I checked in around 1045am as I got to the airport early. I decided to go for a stroll to the new Pier D to see what it was like.
View of SR Technics hanger
My first impressions of this new facility are good. Its bright , clean . clinical and has a few facilities such as Cafe and vending machines. I guess in time we will see more things down there. I hope they do not clutter it up though with cheap stalls!! It is a long walk from the main building. You need to allow 10-15mins at least.
After that I decided to go to the BMI lounge.
After that I decided to go to the Anna Livia lounge as it has Net access.
If you have a Star Gold card you can use both lounges. The snacks and coffee and Net access are all a big plus in the Anna Livia lounge. The BMI lounge gets a bit boring although I prefer the decor and views from the BMI one.
Time to head to the B gates to board::
Greeted as usual by a smiling and efficient Swiss crew ....
View of Y class
Crew came round with water and refresher towels.
After 5 mins the pilot came on the PA and advised we would be delayed upto 25 mins due to restrictions at ZRH. Right after that a crew member came and asked us if we would like a drink from the bar and appologised for the delay. I was very impressed by this . I opted for Champagne and was given some chocolates also.
By the time that was finished we were pushed back ::
After take off, meal time ::
This is one of my favourite dishes served on Swiss so I was glad to see it was on todays flight ::
Another favourite of mine !!
The flight went quite quickly and during the flight I was talking to some Irish business men and they all said they preffered Swiss over other carriers. They use them to Europe and the Far East. As we came into ZRH the pilot came over the PA and announced we would land on a unusual runway as there were very strong winds in the ZRH area. He sure was not lying because we have a very bumpy approach and the AC was swinging every direction. We had a smooth touchdown though !!!
Upon landing I disembarked the aircraft and went to the immigration . When I saw the que I was shocked!! It was totally packed. The problem is that the area is very narrow and Swiss/EU and foreigners get mixed up in one line until its too late to get into the right lane. Some people were in the wrong lanes and got sent back. It really was a push and shove experience. I got through after 15 mins.
I had a 6 hour connection in ZRH so I took the train to Zurich city to see the Christmas Markets.
After a couple of hours back to the Airport ::
After an hour it was time to head to the gate for my flight to SKG. We were delayed for 25 mins due to connecting passengers.
Boarding was slow as the flight was full. Mostly Greeks a mix of suits and tourists returning home.
I was Greeted with a smile and shortly after bottles of water and refresher towels were handed out.
Newspapers were handed out incl. Greek ones and they were from the region of Greece the flight was going to. I thought this was a nice touch. The local paper is called ''Macedonia'' as Thessaloniki is in the Northern Greek province of Macedonia.
We were warned of very strong winds and that take off would be very bumpy. As we took off we certainly felt it and people in the J class cabin were looking at eachother. It was the roughest I have felt for a while.
Aftter we reached our crusing altitude we were served dinner::
We made our approach across the border of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and entered Greek airspace.
We disembarked onto the bus.
I passed through passport control and customs in 3-4 Mins then had a stroll around the airport and outside.
I wish they would renovate this Carravelle and open it as an exibition :::
After that I went to the Swiss check in to obtain the EUR8 voucher you get as the lounges are closed.
I used it to buy some Greece Cheese pies and a drink. Which I loved. Then time to go back through passport control.
We boarded by bus again and I was met by the same friendly crew. I had already told them I was coming back again and they thought it was funny . They offered me pillows and blankets as they knew I would be tired. The crew member told me should would serve me breakfast quickly after take off so that I could sleep.
After that I went to sleep and I had a row of 3 to myself so I pushed up the arm rests and made a bed!!
We landed in ZRH again very windy. I was pleased that we pulled up beside the EURO 2008 Livery !!
Walking to the immigration area I saw this :::
Time to hit the Swiss arrivals lounge for a hot shower ::
After that well needed refresher I headed out into the arrivals area. At that time in the morning you have to take a long walk to another arrivals area as the one near to the passport control is closed . I went to get my boarding pass from the SSK.
This time I decided to go to the LH Star Gold lounge ::
SandroZRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 10519 times:
Another nice TR of yours, glad you enjoyed LX as always We indeed had strong winds over the last few days but it has calmed down by now. You landed on runway28 inbound from DUB which is indeed only used during special wind conditions. You actually approach over my house, i might have seen your flight from my room
Another 8000 miles earned, and I see that you have another run coming up.
ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5585 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 10459 times:
Thanks. Great trip report.
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter): When I saw the que I was shocked!! It was totally packed. The problem is that the area is very narrow and Swiss/EU and foreigners get mixed up in one line until its too late to get into the right lane. Some people were in the wrong lanes and got sent back. It really was a push and shove experience. I got through after 15 mins.
This is very unusual for ZRH. I think I never waited more than 5 min for immigration. When you know the airport well you could skip this lane and try the other immigration.
ManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1245 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10221 times:
Nice report with some great photos. I was considering doing a similar run on LX to ATH but decided against it. Hopefully I won't come up short mileage wise when my year ends (If I do I'll just have to go to LAS . I guess the trip netted you around 8000 BD miles?
Buck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 886 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 9804 times:
Another great LX trip report. I also really want to try out LX. Hopefully next time I fly to India, I can try their new service to DEL.
thanks for this report. It was great and the pictures were also awesome...
Toulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2761 posts, RR: 57
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9500 times:
Great report OA260!
Glad to see the photos of the new Pier D at Dublin. I've been through Dublin twice in the past couple of weeks and still haven't had the chance to^pop down to see it for myself... shame on me!
As usual Swiss service looked great! You make me so envious and each time I read your Swiss report I start thinking of ways to get back to Switzerland, undoubtedly my favourite country, and to fly Swiss. As I've said before, I haven't flown the "new" Swiss, while I did fly Swissair and Crossair frequently and they were great... did you fly the airline befor eits collapse/change? Are there many changes in service?
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4386 posts, RR: 50
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9207 times:
What a great report. But about crazy people... flying to Greece in the middle of the night and returning immediately
Food and service looks perfectly! LX crews are good as always, but up till now I never got the chance to experience C class on them. Lounges are good too, nothing to complain about it seems.
Thanks for sharing, and have a good rest
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
B747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17425 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8850 times:
Brilliant TR as usually OA260.
I really love it.
The pics and videos are just great.
As you mention the new pier is bright , clean . clinical, but it needs more facilities.
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter): After 5 mins the pilot came on the PA and advised we would be delayed upto 25 mins due to restrictions at ZRH. Right after that a crew member came and asked us if we would like a drink from the bar and appologised for the delay
That is just great, and shows how good service LX have.
I am really impressed by LX food service. It seems really tasty.
Wow, as you say the winds was really strong, from what I can see in the video.
The city of ZRH is really nice. Have ti visit it in the future during winter.
StefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8728 times:
Great detailed report and very good pics as usual. Congratulations! Seems to be lots of A.netters are on a mileage run at the end of the year. So I am on a mileage run, too.
Did you check in for the SKG-ZRH leg in ZRH already? I even thought of doing an overnight roundtrip, too. But often the aircraft is going back within one hour and this is not much time to do passport controlls and checking in for the return flight. Perhaps the check-in counters are already closed then.