Intercontinental travel has gotten much easier recently with direct long-haul flights. And with more airlines offering these flights, time spent in transit is considerably reduced and travellers reach their destinations more quickly and with less hassle.
For added convenience, Swiss International Airlines (SWISS) now offers double-night services on their new Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts. Here are 7 reasons why you might want to travel with them on your next long-haul trip.
1. Maximize your waking hours with double-night services
Flying by night allows you to rest on the plane and hit the ground running after arriving at a new city. SWISS is the only airline in the world to offer a double-night service that allows you to fly direct, long-haul flights by night, two ways.
For instance, if you board a flight from Singapore to Zurich, the plane would depart at 11.45 pm and arrive in Zurich at 6.10 am the next day. After resting through the night on the plane, you can start your holiday or work trip from the get-go. When returning, you can board another restful night flight at 10.45pm from Zurich, and arrive back in Singapore at 5pm.
Globally, the upgraded fleet will service routes to destinations like Hong Kong, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, Sao Paulo, and San Francisco.
Singapore travellers, watch out for double-night flights serviced by the new Boeing aircrafts from mid-September 2016.
2. Keep connected with Wi-Fi even when you’re up in the air
Yes, in-flight Wi-Fi is finally catching on – you can stay connected even thousands of feet above ground on the new Boeing 777-300ER. Stay connected with social media, browse the web, or your business emails on the go. First Class travellers are entitled to 50MB of data free of charge.
3. Bigger is better
If you are flying First Class or Business Class, you already enjoy unrivalled privacy and comfort on air, but SWISS will improve that even further on the new aircrafts.
The new Boeing 777-300ER accommodates eight First Class seats, housed within a wider space than its predecessors Airbus A330 and A340. This means that each passenger enjoys more room.
Something else that gives SWISS its competitive edge is the 32-inch screen for in-flight entertainment on First Class – the largest in the industry. Being on SWISS First Class will feel like flying in private suites, complete with electro-mechanical window blinds for privacy and personal wardrobes. In addition, First Class passengers can enjoy the luxury of having two lavatories shared between eight travellers.
Business Class passengers also get more room on the Boeing 777-300ER, with additional storage space and a new stowaway table. Seats are staggered in a 2-2-1 or 1-2-2 configuration, making the cabin feel even more spacious. The much-coveted solo “throne” seats that SWISS’ A330 and A340 models are known for remain in the new aircraft configuration, and are further improved with an extra storage unit near the window.
4. Help yourself to drinks and snacks
When your flight attendants are dealing with another traveller’s emergency, you don’t need to wait for them to come around to you. This is something new that Economy Class passengers can look forward to. With the self-service kiosks at the back of the cabin, you can help yourself to drinks and snacks, cutting down waiting time.
On top of that, enjoy more legroom and improved seats with new seat-cushion technology on the new Boeing 777-300ER. Seats are also equipped upgraded in-flight entertainment that features 11-inch touch screens.
5. A beautiful ambience is key to feeling relaxed
The interior of the aircraft plays an important role in making long-haul flights more bearable, as passengers would spend over 10 hours in that enclosed space. The new Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts feature minimalistic designs with clean lines and earthy brown colour tones to make the cabin interior feel warm, restful, and relaxing.
6. Take care of the environment too
Whether we travel for work or leisure, today’s eco-conscious traveller would want to do their part to minimize any negative impact on the environment. So consider how much fuel your plane burns when you fly.
Eco-friendly passengers would be delighted to know that compared with its predecessors, the new Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts servicing SWISS long-haul flights save 23 per cent in fuel and carbon emissions per seat thanks to their extremely fuel-efficient GE90-115BL engines.
7. Make your Frequent Flyer miles work for you
One way that you can maximize your mileage is to utilise the Frequent Flyer programmes available globally. As SWISS is part of the Star Alliance, travellers can enjoy cross-airline benefits. Frequent Flyer programmes under Star Alliance partner airlines usually allow travellers to accumulate miles when flying with Star Alliance partner airlines.