Swiss First Class, Zurich Airport

2 Jan

I booked Lufthansa First from Frankfurt to Shanghai and at no extra cost was able to add a connection from Zurich on Swiss. That meant I would be able to use the Swiss first class lounge, although sadly only the main terminal lounge, not the exclusive premier First lounge for long haul departures, which is in terminal E.

After checking in at the dedicated First class check in lounge and being escorted through the dedicated First class security check and into the First class lounge, I was quite impressed and no longer disappointed about missing out on the premium lounge. But then I got chatting with the staff and offered a private car and driver to take me over to terminal E, where I was shown around the lounge which has private day rooms with a view of the runway and a private bathroom:

and it has shower rooms complete with first class amenity kits:

and even the restroom has amazing views over the runways:

Then you can have breakfast in the restaurant with runway views:

Had to resist the urge to go for sturgeon caviar and champagne at 9am, and I have to pace myself for the upcoming Frankfurt First class terminal and flight where there will be plenty more opportunity for gourmet food and expensive drinks, but the menu in the Swiss lounge is stunning:

All that was left was another chauffeur driven private car to take me out to the plane.

But not before retiring to my private dayroom with aircraft landing and taking off right outside, my own bathroom, and a Swiss First amenity kit that obviously I had to steal to add to my collection.

The bed in the dayroom is more comfortable and luxurious than many hotels, and there are at least 8 members of staff in this lounge, not including those behind the scenes in the kitchen etc, and so far only 3 other guests.

The view from my bed (My bed!) in the Swiss First Class lounge at Zurich airport:

Oh yeah, here’s my car. A brand new Mercedes:

which takes me straight to the aircraft

long before any of the peasants arrive

Feel very smug when the bus drops off all the other passengers.

Food on the short flight is simple but delicious and well presented.

No, thank you!

When we land at FRA, we stop away from the terminal and it looks like I’ll have to suffer the indignity of riding the bus. Then a Lufthansa Porsche pulls up. Is that for me?

Yes, it’s for me! First class all the way!

And on we go to the Lufthansa First Class Terminal.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal

2 Jan

It’s actually not quite as good as the Swiss First Class lounge at Zurich, but the service is impeccable.

All you can eat gummi bears, for some reason:

but of course, I have to try the Wiener Schnitzel, and, of course, it’s better than any you would find anywhere else. The champagne (retail price, £100 per bottle) is pretty nice too.

Might try the steak later. The gingerbread mousse is the most delicious pudding ever.

So far so good. One goal left: nicking a rubber duck from the private bathrooms, apparently the top of the to do list for every travel blogger. I put my name on the waiting list for a bathroom when I came in. While I’m waiting for my turn, someone comes over and gives me one of the famous ducks:

Another pointless travel blogging mission accomplished!

The rum menu is even better than the champagne. (There’s 4 pages of whiskey to choose from if that’s your preference.)

The sommelier suggests the Dictador, a Colombian rum that is rich and smooth like honey.

The private bathroom is classy, and I have to have a bath, not because I want one but because how often do you get your own bathroom in an airport lounge?

Next time you’re looking for the least disgusting loo in an airport, remember that the first class passengers are taking a bath in luxury with a glass of Bollinger.

4th meal of the day: filet steak

Correction. Exceptional filet steak…

Lufthansa Boeing 747 First Class

3 Jan

Another Private Porsche to take me to the aircraftand my seat which is one of just 8 in the nose of the lower deckIt’s not as private as the modern generation of fully enclosed suites on the likes of Etihad and Singaporebut it’s spacious and better once the privacy screen goes up.First an amuse bouche of scallop. Lufthansa is the world’s biggest buyer of caviar, so I have to have some of that, followed by assorted starters of gorgonzola, veal, and tuna sashimi. Gnocchi for the main course, because I’ve already had 8 different kinds of meat today, then an exquisite cheese plate.

Champagne with the scallops, vodka with the caviar, a truly magnificent Stellenbosch pinotage with the rest, and port (obviously) with the cheese.For once I actually bother to change into the hideous brown Lufthansa PJs, because it’s an 11 hour flight, then it’s time to get the bed made upThe lack of privacy compared to more modern aircraft is obvious but it’s still very comfortable. The on-board experience isn’t as impressive as the Etihad Apartment, but the ground experience in the First Class Terminal and with the private car transfers direct to the plane is very special.