SWISS will offer its passengers internet connections for the first time with its new Boeing 777-300ER.
SWISS took delivery of the first of nine new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft today.
The new flagship aircreft will enter scheduled service on the carrier’s long-haul network next month.
The new twinjet will offer wireless internet connectivity in all three cabin classes.
Access will be provided via a broadband connection, and will enable guests to surf or send emails on their laptop, tablet or smartphone device.
Three data packages
To meet passengers’ differing needs, SWISS will offer a choice of three data packages for its inflight internet option.
- 20 MB SWISS Connect data package, costing CHF 9, is intended for those wishing to check their emails or visit a few websites
- 50 MB package at CHF 19 is more for passengers seeking to surf their social networks or use the internet to work
- 120 MB package at CHF 39 provides even more flexibility and the opportunity to make almost full use (apart from streaming) of the internet’s scope and possibilities
SWISS will also be providing its First Class customers with a 50 MB SWISS Connect data package free of charge.
The airline is considering whether to extend this inflight internet connectivity to the rest of its long-haul fleet, i.e. its Airbus A330s and A340s.
Inflight phoning via roaming
As part of its new inflight internet option, SWISS will also be enabling its passengers to make phone calls and send SMS text messages and data via roaming telephony for a trial one-year period.
The prices of these services will be set by the corresponding contractual agreements between AeroMobile (the provider of these inflight phone options) and the passenger’s phone service provider.
Boeing 777 deployments
The new internet-connected SWISS Boeing 777-300ERs will be gradually deployed from the start of the 2016 summer schedules onwards, primarily on services to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Los Angeles, San Francisco, São Paulo and Tel Aviv.
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is Switzerland’s national airline, serving 103 destinations in 48 countries from Zurich and Geneva and carrying more than 16 million passengers a year with its 92-aircraft fleet.
SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group, and is also a member of Star Alliance, the world’s biggest airline grouping.
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