My trip to Asia last year involved a terrific long-haul flight from Zurich to Bangkok on Swiss, spurring me to choose their business class product again for my flight to Europe. While it’s definitely hard to find fault with a lie-flat bed in the sky (especially compared to being in the back), Swiss features a two meter long bed, making a good thing–a lie-flat bed in the sky–even better.
New York Kennedy (JFK) – Zürich (ZRH)
Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Duration: 7 hours, 20 minutes
Aircraft: Airbus A330-343X (HB-JHL)
Seat: 5K (Business Class)
As I was settling into my seat, one of the flight attendants came by to offer reading material. When I visit German-speaking countries, I’m generally pegged instantly as an English speaker. This trip and this flight proved no different.
The menu read as follows:
As I was planning on visiting the Swiss arrivals lounge in Zurich, I chose to skip breakfast on board to sleep in.
In traveling.to tradition, the flight show:
Drink service was slow to start after takeoff, but the meal service followed rapidly afterwards. Even from an outstation, the food served was fresh and flavorful.
I had ordered a vegetarian meal in advance, so I received the Swiss gratin from the menu.
The cabin crew left the lights on for about 30 minutes after the meal service ended, but I was still able to catch 5 hours of high-quality sleep–as far as transatlantic redeyes are concerned.