Swiss returns first fully refurbished A343 to service

Swiss has chosen to keep 5 A340-300’s in its long haul fleet – an aircraft that has surprisingly remained popular for several airlines.

It’s first revenue flight from Zurich, Switzerland to Japan’s Tokyo Narita took place on March 7.

All of SWISS’s five A340s are getting an end to end cabin refurbishment by summer 2019.

The refit raises the inflight comfort to that of its 773ER’s.

New Swiss A343 business class

The refurbishment program entails:

  • Developing and installing new first, business and economy class seats;
  • Providing a new IFE system with internet connectivity
  • New galleys
  • Modernizing the entire interior including a new lighting concept with adjustable colours and patterns, in all three cabins.

The refurbished A340s will have 223 seats with 8 first class, 47 business and 168 in economy class.

The newly refurbished A340s will fly to destinations Boston, Massachusetts (US), Johannesburg (South Africa), Shanghai Pudong (China) and Tel Aviv (Israel).

SWISS’s long-haul fleet comprises five A340-300s, 14 A330-300s and 10 Boeing 777-300ERs with 2 on order.

SWISS transferred four of its original nine A340-300s to its Edelweiss subsidiary last year, and kept five A340s in its own fleet.