Departurex From Germany, joined Aug 2011, 25 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 11016 times:
now it's time for my second trip report ! Me and my brother decided to join a short AIDA cruise in the Mediterranean that departed from Palma de Mallorca. We decided to fly there with SWISS in Business Class and enjoy some nice Swiss hospitality!
So our routing was as follows:
Nuremberg - Zurich (SWISS AvroRJ 100)
Zurich - Palma de Mallorca (Edelweiss Air Airbus A320)
Palma de Mallorca - Zurich (SWISS Airbus A321)
Zurich - Nuremberg (SWISS AvroRJ 100)
So just fasten your seat belts and join the journey :
12th of September 2011
SWISS LX 1197
Nuremberg - Zurich
06:45 - 07:40
Early in the morning we arrived at the quite small German airport of Nuremberg and entered the check-in hall. Only the check-in area of Air Berlin was somehow crowded - the rest of the terminal was quiet. Check-In for SWISS in Nuremberg is done at the Lufthansa check-in counters. There was one counter for Business Class. When we arrived there, one passenger was already handled at that counter - so we were directed to the adjacent First Class counter and were checked in there by an olderly quite reserved lady. Luggage was checked through to Majorca and also our boarding passes for the connecting flight from Zurich were printed although that being operated by Swiss leisure carrier Edelweiss Air.
The small duty free shop in the passenger area was not that attractive, so we made our way to the rather busy and quite small Lufthansa Business Lounge. This has not been renovated in the new Lufthansa lounge design yet and still features the old leather arm chairs. The buffet offered a good selection of continental breakfast with excellent warm crossaints!
After some waiting we proceded to the gate and directly walked down on the bus as boarding was already nearly completed. Newspapers were available in the boarding bridge from a Lufthansa trolley. Then out to the remote stand to board our short flight to Zurich:
Next to us was a nice Regional Embraer 170 operating the morning Air France flight to Paris CDG.
We were welcomed by the friendly male Maitre de Cabine and I took my seat 1F. Only moments later we were offered a bottle of water, a refreshing tissue and some more newspapers. Looking out of the window I could see a nice Eurowings CRJ 900:
Flight time was announced as short 40 minutes and a short manual safety demo was down using a recorded tape. Taxiing along the terminal started and soon we took of into a rather cloudy morning sky.
Business Class consisted of two rows with five passengers seated there. Soon a trolley was rolled out and a nice small breakfast featuring warm croissants and muesli was offered. I opted for tea and tomato juice to drink. The flight attendant was very friendly and even offered refills on that really short flight.
Breakfast finished and we already were on approach to Zurich overflying nice Swiss countryside lying in a charming morning atmosphere:
We touched down from the west and taxied to our remote parking position located on the apron between Dock A and Dock E of Zurich's airport. A short bus ride brought us to the terminal where we strolled around the duty free area in the airside center before entering SWISS Business Lounge and waiting for departure. The lounge was quite nice but very, very busy - so no pictures here, sorry. After some time we headed to our gate and already spotted our very nice Edelweiss Air Airbus A320:
12th of September 2011
Edelweiss Air WK 246
Zurich - Palma de Mallorca
09:00 - 10:50
Boarding was already in full swing with almost only Swiss holidaymakers. Greeted by a nice cabin crew and then took my seat 2F. The atmosphere in the cabin was very cosy and there was good mood around: The first three rows were reserved for Business Class and divided off by a curtain as on regular scheduled airlines. Middle seat remains empty here too and a comfortable pillow was already waiting on each Business Class seat. Some cabin shots:
A very nice flight attendant offered newspapers and distributed high quality headsets, refreshing towels and a welcome drink. The grapefuit juice tasted really good and refreshing.
Pushback was about ten minutes late and we were greeted onboard with flight time being announced as 1h30min. A comic safety video was played and we taxied out passing a nice SWISS AvroRJ 100 featuring funny special colours:
We took off in a southerly direction and continued over the Swiss lake region overflying Lake Biel and Lake Geneva.
The video monitors showed airshow for the whole flight and I listened to some music on the audio channels awaiting breakfast. There were seven passengers in Business Class today and service started with a trolley from the back. I was offered a nice cold breakfast with really excellent presentation on a big tray. A selection of warm breads from a basket and all kinds of drinks were offered continously - the friendly Maitre de Cabine who attended Business Class really provided fabulous and very personal service. Several kinds of tea were available and served with hot water to brew individually - very nice!
Flight time went quickly and we soon left the coast line and continued over the Mediterranean Sea straight towards the Balearic islands.
Although flight time being quite short one even had the opportunity to buy things from the inflight duty free shopping before descend. We reached the island of Majorca from the North and overflew it passing along Palma the Mallorca airport.
Due to some military exercise taking place at Majorca airport we had to circle for about ten minutes over the sea before touching down from the south.
We parked at a remote position and were bussed to the terminal. Coming up are some impressions from our cruise on AIDAbella featuring the following routing:
Majorca - Day at sea - Cannes - Barcelona - Majorca
The really nice cruise came to and end ways to early and so we found ourselves back at Palma de Mallorca airport to start our return journey. The check-in counters for SWISS were located in quite dull area of the terminal and we checked in at the Business Class counter were three passengers were waiting in front of us. The agent gave us invitation cards for the Sala Miro Lounge and explained us the way to the separate VIP & Business Class security controls.
Security control was a swift with no one waiting there and we visited the Sala Miro Lounge for some time. It was a quite basic lounge with absolutely no windows and a limited offering of drinks and some small snacks as peanuts, chips and sandwiches.
We then made us on our quite long way to our boarding gate at concourse C. Walking there I saw a nice Air Europa Embraer 190 being pushed back.
When we reached our gate there was no aircraft in sight altough boarding should have started some time ago. The screen here also showed a new departure time 10 minutes later. So a delay was obvious. Shortly after the SWISS Airbus taxiied in and boarding started really not long after.
16th of September 2011
SWISS LX 2151
Palma de Mallorca - Zurich
17:35 - 19:30
A long queue was forming in the extremely hot boarding bridge and when I reached my seat 3F I was happy to find a bottle of water and refreshing towel already placed on the middle cocktail table.
Business Class was quite big on that mainly leisure destination flight offering six rows in which almost all places were taken. Cabin attendants offered newspapers and a flight time of 1h35min to Zurich was announced. The safety video was shown as I spotted the action out on the tarmac - not a lot to mention, only some Air Berlin traffic visible that late afternoon.
We took off nearly half an hour late towards the south offering some nice views of Palma de Mallorca and also our cruise ship AIDAbella still lying in the port.
Shortly after food and drink trolleys were rolled out and we were served a nice cold meal featuring some kind of lentile terrine, salmon, cheese and a small dessert. A basket of warm bread was presented several times as well as drink orders taken continously. After some time trays were cleared and coffee, tea and digestifs offered.
Really a nice end of the day enjoying sun set down over the Alpine countryside enjoying some nice drinks .
Duty Free sales were conducted and then we were already approaching Zurich airport from a westerly direction before touching down smoothly and taxiing along Dock E featuring some SWISS widebodies being prepared for the late evening departure rush to the Far East.
We parked at Dock A and directly made our way to the SWISS Business Lounge having not too much connecting time left. The lounge was packed again but offered some good dinner selection including soup, asian noodles or cheese noodles. Enjoyed some bites of that and a drink before continuing to our bus gate on the bottom floor.
16th of September 2011
SWISS LX 1196
Zurich - Nuremberg
20:30 - 21:30
Our AvroRJ 100 looked nice and welcoming that evening and we boarded the small Jumbolino on the remote position.
The flight was very full but it featured only one row of Business Class that however was occupied completely with four passengers. Once on board the Maitre de Cabine distributed a bottle of water, refreshing towels and newspapers in Business Class as it is common on SWISS flights.
We soon left our parking position and took off into a dark sky again in southerly direction turning left soon after lifting off and setting a north easterly course towards Nuremberg. Minutes later the Maitre de Cabine served a small plate featuring a sandwich and some excellent apple cake in Business Class taking each passengers drink orders. After serving those drinks he helped out serving drinks in the full Economy Class cabin.
Really nice was that the dividing curtain was closed even on that short flight - seldom found on AvroRJ flights. Some minutes later the Maitre de Cabine returned to Business Class offering refills - really nice on that short 40min flights. We already started descend into Nuremberg while it had begun to rain outside: Welcome back in cold Germany!
I really enjoyed all those flights - I always love the atmosphere on SWISS aircraft and the nice Swiss hospitality on board their flights! Comparing all the flights the Edelweiss Air segment really was the best one. The service on their Airbus was fabulous for such a short intra-European flight with proper welcome drink, headsets, pillows and a beautiful presented and well tasting breakfast. So the service on SWISS' leisure subsidiary Edelweiss Air even outplays SWISS own inflight product on European flights.
Thank you for reading - I hope you enjoyed the report and I'm looking forward to all your feedback.
HA! I work for a Port Agency here in BCN, my department does not deal with AIDA but our Shore Excursion does, if you got off in Barcelona you may have seen a nice blonde German girl welcoming you, she´s from our company
Departurex From Germany, joined Aug 2011, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10871 times:
Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1): Fares on Edelweis are very expensive even in Y.
That can sometimes be the case if you book those flights individually. But normally most passengers flying Edelweiss book package deals where the price of the flight is hidden with hotel, transfer etc.. So flying them that way is quite affordable I think.
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 2): HA! I work for a Port Agency here in BCN, my department does not deal with AIDA but our Shore Excursion does, if you got off in Barcelona you may have seen a nice blonde German girl welcoming you, she´s from our company
Really funny. I can't remember that girl but perhaps we missed her because we did not book a shore excursion but visited Barcelona on our own way buying a metro day pass. Barcelona is an absolutely amazing and beautiful city with that many interesting sights! However one day there was ways to short!
PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 7057 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 10296 times:
great report with very nice pictures! Very good decision to combine a cruise with LX Business Class! And btw - nice to find NUE in a trip report.
Quoting Departurex (Thread starter): Shortly after food and drink trolleys were rolled out and we were served a nice cold meal featuring some kind of lentile terrine, salmon, cheese and a small dessert.
How was the terrine? Was there an alternative?
Quoting Departurex (Thread starter): Minutes later the Maitre de Cabine served a small plate featuring a sandwich and some excellent apple cake in Business Class taking each passengers drink orders.
airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4341 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10219 times:
nice to read a recent LX business report again. Still a class on it's own, I think it's among the best product in European skies these days. I've flown on the WK A320's also, in C, but still with the old seats. The blue slimline seats sure look better and create more space too.
So, the Baileys on your return flight is quite generous,... did you ask for a double?
How was Aida Cruises onboard food/drink wise? I'm looking to do a cruise in 2012, but haven't seen much about these ships.
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
sultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1873 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 10124 times:
Thanks for this interesting story featuring your flights to.from PMI. Nice you got to enjoy C class intra-Europe on LX, your experience mirrors the good experiences in other reports, so that's good! A bit surprised to see Edelweiss operating a 'true C class' section as a charter airline.
First it tasted quite different but after some bites I actually really enjoyed it. There was no other choice - but the cheese with the fruit compote was very good as well. Only the dessert was not that good.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6): The items look quite good, but that "meal" is not as substantial as the one I got between ZRH and MUC. If you want to compare:
I was really surprised to "only" get this small dish. After reading your trip report to MUC, I expected a similar meal on the evening flight to NUE as the flight time is almost the same. It was also a bit strange because on the morning flight from NUE to ZRH they served a breakfast on a tray. Perhaps they serve more substantial meals on the MUC route as this is also served by LH and they offer some small meal trays as well on this route - to offer a similar standard of service?
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7): So, the Baileys on your return flight is quite generous,... did you ask for a double?
On the photo it indeed looks generous! No I didn't ask for a double . I think it is because of the two huge ice cubes.
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7): How was Aida Cruises onboard food/drink wise? I'm looking to do a cruise in 2012, but haven't seen much about these ships.
Food was really good - they offer a huge selection of food in separate buffet restaurants. There are also some a la carte restaurants like a steak house, sushi bar or gourmet restaurant for which you have to pay a surcharge. Soft drinks, wine and beer are included at meal times. AIDA is some kind of all-inclusive club concept at the sea and absolutely the market leader in Germany. If you talk German quite good it may be a choice for you - otherwise you better choose another ship as AIDA is completely developed for the German speaking market with German being the only language spoken on board.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 8): A bit surprised to see Edelweiss operating a 'true C class' section as a charter airline.
Yes. They really offer a good real Business Class as a charter airline. But offering an additional better travel class is becoming more and more popular among leisure airlines. Condor introduced a separate Premium Economy Class on their short and medium range flights last autumn and TUIfly also introduces such a separate class from this winter.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 8): Yummy! You had quite some of those on your journey to PMI apparently
Oh yes. I think all together it were 5 that morning