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It's out with the old and in with the new for Swiss' Airbus A340s as the first of the big four-engine jets takes wing proudly brandishing new first class suites and business class seats.
All five of the Star Alliance member's long-range A340s are being upgraded to largely bring them up to the same spec as Swiss' flagship Boeing 777-300ER jets, and Swiss says they'll all be flying by mid-year.
That's pleasing news for premium passengers who regularly traverse the A340 routes to Tokyo (which gets the first refreshed A340 starting this week), Shanghai, Johannesburg, Boston and Tel Aviv.
So what's in store? You can wave goodbye to the A340's rather retro first class suites...
... and step into one of eight more private and far better-appointed suites.
It's not a perfect mirror-image copy of the Boeing 777's first class cabin (below), but you can see how the new A340 cribs share that same DNA.
Likewise, business class will see the exact same seats as on the Boeing 777, which means a shift from this...
... to more like this.
... to this.
And as you can see, the A340’s 47-seat business class cabin still includes some 'throne' seats.
The crinkly old inflight entertainment system is also being ripped out and replaced by that of the Boeing 777, with satellite inflight Internet being installed in the process.
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