Swiss International Airlines and Boeing have confirmed a new deal for one additional Boeing B777-300ER (Extended Range) aircraft at a list price of $339.6 million. The airline has previously ordered nine of the aircraft type and has already received six of the aircraft this year. The Boeing B777-300ER is, according to Boeing, “the most fuel and cost-efficient airplane in its class as well as the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world. It also had the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane.”
Commenting on the extra order was Swiss’ Chief Technical Officer Peter Wojahn who said, “The 777-300ER will be the backbone of our long-haul fleet for many years to come. As one of the largest operators of the 777-300ER in Europe we can offer our passengers unrivaled frequency and passenger comfort to a number of intercontinental markets thanks to this super-efficient long-haul aircraft.”
Monty Oliver, Vice President of European Sales at Boeing also commented by saying: “We value the continued confidence SWISS places in the 777 program and are honored that the 777-300ER will to play a prominent role in the airline’s expansion plans”. The Boeing B777-300ER has consistently won certain awards such as “Best Aircraft Type”, “Best in Class” as well as “Best Residual Value for a Twin-Aisle Airplane”.
Swiss originally placed an order for six 777s in March 2013 before confirming another order for an additional three aircraft. The aircraft have been placed on flights to New York, Montreal, Hong Kong, Los Angeles as well as San Fransisco which have all been launched this year to replace the Airbus A340 and A330 aircraft. These orders are all part of a fleet renewal for the carrier, in order to modernize their fleet over the coming decades.
All aircraft have been configured in a three class layout. In each aircraft, there will be eight seats in first class in a 1-2-1 configuration, followed by 62 seats in business class, adopting a 2-2-1 configuration, which had similarly been seen on their A330 and A340 aircraft. Finally, the economy class layout is a 3-4-3 configuration, going from a nine-to-ten abreast seating plan.
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