SWISS Special Service

The carrier provides all business-class service between the U.S. and Switzerland

By: Jonathan Siskin

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Swiss International Air Lines takes
travelers to Switzerland in style.
The first carrier providing all business-class jet service between the U.S. and Switzerland, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), flies six times a week (except Saturday) from Newark to Zurich. SWISS flight LX18 departs Newark at 9:45 p.m. and arrives in Zurich at 11:30 a.m. the next morning, while the return flight departs Zurich at 4:45 p.m. and arrives in Newark at 8:15 p.m. SWISS partners with business aviation specialist PrivatAir, a Geneva-based company that specializes in executive jet aviation and operates business jet aircraft in cooperation with other European airlines, such as Lufthansa and KLM. Flights out of Newark are aboard an extended-range, specially configured Boeing 737-800 business jet certified for long-haul flights with additional fuel capacity and a range of 4,000 nautical miles. The jet’s spacious interior is outfitted with 56 identical “cradle” seats with a 60-inch pitch and 75-degree recline. When fully extended, the seats provide ample room for even the tallest passengers (over six feet) to stretch out into a comfortable sleeping position. Other amenities include short boarding and deboarding times, quality food and beverage service that matches what is available in business class on all international SWISS flights, plus a selection of DVD movies viewed on a portable player provided to each passenger.

In addition to the Newark route, SWISS provides nonstop service from several major U.S. gateways to Zurich, including New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles. There are two daily flights (except Sunday when there is one flight) from New York (JFK) to Zurich, as well as daily service from JFK to Geneva. There is also daily service to Zurich out of Boston Logan, Chicago O’Hare and Miami International Airport and five flights weekly (except Tuesday and Sunday) from LAX. All flights are aboard Airbus A330-200 aircraft, except flights out of Los Angeles that use an Airbus A340-300.

The newest and 17th member of the Star Alliance network, SWISS was officially welcomed into the Alliance at a gala ceremony at Zurich Airport last April. As a result, SWISS passengers can now enjoy the benefits of all member carriers, including exclusive check-in and mileage redemption privileges, plus access to more than 660 lounges worldwide.