SWISS takes delivery of first Boeing 777-300ER
Boeing and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) are celebrating the delivery of the airline's first 777-300ER (Extended Range). The latest addition to SWISS' fleet touched down in Zurich Friday following a non-stop 4,545 nautical miles (8,418 kilometres) delivery flight from Boeing's Everett Delivery Center in Everett, Wa.
“The delivery of our first flagship marks a new era in Switzerland’s aviation history,” said Harry Hohmeister, CEO of SWISS. “As of today, our customers will enjoy a new dimension of air travel experience.”
The 777-300ER is the new flagship of SWISS’ long-haul fleet and is configured with 340 seats, eight in First Class, 62 in Business Class and 270 in Economy, with wireless internet connectivity throughout. SWISS’ 777-300ER will feature a totally redesigned cabin interior to enhance passenger comfort and will be initially deployed on the airline’s service between Zurich-New York JFK.
“We are honoured that a carrier as prestigious as SWISS is now our newest Boeing 777 operator,” said Boeing commercial airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner. “The 777-300ER will provide SWISS’ network with greatly improved efficiencies and it’s a great source of pride for everyone at Boeing that the carrier will utilize this outstanding airplane as its flagship.”
The 777-300ER is one of the most fuel and cost-efficient airplanes in its class and is the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world with an on-time departure rate of 99.5 percent. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane in service. In addition to this delivery, SWISS has eight unfilled 777-300ERs on order from Boeing.