I thought you might be interested in a little Trip Report about my flight on the brand new Swiss 777 Flagship HB-JNA. Here it is! Going on a Business Trip to LUG from GVA, I flew via ZRH. I could test the new Boeing on the first leg. The 777 entered commercial service the day before, Feb 8th, so it was its second day of service.
I arrived early at the airport, in order to be able to enjoy the Business Lounge. I had a quick breakfast there before heading to the gate.
As GVA is currently undergoing construction work for a new long-haul Terminal, the C-Gates are mostly unavailable and a bus is used to bring us to the plane. Usually not really a pleasure, but this time, it was quite cool. You could measure the real size of the beast by standing next to it. The bus was divided into 2 classes, which was really akward, as the Y-Class Pax were cramped in most of the bus while C-Class had a lot of space.
As we arrived to the plane, we could see the massive size of that plane. Usually flying CRJs dans Dash8s, maybe an A320 for my business trips, it was weird to see such a big one
First impression when boarding the plane: the smell. Like a car when it's brand new out of the garage, the nice smell of immaculate seats and fuselage. A nice emotion. And a warm welcome by the crew.
As I said before, I'm not flying Intercontinental a lot, except on the holidays. And having 2 small kids, I don't travel that far, so my last wide-body jet was almost 5 years ago. I'm not used to this size anymore, but boy is it enjoyable:
I took my seat, 15K, the so-called "throne" seat, as it is boarded by 2 big tables and you sit there with full privacy and 2 windows to yourself. The seat itself is very comfy, the legroom is nice, and the IFE-Screen is really big and enjoyable. The equipment in the seat and the stow is very nice, there's lots of room.
I have to say my IFE did not work for the whole flight, and wasn't able to use it. It only displayed the flight map. Strange, cause others pax IFE worked.
There. I got my newsparper and a little pre-flight drink. Ready to go.
The usual Safety Demonstration on the IFE Screen is enjoyable, probably mostly for the Crew
A panorama as seen from my Seat
Takeoff was very smooth despite the windy weather
Once in flight, I asked the crew if I could have a little walk up to F-Class. The First Class cabin was not open to sales. I heard there were some UPG or non-rev, but on this leg, no one was sitting there. Very cool and comfortable seats, with loads of space and even bigger IFE Screens. The style of the cabin is really very pleasant.
Time to enjoy a little snack, which was quite good given the very short time. GVA-ZRH is a 50 minute flight, as of schedule. In reality, it's 35 minutes flying, so it's quite a stressful moment for the crew to do the service and prepare the cabin for landing. Oh, and they use real glasses in C-Class. That's gettin really seldom nowadays…
Getting ready for descent and landing in ZRH:
Yes. That's a 3-point seatbelt. Of course I didn't notice at takeoff and was reminded by the crew to please put it on. Same on landing. I'm just not used to it! Very smooth touchdown in ZRH after 35 minutes.
These GE engines are just enormous compared to the little Avros on the Tarmac
I didn't want to leave the plane, but hey, I had to
And time for a reward in the LX Business Lounge before the next flight:
Here's a video of takeoff, landing, and a quick view of the cabbin:
Swiss Business Class
Geneva - GVA
Zurich - ZRH
Amazing plane. The interior is really simple but elegant. Very Swiss style, and I think it looks perfect. Flying a brand new plane is also a nice experience! The seats are extremely comfortable, and the service was very pleasant. Of course, it was special, as it was still new for the crew as well: they were all a little excited too, which made the ambiance quite funny.
GVA airport is my home base, but so many walkways make it quite boring, except if you're in gates A5-A10. But all in all, it does its job, and the airport has been getting nicer in the last years with renovation works.
Zürich always amazes me, it's a very beautiful (yet expensive) airport to go through. Great design, nice selection of shops and just nice to walk around with great apron views.
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