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Welcome to the newest installment of my Winter 2018-2019 trip back to the Big Apple. When last we saw each other, I had just arrived in Frankfurt from an Austrian flight from Innsbruck. Now, it's time for me to catch my connecting flight, LX1073 to Zürich. As a reminder, here's the itinerary of this trip:
Since we arrived at a remote stand, all the passengers had to be bussed to the terminal. I love getting bussed in Frankfurt, because you get to drive past a ton of large aircraft, like this Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 (D-ABVP), off to Dubai.
After a long bus ride, we were dropped off somewhere in Terminal 1. While Frankfurt is generally a nice airport, there are certainly parts worth skipping, like this one
I decided to visit what I believe is the nicest Lufthansa Business Lounge in Frankfurt. It is located one floor up gate A26 and is only for Schengen passengers.
What makes this Lounge so nice is that it used to be a First Class lounge, but for some reason was turned into a Business Class lounge. Even though it doesn't have à la carte dining or a full buffet, a lot of the lounge is unchanged, for example, the decor and color is consistent with First Class lounges; there are sleeping rooms and lockers and; the old shower rooms still have bathtubs!
There are also some great views, too. Here's an Middle Eastern Airlines A330-200 (OD-MEC) off to Beirut.
The buffet was packed, but I did manage to grab a picture of the hot food on offer. It was Goulash with rice.
Tracking my inbound flight.
My aircraft arriving. The registration was HB-JBG, a 1.9-year old Airbus A220-100, delivered to SWISS on April 3rd, 2017.
I decided to leave the lounge and hang out in the gate area until boarding.
Terminal 1 was quite empty around the time of my flight's departure, apart from a few Lufthansa widebodies and an A321.
The A220 really is a beautiful aircraft!
Just a few minutes later, boarding commenced.
A look at the fuselage.
And the door.
Pretty good legroom at my seat, but I forgot to put my coat in the overhead locker, so that took away from my legroom. Oops.
A clean and relatively large tray table.
Contents of the seatpocket: shopping magazine, safety card, and the SWISS Magazine.
And the coolest feature of the A220: the mini TVs on the PSU.
Shortly after boarding finished, Captain Michel and the purser made their welcome announcements. A flight time of 35 minutes was announced.
A good view of the wing from my seat.
A few minutes later, the safety video was screened.
Flaps 2 for takeoff.
Aerologic Boeing 777F.
Holding short of Runway 18.
Lufthansa CityLine Embraer 190 (D-AECC 'Lutherstadt Eisleben') off to Cluj-Napoca as LH1472.
And behind us, a Pegasus A320 (TC-DCM) off to Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen.
Our turn to takeoff.
Positive Rate, Gear Up. And some nice condensation on the wing.
Cabin after departure.
And already reaching our cruising altitude of 21,000 feet.
Our sunlit winglet.
Because of the short flight time, only beverages were offered. I got a bottle of water.
Spent a grand total of 4 minutes at 21,000 feet before commencing our descent.
Detail on the seat cover.
Reducing our speed.
And starting our very bumpy approach.
We hit such a big bump, a few people screamed. I thought it was fun, though.
Fighting a bit of a crosswind.
Firm landing on Runway 14.
On the ground after 29 minutes in the air, making this my all time shortest flight.
Exiting the runway.
Crossing Runway 28.
The famous Zürich Airport photo.
Pulling into our gate as an Air Serbia A320 pushes back.
Deplaning with one last look of the cabin. I love the windows on this plane!
And now off to catch my connecting SWISS flight to Newark.
I want to say that I enjoyed this flight, but it was actually to short to enjoy!
+ Fantastic Lufthansa Lounge in Frankfurt
+ AWESOME A220.
+ Professional cabin crew
- Limited service on board, but not a problem considering the flight time
I look forward to my next flight on an A220. Hopefully it will be on a longer flight!