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SWISS has been taking delivery of its nine new 777-300ER aircraft since January 2016 and the airline’s flagship aircraft come fitted with one of the more in-demand (but normally expensive to book) premium cabins. Now you can book the Business Class cabin on this aircraft from $265 one way.
The key to all of this is the fact that SWISS has scheduled its 777-300ER aircraft on a number of European routes during winter 2017/8 and these aircraft are no different to the 777’s the airline flys transatlantic and to Asia.
The SWISS 777-300ER European Routes
Zurich – Geneva
4 December 2017 – 23 March 2018
LX2802 ZRH 07:55 – 08:45 GVA (Mon, Tue & Fri)
LX2807 GVA 10:00 – 10:55 ZRH (Mon, Tue & Fri)
Zurich – Hannover
4 December 2017 – 22 March 2018
LX816 ZRH 12:45 – 14:00 HAJ (Mon & Thu)
LX817 HAJ 14:55 – 16:10 ZRH (Mon & Thu)
Zurich – Vienna
4 December 2017 – 22 March 2018
LX1582 ZRH 17:15 – 18:35 VIE (Mon & Thu)
LX1583 VIE 19:35 – 22:55 ZRH (Mon & Thu)
The SWISS 777-300ER Business Class Cabin
So why all the excitement?
The SWISS 777-300ER has 62 Business Class seats set out in a 1-2-1 AND a 2-2-2 layout….
…..but the seats are still very nice indeed:
The most prized seats are undoubtably the “throne” seats that offer acres of space either side of the traveler….
….but just about any seat in this cabin is going to be excellent and a considerable upgrade on what you normally get on intra-Europe flights.
Booking The Flights
A quick look on ITA Matrix shows that the cheapest flights are available between Zurich and Vienna for around $265:
Bear in mind that the 777 only operates the routes on certain days of the week (see the schedules above) so not all of the fares you see will be for the 777 – select your flight carefully!
Matrix confirms that the aircraft being employed is a 777….
….and when you head on over to the SWISS website you can see that we’re talking about the correct aircraft:
You can purchase a “saver” or a “flex” fare and, considering the CHF35 ($36) price difference, you may as well pay for the flexible fare in case your plans change or the aircraft gets swapped out.
The great fares for an excellent cabin aren’t the end of the good news.
On long-haul routes passengers without SWISS/Star Alliance status have to pay extra to book the single “throne” seats but, on these European routes, it looks as if that fee is waived:
If you happen to be flying Business Class on any of these routes anyway it may be an idea to check to see if you can book on to the 777 on the days you’re scheduled to travel….and if you’re not scheduled to travel this could be a good excuse for an #AvGeek trip 🙂
Award seats are available on these routes for those who would rather not part with cash but, if you’re using United Miles (or Miles & More miles) you’ll only be getting around 1.0 cents/mile in value:
Still, if you’re miles rich then this could be a fun (albeit frivolous) use of some miles.