SWISS Airbus A350s Coming In 2025: What We Know So Far

SWISS Airbus A350s Coming In 2025: What We Know So Far

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In late 2022, SWISS formally announced that it would take delivery of Airbus A350s in the coming years. I wanted to recap the details of this, especially as the airline has just revealed the seat map for this aircraft, and it contains some surprises.

SWISS adding five 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. What we know for sure as of now is that SWISS will take delivery of five Airbus A350-900s, starting in 2025.

These new A350s will be used to replace the carrier’s fleet of five Airbus A340-300s. For what it’s worth, SWISS has no plans to retire its Airbus A330-300s and Boeing 777-300ERs. The A350 is an incredible aircraft, with huge range, excellent economics, and great passenger comfort.

For context on the rest of the Lufthansa Group fleet, the plan is for Austrian to take delivery of Boeing 787s, and for Lufthansa to take delivery of both Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s. Keep in mind that a lot more A350s could be coming SWISS’ way in the future. Not all of the Lufthansa Group A350s have been allocated yet.

This is part of the Lufthansa Group’s A350 order

SWISS has a cool video that it published about the A350 joining its fleet, which is well done. There’s more to the video than meets the eyes, with lots of hidden clues. For example, the alarm goes off at 3:40AM, which I have to imagine is a reference to the A340.

A350s will feature new SWISS Senses cabins

The Lufthansa Group is in the process of overhauling its cabins. Lufthansa has its new Allegris cabins, which include a new first class and new business class. SWISS will also be introducing new cabin interiors as of 2025, which will be known as SWISS Senses.

This is essentially the same product that Lufthansa is introducing, except it will feature SWISS branding. So you can expect SWISS to introduce a new first class product, featuring a door at each seat, plus a double suite in the center.

New SWISS first class seat

This also includes a new business class product, featuring a staggered configuration that’s highly customized. Yes, this is the same product that Lufthansa announced all the way back in 2017.

New SWISS business class seat

This new product looks like a great improvement over SWISS’ current inflight products. These new seats should also eventually be installed on other SWISS long haul aircraft, though only in 2025 and beyond.

SWISS A350s to have 242 seats in four cabins

SWISS has just revealed its planned layout for Airbus A350-900s, and I’m a bit surprised by some of the details. SWISS A350s are expected to feature 242 seats, including:

  • Three first class seats (with the center seat being able to accommodate two people)
  • 45 business class seats
  • 38 premium economy seats
  • 156 economy seats
SWISS Airbus A350-900 seat map

SWISS highlights a couple of key points about this configuration. First of all, the premium economy cabin is considerably larger than on any other long haul aircraft in the SWISS fleet. Second of all, SWISS will be the only airline in the world to continue having first class on all long haul aircraft.

Now, there are a few things that sort of surprise me here, or at a minimum, that I find noteworthy:

  • SWISS has long highlighted the amount of first class demand it has, and the airline has eight first class seats on all long haul aircraft; I’m a bit disappointed that SWISS didn’t choose to introduce two rows of first class, but is just installing one row, like on Lufthansa, as this represents a 50-62% reduction in first class capacity
  • There are only two lavatories for 45 business class seats, which is a pretty awful passenger to lavatory ratio for a premium cabin
  • It’s interesting how there are two rows of economy in front of the third set of doors, behind premium economy; it sure would be nice if airlines made premium economy a bit more exclusive by offering separate lavatories, rather than making people walk back to the regular economy cabin
  • All-in-all, this is quite a premium layout with fairly few seats, as most airlines have closer to 300 seats on A350-900s

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.

These planes will feature the new SWISS Senses cabins, including the carrier’s new first and business class. We also now know that the airline will have 242 seats on these planes, with only one row of first class, and quite a big business class and premium economy cabin.

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

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  1. TheBestBlackBrent Diamond

    Writing about Lufthansa Group fleet plans again, will believe it when we see it in 2042.

  2. A. Wolf Guest

    As long as your bags aren’t left behind.

  3. peter Boulton Guest

    And STILL that absurd centre seat in First!

  4. snic Diamond

    What we know so far: the planes won't have luggage holds as they are unnecessary.
    https://www.insider.com/swiss-air-plane-no-suitcases-switzerland-spain-travel-chaos-2023-9?amp
    /sarcasm

  5. Patti Member

    Will it bring luggage on it?

    1. Patti Member

      https://www.channelnewsasia.com/world/swiss-airlines-zurich-spain-bilbao-luggage-staff-shortage-passengers-3762101#:~:text=GENEVA%3A%20A%20plane%20flying%20from,airline%20blamed%20ground%20staff%20shortages.

    2. Patti Member

      Swiss plane arrives in Spain, without a single suitcase onboard

    3. OCTinPHL Diamond

      And that has what exactly to do with this post about A350s?

  6. Heidi Guest

    A product that will already be a decade out of date by the time it launches two years from now. Just extraordinary.

  7. Frederik Guest

    I do hope that they keep the classy wooden alpine feel and look. So fed up of chrome and cold metal interiors in business class.

  8. Tiger. Guest

    According to the seat map, premium economy will be seven abreast in a 2-3-2 configuration as opposed to the 2-4-2 configuration which many airlines prefer.

  9. Evan Guest

    It's always amazing when you see an aircraft layout like this...about 2/3 of the aircraft is dedicated to 86 passengers in premium classes and the remaining 1/3 or so of the aircraft holds the remaining 156 seats.

    I get it, the premium is where the $$ is, but it still makes me kind of cringe when I see the disparity.

  10. Bruce Member

    It looks like Lufthansa severely overengineered both their business and first class products. I suspect this is why they have had supply chain issues and delays. In reality, most business seats in the cabin, especially the aisle seats won't measure up to the standard of business class nowadays. The welcome area by the bulkhead seat which is supposed to be more private will be bothersome. The lack of bathrooms is an issue. They have tried...

    It looks like Lufthansa severely overengineered both their business and first class products. I suspect this is why they have had supply chain issues and delays. In reality, most business seats in the cabin, especially the aisle seats won't measure up to the standard of business class nowadays. The welcome area by the bulkhead seat which is supposed to be more private will be bothersome. The lack of bathrooms is an issue. They have tried to revolutionise the space efficiency of their premium cabins but it will fall flat on its face. Especially first class which won't hold a candle to Singapore, the new Cathay, Emirates etc.

  11. David Guest

    I am not surprised that they only have 3 first class seats. The A330/340 are used in many routes that always have First Class award space. So obviously not enough demand to sustain 6 F seats.

    1. Jerry Wheen Gold

      I assume this is largely the case since Swiss First can mostly be booked with Miles&More miles and by top tier Miles&More status holders (senator and HON).

      There have been some exceptions to that, so "mostly" not simply "only", but still...

    2. Willmo Guest

      where is all this first class award space you are seeing on Swiss? Which routes? Im a Senator and I can never seem to find any.

  12. JK Guest

    This is very interesting indeed. For F it seems like they are looking to only sell those seats, perhaps will allow points upgrade close to departure. With so many large financial services companies based in and around Zurich, Swiss has a healthy customer base of senior executives whose companies allow paid F travel expenses, but to not go for 6 seats seems like an extreme reduction and will curtail the use of points redemptions severely....

    This is very interesting indeed. For F it seems like they are looking to only sell those seats, perhaps will allow points upgrade close to departure. With so many large financial services companies based in and around Zurich, Swiss has a healthy customer base of senior executives whose companies allow paid F travel expenses, but to not go for 6 seats seems like an extreme reduction and will curtail the use of points redemptions severely. 2 lavs for 45 pax in J is terrible, especially with 1 lav for 4 people (max) in F. Clearly they have focused on the real estate being allocated to larger seats / suites vs their current offering.

  13. Cedric Guest

    There are many rumors about the amount of first class seats. Its pretty accepted that at the very least, some planes will feature more than 3 seats, probably 5. Still going to be much harder to upgrade and will even put more presure on pricing but its better than 3.

  14. breathesrain Gold

    It looks like there might be 4 business class bathrooms? I think the "self service" indicators are also bathrooms, based on how the economy lavs are described.

    1. OCTinPHL Diamond

      Look closely at the seat map. There are only 2 biz lavs.

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Heidi Guest

A product that will already be a decade out of date by the time it launches two years from now. Just extraordinary.

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Frederik Guest

I do hope that they keep the classy wooden alpine feel and look. So fed up of chrome and cold metal interiors in business class.

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Tiger. Guest

According to the seat map, premium economy will be seven abreast in a 2-3-2 configuration as opposed to the 2-4-2 configuration which many airlines prefer.

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