Often recognized by travel professionals as the best Business Class in Europe, SWISS is one of the airlines that we often fly between Europe and North America. The aircraft on this route is often the Airbus A330. You may have read about how much we love flying SWISS First on the A330. This article covers the SWISS A330 Business Class experience.
SWISS A330 Business Class Cabin and Seats
The SWISS A330 Business Class cabin decor is similar to the SWISS A330 First cabin, with charcoal-coloured fabric seats, light wood accents, and leather trim.
The 45 seats in the SWISS A330 Business Class are 52.1 cm (20.5 inches) wide and convert to a flat bed that is just over 2 metres long (200.6 cm/79 inches). For added comfort, the seats contain a built-in massage function as well as a button to adjust the softness.
There are two Business Class cabins on the SWISS A330 aircraft – the first is directly behind the SWISS First cabin and contains rows 4 and 5. This Business Class cabin is very private. If you want to sit here, select seats in row 4 because the two Business Class lavatories and the galley are behind row 5. The second Business Class cabin includes rows 6 to 14.
The seats are configured as either 1x2x1 or 2x2x1, depending on the row. If you want to sit alone, select seats are 4A, 6A, 8A, 10A, and 12A – these are the most private and have a large armrest on either side of the seat.
There is a bottle of water, blanket, large pillow, and amenity kit at each seat. Plus noise cancelling headphones for use with the Inflight Entertainment System, a coat hook, coat hanger, power outlet, and headphone jack.
Inflight Dining and Drinks
Shortly after boarding, flight attendants offer passengers in SWISS Business Class a welcome drink of either still water, orange juice, or Champagne.
On flights departing from Zurich, SWISS Business Class passengers can select items from the Taste of Switzerland menu.
The multi-page, multi-lingual menu includes a selection of appetizers, entrees, and dessert. I usually select either the Taste of Switzerland or a vegetarian item designed by Hiltl (one of my favourite restaurants in Zurich). A quicker menu option is available for passengers wanting to relax, sleep or work during the flight.
The thoughtful wine list includes a selection of white and red wines from around the world.
I appreciate the innovative and reusable amenity kits provided to SWISS Business Class passengers. The amenity kits vary, but one of my favourites is these fabric bags that snap or clip together.
Cozy socks, ear plugs, a comfortable eye shade, tooth care set, and lip balm are often included in each Business Class amenity kit.
Full-size bottles of lotion and facial mist, along with towels and sample-size containers of face cream, are typically available in the Business Class lavatories.
SWISS Business Class and Arrivals Lounge
In Zurich, SWISS Business Class travellers can access the modern, light-filled lounge with numerous seating options. Here you can relax in one of the lounges, watch airplanes from the outdoor balcony, or enjoy a meal. SWISS lounge guests can dine on items from a buffet or select hot items from a Chef-staffed cooking station.
There is an extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including an amazing hot drink machine. My kids love steamed strawberry-flavoured milk.
For passengers flying in Zurich, the SWISS Arrivals Lounge is an excellent spot to rest, refresh, and have breakfast or a snack before starting your day in the city. You can read more about the SWISS Arrivals Lounge here.
Opportunities for Improvement
- A self-serve snack and drink trolley, similar to the British Airways Club Kitchen, would enhance the in-flight dining experience.
Travel Tips Flying SWISS A330 Business Class
- SWISS Business Class passengers enjoy priority check-in, priority security screening in many airports and priority boarding. For an upgraded experience, travel in SWISS First.
- The SWISS lounges in Zurich are excellent, so arrive at the Zurich International Airport as early as possible. If you fly into Zurich, plan to stop at the SWISS Arrivals Lounge before you leave the airport.
- Zurich is a favourite city, and I recommend spending at least a few days in this lakeside city. The Park Hyatt Zurich is an excellent place to stay. Read all about what to do in Zurich (with or without kids) here.
Have you had an opportunity to fly with SWISS?