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Swiss (LX) Business Class DUB-ZRH-ATH Lots Of Pics

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DATE: 27/NOV/2009
AIRLINE: SWISS
FLGHT: LX 401
ROUTE: DUB-ZRH
CLASS: BUSINESS
SEAT: 3F ( MOVED TO 2A)
A/C: AIRBUS A320
REG: HB-IJO

Winter time is upon us and Swiss still have those amazing J class fares so it was time to take an 8 day trip to see the family and get double miles in the process  Smile

Its always nice to stop in Zurich for a few hours also and the Christmas Markets have opened.

I left for the airport at 8am , a bit later than usual as I had the comfort of my new car which I only got the day before. My mate drove me as I didnt want to leave it at the airport for a week. I arrived at around 0920am and checked in.

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My suitcase went through ok but this had to go to out size baggage. Check in agent was very friendly.

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Then time to go to the Anna Livia Lounge where they have free wifi.

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I popped into the BMI lounge also and was chatting with the lounge agent. She was interested in seeing the new BMI cards.

Then it was time to head to the gate.

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Soon it was time to board and I was welcomed at the top of the stairs by a smiling crew member.

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Newspapers were handed out.

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And for Mark !!

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We finally made our way to the runway ready to take off.

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Blanch

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Shortly after the meal service began and the pilot came over the PA with some information.

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I was then happy to see one of my favourite meals. Anyone know where I can buy that yellow pasta type thing?

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Then the famous coffee, although I would prefer it stronger, it was quite mild.

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Some snippets from the paper.









Getting cold



Not bad for Athens

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Just after the Maitre De Cabine came over the PA and advised that this flight had been selected for a passenger survey.



Full marks



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Thats the only pain about Dublin not being in Schengen is that you have to bus it.

Time to land

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So after clearing passport control I left my hand baggage in the left luggage lockers which only costs CHF 6 for a small one for 24 hours.

I caught the train into the city for a few hours and looked around the Christmas Markets in the HB. Always a nice atmosphere and I got something to eat and drink whilst walking around. Sausage and mustard with bread and mulled spiced punch.

After that time to head back to the airport.

This always reminds me of the piece out of ''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'' they drink fizzy lifting drink and get sucked up lol....

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DATE: 27/NOV/2009
AIRLINE: SWISS
FLIGHT: LX 1842
ROUTE: ZRH-ATH
CLASS: BUSINESS
SEAT: 3F
A/C: AIRBUS A321
REG: HB-IOH

Time to head to the Lounge.

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Then I wanted to take a shower.



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Then time for a Nespresso and sandwiches.

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Soon it was time to head to the gate passing the Lindt shop.

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Time to board and usual story , Greeks racing to get onto the aircraft lol... I cant talk Im the same lol.. must have inherited it .

Greeted by two nice crew at the door.

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English/German/Greek and French Newspapers given out, also American ones.



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''The party is over in Dubai'' says the headline.

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Soon after take off the meal service commenced.

Another lovely meal.

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Then a basket of those red ''Thank you for flying Swiss'' chocolates came round and she gave me 8 !! Nice one lol...

Rest of the flight was uneventful, soon we entered from Albanian airspace into Greek airspace and made our decent to Athens. The lights of the city make me smile always, nice to be back.

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We landed on a different runway as we passed the old Olympic Airlines B737-400's and A340's. It was quite spooky as it was dark and you could just about see them as we past close by. Shame is was so dark as would have made fantastic photos.

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Lots of Olympic Air A320s and A319s all parked up also looking dominant at their base. Also a TK B737-800 that overnights at ATH.

Time to say goodbye to the crew and walk to baggage reclaim. No passport control as Greece is also Schengen.

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Good advertising.

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Bags all came off ok.

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I got the bus to Piraeus and my Uncle had got me a Souvlaki !!

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Finally got to bed at 3am and woke the next morning to a lovely Sunny warm day...

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So thats the end of the first part of my trip. I hope you enjoyed it and all comments much appreciated as usual.

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Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:09 pm

Hi Philip,

Very well detailed report with nice pictures. It brings me back all the memories of flying LX.

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers,
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Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:21 pm

The pasta like item is known as Spätzli. You can get them at the Migros at Zurich Airport. To cook them either boil them in water for about 3-5 mins or stick them in a frying pan with some butter. They're rather tasty with a bit of nutmeg.
 
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Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:24 pm

Hi Philip,

it seems your flights were a bit better then the ones I recently had. My tripreport is not online yet, but I hope to manage that soon too. Said that, I have to say that I was also not dissappointed, but I compare already with yours, and during my flights I 'missed' some details.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Thats the only pain about Dublin not being in Schengen is that you have to bus it.

I was from AMS, Schengen, and was also arriving by bus in ZRH. So, that can't be the main reason. The main reason is, that your aircraft was scheduled for a flight departing from the B-gates... (I think).

If you need the bigger image from ATH/your families house by mail, let me know  Wink

Regards,
Eric
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Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:28 pm

Hi Philip
Great trip report as usual. Your hometown looks beautiful from the pic you posted. As I said I saw your DUB-ZRH flight pass over yesterday, only noticed it because I hadn't seen LX for weeks now. It gets boring looking up at shamrocks & harps every 5 minutes  Wink Looking forward to the return report.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
And for Mark !!

Nice one  Smile
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Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:45 pm



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 1):
Thank you for sharing.

Thanks glad you enjoyed it

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 2):
The pasta like item is known as Spätzli. You can get them at the Migros at Zurich Airport

Brilliant thanks for that I only have one hour transit on the return but I will be passing by again so will certainly get some and try the recomendation by you also.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 3):
it seems your flights were a bit better then the ones I recently had.

Oh really I look forward to that and to see what happened.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 3):
ATH/your families house by mail,

Thanks Eric I showed it to them and they were impressed. Well done

Quoting EICVD (Reply 4):
Your hometown looks beautiful from the pic you posted. As I said I saw your DUB-ZRH flight pass over yesterday, only noticed it because I hadn't seen LX for weeks now. It gets boring looking up at shamrocks & harps every 5 minutes  

Very true I hope no more carriers go as it will be just any other regional airport.

Quoting EICVD (Reply 4):
Nice one  

Welcome when I saw it I had to snap it lol..
 
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Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:03 pm

Great TR Philip.

Glad that you enjoyed another pair of flights on LX. They seem to have such a high standard of service. Do you find their service to be consistent?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
English/German/Greek and French Newspapers given out, also American ones.

Wow, that is a lot of choices on such a flight.

The view from your family's home is just stunning.

I remember when you flew a lot with LX (was it last winter?) back and forth from DUB to ATH to accumulate miles. Will you do the same this winter also?



Thank you for sharing

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Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:12 pm

Excellent report! I have yet to fly LX but can't wait to do so. Great pics too.
 
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Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:19 pm

Great TR! I am sure LX missed you on their flights  Wink! Love the pictures of ATH as well.
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Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:17 pm

Hey, Phil,

what a nice Saturday evening read.
With the winter time around the corner here, a really nice idea to catch some sun in Greece
and it seems according to you´re last photo that works really well.
Good LX service and nice pics.
Waiting for the return story.

Greetings,
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Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:37 pm

Hi Philip,

Good to see you back on Swiss again  Smile

Looks like the meals and service are still top notch, I do like Swiss, wish I had more reason to fly them.

Interesting bmi have changed the tags etc, given their issues I thought they would have bigger fish to fry!

Looking forward to the return report.

Regards

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Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:16 pm

Hi Philip,

Excellent report as usual up to your high standards Philip,just one question,how did you manage to walk PAST the Lindt shop???!!!!.

Perhaps on your return you could bring some of that Greek sunshine back with you!!!!

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Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:02 pm

Hi Philip,

Great report, looks like another good experience with Swiss. The one thing that always impresses me about Swiss from your reports is the meals, each time they look like good portions, well presented and tasty!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Soon it was time to head to the gate passing the Lindt shop.

I think I'd have to eat my way through that shop. They'd never fit me on the plane though if I did!

Thanks for posting!

Kevin.
 
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Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:12 am

How do you compare LX service to the new OA?
 
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Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:35 am



Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
the famous coffee, although I would prefer it stronger, it was quite mild.

Perhaps Turkish coffee would have suited you better?

Great TR - Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Jeremy
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Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:27 am



Quoting B747forever (Reply 6):
Do you find their service to be consistent?

Hi nice to hear from you. Yes Swiss have a consistant service as always.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 6):
I remember when you flew a lot with LX (was it last winter?)

Yes Im not doing so many with LX this Winter as I have racked up alot of miles on BMI to TLV but you never know I never need an excuse to take a last minute Swiss trip .

Quoting Phen (Reply 7):
Great pics too

Thanks glad you liked it.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 8):
I am sure LX missed you on their flights

Hi Bobby, yes and I miss them also . Love the product.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Waiting for the return story.

Hi Markus, Yes some nice warm days and relaxing with the family are always welcome. Athens is lovely this time of year, quieter and more relaxed.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
Interesting bmi have changed the tags etc, given their issues I thought they would have bigger fish to fry!

Hi Mark, Yes I was pleasantly surprised although nice new cards and tags and then they shed hundreds of jobs !! Doesnt seem right does it .

Quoting Nibog (Reply 11):
Philip,just one question,how did you manage to walk PAST the Lindt shop???!!!!.

Haha well I did buy my Aunt a box of Lindt Chocs, but I had some on the flight with my coffee so that gave me my fix. January is diet time Im becoming excess baggage lol...

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 12):
always impresses me about Swiss from your reports is the meals

Hi Kevin, Yes the meals are 60% of the Swiss experience for me. They are lovely in those casserole dishes! I want to get some myself for home. Always restaurant style quality and great service. I was asked 3 times if I wanted more drinks and I forgot to add that when I had completed the survey the Maitre De Cabine came and thanked me for the comments. I smiled and said the service had been excellent. Always nice to leave good feedback. Swiss certainly have the personal touch. Addressing you by name when giving you the meal is another small detail that they do.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 13):
How do you compare LX service to the new OA?

Well I would have to compare like for like but they are also two different products and cultures. I will always love both Swiss and Olympic for various reasons but OA Y class offer hot meals as seen in my last reports. Im not sure what Swiss offer on the ZRH-ATH route in Y class so maybe OA would win on meal service. The seats are quite similar and crew also friendly. I will have to do OA J class and compare. Olympic have certainly raised the bar anyway. I need more flights though to make a overall decision.

Quoting Carlisle (Reply 14):
Perhaps Turkish coffee would have suited you better?

Great TR - Thanks for sharing

Funny you say that ! Watch out for a TR with Turkish Coffee....lol
 
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Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:30 pm

HoLa Philip!

Back old classic Philip reports are back... Great!

I have just stepped back from my one of my final year runs to TXL on LX of course and it is really great to read your report.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Winter time is upon us and Swiss still have those amazing J class fares

Be aware that they are pulling them out on some routes. Sadly BCN-ZRH-TXL is one of those, not to other German destinations, not to TXL from other Spanish cities as MAD, VLC or AGP. I have already written to them but have got no answer so far. BTW, they are introducing a new flight to BCN leaving ZRH late at night and back to ZRH in the early morning, that is why I do not understand they pull out those low fares, I do not see it as a good move. Time will tell.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Thats the only pain about Dublin not being in Schengen is that you have to bus it.

I think that has nothing to with Schengen, on Friday we wre bused to the TXL flight and today we were bused again coming from TXL. I guess there is a shortage of gates now that Switzerland has signed the Schengen agreement.

As you can see in the newspaper BCN temperatures have been really high for this time of the year... as usual now it is raining and the temperatures are back to normal again, around 10ºC.

Salut!

Roger
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Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:56 am



Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 16):
Back old classic Philip reports are back... Great!

Thanks Roger ıts my favourıte tıme of the year.  Smile

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 16):
Be aware that they are pulling them out on some routes. Sadly BCN-ZRH-TXL is one of those, not to other German destinations, not to TXL

Oh ok I hope they brıng them back sometıme and ıts just a temporary meassure. They also cut DUB-ZRH-BRU whıch ıs a shame.
 
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RE: Swiss (LX) Business Class DUB-ZRH-ATH Lots Of Pics

Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:33 pm



Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I was then happy to see one of my favourite meals. Anyone know where I can buy that yellow pasta type thing?

that meal is really excellent on LX  Smile
 
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RE: Swiss (LX) Business Class DUB-ZRH-ATH Lots Of Pics

Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:01 am

Hi Phil,

Nice to see you back on Swiss. You sure are a creature of your habits, aren't you?  Smile

Lots of nice pics - that souvlaki one makes me hungry. How much are these discount biz fares ex-DUB?
 
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RE: Swiss (LX) Business Class DUB-ZRH-ATH Lots Of Pics

Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:44 am

Hey Phil

Top marks as usual. It just reminds me that its been too long since my last Swiss trip, must book another!

The markets in Zurich looked good but surely that wasnt enough to entertain you for all them hours you were there??

Looking forward to the return
Andy
The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live....
 
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RE: Swiss (LX) Business Class DUB-ZRH-ATH Lots Of Pics

Wed Dec 09, 2009 8:40 am



Quoting EIRules (Reply 20):
Top marks as usual. It just reminds me that its been too long since my last Swiss trip, must book another!

Thanks Andrew, maybe do a mileage run together.
 
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RE: Swiss (LX) Business Class DUB-ZRH-ATH Lots Of Pics

Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:20 pm



Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):

Hey glad to see you back!.

MIAspotter.
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RE: Swiss (LX) Business Class DUB-ZRH-ATH Lots Of Pics

Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:11 pm



Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 22):
Hey glad to see you back!.

MIAspotter

Thanks very much .  Smile

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