Early 2020 AD. Timothy and I embark on a 21st century Odyssey. On the Majestic Princess from Sydney to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. Back to Sydney, then to Melbourne and flying back home.
The first flight of our journey would be the short hop from Paris to Zurich on board a Bombardier CS300 Airbus A220-300. Swiss is one of the launch customers of this new larger regional jet, and already operates quite a few on their European network.
The cabin is configured in a 2-3 configuration and a moveable partition separates the business class cabin from the economy cabin. The seats are upholstered in leather and in business class the middle seat is left free to provide you with more space.
As we were travelling in the first row our table was stowed away in the armrest and could be lifted and used as a half or a full table.
From Paris (CDG) 15:05 to Zurich (ZRH) 16:20
Flight Time 0 hours and 58 minutes
Airbus A220-300 HB-JCG
Delivered to Swiss in December 2017
Upon boarding a bottle of water and a refreshing towel where provided for each business class customer, but no further pre-departure drinks where offered (unlike Aegean in their European business class).
Just before push-back the flight attendant came around offering some Swiss chocolates, both in business and economy class.
The safety video was shown on the small screens integrated in the baggage bins above, which displayed the flight map throughout the rest of the flight.
We had a pretty scenic climb out with a beautiful view over Charles de Gaulle airport as it was a beautiful day for flying with clear skies.
After take-off we were offered a meal, it consisted of some kind of meat puree with some vegetables, a warm bun, some cheese and a mousse as dessert. As there was no menu provided we weren’t quite sure what it all was but it was quite delicious. Along with the meal we enjoyed a nice glass of Swiss white wine.
Approach and landing in Zurich was another picturesque affair with the clear skies and the setting sun.
We parked at a remote parking position and thus had to be bussed towards the terminal building. The 7 business class passengers received their own bus, so we did not have to wait for the rest of the plane to disembark.
The short hop on Swiss from Paris to Zurich was a nice experience and we were wondering how our long haul flight would stack up against it.
Did you ever experience Swiss business class in Europe? And how do you rate it?
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