777.
Most of you are probably aware of the delivery and may have seen some of the ‘official’ photos. However I think there may be a few shots in here that might be new to you. A friend of mine, Ralf (RCS) from ‘VielFliegerTreff’ kindly shared his photos from his visit to Zurich to specifically tour the 777 as well as to see the new lounges. You’ll see below that his photos go beyond the basic ‘vanity shots’ and take a detailed look at the aircraft’s interior and cabins. I’ll let the shots tell the rest of the story!
If you missed the Lounge Photos, click HERE for the SENATOR LOUNGE and click HERE for the FIRST CLASS LOUNGE.
Moments after arrival HB-JNA is christened at her new home in Zurich.
Arriving at her gate
The base livery will be compliment by a unique livery set to be unveiled in the next few days.
The 777’s cockpit
A very familiar SWISS Business class seat….among the best in the industry.
Business Class seat in ‘Sleep Mode’
Economy Class seat pitch
Economy Class IFE screen
Economy Class cabin
First Class seat
On shade covers all 3 windows….a smart touch.
The large TV screen is nearly as wide as the seating area.
First Class lav
First Class sleep mode….
First Class Amenity Kit
Crew Rest Area