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Swiss Flight Review: Flying from LA to Zurich business class on Swiss

Bubbly before take off

My In-flight entertainment included Champagne and Heather Poole’s book, Cruising Attitude

It’s always a treat to fly to Europe business class on a different carrier than United. So when an award seat on Swiss from Los Angeles (LAX) to Zürich (ZRH) was available for my last trip to to Europe, I very excited to check out the Swiss Business Class Experience.

Swiss wing tip

Swiss wing tip, the view from my seat 8K

Swiss Flight LX41 from LAX- ZRH doesn’t depart until 7:35 pm, which gave me a full work day in Los Angeles. I prefer night overseas flights because I’m more likely to actually get some sleep on them. When I checked in at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, I was told one of my bags was 2 kilos overweight, but not asked to move anything around nor charged any fee.


Swiss plane on the Tarmac

The Aircraft was an A-340-300 and the flight service was excellent. The flight crew were very pleasant. I was seated in 8K, a window seat and found the business class pods particularly comfortable and private. Also, they have fully horizontal flat beds, which really make a difference in my ability to sleep up in the air. The pods also had great reading lights and easy to access power ports. After the dinner meal service I fell asleep for several hours until I woke up from turbulence. A few bumps didn’t ruin my ride.

Lovely aircraft, great staff, and a beautiful touch down in Zurich. I wouldn’t mind flying SWISS business more often!

Business class seatsSwiss business class seatSelf-portrait on Swiss

Comfy pods, good pillows and good blankets. Here’s a Self-portrait in business class seat 8K

In-flight entertainment controlsSeat controlsHot towel

In-flight entertainment and seat controls, and a hot towel

Airbus A340 safety instructionsPassing time on the flightSwiss music selection
Airbus A340-300 safety instructions, a passenger in the cabin, and some of the music selections on Swiss

Asian airlines get most of the glory when it comes to in-flight dining, but I’m going to say that Swiss in-flight catering is one of the best I’ve experienced. Both meal services were excellent. Swiss really does not slack in the dining options and are probably my favorite European carrier when it comes to meal service. Breakfast, usually the Achilles heel of in-air dining is perhaps their strongest service with both lovely continental options as well as hot options, like eggs and sausage.

Meusli for breakfastEggs and sausageYogurtCheese and fruitParma ham artichoke mixed peppers with green tomato chutSwiss napkin-ring
Swiss air food service: Parma ham artichoke mixed peppers with green tomato chutney and other dishes for dinner.

Approaching ZurichApproaching ZurichLanded at Zurich
Approaching and Landed at Zurich


Great ground staff deplaning in Zurich