Thanks for clearing that up- although it would be nice to see other languages shown- the big white cross on the tail is a bit of a giveaway, so I don't see why Swiss didn't go ahead with painting their aircraft in different languages.
Anyone know if any planes were ever painted that way when Swiss was created?
Keno, thanks for pointing that out- you are right about Swiss railways appearing in different languages. I know that because I am wearing my Mondaine Swiss railway watch today!
Supersonic 78, I was meaning to get back to you! Thank you so much for getting those seats for me. I was drinking a toast to you on both journeys!
I hope to get around to a trip report, but just to let you know, I had a great time in Geneva and stayed in a lovely hotel overlooking the Jet d'Eau.
As you know, we went out on BA
- Mistake! Our flight was cancelled!
That meant that we spent 4 hours in the lounge at T4
and eventually left LHR
at 1.15. Typical BA
attitude from the ground staff- the flight is cancelled, tough shit. No apology or explanation at all, and nothing even closely resembling customer service. When I asked the lounge attendant why it was cancelled, she gave me the illuminating response that the aircraft had "gone tech" and then carried on reading a newspaper. Thanks for the information- not.
The flight out was ok, quite rushed as 2 flights were consolidated, so the plane was almost full. Service and meal were nothing special- usual BA
matrons who would rather die than smile or make eye contact. Why do people rave about BA
in Europe? They are crap. If that is Club, God help economy passengers. BA
are great in First and Club long haul, but forget Europe.
Coming back was of course a totally different experience on Swiss. It was one of the best flights I ever had, and even my colleague who doesn't know one end of a plane from the other said that the difference was remarkable.
Going to the airport in GVA
, the taxi driver assumed we were on BA
. When I told him that I prefer Swiss he was amazed and then started complaining about Swiss. I hear this all the time from Swiss colleagues and I cannot understand it!
Everything about the Swiss flight was outstanding- from the appearance of the cabin to the food, presentation and service. I really like the fact that Swiss still offer timetables to passengers, and postcards. I wrote one during the flight and gave it to the crew to post for me. These small details make the experience of flying Swiss special for me.
My comparison as follows:
Pre-flight champagne------------------No pre-flight drinks
Pre- flight chocolates-----------------"Sit down and shut up"
Aperitif after take off-----------------"Eat up, we'll be landing soon"
Excellent food, well presented---------Comparable to Swiss
Lots of wine and bread refills----------Bread, but no wine refills
Chocolates and Digestif---------------"Dream on..."
The cabin crew on Swiss were attentive and we really felt that they were trying to please the passengers. We had such a good flight that my colleague has written to Swiss in Basle to thank them since we got back. (My brainwashing paid off!
I will never take a BA
codeshare flight again if I am on a Swiss ticket!
Thanks again for sorting out our seat allocations- as I said, we were toasting you on both flights.
I am already looking forward to flying Swiss again, and I wish people would stop bellyaching about Swiss.
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