I'm also one of the lucky ones that flew the SWISS MD11 last December. My flight was a long one, ZRH
but I must say that I had a great time all way to California. The service was good, the plane was in excelent condition ( HB
-IWM ) and very, very powerfull. I recall when we left ZRH
the speed was fantastic and after beeing airborne that nice and tight left turn is awsome. I was sad that it was cloudy and we couldn't see Kloten. Then all way to LAX
everything went smooth, we saw some parts of Ireland, Canada and finnally USA. The arrival to LAX
was in the middle of a big storm ( something really unusuall in California ) so our pilot adviced us that instead of landing over LAX
we had to aproach by the Pacific ocean ( that was different.... ), so we started to lose all the visibility until the last 1 or 2 minutes, we saw the ocean running under, we lost again visibility and then the landing - due to those terrible weather conditions the landing was actually quite hard - our pilot was a great professional, we touched first really hard but we lost contact and had to get it latter, this time a great one with a lot of control from the pilot, really a great control.
I'll never forget my flight with SWISS MD11 and it's already history for me, HB
-IWM is out of service and from December on SWISS will start with the 343, I'll be flying back on December 15th. in the new Airbus so I consider myself very lucky to have flown the MD11 before beeing retired.