ATW reported on Monday that SWISS will increase capacity on North Atlantic routes through the summer, providing us with a great chance to experience and compare SWISS’ 777 cabin out of the US their usual A330’s.
Here is how ATW detailed the capacity increase:
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) will increase capacity on North Atlantic routes this summer by using larger aircraft. The Lufthansa subsidiary will also base its first Bombardier CS300—which it expects to receive in the 2Q—in Geneva.
From April 22, SWISS will increase Zurich-San Francisco services from 3X-weekly to daily using a Boeing 777-300ER. The carrier will also operate the 777-300ER on six of its 12X-weekly Zurich-Chicago O’Hare routes between June and October. As a result, the 777-300ER will be used on daily services over the summer from Zurich to five intercontinental destinations—Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
If you’re feeling blue because you haven’t been able to fly United’s new 777-300ER, then this is a great opportunity while you wait to try the Polaris hard product. We can already see the ‘new equipment’ when searching for awards. However, watch out for SWISS phantom space, as highlighted by OMAAT here. I’ll be booking my flight and update this post once that happens in relation to phantom space. The one way business class award seat is priced at 70k miles, and the economy class ticket at 30k. You can book SWISS through a number of mile loyalty programs like United’s MileagePlus, Air Canada’s Aeroplan, and ANA’s Mileage Club. You can also make this booking through Lufthansa’s Miles & More, though the redemption won’t be as appealing.
I’m looking forward to flying SWISS’ 777-300ER out of O’Hare, so hopefully the availability actually exists. SWISS has a great product which has become increasingly difficult to book, however, we’ve noticed some availability opening up recently. That may change in a heartbeat, so if you find your desired flight, book it ASAP.