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Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:24 am

Hello A.netters,
Well, where do I start? Over the course of January, and February I was so busy booking flights for my Summer, and as well for my parents and brother, as I am the designated “family travel agent”! The following is a TR for one of my many yearly runs, which is usually NAS-MIA-ZRH with the AA and LX combo. Please enjoy the read, and feel free to leave comments!

Picture Disclaimer
I must sadly pre-warn you, that the quality of my photographs will not be top notch, due to the fact that I’m not much of a photographer, and that I’m using a Nikon Colorpix digital camera with no flash, as I don’t wish to be a nuisance to my fellow travelers. Even with this in mind, I still hope the details and details of the (some bad quality) pictures bring out the best for this TR!

Well, I wake up at 8 o’clock, so plenty of time for my 12:30 departure. I have a little breakfast, and spend about 20 minutes sitting on my patio with a coffee, just watching the planes on approach to NAS. Now I know you must feel sorry for me to be living right under the approach to an airport, however, I am after all an a.netter, and besides, with the amount and size of traffic that NAS sees (not that much), so I don’t really mind.

Some of the traffic that I see regularly. (Not taken on this particular morning)

A Bahamasair aged B732 in the distance, and up close.



An Air Canada A320 on approach from YYZ.


A Bahamasair Dash 8-300.


At about 10, I start packing the car, and head to the airport a mere 5 minutes away. The nice thing about living on the western part of the island, is that I get to drive past the runway 14/32 threshold, and occasionally, a plane lands right as we drive past, but sadly not today.
Arriving at NAS’s Lynden Pyndling International Airport. http://i29.tinypic.com/331neqg.jpg
Shortly after arriving at the airport, I took this picture, showing the curbside of the US departures building here in Nassau. http://i27.tinypic.com/wgrkvt.jpg
I headed to the American Eagle check-in counter, and stood in line at the elite counter, because of my AAdvantage gold status. http://i29.tinypic.com/15tzjr.jpg
View of the US departures check-in hall. http://i27.tinypic.com/v419pe.jpg
NAS has a truly limited number of shops, cafes, and restaurants. While there is the occasional duty free shop selling alcohol, and other goodies, there is only one cafeteria that probably isn’t half as good as the one back in high school. Truly a disgrace. http://i30.tinypic.com/206j4b8.jpg
About 30 minutes prior to departure time it was time to board my little bird to MIA.

Notice the superb condition of the jet ways at NAS ! http://i32.tinypic.com/o0nm7l.jpg
After the safety demo, we headed towards runway 14/32 for an on time departure. On the way I snapped these pictures.
US A319 bound for PHL http://i27.tinypic.com/jph4pc.jpg
DL Connection CRJ-700 bound for CVG, and a DL MD-88 bound for ATL. http://i29.tinypic.com/2s95em8.jpg
While waiting at the threshold before departure, I see this AA ATR-72 arriving from MIA. http://i31.tinypic.com/20rk4yr.jpg
Behind us waiting for departure, one of the many biz jets NAS sees. http://i26.tinypic.com/2lbhnpc.jpg d
The general aviation terminal, where many island-hopper flights to the Out Islands depart from. http://i35.tinypic.com/2u4jyg9.jpg
Lake Killarney seen shortly after liftoff. http://i34.tinypic.com/9umzxz.jpg
The ATR-72’s safety card. http://i37.tinypic.com/153r37m.jpg
Overflying the island of Andros, which is the largest island in the Bahamas, in terms of area. http://i34.tinypic.com/2nvqt7n.jpg
It still surprises me to this day, that AA still offers a full beverage service on this short flight. Some of the changes in service that I noticed was the raise for the price of alcohol from $5 to $6, the introduction of “Amenity Kits”, which includes a blanket and pillow for $6, and the raise in price of the snacks (cashews and trail mix) from $3 to $4.

For today’s flight I simply indulged myself to a cup of still water. http://i38.tinypic.com/1zeigwi.jpg
Today’s flight has a rather high load, with just one seat empty. View of the cramped cabin. http://i35.tinypic.com/m8i6ph.jpg
Approaching Florida, here some outlying islands. http://i34.tinypic.com/skx9io.jpg
Approaching the Florida coast. http://i33.tinypic.com/14l67hh.jpg
A busy FL highway interchange. http://i38.tinypic.com/nq4ac7.jpg
Video of Landing in MIA. [URL="http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=2zekoxi&s=4"]View My Video[/URL]
One of the things I enjoy about flying American Eagle into MIA, is that one parks in the middle of the airfield, and enjoys a bus ride past AA heavies to the bus gates!
Approaching the remote stand.
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A recently new AA franchise stationed in MIA, AA connection.
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Video of the bus ride through MIA. Seen are AA’s 738, 757, and A300. [URL="http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=1044ww5&s=4"]View My Video[/URL]

One of the things that I enjoy the most about MIA, is flying through the new concourse J. It is a truly modern building, which houses mostly Star Alliance, and carriers such as TAM, and LAN. The terminal that LX used to fly through, concourse F, was like travelling 30 years ago, talk about retro!
View of Concourse J check-in hall.
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I then went over to the LX check-in counters to collect my boarding pass, my luggage however, was checked through to ZRH, thanks to AA and LX’s baggage interline agreement.
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After check-in, I headed to the Club America J. This “temporary” lounge, is located before security, and is thus not very convenient, as one has to leave early to clear security. This lounge, while a small improvement from the one in concourse F, is truly a disgrace. It its basically one large room, with a couple of sofas and chairs, and a small staffed bar in the corner with nibbles. The food offerings are just as a disgrace. The only thing available is cookies, and pretzels. I find it sad, that carriers such as LX and LH’s premium passengers have to visit such a place.
General view of the lounge.
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The staffed bar with mediocre food offerings.
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Another major thing missing in this lounge are bathrooms, forget about showers, not even bathrooms. So, this is the solution. Why not just use the employee bathrooms that are designed for staff of the airline offices? Well, one has to go through a maze of corridors, where various offices are located to reach the bathrooms.

The pictures speak for themselves.
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I then proceeded through security, and started exploring.
Here the beginning part of the J concourse.
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US 734 bound for PHL.
http://i34.tinypic.com/118ephd.jpg

LAN 767 resting before a midnight departure to South America.
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TAM A330 bound for GRU. http://i34.tinypic.com/bimp9x.jpg
LAN 767-300 bound for LIM. http://i38.tinypic.com/2le5cfk.jpg

Ted A320 bound for LAS. http://i34.tinypic.com/2uhpiew.jpg

At one point, I saw emergency services close to one of the gates, perhaps awaiting an aircraft with a sick passenger? http://i33.tinypic.com/2s9c0gk.jpg
AR A342 bound for EZE. http://i36.tinypic.com/rsg410.jpg

LTU/Air Berlin A330 bound for MUC. http://i37.tinypic.com/2uj2i44.jpg

One of the things I enjoy about the “South Terminal” in MIA, is the ability to travel from concourse J to H. Here the shopping corridor between the two terminals. http://i38.tinypic.com/ingy8k.jpg

As the gate LX uses at MIA (J17) has impossible views of the plane, I had to go to concourse H to take a picture of my plane to ZRH. http://i36.tinypic.com/2h80k7d.jpg


Shortly after, I looked at the time, and noticed it was soon time to board, so I headed back to the J gates. Upon arriving at J 17, they just began calling Business class passengers, senator, frequent traveler, and star alliance gold members to board the A332. I was one of the first to board, and after a friendly welcome by the purser (LX call them maitre de cabine), I settled into my seat, 9G, and the f/a offered to hang my sweater, and offered me a pre-departure beverage.
My sweater resting on a LX wooden hangar. http://i35.tinypic.com/34jdvdj.jpg

My pre-departure beverage, an OJ. http://i34.tinypic.com/b4hqoo.jpg

The legroom in seat 9G. http://i33.tinypic.com/2yyv4va.jpg

Shortly thereafter, another flight attendant came by to see what my dinner and breakfast choices were. The menu reads as follows:
Dinner North America – Switzerland
First Course Jicama salad with bresaola, grilled artichoke, cherry tomatoes, and Kalamanta olives. Or Fresh seasonal salad with a balsamic vinaigrette.
Main Course Beef tenderloin with a kafir lime sauce accompanied by pea puree and flatbread wrap filled with tomatoes. Or Seared chicken breast served with asparagus, tomato, and olive ragout and steamed rice. Or Grouper fillet with a Pernod sauce accompanied by sautéed carrots, Chinese long beans and coconut pilaf rice.
Or Vegetable cannelloni served with a fire-toasted red pepper sauce.
Cheeses Selection of traditional Swiss cheeses with pear bread.
Dessert Swiss dark chocolate mousse. Or Fresh seasonal fruit salad.
Coffee, Tea, and Digestive. For the first course, I chose the Jicama salad, and for the main course, I chose the beef tenderloin. For the breakfast service, I had to fill in a sheet, with my preferences from a list, so the cabin crew could perform an expedited one-tray breakfast service. My choices were the following: Orange Juice Fruit Smoothie Croissant Whole Wheat Bread roll Fresh Fruit Honey glazed turkey, cheddar, and Pepper Jack cheese. Okay, let the dinner service begin!
Don’t you just love these old style carts LX uses, if I remember correctly, they even had the OLD Swissair logo on them! http://i38.tinypic.com/xpxbns.jpg
To begin, salted puff-pastry sticks, and an apple juice. A big improvement from the packaged pretzels I had in January. http://i33.tinypic.com/2m5m6wn.jpg
The first course, Jicama salad with bresaola, and a green salad. http://i36.tinypic.com/2qibj95.jpg
The main course, the beef tenderloin. http://i37.tinypic.com/2vtb8kp.jpg
And last but definitely not least, chocolate mousse for dessert! http://i33.tinypic.com/syugkm.jpg
After that filling and delicious meal, I decided to head to the bathroom to brush my teeth, and get ready for bed.

Here some bathroom shots. http://i33.tinypic.com/soldna.jpg http://i38.tinypic.com/28lw7xs.jpg

After a solid couple of hours of sleep, I awoke, and decided to watch a movie, ahh what are the choices? http://i37.tinypic.com/2cpap3k.jpg http://i38.tinypic.com/29mt4at.jpg


So I decided to start watching The Other Boleyn Girl, which was quite interesting.

Approaching Continental Europe, not the curvature of the earth! http://i33.tinypic.com/vi1f8x.jpg

Shortly thereafter, they started serving the breakfast. I find this one tray service very effective, because all of the people are served at the speed in which they wake up, and everyone already has what they want on the tray.

I was then served my pre-ordered breakfast, which consisted of many different breakfast items such as fruit, breads, cheese, and hams. http://i36.tinypic.com/2hgbcau.jpg

After that filling, yet reasonably sized breakfast, I decided to take a stroll throughout the cabin.
Peeping out of the emergency door’s tiny window. http://i35.tinypic.com/5ck4mt.jpg
Overflying the French countryside.
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Approaching Paris…almost home!
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View of the Business class cabin shortly before descent.
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After the entertainment system was shut off, and the headphones were collected, I decided to play the in-flight trivia, because just sitting there reading the same magazine can get very boring!

Does anyone know the answer?
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I believe this is the Rhine river, on our approach to ZRH.
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Overflying the Swiss countryside.
http://i34.tinypic.com/o5dixf.jpg

Video of landing in ZRH. Note all the special field markings promoting the Euro 2008.
[URL="http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=b7i0l1&s=4"]View My Video[/URL]
After landing, I see LX’s only Star Alliance logo jet, and Avro RJ-100. Shame they won’t paint any larger aircraft in the Star Alliance livery.
http://i35.tinypic.com/9ux16r.jpg

As we make our way to the E-gates, we taxi past this unknown all-white aircraft. Any ideas?
http://i37.tinypic.com/zn7mg3.jpg

Pulling into our stand next to an Air Berlin B738 and further down a company A343.
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Dock E Skymetro station.
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View into the tunnel that goes under the runway.
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And probably the most welcoming welcome to Switzerland, getting a kiss from Heidi!
[URL="http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=2nrzs5v&s=4"]View My Video[/URL]

Well, that does it for now. Sorry it has taken so long for me to write it, I’ve had a very busy summer, visiting Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Morocco, Gibraltar, Italy, and the USA. Some more trip reports to select destinations and flights that I have taken in the last few months will soon follow, but for now, I need to catch up on all that work, 2 months of vacation also comes with a downside!

Any comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Thanks for your time in reading and commenting my trip report,

LX64A332
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:33 am

Great trip report....
one quick correction, however. In one of your first pictures, you have mentioned the DL CRJ-700 and DL MD-88. The CRJ7 is instead one of the new CRJ-900 series aircraft. Just wanted to pass that along.
I was a little surprised that the LX Business Class is not much to look at. I expected leather seats and gold trim and ambience but it seemed rather old fashioned. How was the experience at least?
 
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:39 am

Somehow the codes for the videos didn't work.

Landing in MIA

Original Video - More videos at TinyPic

MIA Bus Ride

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Landing in ZRH

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ZRH Heidi Welcome

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Sorry for that mistake  Smile
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:42 am



Quoting Jkj777 (Reply 1):

Thanks for that correction, you see its 1 am and lets just say I'm ready for bead!  Smile
The service and food was the usual Swiss excellence, hovever I would always think twice when PAYING for a C-class ride, as I believe the seat on LX's A332's are not worth the up to $6,000 ticket price.
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Sat Aug 16, 2008 7:51 am

Nice report and pictures, looks like the LX service is upto scratch!

Meal presentation and cutlery etc looks good, far nice than the stuff CO uses.

The seats are the let down here, however the new A330-343's are due on from next year, they will have a new J seat, should be a big improvement.

Look forward to more TR's.

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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:04 pm

Very nice trip report. WOW what an embarassment NAS airport is. Your description and the photos (especially the one of that broken down jetway) really say it all.

I noticed on your taxi in at MIA, they didnt seem to do an arrival announcement. Did that come after your vid clip stopped?

Thanks for the report.
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:38 pm

Nassau airport has not changed much since 1976. Then one walked to all the planes. I flew the same route with an empty Bahamasair BAC111 and returned on a Chalk sea plane from Paradise Island via Bimini; one of the most fun flights. However with the last crash they had I would not want to do it again as those planes are now really old.

Thanks for the interesting pictures.
 
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:33 pm



Quoting TDubJFK (Reply 5):
Very nice trip report. WOW what an embarassment NAS airport is. Your description and the photos (especially the one of that broken down jetway) really say it all.

I noticed on your taxi in at MIA, they didnt seem to do an arrival announcement. Did that come after your vid clip stopped?

Thanks for your kind words! And yes, the NAS airport is a disgrace, but hopefully that Canadian company NAD can make some much needed improvements in the future! Believe it or not, there was an arrival announcement on our arrival in MIA, but the low voice of the f/a and the malfunctioning PA made it VERY HARD to hear, and as I was only recording it with a digital camera, so not the best quality1

Quoting Semsem (Reply 6):
Nassau airport has not changed much since 1976. Then one walked to all the planes. I flew the same route with an empty Bahamasair BAC111 and returned on a Chalk sea plane from Paradise Island via Bimini; one of the most fun flights. However with the last crash they had I would not want to do it again as those planes are now really old.

Very interesting. I grew up on Paradise Island, and the Chalk's seaplane would land and take-off right by my dock, a truly interesting experiance! Too bad they crashed, and never got back their FAA approval for their Turbo Mallards.
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Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:55 pm

Great report. The air bridges at NAS look like they need an emergency repair! I hope they are not going to leave them like that.

The Club America lounge looks ok but they would need to offer more food for carriers such as LX and LH. Its far from premium. Dont like the corridors either.

The food on LX looks as good as ever and nicely presented. The seats areat the end of their life though and I cant wait to see the new product fully installed. It will be top class again after that . I have been putting off my LX A330 trip until that happens.

Thanks for the great report.

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Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:16 pm

Hola LX64A332!

Nice reading your TR.

I am always keen on LX long-haul sectors and they have still to deceive me.

Although the old seats are not the best around I find them OK for day time flights, especially in the cradle position. At night, as I am a poor sleeper even on lie-flat seats, like BA or IB, they are still OK. As usual, their outstanding service, food presentation and attention beat anyone around, at least for European standards.

Needless to say LX is my company of choice around Europe and around the world when possible.

Salut!

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Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:31 pm

Nice report! I can't wait for the new A333s to arrive. The J cabin on the A332 is so outdated, its a shame, and really lets down the great service LX provides. This is due to change however, and the new J seats will be top-notch, finally.

Quoting LX64A332 (Thread starter):
Notice the superb condition of the jet ways at NAS !

 rotfl 

Quoting LX64A332 (Thread starter):
I see LX’s only Star Alliance logo jet

There are two actually, both RJ100s  Wink I'm glad that LX didnt paint any Airbusses in the Star Alliance livery, because it's super-ugly.
 
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:15 pm



Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Great report. The air bridges at NAS look like they need an emergency repair! I hope they are not going to leave them like that.

Well they've been like that (inuseable) since 2000, so I think they are not a huge priority for the airport authority.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
The food on LX looks as good as ever and nicely presented. The seats areat the end of their life though and I cant wait to see the new product fully installed. It will be top class again after that . I have been putting off my LX A330 trip until that happens.

I agree with you on that one, and you're wise to put your trip off until the new J seats get installed. By the way, when will we see one of your LX TR's again ?  Smile

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 10):
Nice report! I can't wait for the new A333s to arrive. The J cabin on the A332 is so outdated, its a shame, and really lets down the great service LX provides. This is due to change however, and the new J seats will be top-notch, finally.

I agree, and frankly that the reason I've stayed with LX and haven't switched to LH or BA like many of my colleagues. BTW, the new J seats, apart form the A330-300's, what a/c will be equipped with them. Its just so stressful with LX, they have never had the same product on all of their long haul planes!

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 10):
There are two actually, both RJ100s I'm glad that LX didnt paint any Airbusses in the Star Alliance livery, because it's super-ugly.

Thanks, I also think the Star Alliance livery isn't the nicest thing out there.
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Wed Aug 20, 2008 2:54 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
Meal presentation and cutlery etc looks good, far nice than the stuff CO uses.

The meal service of LX is top notch and of course much more superior to the US carriers. Even though I think CO offers the best overall product from the US carriers, but the china CO uses is truly "grandma china".
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Wed Aug 20, 2008 4:52 pm



Quoting LX64A332 (Reply 11):
the new J seats, apart form the A330-300's, what a/c will be equipped with them

LX's whole longhaul fleet will eventually be equipped with the new J seats. Also, it is not yet clear wether there'll be a new Y and/or F class seat.
 
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Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:31 pm

I fly Continental's BusinessFirst quite often and I find their catering both in presentation and offerings superior to what I have seen here for LX. The F/A serving from the cart pictured should have removed the glasses and supplies from the plastic holders and lined them up on the cart for a more premium appearance, the appearance of that cart is more like a domestic business class look. Also, the white china with no design or patterns looks like something a person could purchase at Target.
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:27 pm



Quoting PRINAIR (Reply 14):
The F/A serving from the cart pictured should have removed the glasses and supplies from the plastic holders and lined them up on the cart for a more premium appearance, the appearance of that cart is more like a domestic business class look. Also, the white china with no design or patterns looks like something a person could purchase at Target.

I fully agree with you that the plastic bottle holder looks tacky and inappropriate!
With the china however, I think the more simple and sleek European design of the LX china, doesn't make it necessaraly cheap, but if thats your opinion its ok.
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:36 pm



Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 13):
LX's whole longhaul fleet will eventually be equipped with the new J seats. Also, it is not yet clear wether there'll be a new Y and/or F class seat.

Thanks, but yet again, thats what they said with the A340 J class seats. When will we see the entire LX longhaul fleet with the same product?
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:50 pm

Comprehensive trip report. Very interesting and humorous at some points. Good work.

Quoting LX64A332 (Thread starter):
Notice the superb condition of the jet ways at NAS !

Good one !  rotfl 

Quoting LX64A332 (Thread starter):
The terminal that LX used to fly through, concourse F, was like travelling 30 years ago, talk about retro!

JM use this terminal as well. Very antiquated and in dire need of refurbishment or replacement.

Bless.
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:40 am



Quoting AirJamaica (Reply 17):
Quoting LX64A332 (Thread starter):
Notice the superb condition of the jet ways at NAS !

Good one !

Why does everyone think thats funny. Those are actually the better ones!

Quoting AirJamaica (Reply 17):
Comprehensive trip report. Very interesting and humorous at some points. Good work.

Thanks, you really find it that humorous?  Smile
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:04 am



Quoting LX64A332 (Reply 18):
Thanks, you really find it that humorous?

The comment re the air bridge at NAS was funny. And yes, the F terminal at MIA is really outdated. JM no longer flies passenger service to MIA. They have a large presence at FLL. 4 daily.
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:20 pm

My favourite LX again - even though their seats are not the best, their services and catering looked brilliant!

Glad you had a nice trip!
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:01 pm



Quoting AirJamaica (Reply 19):
F terminal at MIA is really outdated.

I agree, LX and LH also used to fly there.

Quoting Musapapaya (Reply 20):
even though their seats are not the best, their services and catering looked brilliant!

That is the exact reason I have always been loyal to LX and never switched to skyteam or oneoworld.

Cheers,

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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:19 pm

I don't know what you are talking about, your pictures are great! Great trip report, thanks for posting it!
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:30 pm



Quoting LX64A332 (Thread starter):
As we make our way to the E-gates, we taxi past this unknown all-white aircraft. Any ideas?

This a wild and distant guess but my country's obsolete carrier Bulgaria Air and its offshoot Hemus Air still have planes that are plain white. They surely do fly SOF-ZRH so that might be it.
 
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:49 am



Quoting M11Stephen (Reply 22):
I don't know what you are talking about, your pictures are great! Great trip report, thanks for posting it!

Thanks! I have also come to realize this, however when it was written, I was still very secure about taking pictures!

Quoting Mickster (Reply 23):
This a wild and distant guess but my country's obsolete carrier Bulgaria Air and its offshoot Hemus Air still have planes that are plain white. They surely do fly SOF-ZRH so that might be it.

You're probably correct. I just thought its a little weird they don't even have a sticker or something stating its operated by Bulgaria Air.

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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:36 pm

Just arrived back from a trip to (and from) Miami, via Zurich with Swiss and we flew on the A343...

The seats on the A332 look so different to those on the A343 type, for once the A343 looks like it's better (in the cabin at least).

I notied in the in flight mag that Swiss are getting rid of all the A332 types for the A333, something that kinda suprised me, I thought they would at least keep a mix or something!? Also they were showing off their new Business seat, much better then the A343 I flew on, and much - much better then the A332 in those pics.

Food looks good though (as it was on my Swiss flight)...

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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Wed Mar 18, 2009 3:25 pm



Quoting Kimberlyrj (Reply 25):

Im glad you enjoyed the LX experience! I agree with you fully that the A340 seats are much better than those on the A330, however LX is still very inconsistent, and even the A340 product is showing its age. SO can't wait for the A333!

Quoting Kimberlyrj (Reply 25):
Food looks good though (as it was on my Swiss flight)...

As always on all services, even with the old seats, LX's food, and cabin service never disappoints.

Thanks for reading!

Cheers,

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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:22 pm



Quoting LX64A332 (Reply 26):
As always on all services, even with the old seats, LX's food, and cabin service never disappoints.

I must admit as a CSD I was still impressed with Swiss and really enjoyed chatting with the cabin crew, there were a few faults on the outward international flight to MIA. There were only eight movies on the IFE! The crew said the new movies had not arrived and in a rush the old movies had been reloaded, I’m not sure which IFE system they run – but it was still better than ours at BA.

I would recommend Swiss to anyone! Very well done

Kimberly

Ps. The Business seats on European (A321 out and A320 return) seemed a little un business like, the service was once again good, as was the food but the seats on the A321 were so much better than the A320...
 
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:10 am



Quoting Kimberlyrj (Reply 27):
Ps. The Business seats on European (A321 out and A320 return) seemed a little un business like, the service was once again good, as was the food but the seats on the A321 were so much better than the A320...

You're right, the business seats are exactly identical to the economy seats, with the exception of the middle seat being free. This is where I think their US counterparts have an advantage with a proper business class.

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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:45 pm

Interesting report  Smile

I was in Kloten last year in April. The train ride (the last video you posted) was a surprise- especially the sound of cow bells and horns  Smile A real welcome to Switzerland, though  Smile  Smile
 
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RE: Swiss Business Class & AA Y-class (NAS-MIA-ZRH)

Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:41 pm



Quoting TimePilot (Reply 29):
I was in Kloten last year in April. The train ride (the last video you posted) was a surprise- especially the sound of cow bells and horns   A real welcome to Switzerland, though    

Haha yes that is certainly an interesting welcome, including the Heidi girl blowing you a kiss, truly swiss!  Wink
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