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Swiss Business Class Review - A330-300 New York to Zurich (JFK-ZRH)

Swiss Business Class Review - A330-300 New York to Zurich (JFK-ZRH)

Flying on Swiss Business Class is always a glamorous experience:  rich seating, European hospitality, and sophisticate meals.   I love their jets, their branding, and the whole experience.

Here’s a review of my recent flight on their Airbus 330-300 from New York to Zurich:

 Swiss A330-300 JFK Airport    Photo: Calvin Wood

Swiss A330-300 JFK Airport   Photo: Calvin Wood

Seating

 Swiss Business Class - Seating A330    Photo: Calvin Wood

Swiss Business Class - Seating A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

Swiss has a fabulous business class seat for trans-oceanic flights. 

It has plenty of room, privacy, and lie flat capabilities.   There are a number of configuration options to choose from – so you need to choose wisely. 

There are three types of solo seats starting with their famous throne seat.  This is a single seat with a table on either side (it looks like a throne).  The extra space comes with a surcharge though - even in business class ($145 on my flight). Many claim it’s worth it.  I'm not so sure: I have flown on it several times but opted to go for the ‘regular’ single seat on this crossing (and I still loved it).

 Single Seats - Swiss Business Class A330    Photo: Calvin Wood

Single Seats - Swiss Business Class A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

For the regular single – you can choose from a table on the aisle side – or one on the window side.  The "aisle-side" option is reserved for Swiss Frequent Travelers though – so I went for the window-side one. Some people don’t like that seat as they claim they get bumped by fellow flyers as they walk by. I did not experience that problem, so I wouldn’t worry about it.  

 Seating Controls - Swiss Business A330    Photo: Calvin Wood

Seating Controls - Swiss Business A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

All of the seats had more controls than the Space Shuttle!

There’s a control for moving the seat into any imaginable position – and one for operating the video.  Once the seat is in the lie flat position there is even another one to operating the lighting.

 Video Controls - Swiss Business A330     Photo: Calvin Wood

Video Controls - Swiss Business A330    Photo: Calvin Wood

 Side Table - Swiss Business Class A330    Photo: Calvin Wood

Side Table - Swiss Business Class A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

I loved the seat's massive side table.

It made the whole flying experience feel roomier – and therefore relaxing.  This was the perfect spot for housing my cocktails, reading glasses, magazines and headphones.  

 Side Table and Light - Swiss Business Class A330    Photo: Calvin Wood

Side Table and Light - Swiss Business Class A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

On Swiss the table has wood paneling – and comes with an extra reading light to ensure you don’t disturb your fellow flyers on a night flight.

 Lay Flat Seating - Swiss Business Class A330    Photo: Calvin Wood

Lay Flat Seating - Swiss Business Class A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

The absolute best thing about the Swiss Business class seat is it’s lie flat capabilities.  The cushioning is super comfortable – and the bedding feels luxe!   I put the seat down 10 minutes after dinner – and slept the whole way to Switzerland (although the VSOP Remy Martin could have help with that too!).

I was in a bulkhead seat – so I had extra room to spread out.  The foot-well was enourmous – and there was no way I could touch the wall.

 A massive footwell in the bulkhead - Swiss Business Class A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

A massive footwell in the bulkhead - Swiss Business Class A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

Food and Beverage

 Dinner to Zurich - Swiss Business Class A330    Photo: Calvin Wood

Dinner to Zurich - Swiss Business Class A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

I have flown this route several times – and Swiss always has speedy meal and drink service between New York and Zurich.  This gives flyers more time to settle in and sleep since this is a relatively short flight.

Beverage options were plentiful: everything from fine champagnes (Duval-Lerory Brut on my flight), wines, aperitifs and spirits – to herbal teas and expresso machine coffees.  They also featured a number of local digestifs including Swiss Etter Kirsh and Appenzeller Aplenbitter.

 Basel Salmon Main  - Swiss Business Class A330    Photo: Calvin Wood

Basel Salmon Main  - Swiss Business Class A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

There were 4 options for dinner.  I went for the Basel-style salmon with lemon butter.  It was super flavorful and tasty!  And it was cooked to perfection.  I was over the moon with my choice. 

It was served with a seasonal salad and a selection of Swiss cheeses (my favorite – and a total diet breaker!).

 Dessert with Port!  Swiss Business Class A330    Photo: Calvin Wood

Dessert with Port!  Swiss Business Class A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

I don’t normally have dessert on a flight – but I couldn’t resist the beautifully presented Pistachio and Apricot Tart (pistachios get me all the time).  It looked as good as it tasted - especially with a glass of Niepoort Junior Tawny port!

 Nespresso Coffees - Swiss Business Class A330    Photo: Calvin Wood

Nespresso Coffees - Swiss Business Class A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

As we approached Zurich, the flight attendants started the breakfast service.  On Swiss you need to pre-order what you want the night before (after dinner).  I went for the healthy option of fruit and yogurt – and an amazing Nespresso coffee!

They didn’t offer any hot items – but if you really want something like that – all of the lounges in Zurich (including the Arrivals Lounge) have huge spreads at breakfast time.

 A healthy breakfast - Swiss Business Class A330    Photo: Calvin Wood

A healthy breakfast - Swiss Business Class A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

Amenity Kits

 Victorinox Toiletry Bag - Swiss Business Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Victorinox Toiletry Bag - Swiss Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

Swiss has an interesting take on the Amenity Kit.  They have multiple ones available in an effort to add variety – and encourage collection. 

Every seat seemed to have a different one.  Some passengers had passport holders, while others had metal tins.  I had the Victorinox toiletries bag  - which included a toothbrush, moisturizer, and eye shades.

 Swiss Amenity Kits  - Business Class     Photo: Calvin Wood

Swiss Amenity Kits  - Business Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

If you need more products – the business class restroom was fully stocked!

 Fully stocked Business Class restrooms - Swiss A330    Photo: Calvin Wood

Fully stocked Business Class restrooms - Swiss A330   Photo: Calvin Wood

My Verdict

 Swiss A330 - JFK   Photo: Calvin Wood

Swiss A330 - JFK  Photo: Calvin Wood

I really enjoyed my flight to Zurich on Swiss Business Class.  The cabin featured fabulous seats, the meals were scrumptious, and the service was slick.  The Swiss are renowned for their hospitality and cuisine – and their national carrier is a great reflection of that!   

I can’t wait for my next transatlantic flight on this exquisite airline!

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