Review of SWISS flight Zurich Istanbul in Business

Airline SWISS
Flight LX1800
Class Business
Seat 4A
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 02:55
Take-off 16 May 12, 09:30
Arrival at 16 May 12, 13:25
LX   #14 out of 68 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 814 reviews
East African
Published on 20th May 2014
This is the continuation of LHR-ZRH. Also its French version is available.

50 mins between the flights allowed enough time to visit the non-Schengen SWISS Lounge D Business.

It was very quiet when i arrived there. What i thoroughly liked is its great view to the trafic. I was not particularly hungry so i did not try the food but it seemed pretty correct!

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Two bottles of tasty Amarula and some Haribo Gold Bears
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Nice view ( Air Berlin somewhere)
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Near the closure of the boarding, made my way to the gate where i scanned my BP at the automatic boarding gate, to meet a longish queue inside the jetbridge.

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There were 22 travellers in C, over 6 rows. We were distributed a bottle of water and a refreshing towel, before the push back.

At 9h35 and runway 16, the engines roared into life.

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To Atlanta
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To Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam
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Take off video

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Once flying at a safe altitude level, a mature crew sprang into action with seriousness and efficiency. A nice selection of newspapers in German, English and French was handed out promptly. Then, we were served an aperitif with some savoury snack biscuits.

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Lunch tray was brought at 10h15 without menu nor tablecloth given. Among the 3 options (chicken, fish or vegetarian meal with pasta) I opted for the salmon trout fillet. This was served with a tomato-based sauce, creamy cauliflower and boiled potato, a cold starter of mixed salad leaves, mixed cheeses, warm bread from a basket and a sort of red berry meringue pie.
The main dish and dessert were really tasty. I had another glass of Jacquard Mozaic champagne.
A round of hot drinks concluded this enjoyable meal!

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But, a good flight with LX can not be completed without the famous chocolate, which i obviously accepted along with the immigration form and the fast track access for the arrival.

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After lunch I settled in to my book and had a nap like Jerry. When I woke up the plane went back and forth between the Black Sea and the Bosphorus.

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We touched down at 12h10 (13h10 local) and I was one of the first off.

Landing video at Istanbul

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Tajik Air B737-300 EY-444
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A330 TK
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Luggage reclaim hall and customs
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Cabin crew7.5

SWISS Senator Lounge D - D


Zurich - ZRH


Istanbul - ISL



A fairly basic seat and a standard cabin were brightened up by a great meal, and some good service. The lounge is nice but I expected a little more.

Thanks for reading :)

Information on the route Zurich (ZRH) Istanbul (ISL)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 10 reviews of 2 airlines on the route Zurich (ZRH) → Istanbul (ISL).


The airline with the best average rating is Turkish Airlines with 8.1/10.

The average flight time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

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