The good people at SWISS have finally decided to join the Premium Economy class party. They have announced that their fleet of 12 Boeing 777-300ERs will feature this class by April 2022 and tickets are on sale now.

Four rows of economy class seats, which is 40 in total, are being replaced by three rows of premium economy, which is 24 seats. All up, the project is going to cost around €36,500,000 (USD$43,500,000 or £31,300,000 or A$57,700,000) to refit all the aircraft.

SWISS Premium Economy

Premium Economy seats will feature 39″ (99cm) of seat pitch, which is an increase over the 31″ (78cm) pitch in economy. With increased width (from 17″ or 43.4cm up to 19″ or 48cm) and a fixed back to prevent passengers reclining into you, they certainly look good.

A whole array of features are in the seat, including USB charging, a fold out leg rest and more. Passengers will receive an amenity kit and noise cancelling headphones to enhance the experience.

In addition, people with premium economy tickets will receive twice the baggage allowance over economy class, boarding before regular economy and an enhanced meal service on board. This includes an elderberry welcome drink and a choice of three main dishes served on china.

You will find the new class on flights to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, São Paulo and Singapore, among others. Overall, it looks pretty elegant, in keeping with how the Swiss airline likes to present itself.

Overall Thoughts

Premium Economy is a popular class of travel and is reportedly a very good earner for airlines that have it. SWISS is introducing this at a really good time, if predictions of a slower rebound in business class traffic come true. This will help offset those losses.

The first Boeing 777-300ER is due in service in November with the new class, and people will be offered upgrades on flights that have the new cabin, prior to all of them being in service from April 2022.

I have flown SWISS before in European business class and was thoroughly impressed by the experience on their Airbus A220. Even their standard A320s are very comfortable so I can only imagine how good long-haul is on this airline. From all reports, it’s very good indeed.

Have you flown SWISS before? Are you looking forward to trying their new Premium Economy class? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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