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Zurich-Dar Es Salaam via Nairobi in Swiss Business Class
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
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
Frauenbad: For ladies only!!
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Appenzeller Biber mousse with pear compote and coulis
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.
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!