Undeterred by the global economic slump Swiss International Air Lines is pressing ahead with efforts to reinforce its identity as a premium brand with the introduction of fresh first- and business-class products on its new Airbus A330-300s. The Swiss flag carrier has launched its fleet-renewal programme that will see its A330-200s replaced by 11 new Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered A330-300s up to 2011. Three more A330-300s are scheduled to arrive this year. The A330-300s seat 236 passengers, with its larger size allowing Swiss to install 40 more economy seats compared with its A330-200s.

Swiss Airbus A300-300 
 © H. Gousse/Airbus

Source: Flight International