Anyhow here I go with the rest of the report…believe it or not this morning I spent about 40 mins typing this 2nd half of the report and god knows what I mistakenly pressed, I lost everything!! …it was quite frustrating to say the least…
So I waited in the lounge for the 4 hours or so to pass by. There is not much to choose from at the lounge in terms of eating but that didn’t bother me as I wasn’t in the mood either. As far as drinks are concerned, that section is very good and is constantly being serviced to make sure all bottles and cans are full. There is also a nice smoking section out there.
My flight LX52, nonstop service to Boston, had a departure time of 1030.I made my way down through the stairs on to the duty free area at around 930.I checked the screens to find out my flight information and headed towards my gate. As I have mentioned before in my reports, there is a certain section at ZRH that handles LX flights going to the USA. There is a checkpoint here where all travel documents are examined before boarding. The lines here can be quite long but Business and First class did have separate counters so it didn’t take long at all. Boarding was announced for economy class pax and First class pax could board also board then if they so desired. After about 15 mins or so boarding for J class pax was announced.
I made my way into our shining A330-200 again in the full Swiss livery, and sat on my seat number 8A. This happens to be in the first row of business class and even though as I later found out the crew disagreed with me, I couldn’t help thinking that this row seemed a bit cramped. The wall in front does give an appearance of lack of space. Thankfully there were some empty seats left and I was glad to find a window seat, 10A for myself. Pre take off drinks were handed out….along with hot towels and menus. The amenity kits were already placed in the pockets in front as opposed to being handed out during the flight as was the case in my flight from KHI-ZRH. The contents of the amenity kit are very ordinary but the kit itself is quite handy.
I noticed this viewer gallery kind of place on top of what must be terminal B at ZRH. There were quite a few people there looking at airplanes and it was funny to see sooo many heads turns simultaneously towards the sky every time a plane took off. Speaking of planes….at ZRH I saw the same planes I see literally everytime I am there. This means tons of SR A332/MD-11 and A320/321’s…Continental B762, AA B763, Delta MD-11, Air Canada B763, Thai MD-11, Singapore B744, South African B743 and ofcourse countless European narrow bodies. We made our way through the taxiways and our captain announced we were 6th in line for take off. We made a smooth and long take off on a very bright yet cloudy Zurich morning. I noticed all those heads turn towards us from the viewer gallery area….that was a nice sight from the our rapidly increasing altitude. It is worth mentioning how much quieter the front of the plane is compared to the back. I remember being in the cockpit last summer and it was almost silent….and even the J-class cabin is much less noisy compared to Y class.
The attendant came around asking what we would like to have for lunch as the main course. There were about 3 or 4 choices and the one I found most appealing was this dish with deer meat. Infact I noticed that turned out to be the most popular dish on board as they soon ran out it. The other options were Veal, Salmon and chicken I think. The service commenced some after we settled onto an altitude. Table cloth was laid down and drinks were served along with very nicely cut vegetables with blue cheese. Fifteen minutes later they served a nice salad again in very nice china. Another 15-20 minutes after the salad they arrived with the main course. I was quite looking forward to have my deer dish. The only other time I have had deer was in Pakistan long time ago when I had Kebabs made out of deer meat. The dish smelled quite good and looked quite appetizing. The serving size was again decent. But I must say I was a little disappointed with the dish….the side of potatoes was very good but the deer itself wasn’t great. I guess it’s a very lean kind of meat…It would have been great had they made the same dish in Lamb or Beef.
I don’t remember if they served any dessert with this meal…. maybe they did. I just kept getting my glass filled with coke every now and then. Movies again on this flight were boring…I spent quite a bit of time playing “who wants to be a millionaire”. There was also a very interesting documentary on Queen Sheba of Ancient Yemen. So basically for the next few hours I just relaxed in my seat and watched TV. I must have fallen asleep while doing so and when I woke up I could not feel my legs. A classic example of how uncomfortable and hard the leg rests are on the business class seats. A very good moment in the flight was when they served ice cream on board. The attendant had a huge Movenpick box on a tray and she was serving people ice cream parlor style. You could either have it in a cup or cone. I had the ice cream in the cone and I must say it was one the best tasting things I have had on a plane…..my mouth is watering just remembering it. I think it was a caramel kind of flavor.
An hour or so before landing another very light meal was served…I cant seem to remember what exactly it was but I think it was light sandwich/salad with drinks. And after about 8 hours of flying our A330 began circling over lovely Boston. We flew south past the entire city and then made a U-turn flying over the harbor, I-93 South and Castle Island and made yet another rough landing( I think its company policy now
) on a clear and beautiful Boston afternoon…
All in all I must say it a good flying experience but I am firmly of the opinion that this Business class product does not befit an airline regarded as a premier airline…..not only are the seats quite average but I think the in-flight service could be more attentive and pampery…also the Business lounge at ZRH is not up to the standard….im sure AMS, FRA and CDG have much better lounges for their main carrier(the best I’ve seen is the EK J-class lounge at DXB)…..
I hope you all enjoyed the report…I would love to hear your comments and questions are very much welcomed…
To answer some previously asked questions:
: No they have nothing to do with baggage actually…that is all taken care of by other people. There are certain people in Pakistan trying to run from the military government, these guys are here to make sure no one not supposed to leave the country don’t manage to do so.
: I mentioned in my first half that my plane was the A330-200….i even mentioned it was in the full livery. Hope you a had a good one…