The most recent addition to the SWISS airbus family. The innovative air cushion comfort system in SWISS First and Business Class seats accounts for a weight reduction of 4 kg per seat – the equivalent of over 650 tonnes of aviation fuel per year. That's an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of 2,000 tonnes.
The "Schwyz" – named after the capital of the Swiss canton of Schwyz – was the first SWISS airbus A330-300 with increased cabin comfort. It features more legroom in Economy Class, the innovative Business Class seats and First Class suites, as well as an innovative on-board entertainment system.
The airbus "Bellinzona" was named after the canton capital of Ticino in a ceremony at Zurich airport. It symbolises SWISS's association with Italian-speaking Southern Switzerland, one of the country's main cultural and tourist destinations.
The fourth SWISS airbus A330-300 is named after the canton capital of St. Gallen, the economic and cultural centre of Eastern Switzerland. St. Gallen is famous for its embroideries, university and the Abbey district, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Fribourg, also sometimes spelt Freiburg, is the capital of the Swiss canton of the same name. Since 2010, it has also lent its name to a SWISS long-haul airbus A330. The christening ceremony took place at the Aéroport International de Genève, the hub that connects Western Switzerland with the rest of the world.
SWISS has been promoting the names of canton capitals, municipalities near airports and tourist resorts internationally since 2006. Small wonder that it all began with Bern – after all, the country's capital is unique.
The seventh SWISS airbus A330-300, registration HB-JHG, was named "Glarus" after the capital of the canton of the same name.
Sion was the fourth Western Switzerland canton capital after Geneva, Lausanne and Freiburg to give its name to a SWISS aircraft. The capital of the mountainous canton of Valais has direct links with the aviation industry: Sion is home to Air Glaciers, Switzerland's biggest helicopter company.
The airbus "Appenzell" is an ambassador of the Appenzell region of unique hilly landscapes and beautifully preserved traditions that embody typical Swissness. These values are also a fundamental part of the SWISS brand.
Neuchâtel, Neuenburg, capital of the Western Switzerland canton of Neuenburg, traditional heart of the Swiss clock industry and the new centre of Switzerland's innovative high-tech industry, just an hour from the Aéroport International de Genève. This is where the airbus "Neuchâtel" was christened just before it took off for New York.