SWISS Will Fly Airbus A350s As Of 2025

SWISS Will Fly Airbus A350s As Of 2025

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This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it’s now official.

SWISS will add Airbus A350s to fleet

SWISS’ long haul fleet currently consists of Boeing 777-300ERs, Airbus A330-300s, and Airbus A340-300s. SWISS belongs to Lufthansa Group, and the overall airline group places aircraft orders centrally, and then allocates planes accordingly.

Lufthansa Group has dozens of Airbus A350-900s and Boeing 787-9s on order, and these will be split between Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian. Personally my assumption all along has been that SWISS will get A350s, Austrian will get 787s, and Lufthansa will get a combination of the two.

As noted by @LiveandLetsFly, SWISS has formally revealed that the Airbus A350 will be joining the carrier’s fleet in 2025. Specifically, the airline will get at least five Airbus A350s.

SWISS put out a video to announce this, which is quite well done. There’s more to the video than meets the eyes, with lots of cool clues and references. For example, the alarm goes off at 3:40AM, which I have to imagine is a reference to the A340.

The expectation is that SWISS will retire its A340s when the A350s are delivered. Meanwhile there are no concrete plans to retire the A330s and 777s. It remains to be seen how many A350s get allocated to SWISS, though.

The A350 is an incredible aircraft, with huge range, excellent economics, and great passenger comfort.

SWISS’ A350s will feature new cabin interiors

Just recently SWISS revealed that it would introduce all new cabin interiors as of 2025. That makes even more sense now, and as expected it will be the Airbus A350s that first sport the new cabins. Specifically, the expectation is that there will be more harmonization in the Lufthansa Group, so SWISS will adopt Lufthansa’s new cabin interiors.

You can expect that Lufthansa’s new first class suite will make its way to SWISS’ Airbus A350s. We have reason to believe that this will be a pretty epic product, hopefully mostly as good as Emirates’ new first class.

Lufthansa’s new first class suite

Meanwhile Lufthansa’s new business class will also be introduced on SWISS Airbus A350s. Each seat will feature direct aisle access, and you can expect some “business class plus” seats in the first row, to take advantage of space that would otherwise be wasted.

Lufthansa’s new business class

It’s great to get a sense of what SWISS’ long haul fleet will look like a few years down the road, not that this is a surprise.

Bottom line

SWISS will be taking delivery of Airbus A350s as of 2025. These are part of the overall order that Lufthansa Group has placed for the planes, and the intent is that they replace SWISS’ current A340s, and perhaps even some other existing jets over time. Given that these planes will feature the new Lufthansa Group cabins, they should be a pretty sweet ride.

What do you make of SWISS’ plans to fly Airbus A350s?

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  1. Julia Guest

    A story about Swiss yet the main picture is of a Lufthansa place...

  2. jwmeyer Guest

    787 would have been a much better choice

  3. Ronald Baer Guest

    I have flown Swiss regularly since the 1990's from the MD80's & MD-11's of Swissair to the current A320's , A220's & A330's ! I find Swiss the best in Europe and go out of my way to fly with them
    Ronald Baer

  4. Phil Guest

    Swiss will be getting 5 of the A350s according to their social media team.

  5. Scot Guest

    I love SWISS F. Their service is very differentiated...and I suspect labor intensive. One common thread about the A350 family is that the galley areas are miniature. I have even heard complaints from SQ crews. Often FA's say they would rather fly any other airframe. I recently read about a carrier where the crew shut off a forward loo to increase their workspace during meal services.
    A workplace consideration that is perhaps not recognized....

    I love SWISS F. Their service is very differentiated...and I suspect labor intensive. One common thread about the A350 family is that the galley areas are miniature. I have even heard complaints from SQ crews. Often FA's say they would rather fly any other airframe. I recently read about a carrier where the crew shut off a forward loo to increase their workspace during meal services.
    A workplace consideration that is perhaps not recognized. hope that it does not impact SWISSness.

  6. Davis Guest

    Swiss’ 777s won’t be going anywhere for at least 10-15 years. They’re brand new and do great on trunk routes to places like LAX/SFO/GRU etc. They’ll be getting the new first/business class products soon.

    1. Cedric Guest

      Safe to assume the opposite. They won’t be refreshed for a while. After the 333 anyways.

  7. Bob Guest

    The tunnel with the lights is the tunnel connecting ZRH with the Circle complex. I thought the video is quite well produced.

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Bob Guest

The tunnel with the lights is the tunnel connecting ZRH with the Circle complex. I thought the video is quite well produced.

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Julia Guest

A story about Swiss yet the main picture is of a Lufthansa place...

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jwmeyer Guest

787 would have been a much better choice

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