Review of SWISS flight Singapore Zurich in Economy

Airline SWISS
Flight LX177
Class Economy
Seat 44K
Aircraft Airbus A340-300
Flight time 12:41
Take-off 04 Nov 21, 00:45
Arrival at 04 Nov 21, 06:26
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Published on 16th September 2023


Welcome, everybody, to another Flight-Report! I absolutely love the A340, so I cannot wait to take you along with me to fly with SWISS in Economy Class, on the A340-300 from Singapore to Zurich!

This review will cover the airport experience in Singapore, the onboard hard and soft products, as well as the transit experience in Zurich.

This was the first leg of a trip to London, where I got a return ticket with SWISS (outbound) and Lufthansa (inbound) for only 580 Euros; prices have doubled since!

Note that this flight was in 2021, and in most parts of the world, including Singapore, the Covid-19 pandemic was very much still negatively affecting air travel globally. This, however, means that the airports and flights will be very empty, great from a traveler's standpoint, though not so much for the rest of the industry…

For each aspect of the experience, I will rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. The final score for the full experience is 95 out of 100.

departure airport

Welcome to a very empty Changi International Airport!

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I arrived at Terminal 3 some three hours before our scheduled departure time, just as the check-in desks opened. Check-in was a breeze, seeing that there were at most a total of 40 people on our flight today. The check-in agents were also friendly.

Check-in experience scores 9/10 

When departing Changi Airport, I was eligible to use the Automated Immigration Lanes, and I did so. The procedure was a breeze, and I was airside within 30 seconds.

Immigration gets a 10/10

Immediately after immigration, we come across a massive Louis Vuitton display. Wonder if it was financially viable for LV to put it there seeing how little people were travelling at that time. Other than that, very few shops and restaurants were open. 

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I then headed to my gate, B7, with an hour to spare before the gate opened.

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Security and Gate Area

Unlike most other airports, Changi does its security at each of the gates. While this does prevent the scary queues in one big crowded hall found at most other airports, one will be entrapped in a not-very-large seating area by the gate once past security, with no access to toilets whatsoever. On the plus side though, the gate areas generally offer some quite awesome views of the aircraft.

The aircraft did not arrive at our gate for a while. It eventually came around 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time, towed by a ground vehicle, after having parked at a remote stand since arriving from Zurich the previous afternoon.

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This section gets an 8/10  


flight and aircraft information

Flight information

Flight date: 04/11/2021

Airline: Swiss International Air Lines / SWISS (LX/SWR)

Operated by: Swiss International Air Lines / SWISS (LX/SWR)

Flight number: LX177

Route: Singapore-Changi (SIN) – Zurich-Kloten (ZRH)

Scheduled Departure Time: 00:30 (UTC+8)

Actual Departure Time: 00:45 (UTC+8)

Scheduled Arrival Time: 06:40 (UTC+1)

Actual Arrival Time: 06:26 (UTC+1)

Scheduled Flight Time: 13h10min

Actual Flight Time: 12h41min

Aircraft information

Aircraft Registration: HB-JMB

Aircraft Name: Zurich

Aircraft Type: Airbus A340-313X* 

Engines: 4× CFMI CFM56-5C4

Line Number: 545

First Flight: 03/07/2003

Aircraft Age (as of flight): 18 years 4 months

Aircraft Delivered: 26/09/2003

Seating Configuration: F8J47Y168**

*This route is normally served with a B777-300ER, though it was exclusively operated by the A343 between 11/2021 and 03/2022.

**This aircraft has since been reconfigured F8J42W21Y144



Due to the exceptionally light load factor for our flight, everyone was called on board at once. Soon, I was walking down the jet bridge, onto the then-recently retrofitted A340.

For your information, in 2018, SWISS announced that they would be retrofitting their then fleet of 5 A340s to have similar interiors to their flagship 77Ws; this retrofit was completed in 2020.

Welcome Onboard

Once onboard the aircraft, two flight attendants positioned at door L2 welcomed the passengers on board. We walked through the Business Class cabin (in a staggered 2-2-1 and 1-2-1 arrangement) before entering the Economy Class cabin (in a mostly 2-4-2 arrangement). The seats, cabin walls, and overhead lockers all looked fresh, new, and very clean. It remained this way throughout the entire flight.

I soon found my seat, 44K, in the second last row of the cabin. Here, due to the airframe narrowing towards the back, the seating arrangement is 2-3-2. It could also be noted that towards the back of an A340 or A330, the cabin floors also angle upwards slightly, which can be observed from the aircraft's exterior through the positioning of the windows.

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We pushed back soon and the safety video was shown. SWISS' safety video can be described as… the bare minimum. It was among the most boring safety videos I've ever seen. They do show all the information needed, but there is no guarantee the safety video will have any of the passengers' attention. Also, a select few of the figures featured in the safety video are a bit… creepy? Just look at how uncanny that expression is.

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Our aircraft soon aligned on runway 02L. After our spool-up at 00:44, we sprinted down the runway for around 70 seconds before slowly rotating at 00:45, 15 minutes behind schedule. We then climbed exceptionally slowly toward our cruising altitude. 

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flight path

Since it's been already more than a year after this flight, I am no longer able to access our flight path and playback with my FlightRadar24 Gold subscription. However, I do have a rough idea of how our flight path would've looked like, so here it is (from Google Earth). 

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Our entirely night flight out of Singapore took us over Malaysia, the Bay of Bengal, India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey (now Türkiye), the Black Sea, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, and Austria before we descended into Switzerland.

my seat

As climb towards our cruising altitude, we can take a closer look at the seat details.

Seat Details:

Seat: 44K (starboard side window seat)

Seat Manufacturer: ZIM

Seat pitch: 31”

Seat Width: 17.1”

Recline: 13.5° 

Class: Economy (Y)

Cabin: Rear economy cabin (between doors 3 and 4)

Seat Features:

4-way adjustable headrest

Retractable bi-folding table

11” HD touchscreen IFE display

Flip-down cup holder

USB sockets

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Some thoughts about the seat:

Seat Comfort: The seat was generally well padded, with most of it covered with fabric featuring a Swiss pattern. The leather headrest was a nice touch. 9/10

Legroom: The 31” seat pitch allowed me to sit comfortably enough. 7/10

Seat Storage: There is a netted seat back pocket in front of every seat. On top of that, there is also a hidden compartment below the IFE screen where the in-seat literature (such as the safety card) is stored. This is a really good design and looks very neat. 9/10

Recline: Recline was the perfect amount. Not too steep such that the passenger behind's space gets extremely limited (like on Qatar Airways), and not too stingy such that it could barely be noticed. 9/10


dinner service

Approximately an hour after takeoff, the dinner service started. The cabin crew members pushed two trolleys up each aisle, one for the food, the other for beverages.

Each Economy Class meal is served on one tray, featuring an appetizer, a bread roll with butter, and a dessert item, all served in a reusable plastic dish, as well as the main dish served in a single-use aluminium container.  

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May I just say that this presentation is just gorgeous? Also, even during Covid times, SWISS still provided metal utensils (fork, knife, and a dessert spoon): how classy.

Cold vermicelli in chili oil served with cilantro, shrimp, and cherry tomato.

This appetizer was among the best that I've ever had in the sky, even in Economy Class. All the elements just combined perfectly. 10/10

Chicken in tomato sauce with mashed potatoes served with broccoli and baby carrots.

This was once again, some of the best food I've had while flying. The taste of the chicken worked really well with the tomato sauce, the mashed potatoes were rich and creamy, and the vegetables were cooked perfectly. 10/10

*The other main dish option was vegetarian pasta


Warm bread rolls.

These bread rolls were perfect, the skins were light and crispy, and the inside was fluffy and soft. Tasted really fresh. Could not turn down another when the FAs came over offering extras. 10/10

Swiss dark chocolate brownie

The brownie was perfect taste-wise, just the perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness. My only complaint would be that it was slightly dry. 9/10

There were multiple choices for beverages available. I just went with a cup of Sprite. Lovely FAs kept offering refills. 8/10  



Blanket and Pillow

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At boarding, a blanket and a pillow were available at every alternating seat (the reason being the flight's low load factor). The blankets were large enough and were made of a rather woolly material: very comfortable. The pillows were on the small side, though they still provided some support. As expected from Economy Class; nothing too special, but does the job well. 8/10


The decently sized lavatories were kept spotless throughout the flight, and I saw the FAs going in to clean them multiple times throughout the flight. The lavs were also well stocked with hand wash, hand sanitizers, and dental kits. 9/10  


in-flight entertainment

Each seat came equipped with a 11” Panasonic HD IFE Touchscreen. It features a decent selection of movies, TV shows, music, and games. There was also an interactive in-flight map of really high quality. 9/10 for the IFE.

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^The Shawshank Redemption (1994), highly recommended

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^Interactive in-flight map, while cruising over Pakistan, just south of the Afghan border.

Onboard Wi-Fi

Swiss A340s come with in-flight Wi-Fi (branded Swiss Connect) powered by Panasonic Avionics. The prices, however, were quite steep, and I did not make use of the Wi-Fi.

Onboard charging

Each seat comes with some USB-A charging ports, which charge my phone quite quickly. However, there were no Universal Power Outlets at the economy seats, which might bother some travellers. 7/10



I headed over to one of the empty rows in the middle for some lie-flat sleep. This was definitely not the most comfortable way ever to sleep, but it was still a flat surface in Economy Class after all. The A343's noise levels also weren't the highest, which helped me have a solid 6-and-a-half hour of deep sleep: really rare in Economy Class. Do note that the cabin does not come with individual air nozzles, which might be bothersome to some, but this flight was kept at a cool temperature.



Around 2 hours before our arrival in Zurich, the breakfast service commenced. Once again, everything came served on one tray as per economy standards. The metal utensils also made a return.

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Main breakfast item:
Swiss cheese mushroom quiche(?) served with chicken sausage, roasted potato slices, and spinach

Everything in this dish was delightful, making this the perfect way to start the day. I've never been so happy eating spinach before. 10/10

Breakfast sides:

Cold fruit:  This consisted of watermelon, honeydew, and pineapple. They were fresh and juicy. 10/10

Swiss premium strawberry yogurt:  Pretty standard strawberry yoghurt, but very delightful. 9/10

Warm bread roll:  This was served with some strawberry jam and butter. Not as mind-blowing as the one from dinner, but still pretty awesome. 9/10

Orange juice:  Once again, pretty standard, but still thoroughly enjoyable. 9/10  



Throughout the flight, the cabin crew seemed to have a lot of fun playing around with the recently retrofitted mood lights. Here are just some of the many colour combinations they tried.


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Blue AND Pink:

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Swiss wood (I think that's what they tried to mimic):

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Purple and Orange:

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As we started our descent into Zurich, the FAs came around once again, this time holding baskets containing individually wrapped Swiss chocolates. This is such a simple, yet charming touch, and just makes flights with SWISS so special. The chocolates themselves were really exquisitely made as well, with the SWISS branding printed on clearly. They were delicious.

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While we descend into Zurich, let's review the cabin crew on this flight.

Service attitude

All the Flight Attendants were very friendly and professional, and they really seemed to enjoy doing their jobs. Service attitude gets a 10/10

Service speed

The flight was very empty, so the meal services went by really quickly. 10/10  



The city of Zurich soon came into sight as we descended towards Kloten International Airport.

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We soon lined up with runway 34, and we touched down at 06:26 local time, 14 minutes ahead of schedule. It was a short taxi before we parked at gate 27 at Concourse E, ZRH's satellite terminal for most wide-body operations.  


I was connecting in Zurich this time, and it was another 5-and-a-half hours later before my next flight. Turns out, my connecting flight to London Heathrow would be departing just a few gates away! This meant I would not have to go through any kind of security or immigration. This gave me plenty of time to appreciate how beautiful the Terminal is.

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As the sun came up, we had pretty spectacular views of our gorgeous A340.

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There were 24 hours of free Wi-Fi for all passengers to use. These were of decent speeds.

However, due to Covid and it being early hours, most of the shops here remained closed. Pretty unfortunate.

I spent some time watching aircrafts take off and land since Concourse E has really good views of runways 28 (where the landings were while I was there) and 32 (where the take-offs were).




Airports Experience: 9/10

Hard Product

Seat Comfort: 9/10

Sleep Comfort: 10/10

In-flight Entertainment: 8/10

Aircraft Cleanliness: 10/10

Aircraft Comfort: 10/10

Soft Product

Dinner service: 10/10

Breakfast service: 10/10

Amenities: 9/10

Cabin Crew: 10/10  



So, that was a dive into my experience in Economy Class onboard SWISS' brilliant A340-300 from Singapore to Zurich!

This was most certainly among my best ever flights, let alone best economy flight! SWISS truly nailed everything about this flight, including the aircraft, the hard product, and the soft product.

If you made it so far down, thank you so much! I really hope this review, as well as all my future reviews, can help you decide how you want to travel in the future.

Before you leave, let me also just quickly show you a bit of my connecting flight!


This flight was operated on HB-JMH (named Chur), the younger sister of my earlier aircraft! This was also an A340-300, and it would be flying me to London Heathrow, after an unexpected aircraft swap from the A330-300 the flight was scheduled to be operated on (a big upgrade in my view).

My seat on this flight was 23K, in the first row of the Economy Class cabin (seat 23K has since been removed on SWISS' A340s to make way for their new premium economy product). As expected for a bulkhead seat, there was plenty of legroom to stretch out!

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However, SWISS went above and beyond, to even include a leather calf rest and a footrest on each bulkhead seat: just brilliant!

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We had stunning wing views as we cruised over France.

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Just look at how beautiful that winglet is!

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Even on these shorter intra-European flights, SWISS also offers each passenger some of that fabulous Swiss chocolates and a bottle of water.

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After touching down at Heathrow a gawping 45 minutes ahead of schedule, we had to park on the taxiway for some time while we waited for our gate to become available. It turns out, it was this Icelandair 757-200 in the Aurora Borealis livery that was occupying our gate! So beautiful…

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We also spotted this British Airways A319 in the BEA retro livery

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and this TAP Air Portugal A321neo in their retro livery.

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What a feast for an avgeek's eyes!

That's it! I hope you very much enjoyed reading all this! Travel safe, and goodbye for now!  


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Singapore - SIN


Zurich - ZRH



So, that was a dive into my experience in Economy Class onboard SWISS' brilliant A340-300 from Singapore to Zurich!

This was most certainly among my best ever flights, let alone best economy flight! SWISS truly nailed everything about this flight, including the aircraft, the hard product, and the soft product.

If you made it so far down, thank you so much! I really hope this review, as well as all my future reviews, can help you decide how you want to travel in the future. Do feel free to drop a comment if you have any questions or, well, comments, and leave a like as well if possible. That would be appreciated.

Additionally, do check out my (relatively new) Instagram account @wmx.the.flyer , I make short posts on there about my flights.

Travel safe, and goodbye for now!


Information on the route Singapore (SIN) Zurich (ZRH)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 17 avis concernant 2 compagnies sur la ligne Singapore (SIN) → Zurich (ZRH).


La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est Singapore Airlines avec 8.6/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 13 heures et 18 minutes.

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  • Comment 636374 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6348 Comments
    Great Report! How awesome to have been able to fly on an A340. I really thought there would be no more A340s left after 2020 when the pandemic first happened and so many carriers announced their retirement, but LH Group ended up hanging on to some, at least for now! It really is just a beautiful aircraft. The LX 343 isn't bad on the inside either having been recently refreshed and it's nice that the seats remained well-padded.

    The catering looks surprisingly good for 2021 when most other carriers were so obviously cutting costs.

    Thanks for sharing!
    • Comment 636381 by
      wmx.the.flyer BRONZE AUTHOR 15 Comments
      Hi Kévin,
      Indeed, it was really a great honour to fly on the A340; I hadn't expected anything exciting when booking these flights back then, but I quickly realized I would be flying with LHG immediately after seeing the A340 on service on the Singapore routes. What a pleasure it was!
      And yes, the LX 343 retrofitted cabin was really elegant and comfortable, and one other thing I really appreciated was the mood lighting, which did help the cabin feel more natural and relaxed.
      I was also really surprised at how good the catering was on this flight (even metal utensils too), having boarded with very low expectations for the soft product during Covid times.
      Thanks so much for the comment!

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