Review: Swiss A330 Business Class from Newark to Zurich

Swiss A330 Business Class

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As a Delta frequent flyer I don’t often find myself at Newark Airport. However on this trip I found an great deal on my flight to Dubai where I was booked for a few nights at The Dubai Edition.

I purchased this flight as part of a roundtrip ticket that originated in Istanbul. The flight route went from Istanbul to New York and then returned to Dubai.

I did consider bidding to upgrade to First Class on this flight but I decided against it even though Swiss Airlines makes it relatively easy.

All in I paid about $1,800 round trip for a business class ticket that I think is a steal. Compared to the normal rate of $3,500+ or 180,000 points I was happy to pay cash for this fare.

Check In Experience

I arrived at Newark airport a few hours before departure but given I was in Terminal B I had no interest in going to the lackluster lounges. If this flight was out of Terminal C I would be happy to spend time in the United Polaris lounge but it didn’t make sense to visit on this trip.

Swiss Check In EWR

Check in has no line what so ever for business class and given this was a late night flight there was another flight out to Frankfurt as well as the usual Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul departing soon after.

EWR Terminal B

I made my way through security down the long hallway of Terminal B. I find this Terminal to be one of the most depressing out of any of the New York Airports.

Each of the gates are separated into these clusters of 5/6 with a few shops and lounges in the area. If you have extra time in a Terminal this is certainly not one you want to spend any in.

EWR Termina B Gate

Luckily for me my flight was boarding soon after I arrived and security was a breeze.

Flight Experience

I had never flown Swiss before and I was lucky enough to actual snag a “throne” seat for free right before check in.

Swiss Business Couple Seat

This particular aircraft was an older A330 as you can tell from the finishings and the screen size. I did like the way Swiss styled this cabin but it is starting to look a bit dated.

As I made my way to the seat I passed by the couple seats and while they didn’t look bad they were no match for the privacy of the throne seat.

Swiss Business Throne Seat

I arrived at my seat and immediately noticed why these are so coveted on Swiss Airlines. In this cabin not all seats are created equally and the throne seat often comes with a $150 up charge to select.

Throne Seat

It does make sense if you see you get about double the amount of table space and complete privacy, although no door.

Swiss Business IFE

When you settle in you will notice on this plane the IFE could definitely use updating but what you want this seat for is the privacy, especially if you are traveling alone. I was traveling with my partner on this flight but we actually both got throne seats to enjoy some rest on the red eye.

Swiss Business Coat Hanger

When I hung my jacket you can notice just how much space there is here. I almost never hang my jacket on these hooks but Swiss provided a hanger and it clearly didn’t get in my way this time so I thought why not.

Swiss Business Seat Controls

I took a quick look at the seat controls and it had all the standard buttons including an adjustment to the seat cushion. I never really use many of these except for the recline but I often find them to be finicky.

Swiss Business Power Outlet

I did like the wood design on the panels as well as the location of the outlet. Sometimes airlines tuck the outlet into the hardest to reach of places making it almost impossible to plug your charger in. These were easily accessable and did not get in the way even when sleeping.

Swiss Business Champagne

As I settled in the flight attendants came around with champagne. I have to say there is nothing better than drinking a glass of champagne with so much space to yourself as you see others boarding the plane.

Swiss Business Amenity Kit

The amenity kit on Swiss was pretty basic but I liked the simple design and hard cover. I find most airlines are going with flimsy cloth amenity kits that don’t really hold much together.

Swiss Business Amenity Kit

Inside the amenity kit was nothing too interesting and was actually pretty light. I find I never really use most of the items, except for the socks, so this was welcome.

Swiss Business Menu

Then it was time for one of my favorite parts of any flight. Checking out the menu and having a hoping for decent meal. I hadn’t heard much about Swiss food offering so I didn’t really know what to expect.

Swiss Business Menu Back

I actually really liked the design of the Swiss menu. It sure beats airlines that have pulled back on menus and just rush you through a 2 choice offering – United I’m looking at you.

The menu was pretty extensive and similar to what I experience on my many Lufthansa Business class flights in the past.

Swiss Business Menu Food

There were three main selections on this flight – a braised beef short rib, seared shrimps, or a vegetarian potato gnocchi. I can appreciate Swiss has made one vegetarian dish standard on their menu, eliminating the needs to preorder if you don’t want meat.

Swiss Business Wine Menu

The wine list was also pretty decent with a local option as well as a few foreign ones as well. I tend to try to lookup each wine before I depart but on this trip just decided to stick with the Swiss options.

Swiss Business Breakfast Menu

One feature I did really like was the attendants came around with this breakfast card as well. They ask you to fill it out and they collect it so you can have a customized breakfast when you wake up before landing.

The breakfast selection of food was pretty light but they did have plenty of drink options.

Once my selections were made we were off for me to checkout the rest of my seat before food was being served.

Swiss Business IFE

As seen in the earlier pictures of the seat the IFE on these planes are definitely old and a bit small. Surprisingly the remote was pretty responsive so I had no issues navigating the screens but as Swiss updates their aircrafts they can definitely do much better than this IFE.

Swiss Business Headphones

The headphones they provided were not bad and got the job done. These days I’ve been using airline headphones less and less, often opting to use my Airfly Pros to connect my bluetooth headset.

Swiss Business Tray Table

After we took off I pulled out the tray table to see how much space I had. With the added features of the two side table it really feels like you have one huge table space, which is great for when you have to handle drinks with meal plates in front of you.

Swiss Business Tray Table

Another feature I enjoyed was being able to partially pull out the tray table so I can still get in and out of my seat.

Swiss Business Drinks

Meal service started with drinks and I went with a coke as well as a glass of red wine. I drink red wine on late night flights mostly to put me to bed but nothing beats a coke with a meal.

Swiss Business Dinner Service

Soon after the meal service came out, all on a single tray. I went with the poached halibut as well as the short rib for main.

After a quick glance at my food it didn’t look the most appetizing. Everything had a bit of a blob like look to it especially the short rib and polenta.

Swiss Business Beef Shortrib

I mean if you were served this anywhere but an airplane would you find it appetizing? It looks like Swiss can really use some help on the presentation piece since it actually didn’t end up tasting too bad.

Swiss Business Halibut Appetizer

For my starter I went with the poached halibut with veggies. Not going to lie as soon as I saw this I thought “why did I not order the beets”.

I ended up picking at this but definitely wouldn’t order it again.

Swiss Business Cheese

Lastly was the cheese, which wasn’t half bad but also a pretty small serving for business class.

I chalk a lot of this up to being catering out of EWR since I know the food quality would be way better if we were flying out of Switzerland.

After the meal I immediately needed to get some sleep and caught a few hours before it was time to wake up again for another meal.

Swiss Business Breakfast fruit

I don’t often eat breakfast so having a light option wasn’t bad for me here. I ordered some fruit, a yogurt, and an espresso which was just ok.

I did connect to wifi on this flight but the pricing was pretty absurd.

Swiss Business Wifi Price

I dislike that airlines put wifi caps on using and Swiss doesn’t offer anything special for business class passengers. $66 USD for 220mb is painfully expensive for wifi and in my opinion not at all worth it.

Swiss Business Bathroom

Before landing I took a quick look at the bathrooms and I found it to be kept pretty clean.

I did consider bidding for first class before this flight for $1,200 but decided not to in the end. As I was walking out of the plane I got to check out what I missed out on.

Swiss First Class Cabin

The first class cabin definitely offered better seats and IFE for each of the seats. It also appeared that all seats were relatively the same size unlike in business class where there are huge differences.

Swiss First Class Seat

I would like to try Swiss first class one day and I think purchasing an upgrade from business is the most reasonable way to get a ticket. However, I might save it for a flight out of Switzerland to not have to experience Newark catering again.

Summary & Takeaways

My first experience on Swiss was a rather decent one and given the price I paid for this ticket I had nothing to complain about. Swiss has a decent product and have been updating their planes to be more modern.

I would say flying out of EWR is not the best experience and I can see a similarity in United’s poor food quality. Luckily Swiss made up for it in its service as the flight attendants on my route were excellent.

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