Part I - Zurich to Düsseldorf
I recently had to go to Malta on business at rather short notice. Air Malta has a daily nonstop flight from Zurich to Malta, however the only fares they had left available were astronomically high. I did not want to travel via Rome either, which would have been the logical alternative, because basically that’s what I did last time. And if I’m perfectly frank, I think Rome Fiumicino is a real rat hole. Going to the loo in that airport for example is a traumatic experience and surely not for the faint of heart.
So eventually I booked on the following routing on Lufthansa’s website:
Date: 14. April 2011
Aircraft: B. 737-300
I was unable to check-in online for the outbound part of the flight, I guess it must have something to do with the fact that I was travelling on a Lufthansa ticket but with a segment operated as a code-share by Air Malta. On the day of departure I arrived at Zurich with enough time to spare for me to get a haircut first. After all, one should look decent on business. After that I went up to the departure area and tried to check-in at the self-service device, which also did not work. I then went over to the Senator counter where the check-in agent very sweetly informed me that my flight from Zurich to Düsseldorf had been cancelled. At least the Düsseldorf-Malta segment had not been changed. In any case, eventually she reinstated the flight and checked me in on the pre assigned seats I was given when I made the booking online. You would think that Lufthansa would try to make sure the Senators get decent seats. However, when I got on the plane, I found that 7F is right by the engine and only has half a window, which requires you to make the most fantastic contortions if you want to attempt to get a look outside. I took a few shots and then gave up. What also struck me was that the entire cabin of the B. 737-300 looked really dark and bleak. Catering on the flight consisted of a drink and a piece of cake, which I declined.
Good, I got off at the right stop...
Escalator leading up from the tracks
This next shot shows one of the last remnants of the Swissair era. The shot was taken by the escalator leading up to the departure level of Check-in 1, what used to be Terminal A. Swissair had installed its first self-service devices here.
Any questions about who runs the show in Zurich?
A few airside shots: a very big, very nice and very empty terminal
Entrance to Heaven
My plane to Düsseldorf
Our neighbour at the gate
And another Lufthansa, after all Swiss may run the show in Zurich but Lufthansa runs the show at Swiss
A few shots out of the window
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