Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has taken delivery of its first two Airbus A320neos with the new Airspace cabin.
The first SWISS Airbus A320neo equipped with the new Airspace cabin, registration HB-JDD, was delivered at the beginning of this month. A second A320neo, HB-JDE, with the Airspace cabin was delivered a few days later.
The Airspace cabin features larger overhead bins, enhanced seating comfort and an advanced lighting system that can be aligned to human biorhythms.
Larger overhead bins
The new Airspace cabin features larger overhead baggage bins that can accommodate larger baggage items – up to 61 x 40 x 25 centimetres. They also hold up to four carry-on cases (instead of the present three) by enabling these to be stowed vertically in the bin.
Enhanced seat comfort
Seating comfort has been improved with the slimmer cabin sidewalls offering more space, especially at shoulder height. The modern-design washrooms are easier to use for passengers with disabilities, and have been specifically equipped with antimicrobial surfaces to provide better hygiene protection.
Advanced lighting system
The new Airspace cabin has an advanced lighting system whose ‘Human Centric Lighting’ can be aligned to passengers’ biorhythms: depending on the time of day or night, the system bathes the cabin in varying types of light that range from warm reds through intermediate tones to cooler blue hues.
SWISS has a made a virtual tour of the new cabin with Head of SWISS Brand Experience Caroline Drischel here.
First flight this month
SWISS is deploying the new aircraft throughout it’s European network. The first commercial flight of a SWISS Airbus A320neo with the new Airspace cabin is scheduled for later in January.
SWISS now has five new Airbus A320neo and two new Airbus A321neo aircraft. The remaining 18 Airbus A32Xneos on order – twelve A320neos and six A321neos – will join the SWISS fleet between now and 2025. The ‘neos’ (which stands for new engine option) are replacing older SWISS aircraft of the Airbus A320 family.
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