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Swiss J Class DUB-ZRH-ATH/Bye ZRH Terrace PIC/VID

Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:35 pm

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........................Καλωσορίσατε πάλι .........Welcome again ...........................................

So another trip to get some miles on Swiss Business Class. Athens always works well for me as I can see family or friends in the transit period. This time I was meeting a mate downtown for a few hours so It worked out well.



DATE : 26/OCT/2008
AIRLINE : SWISS
FLIGHT : LX 401
A/C : A320-214
REG : HB - IJL
ROUTE : DUB - ZRH
CLASS : BUSINESS
SEAT : 2F

I checked in two hours before and got my 3 boarding cards as usual.







I then went to the Anna Livia lounge and then the BMI lounge. After a while it was time to go to the D gates. These are being used more and more by Swiss.





Soon time to board. I was greeted by a friendly crew.







I was offered the normal bottle of Water and refresher towel.



AT THE GATE VIDEO CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW



























TAKE OFF VIDEO CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW











Soon the drinks service came around and I opted for Champagne.



Then time for the nice meal. Not my favourite but nice all the same .



Then Coffee and Chocolates





FLIGHT PROGRESS VIDEO CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW



The flight passed quickly and soon it was time to land .











LANDING VIDEO CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW













After landing it was time to go one last time to the Observation Deck before they close it down. It is sad to see it go . It was full of families and spotters.





























VIDEO VIEWING TERRACE CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW



VIDEO LIVE ATC FEEDS





So after a nice time at the Observation Deck it was time to leave and I went into the City Center for a few hours. After that time for my flight to Athens . I spent a while at the Senator and Business Lounges and took a shower.

Re issued Boarding passes




















DATE : 26/OCT/2008
AIRLINE : SWISS
FLIGHT : LX 1842
A/C : A321-111
REG : HB - IOF
ROUTE : ZRH-ATH
CLASS : BUSINESS
SEAT : 3A



As we boarded all the passengers were greeted in German and Greek , a nice touch.



ON THE GROUND VIDEO CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW



ON THE GROUND VIDEO 2 CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW



SAFETY VIDEO CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW











After take off time for drinks. I just had Orange juice.



Then time to catch up on the Greek news.



More news on OA







Then Dinner time and one of my Favourites



Swiss Gold ::





Chocolate time

















Athens by night







After landing I exited within a matter of minutes and caught the bus to Athens city center.





After 40 mins I arrived into Syntagma Square where my mate was waiting. We then went out for a few hours and then I went back to the Airport bus stop to go back to the Airport.















The airport Museum.



The museum has been built to house amongst other things the ''Elgin Marbles'' or ''Parthenon Marbles'' as we call them . The British government has thus far decided not to return them. I hope that one day they will do some kind of a deal to allow them to return home.




DATE : 27/OCT/2008
AIRLINE : SWISS
FLIGHT : LX 1843
A/C : A321-111
REG : HB - IOF
ROUTE : ATH - ZRH
CLASS : BUSINESS
SEAT : 4F

The Swiss lounge opens at 0530am and the LH Senator lounge opens at 0330am so I was early so I went there first.















After a While I went to the Swiss lounge















A Great selection of drinks and snacks. I love this lounge . Also Ice cream !! But too early for me LOL....





My favourite drink. Cherry juice



Time to board.





















ON THE GROUND VIDEO CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW



ON THE GROUND VIDEO 2







TAKE OFF VIDEO CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW







After take off a nice Breakfast was served





After that i just wanted to sleep so I did. I woke up later and it was time to land .























I had no time to go to the lounges so it was straight to the next gate for the Dublin flight.

DATE : 27/OCT/2008
AIRLINE : SWISS
FLIGHT : LX 400
A/C : A320-
REG : HB - I??
ROUTE : ZRH - DUB
CLASS : BUSINESS
SEAT : 3F

There were a mix of passengers at the gate. Some of whom were coming from the Far East.



















After take off another Breakfast .



Again I went to sleep and woke up as we were landing.











Some gifts from Swiss ::











So thats the end of my report. Another good Swiss experience and some more miles in the bank. Was nice to pop back to Athens and to meet my mate.

Comments and suggestions appreciated as always

Thanks for reading

OA260
 
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Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:44 pm

OA260, I always find it amazing how you manage to pack so much detail into relatively flights. Your reports always make for excellent reads - keep up the detail and the numerous pictures.

Thank you again for all your efforts, we all know how long it takes to create TRs like this.

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Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:46 pm

Hi OA another great TR as usual.
I think Olympic Airways need a livery change there's something old and wrinkly about it...

Them gifts were a nice touch.
 
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Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:51 pm

Great stuff as always Philip!

Another 4 impressive LX flights, good so see some conistencey and no issues like one of your previous flights.

I'm toying with taking LX to NRT in J next Feb, that or QF's A380, still not decided!

Regards

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Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:07 pm

Hi Phil
Great trip report as usual.Reading this certainly took away some of the disapointment I experienced in the last hour ha
Thanks for posting.
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Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:38 am

Great TR

Really like your pics and videos. There is plenty of them, which is great.

It seems like you fly down to Greece from DUB with LX every now and then. How many times have you flown down to Greece so far this year??

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
REG : HB - I??

You flew on HB-IJF.

Thank you for sharing

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Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 1):
Thank you again for all your efforts

Thank you its great to hear and yes they do take a bit of time but I enjoy it.

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 2):
something old and wrinkly about it...

LOL... I like it , its classic , I was going to say if its not broke dont fix it but the finances are broke lol.....

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
QF's A380

Thanks Mark
I would have to do the A380 as I have not been on it yet. Not like you !! I dont hate you I promise LOL..........

Quoting B747forever (Reply 5):
You flew on HB-IJF.

Thanks Gabriel. I have been 3 times so not too many lol...
 
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Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:32 am

Hi Philip,

Another great report, thanks!

I am really looking forward now to my trip with LX this weekend, but just a shame the observation deck in ZRH will be closed.

I had checked out the ATH option for the mileage run , but with the 45min layover in ZRH I wasn't so sure. Have you had any issues with connections coming through there before? That might be another route to look at in the next couple of months.
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Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:09 am

Another great LX report from your hand.
You seem to enjoy the LX product quite well.
Thanks for sharing your interesting stroy.
Do you know when the Observation deck at ZRH will be closed down?
I have been there quite a lot the last couple of Months and would love to go there again!

Cheers,
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Thanks Gabriel.

You are welcome, mate  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
. I have been 3 times so not too many lol...

Okay, thought it was many more times. Seems so at least.
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Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:10 pm

As usual, fantastic TR. I am doing this flight in a month ... perhaps we can compare experiences. Though, I am staying in Athens longer ... gotta go party, and have some super expensive cafe.

Saludos,
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Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:26 pm

Hola Philip!

Thanks again for this interesting weekkend TR.

I enjoy them so much that I have decided to do some myself. Tomorrow, 31.10, I am flying LX BCN-BSL.

It is flown with an AVRO which I would like to enjoy on LX as they are still around.

BTW, where are you flying next weekend: ATH or SKG?

Salut,

Roger
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Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:49 pm

Brilliant report Philip!

All the meals on Swiss always look so nice and well presented. It's good to see that Swiss are able to maintain that level of quality service through these hard times in the industry, long may it continue.

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Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:51 pm

Hi Philip!

Nice TR as always. Amazing, that you go just for a party night across europe  Wink

After reading your LX TRs I've had already my first LX C-class experience some days ago. I was so infected that I will maybe do another trip to DUB next month.

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Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:24 pm

Hey Phil, great report as always, a very enjoyable read. Glad you had another good experience after the recent dosappointment. Did you get in contact with LX about it?

A shame about the observation deck, but luckily the midfield observation deck will be open daily from january.

Just as a sidenote: I met some fellas from the Irish aviation college here at VRB, seems that they also do part of their flight training here.

Looking forward to your next TR!
 
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Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:44 pm

Great stuff as usual Philip.
Do you know why they're closing the Terrace? That's disappointing, do they have a viewing area, like Shannon?
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Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:11 am

Great TR as usual Phil! Your TR's are always great to read!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):

I have a special spot in my room for that bad boy in the bottom right of the picture  Wink shes a beauty!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
There were a mix of passengers at the gate. Some of whom were coming from the Far East.

Is that the pilot in the middle with the Swiss company necktie in the middle? I always loved the look of their company neck ties!!!!

(Pictures Of ATH Airport Lounge, Archeological Site)

I noticed in your pictures you forgot to put the pictures from the shrine they have of Onassis ughh!  Wink :P

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Syntagma Square where my mate was waiting. We then went out for a few hours and then I went back to the Airport bus stop to go back to the Airport.

I love the way that building looks at night!

Again great TR! You know I felt like I went to Greece after reading it!  Wink good job my friend!
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Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:48 am

Hello!
Another great TR as usual. I really enjoyed it. What is going on with ZRH observation deck?
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Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:44 am

Philip,

Another great TR. I really enjoy your trip reports, full of information, but easy to read and to teh point!

Great pictures. You seemed to have had lovely weather in both ZRH and the sunny photos on finals to DUB are nice.

I can't wait to try LX, and as I told you I had planned it for January on a business trip, but as my family are going to join me for a holiday in Switzerland after my business trip, and I've invited my in-laws (I must be mad) I think I'm gonna have to replace LX to ZRH from MAD to EZY from MAD to BSL (we're talking a price of around €300 for everyone on EZY compared to in excess of a €1000 with LX). At least I can rent the car on the French side of BSL (Mulhouse) airport and get a better rate!
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Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:05 pm

Great TR as always Philip

Im looking forward to my own LX flights next month, the service looks fantastic as does the food, plus the miles of course!!

Well done again
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Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:23 pm



Quoting EIRules (Reply 19):
Im looking forward to my own LX flights next month,

Yes im sure it will be a wonderful experience and you will have a fantastic time.  Smile

Quoting DALCE (Reply 8):
You seem to enjoy the LX product quite well.

Yes I really look forward to every flight.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 9):
As usual, fantastic TR.

Thank you Mr. , I hope you enjoy Athens and your flights. I look forward to reading it.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 11):
BTW, where are you flying next weekend: ATH or SKG?

No VIE is next. I fancied a change LOL...

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 12):
All the meals on Swiss always look so nice and well presented.

Yes they are but not good for my diet LOL....

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 13):
Amazing, that you go just for a party night across europe  

Haha why not , life is short , enjoy every minute.

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 14):
Did you get in contact with LX about it?

Yes I did and they called me up and said they are sending me a gift !! Im curious lol

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 14):
midfield observation deck will be open daily from january.

Is there a link to where it is ?? Id love to see it when it opens.

Quoting EISHN (Reply 15):
That's disappointing, do they have a viewing area, like Shannon?

Not sure what the new one will be like.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 17):
What is going on with ZRH observation deck?

They are knocking the current one I think. Sandro can tell us more in detail.

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 18):
I can't wait to try LX,

I cant wait for your TR either and to see your views.
 
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Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:52 pm

Hi, Phil,

another interesting read and once more a positive experience on LX.

After reading your latest, travel into Greece storys I´ve been well prepared now
for my upcoming visit into Chania, next month.

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Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:09 pm

Hi, as always really a great trip report. I hope you will continue to post your experiences as detailed as you do. Like all the others who read your reports I also enjoy them very much. Your meal on ZRH - ATH I had it a few weeks ago and I also enjoyed it very much.
 
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Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:41 pm

An interesting read as always. nice that you were able to visit the terrace one last time. I was on there on Friday, the last day, and it was a very strange feeling.

Quoting Oa260 (Reply 20):
midfield observation deck will be open daily from january.
Is there a link to where it is ?? Id love to see it when it opens.



The terrace at Dock E has always been accessible by bus from the main viewing terrace, albeit only on certain days of the week. As from January a shuttle bus will run daily. First a new place to get on and off the buses has be built.

The main terrace won't reopen until 2011 and the plan is for plenty of glass, so it won't quite be the same.

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