18 APRIL 2016
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Swiss International’s first B777-300ER arrived in Hong Kong last Monday to a traditional water salute and ribbon-cutting and a welcome party including officials from the airline, the airport authority and the consulate general of Switzerland.
Hong Kong is the first Asian destination for the aircraft, with the arrival described by the airline’s regional general manager Emily Chaw as “a key milestone in the history of Swiss”.
Vice-president and head of sales and marketing international Peter Pullem added: “We are thrilled to welcome our new flagship, which offers more comfort, more space and more amenities to passengers.
“It also brings new reductions in fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, which make it more environmentally friendly. This event could not come at a better time to illustrate the partnership between Switzerland and Hong Kong.”
Swiss has introduced a complete set of new cabin products in the 777 across 340 seats – eight in First Class, 62 in Business and 270 in Economy.
With growing traffic demand between the two destinations, the carrier is operating daily non-stops between Hong Kong and Zurich, with the 777 used three times weekly and the Airbus 340-300 for the rest. A new route from Zurich to Singapore begins on 3 September. www.swiss.com
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