As we covered in late 2022, Swiss is planning to integrate into its fleet the Airbus A350-900. For all the details on how this will happen you can read this post. However after announcing that the A350 will join the Helvetic airline’s fleet the carrier had to work on designing its interiors and deciding how to distribute the various cabins’ seating. Nine months down the road and little more than a year before the first A350 arrives we finally know how the airline will configure them.
How Will Swiss Configure Its Airbus A350-900s?
The new cabin layout will feature what will be SWISS‘ largest Premium Economy on any of its current planes. This according to the airline’s statement is to intercept an ever growing demand for premium leisure travel.
In my opinion with less business trips being made and middle ground between a fully premium cabin, such as Business Class, and Economy class becomes more appealing for both airlines to make extra money out of tickets and passengers who search for some extra comfort without paying a particularly high premium.
To be more precise SWISS will fit 38 Premium Economy seats on its new Airbus A350-900. That is 17 more than the Airbus A340-300 with the A350 will be replacing in the airline’s fleet.
Along with those 38 premium economy seats will be:
- 3 First Class Suites
- 45 Business Class Seats
- 38 Premium Economy Class Seats
- 156 Economy Class Seats
Quite a Premium Heavy Layout
The presence of those 38 Premium Economy seats means that the overall configuration of these Airbus A350s is quite a premium heavy one.
Out of 242 seats aboard, 86 will be in premium cabins taking up approximately half of the fuselage’s length. This is no surprise as Swiss is known to be quite a premium travel option. The Swiss flag carrier tends to have quite premium heavy configurations just as done by British Airways.
When Will The First Airbus A350 Arrive?
The wait to see what the interior of the new SWISS Airbus A350 will look like won’t be too long as the operator will be receiving the first of these planes in 2025.
From there onwards it will be introducing the A350s and slowly phasing out its older more fuel thirsty planes.