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User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2014 times:

On June 22, I will be flying from ATL to NUE on AA and LX via MIA and ZRH. I have a number of questions. I have checked the database, but have been unable to find good answers to these questions. I appreciate your trying to answer any of them.  Smile

1) Swiss departs out of terminal A in MIA. Which other airlines can I expect to see in that terminal in the evening? Is it purely an international terminal?

2) What are the loads on LX flight 65 on June 22 and flight 64 on July 6?

3) I have one hour and 55 minutes in ZRH between the arrival of my flight from MIA to the departure of my flight to NUE. Since the NUE flight is on a regional jet, will I have to change terminals? How long does this take? Will I have to clear customs and immigrations to get to this terminal? Finally, even if I don't have to but I decide to anyway to get to a viewing deck, do I have enough time?

4) How is the service on Swiss? I flew Swissair to ATH four years ago and it was amazing compared to anything I had experienced before. I'm hoping the service on LX will be comprabable, but if it isn't, I won't be disappointed.


Thank you so much for trying to answer these questions! I really appreciate your time. It will help me to plan how to spend my time in the airports.

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User currently offlineLawnDart From United States of America, joined May 2005, 975 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

1.) The photo below shows some aircraft at Concourse A at the same time as Swiss:


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Mostly AA, but British Airways, TAM, and TACA as well.

Can't answer 2 or 3, but as for the service on Swiss, it is very good (depending on class, of course), and probably comparable to the old Swissair, given the difference in financial conditions.

You shouldn't be disappointed...have a good flight!


User currently offlineBaw716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2028 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

Airplanetire
Let me see if I can answer some of your questions:
The ATL-MIA portion obviously is going to be operated by American. American operates out of Terminals B-D at Miami, so you will want to check the gate when you arrive at Miami and make your way to Terminal A.

When you get to Terminal A, you will check in with Swiss, then proceed through security to one of the gates at Terminal A. Please note that Terminal A is quite large, so do not be surprised if you have quite a walk. However, I do believe that moving sidewalks have been installed in Terminal A, so that should shorten the time it takes to get to your gate.

As far as the loads on those particular flights, I would consult Swiss on those points; as they would be able to give you the most accurate picture of the situation. Even then they will not tell you exactly the situation. The airline does not give out that information.

However, there are a couple of tricks: If you find a travel agent with a GDS display, have them look in the direct link to LXs computer system for the display for those flights on those dates. If any of the classes immediately next to Y class are sold out, then you can assume the flight is overbooked. If there is one class of service to the right of Y class, then same thing. In fact, in the summer, you will find that close to departure, there will be zero seats in inventory unless the flight is empty or has more than 20-30 seats left to sell in Economy...which may be the case eastbound this year. Westbound, forget it. The flights will be full all summer, and I mean overbooked to the moon.

So, check in early, if American can give you a seat assignment on Swiss, so much the better. If not, then immediately upon arrival in Miami, go to Swiss and get your seat assignment. At this stage, you will likely end up in a middle seat if you do not have an advance seat assignment. That's the bad news. The good news is that you are flying on an A330-200, so you are never more than one seat away from the aisle.

Miami to Zurich is about 8:30 more or less, so you should arrive mid morning in Zurich. The connecting flight to NUE is on a ERJ145 (regional jet), so you more likely than not will arrive and depart from Terminal A. However, I will warn you now: Swiss operates from Terminal A and Terminal E (midfield terminal). Depending upon the traffic flow, you could end up at either one of those terminals. However, do not be concerned about the transfer at Zurich.
a) Swiss efficiency and b) everyone speaks English You should have no problems making the connecting flight.

Once you arrive in NUE, please make sure that you give them your local contact information, so if there is any irregular operation, they can contact you and advise of that information in advance of the flight. You are much better served if you are made aware of a situation in advance of arriving at the airport and you have yourself completely rebooked than having to deal with it at the airport.

On the return, you will do the exact reverse.

You will transit Zurich the same way you came through on the outbound journey. You should receive your connecting boarding pass in Miami for your flight to NUE. Conversely, you should receive your connecting boarding pass for your flight to Miami when you check in at NUE. Once you are on board the flight to Miami, it is 9:30 to Miami. IMPORTANT: Make certain you have your customs declaration complete and accurate and signed when you arrive at customs. If you screw this up, you will be in customs for awhile. Miami is the toughest customs entry point because of the proclivity of the agents to sniff out drugs of ANY kind...so if you have prescription medication, please declare it before you arrive and don't make them go through your bag.

Clearing immigration and customs if you have a bag should only take around 30 minutes if you have nothing to declare. Just complete the customs form, give it to them on the way out. When your bag is checked at NUE, they should check your bag all the way to ATL, via ZRH and MIA. When you get to MIA, you will claim it, go through customs and once you are out of the customs area, you will put it back on the bag belt and it will be distributed to the correct ongoing flight. You are then free to go up to your connecting American flight to ATL, you will have to check the terminal when you arrive in Miami and go through security one last time, but that is the reality of MIA.

As far as Swiss service is concerned, they are very good. They place very high in the airline service award categories for their food and service, as well as their efficiency in getting things done. I would check airlinequality.com and seatguru.com if you have questions about swiss.

Have a great trip, write a trip report in the appropriate forum and do let us know how it went.

All the best,
baw716



David L. Lamb, fmr Area Mgr Alitalia SFO 1998-2002, fmr Regional Analyst SFO-UAL 1992-1998
User currently offlinePipoA380 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1594 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

Hi airplanetire,

Quoting Airplanetire (Thread starter):
3) will I have to change terminals? How long does this take? Will I have to clear customs and immigrations to get to this terminal? Finally, even if I don't have to but I decide to anyway to get to a viewing deck, do I have enough time?

In ZRH, you will normally arrive on the new terminal E, which has a really excellent sightseeing balcony by the way. You will be transfered to the main terminal, (A or B), and as the E is quite far away, all you need is to take an underground train. That takes just a few minutes. Concerning the immigration, I believe you will have to go through this in Nürenberg. Not 100% sure though.

Quoting Airplanetire (Thread starter):
4) How is the service on Swiss? I flew Swissair to ATH four years ago and it was amazing compared to anything I had experienced before. I'm hoping the service on LX will be comprabable, but if it isn't, I won't be disappointed.

The service on Swiss is comparable to SR's old service. It still is really good, so no worries. FAs are nice, the planes are nice and food is usually good. Hope you'll have a nice flight! Take care
PipoA380



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User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1767 times:

Thank you all very much! In regards to Baw17's comment about me getting stuck in a middle seat if I don't already have a seat assignment, Swiss will not give seat assignments before the day of the flight. I am in their computer to receive a window seat, but at this point they have not made assignments. Will I receive a window seat if I check in several hours early? I have three hours in MIA. Also, why would I not be able to check in at the AA desk in ATL?

User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5569 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1761 times:

Quoting Airplanetire (Thread starter):
3) I have one hour and 55 minutes in ZRH between the arrival of my flight from MIA to the departure of my flight to NUE. Since the NUE flight is on a regional jet, will I have to change terminals? How long does this take? Will I have to clear customs and immigration to get to this terminal? Finally, even if I don't have to but I decide to anyway to get to a viewing deck, do I have enough time?

When your flight from MIA is not delayed you will have plenty of time. Most probably you arrive at Dock E and have to transfer to the bus gates A. You need to take the people mover, but this is really fast. It runs every three minutes and the journey takes only 2 minutes. Then you will come to the Airside Center which is new and really great (a lot of shops and restaurants and a beautiful view). From there you can walk to the bus gates A in ap. 5 minutes. You won't have to clear any customs or immigration at Zurich, you always stay on the "airside". Of course you have to go through security again at the new gate, but this is good organized here and it won't take too much time. For this you will probably even have time to shop or to drink something at the Airside Center. If you wanted to go to the viewing deck you have to do it right after deboarding at the E gates (assuming you arrive out there). If not you can take the underground train. As I already said, when you arrive in time it should be possible.

Quoting Airplanetire (Thread starter):
4) How is the service on Swiss? I flew Swissair to ATH four years ago and it was amazing compared to anything I had experienced before. I'm hoping the service on LX will be comprabable, but if it isn't, I won't be disappointed.

The service is not that as it was at the late Swissair. But it is still very good. The flight attendants are friendly. In the last few months I flew LX and AA over the pond both in economy. Swiss was fare better than AA. Enjoy your flight.

[Edited 2005-06-09 15:49:33]

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