I noticed that they had a good supply of English and French magazines.,something they did not offer 2 years ago. The blue coloured seats were attractive and the seats seemed to be more comfortable than the hard ones from 2 years ago which were hard on the toosh. I am guessing they had them reupholstered / improved.
The entertainment system was excellent with quite a few movies and decent music / individual video screnes. I actually watched a movie which I rarely do. However the headphones were cheapo and difficult to put behind my ear. I actually broke one and needed a new pair.
The crew were polite but not as friendly or jolly as in the past. I later found out that they cut the number of crew in economy and they looked a little stressed. The friendliest / most pleasant crew member was the Pursar who was in his 60s and must have been a previous Swissair crew member.
As to the food this is something Swiss tend to skimp on in economy class. We were served a plain green and red lettuce combination. The green and red colours were pretty but the salad was bland. At first I searched under the lettuce for a tomato, a cucumber, an olive but alas I could find nothing. I looked on the floor hoping that maybe they had fallen off the tray but alas I found nothing.
Then came some small pieces of chicken, bland tasting gnochi with bland boiled peas and carrots and a not very tasty sauce. At least it was filling but not very enjoyable though edible unlike a recent trip on Continental. The best part of the meal was the Camambert cheese and the Nestle chocolate mousse.
The flight occured on April 9th. I enjoyed the mousse until I read on the label that ...."it should not be eaten after the 3rd of April." My first reaction was shock. Am I going to die I thought to myself. I felt fine and my breathing seemed to be OK. I looked at my neighbour to the left and noticed that her mousse also expired on April 3rd. She had devoured it all and as I examined her discreetly I noticed that she was still alive, not at all pale and reading her book happily.
I mentioned to the Pursar that I was not making a fuss but that he should at least be aware of this. He reassured me by saying that in a recent study consumers who ate food that had expired 30 days before, were not affected. He said he would write a report. Here is the meal and the date on the label.
The snack consisted of a small calzone which I gave my neighbour to the right whose mousse had expired well after April 3rd, sometime in May. Before landing we were offered a piece of chocolate. My neighbour declined but did not even offer the chocolate to me. This pissed me off as I had offered him my calzone. Oh well, this will teach me a good lesson not to be so generous next time.
My previous trip to New York was in February on Iberia through Madrid. I did not take pictures of the flight except for the parking garage in Madrid which had just been attacked by ETA. Here is the picture.
The seats on the Iberia A340 were more comfortable and the food was fantastic. Even the coffee was great. When I complimented the stewardess she proudly told me that it was "Colombian coffee." However the entertainment system was below average with no individual video screnes. Crew were average.
In the past 2 years I flew transatlantic on the following airlines and this is how I would rate them (out of 10) compared to Swiss.
Swiss Continental Aer Lingus Iberia Air France
Check In 6 7 10 (great machines/ fun) 8 8
Entertainment 10 5 5 4 8
Crew 6 5 10 5 10
Food 5 4 8 10 9
As you can see I survived the Mousse. However I don't understand why the pictures are so small. Never mind.
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