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26&27th December Swiss Mileage Run Biz Class +PICS

Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:23 pm

DATE: 26/DEC/2007
FLIGHT: NEW: Swiss International Airlines (Switzerland)">LX 401
A/C: A319
REG: HB-IJF
SEAT : 2A
ROUTE : DUB-ZRH
CLASS : BUSINESS

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SPOT THE MISTAKE :::

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NEW ONE :::

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See here copy of my post on the Irish threads about this flight.

I got my boarding cards DUB-ZRH-ATH . I was not really paying attention until I went to fast track and was denied entry as there was a Y on my boarding card instead of C . I went back to check in and they realised the flight was loaded in for check in as ALL economy. WTF ???? Then she gave me a new boarding card with same seat number on it but it said C and Business class on it. Anyway after spliting my time in Anna Livia and BMI lounges I went to the boarding gate and got on. It all snowballed from there on . There was alot of activity by Sky handling boarding gate staff who were the same girls as check in . Then they started walking up and down the aircraft with passenger lists. Then a supervisor with a high Viz Swiss jacket came on and started talking to the crew and pilot. Then three passengers were called over the PA. Then more running up and down the cabin. The crew made an announcement apologising for the delay and said they would contact ZRH to sort out any connection issues. Then they called the same 3 passengers again and aksed them how many bags they checked.

Another ten minutes passed and 1 of the 3 passengers was called again . By this time she was a bit peed off . Over hearing the conversation between the crew and the Sky (mis) handing agents , the check in had messed up big time and checked the same passenger in 3 times in 3 different seats . Also the bags didnt add up . Anyway I felt really sorry for the crew as they were so embarrassed. Then Skyhanding came into the J class cabin and asked all of the passengers their name and ticked off on a printed list .

Finally after nearly an hour we pushed back . The head FA came over the PA and said sorry for the delay and he said he wanted to explain the reason for the long delay as he believed we had a right to know. I was very impressed by this and I didn't blame Swiss at all anyway . It was sheer incompetence on Sky Handlings part. There were serious words between the pilot and the Sky Handling supervisor and I'm sure it wont end there . The Swiss pride themselves on good time keeping.Also I realise that when I got to ZRH no frequent flyer number on my boarding cards and the lady in the Swiss lounge just re issued the next one. They really need to get their act together in Dublin.

The flight itself was excellent and the crew were great and the service was top class. Lots of Lindt chocolates and good coffee and a fab meal.....

A Winter wonderland !!!

LANDING ZRH VIDEO







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With all the hassle and delays I didnt do a photo report for this flight .

We landed around an hour late but I still wanted to go into the city . I took the train and was there in 20 mins.

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Christmas Markets closed for another year !

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Back to the Airport to the Swiss Lounge ::

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Re Issued to the proper boarding pass that should be done in Dublin !!

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DATE: 26/DEC/2007
FLIGHT: NEW: Swiss International Airlines (Switzerland)">LX 1842
A/C: A321
REG: HB-IOF
SEAT : 2A
ROUTE : ZRH-ATH
CLASS: BUSINESS

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I hate the middle table as you cant move it and sleep if your lucky to get 3 seats to yourself!! Only some of the NEW: Swiss International Airlines (Switzerland)">LX A/C have this feature.

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EK getting de iced.

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It was a un eventful flight and I slept a bit . The food was great and the service good.

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ENVIROMENT VIDEO

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My Favorite !!!!

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Cool Massage chair!!!

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DATE: 27/DEC/2007
FLIGHT: NEW: Swiss International Airlines (Switzerland)">LX 1843
A/C: A321
REG: HB-IOF
SEAT : 2A
ROUTE : ATH-ZRH
CLASS: BUSINESS

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All flights were very good and the service and food excellent. Depsite the delays I enjoyed the trip .

Comments appreciated as usual.

Thanks for reading

OA260
 
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Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:35 pm

Great TR as always...

I love the approach into Zurich. Its always very scenic. I have visited several times but last January got to land in the snow. I was very impressed with the pilots.
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RE: 26&27th December Swiss Mileage Run Biz Class +PICS

Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:45 pm

Hello, Philip,

another interesting story and also pix from your travel experiences.

Once again LX offers a good product to their customers.

For me, it´s time to leave this "Winter wonderland" as soon as possible now, much enough cold and snow the

last days, around four weeks to go for my first leisure trip 2008.

Athens is also on my list for early March, you know, it seems the Aegean leg is operated by one of the

fairly new A320's.

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Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:51 pm

Great report and photos OA260!

The landing video at ZRH reminds me that I haven't seen real snow in ages!

Thanks for sharing,

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Fri Dec 28, 2007 11:06 pm

Great TR dude. I really do ahve a decent product to look forward to!

Im counting down the days at this stage, just a week to go. I cant wait!

Brian.
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Sat Dec 29, 2007 1:43 am

Another great LX Trip Report, well done OA260.
 
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Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:43 am

And another one of yours, as good as always  Smile

Is that LX lounge at ATH open for LX business class pax or only Star Gold members?

Cheers
 
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Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:02 am

Once again a good one! Thank you!

BTW HB-IJF has to be a A320  Wink Landing in ZRH looked immaculate. The snow, as fast as it has appeared, almost vanished by now - unexcused!  cry 
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RE: 26&27th December Swiss Mileage Run Biz Class +PICS

Sat Dec 29, 2007 9:38 am

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 6):
Is that LX lounge at ATH open for LX business class pax or only Star Gold members?

It is open for all C class passengers. They give you an invitation at check in . Its a lovely lounge I have to say.

Quoting AntonovA330 (Reply 7):
BTW HB-IJF has to be a A320 Landing in ZRH looked immaculate. The snow, as fast as it has appeared, almost vanished by now - unexcused!

I know stupid mistake to make . I was tired thats my excuse LOL... Shame that the snow has gone. Its amazing how different the city looks in the snow.

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 4):
Im counting down the days at this stage, just a week to go. I cant wait!

You will have a cool trip. You will be a Swiss man like me LOL......

[Edited 2007-12-29 01:39:48]
 
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Sat Dec 29, 2007 9:57 am

Hi Philip

thanks for this report. Another great experience on LX. But here, also we see the handling company offering bad service to both airline and customers. LX can't be blamed, but the passenger is flying LX, so simply might think it's their fault. (I had also trouble with the LH/OS/BD handling company in AMS last time upon checkin).

The middle tables can be removed/fold away quite easily, but it's task of the crew or maintenance staff. But you might ask the crew to create 3 seats for you next time. When you won't try, you'll never win  Wink

More flights scheduled for the upcoming last days of the year ??  Smile

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Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:43 pm

Brilliant TR.

The pics and videos are really good.

AS usually seems that LX did a great job.

Really pity about the handling problem at DUB.

Looking forward for next year and more TRs from you OA260.




Thank you for sharing

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Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:43 pm

Hi Philip,

Excellent TR as always. Definitely a joy to read. The landing video with the snow background was absolutely amazing.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
It was sheer incompetence on Sky Handlings part.

Unfortunately, when ground handling is outsourced to a separate entity, it could really affect the desired quality standard by an airline. This is definitely the case for EY at AUH, since ground handling at AUH is done by ADAS.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I hate the middle table as you cant move it and sleep if your lucky to get 3 seats to yourself!! Only some of the NEW: Swiss International Airlines (Switzerland)">NEW: Swiss International Airlines (Switzerland)">LX A/C have this feature.

I have never tried this setting before, but it doesn't look so bad. Apart from trying to sleep on 3 seats i guess. I know EY has a similar setting as LX on its narrow-bodies in Pearl Business.

[Edited 2007-12-29 04:45:37]
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Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:43 pm



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 9):
More flights scheduled for the upcoming last days of the year ??



Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Looking forward for next year and more TRs from you OA260.

No more for 2 weeks LOL.....

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 11):
Excellent TR as always. Definitely a joy to read

Thanks Ron.
 
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Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:44 pm



Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
No more for 2 weeks LOL.....

Damn,  Wink

Looking forward for that.

Is it a mile run???
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Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:35 pm



Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The head FA came over the PA and said sorry for the delay and he said he wanted to explain the reason for the long delay as he believed we had a right to know.

That is professional - what did the head FA say in this case? Hope he managed to let the passengers know that it is not their fault!

Thank you for your nice report!

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Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:22 pm

Great TR. Thanks for sharing us your Swiss adventures.

Cheers,
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Sun Dec 30, 2007 10:32 am



Quoting Musapapaya (Reply 14):
what did the head FA say in this case?

Well he was very diplomatic actually and didnt blame them he just said what happened and appologised which I thought was very professional.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 15):
Thanks for sharing us your Swiss adventures.

Thanks  Smile

Quoting B747forever (Reply 13):
Is it a mile run???

Yes LOL.....
 
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Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:35 pm



Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
CLASS: BUSINESS

Is that business or economy. Sorry for my ignorance

Excellent trip report, the scenery on the way back was beautiful
 
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Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:34 pm

brgds to everybody reading this - i m just in the swiss lounge at ZRH airport - also on a Mileage trip, but my routing was VIE-ZRH-CPH and back. Nice service and food - although the lounge in CPH IS MUCH BETTER THAN ZRH !!!

The best thing in ZRH is the longest bar - roughly 20m, smoking area ( yes, i am smoking ) and service with everything .... beer, several alcoholic drinks - have to leave now, my bacardi coke level is getting low .......
 
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Quoting Ag92 (Reply 17):
Is that business or economy. Sorry for my ignorance

It was Business class

Quoting Loadsheet (Reply 18):
i m just in the swiss lounge at ZRH airport - also on a Mileage trip

Glad you enjoying yourself!!! Have a drink for me .....
 
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Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:51 pm

Great trip & pix as usual!

All these trips to/via ZRH remind me I need a day's spotting there in 2008  Smile

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Sun Dec 30, 2007 10:32 pm

Thanks for sharing the great report. Looks if Swiss has a very good product. I've never flew them (actually last time I flew "Swiss" was with Swissair/Crossair from Paris via ZRH to Berlin). Anyway, what happened that night? Was there a soccer game in Athens or something or how come that there were so much flight to Prague?
 
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Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:55 am

Very good report as usual!

What about all those flights to PRG? Wow

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Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:41 am



Quoting Reifel (Reply 21):
Was there a soccer game in Athens or something or how come that there were so much flight to Prague?



Quoting LO231 (Reply 22):
What about all those flights to PRG? Wow

Haha I was wondering when someone would ask that !!! I took the photos to show how many . At this time of year just after Christmas Day Greeks tend to travel for citybreaks organised by travel agents in Athens. They have groups of around 500-600 on a mini package tour. Its quite a good idea and also makes it cheaper. They include tours and other things. Last year it was Vienna this year seems to be PRG!! The check in areas were packed . I was at first shocked myself until I remembered the date !!!

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