This series covers a longish trip to Italy from last September with my brothers. This was at the cusp of shoulder season so the one-way ticket to Rome was around $470 with AB for the economy seat with XL upgrade, all other *A and OW carriers were in the $1000+ range for one-way fares. I’ve never flown AB before, so figured why not give them a try. It turns out this was the correct decision since it would be my last chance to ever try the now-defunct German carrier. The return legs were a one-way award ticket on LX using 40k Asiana Club miles.
Part 1 – LAX-DUS [AB 7431, Airbus A330-200, Economy] – Here Part 2 – DUS-FCO [AB 8718, Airbus A320, Economy] – No report Part 3 – FCO-ZRH [LX 1727, Airbus A320, Business] – You are here Part 4 – ZRH-LAX [LX 40, Boeing B777-300ER, Business] – Here
This report will cover the short flight from FCO to ZRH on LX.
We spent the previous weekend in Rimini for the San Marino MotoGP race so had to drive back to Rome the day before. We opted to just spend the night at the Hilton at FCO so that we could have less stress getting to the airport in the morning without dealing with the rental car return. The hotel was nothing to write home about, but served its function.
The day of departure, we woke up and took the bus to the airport that dropped us off in front of the fountain over by Terminal 3.
Inside the FIDS showed my flight was on-time and departing from Gate D04. My brother was taking AA back via PHL so we parted ways here.
The LH Group check-in counters were located in this dark corner. There was a volleyball team checking in that was hogging most of the counters, so I had to wait for an available agent to check me in. My bags were tagged to LAX and I was handed both of my boarding passes. No *A Lounges at FCO so I was instructed to use the AZ Lounge located by the D gates by taking the escalator near Gate D03.
My boarding pass for this flight. I had chosen a starboard side window seat in the last row of J figuring we’d be doing a run up the western coast of Italy.
Heading off to my gate, caught a billboard of the fun my brother was in for.
Security was a breeze and I was quickly through to the other side. FCO is terrible for spotting since they have the dots on the windows now so I just went straight for the lounge upstairs.
The AZ Lounge entrance. I was quickly scanned in and told to watch the monitors since no boarding announcements would be made. The lounge was small and filled to the brim. I was finally able to find a seat, but had to clean the trash left all over the place by the person before me. The buffet was weak in this lounge and had just minimal hot food items. I scrounged up a makeshift breakfast to nibble on while I killed an hour. The AZ Lounges are not very nice and clearly no EY money was spent on refurbishing them.
About 5 minutes to boarding, I wandered down to the gate where our plane had finished deplaning after arriving from ZRH. Boarding started slightly late and the priority line was 30+ people so I took my place at the rear.
Boarding, I was welcomed in German by a male FA as I turned to squeeze my way through all the people trying to organize their overhead bin items. My seat, 6F.
A look down my row. There was a family of 3 with a small child also in my row, the child was supposed to be in 6D, but the parents moved him into 6B to sit with them so I lucked out receiving the row to myself.
They snuck another row of J in since I did OLCI the morning before, so there would be 7 rows of J on this flight with a full 28/28 load.
Seat pitch is your standard Y.
Pre-placed in the seatback pocket were the water bottle and packaged oshibori.
The rest of the contents in the seatback.
Safety card on this LX A320.
An eerily quiet morning at FCO with not much out to see out my window other than the fancy LX sharklet on this new A320. My second time on HB-JLT, also took this plane LHR-GVA earlier in 2017. And even weirder is that I sat in the same seat, 6F, on that flight as well albeit in Y.
The captain came out and did his welcome onboard with flight information after the front door closed. The overhead monitors came down for the safety video. They were predicting a 70min run up to Zürich.
We backed up a little late, there was minimal plane spotting of interest as we did our long taxi out to the runway. Just a UX B738, KM A320, and AF A321.
No wait for takeoff and we were roaring down the runway to take off to the west, which gave me some nice views lifting out of FCO before we turned to head up the coast and into the clouds.
Service was done front to back, and the trays were carried out one-by-one from the galley by our FA. I used the long wait to quick nip into the bathroom once we reached cruising altitude. It was clean with some hand cream and air freshener.
Eventually my tray was laid down and my drink order was taken. Hot breads were offered afterwards. A fairly basic breakfast offering to start my post-Italy diet, so thoughtful of LX. I guess the LX motto is quality over quantity. It was like Noah's Ark on the plate, everything came in twos….
Some coffee to sip on after my tray was cleaned up.
Lake Como appeared as the clouds finally broke. We must have flew just east of Milan because I could spot Lake Garlate and Lecco from my starboard side. The rest of Lake Como was hidden and we were quickly into the Alps.
Another water bottle was offered along with the Swiss chocolates as the cabin was prepared for arrival into ZRH.
Connecting flight information, Gate E23 for my flight to LAX.
We approach ZRH from the west as we cross over the green countryside.
And we reach the tarmac as the rain starts to come down.
Taxing past a sea of LX heavies intermixed with some friends from *A: TG B77W, SQ A380, CA A332, and UA B764.
We finally take our spot next to a LX CS100.
Deplaning was very fast and immigration was a breeze as I got re-circulated into the terminal for my TATL to LAX.
Alitalia Casa Italia
Rome - FCO
Zurich - ZRH
Short intra-European flight with not much going on. Cabin service is well done in LX, but the seats and catering are your standard for flights of this nature. Nothing remarkable on this flight and would have been just as comfortable in Y albeit with less food.
Cabin comfort: Clean and new A320. Standard Y seats, but lucked out to get the entire row to myself.
Crew: LX crews are friendly and professional. I like the introductory remarks from the cockpit and the male FA working the J cabin was very good.
Meal and catering: Normal continental offering for breakfast. Smaller portion size, but the meat, cheese, and fig quality were all good.
Entertainment: No newspapers offered. Standard seatback literature. The IFE was on the rotating moving map during the flight. No in-seat charging.
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