Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has finalised the specifications for its A350-900 passenger cabins, ahead of the scheduled delivery of the aircraft from 2025 onwards. The airline has shared its seat count, aisle dimensions, and toilet and galley plans.
The new SWISS Airbus A350-900s will seat 242 passengers in total: three in first class, 45 in business class, 38 in premium economy class and 156 in economy class. At 38 seats, the A350-900 premium economy cabin will be substantially larger than those on SWISS’s existing long-haul aircraft (21 seats in the A330-300s and A340-300s and 24 seats in the B777-300ERs). The airline says the raised seat count is in response to growing demand for premium leisure travel.
SWISS’s chief commercial officer, Tamur Goudarzi Pour, said of the cabins, “With our new cabin concept, we will still remain the only major airline in the world to offer a First Class cabin on all its long-haul aircraft. We will also be increasing the size of our Premium Economy Class, which has proved very popular. And in both these respects, we are further clearly positioning SWISS as Europe’s leading premium airline.”
The five new A350-900s will also feature the new ‘SWISS Senses’ cabin concept, designed to give a more personalised air travel experience.
A greener option
SWISS will take gradual delivery of its five Airbus A350-900 aircraft from 2025 onwards. In the longer term, the new long-haul twinjets will replace the company’s four remaining four-engined Airbus A340-300s, creating a projected 25% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, and 50% less noise. On average, the A350-900 consumes around 2.5 litres of fuel per passenger per 100 kilometres.