SWISS unveils impressive new first, business class cabins

Detail and privacy are paramount in the new SWISS first and business class suites, and we’re not complaining

SWISS Airlines has debuted its all-new first and business class seats, with attention to detail making for a cosy and comfortable in-flight experience come the arrival of the airline’s new Airbus A350 jets from 2025 onwards.

Named ‘SWISS Senses’, the new long-haul cabins are intended to create a personalised and “more sensual” experience.

SWISS CEO Dieter Vranckx said the new-look cabins make for the most comprehensive renewal in the airline’s history.

“As a premium airline, we want to pay due and full regard to our customers’ desire for more individuality. And with this extremely high-quality product, we can continue to meet all our high aspirations,” Mr Vranckx said.

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Look familiar? The new SWISS Senses cabins feature the same Allegris design as we recently saw in Lufthansa’s new first and business class.

Upon first glance, there’s one key difference: Warmth. SWISS has chosen warm and muted tones to create a sense of comfort and calm.

The trim and high-quality materials make for a more personalised feel than revealed by Lufthansa, with the German airline opting for a ‘steelier’ look.

SWISS first

The new SWISS first suites offer their guests total privacy, with closable sliding doors and nearly 1.8m-high walls a definite step-up from the airline’s current open-plan berths.

Additional comforts include a spacious personal wardrobe, a large seat table, seat heating and cooling, a wireless charging station and a screen display that is as wide as the suite itself (32” monitor in the single suites and a 43” panel in the double suite).

Like Lufthansa’s new first class suites, the SWISS first cabin comprises three suites, with an extra-wide middle suite (117cm compared to 77cm). As such, the cabin’s centre suite can be configured to suit a couple travelling together.

For extra comfort, a spacious new washroom has also been developed for the new SWISS first cabin, with a slate-black exterior, and a green interior that alludes to fresh and cooling water.

SWISS business

The totally redesigned SWISS business cabin has been intentionally designed to meet a wide range of wishes and needs, making for a more personalised experience.

In addition to ‘classic’ business class seats, the new cabin offers various further seating options such as double seats for passengers travelling together, with all new business seats featuring seat heating, cooling and a wireless charging station.

The first four business class seats in each cabin are larger suites with a sliding door (we expect these will cost extra to book). Handy for couples, the middle two can become a ‘double suite’, while every second row has a more spacious ‘throne’ seat for solo travellers.

Where we see a royal blue colour scheme dominate Lufthansa’s new business class, the SWISS business cabin features a lighter ambience, with light woods and off-white wall panels, making for a “cosy and intimate” feel.

Final thoughts: Cosy and comfortable

Tis’ the season for all-new first and business class cabin reveals, with Lufthansa and Qantas also recently showcasing their new products.

While SWISS and Lufthansa have come out with very similar offerings, there’s something particularly special about the ‘airy’ feel of the new SWISS first and business cabins.

SWISS will gradually install the new cabins throughout its long-haul fleet from 2025 onwards. Meanwhile, the airline’s new Airbus A350-900s will be rolled out with the new interior installed.

Do you like the look of SWISS’ new first and business class cabins?

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