Swiss ups capacity on Zurich-Singapore

Decision driven by growth in travel from Asia
Unfazed by recent news about Zika, Swiss says it will be deploying the 340-seat Boeing 777-300ER – its flagship aircraft – on its Zurich-Singapore route. This represents an increase of 121 seats, or 55%, compared to the A340 currently in use.
While maintaining daily flights from Singapore to Zurich, the carrier will use the 777 three times weekly, while the other flights will be operated using an A340. The Boeing 777 will be used for all flights between the two countries by March 2017.
“In the first six months of 2016, there’s been a 5% growth in tourism from Singapore to Switzerland,” explained Aditya Khullar, head of Swiss for South-East Asia & Pacific. “Malaysia and Indonesia also have double-digit growth.”
Despite flying to eight cities in Asia, Swiss is focusing on three – Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. Swiss is already flying the Boeing 777-300ER on its Bangkok and Hong Kong routes.
“Rather than open new destinations, we’re growing the capacity of these particular destinations. Our strategy for now in Asia is to consolidate where we already are, and then grow those markets,” he said.
When asked if the 777-300ER would be rolled out eventually to the rest of its Asian destinations, Khullar said: “We’ve taken delivery of six out of nine 777s, the rest of which will arrive over the next two years. For the remaining 777s, we don’t have exact destinations for them yet. But it will [probably not be deployed to] New Delhi and Mumbai, as these two cities are only an eight-hour flight from Zurich.”
Markus Binkert, chief commercial officer of Swiss, added: “Routes that might get the split-fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs and A340-300s will be Japan or the two Chinese destinations [Shanghai and Beijing].”
Swiss and Lufthansa Group signed a codeshare with Singapore Airlines earlier this year.
TTG Asia