Welcome to my final trip report of my U.S/U.K Flying Adventure of 2022!
Photo: Thomas Tse
I have to say say how lucky I was to get to experience both the airline's A340-300 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Swiss operates A330, A340 and B777-300ER on mostly medium to long haul routes but as the A330 doesn't have the range to fly on ZRH-SIN route with full payload so this aircraft appearing on this route is very unlikely.
The airline's Boeing 777-300ER that I am flying on (HB-JNK) features the new Premium Economy Class seats and I had an offer to upgrade for almost S$1000, if it was half of this pricing, I would have gone for it. The 3-4-3 configuration class on the Boeing 777-300ER is absolutely dreadful for the passengers especially with full load so for this flight, I chose the aisle seat to make myself more comfortable.
I noticed that the airline began operating the 777-300ER from 31st May and at this point of time this aircraft (September 2022) is currently operating on ZRH-SIN route. The aircraft type is likely to stay as it is until next year's summer time when the airline will announce its future plans and this all depends on the demand worldwide.
After arriving from Zurich on my previous flight, I had about 20 minutes to connect to my next flight. Fortunately for me, my connecting flight was delayed and some of us who are connecting to that flight won't need to rush. However we needed to queue up at the counter to get our passport and Covid status verified before being allowed to board. I was wondering, why do we, the connecting passengers have to do so again, you don't trust the departure airport's judgement? It was a waste of time especially the queue was quite long.
At this time, pre-test covid is not required for most cities for vaccinated passengers but still you need to verify your status to the airline to ensure that you are cleared to travel.