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Swiss International Air Lines Adding Three More Boeing Airplanes

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | May 04, 2015

Swiss International Air Lines Adding Three More Boeing Airplanes

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Boeing furthers its status as one of the largest airplane manufacturers in the world with the finalization of another order for three more 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes that will be delivered to the Lufthansa Group subsidiary, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS).

According to Boeing, the additional order for SWISS adds three more 777-300ER jets to an order from 2013 that already consisted of six planes. The nine total extended-range aircrafts will be the backbone of Swiss Air Lines’ long-haul fleet renewal.

Boeing vice president of European sales, Todd Nelp, released a statement about the additional order, “SWISS' latest order for additional airplanes is a testament to the unrivaled economics of the 777-300ER as the carrier continues to renew its long-haul fleet. The 777-300ER is the perfect platform for SWISS to showcase its exceptional customer offering and remain at the forefront of international travel.”

The SWISS order is just one of many Boeing is getting for its 777-300ER model. The company reports it is the most fuel- and cost-efficient airplane in its class today, and also holds the claim as the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world, possessing a 99.5 percent reliability rate.

The 777-300ER airplane carries 386 passengers on long-haul trips internationally. With a maximum journey distance of 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers) for non-stop routes, the Boeing aircraft has become the standard-bearer for the class.

As for SWISS, the addition of more planes will help the company grow. It currently serves 106 destinations in 49 countries from Zurich, Geneva, and Basel in Switzerland. The SWISS fleet currently consists of 95 airplanes, and the company serves 16 million passengers a year.

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