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SWISS Starts new service to Washington, D.C. and Osaka, Japan

SWISS will also increase capacity to Miami and Tokyo with larger aircraft in 2020

by Business Traveler

August 26, 2019

SWISS will modify and expand its services in anticipation of the coming delivery of two additional Boeing 777-300ER aircraft purchased in 2018. Washington, D.C. and Osaka will be added to the SWISS long-haul network, with non-stop service by Airbus A330/A340 aircraft, beginning March 2020. In addition, the Japanese capital of Tokyo will be served daily with a Boeing 777-300ER beginning February 2020. The aircraft will also be deployed on Zurich-Miami flights from Summer 2020, providing the route with year-round Boeing 777-300ER service.

Non-stop from Zurich to Washington D.C.

SWISS will provide daily service to Washington, D.C. beginning March 29, 2020. The route will be operated with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft seating 236 passengers. The new flight will bring service on the Zurich-Washington, D.C. route to 14 weekly frequencies provided by SWISS and its joint-venture partner United Airlines.

“The Zurich – DC route is an important one for The Lufthansa Group to undertake. Now Washingtonians will be able to enjoy the premium travel experience that SWISS offers its customers, including its award-winning “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” inflight culinary program, as well as the airline’s state-of-the-art aircraft,” said Frank Naeve, Vice President of Sales, The Americas, Lufthansa Group.

Known as the “Airline of Switzerland,” SWISS serves over 100 destinations in 44 countries on five continents from its world-renowned Zurich hub, as well as European connections from Geneva and Lugano.

Non-stop from Zurich to Osaka

SWISS will also introduce a five-times-weekly non-stop service between Zurich and Osaka on March 1, 2020, making it the only airline to operate this route. Osaka joins Tokyo as SWISS’s second Japanese destination. The new service will be operated with an Airbus A340-300 aircraft, which offers 223 seats and provides SWISS customers convenient and streamlined connectivity via the Zurich Hub.

The new destinations can be booked on and on all further booking channels and outlets as of this month.

New destinations for the Boeing 777-300ER

SWISS will also be extending services with its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to routes currently operated using smaller Airbus A330 and A340 equipment. The Zurich-Tokyo route will be operated with Boeing 777-300ERs from February 2020 onwards, and the Zurich-Miami route will switch to all-Boeing 777-300ER service from Summer 2020. The larger-capacity Boeing 777-300ERs are being introduced on both routes in response to the substantial customer demand in both passenger and cargo terms.

Timetable details (all times local):

Winter 2019/2020

Zurich–Osaka LX162 13:00–08:45 Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun

Osaka–Zurich LX163 11:00–16:00 Mon/Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun


Zurich–Osaka LX162 13:00–07:50 Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun

Osaka–Zurich LX163 10:05–15:45 Mon/Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun

Zurich–Washington, D.C. LX70 13:45–17:00Daily

Washington, D.C.–Zurich LX71 20:35–10:40Daily