With the new Airbus A320neo aircraft, Swiss International Air Lines is taking delivery of, there, of course, comes a new cabin.
SWISS is taking this forward, with the Airspace by Airbus cabin. This will be present in their new Airbus A320neo family fleet.
The aircraft will be deployed on short to medium-haul routes, with the first two aircraft to enter revenue service in January 2022.
Passenger Experience Highlights
If you’ve been around Economy Class and Beyond, we’ve covered Airspace since its inception (both on wide and narrow-body aircraft).
SWISS has chosen the following features for their aircraft, including
- Larger overhead baggage bins which will offer 40 per cent more volume than their conventional counterparts. The new bins can accommodate bigger baggage items up to 61 x 40 x 25 centimetres. These can fit four cabin bags versus the usual three bags when stowed vertically in the bin.
- An advanced lighting system featuring ‘Human Centric Lighting’. This can be aligned to travellers’ biorhythms: depending on the time of day or night, the system will bathe the cabin in varying types of light that range from warm reds through graduated intermediate tones all the way to cooler blue hues. We’ve looked at a solution like this by jetlite in the past
- Seating comfort has been further enhanced, too, with the slimmer cabin sidewalls offering more space, especially at shoulder height. Swiss will utilise the Geven Essenza seat.
- The new modern-design washrooms will be easier to use for travellers with disabilities and have also been specifically equipped with antimicrobial surfaces to provide even better hygiene protection.
SWISS has provided a virtual tour of the new cabin with Head of SWISS Brand Experience Caroline Drischel here.
SWISS Chief Commercial Officer Tamur Goudarzi Pour said
“As a premium air carrier, we continue to strive to offer our customers the highest possible quality standards, even in the present crisis times,”
“And Airbus’s advanced and innovative new Airspace cabin concept for our short-haul travellers is making a key contribution to all these endeavours. We are truly pleased to be able to offer our customers even greater inflight comfort, in the form of more space for their carry-on baggage and a new lighting concept that is specifically tailored to their biorhythm needs.”
Towards Revenue service, with further aircraft to come
If you’re spotting registrations, you’ll need to look out for HB-JDD (Named Elm) and HB-JDE (Named Mürren’),
Both aircraft were delivered to Swiss in early January 2022.
The aircraft will be deployed throughout SWISS’s European route network. The first commercial flight of a SWISS Airbus A320neo with the new Airspace cabin is scheduled for later this month.
In terms of fleet, SWISS has taken delivery of five new Airbus A320neo and two new Airbus A321neo aircraft. The remaining 18 Airbus A32neos family aircraft on order – twelve A320neos and six A321neos – will join the SWISS fleet between now and 2025.
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