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New first-class for SWISS A330s

23rd January 2009 - 18:50 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


When SWISS begins replacing its Airbus A330-200s with more fuel-efficient -300s this spring it will also introduce a new first-class product.

The centrepiece of the 1-2-1-configured cabin is a new seat offering a level of privacy just below that of the industry-leading all-enclosed suites on Singapore Airlines’ A380s. Adjustable sidewalls come close to providing a closed-doors feel, but passengers will still have to rough it in an all-purpose convertible seat/bed. Sociability is encouraged by the provision of guest seat with backrest and armrests that will allow the traveller to dine or work with a companion at a 26in x 30in table.

The main seat reclines to form a 24in-wide, 80in-long fully lie-flat bed. It also incorporates an innovative pneumatic cushion, the softness of which can be adjusted for any seating or lying position. Inflight entertainment arrives on a 23in screen - SWISS claims it’s the biggest offered by any airline in the world.

In implementing the new product on the A330-300s SWISS is bucking a trend that has seen many carriers offering two-class service – business and economy. The airline says that once the A330-300s are all in service it will be the only operator in the world to offer first-class on all its long-haul aircraft.

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