There are several rumors floating around that Swiss business class is one of the best options around when it comes to flying. However, if you aren’t a believer just based on rumors, then it may be time to delve a bit deeper and learn more about this experience.
The cost to fly via Swiss Business Class is going to vary based on where you fly out of and your final destination. For example, you can travel from New York to Zurich for around $450. However, to arrive in Budapest from New York, you will pay around $800. Be sure to research your destination carefully, as this is going to impact the price of your flight. Doing so will ensure you get a great deal and that you enjoy the flight and all it has to offer.
Checking in and the Lounge
There’s no question that Zurich Airport is – well – pretty spectacular. Affordable, fast and efficient city connections come directly to this airport, while travelers are able to quickly locate Swiss check-in desks. After you go through the standard check-in process, you head to the Zurich gate lounges – this is where you can experience the Business Class Lounge that’s available and relax before it's time for your flight to board. Like many other things about this experience, there isn’t that immediate “wow” factor with the lounge, but the substance is great. The lounge offers travelers a nice buffet, a huge beverage selection, a cooking station, along with conference areas and showers.
The plane you are bound to board – which is a Swiss A330 – isn’t the newest craft in the sky, but they are nice and well laid out. If you have the option, choosing the Swiss Boeing 777 is better, as it offers an updated cabin and larger entertainment screens. With both aircraft options, there’s a huge selection of films and television stations available – plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied for up to about 16 hours in the sky. Some other features of Swiss Air Business seating include well-placed headphone jacks, power ports and seat controls. If you are traveling alone, consider the “throne” seats. These are private, coveted seats that can be selected at no cost within about 48 hours of departing. If you don’t make it in this 48-hour window, they can be purchased for an additional fee. There are some seating options that have extra large footwells, which are nice if you are on the taller side.
The beds offered in Swiss Business Class are pretty comfortable. They offer adequate padding and a nice pillow, which makes it easy to get a good night’s rest. The seatbelts are also extra-large, which makes it easy to move around at night, while they are still fastened over your blanket. Imagine getting a good night sleep stretched out on one of these cozy beds! Your flight will fly by in no time!
Service and Food
The food and drink service for business class is pretty good. You will receive consistent attention and informed hospitality. You can likely even ask the staff about suggested wine pairings – and they seem to always be pretty eager to help.
The Baggage Experience
When you fly on Swiss Business Class, you can take plenty of hand baggage and checked baggage along. You will also enjoy the priority clearance that is offered though the baggage handling process when you arrive at your destination.
The Provided Comfort Kit
When you book and fly business class with Swiss Air, you will be provided with a travel kit. Each one is designed with the help of Victorinox, which is the most well-known manufacturer of modern Swiss pocket knives. This kit includes high-end, quality products that are designed to help and make your flight a bit more comfortable.
The Bottom Line
There is no question that Swiss Business Class is a great way to reach your destination. While it is time for this airline to update the aging A330 planes, the superior lounges in Zurich, great cabin crew, comfy beds and quality flight entertainment, make this a pleasurable journey. For those who are wondering if any improvements could be made, it should be in the realm of larger screens for the entertainment, better pillows and a second option when it comes to food.
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