Swiss has announced the long-awaited opening of their new First Class Lounge at Zurich Airport. The new lounge is located in Terminal A and promises to deliver as great an experience as their fantastic First Class Lounge in Terminal E.
The lounge officially opens on Monday, and will boast 7,000 square feet of space for First Class and HON Circle passengers.
The lounge will feature it’s own Security Checkpoint and will allow for First Class passengers arriving in Zurich to be driven directly to the lounge vs. having to navigate the terminal on foot. Passengers can also be driven to their long haul flights that usually depart from Terminal E. Last year I was driven from Terminal E to my flight to JNB leaving from B, and it was much, much nicer than having to take the tram from E to B.
The lounge will also feature other wonderful amenities such as:
- Barista Station
- A La Carte Dining Room as well as a visible cooking station where you can see your food being prepared.
- Winter Coat Storage for passengers departing ZRH for warmer destinations (LX will hang on to your coat until you return).
- Relaxation Room w/ loungers.
- Smoker’s Lounge with its own dedicated Whiskey Bar
- Business Zone
- Conference Room
- Shower Rooms
The following photos (courtesy of SWISS), provide a hint at what awaits passengers next week:
General Seating Area
A VERY well stocked bar….
The Dining Room
For those of you that have visited the First Class Lounge in ‘E’, this one will look very familiar. According to SWISS, then new lounge in ‘A’ was heavily inspired by the Terminal E version.
With demand expecting to be through the roof, SWISS has announced that will deploy a Boeing 777 to fly to Moscow during the 2018 World Cup later this year.
Specifically, SWISS has announced that a 777 will make the roundtrip between Zurich and Moscow (DME) on June 15 and 16, and again on July 16 and 17.
On those days, the 777 flights will be LX1326 that departs Zurich at 12p, arriving in Moscow at 4:25p while LX 1327 will depart Moscow at 5:45p, arriving back in Zurich at 8:15p.
Booking is obviously open for these unique flights…….
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.