Retro Review: Swiss A333 Business Class, Zurich to Dar Es Salaam

Swiss A333 business class, Zurich to Dar Es Salaam via Nairobi

This was actually my first time flying long haul in Swiss business class so I was really excited to see how it compares with other airlines. The crew were actually very friendly and the food was great!



Flight: LX292
Departure time in Zurich (ZRH): 9:25
Arrival time in Dar Es Salaam (DAR): 20:05
Aircraft: Airbus A333
Seat: 5D
Duration: 9h 40m
Date of flight: April 23, 2014
*This is a revenue ticket, Business Class flight #58

Check-in & Fast Track

Check in counters for First and Business Class passengers

Priority lane for first and business class passengers

Swiss Senator Lounge

A short visit to the Swiss Business Lounge-Schengen in Concourse A.

Panorama Lounge, Concourse E

Then to the Panorama Lounge located close to our departure gate.

Aircraft, Airbus A333

The Airbus A333 taking us to Dar Es Salaam that Wednesday morning πŸ˜‰

Boarding, Gate E57

Boarding started around 8:50 at gate E57.

Business Class Cabin

The smaller business class cabin

Newspapers and magazines

Seat 5D

My seat 5D πŸ‘

In front of my seat were the inflight magazine, safety card and a hanger.

Seat controls

Inflight magazine

From the film selection, I watched Hunger Games and Grudge Match which were both nice films.

From my seat, I was able to have a glimpse of the first class cabin πŸ‘

Pre-departure Beverage

The pre-departure beverage was a choice between a glass of water and orange juice. Afterwards, hot towels and reading materials were offered.

Amenity Kit

The amenity kit included a pouch bag by Qwstion which featured the following: lip balm, socks, toothbrush and toothpaste, eye shades, 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.

Take Off

Breathtaking view of the alps, a few minutes after take off 😍

Dining

Menu card

A glass of apple juice plus a choice of potato chips or mixed nuts.

First Course

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 πŸ˜‹ I also had a glass of red wine which was Nussbaumer Pinot Noir 2013. The champagne on board was Duval-leroy Brut.

Main Course

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 spΓ€tzle, 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.

Dessert

Appenzeller Biber mousse with pear compote and coulis
Green Tea

About 2 hours before landing at Nairobi Airport, a meal was served consisting of veal sausage, potato salad and bread.

Lavatory

The lavatory was always kept clean. There were also skin care products from Valmont.

Immigration Forms

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.

Nairobi International Airport

A short stop at Nairobi International Airport.

Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam

On the Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam flight, some snacks were offered.

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.

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