HAM From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 293 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 12866 times:
This is my report of a trip to Tanzania last week. I flew there with a friend who had completed his Bachelor Thesis at LX and was rewarded with 2 tickets on the worldwide LX network. The tickets were confirmed Y tickets with an upgrade in case of availability. So here it is:
We left St. Gallen early in the morning on the Intercity train to ZRH. Arrived at the airport at 8:00, went to Check-in 1 and were checked in at 8:50.
The friendly check-in guy first gave us Y boarding passes with seats somewhere in the 30s rows but told us that an upgrade at the gate would be likely.
Passport control, then the Skymetro train to the E-gates, security check surprisingly fast compared to my usual ZRH experience. At Gate E43, the agent immediately gave us C boarding passes, seats 8J and 8K. We were asked not to board immediately, as the check-in wasn´t closed yet, but nobody checked in any more and we kept our seats.
HB-IQA at the gate
Pax in line for boarding
We boarded and were welcomed by a friendly crew. The seats were the old blue C seats which were comfortable but outdated when you compare them to other airlines' products.
After a champagne we took off from Rwy 34
and turned left over Zurich, then had a nice view on Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)
and the Alps.
Over the Alps
The routing took us via the entire Italian peninsula with views on the islands of Capri and Ischia, later the Stromboli and Etna volcanoes. We entered Africa over Libya
and overflew the Equator short before NBO
Crossing the Equator as seen on the Air Show
where we landed at around 6:00 PM local time.
The meal service was surprisingly basic but tasty. I had a mixed salad,
then Red Snapper with risotto and vegetables as a main course (really good but served sort of cramped in a bowl),
and a simple fruit salad for dessert.
Nothing bad, but I had expected a more exclusive presentation. I was especially disappointed by the way the crew served the main course: Not individually from a tray, but from the trolley and they removed the aluminium cover just on the trolley. I don´t really want to complain, because I was the one who least deserved sitting in the C cabin having paid nothing and just being the one who accompanied a guy who wrote a Thesis at LX, but I had thought LX would be a premium carrier of sorts. Anyway, especially the chief purserette (her first name was Monica, I think) made up for all of this with her very charming service. She also gave us some advice about what to do in DAR, since we had an entire day to spend there before flying to Zanzibar (see my separate TR which will come soon).
Cabin somewhere in-flight
Before landing in NBO, my camera battery was empty (forgot to charge it before the flight, what a shame). It was already dark, but there were some interesting planes, such as a Polet AN124, a Volare AN12 (how did they get that company name?) and some smaller cargo planes, as well as an ET 757 and some Kenya Airways aircraft.
After less than 30 minutes and the exit of about half the C pax, we were off blocks again and continued our journey to DAR, where we landed after an unspectacular flight of about 50 minutes. In DAR, all I could see was an Air Tanzania B737-200. We said goodbye to the friendly crew and entered the outdated DAR terminal. Immigration was a breeze for me, since I had organized my Visa back home - which was of no use, since I had to wait outside for more than an hour (at least my camera came back to life for one more picture, see below) until my friend had gotten his Visa from the immigration control. We took a taxi to our hotel which cost 15 US$ after a bit of bargaining.
Here you see the Arrivals exit in DAR - look at the Suahili words for ´tips´!
I hope this was of interest. Comments and questions are welcome. There will be trip reports about the flight from DAR to ZNZ (Zanair, Cessna 404), ZNZ to DAR (Coastal Aviation, Cessna Caravan) and DAR to ZRH (again LX, C class).
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12352 times:
Nice trip report regarding LX....l must note a few things...first of all maybe the service was "basic but tasty"....well I noticed that you had a green salad with olive oil...well I couldn't ask for more....a green salad MUST only be spiced with olive oil and salt ( fleur du sal would have been wonderfull...)! That fish looks great..but I would preffer to have it with little boiled potatoes and ..again olive oil...rice on the fish is something that I love but...only with fried fish! Desert looks really healthy! Regarding the flight, I was just comparing with my flight to FIH with AF, we flew also the A330-200 ( great airplane indeed...) and mostly we went the same path...we actually flew more on the "tunisian" side but that's quite understandable....swiss might have permition to overfly Libia and AF don't!!! Anyway, it's a pitty that you couldn't take pictures in DAR, but I understand that really well...I couldn't take any at FIH either ( only inside the airplane..) and I tell you I walked so close to some awesome airplanes that I still today feel so sorry...but there was no way!
Thanks again for your report.
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30014 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 12095 times:
Hi there thanks for the TR. The meal actually looks very similar to meals I have been given on LX European flights in J class. I really enjoyed them . I do take your point about trolley service etc... maybe they should carry the trays like on other carriers. I have to say that LX crew are IMHO some of the best in the industry.
Did you have a choice of fish and meat???
Was the recline good and space between the seats ok???
The C class seats are indeed a dissapointment considering its Swiss!!! These will change starting November from what Ive read on here and other webites.
Quoting LX64A332 (Reply 3): Nice Trip Report! I am flying the same AC back home at Christmas MIA-ZRH v.v
I will be doing MIA-ZRH-DUB J class in November and will do a full TR. Will be great to compare experiences .
HAM From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 293 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11640 times:
Quoting OA260 (Reply 5): Did you have a choice of fish and meat???
Yes, actually there were two other choices: Beef fillet and Guinea Fowl breast
Quoting OA260 (Reply 5): Was the recline good and space between the seats ok???
The recline was more like a Z, kind of diagonal with two kinks. Space to the seat in front was more than fine, there was no privacy (no space or one of these little fold-out walls) against the seat next to me, however.
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30014 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 11563 times:
Quoting LX64A332 (Reply 6): Im wondering if you'll get the configuration with just 3 rows of C in the back cabin, ex Sabena i believe right??
I know that C class on my flight begins in row 7 and I have seat 8D . Then there is a C cabin behind that which goes back to row 14 or 15 in C class .
Quoting HAM (Reply 8): Space to the seat in front was more than fine, there was no privacy (no space or one of these little fold-out walls) against the seat next to me, however.
Oh ok , Im sure I will enjoy it. I always enjoy my LX flights. Maybe I will have a meal a few hours before the flight just in case. Beef would be fine for me and as its an overnight flight I will be going to sleep anyway.
LXA340 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2006, 2152 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 10754 times:
Quoting LY777 (Reply 4): Great TR!
I am disappointed about the C class seat though, they look so obsolete!
LX is not going to replace the seats on the A332's as the planes will be replaced with brand new A333's from 2009 till 2011. However as the seat is really quite bad that it takes till 2011 is not good for a premium carier. At least the new C seats will offer a new product in all classes including fully flat seats in C and maybe by 2011 even the A340's will feature the same product as on the A333's which will make the entire long haul fleet offer a identical product.
True, Food out of ZRH is always very tasty but it could be more exclusive. We hear a lot about LX wanting to establish itself as a premium airline so there is definetly room for improvment for catering. C catering is nevertheless very good (Out of ZRH) and can keep up with other premium C classes however the chocie could be extended a bit. First Class catering is disapointing though, somethimes featuring the exact same dishes as in C.