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Superb Stübli & Crew: LAS-LAX-ZRH-MUC, LX J Class  
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
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Background
In the middle of the cold and snowy December 2010 my brother and I decided to escape to the US West Coast for a few days in early February. My brother hadn't been to that part of the country yet and he was very interested in visiting Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. I always enjoy going to California and saw the chance to meet some very good friends again. We came to the conclusion that it would be a good opportunity to exchange accumulated miles for Business Class tickets. After checking all possible flight options on the Miles & More website, it was clear that we would try SWISS' new intercontinental Business Class with lie-flat seats. That innovative product was available on all A330-300s and a few A340-300s. Destinations served by the retrofitted A343s in early February were San Francisco, Boston, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and New York (once weekly).

I was first considering to take an A330 flight to Chicago and an A340 flight from Los Angeles or San Francisco so that we would be able to get both types. But I quickly scrapped that idea because I didn't want to risk being stuck at Chicago in a possible snow storm. So we finally booked Munich-Zurich-San Francisco and Los Angeles-Zurich-Munich, operated by Swiss A340s, a Swiss European Avro RJ100 and a Lufthansa A319. At the end of the convenient booking process we were able to select our seats on all four sectors - and there were still many empty seats, so we got exactly what we wanted: single window seats on the flight to SFO and center seats in the two-row forward section (so-called "Stübli") on the return flight from LAX.  thumbsup 
Here's the seatmap:
http://www.swiss.com/web/EN/about_sw...ircraft/Pages/airbus_a340_new.aspx

After booking the long-haul flight combo, we added a few domestic hops. Of course I wanted to get some new airlines, so we decided to book a San Francisco-Denver-Las Vegas connection on Orbitz. There would have been cheaper options (including numerous nonstop flights), but Republic Airlines (Embraer 170) and Frontier Airlines (A319) were new carriers for me - and I had never been to Denver. Then we booked a cheap US Airways A319 flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. I would have preferred one of the few hops operated by Mesa Airlines CRJ900s in order to get another new airline, but departure times weren’t favorable.

Since my brother had never been to the Grand Canyon, he suggested to add a scenic flight from/to Las Vegas to our itinerary. After checking all available options, we booked a one-hour flight offered by Vision Holidays and operated by Vision Airlines. It wasn't cheap, but we were sure it would be a special experience - and I would get another new airline and even another new type, the rare Dornier 228.

Parts I, II and III can be found here:
Fully Flat Bed to SFO: SWISS' New Business Class
San Francisco Sunshine...and A Frontier Fiasco
Grand Canyon & More: Scenic Flight On Dornier 228





Sunday, February 2011
Las Vegas (LAS) - Los Angeles (LAX)
US Airways US104
Scheduled times: 10:50-12:02
Actual times: 10:46-11:51
Flight duration: 00:43 (hrs)
Distance: 236 miles
Economy Class, seat 21B

Airbus A319-132
N838AW (MSN 2615)
First delivered to America West Airlines in 11/2005


1st flight on N838AW
18th A319 flight
65th A32X flight



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More than two hours prior to departure, we took a shuttle from the Bellagio to the airport and went straight to the US Airways check-in kiosks. After paying $25 for each checked bag, we got our boarding passes with the pre-selected seats in the second last row. There weren't long lines at security, so we soon arrived in the gate area. After having breakfast, I started spotting while my brother took a few pictures.

Where else do you find such a scenery at an airport?

Picture taken by my brother


Las Vegas Sands Boeing 767-300ER in the background:

Picture taken by my brother


Picture taken by my brother


"Canyon Blue" is dominating at LAS:

Picture taken by my brother


I hadn't been expecting too much from that upcoming standard US Airways A319 flight, but I was positively surprised when N838AW showed up at our gate - it's one of several retro jets in the fleet. Well, the plane just wears America West’s last colorscheme, but it's still something special in the carrier’s 93-strong A319 fleet:



This logo next to the main door represents four carriers once merged into USAir/US Airways. Can you name them?


Here's the solution (clockwise from top): PSA Airlines, Piedmont Airlines, America West Airlines and Allegheny Airlines.

I noticed one friendly flight attendant when I entered the cabin, the others apparently weren't in good mood. The leather seats were okay...



...and legroom was acceptable for that short hop:


The flight was packed, I didn't see an empty seat in Economy Class. However, it would only be a short flight, so I didn't mind about being stuck in the middle seat.

In the background you can see a nice bunch of Boeing 737-600s operated by defense contractor EG&G and mostly used for shuttle flights to the Nevada Test Site, most notably Area 51:

Picture taken by my brother


More "Canyon Blue":

Picture taken by my brother


We took off from runway 1R...

Picture taken by my brother


...and soon turned left - it couldn't have been any better:

Picture taken by my brother


Picture taken by my brother


Picture taken by my brother


These buildings are huge:

Picture taken by my brother


Out into the desert again:

Picture taken by my brother


Picture taken by my brother


Here's what I found in the seat pocket. In-flight magazine...



...and buy-on-board menu (no sale on this flight):







Non-alcoholic drinks were served free of charge. Ginger ale for me, of course:



No PTVs and not even fold-out screens - that's what a US Airways A319 cabin looks like:



The snowy mountains indicated that we would soon start the descent into LAX:

Picture taken by my brother


On final approach to LAX - always such a pleasure! Note the American Boeing 767 in "stealth mode":

Picture taken by my brother

We touched down after a flying time of 43 minutes and arrived at the gate more than ten minutes early. 20 minutes later, we grabbed our luggage and were welcomed by a good friend who drove us to his family's house in Whittier where we would have a great party and spend the night.


Los Angeles Sightseeing & Spotting
On the next morning my friend Lars aka The777Man picked us up and drove us to Hollywood and Beverly Hills where my brother hadn't been before. While strolling down the Walk of Fame, we met Marilyn Monroe...

Picture taken by my brother


...and had a look at Michael Jackson's star:

Picture taken by my brother


Finally, we went to the famous In-N-Out at South Sepulveda Boulevard, took a seat outside..

Picture taken by my brother


...and enjoyed great hamburgers and spectacular views of approaching aircraft:

Picture taken by my brother


Picture taken by my brother


Picture taken by my brother


Later in the afternoon we went to the spotting spot at Imperial Hill on the opposite side, enjoyed the warm February sun and many interesting movements:

Picture taken by my brother


Picture taken by my brother

The time flew by - it always does when I meet Lars. On the way to the Tom Bradley International Terminal, Lars took a detour along the cargo ramp so that I could write down a few more FedEx registrations. Finally, it was time to say goodbye and we went to the Swiss check-in area.




Monday, February 2011
Los Angeles (LAX) - Zurich (ZRH)
Swiss Int'l Air Lines LX041
Scheduled times: 19:20-15:45
Actual times: 19:18-15:25
Flight duration: 10:52 (hrs)
Distance: 5938 miles
Business Class, seat 5G

Airbus A340-313X
HB-JML (MSN 263)
First delivered to Austrian Airlines as OE-LAL in 03/1999


1st flight on HB-JML
8th A340-300 flight
11th A340 flight



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Former appearances as OE-LAL:


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The Business Class counters were deserted, so it took only a few minutes until the friendly agent handed out our boarding passes. While my brother had a look at the shops in the public area, I went to a window on the second floor and watched arriving and departing planes on the north side. Finally, we passed security and went to the nice Star Alliance lounge which is equipped with 210 seats for Business Class passengers. Many seats were already taken, but we still found a nice corner where we would spend the remaining time at LAX:



In addition to all kinds of drinks, we could choose between different cold snacks, soup and pasta:



Considering that we would get exquisite food and beverages on the plane, I only ate some (tasty) pasta and drank a can of ginger ale:



Shortly before 19:00, the official boarding time for J Class passengers, we left the lounge and arrived at the gate five minutes later. The gate was totally deserted, most other passengers had boarded already. Even though I had already heard from my girlfriend that HB-JML would operate our flight according to Zurich Airport's website, I wanted to have a look myself - you never know if these websites get it right in any case. Btw - I had certainly been hoping again that HB-JMJ (San Francisco livery) would show up, but that had been assigned to the Miami route today according to the ZRH website...  thumbsdown 

Well, back to LAX. Unfortunately, it was absolutely impossible to see a relevant part of the aircraft, so I had to ask. After having received a friendly welcome by the Maître de Cabine (purser), a stout and tall man in the late 40s or early 50s, I asked him for the registration. "It's Mike Lima", he quickly said. "Very good!", I replied and smiled. I guess by this point he was already assuming that I wasn’t a "normal" passenger.  Wink

Btw - HB-JML is also an ex-Austrian Airlines, just like HB-JMK which I had on the ZRH-SFO sector. Both planes once formed Austrian Airlines' two strong A340-300 fleet, operating as OE-LAL and OE-LAK.

Swiss' new Business Class layout provides a private feel - but it feels even more private in the two-row mini cabin behind First Class. That section is unofficially called "Stübli" - actually I heard a flight attendant using that term during the flight. Here's a "Stübli" cabin shot - rows 4 and 5, that's it:



Our comfortable seats for the next 11 hours:



More than enough legroom:


If you want to read more about the seats and the IFE, have a look at Part I of my series:
Fully Flat Bed to SFO: SWISS' New Business Class

After we had taken our seats, a young female flight attendant offered different American and Swiss magazines and newspapers. She was quite reserved and her smile appeared artificial which didn't leave a good first impression.

In contrast, pre-departure drinks were served in a friendly manner by another flight attendant. Champagne for me, of course:



Our jackets were taken away and I shortly watched a pre-departure TV feature about penguins...



...but I was much more interested in the amenity kit. It was a different one this time and I couldn't find out whether it was also made by Navyboot like the one I got on the ZRH-SFO flight:





Most seats in the "Stübli" had been taken, but it still felt very private in that superb section. What I found irritating was that the famous Christmas song "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" was played for a few seconds after boarding had been completed - apparently someone had pressed the wrong button.  Wink

The Maître de Cabine made a welcome speech and also mentioned that - due to U.S. security regulations - passengers should not cluster in the aisles and in front of the lavatories during the flight.  Yeah sure

After we had left the gate (two minutes early), the captain introduced himself and announced that we would take off from runway 25R in about three or four minutes. He also informed us about a left turn after takeoff and gave some details on the routing. Exactly as announced, HB-JML soon turned onto the runway without any further delay and lifted off into the night sky after a typical A340 classic style takeoff roll.

The flight attendants set the tables after a while and offered crackers and drinks. In contrast to numerous other airlines, Swiss doesn't serve nuts or crackers in small bowls. I asked for another glass of champagne and sparkling water - but the latter turned out to be still water:


Interestingly, a very friendly female flight attendant in the 40s (I'll call her S.), mostly serving in my aisle, continuously addressed me by name. In contrast, my brother didn't receive the same personalized treatment by the flight attendants serving in his aisle.

Anyway, it was time to study the menu card:







This time, only one option had been created by Chef Mattias Roock, responsible for the four restaurants of the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St. Moritz. Nevertheless, everything sounded delicious:









I decided to start dinner with the shrimps - and shortly after my order a nice tray was delivered to my table. In addition, I took a warmed bread roll from a basket and asked for a glass of white wine and a glass of sparkling water which were promptly (and correctly) served:


The shrimps and the sweet and spicy sauce as well as the salad and the oil dressing tasted very good, but the Chinese noodles weren't exactly to my taste.

Now I was really looking forward to the fillet of beef - would the meat be as tasty as on the ZRH-SFO flight? It looked quite promising and smelled mouth-watering:


So how was the meat after all? Just one word: e-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t! No doubt, it was one of the best steaks I have ever eaten. And the potatoes, the broccoli and the herb butter tasted great, too.

My brother and I were so impressed that we took close-up pictures of the meat. Doesn't it look perfect?


While my brother and I were taking pictures of the meat - and we had to take quite a few to get sharp ones - I noticed that someone was standing just behind the curtain on the left. I was able to see a nose and glasses, so I assumed it would be the Maître de Cabine watching us. Well, I was right: Some moments later, after we had started eating, he showed up next to my brother and asked with a concerned expression on his face: "Is everything alright with your meal?"  alert  "Of course! It's excellent!", we replied and the Maître de Cabine was visibly relieved. I guess at this point he was absolutely convinced that both of us weren't "normal" passengers...  Wink

Fruit salad or vanilla mousse with blueberry compote? I opted for the latter:


The dessert tasted very good, but not as outstanding as Chef Mattias Roock's crunchy chocolate mousse with mango sauce on the ZRH-SFO flight.

I also had some cheese, of course:


Another round of drinks was served, this time by a male flight attendant in the mid-40s (I'll call him H.) and a female colleague in the 30s, both of them appeared a bit reserved. I just asked for a small sip of port, but he didn't tell that to his colleague who had the bottle. She filled up the whole glass and handed it to H. who placed it on my table and humorously said: "Well, it's a rather big sip."  Wink


Finally, S. showed up by with golden Lindt boxes and offered delicious chocolates. I selected two of them and ordered a tasty espresso:


Some minutes later, I asked S. whether I could get another espresso - but decaf. "Of course!", she kindly said. Two minutes later she was back with the decaf espresso which tasted great.

After dinner I continued chatting with my brother for a while, but then I moved my seat into lounge position and relaxed while listening to music and watching the airshow. While most other passengers in the "Stübli" sooner or later put their seats into lie-flat position, I didn't get tired at all and decided to watch a movie or TV feature. There had been problems with the IFE system after takeoff, but it was working fine again after a reset.
Language selection:



I was surprised to find "Top Gear" in the list - unfortunately, I had already watched the very episode last year:



Finally, I played "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" for a while:





Some hours after dinner, I decided to stretch my legs and walked to the rear section and back. While the Business Class cabin looked quite full, there were numerous empty seats in Economy Class. Some passengers had been lying across several seats with their feet extending into the aisle, so I had to watch out.

The young female flight attendant and H. were chatting in the forward galley and I decided to join them. I soon found out that they weren't as reserved as I had assumed earlier. I asked a few questions and found out, amongst other things, that the whole First Class section had remained empty.

During our conversation I mentioned that I post reports about my flights on the Internet and H. reacted totally different as expected: "And are there any people who read that?", he sneered. "Yes, several thousands", I replied. Then he bowed theatrically and said: "Oh, that means I have to be very kind to you!" No doubt, that man had a special sense of humor!  thumbsup  Nevertheless, they found it quite interesting to hear about my policy to try as many airlines as possible.
Anyway, before returning to my seat, I mentioned that I wanted to grab a small snack. "We also have big snacks", H. ensured. I was happy with some chocolates:



I still wasn’t feeling tired, so I continued using the IFE system. Interestingly, we were flying on a relatively southern route - and I noticed that Swiss belongs to the carriers which display accident sites of maritime disasters on the map:



When I went to the galley in order to get a drink, I met the Maître de Cabine (I'll call him M/C) and the young female flight attendant (again). I jokingly asked why Swiss hadn't sent sister ship HB-JMJ (San Francisco livery) to Los Angeles as so often recently. "I guess that's on the San Francisco route", M/C said. "No, it went to Miami today", I replied which astonished him. He asked whether I work in the aviation business and I told him about my hobby and the fact that I write reports about my flights.

Now we started talking intensively about aircraft types and airlines in general as well as Swiss in particular. I told him things which he hadn't heard before and he told me lots of things about Swiss which I hadn't known yet - I won't go into detail here, though. Anyway, at one point I mentioned that I didn't want to keep him from doing his work, but he just said: "There's not much to do at night, so I have time."

Of course I praised the new Business Class and he was glad to hear that. I asked about general acceptance and he said that a vast majority of passengers has reacted positively to the new product. Well, he also told me about a special passenger who was permanently complaining about the seat and permanently referring to allegedly better products on other carriers. "I have tolerated his criticism for a long time, but then I spoke my mind!", M/C said and smiled.  thumbsup  I also took the opportunity and asked whether I could have a look at the flight deck after landing. "I will certainly ask the captain!", M/C promised.

After about 45 minutes (or even longer) I finally returned to my seat. And that's what I found there:


My brother said that H. had placed two bags of this kind at our seats. Very nice!

Only 1445 miles to go:




Time literally flew by - it even made me a bit sad when H. passed my seat and said: "Two hours left."

About 1.5 hours prior to landing, tables were set again and H. soon showed up with a breakfast trolley:


H. placed a tray with empty plates and bowls on my table and said: "This is our low-calorie breakfast. Enjoy your meal!" That guy was really funny!  thumbsup 

Then he asked me what I'd like to eat and since I was undecided, he suggested: "Would you like to try a little bit of everything?" That was a good idea and I agreed. After all cold items had been placed on the tray, S. brought a plate with hot items. In addition, different kinds of bread and rolls were offered. Now that's what I call a decent breakfast:


S. asked me whether I wanted to have tea, coffee or anything else and I ordered a decaf espresso again. "Sure. Would you like to have a double espresso?", she replied and I agreed. That pro-active service was really impressive!  thumbsup 
As for the breakfast - what to say? Both quality and quantity were excellent, everything tasted great. Even though I usually don't eat muesli, I was totally impressed by Swiss' outstanding Bircher muesli.

After I had finished eating, M/C came by with good news: "The captain will be expecting you on the flight deck after landing."  thumbsup 
Some time later, after descent had commenced, I wanted to go to the restroom, but both Business Class lavatories were occupied. And that didn't change anytime soon, so I asked H., who was just passing by, if there's another lavatory for Business Class passengers – I didn’t say it, but what I meant was the First Class lavatory. He understood and said: "Please wait a minute." He shortly disappeared in the First Class section, came back and asked me to follow. Then he pulled the curtain aside a bit and said: "Use your chance." However, what surprised me was the fact that the First Class lavatory was neither larger nor better equipped than the (rather ordinary) Business Class lavatories.

Some time later, S. gave me an envelope and asked me to give feedback about the flight. On approach, shortly before the flight attendants took their seats, H. passed by again, expressed his dislike of the weather in Zurich and told us a joke: "How do you know that you are on approach to Zurich?" Of course we had no idea. "When you look out of the window and don't see anything."  Wink

Final approach from an usual perspective:


We touched down smoothly after a flying time of 10 hours and 52 minutes. And now believe it or not - while we were taxiing to the gate, "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" was played again for a few moments and I heard H. saying from behind: "Oh no, not again!" Big grin

The plane arrived at the gate 20 minutes ahead of schedule and it was time to say thank you and goodbye to H.. On the way through First Class (old version on all A340s) I took a seat picture...


...and S. immediately offered to take a picture of me sitting in a First Class seat. Of course I agreed. Then we exchanged some more words and I also thanked her for providing an outstanding service.

Then I walked towards the flight deck and M/C waved me in. The captain, a very friendly man, welcomed me and - surprisingly - even addressed me by name. Who knows what M/C had told him.  Wink
I expressed my surprise about the routing and the captain explained that the wind conditions had been the reason behind this. Then he gave me a small printout of the route and I asked if I could take a picture. He kindly agreed:


Before leaving the aircraft, I thanked M/C for his efforts and told him how much I had enjoyed this flight. We shook hands and he wished us a pleasant onward journey to Munich. I wish I could have gone straight on another flight with these superb crew members!

Goodbye, Mike Lima!




Transfer at Zurich
We took the train to the main terminal, passed passport control and headed towards the Swiss Business Lounge. Swiss narrowbody planes and Niki Embraer 190 parked at Dock A gates:


I wanted to use the transfer time for spotting, so I didn't accompany my brother to the lounge and went to the Dock A gate area instead. I still managed to get 17 new registrations which wasn't bad.




Tuesday, February 2011
Zurich (ZRH) - Munich (MUC)
Swiss European Air Lines LX1110
Scheduled times: 19:10-20:00
Actual times: 19:09-20:12
Flight duration: 00:44 (hrs)
Distance: 162 miles
Business Class, seat 4F

BAe Avro RJ100
HB-IYT (MSN 3380)
First delivered to CityFlyer Express as G-CFAD in 01/2001


1st flight on HB-IYT
2nd Avro RJ100 flight
4th Avroliner flight



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Former appearance as G-CFAD:


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As soon as our gate number was announced, I had a look at the plane. HB-IYT, a former BA CityFlyer bird, was scheduled to operate the short hop to Munich - unfortunately, it wasn't possible to take a decent picture through the gate window. Interestingly, there wasn't a separate boarding announcement for Business Class passengers, so we had to wait in queue for a while.

The leather seats in Business Class are the same as in Economy, but the middle seat remains empty...





...and legroom is more generous:



Shortly after we had taken our seats, the friendly female Maître de Cabine offered magazines and newspapers and handed out bottles of water and refreshing towels:


Most seats in Business Class were taken and Economy Class was packed, too. Unlike on the MUC-ZRH flight on Lufthansa, a jacket storage service was available.

Cold and wet outside, welcome back to Central Europe:


We left the gate early, but due to heavy traffic we had to wait for a while until we could finally take off into the dark sky.

Only a few minutes after takeoff, the Maître de Cabine handed out trays and I was totally impressed:


No matter if cold cuts, cheese, antipasti, salmon, cucumber salad or chocolate mousse - everything tasted great, what a fancy little meal!  thumbsup 
Then the Maître de Cabine offered all kinds of drinks and I had a good coffee. Finally, she walked around with a basket full of the airline’s famous small chocolate bars. I finished my coffee after we had already started descending and the Maître de Cabine even asked if I wanted another cup.

After circling for a while, we finally touched down after a flying time of 44 minutes. Even though we had left the gate at ZRH on time, the plane reached the final parking position at MUC 12 minutes behind schedule - and we still had to take a bus to the terminal. We didn't mind, but some other passengers were in a hurry and started running as soon as the bus arrived at the terminal. I guess they had tight connections - definitely not to my taste!

The last two pictures of this trip:




Our luggage soon appeared on the belt and we headed to the S-Bahn for the short ride to our parking garage. A truly wonderful trip had come to an end - but in exactly four weeks I would return to MUC to go on another trip to warmer climes.



Conclusion
The LAX-ZRH flight on SWISS was another magnificent experience: excellent food, great crew, outstandingly personalized service. H., S. and M/C made this flight a very special and memorable one. I have already praised the new Business Class hardware and criticized the IFE in Part I of my series, so I won't do that again. I can only recommend SWISS' new J Class - which provides an even more private feel in the "Stübli".
I also highly enjoyed the short hop from Zurich to Munich on SWISS European - the Maître de Cabine provided a very good service and the catering was awesome.

There's not much to say about the short US Airways flight. The airline brought us to the destination on time and provided a free drink - that's it. I cannot think of anything special apart from the livery. What I'll definitely keep in mind is the fact that US Airways charges $25 for a checked bag - other airlines charge less or nothing.

Long-haul Business Class flights, nice sightseeing tours, meetings with good old friends - all that certainly contributed to the conclusion that this US West Coast trip belongs to the most enjoyable ones I have ever made. And another contributor is the fact that I flew on three new airlines and one new type, visited two new airports and logged a total of 143 new registrations.


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter



P.S.: Just in case you missed them - my previous trip reports:
Grand Canyon & More: Scenic Flight On Dornier 228
San Francisco Sunshine...and A Frontier Fiasco
Fully Flat Bed to SFO: SWISS' New Business Class
Mountains, Meals & More: SunExpress Vs. Pegasus
Crossing Two Oceans: AKL-SFO-MUC, NZ 777 & LH A346
Bad Weather & Other Bad Luck: Touring New Zealand
Trans-Tasman Treat: Aerolineas Argentinas A340-200
Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink
Thai Fails To Impress: MUC-BKK-BNE On 744 & 777
Painful Delay & My 100th Airline: AF A380, VO F100
Fifth Freedom Tidbit: Kuwait Airways A300-600
Ship Vs. Plane: Porto Santo Line & Sata Air Açores
Awesome Approach, Splendid Scenery: LIS, FNC & TAP
Guernsey, Ash Cloud Alarm & Mostly Empty SQ 77Ws
Totally Thrilling: Scenic Flight On Lufthansa A380
Cirrus D38, Adria CRJ & Captain Niki Lauda On Duty
Monarch Hot Meal, E195 & More: PMI-ALC-MAN-MUC
Premium Meal & Palma Spotting: MUC-PMI, DE 757-300
The Dead Slow Transfer: PEK-MUC On Air China A332
Cancellation Brings Joy: HKG-PEK on Dragonair A330
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Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR
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My Trip To Hell: NUE-CPH-OSL-TRD On Cimber & SAS
SFO-YUL-FRA: Map- & Sleepless On Air Canada's 77W
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"Mission A380": Disappointing Legs On BA/BD/EI
Delights Of Doha, 773 & 77W: DOH-DXB-LHR On EK
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Quality & Style: HKG-LHR On Air New Zealand 744
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"The Wings Of Taiwan": EVA Air A332, 744 Combi
SHA-SZX, Shanghai 757: Delayed By The Military
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First And Last Time? JFK-FCO-MUC, Alitalia 777
JFK For 1 Day: Transatlantic Hop On CSA's A310
Sardinian Sun, Shiny New 73Gs & Cramped Mad Dog
Top And Flop: KIX-HEL-MUC, Finnair A320 & MD-11
The 524-Seat Twin-jet: HND-ITM On ANA 777-300
Kobe For 1 Hour: 767-Quickie On ANA & Skymark
Rocketing To Tokyo: FUK-HND On JAL (ex-JAS) 777
Oddities & Okinawa: JTA 734 & JAL 744D(Domestic)
MUC To Nagoya: Finnair E170 & (Old) "New" A340
Mad Dog, A320 Tech Delay & Best Of Lanzarote
Canaries Prop-Hopping: Islas Airways & Naysa
Canaries And Confusion: LH CRJ900 & Spanair A321
Hubbing For 162 Miles: HOQ-FRA-STR Ret On IQ/EW/LH
BOS-JFK-AMS-MUC: SSSS-Check And KLM 777
ATL-PIT-JFK-BOS: FL B717, JetBlue E190 And Delays
MUC-AMS-MEM-ATL On NWA A332 And 40-year-old DC-9
FRA-BKK-FRA Via CMB: SriLankan A332 & A343
BNE-SIN-DXB-MUC On Emirates B772ER & B773
2 Hours In Paradise: Hamilton Island (JQ/DJ)
BNE-SYD-BNE: Domestic Run On QF’s Oldest B747-400
Testing Qantas: SYD-MEL-SYD-BNE (B738, B763, A332)
Going Down Under: MUC-DXB-SYD On EK A332 & A345
9/11 Review: Failed Trip To LAX - Fuel Dump Pics
Surprised By NIKI's Newest A320 & Screw-up By AB
Leisure Vs. Full Service: Condor & SN Brussels
"betterFly" On LH: Business Class For 99 Euro
Weekend Transatlantic Trip (2): US A321 & B762
Transatlantic For A Weekend (1): MUC-DCA On US


[Edited 2011-07-20 11:08:39]


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User currently offlineluxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 508 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 25745 times:

Hi PH

another very nice and detailed TR about an excellence experience.
The service upfront on LX is for sure something special, and the meal looked very tasty.
The crew of your flight also seemed to be top.
LX proved here again that they are on par with the worldwide leading airlines.
the connection flight also had a good meal, even on this rather short sector.
Thanks a lot for sharing,
and unfortunately we didnt have more time to meet in FRA

Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 25701 times:

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
another very nice and detailed TR about an excellence experience.

Hi Johannes, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
The crew of your flight also seemed to be top.

  

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
LX proved here again that they are on par with the worldwide leading airlines.

No doubt about that!

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
the connection flight also had a good meal, even on this rather short sector.

Yes, I hadn't expected to get a tray with so many items.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
and unfortunately we didnt have more time to meet in FRA

That's true - maybe next time?


PH



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User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 25697 times:

Hola PlaneHunter!

Excellent report.

As I mentioned to you yesterday I am really looking forward to these transatlantic flights by LX as I am flying to SFO in three weeks.

The service sounded excellent and I hope I get this kind of treatment as well, on LX it is not difficult, as all my flights with them on long-haul have always been outstanding. I have done some checking and I see that the menu looks very similar to what you get in First Class, at least main courses, which look really great.

You had a great breakfast. I remember that when flying from BOM they offered you to fill a request for breakfast and it was brought to you once you wake up on a tray, very efficient, but I certainly like this trolley idea more; it looks much nicer and elegant.

I have yet to try the new business seat but it looks really comfortable and private if you get one of the solo ones.

BTW, the food you got on the MUC flight is the same they serve when flying to BCN, 1hour 45 min. flight. I have always complained about it as they should serve some hot meal on this distance, but they oblige to the 2 hours rule.

All the best and keep them coming.

Salut!

Roger

[Edited 2011-07-20 11:53:30]


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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 25616 times:

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 3):
Hola PlaneHunter!

Excellent report.

Hola Roger, many thanks for your nice feedback!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 3):
As I mentioned to you yesterday I am really looking forward to these transatlantic flights by LX as I am flying to SFO in three weeks.
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 3):
The service sounded excellent and I hope I get these kind of treatment as well, on LX it is not difficult, as all my flights with them on long-haul have always been outstanding.

I'm sure you'll have a fantastic flight, I'm looking forward to your report!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 3):
I have done some checking and I see that the menu looks very similar to what you get in First Class, at least main courses, which look really great.

Yes, there's not much room left for improvement.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 3):
I certainly like this trolley idea more; it looks much nicer and elegant.

  

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 3):
I have yet to try the new business seat but it looks really comfortable and private if you get one of the solo ones.

The solo seats are great if you travel alone.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 3):
BTW, the food you got on the MUC flight is the same they serve when flying to BCN, 1hour 45 min. flight. I have always complained about it as they should serve some hot meal on this distance, but they oblige to the 2 hours rule.

Interesting, I didn't know that.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 3):
All the best and keep them coming.

Many more reports to follow! The backlog has been growing and growing.


PH



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 25599 times:

Hi PlaneHunter!

Amazing report with fantastic pitures !

Very nice that you got a ride on a retro plane and amzaing pictures right after take off. Nice scenery as well of the desert and approach to LAX.

It was great to see you here and I was happy to take you around. Your brother is a very nice guy as well. I recently went to Hard Rock Cafe to have dinner with my girlfriend, which is right where we were. That whole area is VERY crowded at night. I guess you can also say that you have rode on N777UA now     Always great to meet up with you !

Swiss looks really really good here. Always nice to be in a smaller cabin and dinner looks fantastic! I don't think I ever seen such a big breakfeast ever before. It seems the service was impeccable as well. I think it will be a very long time before you have a better flight than the ZRH-LAX or LAX-ZRH on LX. Must have been a great to talk aviation with the Maitre De Cabine.

I'm surprised that they did not have seperate boarding of Business Class on the ZRH-MUC sector and the meal for that short flights is very impressive ! It seems it's better to fly LX than LH on this sector.

Thanks again for another fantastic report and the time spent of it really shows.

Looking forward to seeing you again, perhaps next year ?

The777Man

[Edited 2011-07-20 11:57:01]


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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 25517 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Amazing report with fantastic pitures !

Hi Lars, many thanks for your nice comments!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):

Very nice that you got a ride on a retro plane and amzaing pictures right after take off. Nice scenery as well of the desert and approach to LAX.

Originally I hadn't planned to write a report about this short sector, but these surprises changed my mind.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
It was great to see you here and I was happy to take you around.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Always great to meet up with you !

Thank you so much again for taking us around, it was great to meet you, as always.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Your brother is a very nice guy as well.

He'll be glad to hear that.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
I recently went to Hard Rock Cafe to have dinner with my girlfriend, which is right where we were. That whole area is VERY crowded at night.

Yes, I can very well imagine that.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
I guess you an also say that you have rode on N777UA now

Absolutely true!  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Swiss looks really really good here. Always nice to be in a smaller cabin and dinner looks fantastic!

I'm glad we tested both the solo seats in the big J Class section and the center seats in the "Stübli".

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
I don't think I ever seen such a big breakfeast ever before.

Well, believe me, I'm a good eater, but that was almost too much...  

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
I think it will be a very long time before you have a better flight than the ZRH-LAX or LAX-ZRH on LX.

No doubt about that.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Must have been a great to talk aviation with the Maitre De Cabine.

Absolutely, it was the most interesting conversation I have ever had with a crew member.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
It seems it's better to fly LX than LH on this sector.

I'd agree. But I don't know what LH serves on evening flights.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Thanks again for another fantastic report and the time spent of it really shows.

Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Looking forward to seeing you again, perhaps next year ?

I hope so!



PH



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 25191 times:

Looks like you had a great flight, with some friendly crew.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Now I was really looking forward to the fillet of beef - would the meat be as tasty as on the ZRH-SFO flight? It looked quite promising and smelled mouth-watering:

Looks great.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
While my brother and I were taking pictures of the meat - and we had to take quite a few to get sharp ones - I noticed that someone was standing just behind the curtain on the left. I was able to see a nose and glasses, so I assumed it would be the Maître de Cabine watching us. Well, I was right: Some moments later, after we had started eating, he showed up next to my brother and asked with a concerned expression on his face: "Is everything alright with your meal?" alert "Of course! It's excellent!", we replied and the Maître de Cabine was visibly relieved. I guess at this point he was absolutely convinced that both of us weren't "normal" passengers...

Excellent to see that the MdC wanted to check if the meal was ok. Great service.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):

...and soon turned left - it couldn't have been any better:

I can't believe how close the city is LAS. Is the city noisy with the amount of traffic flying overhead?



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 25124 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Looks like you had a great flight, with some friendly crew.

Hi Gabriel, "friendly" is definitely an understatement.  

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):

Excellent to see that the MdC wanted to check if the meal was ok. Great service.

Yes, he was taking it seriously.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
I can't believe how close the city is LAS. Is the city noisy with the amount of traffic flying overhead?

It is noisy in Las Vegas, but mostly due to road traffic and music from casinos, bars, restaurants, attractions etc. The planes don't contribute so much in my opinion. It's just a fraction of the traffic which flies over the city. But I guess aviation freaks perceive aviation noise in a different way than other people.


PH

[Edited 2011-07-20 13:59:48]


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User currently offlinerobso2 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2010, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 24803 times:

I wondered whether I had already read this report, but I was thankful I hadn't as I very much enjoy your style. Another excellent report with excellent photos - the spotting ones from LA were particularly good. LX looked fantastic, the new business seats much much improved over the old ones. The beef looked exquisite as well - it seems you had a great service all round. Thank you for sharing with us!


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User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 24755 times:

Hi PH,

Great Report with many crisp photo's. Sounds like you had another lovely flight with Swiss and it's good to hear that the crew were very accommodating to you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and soon turned left - it couldn't have been any better:

Absolutely fantastic shots of Las Vegas.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Now I was really looking forward to the fillet of beef - would the meat be as tasty as on the ZRH-SFO flight? It looked quite promising and smelled mouth-watering:

That steak along with all the other meals looks delicious!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Only a few minutes after takeoff, the Maître de Cabine handed out trays and I was totally impressed:

That meal looks fantastic, one of the best short-haul J meals I've ever seen.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
And another contributor is the fact that I flew on three new airlines and one new type, visited two new airports and logged a total of 143 new registrations.

Sounds like a very successful trip!

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlinejoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 811 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 24682 times:

Hello,

Enjoyed your report very much. Looking at vegas reminds me of the great time I had there last year. The food on LX looks fantastic and service just as good. No complaints at all (so much food by the way)

Great job, made my boring thursday morning more exciting  


User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 24612 times:

Great detailed TR and pics. I am happy for you that you've had such a great time on LX. Food looks very good and there is plenty of it. So you did not take any pictures of the cabin crew?

cheers: DALelite



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1939 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 24549 times:
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PlaneHunter,

I've been looking forward to this report for quite sometime!! Smile

Looks like you had a wonderful flight with Swiss on the return .. Definitely an airline I have to try. The service and food looks to be very good. I remember flying from JFK-LAX back in '02 on United in Business and I had a really good steak dish. I still remember how good it was! I was getting hungry seeing what you were offered ...

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 24196 times:

Quoting robso2 (Reply 9):
I wondered whether I had already read this report, but I was thankful I hadn't as I very much enjoy your style. Another excellent report with excellent photos - the spotting ones from LA were particularly good.

Hi R., many thanks for your comments! I'm glad you enjoyed reading.

Quoting robso2 (Reply 9):
The beef looked exquisite as well - it seems you had a great service all round.

  

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 10):
Great Report with many crisp photo's.

Thanks a lot, aflyingkiwi!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 10):
Sounds like you had another lovely flight with Swiss and it's good to hear that the crew were very accommodating to you.

Swiss definitely belongs to my favorite carriers now.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 10):
Absolutely fantastic shots of Las Vegas.

Thanks! But we really lucky, I hadn't had any idea about the takeoff direction on that day.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 10):
That meal looks fantastic, one of the best short-haul J meals I've ever seen.

I can only agree.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 10):
Sounds like a very successful trip!

  

Quoting joffie (Reply 11):
Enjoyed your report very much.
Quoting joffie (Reply 11):
Great job, made my boring thursday morning more exciting

Hi Brent, thanks a lot, good to hear!

Quoting joffie (Reply 11):
Looking at vegas reminds me of the great time I had there last year.

Nice, where did you stay at?

Quoting DALelite (Reply 12):
Great detailed TR and pics.

Many thanks, Markus!

Quoting DALelite (Reply 12):
Food looks very good and there is plenty of it.

Yes, they fed us!

Quoting DALelite (Reply 12):
So you did not take any pictures of the cabin crew?

No, I have never done so for privacy reasons. I may change that policy, though.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):

I've been looking forward to this report for quite sometime!! Smile

Hi Matthew, that's nice to hear!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
Looks like you had a wonderful flight with Swiss on the return .. Definitely an airline I have to try.

Yes, you definitely should.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
I was getting hungry seeing what you were offered ...

Not surprising, that steak picture alone can make one hungry...  




PH



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User currently offlinemoosecamel88 From Singapore, joined May 2011, 46 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 24194 times:

Hi PH!

Thank you for the wonderful report. I enjoyed reading it  

LX offers a superb product and it's a pity that they no longer fly SIN-BKK anymore  I've only taken LX once but I have to admit that until now, it is my favourite European airline. I'm glad that you truely enjoyed your flight. Kudos to the awesome crew for making that possible!

Hope to read more TR from you in the future!

mus


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 24180 times:

Quoting moosecamel88 (Reply 15):
Thank you for the wonderful report. I enjoyed reading it

Hi mus, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting moosecamel88 (Reply 15):
LX offers a superb product and it's a pity that they no longer fly SIN-BKK anymore

I fear we won't see that flight again anytime soon.

Quoting moosecamel88 (Reply 15):
I've only taken LX once but I have to admit that until now, it is my favourite European airline.

It has also become my favorite European airline.

Quoting moosecamel88 (Reply 15):
Kudos to the awesome crew for making that possible!

I would be happy to meet them again on a future flight.

Quoting moosecamel88 (Reply 15):
Hope to read more TR from you in the future!

Yes, many more to follow. I have made some nice trips since February. I have just started working on a report about a holiday trip to the UAE.


PH



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User currently offlineWhereToNext From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 24127 times:

Another great trip report, PH! This is probably the third long-haul LX trip report in as many months that has shown their exemplary service. I had an opportunity to fly LX long-haul a few years ago and passed on the chance. I think I regret the decision now...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and soon turned left - it couldn't have been any better:

I knew LAS was known for its scenic landings but this view is perhaps even better!

Thanks again!
WhereToNext



Next Adventure: TBD
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 24072 times:

Quoting WhereToNext (Reply 17):
Another great trip report, PH!

Hi WhereToNext, thanks for your comments!

Quoting WhereToNext (Reply 17):
This is probably the third long-haul LX trip report in as many months that has shown their exemplary service.

LX seems to offer a consistent product.

Quoting WhereToNext (Reply 17):
I had an opportunity to fly LX long-haul a few years ago and passed on the chance. I think I regret the decision now...

I'm sure there'll be another opportunity in the future.


PH



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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1312 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 23696 times:

Hey PH,

Great report, great trip you had. Swiss never seems to disoppiont, even though I'm not an A340 fan.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After paying $25 for each checked bag

  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
it's one of several retro jets in the fleet. Well, the plane just wears America West’s last colorscheme

No reason to miss american west, in any way you look at it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
and went to the nice Star Alliance lounge which is equipped with 210 seats for Business Class passengers

Are there no windows in the lounge?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The Maître de Cabine made a welcome speech and also mentioned that - due to U.S. security regulations - passengers should not cluster in the aisles and in front of the lavatories during the flight.

  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
My brother and I were so impressed that we took close-up pictures of the meat. Doesn't it look perfect?

Hope not too many vegeterians on this site! (not me, i liked the meal pics)

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
During our conversation I mentioned that I post reports about my flights on the Internet and H. reacted totally different as expected: "And are there any people who read that?", he sneered. "Yes, several thousands", I replied. Then he bowed theatrically and said: "Oh, that means I have to be very kind to you!" No doubt, that man had a special sense of humor! Nevertheless, they found it quite interesting to hear about my policy to try as many airlines as possible.

That's a nice move. Maybe I should give it a try myself once.

Thank you for shearing, it was great.

Jonathan



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User currently offlineBrouAviation From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 985 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 23656 times:

Very nice report! Love the pictures. LX remains my top favorite carrier, glad you enjoyed them too.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
"I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"

Ridiculous indeed! I was flying with them on last Christmas Eve, just after heavy snows messed up European air traffic for several days. Things had just cleared up a bit, I arrived finally at my destination with 72 hours of delay, and then they played this too during deboarding, and I was like "OH, for crying out loud..?!?!" Who would come up with such a silly idea?!



Never ask somebody if he's a pilot. If he is, he will let you know soon enough!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 23599 times:

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 19):
Great report, great trip you had.
Quoting EL-AL (Reply 19):
Thank you for shearing, it was great.

Thank you, Jonathan! Good to hear you enjoyed it.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 19):
Swiss never seems to disoppiont, even though I'm not an A340 fan.

Usually I prefer more powerful planes, but nevertheless, taking off on a heavy A340 classic is always an amazing experience.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 19):
No reason to miss american west, in any way you look at it.

Well, I only had one flight on America West and that wasn't that bad.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 19):
Are there no windows in the lounge?

No airside window.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 19):
Hope not too many vegeterians on this site! (not me, i liked the meal pics)

I thought about that, but I'm sure they quickly scroll further down.  

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 19):
That's a nice move. Maybe I should give it a try myself once.

Yes, absolutely.

Quoting BrouAviation (Reply 20):
Very nice report! Love the pictures.

Thanks, BrouAviation!

Quoting BrouAviation (Reply 20):
Ridiculous indeed! I was flying with them on last Christmas Eve, just after heavy snows messed up European air traffic for several days. Things had just cleared up a bit, I arrived finally at my destination with 72 hours of delay, and then they played this too during deboarding, and I was like "OH, for crying out loud..?!?!" Who would come up with such a silly idea?!

Wow, that was a bad idea indeed. I can absolutely understand your reaction!


PH



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User currently offlineBrouAviation From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 985 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 23566 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
Wow, that was a bad idea indeed. I can absolutely understand your reaction!

Then you can also imagine my reaction when I left the plane, entered the terminal at ZRH and they played 'Let it snow!'.      



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User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 23542 times:
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Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
So how was the meat after all? Just one word: e-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t! No doubt, it was one of the best steaks I have ever eaten. And the potatoes, the broccoli and the herb butter tasted great, too.

My brother and I were so impressed that we took close-up pictures of the meat. Doesn't it look perfect?

Hi PH

Excellent TR as usual! I enjoy reading your comments and viewing your bro's pictures.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
So how was the meat after all? Just one word: e-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t! No doubt, it was one of the best steaks I have ever eaten. And the potatoes, the broccoli and the herb butter tasted great, too.

My brother and I were so impressed that we took close-up pictures of the meat. Doesn't it look perfect?

Like other have commented. The meat picture looks amazing! In fact , all your Swiss flight catering looks superb!

Can a 190cm person fully lie flat on new LX J seat, or the seat may fell short. This is the case on Etihad new J which isn't much of a improvement.

Sorry to hear you couldn't get on the colourful flower/SFO colour scheme plane. I heard she is going to get repainted by August....that is too soon and sad.... 

Cheers
Sam


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 23538 times:

Quoting BrouAviation (Reply 22):
Then you can also imagine my reaction when I left the plane, entered the terminal at ZRH and they played 'Let it snow!'.

Oh no, how bad can it get? These would have been nice scenes for a movie.  




PH



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28 FLIEGER67 : Hi, PH, really good to follow you´re final US west coast story now. Superb well done, also the pictures, an exact feeling what´s going on at LX´s b
29 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Blaž, thanks a lot for your comments! That's right, the origin of the name "Janet" is quite obscure, it seems. Well, I have used the initials in
30 Post contains images initious : Hi PH, A wonderful report once again! I thoroughly enjoyed your report on LX and they seem a very promising airline! Great choice! I am also impressed
31 Post contains images infodesk : Hi PH, Wow, great to hear about another successful flight on LX. This does surprise me somewhat – the plastic bag of crakcers on the crisp tableclot
32 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Daniel, many thanks for your comments! There are five "thrones" in the J Class cabin. Interesting - what kind of secrets did you discover there? D
33 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi PH! What a wonderful flight home you had in Swiss business class. This just goes to show how the cabin crew are the real makers or breakers on any
34 Post contains images initious : No secrets actually, but there was a flying saucer that flew past your plane when enroute, and your radio communications gets mixed up for a while th
35 Post contains images LONGisland89 : Excellent trip report!!! Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't stübli Swiss-German for stubby?
36 DFWHeavy : Great Report. One Correction: The flights used to Area 51 are 732s, not 736 as you indicated. Cheers
37 Post contains images flightsimboy : Plane Hunter, I'm starting to get dizzy trying to keep up with all your trip reports!! It seems only yesterday I was reading about your LH A340-600 tr
38 LONGisland89 : Actually the flights used to Area 51 are now 737-600s. I'm not sure what they did with the 200s or when exactly they changed but it's been 600s for a
39 Post contains links and images PlaneHunter : Thanks for your comments, P.! Absolutely true. I have been there many times and believe me, there are really nice areas. Yes, it does indeed take an
40 Post contains images OA260 : Hey great report . Love anything Swiss Nice meals Im glad I have my dinner on because Im very hungry after seeing those Love the Nespresso cups I have
41 AlwaysOnAPlane : Hi PH. More good stuff for us here. I really enjoyed this part. It would not be hard to hang around the In-N-Out all day for me. Next time I will vent
42 Post contains images Sultanils : Hello PH! A nice closure part of your latest series. LAS from up above looks really great, you took a good 'gamble' and were sitting on the right side
43 ba319-131 : Hi PH, Nice final installment, good pix and narative, thanks for sharing. - Indeed, it is a wonderful view. Food looks excellent just as I would expec
44 FlyKev : PlaneHunter, Fantastic report with some really enjoyable photographs. The service on Swiss looks beyond amazing, as does the food and seat. I hope tha
45 gjunnar : A simply fantastic trip report! Thanks a lot. LX's biz product looks flawless (save some minor details) - I can't wait to try them on one of my future
46 RvXKaz : Hi PlaneHunter, I thoroughly enjoyed this TR. Thanks so much for the livid details onboard and I love the personal touch you've added in your reflecti
47 Post contains images MSS658 : Wonderfull trip report. The domestic portion really reminds me of my US domestic trips. I'm quite amazed by LX's service, a call to try them out soon
48 SPLTA : Hello PH, Excellent read, thanks for sharing! I loved the pictures of LAS and LAX. Glad to hear you had awsome flights on LX. Its' longhaul product se
49 Post contains images moosecamel88 : Hi PH! Thank you for taking your time to share with us your wonderful experience with LX. All i can say is WOW! LX Business Class looks amazing! I rea
50 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Phil, thanks for your feedback! Yes, I agree, these pictures have made me hungry several times... Nice! Are they Swiss-branded? Where did you get
51 Post contains images LH4116 : Hello PH, great report! Any idea who the previous operator was? Did they leave you the whole can? Looks very nice! I can imagine it being worlds bette
52 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi PH, Seeing this report coming online already some time ago I knew I had to wait for the right moment before reading it. This Tuesday evening proved
53 parton87 : Hello PH! Thanks for the great story. Swiss business looks great. Do you know if they have the "business saver" ticket class on long-haul flights like
54 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Jonas, thanks for your feedback! They were first delivered to China Southwest. When it was merged into Air China, the planes remained in the combi
55 abrelosojos : Pretty impressive service on LX. Your use of miles seem to have been almost perfect! Thanks again for sharing this with us. Now if they can change the
56 PlaneHunter : Hi A., thanks for your comments! I found both versions quite nice. I won't go into detail here, but that passenger was a very...let's say "special" o
57 Post contains images ronerone : What an outstanding TR yet again! I think this one outdid your previous LX J TR! I was extremely impressed with everything that you were offered from
58 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Roni, thanks a lot for your nice comments! Yes, it was a very enjoyable journey. You really should! Exactly my opinion - but they will introduce n
59 Lp0815 : Hi PlaneHunter, great trip report. Thanks a lot for that. Do you know what's the schedule for LX's A340s to be outfitted with the new lie-flat biz cla
60 PlaneHunter : Hi Lq0815, thanks a lot for your feedback! All A343s have been retrofitted, so you will definitely get the new J Class in December. Enjoy your flight
61 jchalupsky : Another awesome trip report. It looks like the Swiss J product is awesome. I wonder if it would have been the same level had you not explained to the
62 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Many thanks, jchalupsky! I guess it would have been very similar. PH
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