Flying in Luxury
SWISS International Airline's
New Boeing 777-300er
By Greg Aragon
ometimes getting there is half the fun. And then sometimes it can be
its own separate getaway, full of adventure, luxury and relaxation.
Such was the case on my recent flight to Switzerland
aboard Swiss International (SWISS) Airline's new Boeing 777-300er jet.
The new SWISS Boeing 777-300er offers luxury and
comfort from Los Angeles to Switzerland. Picture courtesy
of SWISS International Airlines.
My journey began at Los Angeles International airport,
where I checked into SWISS Business Class at a separate, "no waiting"
desk for Business passengers, and made my way through TSA security.
I then found comfort at the airline's VIP lounge, a plush, private area
for business and 1st class passengers, as well as other "honored"
travelers and frequent flyers.
At the lounge I filled up at the all inclusive gourmet
buffet and full, open bar. I then hooked my laptop on to the free wireless
Internet and relaxed in a big leather chair until it was time to board
my flight. When flight time came, I strolled passed the line and took
advantage of priority boarding.
Once aboard the aircraft, I found my seat / "suite,"
grabbed a welcoming glass of champagne, and then I leaned back and dreamed
of my upcoming trip to the majestic Lake
Geneva Region of Switzerland.
The airline's business and 1st class seats are comfortable
As one of nine new Boeing 777-300ERs that SWISS recently
ordered, the jet boasts sophisticated technology, outstanding reliability
and high levels of cabin comfort, while accommodating 340 passengers.
And with advanced General Electric GE90-115BL engines the biggest
in the civil aviation sector the $339 million-twinjet 777-300ers
also offer better fuel consumption.
Patrick Heymann, SWISS senior director for the Americas,
says this is a "milestone" in the history of the airline.
"With the new Boeing 777-300ER, we will be setting new benchmarks
in terms of our customers inflight comfort and overall air travel
experience," he says.
My mini-business class suite aboard the 777-300ER included
plenty of privacy and personal space. The experience was highlighted
by a seat that reclined a full 180 degrees to a length of 80 inches
for sleeping; a fold out table for eating or working on the computer;
a 16-inch touch screen with movies, TV shows, music, maps and podcasts;
a convenient push button, seat control panel; big soft headphones; and
lots of privacy and stowaway space.
The mini-suites in Business and 1st Class are spacious
Picture courtesy of SWISS International Airlines.
The Business and 1st Class seats also recline into
full beds for long flights
And then there is the pampering service and gourmet
food that rivals most restaurants.
Created by renowned top chefs, the SWISS menus are made
with fresh, regional products. My dinner began with Swiss white wine
and a smoked salmon tartare appetizer, with potato salad and horseradish
beets. For a main course I devoured sautéed beef tenderloin with
Bordelaise sauce Anna potatoes, and pattypan squash. For dessert I had
an espresso and toffee cheesecake with chocolate sauce.
The service aboard the airline is pampering and
After dinner, I leaned the seat into "bed mode"
and watched a couple classic Charlie Chaplin movies. I choose Chaplin
because my trip included a stop in the charming town of Vevey, Switzerland
where the famous comedian retired to a massive estate. The estate is
now home to the brand new Chaplin's
The food aboard SWISS can rival most gourmet restaurants.
Somewhere into my second Chaplin film, "Gold Rush,"
I fell asleep on the comfy bed, as the jet made its way to Zurich.
In a few hours I awoke to the aroma of fresh coffee and the soothing
voice of the flight attendant asking me what I would like for breakfast.
The 11-hour flight was coming to an end and I was well rested, well
fed and ready to explore Switzerland.
Besides business and first class, the SWISS economy
class aboard the 777-300er is also a comfortable experience. In this
section there are 270 seats that offer the latest seat-cushion technology,
more legroom than previous planes, 11-inch touch screens with USB and
audio port, leather headrest covers, and cup and smartphone holders.
The service here also features delicious food choices and friendly Swiss
Swiss International Air Lines is Switzerlands
national airline, serving 102 destinations in 46 countries from Zurich
and Geneva and carrying more than 16 million passengers a year with
a 94-aircraft fleet. The airline currently offers daily non-stop flights
from Los Angeles to Zurich. For more information, visit: www.swiss.com.
For more information on visiting Switzerland, go to: www.myswitzerland.com/
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