Here is Swiss’ elegant all-new first class and business class
From 2025 travellers can look forward to fully private first class plus spacious doored ‘business plus’ suites.
There’s no surprise that Swiss will adopt the same ‘Allegris’ first class suites and business class seats as Lufthansa, but here’s a little irony – the colours, trim and materials will make them arguably look better than the same hardware flown by its German parent.
Take Swiss’ new first class, for example: like Lufthansa’ new first class it’s made up of a three-across layout, with an extra-wide middle suite (117cm wide, compared to 77cm) intended for two travellers to share.
Each Swiss first class suite is enclosed by nearly ceiling-high 1.8m walls with a sliding panel that can be closed for privacy, compared to the airline’s current open-plan first class berths.
Other creature comforts include a spacious personal wardrobe, seat heating and cooling, a 32” monitor in the single suites and a 43” panel in the double suite.
That feature set is of course identical to Lufthansa’s Allegris first class, but the luxurious suites look so much richer and warmer, with muted tones such as claret and anthracite plus touches of light wood providing a connection to Swiss’ current first class.
Swiss has also shared some details of its first class washroom – something Lufthansa has yet to do – citing “an advanced and spacious” facility which draws inspiration from the mineral springs and thermal baths of Vals with its slate-black exterior and a “green interior that alludes to the spring’s fresh and cooling water.”
Similarly, while Lufthansa’s new business class cabin embraces on the German flag-carrier’s scheme of blue, caramel-brown and beige, Swiss’ take confidently leans into those warm reds completed by anthracite, light woods and off-white exterior wall panels with a soft silvered trim for “an extremely cosy and intimate ambience.”
The Allegris hardware is packed with wireless charging, Bluetooth audio streaming, seat heating and cooling, up to 27” screens, a tablet consoler and lie-flat beds at least of 2m long.
And Swiss’ new business class also follows the same unique layout with no less than six variations on the core business class seat reflecting the group’s belief that air travel should be more personalised and more tailored to each person’s needs rather than be a ‘one seat fits all’ experience.
The first four business class seats in each Swiss cabin are larger suites with a sliding door, while the middle two can become a ‘double suite’; every second row has a more spacious ‘throne’ seat for solo travellers, with a seat behind that offering a 2.2m long bed.
There’s also a ‘double seat’ in the last row, private seats by the window and even the option of mounting a baby bassinet on the seat-adjacent shelf of one business class seat.
The new Swiss first and business class seats – along with fresh takes on premium economy and economy – will launch in 2025 on a fleet of Airbus A350 jets, along with refurbished Airbus A330s and, at a later stage, Boeing 777s.
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This first class product I feel looks very mature, private and comfortable. Perhaps something Qantas could learn from.