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Heading Back from the Maldives (flights 8-9 of 9): SWISS J-class DEL-ZRH-ORD

Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:07 pm

If you have some time to kill, check out our flights to the Maldives (TK J ORD-IST-SIN, SQ J SIN-MLE, 8Q MLE-Rangali Island-MLE, and AI J MLE-TRV-DEL) and our video highlighting Rangali Island and the Conrad Maldives.

You can check out the other flights taken during this trip and my time on Rangali Island:
-TK J-Class ORD-IST https://www.twindoctorstv.com/dr-maldivian-adventure-long-journey-chi-town-paradise-part-1-flying-chicago-istanbul/
-TK J-Class IST-SIN https://www.twindoctorstv.com/dr-is-maldivian-adventure-2/
-SQ J-Class SIN-MLE https://www.twindoctorstv.com/dr-is-maldivian-part-3/
-Trans Maldivian Airways seaplane MLE-Rangali Island https://www.twindoctorstv.com/dr-is-maldivian-4/
-Getting my Robinson Crusoe on, exploring Rangali Island https://www.twindoctorstv.com/dr-i-getting-his-robinson-crusoe-on-in-the-maldives/
-Trans Maldivian Airways seaplane Rangali Island-MLE https://www.twindoctorstv.com/seaplane-flight-from-rangali-island-to-male/
-AI J-Class MLE-TRV-DELhttps://www.twindoctorstv.com/air-india-male-thiruvananthapuram-delhi/

You can checkout the full report with all pics and videos here, but if you are shorter on time, I think this is a pretty darn good representation if I do say so myself.
https://www.twindoctorstv.com/dr-is-maldivian-adventure-part-8-flying-swiss-delhi-zurich-chicago/


FLIGHT #8 OF 9: Delhi-Zurich

Aviation Geek Details:

Airline and flight number: SWISS Flight LX147
Route: Delhi-Zurich
Aircraft: Airbus A340
Airplane (registration and year built): HB-JMA, built in 2003
Miles flown: 3, 987 miles.
Flight duration: 7 hours and 56 minutes.
Class of Service and Seat: Business, seat 5A
This is my: 680th flight on 95 airlines.
This is my: 12th flights on SWISS
This is my: 9th flight on an Airbus A340-300, 12th flight on an Airbus A340 series aircraft.

After arriving from Male on Air India, we decided to kill a bit of time in the Singapore Airlines Silver Kris lounge. I was a bit surprised that SWISS used the Singapore Airlines lounge instead of the Lufthansa lounge, but as long as I had a place to chill and wait for our next flight, I was fine. To be honest, the Silver Kris lounge was a bit of a disappointment but it was better than just sitting at the gate.

The Routing:

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HB-JMA took a pretty direct path to Zurich that early morning.

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And here she is in all of her Flight Radar stock image glory. Despite her advancing age, she’s still got it!

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The Silver Kris lounge was a short walk from our departure gate which was across the hall from another European brotherin, British Airways bound for London/Heathrow.

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Boarding was delayed by about 30 minutes but soon we were walking down gate 20A boarding the waiting Airbus A340.

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We were seated in the two-row Business Class mini-cabin. Soon after getting settled in, the cabin crew offered pre-departure beverages including orange juice and champaign.

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Every seat had a plush pillow and a relatively thick blanket. The SWISS entertainment system on this A340 looked like it hadn’t been updated since the aircraft was delivered in 2003. The selection and…

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the headphones were mediocre.

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After pre-departure beverages, the crew distributed hot towels. I bet you’re surprised to hear that these were hot towels huh?

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We pushed off of the gate about 25 minutes behind schedule and made our way out to the active runway. I really do miss the view from a four holer!

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Being in the mini-cabin probably didn’t help, but the surroundings did feel a bit tight.

You can check out the takeoff and full flight video here. The link will be re-posted at the end if you want to keep reading.
https://youtu.be/2rqKUiLcVP0

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We finally made it to the active threshold and after a long roll, were airborne over the Indian capital. Soon after takeoff, the light meal service started.

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There were three choices a western choice, an Indian choice and a third option consisting of hot savories.

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The service started with a full beverage cart. I guess my neighbor thought 2 AM wasn’t too early (or too late depending upon your point of view) for a little bubbly?

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This was the third option, the hot savories. Overall pretty flavorful and more than sufficient for the late (or early) hour.

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After the light snack, I had to check out the SWISS fleet page (you probably thought I was slipping didn’t you?!). With only 30 wide-bodied aircraft, SWISS is much smaller than many of its European competitors.

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After the meal service, there wasn’t a head to be seen as everyone pushed the recline button.

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So it was time to make my head disappear too. Yeah, I hear you! I know you love this tee-shirt. Hands off, it’s mine!!

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The footwell was a bit tight but I still managed to clock about four hours of sleep and awoke to find we had under three hours to go.

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The cabin was stirring and the breakfast service started as we flew over the capital of the former Yugoslav republic.

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I opted for an omelet accompanied by breakfast potatoes, chicken sausage, and a stuffed tomato. Selections from the morning bread basket were also offered and before you start to judge, I asked for a croissant and the flight attendant gave me two. He could probably see right through to my gluttonous soul!

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After breakfast, I invaded the crew’s personal space (only for a moment while waiting for the lavatory to become available). A rare sight these days (the purser’s station).

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I quickly also spied the main Business Class galley and the larger, second Business Class cabin.

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By now the sun had risen high over central Europe and we started our descent into Zurich’s Kloten airport. You know you are living when you have two full windows all to yourself!

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I got a brief peek into the First Class cabin as the curtains were pulled open. Just when you think you are living the life, you realize others are really living the life!

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Kloten airport was still pretty sleepy as our four CFM engines powered us to the gate

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We quickly disembarked HB-JMA and made our way into the terminal of Kloten airport. Buh bye HB-JMA, hope to fly on you (and some more four holers) again real soon!

FLIGHT #9 OF 9: Zurich- Chicago (O’Hare)

Aviation Geek Details:

Airline and flight number: SWISS flight # LX6
Route: Zurich/Kloten-Chicago/O’Hare
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Airplane (registration and year built): HB-JHA, built in 2009
Miles flown: 4,822 miles.
Flight duration: 9 hours and 16 minutes.
Class of Service and Seat: Business, seat 12A
This is my: 681st on 95 airlines.
This is my: 13th flight on SWISS
This is my: 19th flight on an A330-300 and 31st flights on an Airbus A330 series aircraft.

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We decided to head to the SWISS Business Class lounge to cool our jets (yes, pun intended) for a few hours. The SWISS lounge is separated into two sides, one for Busines Class passengers and one for flyers with status. First Class passengers have a separate lounge altogether.

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The SWISS lounge has always been one of my favorites thanks to its outdoor observation deck. Here we have two SWISS heavies and one from Etihad.

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Between the observation deck, the plentiful food (yes, I ate a little bit more…..for the sake of research!), the clean, well laid out lounge and the free wifi, the hours flew by (yes, pun yet again!).

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The route HB-JHA took across the North Atlantic that day.

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We soon exchanged the restful confines of the SWISS lounge for the chaos of secondary screening. There were flights leaving for Chicago and New York at adjacent gates which meant long screening lines. After clearing the obstacle course, we waiting at gate E19 for LX6 to start boarding.

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About 35 minutes before the scheduled time of departure, we headed down the jetway and into the cabin of the 9-year-old Airbus. There it is again, yup I’m definitely a sucker for cabin branding, understated in this case but classy.

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As boarding continued, I enjoyed the view of the massive Airbus wing. I remember as a child being impressed by how large airplane wings were.

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Each seat had a pillow, a blanket, and a basic amenity kit. As more long-haul carriers move away from First Class, I find that the amenities in Business Class for those carriers still with a First Class seem a bit of a step down which makes sense since they have to find ways to differentiate Business and First Class products. Each seat also had a waiting bottle of water.

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Pre-departure beverages were again offered and they were actually offered in real glasses. Nice touch!

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The seat didn’t have tons of storage space but at least there was a little cubby hole for my shows. Sorry, wifey, you snooze you lose!

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Meal orders were taken and hot towels were distributed. Sorry, no steam this time but trust me, they were warm enough.

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We pushed off of the gate on time and joined a long line of primarily North Atlantic bound traffic. After takeoff, we made a slow, lazy turn which gave some spectacular views of Kloten airport!

You can check out the take-off and flight video here. Fear not, another link will appear at the end of this trip report if you want to read on.
https://youtu.be/_YY-GHqG0aI

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The entertainment handset and the in-flight entertainment itself were a bit more modern but still a kind of old school.

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The lunch service started with a full beverage cart and warmed nuts.

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The second time around I did get a little H2O in addition to my usual Coke.

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A second beverage service with adult beverages was offered along with the bread basket and appetizers. Not a huge melon fan but the shrimp was nice.

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I decided to go for the salmon (sorry, I don’t remember what the other option was). The fish and potatoes were both flavorful.

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Lunch was followed by tea and coffee and Swiss chocolates, of course!

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Last was dessert which was a raspberry cake. Not my taste but tolerable.

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The lights were then turned off and prior to my mid-day siesta, I partook in strawberry ice cream. I’m more of a vanilla kind of guy (well actually I’m chocolate but I like vanilla ice cream), but the strawberry hit the spot.

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The seat controls on the A330 were a bit more streamlined than those on the A340. I reclined my seat into flat bed mode and slept for a solid five hours. When I awoke, the mood lighting was indicating that “dawn” was a comin’.

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As the artificial sunrise continued the second meal service started.

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The service started with hot towels and beverages followed by the main which was a spinach and cheese pasta.

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With a relatively early departure from Zurich (9 AM), we started our descent a few minutes before noon central standard time. After a quick descent, the skyline of my favorite city in the world came into view. Sweet home Chicago!

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After a short taxi to terminal 5, we quickly disembarked HB-JHA and sped through with Global Entry. After 33+ hours, I was happy to be home!


Flight Review LX#147 DEL-ZRH:

Experience/Total stars: 3.6/5 stars-Definitely above average but could have been better.

[b]Check-in: N/A[/b], we checked in with Air India in Male.
[b]Lounge: 3/5. [/b]The Silver Kris lounge in Delhi was pretty spartan but sufficient.
[b]Boarding: 3/5.[/b] Boarding was a bit delayed (no big deal) but after entering the gate, we were held there for another five minutes before being allowed to actually board the aircraft.
Seat: 3/5. The seats were nothing special. I was actually expecting a bit more from SWISS’s intercontinental Business Class. The seats were comfortable enough when reclined but the foot weels were a bit tight.
In-Flight Entertainment: 2/5. The IFE system was quite dated and the selection was actually pretty minimal.
Meals: 4/5. The meals were flavorful and appropriate for the time of day.
Cabin Crew: 5/5. The crew were all professional (in appearance and behavior), friendly and accommodating.
Cabin ambiance: 3/5. The cabin was nothing special. Nice branding but a bland palate and no mood lighting.
Cabin cleanliness: 5/5. While bland in appearance, the cabin was immaculate.
Price paid and value for money: N/A, this was part of a mileage booking.
Thumbs down: The Silver Kris lounge in Delhi left a little something to be desired, the seat was average at best and the in-flight entertainment was dated.
Thumbs up: The meals were good, the crew was great and the cabin was clean.

Flight Review LX#9 ZRH-ORD:

Experience/Total stars: 4.3/5 stars-Pretty good!

Check-in: N/A, checked in with Air India in Male
Lounge: 5/5-The SWISS lounge in Zurich is spacious and well appointed.
Boarding: 4/5- The secondary screenings are always chaotic but that is not SWISS’s fault.
Seat: 3/5- The seats are good enough but I feel like the personal space and the storage space is quite lacking.
In-Flight Entertainment: 4/5-The A330 entertainment was a bit more voluminous.
Meals: 4/5- The meals were pretty good but the servings were small and the desserts weren’t quite my cup of tea.
Cabin Crew: 5/5-The crew was professional, friendly and attentive.
Cabin ambiance: 4/5- The mood lighting added a little something to the bland but professional appearing cabin.
Cabin cleanliness: 5/5-The cabin and lavatory remained clean throughout the flight.
Price paid and value for money: N/A, this was an award booking.
Thumbs down: The meal servings were a bit small and the seat is average at best (for a premium cabin seat).
Thumbs up: Nice, professional crew, good food, and a nice, restful sleep.

Video flight report for LX#147 DEL-ZRH:
https://youtu.be/2rqKUiLcVP0

Video flight report for LX# ZRH-ORD:
https://youtu.be/_YY-GHqG0aI

AND DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT OUR OTHER TRIP REPORTS:

Holland Part 1-Flying airBaltic RIX-AMS
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/amsterdam-holland-sexuality-in-holland-part-1-getting-there-on-airbaltic/

Holland Part 2-Amsterdam and Evolving Sexuality in Holland.
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/amsterdam-holland-evolving-sexuality-in-holland-part-2/

Latvia Part 1-The Flights to Latvia:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/latvia-getting-there/

Latvia Part 2-A Two Headed Dog, Rapid Detox and a Polar Plunge:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/latvia-part-2-experiencing-latvia/

San Diego Comic Con Part 1-Flying There:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/san-diego-comic-con-2017-freaks-geeks-part-1-getting-there/

San Diego Comic Con Part 2-The Con!:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/san-diego-comic-con-2017-part-2-con/

San Diego Comic Con Part 3-Flying Home:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/san-diego-comic-con-2017-freaks-geeks-part-3/

Hajj, My Journey of Forgiveness, Redemption and Rebirth Part 1-Flying to Saudi Arabia:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/hajj-my-journey-of-forgiveness-redemption-and-rebirth-aprt-1/

Hajj, My Journey of Forgiveness, Redemption and Rebirth Part 2- Exploring Medinah:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/hajj-journey-forgiveness-redemption-rebirth-part-2-medinah/

Hajj, My Journey of Forgiveness, Redemption and Rebirth Part 3-The Hajj:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/hajj-journey-forgiveness-rebirth-redemption-part-3-hajj/

Hajj, My Journey of Forgiveness, Redemption and Rebirth Part 4-Flying Home:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/hajj-journey-forgiveness-redemption-rebirth-part-4-heading-home/

Part 1-Farewell to the Queen Flying to Seoul on a United 747:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/farewell-to-the-queen-flying-uniteds-last-boeing-747-part-1-getting-there/

Part 2-Exploring Seoul, the DMZ and all things K-Pop:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/farewell-to-the-queen-flying-uniteds-last-boeing-747-part-2-seoul/

Part 3-Flying Home, The Farewell Flight United 747 flight ICN-SFO:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/farewell-queen-flying-uniteds-last-boeing-747-part-3-farewell/

Part 1- Nigeria, Twinning and The Slave Trade. Flying to Lagos:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/nigeria-twinning-and-the-slave-trade-part-1-getting-there/

Part 2- Nigeria, Twinning and The Slave Trade. Experiencing Nigeria:
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/nigeria-twinning-and-the-slave-trade-part-2-exploring-nigeria/

Part 3- Nigeria, Twinning and The Slave Trade. Flying LOS-FRA-ORD
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/nigeria-twinning-and-the-slave-trade-part-3-airport-corruption-and-flying-home/

Can a UNITED guy find his SPIRIT: NK ORD-LAX-ORD
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/can-a-united-guy-find-his-spirit/

SE Asia Adventure Part 1 NK ORD-HND-CGK
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/doctor-is-southeast-asia-adventure-part-1-flying-to-jakarta-indonesia/

SE Asia Adventure Part 2: Jakarta
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/dr-is-southeast-asian-adventure-jakarta-indonesia/

SE Asia Adventure Part 3: KL CGK-KUL
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/dr-is-southeast-asia-adventure-part-3-flying-klm-to-kuala-lumpur/

SE Asia Adventure Part 4: Malaysia
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/dr-is-southeast-asia-adventure-part-4-kuala-lumpur/

SE Asia Adventure Part 5: KUL-DPS on MH
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/dr-southeast-asia-adventure-part-5flying-bali/

SE Asia Adventure Part 6: Bali
http://www.twindoctorstv.com/dr-is-southeast-asia-adventure-part-6-beautiful-bali/
 
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Re: Heading Back from the Maldives (flights 8-9 of 9): SWISS J-class DEL-ZRH-ORD

Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:35 am

Great TR....I always enjoy your style!
 
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Re: Heading Back from the Maldives (flights 8-9 of 9): SWISS J-class DEL-ZRH-ORD

Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:58 pm

Enjoyed this TR very much! Also, I was quite surprised to see the two of you in the TV commercial. Congratulations and take care!
 
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Re: Heading Back from the Maldives (flights 8-9 of 9): SWISS J-class DEL-ZRH-ORD

Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:03 pm

Love it! I might have to try Swiss someday. Their catering seems much better than AF (the only Euro airline I've flown in J), with the possible exception of your starter on the ZRH-ORD leg. Shrimp and Melon? What an odd combination...
 
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Re: Heading Back from the Maldives (flights 8-9 of 9): SWISS J-class DEL-ZRH-ORD

Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:54 am

SaschaYHZ wrote:
Great TR....I always enjoy your style!


Thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed it!!
 
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Re: Heading Back from the Maldives (flights 8-9 of 9): SWISS J-class DEL-ZRH-ORD

Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:55 am

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caleb1 wrote:
Enjoyed this TR very much! Also, I was quite surprised to see the two of you in the TV commercial. Congratulations and take care!


Thanks! Yeah, you never know where we might turn up, always looking for a little more trouble!
 
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Re: Heading Back from the Maldives (flights 8-9 of 9): SWISS J-class DEL-ZRH-ORD

Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:56 am

N415XJ wrote:
Love it! I might have to try Swiss someday. Their catering seems much better than AF (the only Euro airline I've flown in J), with the possible exception of your starter on the ZRH-ORD leg. Shrimp and Melon? What an odd combination...


LOL, it was a bit of an odd combination but the shrimp was actually really good! SWISS was pretty decent but I would like to give AF a try someday too.
 
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Re: Heading Back from the Maldives (flights 8-9 of 9): SWISS J-class DEL-ZRH-ORD

Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:17 pm

That was a nice read, thank you!
I often use Swiss on short haul flights from Hamburg to Zurich and while I agree that the brownish colors they use in the interior are nothing special I think that it just fits into their professional style. It's a bit over the top in the Bombardier aircrafts with the chrome style bling bling :)
I never had a dirty plane and I do appreciate the true professional attitude of the cabin crews. I’m XY and I’m your Maitre de Cabine on this flight :)

I’m looking forward to them reopening the route from Bremen to Zurich.

Regards from Germany!
 
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Re: Heading Back from the Maldives (flights 8-9 of 9): SWISS J-class DEL-ZRH-ORD

Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:42 pm

Great report. One thing to note, though- you mentioned you were arriving around noon "central standard time". I thought, though, that this trip was taken in the summer? If so, you were on daylight savings time. Not standard time. Standard time is ONLY the time period from when we "fall back" (which is this coming sunday the 4 of November" through March when we "spring ahead". To always be right, say "Central Time". Central Standard Time ONLY applies during the brief period during the winter.
 
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Re: Heading Back from the Maldives (flights 8-9 of 9): SWISS J-class DEL-ZRH-ORD

Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:13 am

mchei wrote:
That was a nice read, thank you!
I often use Swiss on short haul flights from Hamburg to Zurich and while I agree that the brownish colors they use in the interior are nothing special I think that it just fits into their professional style. It's a bit over the top in the Bombardier aircrafts with the chrome style bling bling :)
I never had a dirty plane and I do appreciate the true professional attitude of the cabin crews. I’m XY and I’m your Maitre de Cabine on this flight :)

I’m looking forward to them reopening the route from Bremen to Zurich.

Regards from Germany!


Thanks for taking the time to read it! I actually do like the professional appearance of the LX cabins and the crews are always very professional.



jasoncrh wrote:
Great report. One thing to note, though- you mentioned you were arriving around noon "central standard time". I thought, though, that this trip was taken in the summer? If so, you were on daylight savings time. Not standard time. Standard time is ONLY the time period from when we "fall back" (which is this coming sunday the 4 of November" through March when we "spring ahead". To always be right, say "Central Time". Central Standard Time ONLY applies during the brief period during the winter.


Thanks! LOL, I never really knew the difference so now I am a little bit smarter!

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