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LX Upgrade! Montreal-Zurich In First On The A333  
User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32546 times:

After a great flight from Zurich to Montreal it was time to give Swiss business another try, this time on a night flight. First part of this trip can be found here:

Swiss A330-300 Zurich-Montreal In Business (by SloAir May 1 2011 in Trip Reports)

I was not sure if I would write a trip report about this flight at all, my first plan was to cover both legs in one report, but some nice surprises from Swiss and interesting events at YUL made this flight deserve a trip report of its own.
We arrived at the airport well ahead of our scheduled departure time, even so early that check-in was not opened yet.

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So we walked around the airport a bit until the desks opened. We were the first to check in at the business class counter.

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My brother and I have silver status with Miles&More. So after our bags were tagged all the way to LJU, the agent told us that they have a very special offer today, if we are interested. They are offering upgrades to first class for just 1500 dollars per person!

Well the price was too high for us to even consider that so we politely declined. Then she told us that since the flight is heavily overbooked, they will have to upgrade some of us anyway and if we do not mind being separated (two in first and two in business). We asked if it would be possible for the two without status to get upgraded, and she said that she will check. She also told us they will call us at the gate and give us two new boarding passes.

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Security was not busy and we were airside in no time.

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Swiss business class passengers can use Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge, but it was not opened yet when we arrived so we waited at one of many seating areas.

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When we arrived it was sunny and hot outside, but very quickly black clouds started to fill the sky and rain started to fall pretty heavily.

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Since I only had breakfast and it was around 14:30 so I went to get something to eat. After that the lounge was opened and it had great views of the active runway and some taxiways.

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The storm cleared and the sun was shining again.

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Air Canada and Air Transat.

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I went to one of the computers (you have to put in your name and flight number to get free access) to check the status of the inbound flight. 2 minutes left it said so I waited by the window with my camera ready and in two minutes LX A333 touched down at YUL.

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I will flight on both of these aircraft in the next 24 hours – A333 to ZRH and CRJ2 to LJU.

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It was interesting watching various aircraft at YUL.

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The lounge with enough seating for everybody.

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My business boarding pass.

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The wind was blowing quite heavily and a rolling baggage container got our attention.

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It also got the attention of airport workers.

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After flying and rolling for quite some time it stopped in the middle of the field.

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Aircraft were still taxiing by as nothing has happened. Isn't it dangerous that the engines would suck in these containers? I've seen pictures of this happening before.

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What to do?

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Just as the driver sat in the car the baggage container started to move again.

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The driver started to race after it and was able to intercept it on the next taxiway.

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Under control.

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Here comes backup.

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Meanwhile AF B777 from CDG arrived.

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While the baggage container was still sitting at the taxiway.

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During the debate.

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And they have finally managed to get the runaway container under control.

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Victory formation!

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Probably going to the garbage yard.

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Back to the aircraft pictures.

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Interesting events weren't over though, a United Express aircraft decided to go around and abort its landing attempt.

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Maybe because of the too strong wind?

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I left the lounge 15 before everyone else to go check about our upgrade and take some more pictures.

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Today's flight will be operated by HB-JHH.

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Gate area. A full flight today.

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I then went to the gate where there were around 4-5 LX employees and a lot of boarding passes were lying around the table. I asked a young girl standing at the side that I want to check on the status of our upgrade that was discussed at check-in. She asked to see my boarding passes, so I gave two of them to her and she found two new boarding passes for first class to me. I then asked if it would be no problem if two other persons than those on the boarding pass would sit in first class, and she said we can even change during the flight.

Then, an older agent that we saw at check-in earlier asked to see all of my boarding passes. I gave her all four of them and she shuffled them a bit among others and gave me back four new ones. 'You are all seated in row 2.' I slowly looked at each boarding pass as you would do with poker cards, and each one had a bold text on top of them saying 'FIRST'. We have all been upgraded!

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My first First boarding pass!

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After everyone arrived we just stood in the premium boarding queue and boarding started shortly after. The lady that checked us in smiled and said ‘It worked out great for you’  http://www.shrani.si/f/1I/dU/28mfDTLS/151.jpg

Since there are only 8 seats in LX F class, we will be occupying 50% of the cabin http://www.shrani.si/f/2y/DW/ZyoXj3l/152.jpg

I've only turned left once after entering an aircraft, when I was seated in the nose of a 747.

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First problem in First – how to take a picture of the whole seat?

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I was so excited that I was just clicking, clicking, clicking, …

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First impresion – amazing.

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My seat/suite 2K

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What would you like to drink? Orange juice please.

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The light makes you feel as you were at home on your favorite couch.

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First menu.

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I really regretted that I had lunch at the airport when reading the menu.

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Headphones and touch screen seat controls.

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Boarding completed, count is correct. It felt like a private jet, I did not see anybody board the aircraft after us.

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KLM has just introduced a new page for Slovenia. You can now book flights with Ljubljana as departure airport and you can connect to all KLM flights. This might be a good opportunity to try them  I would love to fly on the MD11 before they go out of service.

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The first Airliner World magazine that I bought had an article about First Air. A lot of years later this was the first time I saw one of their aircraft in person. I would love to fly them as well http://www.shrani.si/f/22/CR/32rFXN9f/166.jpg

We had to wait for this Air Transat to depart.

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Here it goes.

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Then this little guy landed (sorry about the blurry picture) and it was our turn.

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Bye bye YUL.

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Great view of the airport terminal.

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We took a turn to the right.

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And we were treated of some more great views of YUL.

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The views out of the window were again amazing so I'll just let the pictures do the talking for a while.

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Privacy screen between the two middle seats.

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No smoking & seat belt signs are turned in both directions, if someone is sitting at the ottoman.

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View of the cabin from my seat. It was great we were in the second row because they cannot see you from the first row and I knew all the passengers in second row so I was able to take as many pictures as I liked without being looked at as an idiot or terrorist.

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Touch screen seat controls.

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You have a do not disturb function.

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You press this button…

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…and the biggest table I have ever seen on an aircraft appears.

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Content of the amenity kit.

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The IFE is the same as in business class.

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Still the best IFE.

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Unfortunately, clouds started to block my view. They do take some interesting forms these clouds.

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Privacy screen at my seat.

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Nothing to see outside anymore…

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The Airshow was working on this flight.

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Table set.

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Huge screen.

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Airshow on LX is great, it even shows information about the places you fly over.

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Clouds, clouds,…

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Both privacy screens deployed. It really feels private.

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I was still quite full from lunch at the airport, so I only opted for the main course – Fillet of beef with Cafe de Paris butter, Parisienne potatoes, baby carrots and sugar-snap peas.



It will soon get dark outside.

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My seat in relaxed mode.

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We decided to use the option of dining together and ate desert at seats 2A&D. It was really great having desert the same way we would have at a restaurant, just at 38,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean.

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You can control the height of the ottoman when seating at another seat.

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Night was almost here.

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I like this light, it gives a special feeling.

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Going into the dark.

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Vanilla cheesecake and fresh fruit compote.

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World map at the wall.

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Max, our flight attendant, told me after dinner that whenever I would like he can make my bed, I just have to tell him. So when he came to pick up our deserts I asked him if he could make my bed now, while I went to check the toilets. I usually do not take my camera into the toilets, but as I was taking pictures of us having dinner together on the other side of the aircraft was a great excuse to go to the bathroom and take some pictures.

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No paper towels in first.

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Now a bit embarrassing moment for me – after I was done and wanted to return to my seat, the curtains were closed. I wanted to pass them on the left, but was unable, so I tried the right side, but they were firmly attached. So I just took some pictures as I was alone in the galley.

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Then Max came through the curtains (through the middle!). I never thought of that . All the excitement of first class I guess. So I just put my 'oh I was just about to pass' face on and returned to my seat 

This flying bed looks so great.

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The flight was going by just too fast.

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When the duty free guy passed buy I asked for the plane model. He told me A330-300. After getting clear that I am well aware of the plane model, but want to buy a plane model, I quickly received my souvenir for this flight. It was an A343 though, but it does not matter.

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View at my seat/suit in the lie-flat position with the bed set.

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I took one last picture before going to sleep for about two hours. The map has the location of Titanic crash in 1912 marked.

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I slept great for those two hours and would have no problems sleeping more, but we were already over Europe when I woke up for the first time.

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So I spend the last hour and a half of the flight just watching the moving map.

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Mood lights were turned one hour before arrival. But they were changed to normal lights so quickly I did not even have time to take a picture.

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This flight was too short.

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Look to the left – two sleeping and one reading.

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It was not completely dark outside anymore.

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There are no overhead bins in the middle.

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Hot towel service.

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Right engine in the morning light.

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Almost there.



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User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32710 times:

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As always, descent into Zurich offered some great views.

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Great training center. If only we had one like this…

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Well, the flight was sadly over, but I still had one more thing to do – I talked to Max during the flight and asked if it could be possible to visit the cockpit after we land. He said it should be no problem, that we would be disembarking from door 1L anyway and I should just wait there. And as promised when I walked to the front, Max said to wait a second, he checked with the captain and I was allowed to enter.

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This was my first time in the cockpit of any wide body aircraft, so I was very excited. The pilots seemed very friendly but I was unable to say anything but 'thank you' (twice ).

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I also said I had a great flight and then left the aircraft through door 1L.

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What a great flight this was http://www.shrani.si/f/U/kn/2dXgONwJ/271.jpg

Some last pictures of HB-JHH.

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Back to reality. LX flight from NRT also landed at the same time as ours and a lot of people were waiting for the train to the main terminal.

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The train has just arrived but we decided to wait for the next one, that arrived just minutes later.

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It looks very chaotic and crowded, but it was not like that. The train was not overcrowded and after arriving immigration had a lot of counters working so I was through in less than five minutes after coming off the train.

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We spent the four hours before the flight back to Ljubljana in the very familiar business lounge at transfer center A, where we spent the whole day in December.

Business class is a great way to travel, but first class is just amazing. However, I do not think that the price difference reflects the service difference. You do get a better seat, more privacy, more food choices,… but I do not think it is worth paying 3x more than for business class.

Swiss is a great airline – both in business and in first the crew was excellent, service was great, food amazing, seats were very comfortable. If I will ever have a chance to choose Swiss form y travels I will not hesitate to book a flight with them.

After the cancelled trip in December My LX A333 C Flight Cancelled LJU-ZRH-JFK-ZRH-LJU (by SloAir Dec 27 2010 in Trip Reports) we were a bit disappointed with them. Of course it was not their fault that there was a big snow storm in New York at that time, but we would at least expect an email, as the one I received from AF/KLM, with an apology for our inconvenience or some compensation miles. But with this upgrade for all four of us Swiss totally redeemed itself 

Thank you for reading my report, I hope you have enjoyed.

Blaž

My previous reports:
Swiss A330-300 Zurich-Montreal In Business (by SloAir May 1 2011 in Trip Reports)
Singapore B777-300ER Munich-Manchester And JP,U2 (by SloAir Apr 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
One Of The Last CO Trip Reports? IAH-LAS B753 (by SloAir Feb 14 2011 in Trip Reports)
My LX A333 C Flight Cancelled LJU-ZRH-JFK-ZRH-LJU (by SloAir Dec 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
CO B767-400 BusinessFirst From Houston To Paris (by SloAir Nov 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Houston, We Have A Problem! 12 Hour Delay On CO 5 (by SloAir Nov 14 2010 in Trip Reports)
Adria Airways New Airbus 319 (LJU-MUC-BCN-LJU) (by SloAir Aug 30 2010 in Trip Reports)
LJU-CDG-LHR-CDG-FRA-LJU On JP, AF(A380) And LH (by SloAir Jul 5 2010 in Trip Reports)



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6658 posts, RR: 78
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 32025 times:

Hi Blaž,

very interesting report about LX F Class, I really like the airline's choice of materials and colors. You were really lucky to get upgraded. I wouldn't have paid 1500 Euro either for that relatively short transatlantic hop.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I was still quite full from lunch at the airport, so I only opted for the main course – Fillet of beef with Cafe de Paris butter, Parisienne potatoes, baby carrots and sugar-snap peas.

Where are the food pictures???

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Meanwhile AF B777 from CDG arrived.

New livery and grey replacement engine cowling...that looks so cheap!  




PH



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 904 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 31585 times:

Hi Blaz, that was an exellent report with beautiful pictures! You deserved that upgrade after the last incident! Hope you are well! Cheers, William


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User currently offlineLazialeMKD From Macedonia, joined Oct 2009, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 31000 times:

Great report, great details and obviously nice experience for you with LX. Thanks for sharing


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User currently offlinerufusisgod From Ireland, joined Nov 2008, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 30949 times:

Does anyone know what that blanket type of cover over the L1 door is?

I've never seen this before.


User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 30929 times:

Hi Blaz.

Well what a nice outcome for you and your party. Very cool to get the upgrade to F anytime.

I really enjoy the SWISS premium products though I have yet to try the new F. I was more than happy with the older F product but this looks really classy with lots of nice little touches and updates. Agree also regarding the personal light. Gives a really homely feel to the seat

Thanks for your report with some very good photos and plenty of detail.

Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlinejcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 30749 times:

Odd they have a baseball diamond in Zurich. I know they play baseball in Italy and The Netherlands, I didn't know the game was so popular in Switzerland that they have an actual baseball field.


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User currently offlineplanemad1 From UK - England, joined Dec 2010, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 30707 times:

Congratulations on your first First! An enjoyable read.

User currently offlineGVAJFKflyer From Switzerland, joined Aug 2009, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 30597 times:

I'm very happy for you ! Sounds like you deserved this upgrade. Glad you enjoyed your trip in SWISS First. They really are the best.

User currently offlinemusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 30504 times:

Quoting rufusisgod (Reply 5):
Does anyone know what that blanket type of cover over the L1 door is?

I've never seen this before.

I have seen this on my flights with LX to HKG, I was in Y and this blanket thing was placed on the rear doors near the galley to keep the galley warm - I asked one of the FAs at that time as I have never seen it before. I never seen this on other airlines too.

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User currently offlinecallbell From Germany, joined Mar 2008, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 30376 times:

Great flight report..... Thanks for sharing that., really enjoyed it.

User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 30084 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
I really like the airline's choice of materials and colors. You were really lucky to get upgraded.

Thank you for your comment PlaneHunter, the Swiss cabin really looks nice.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Where are the food pictures???

I'm not sure where the food picture disappeared. I'll try again:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
New livery and grey replacement engine cowling...that looks so cheap!

And the plane was dirty. Air France living up to their reputation  
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 3):
Hi Blaz, that was an exellent report with beautiful pictures! You deserved that upgrade after the last incident! Hope you are well! Cheers, William

Thank you William 
Quoting LazialeMKD (Reply 4):
Great report, great details and obviously nice experience for you with LX. Thanks for sharing

Thank you LazaileMKD  
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 6):
Thanks for your report with some very good photos and plenty of detail.

Thanks  I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting jcs17 (Reply 7):
Odd they have a baseball diamond in Zurich. I know they play baseball in Italy and The Netherlands, I didn't know the game was so popular in Switzerland that they have an actual baseball field.

I'm sure they have even more than one field in Switzerland. We have a baseball field here in Slovenia, nearby where I live.

Quoting planemad1 (Reply 8):
Congratulations on your first First! An enjoyable read.

Thank you 
Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 9):
They really are the best.

I can only agree  
Quoting callbell (Reply 11):
Great flight report..... Thanks for sharing that., really enjoyed it.

Thanks, I'm happy you liked it.

Regards,
Blaž

[Edited 2011-05-04 13:54:49]


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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1070 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 30017 times:

In Y LX long haul is very "average."

User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1883 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 29470 times:
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Great report, SloAir!

How lucky about the upgrade to F. Swiss F looks very nice! Looks like you had a nice evening for flying too ...

Quoting SloAir (Reply 12):
The map has the location of Titanic crash in 1912 marked.

Very cool! Never seen that before on any other "moving map"

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 28984 times:

Great report & great pictures, Blaž and congrats on your first ever flight in first, definitely something you'll remember for the rest of your life. LX F looks very classy, a fantastic place to spend your hours in the sky.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
it even shows information about the places you fly over.

NZ also has this, it's very cool.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineka From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 655 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 28456 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
The map has the location of Titanic crash in 1912 marked.

OMG!
Do they also show the position of the SR111 crash site?!
Would be as bad...

Ka.



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User currently offline777ORD From United States of America, joined May 2010, 460 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 27925 times:

Wow! Amazing TR! I will admit. Your photo's really give the view of 'first person' so to speak.

I bet you wish that trip NEVER ended!!!

Having worked for SWISSPORT and flown on LX via a ZED fare (in Y). I was impressed with the basic Y service from ORD-ZRH, let alone what you experienced.

Thanks again! And thanks for bringing back old memories!


User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 27413 times:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 13):
In Y LX long haul is very "average."

My older brother flew MIA-ZRH in Y and was very impressed. But he flew with a LH B747 on the way there, I guess it is not hard to beat the old LH interior without PTVs.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 14):
Great report, SloAir!

Thank you Matthew 
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 15):
Great report & great pictures, Blaž and congrats on your first ever flight in first, definitely something you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Thanks, I will remember this flight forever, I doubt I will fly first class again anytime soon.

Quoting 777ORD (Reply 17):
Wow! Amazing TR! I will admit. Your photo's really give the view of 'first person' so to speak.

Thank you 
Quoting 777ORD (Reply 17):
I bet you wish that trip NEVER ended!!!

6 hours and 40 minutes were just not enough for me   I would not mind flying a bit longer  

Thank you for all your feedback and best regards,
Blaž



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User currently offlinenipoel123 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2011, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 26226 times:

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I would love to fly on the MD11 before they go out of service.

You're not the only one! This report makes we want to try out LX as well



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17008 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 26173 times:

Awesome TR.

Really like the pics.

LX FIRST looks great.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I would love to fly on the MD11 before they go out of service.



I am with you on that one. Will try to get on one of KL's MD11s as soon as possible.



Thank you for sharing

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User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 25587 times:

Quoting nipoel123 (Reply 19):
You're not the only one! This report makes we want to try out LX as well

If you will have a chance I recommend it 
Quoting B747forever (Reply 20):

Awesome TR.

Really like the pics.

LX FIRST looks great.

Thank you B747forever, I agree about LX First 

Blaž



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2433 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 24095 times:

Zdravo Blaž,

Oh wow, your own private F cabin! It reminds me of my experience with Qatar last year from Doha to Munich. Herman and I were the only ones in F!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
but some nice surprises from Swiss and interesting events at YUL made this flight deserve a trip report of its own.

Yes, this flight has deserved it!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
so we waited at one of many seating areas.

I don’t think it would not be that bad to spend some time there. Comfortable seating with many shops around.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
It was interesting watching various aircraft at YUL.

Yay, another A.net minded lounge! YUL’s AC Maple Leaf lounge!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The wind was blowing quite heavily and a rolling baggage container got our attention.

Yikes! Imagine the container being sucked into one of the engines or just smashing into an aircraft nose.   



Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Then, an older agent that we saw at check-in earlier asked to see all of my boarding passes. I gave her all four of them and she shuffled them a bit among others and gave me back four new ones. 'You are all seated in row 2.' I slowly looked at each boarding pass as you would do with poker cards, and each one had a bold text on top of them saying 'FIRST'. We have all been upgraded!

That must have been a much better solution, haven’t it?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
First problem in First – how to take a picture of the whole seat?

Just point and shoot!   



Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
What would you like to drink? Orange juice please.

I would have chosen champagne. Hey, what did the nice appetizer consist of?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
This might be a good opportunity to try them I would love to fly on the MD11 before they go out of service.

I would say, do it. I have never been on it myself.  



Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The first Airliner World magazine that I bought had an article about First Air

How appropriate! First magazine about First Air.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I was able to take as many pictures as I liked without being looked at as an idiot or terrorist.

I don’t think your companion would regard you as an idiot after the upgrade.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Table set.

How was it carried out? On a tray or did the crew members place the utensils one by one?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I was still quite full from lunch at the airport, so I only opted for the main course – Fillet of beef with Cafe de Paris butter, Parisienne potatoes, baby carrots and sugar-snap peas.

Blaž, why did you stuff yourself in the lounge despite the upgrade hint at the check in?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
seats 2A&D

Lovely, I did not know the seats could be turned facing each other.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I like this light, it gives a special feeling.

On board lounge feeling, wasn’t it?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I usually do not take my camera into the toilets, but as I was taking pictures of us having dinner together on the other side of the aircraft was a great excuse to go to the bathroom and take some pictures.

On board, I always have my camera with me the whole time. You would never know what you might come across.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Now a bit embarrassing moment for me – after I was done and wanted to return to my seat, the curtains were closed. I wanted to pass them on the left, but was unable, so I tried the right side, but they were firmly attached. So I just took some pictures as I was alone in the galley.

I can imagine it. By the way, nice overview shot of the galley.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
What a great flight this was

  

Hvala. Thanks for sharing this unique experience! I hope I would have the luck one day.

Cheers,
Suryo

[Edited 2011-05-16 12:23:36]


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User currently offlinefbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3697 posts, RR: 28
Reply 23, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 23740 times:

Very nice report and pictures! I had to laugh when the agent offered a special upgrade, then immediately fessed up and gave it to you anyways! If the airlines are offering special on the day deals they're probably overbooked and looking to garner a few extra bucks out of the situation, rather than give it away.

The situation with the baggage container was rather amusing!

The 'new' Swiss F product does look very quintessentially Swiss, very nice    Should probably burn my mountain of bmi miles on it soon...



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User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1044 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 23574 times:

Amazing beautiful First class product. One of the best out there.
I love Reidel!
Many thanks for sharing your wonderful experience.
Brgds,
nethkt



Let's just blame it on yields.
25 Post contains images SloAir : Nice to see some more comments, thank you for your feedback. It would not be the first time, I was surprised that they let aircraft taxi by. I found t
26 Post contains images stipica : Živio Blaž ! I am so jealous so no comment from me ...hehehhe ... But container story is a extraordinary ...I am glad that you all get upgrade ... S
27 Post contains images RvXKaz : Hi Blaž! I just got off reading your outbound trip and I am delighted to hear you had an awesome journey inbound! From this point on, I knew you were
28 Post contains images SloAir : I had the same feeling Thank you very much for your nice thoughts, I really appreciate it. Best regards, Blaž
29 Post contains images abrelosojos : WOW! Pretty impressive trip report! And, I have never heard a family of four upgraded to First - so pretty impressive overall. I wish these things hap
30 Post contains images SloAir : Hi Abrelosojos, thank you for reading and commenting my report. I agree, based on my experience, other trip report and what friends have told me LX is
31 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Sloair, What an enjoyable read, love your style of writing! Nice idea about entering your name & flight number to use the internet at YUL. Love
32 gabrielchew : It was great for all four of you to get an upgrade to First, especially as only two of you are FTL. Chances of that happening are pretty small I think
33 sfflyer123 : Great TR. It does not look like there was a pre-arrival meal, however. Did they do food service just before arrival?
34 Babybus : Great report. LX first looks really good and I was impressed by their menu. That bed does look very comfy. You know I'd not be too happy to see these
35 Post contains images SloAir : Hi Infodesk, thank you for your kind comment. Since I just had a math exam at my university I can calculate the probability of this happening again a
36 abrelosojos : = Blaž, thanks again for posting this. Looks great! Saludos, A.
37 christao17 : Looks like the most elegant first class interior I've ever seen. From the lamp to the wood panels, it is perfectly understated! Thanks for sharing.
38 Post contains images SloAir : You're welcome I agree, it is a pleasure to spend a few hours in LX first class. Blaž
39 MSS658 : Wonderful trip report, This counts for this one as well as the ZRH-YUL sector. Look you all got that upgrade to F. Hope you've enjoyed it.
40 SloAir : Thank you, MSS658. We tried to enjoy it as much as we could. Blaž
41 knightsofmalta : Hi Blaz Thanks for the interesting trip report. Now that's what I call poetic justice. After the fiasco on your first attempt to make it to YUL it's o
42 Post contains images SloAir : Hi William, thank you for your comment. Swiss sure did redeemed itself with this unexpected upgrade, their first class is an amazing product, but I th
43 Coal : Hi SloAir Great trip report and lucky you! I must say the lamp shade makes the seat look really, really cozy, when most of the other F cabins looks a
44 SloAir : Hi Coal, thanks for your reply. The world map and the lamp do put a specially warm feeling into the first class cabin. Regards, Blaž
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