Swiss International Air Lines is adding second daily flights from its Zurich hub to Chicago O’Hare and San Francisco airports, to add to the second daily service it is now operating between Zurich and Miami.
Lufthansa Group member Swiss International Air Lines will begin operating a second daily Zurich-Chicago O’Hare round-trip at the end of May and will introduce a six-times-weekly second service between Zurich and San Francisco from July 5.
This service will be flown by an Airbus A340-300 offering three classes of cabin service and will operate through the peak summer season until the end of August, according to Patrick Heymann, Swiss International Air Lines’ senior director head of sales and marketing, the Americas.
In the summer of 2015, “Out of 29 aircraft which fly intercontinental routes for Swiss, 15 fly west to the United States, Canada and Brazil,” says Heymann, adding that this underscores the importance of the Americas for the airline’s intercontinental network.
Heymann also reveals that Swiss International Air Lines has increased to 10 the number of new European and Mediterranean destinations it will serve from Geneva this summer. In November, the carrier announced it would start service from Geneva to eight more destinations for its summer 2015 schedule.
New 2015 summer destinations the airline will serve from Geneva include Florence (four round-trips a week); Sarajevo (two round-trips each week); Valencia (two round-trips a week), and Skopje ( two wound-trips each week).
Swiss International Air Lines will serve Lugano year-round from Geneva and it will operate seasonal summer service to Palermo, Calvi, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos, and Biarritz.
The new destinations will bring to 41 the number of destinations that Swiss International Air Lines will serve from Geneva International Airport in summer 2015. This summer, the carrier will be serving 104 destinations in 48 countries in total.
Swiss International Air Lines is refurbishing its fleets of 23 Airbus A320 and six A321 jets. Each aircraft is getting new ergonomic seats, a new cabin and a new seating design.
From the end of March, the carrier will guarantee to keep the neighboring seat vacant for all Business Class passengers on its European flights.
Heymann also says that, in the fourth quarter of 2015, new lounges will open for Senator-status travelers and Swiss International Air Lines’ Business customers at Zurich Airport’s midfield Dock E.
The new lounges will offer more than 21,527 square feet of lounge space, which will include an outdoor terrace with views of the airport and its runways and the Alps beyond.
Dock E’s new Senator Lounge will have a staffed bar and accommodate up to 175 travelers, while the Business Class Lounge will hold up to 200 guests.
Both lounges will be located conveniently close to the departure gates for Swiss International Air Lines’ long-haul flights, according to Heymann.
In 2016 Swiss International Air Lines is expecting to take delivery of six Boeing 777-300ER widebodies it has on order. These aircraft, the carrier’s first Boeing jets, will join its existing long-haul fleet of 14 Airbus A330-300s and 15 A340-300s.
According to Heymann, the airline is highly likely to operate the 777-300ERs on its longest-haul routes, including flights linking Zurich with the Far East, Brazil and the U.S. West Coast.
In the airline’s three-class configuration (First, Business and Economy), each 777-300ER will have approximately 100 more seats than each of its A330-300s and A340-300s.