We did this before the Big Coronavirus Disruption of Life As We Knew It.
After spending some time in the Swiss Business Class Lounge near the A-gates eating and showering, our flight to Paris was announced leaving from B07. This was quite a trek as it is located at the opposite side of the main terminal building in a sort of annex for remote departures. We walked about 10-15 minutes through some corridors that made you wonder if you were allowed to walk there.
As these gates lead out onto some bus stands it meant we would be bussed to our aircraft across the apron. Boarding started early, before our announced time and without priorities (which would be quite pointless for a remote departure). We still managed to squeeze onto the first bus, shortly after we entered the bus the doors closed and we were driven off to our aircraft.
From Zurich (ZRH) 12:47 to Paris CDG (CDG) 13:44
Flight Time 0 hours and 58 minutes
Airbus A220-100 HB-JBI
Delivered to Swiss in July 2019
Our ride for the day would be a Bombardier C-series 100 Airbus A220-100, the shorter sibling of the Bombardier C-series 300 Airbus A220-300 we had on our flight from Paris to Zurich. The cabin was the same with leather upholstered seats in a 2-3 configuration, with the middle seats left open in Business Class. This time we were seated further back in the Business Class cabin in row 6, just in front of the divider. As this row can also be used for Economy the seat pitch is relatively tight. Contrary to row 1 the tray table is on the seat in front, with a special construction dividing the lower seat pocket in 2 halves. Upon boarding there was a water bottle and a refreshment towel on each business class seat.
After boarding was completed we had a short taxi out to the runway and we enjoyed a nice scenic climb out watching the Rhine and Basel below.
As the flight was very short we had to eat the meal very fast as the purser only reached our row to hand out lunch shortly before the top of descent. The meal consisted of a salmon tartare with some assorted vegetables and fruits alongside some cheeses and a berry and coffee mousse. Warm bread and butter was handed out and a single drinks service alongside the handing out of the meal.
Just before the seatbelt sign was switched on a second crew member came around handing out “thank you for flying Swiss” chocolates.
Landing in Paris was quite bumpy as the winds where picking up for the storm Ciara that hit us that day. Landing was performed with a firm bump on the runway and soon we taxied towards the same gate at terminal 1 from where our adventure started 3 and a half weeks before. Our bags appeared amongst the first bags on the belt and we were relieved that they managed to make the whole trip with us without being lost.
Our last flight on Swiss was also a nice end to a very fun trip, I really liked their service and professionalism and hope I get to fly them again in the future.
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