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Zurich-Dar Es Salaam via Nairobi in Swiss Business Class

Route: ZRH-DAR

Airline: Swiss (LX)

Cabin Class: Business

Equipment: Airbus 333

Flight Number: LX292

Seat Number: 5D

The smaller business class cabin

Date: April 23, 2014

Departure time in Zurich (ZRH): 9:25

Arrival time in Dar Es Salaam (DAR): 20:05

Travel Time: 9h 40m

 

*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #58

 

Text and Photography by Arthur Jeciel

 

Introduction

May 17, 2014 We had about 21 hours in Zurich and since it was our first time to visit this wonderful city, we were so excited to discover what it has to offer. From the Tourist Information Center, we got a map which showed us how we could walk our way to the things of interest.

Typical Swiss: Cow, milk and cheese!

Zurich Opera House

Hauptbanhof Zurich

Frauenbad: For ladies only!!

Limmatquai

A hanging armchair ...

Really beautiful balconies ...

We really enjoyed our short tour of Zurich that Tuesday afternoon and the following day, it was time to continue our flight to Dar Es Salaam.

Check in counters for First and Business Class passengers

Priority lane for first and business class passengers

Boarding started around 8:50 at gate E57.

The Airbus 333 taking us to Dar Es Salaam that Wednesday morning.

My seat, 5D.

Newspapers and magazines ...

Seat controls

In front of my seat were the inflight magazine, safety card and a hanger.

From my seat, I was able to have a glimpse of the first class cabin.

The predeparture beverage was a choice between a glass of water and orange juice. Afterwards, hot towels and reading materials were offered.

The amenity kit included a pouch bag by Qwstion which featured the following: lip balm, socks, toothbrush and toothpaste, eyeshades, earplugs and some sort of Strepsils.

The departure was actually 30 minutes delayed due to a passenger who checked in a baggage but did not show up. In the meantime, I decided to have a look at the menu.

 

Breathtaking view of the alps, a few minutes after take off.

A glass of apple juice plus a choice of potato chips or mixed nuts.

First Course

Lemongrass marinated king prawns

Grass noodle salad with passion fruit and mango vinaigrette

Seasonal salad with parmesan and cherry tomato

 

The marinated king prawns tasted excellent! I also had a glass of red wine which was Nussbaumer Pinot Noir 2013. The champagne on board was Duval-leroy Brut.

Main Course

Grilled beef tenderloin with jus

Rosemary potatoes, green asparagus, turned carrots

 

The other choices for the main course were: Chicken cordon bleu with Appenzeler cheese, Quark spätzle, glazed root vegetables or Fera trout, orange sauce, Quinoa, lentil and vegetable medley, spinach with pine nuts or Potato gnocchi with saffron sauce, Green asparagus, datterini plum tomatoes.

Dessert

Appenzeller Biber mousse with pear compote and coulis

Green Tea

 

After a very tasteful meal, I decided to have a look at the inflight magazine "for first and business class" before watching a film.

 

Since the flight to Dar Es Salaam actually makes a stop in Nairobi, both the Kenya and Tanzania immigration forms were given to the passengers. I personally think they could simply ask for the passenger's destination rather than giving both forms.

From the film selection, I watched Hunger Games and Grudge Match which were both nice films.

 

About 2 hours before landing at Nairobi Airport, a meal was served consisting of veal sausage, potato salad and bread.

A short stop at Nairobi International Airport.

From Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam, some snacks were offered.

The lavatory was always kept clean. There were also skin care products from Valmont.

Arrival in Dar Es Salaam

We landed in Dar Es Salaam around 8pm and after getting our visas, we took a taxi to our hotel located about 30minutes from the airport.

Conclusion

 

It was my first long haul flight on Swiss and I have to say I was really impressed with the great food and the impeccable service. The seats that turn into a fully flat bed were so comfortable and the movie selection had a lot to offer. On the other hand, I thought the amenity kit was not that impressive although the ones I got from Lufthansa and Austrian on my past flights were almost the same so I guess that is their standard. Fortunately, one of the three first class passengers staying in Nairobi did not bother to take his amenity kit so I asked the cabin attendant if I could keep it. The answer was "yes" thus making a Swiss first class amenity kit an addition to my collection!! To the wonderful cabin attendants on that flight, danke schön! Auf wiedersehen!

 

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