CORRECTION: AIRLINE ROUTE WAS INCORRECT — THE CREW WILL BE EDELWEISS, BUT THEY WILL BE FLYING ON A SWISS A330 EQUIPPED WITH FIRST AND BUSINESS CLASS. YOU CAN IGNORE BELOW (EXCEPT FOR THE MERRY CHRISTMAS – I STILL WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS) — THANKS TO HANS IN THE COMMENTS…
First of all, Merry Christmas everyone.
I thought I’d give a heads up: According to Airline Route, SWISS will switch one of their daily JFK-Zurich flights to an Edelweiss A330 aircraft (and Edelweiss crew) from a SWISS A330 aircraft beginning March 31st.
Why does this matter? SWISS (which I just flew last week) has a pretty fantastic business class product on their A330 — if you sit in one of the window seats that only has 1 seat (vs. 2 in some rows) it’ll feel like First Class. Edelweiss, which is the leisure carrier for SWISS, has old-school business class recliner seats (seen here). If you’re paying for the SWISS experience up front, please note that you’re not going to get that – even though SWISS is, as of now, charging the same amount (roughly $5k) regardless of which product you receive.
The schedule for these flights is slightly confusing. Every day except Thursday, the 6:10pm JFK departure and the 1pm Zurich departure will now be on the Edelweiss aircraft. On Thursdays, the 9pm JFK departure and the 9:50am Zurich departure will be on Edelweiss.
They may make this clearer going forward (or not), but for now you can tell which aircraft you’ll be getting by looking at the seatmap. The SWISS aircraft has a First Class, so Business Class starts in Row 4. On Edelweiss there is no First Class.