SWISS Debuting New First & Business Class In 2025

SWISS Debuting New First & Business Class In 2025

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I think this is more or less what we were expecting, but it’s good to get it confirmed anyway.

SWISS’ plans for new premium cabins

As reported by Executive Traveller, SWISS intends to launch a new first and business class product in 2025. The products that the airline is selecting should look familiar. Since SWISS is part of Lufthansa Group, the airline will be adopting Lufthansa’s new premium products.

You can expect that Lufthansa’s new first class suite will also make its way to SWISS. The seats should have the same “bones,” though the finishes will reflect SWISS’ branding. 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. 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. Once again, the finishes will be a bit different than on Lufthansa, reflecting SWISS’ branding.

Lufthansa’s new business class

Admittedly SWISS isn’t quite as in need of new premium products as Lufthansa is. SWISS already has pretty nice first class suites, plus staggered seats in business class.

SWISS’ current first class
SWISS’ current business class

Actual details regarding SWISS’ plans are still limited, though the airline plans to share more information in 2023. It makes perfect sense for Lufthansa Group to align products between airlines, in terms of passenger experience, maintenance, purchasing costs, etc.

Which planes will get SWISS’ new premium cabins?

For context, SWISS’ long haul fleet currently consists of the following planes:

  • 12 Boeing 777-300ERs
  • 14 Airbus A330-300s
  • Five Airbus A340-300s

SWISS has no plans to retire its 777s or A330s, though the current plan is to retire A340s as of 2025. Even though Lufthansa is introducing its new premium products in 2023, this explains why SWISS is only introducing these new cabins in 2025 — it’s because that’s when the airline is next taking delivery of new long haul jets.

SWISS plans to introduce these new cabins on newly delivered jets, and we don’t yet know if existing jets will get these cabins.

What also remains to be seen is which long haul jets SWISS will take delivery of. Lufthansa Group has Airbus A350-900s, Boeing 787-9s, and Boeing 777-9s on order. While we know that the 777-9s are only headed to Lufthansa, the other types of jets could be headed to a combination of Austrian, Lufthansa, and SWISS.

If I had to guess, I think it’s most likely that SWISS exclusively gets A350s and not 787s. That’s because SWISS will maintain first class throughout its long haul fleet, and Lufthansa has only announced plans to install first class on A350s, and not 787s. So logically it would make the most sense if Austrian and Lufthansa take all the 787s, while Lufthansa and SWISS take all the A350s.

I could be wrong, but that’s what makes sense to me…

We don’t know which Lufthansa Group planes are headed to which airline

Bottom line

SWISS plans to introduce a new first and business class product in 2025. This product should largely match the new cabins that Lufthansa has unveiled, except with SWISS branding.

The logic for the timeline is that SWISS is expected to take delivery of new long haul aircraft as of 2025, when the airline retires its A340s. While we don’t officially know which planes SWISS will get, it seems more likely to me that SWISS will exclusively get A350s, rather than 787s.

What do you make of SWISS’ new premium cabin plans?

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  1. Gorpalm Guest

    How ludicrous. 2025? Jeez *I* might as well say I'm introducing a new First and Business class in Three years too. Heck we could All say it. Actually in three years I'm going to be living on the moon - watch this space.

  2. MR Guest

    The 777s are basically new to the fleet, no idea if they were newly acquired or bought second hand. In terms of running costs and environment, the A330s / 340s (especially) are gas guzzlers, wonder why not fleet out earlier

  3. Steve Guest

    I must be the only one who found the Swiss B seating underwhelming. There is a lot of stuff on either side of the the seat while the seat itself is quite narrow. It just seems counter to good design. Why with all the room the seat took up couldn't more of it be allocated to where the passenger sits?

  4. Ryan Guest

    With this announcement, is Swiss now a Skytrax 5-star airline?

    1. Jan Guest

      This meme will never be not funny.

    2. Max Guest

      6*-Stars! 5*-Stars was just for announcing the new business class. So for the new first class, you will have to add another star!

  5. Cedric Guest

    Its the 330s that need new cabins. The 777s are new enough. I just hope they keep the "first class on all routes" logic going. I have a feeling they won't and will start to remouve first class from certian markets. YUL is getting an aircraft change next summer without First class...

  6. AdamH Gold

    I don’t get the hate LH J seats get. I know they are less private but they are so much more comfortable than the staggered throne seats LX has.

    1. Ben Holz Guest

      Have similar feelings as you... Yes, LH has a subpar seat, but LX's isn't really better. Even if you *pay* to select throne seats, the footwell is more limited that in LH, maybe bar bulkhead (which again, is usually reserved for HONs/Senators as far as I remember.

      Only thing going for LX in my experience is better service and reliability/punctuality

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Phillip Gold

Poor Austrian!

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AdamH Gold

I don’t get the hate LH J seats get. I know they are less private but they are so much more comfortable than the staggered throne seats LX has.

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Gorpalm Guest

How ludicrous. 2025? Jeez *I* might as well say I'm introducing a new First and Business class in Three years too. Heck we could All say it. Actually in three years I'm going to be living on the moon - watch this space.

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