Swiss’ long haul fleet consists of A330s, A340s, and 777s. The carrier’s 777s have featured their most updated first and business class products since they were delivered. I’ve reviewed Swiss’ 777-300ER first class from Zurich to Los Angeles, and Swiss’ 777-300ER business class from San Francisco to Zurich.
On the other end of the spectrum, up until early 2019, Swiss’ A340-300s have featured their most outdated cabins. The airline has five of these planes in their fleet, and they didn’t feature the same product in any cabin as the 777.
That has finally changed. In early 2019, Swiss began the process of refreshing their A340-300 fleet, and that process is now complete. That means all Swiss A340s now feature new cabins.
With the refurbishment, Swiss has new seats in all three cabins, new in-flight entertainment systems, internet connectivity, new galleys, and comprehensive modernization of the entire interior, including a new lighting concept.
Swiss operates their A340s on flights to Boston, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo.
Here are some pictures of the new interiors, including in first class, business class, and economy:
The new interiors look excellent. In economy the A330 and A340 are a joy to fly, given the 2-4-2 configuration (which is better than the 3-4-3 configuration on many other planes).
While most airlines are retiring the A340-300 (it’s not fuel efficient and has been around for a long time), it’s interesting to see Swiss continue to invest in the plane. For what it’s worth, Swiss’ average age for the A340-300 is just over 15 years, which isn’t especially old.
In 2021, Swiss will even be installing premium economy seats on the A340s. It’s kind of weird to see them do this project in two phases, but I guess that’s just how the timing worked out, since Swiss hasn’t yet started the process of rolling out premium economy on any planes.
Has anyone flown one of these refreshed A340s yet?