As of last week, Swiss began operating one of their new B777-300ERs on a daily Zurich (ZRH) to JFK flight. Flight LX 17 which departs JFK at 6:35pm will use the 777 while the later 9:10pm JFK flight (LX 15) and 10:05pm Newark flight (LX 19) will both maintain A333-300 aircraft.
Last year, Swiss announced that they would be receiving the first of nine new B777-300ER aircraft in January 2016. The aircraft include three classes and seat 340 passengers. Beginning in mid 2016, the B777-300ER aircraft will takeover for the A340 on routes from Switzerland to Hong Kong, Bangkok and Los Angeles. San Francisco, São Paulo and Tel Aviv will also receive Boeing 777 service several times a week. Six A340s will be returned to their lessors and three will be transferred to sister carrier Edelweiss.
From the original PR:
In SWISS configuration the Boeing 777-300ER will offer 340 seats: eight in First Class, 62 in Business Class and 270 in Economy. And the totally-redesigned cabin interior of the new SWISS flagship will provide comfort and aesthetics to meet the most discerning of demands in all three seating classes.
The SWISS First seat will be transformable into the occupant’s own private suite that includes a 32-inch screen, the largest in the industry. SWISS First guests will also enjoy electrically-adjustable window blinds and their own personal wardrobe.
SWISS Business travellers will enjoy an inflight product that has been further enhanced and refined on the basis of customer feedback. The seating arrangement offers optimum privacy and freedom of movement, while the seat cushion’s firmness can be individually regulated. All the seats in the SWISS Business cabin can also be quickly and easily converted into a lie-flat bed that is over two metres long.
With new seat-cushion technology and further innovations that include a large personal touchscreen, SWISS Economy customers can also look forward to a new air travel experience. Outside the regular cabin service, all SWISS Economy guests will be able to make use of a self-service kiosk offering a wide range of drinks and snacks. All nine Boeing 777-300ERs will also feature wireless internet via a broadband connection, enabling passengers to surf or send emails on their laptop, tablet or smartphone device.