Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) operated its first Airbus A340-300 with a completely refurbished interior on its first revenue flight from Zurich, Switzerland to Japan’s Tokyo Narita on March 7.

All of SWISS’s five A340s should be given a nose-to-tail cabin refurbishment by summer. The makeover raises the inflight comfort to that of its Boeing 777-300ERs.

The refurbishment program entails:

  • Developing and installing new first, business and economy class seats;
  • Providing a new IFE system that also offers internet connectivity;
  • Installing new galleys; and
  • Modernizing the entire interior (including adopting a new lighting concept) in all three cabins.

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

The Star Alliance member’s A340s are deployed to destinations that include 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. It also has two more 777s on order.

The national airline of Switzerland’s long-haul network currently extends to 24 destinations.

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

Kurt Hofmann,