The new product will take to the skies in spring 2021, with the airline responding to “growing demand for an air travel product between economy and business class”.
In a statement from the airline, it says it has “also been encouraged by the positive experiences with such a product at Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines”, its sister airlines.
The product will initially be installed on its B777-300ERs before being rolled out across its entire long-haul fleet.
Each aircraft will feature 24 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration. Seats will be 10% wider than in economy and have 20% greater pitch and 25% more recline.
“All in all, our premium economy class travellers will enjoy a substantially stronger sense of personal space,” says Tamur Goudarzi Pour, SWISS’s Chief Commercial Officer.