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Swiss First Class To Bangkok Via Zurich (part 3/6)  
User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 18175 times:

Preliminaries
This is the third trip report on a journey I made at the end of July. The first part covers the flight from Zurich to Heathrow in Business Class with SWISS. Here’s the link to that report:
Swiss Business Class To Heathrow (part 1/6) (by knightsofmalta Jul 31 2011 in Trip Reports)

The second part covers the flight from Heathrow to Athens in Business Class with Aegean Airlines. Here’s a link to that report:
Aegean Airlines C Class To Athens (part 2/6) (by knightsofmalta Jul 31 2011 in Trip Reports)

Third leg


Date: 23 July 2011
From: ATH
To: ZRH
Airline: Swiss International Air Lines
Class: Business
Seat: 3A
Aircraft: A 321

My stay in Athens was a pleasant one. And although I’m not really a sun and beach person, the heat and the sparkling blue sky made a pleasant change from the gloom I had left behind in Switzerland.

I left Athens on the early evening departure to Zurich at 17h25 as this gave me the shortest connection at Zurich for my flight to Bangkok at 22h45 local time. I arrived at Athens airport at around 15h00. I had decided to leave enough time to get to the airport as the taxi drivers were still on strike in Athens and I was not sure how full the train to the airport would be. As it turned out the whole trip was no hassle at all and the train was pleasantly empty. I found my way to the check-in counter and was issued my boarding cards for the flight to Zurich, seat 3A, and for the onward journey to Bangkok in First, my usual seat 1K.

I was also handed an invitation card to the Olympic Airlines Melina Merkuri lounge. I can’t for the life of me think why on earth SWISS uses this lounge in Athens as it really is the crappiest one there. My other two options were the Lufthansa Senator lounge or the Aegean Airlines Star Gold lounge. As I’ve never really been too keen on Lufthansa’s branding and I know that the lounge is not very well appointed from previous visits, I decided on the Aegean Airlines lounge, which was nearly empty and very quiet at that time of day.
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Perhaps my only complaint about the offerings in this lounge is the lack of vegetarian options for sandwiches.

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A few shots of Athens airport
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As we taxied out for departure we passed this B. 737-200 which is used for fire training. to be honest it looked to be in much better condition than the ex-Olympic A340s scattered around the airport!

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Again the SWISS flight was nothing to write home about, not in a positive nor in a negative sense. Before departure small bottles of mineral water were distributed, together with those flimsy pre-packed refreshing towels that are exceedingly perfumed and not really refreshing at all.

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After take-off the crew first made a drinks round and handed out mixed pretzels and nuts. Interestingly enough the packet with the pretzels is now SWISS branded but without the red SWISS logo. Probably it was just cheaper for them this way.
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The meal service was conducted from a trolley, which is unusual for SWISS on flights of more than two hours duration. And indeed there was no real rush to get the meal service over and done with. As usual there were no menus. Instead the flight attendant informed the passengers that the choice was between a vegetarian Thai curry with rice or chicken breast in a cream sauce with rice and potato cakes.

I chose the chicken. Again the tray came with a plate of cheese and some wobbly gelatinous dessert, which I skipped. The salad was very big and tasted very good. In fact it was so good it was hard to imagine it had already travelled all the way from Zurich to Athens and managed to stay fresh!
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The rest of the flight was uneventful. As we crossed the Adriatic it looked like we would be making landfall over Venice. I had hoped to take a picture of the city from above. But as it happened we passed directly over it and I was unable to take a picture from either side of the aircraft.
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Fourth leg


Date: 23 July 2011
From: ZRH
To: BKK
Airline: Swiss International Air Lines
Class: First
Seat: 1K
Aircraft: A 340-300

Upon arrival in Zurich I went straight to the First Class lounge. The main lounge area, where you will also find the showers, dining room, lounge and buffet area is located to the left of the reception desk. Many people obviously are unaware of the fact that there is another, smaller lounge area to the right side of reception. This is where I parked myself for the evening. I had the lounge all to myself for the entire duration of my stay.
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View from the lounge. In the distance you can see the E dock. The bird on the right was heading for Tel Aviv, the one on the left to Hong Kong. Mine was the one in the middle.
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As I was planning on having dinner on the plane I skipped the offerings in the lounge. But it had been a hot day so I decided to take a shower before embarking on the 10 hours flight to Bangkok. The showers at the lounge are beautifully appointed. Very understated and well stocked with Bulgari’s Essence de The Blanc, one of my favourite perfumes.
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At 22h15 I was invited with three others to head down to First Class security and immigration where a Mercedes van was already expecting us. Okay it’s not exactly a limousine, but it still beats having to take the skymetro across to the E dock.
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I took this picture out of the van. The Swissport driver saw me and told me to keep my camera ready for when we arrived at the other end. According to her there were much better things to photograph there...
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Indeed how right she was!
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The cabin crew on this flight seemed a bit confused, if not to say dazed. Quite as though they hadn’t realised that they would have passengers to deal with on their way to Bangkok. Even so, once they got over the initial shock, their service was friendly but not efficient. As most passengers decided to sleep straight away I did not take any pictures of the dinner service and only took photos of the breakfast service. A report on the full First experience can be found in the last part (6) of this series of reports.

I slept like a baby on this flight and woke up just in time for breakfast. Breakfast consisted of:

A fresh fruit salad or yoghurt or müsli
Cold cuts and cheese
A selection of Swiss breads, including Zopf (a typically Swiss breakfast bread made with loads of butter, milk and eggs), with preserves
Coffee or tea
A variety of freshly squeezed juices (as fresh as they can be after spending 10 hours at 38’000 feet)
A selection of egg dishes
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I chose the omelette with tomato coulis, bacon, sausage and hash browns. The breakfast selection was really good and very filling.
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That's it for this installment. I leave you with a few images of the final stage of the flight into Bangkok.
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The next trip report details my journey from Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi and back with Malaysia Airlines in Business Class.

[Edited 2011-07-31 06:22:12]

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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1312 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 17696 times:

Hello,

Great report! I felt as if I was flying with you. Never heard of the 'private' lounge in ZRH. Sorry to read about the crew, I guess you just had bad luck on this flight. It seems like you had good flight nevertheless.

Great report with fantastic photos, thx for shearing.

Jonathan



"In our country, those who do not believe in miracles are irrational" - David Ben Gurion.
User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 17150 times:

Hi Jonathan

Thanks, glad you like the report. Thanks also for the inspiration. I visited the MBK and found the model shop you mention in your report on EL AL. I could have spent hours in there. Unfortunately I couldn't buy anything because there really wasn't a single space left in by baggage.

I think I also share your dislike for Bangkok. I really don't understand what people see in that place! Still it was an interesting experience.


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1939 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 16806 times:
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Nice report!

Swiss F always looks impressive, and I love the views from the A340! How great to be right up at the front like that ... I love that little bar table under the center bulkhead too, that A340's always have.

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1721 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15869 times:
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Goo day William,

Thanks for part 3. Is that special ride in the Merc to the plane included for first class passengers on LX?
I like the Swiss logo on the cuttlery.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Even so, once they got over the initial shock, their service was friendly but not efficient.

Oops, not an overly positive experience?

   Sultanils



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15805 times:

Hi Sultanils

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 4):
Is that special ride in the Merc to the plane included for first class passengers on LX?
I like the Swiss logo on the cuttlery.

Yes, all long-haul flights leave from the E dock, which requires you to take the skymetro from the main terminal. It not a big deal but can get rather busy a peak hours. So it's a nice gesture of SWISS's to provide 'private' transport across. The road goes under runway 28.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 4):
Oops, not an overly positive experience?

They were okay, just seemed rather unprepared.


Hi Matthew
Thanks, I'm glad you like the report.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
Swiss F always looks impressive, and I love the views from the A340!

I like the A340. She may be a bit lame, but it's such an elegant looking aircraft. As for First Class on SWISS, I look at it as something you indulge in when you want to spoil yourself. And SWISS do spoil you on board up front.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 15646 times:

Hi William,

another interesting part of your series! The breakfast on the A340 looks very good. How was the coffee? I was quite impressed by Swiss' espresso on a recent trip in LX J Class. Even the decaf espresso was very tasty.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
to be honest it looked to be in much better condition than the ex-Olympic A340s scattered around the airport!

Who knows whether they will ever fly again...I hope so.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
This is where I parked myself for the evening. I had the lounge all to myself for the entire duration of my stay.

These A340 wall pictures are beautiful - would be nice to have one of these at home.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The cabin crew on this flight seemed a bit confused, if not to say dazed. Quite as though they hadn’t realised that they would have passengers to deal with on their way to Bangkok. Even so, once they got over the initial shock, their service was friendly but not efficient.

That doesn't sound good - how could they be unprepared? Can you go into detail a bit about the lack of efficiency?


PH



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User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14958 times:

Again very cool! So if you included two pictures of the cutlery does that mean some if it go liberated from the flight?

 


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 14268 times:

Hi

Another nice addition to your trip report series. Good you got the lounge for yourself, indeed sorry about the crew.



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 14175 times:

Hi Planehunter

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
How was the coffee?

As far as I know they serve Nespresso coffee in First Class, which is okay although I think I prefer Lavazza. Still, it's better than filter coffee!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Who knows whether they will ever fly again...I hope so.

I honestly doubt it. They're looking to be in such bad shape that it would take a lot of time and money to get them in an airworthy state again.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
That doesn't sound good - how could they be unprepared? Can you go into detail a bit about the lack of efficiency?

It's hard to say, they were just literally running up and down the cabin without really doing anything. When one of the FAs then spotted me he first asked if I wanted a drink, to which I said I'd like still water. He went to the bar, took a glass, hesitated and then place it back and brought me a little plastic bottle instead, explaining that it was easier from him like this because he was busy. It's no big deal but not exactly first class service. Then a while later, when we were ready to push, he approaches a guy sitting on the middle row and asks him if he'd like a top up of his champagne. When the guy said yes, the FA looked puzzled and said: "But you do know we haven't got much time left?" in this patronising tone. If that's the case then why did he ask in the first place?

Hi Burj

Quoting Burj (Reply 7):
Again very cool! So if you included two pictures of the cutlery does that mean some if it go liberated from the flight?

Thank you. Liberated from the flight? I can't possible imagine what you mean by that!

Hi MSS658

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Another nice addition to your trip report series.

Thanks.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Good you got the lounge for yourself, indeed sorry about the crew.

The lounge really felt homely, I like that. As for the crew, you can't win 'em all. And the crew on the return certainly made up for the crew on the outbound leg.


User currently offlineLXA340 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2006, 2122 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13449 times:

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 5):

I like the A340. She may be a bit lame, but it's such an elegant looking aircraft. As for First Class on SWISS, I look at it as something you indulge in when you want to spoil yourself. And SWISS do spoil you on board up front.

If you have once been on Lufthansa First Class with all the experience of limousine transfer and great Lounges in Munich, Frankfurt and of course the Lufthansa First Class Terminal which makes the whole experience just almost perfect SWISS can not compete. Their crews are a hit and miss, same for the meals especially on inbound flights to Switzerland. Once the entire LH long haul fleet has received the new F Product the whole experience will be perfect  


User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 13288 times:

Hi LXA340

In a way I don't think you can really compare LX's First Class product to that of LH. I already find it quite amazing that such a small airline as LX should even have a First Class at all.

Quoting LXA340 (Reply 10):
If you have once been on Lufthansa First Class

Been there, done it, got the rubber ducky...

As for the ground product, the only thing really missing I find is some sort of customer care for premium passengers upon arrival in ZRH. The E dock is a mess early in the morning and can barely cope with all those passengers arriving at the same time. It would be nice if First Class passengers could be spared the struggle to get on the skymetro.


User currently offlineLXA340 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2006, 2122 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 13258 times:

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 11):
Been there, done it, got the rubber ducky...

As for the ground product, the only thing really missing I find is some sort of customer care for premium passengers upon arrival in ZRH. The E dock is a mess early in the morning and can barely cope with all those passengers arriving at the same time. It would be nice if First Class passengers could be spared the struggle to get on the skymetro.

I did not get the rubber ducky   maybe because I only took a shower and not a bath?

Nevertheless in general; ok the First Class Terminal in FRA is just amazing nevetheless even the F Lounges in Frankfurt, in particular the one at Terminal B and the one in Munich are also really good and better than the F Lounge at ZRH. Additionally if you arrive with LX in F at ZRH and have a connecting flight that leaves on the apron you only get a ride to the plane if you are HON and vice versa. Again in MUC and FRA a connecting inbound or outbound F passenger always has a limousine waiting when arriving / departing from an Apron position. Further regarding Dock E, in FRA and you get a ride directly to your departure Gate which is also a nice extra touch. From a catering point of view, in the months of July and August Roland Schmid from the restaurant Äbtestube of the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is the feature chef and I can say compared to LX again LH is better, as not too long ago he was also the feature chef on LX so it was really a direct comparison.
Nevertheless Business class both airlines are pretty much the same, excpet for the better seating on LX and maybe even better experience, and on short haul routes LX is also better than their mother company in my view  


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 13132 times:
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Nice stuff, this is turning out to be a great series to follow!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I was also handed an invitation card to the Olympic Airlines Melina Merkuri lounge. I can’t for the life of me think why on earth SWISS uses this lounge in Athens as it really is the crappiest one there.

- I don't understand why LX would use a non Star lounge, keep it in the family!!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
As usual there were no menus. Instead the flight attendant informed the passengers that the choice was between a vegetarian Thai curry with rice or chicken breast in a cream sauce with rice and potato cakes.

- Not a bad looking meal, plenty of food.

I flew LX in F between JFK & ZRH a few years back, think it was one of my best ever flight experiences, wish I'd been more alive to soak up a bit more of it.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 13068 times:

Hi Mark

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Nice stuff, this is turning out to be a great series to follow!

Thanks, considering some of your own spectacular trip reports that quite a compliment.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
I don't understand why LX would use a non Star lounge, keep it in the family!!


In my experience SWISS will always go with the cheapest option.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Not a bad looking meal, plenty of food.

That meal was rather tasty actually. The vegetarian option looked strange but apparently tasted okay.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
I flew LX in F between JFK & ZRH a few years back, think it was one of my best ever flight experiences, wish I'd been more alive to soak up a bit more of it.

I know what you mean, that's how I felt on this flight. That's why I only wrote a full report on the return flight.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2476 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 month 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 11923 times:

Hi William,

Your report is definitely the way to start my weekend. I can just feel how the pampering is going on! Nicely written, beautiful pictures, what else could I ask for? Oh yes, your grand finale!   


Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I left Athens on the early evening departure to Zurich at 17h25 as this gave me the shortest connection at Zurich for my flight to Bangkok at 22h45 local time.

Oh, I would have booked an itinerary with the longest connection instead. 


Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
for the onward journey to Bangkok in First, my usual seat 1K.

The best seat in the house, I assume.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Perhaps my only complaint about the offerings in this lounge is the lack of vegetarian options for sandwiches.

Did you comment about it? I think there must be something like feedback form.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
together with those flimsy pre-packed refreshing towels that are exceedingly perfumed and not really refreshing at all.

Well, to be honest I like LX refreshing towel.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I chose the chicken

Because you were going to Thailand anyway?   


Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
In fact it was so good it was hard to imagine it had already travelled all the way from Zurich to Athens and managed to stay fresh!

Amazing. But why does LX not enlist any ATH catering provider?

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Many people obviously are unaware of the fact that there is another, smaller lounge area to the right side of reception.

Best kept secret, so it seems.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I had the lounge all to myself for the entire duration of my stay

Is it not great?

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
well stocked with Bulgari’s Essence de The Blanc

Bulgari and First Class, a right combination.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The Swissport driver saw me and told me to keep my camera ready for when we arrived at the other end. According to her there were much better things to photograph there...

Very nice to have such considerate driver. What if she had told you that photography is not allowed on the tarmac?

Thanks for sharing. Now it is time to move on to the grand finale.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 month 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 11789 times:

Hi Suryo

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
Your report is definitely the way to start my weekend. I can just feel how the pampering is going on! Nicely written, beautiful pictures, what else could I ask for?

Thank you for all the compliments. I'm glad you like the report.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
Oh, I would have booked an itinerary with the longest connection instead.


I thought about that. If I'd taken the early morning flight I would have even been able to go back home to Basel, change suitcase and go back to the airport again in the evening. But somehow I didn't feel like interrupting the holiday, if you know what I mean?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
for the onward journey to Bangkok in First, my usual seat 1K.

The best seat in the house, I assume.

On LX's A340 1A and 1K are more or less the same. It's a different matter on the A330 though, where 1K is not so convenient because you have to pass through the galley to get to the loo. The new First Class is nice and very stylish but not very practical. So over all I prefer the old one.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
Did you comment about it? I think there must be something like feedback form.

Nah, I mean if it bothered me that much I could have changed to one of the other two lounges there were to choose from.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
Amazing. But why does LX not enlist any ATH catering provider?

I've wondered about that too. Perhaps it's got something to do with the turnaround time?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
What if she had told you that photography is not allowed on the tarmac?

Pretend not to understand?

Thanks for commenting Suryo, much appreciated.

Take care,
William


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11481 times:

Hi William, great report!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I decided on the Aegean Airlines lounge, which was nearly empty and very quiet at that time of day.

That lounge looks quite okay. The lightning and furniture seem to give it a slight sterile feel, or perhaps it's difficult to tell from the pics. Offerings looked nice though.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
to be honest it looked to be in much better condition than the ex-Olympic A340s scattered around the airport!

Any idea on what will happen to them? New operator or the scrapper.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Before departure small bottles of mineral water were distributed, together with those flimsy pre-packed refreshing towels that are exceedingly perfumed and not really refreshing at all.

I must say that's a pretty nice touch for EU J class, not sure whether any other airline offer this. I do agree however that the refreshing towels aren't so refreshing. I'm starting to think they're designed to be opened in-flight, i.e they'll vaporize much faster.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Interestingly enough the packet with the pretzels is now SWISS branded but without the red SWISS logo. Probably it was just cheaper for them this way.

Nice to see them offer SWISS branded snacks, instead of that hideous happy mix  
Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
and some wobbly gelatinous dessert,

Could that have been pannacotta perhaps?

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The salad was very big and tasted very good. In fact it was so good it was hard to imagine it had already travelled all the way from Zurich to Athens and managed to stay fresh!

I must say, for a 2h 50m flight the food looks pretty generous, although a more proper starter then a salad would've been nicer IMHO.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
This is where I parked myself for the evening. I had the lounge all to myself for the entire duration of my stay.

Lounge looks really nice, although not as fancy as the LH F Lounges. Interesting also that the lounge was empty, perhaps not so many F pax at that time of day?

Quoting knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
At 22h15 I was invited with three others to head down to First Class security and immigration where a Mercedes van was already expecting us. Okay it’s not exactly a limousine, but it still beats having to take the skymetro across to the E dock.

Hehe, so no private Mercedes S class this time?   But as you say, much better then taking the skymetro.

All in all it was an enjoyable read! Thanks for sharing.
//Jonas



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 month 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 11361 times:

Hi Jonas

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
Hi William, great report!

Thank you!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
That lounge looks quite okay. The lightning and furniture seem to give it a slight sterile feel, or perhaps it's difficult to tell from the pics. Offerings looked nice though.

The lounge is very modern, which does give it a kind of sterile appearance, but it has lots of natural light from the ceiling to floor windows. As for the offerings, I think the doughnuts are a cool idea.


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
Any idea on what will happen to them? New operator or the scrapper.

There were rumours that Hellenic Imperial Airways might take some of them to start long-haul flights to the US. But apart from the fact that I don't think those flights materialised, I think any airline that takes on those birds must be willing to invest quite a substantial amount of money to get them airworthy again. Perhaps somebody else has more info?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
I'm starting to think they're designed to be opened in-flight, i.e they'll vaporize much faster.

Actually you may have a point there. At altitude your sensation of smell and taste changes, it deteriorates.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
Nice to see them offer SWISS branded snacks, instead of that hideous happy mix

Exactly the happy mix. Hideous really is the right word to use.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
Could that have been pannacotta perhaps?

Possibly, but even then very likely to contain gelatine, which I just find rather vile as a concept, considering the way it's produced.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
I must say, for a 2h 50m flight the food looks pretty generous, although a more proper starter then a salad would've been nicer IMHO.

I think that may be a cultural or regional thing. The Swiss are big on salads, it's not uncommon to order a leaf salad as a starter in a restaurant.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
Lounge looks really nice, although not as fancy as the LH F Lounges. Interesting also that the lounge was empty, perhaps not so many F pax at that time of day?

...and they don't have collectable rubber duckies either!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
All in all it was an enjoyable read! Thanks for sharing.

Pleasure Jonas, thanks for taking the time to comment.

Cheers,
William


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