As I find time to go through and process photos taken from my transfers through Zurich a few weeks ago, I’ve come up with the next batch of shots that I think are worthy of being posted.
Having a 13 hour layover on the outbound and a 7 hour layover on the inbound segments gave me plenty of time.
These shots were taken from the SWISS First Class Lounge in Terminal ‘E’ which gives you a fantastic view of all of ZRH’s runways. The only issue is that the sun is not your best friend during most of the day because it either ‘back lights’ or ‘top lights’ the aircraft so it’s tougher to get a nice vibrant profile of any plane.
Regardless, ZRH is still one of the best all-around airports to spot in and is extremely ‘spotter friendly’ whether you are in a pre- or post security part of the airport or outside the airport property altogether and just hanging around the perimeter fences with your ladder looking for that perfect shot.
I’ll post more as I get through them.
SWISS 777 Spools up for departure…….
Austrian’s Dash8 is Vienna bound….
Another one heading for Vienna…..
Delta’s 767 departing towards the Alps before turning west for the USA
Dubai-bound Emirates A380
Arriving from Keflavik Airport in Iceland
SWISS C-series sports a new livery…..
A very clean C-Series arrives
Thai’s 777 heading to Bangkok
United 767 heading for the States…
SWISS has updated their Summer 2018 timetable to reflect service to 2 new destinations in France:
Zurich – Bordeaux: Effective March 26, SWISS will begin 12x/week service as follows:
LX550 will depart Zurich at 7:25a, arriving in Bordeaux at 9:05a. This flight will operate daily except on Sundays.
LX551 will depart Bordeaux at 9:45a, arriving in Zurich at 11:25a. This flight will operate daily except on Sundays.
LX556 will depart Zurich at 5:20p, arriving in Bordeaux at 7:00p. This flight will operate daily except on Saturdays.
LX557 will depart Bordeaux at 7:40p, arriving in Zurich at 9:20p. This flight will operate daily except on Saturdays.
Flight LX550 and LX551 will be operated by C-Series aircraft, while LX556 and LX557 will be operated by Austrian Dash8 aircraft.
Zurich – Marseille: Effective April 21, will begin 3x/week service as follows:
LX574 will depart Zurich at 12:00p, arriving in Marseille at 1:25p. This flight will operate on Saturdays.
LX574 will depart Zurich at 12:40p, arriving in Marseille at 2:05p. This flight will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
LX575 will depart Marseille at 2:35p, arriving in Zurich at 4:10p. This flight will operate on Saturdays.
LX575 will depart Marseille at 2:45p, arriving in Zurich at 4:20p. This flight will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
All flights between Zurich and Marseille will be operated by Austrian Dash8 aircraft.
Swiss has announced that it will be closing the Senator and Business Class Lounges located in Zurich’s Terminal A.
The closing is scheduled for August 27, and will last through April 2018.
According to SWISS, once the renovations are complete the Lounges will reflect the styling and concept of the Lounges that are located in Terminal E. In addition, more seating will be installed and workstations will be updated with modern amenities. So it will be worth the wait!
For now, passengers can use the Lounges located in Terminal B and E. Star Alliance Gold members, along with Miles & More Senators and those traveling in Lufthansa Group Business Class can also use the Aspire Lounge and ‘Coffee To Fly’.
Miles & More Frequent Travelers and Star Alliance Business Class passengers can use the SWISS Lounges, but cannot access the Aspire or Coffee To Fly lounge options.
Due to the ratcheting up of security measures instituted by the TSA at airports worldwide, passengers bound for the USA are being asked to arrive at the airport earlier than normal to account for the extra scrutiny.
Specific to Lufthansa, it is asking passengers flying to the USA from Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, and Munich to be at the airport at least an hour prior to their flight if flying in Economy or Premium Economy, and 40 minutes prior if flying in Business or First Class. LH is referring to this as the minimum time needed for ‘Check-In Acceptance’.
It may be a good idea to make sure you check in to your flight before coming to the airport. Easy to do via Lufthansa.com or the LH App. This way you can bypass the check-in process at the airport and head straight to your gate.
According to LH, this additional time requirement is not being instituted at any other airport where Lufthansa Group flights depart for the USA. Their press release also suggests that your small electronic devices may be subject to additional scrutiny before you are allowed to board your flight. That however, is a small price to pay for the ability to at least take your electronics on board.
Minimum connection times at the affected airports will not change.
The release did mention SWISS flights from Zurich, and is asking passengers bound for the USA to show up in ZRH at least 3 hours ahead of departure.
Over the last few days, German media has been reporting a new concept being considered by Lufthansa to further enhance cost savings when it comes to flight operations out of the hubs in Europe.
Lufthansa’s Harry Hohmeister has unveiled plans that will create a potentially new ‘Flexible Routing’ fare that will allow Lufthansa to change already issued tickets for passengers willing to be more flexible in their trip routing.
The reasoning behind this concept will allow Lufthansa to self-direct passenger flow through hubs based on demand and pricing. For example, Frankfurt Airport charges Lufthansa up to 20% more for handling long haul LH flights and passengers than Munich, Zurich, or Vienna charge. Having passengers reroute through lower cost hubs obviously would net a positive impact on LH’s bottom line. In their planning, LH would be able to determine in advance if other hubs and flights have capacity to handle last minute changes. If not, the flex fare passenger would fly their original ticket.
An example could look like:
A passenger books a flight from Chicago to Berlin. The original booking would have the passenger transit through Frankfurt enroute to Berlin. Under a flex routing fare, Lufthansa could re-ticket the passenger a few days before the flight to have them fly Chicago – Munich – Berlin, Chicago – Vienna – Berlin, or Chicago – Zurich – Berlin and thus avoid the extra costs associated with routing a passenger through the more pricey Frankfurt.
Passengers flying under a flex routing fare would be informed days or weeks ahead of their trip, letting them know if their original routing has changed.
Please understand that only a ‘flex routing’ fare class would subject a passenger to a last minute rerouting. Passengers flying on traditional fare classes would not be subject to these kind of changes.
Lufthansa has already sent a ‘shot across the bow’ to Frankfurt by announcing a transfer of 5 A380 aircraft to Munich, thus already reducing capacity at Frankfurt and potentially preparing for the roll out of the new flex-routing fares and increasing capacity in Munich.
In his comments, Hohmeister indicated that passengers agreeing to a flex routing fare would be well rewarded for their willingness to be flexible.
Plans are in place to unveil the new program for Lufthansa and Austrian operated flights at the beginning of 2018.