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10.18.19

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From onboard comfort to luxurious lounges, SWISS can take you around the world in style. 

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You awake from a good night’s sleep on a lie-flat bed, still thinking about your onboard dinner—created by a Michelin-starred chef—of sautéed black cod fillet with seafood nage. Sipping your café au lait, you watch a pink dawn break over the snowy Matterhorn, then touch down in Zurich and head for a comfortable leather seat in the SWISS Lounge, enjoying the breakfast buffet before your connecting flight to Rome.

Welcome to the SWISS premiere-class experience, where flying is not only luxurious but also offers a master class in cosmopolitanism—just one of the many perks of this truly international airline. Like the multilingual country of Switzerland itself, SWISS isn’t defined by one cuisine, language, or culture, but is rather a stylish and international portal for travelers flying to—and beyond—the Alps.

Here are just a few of the perks you can enjoy when you fly SWISS.

In-Flight Luxury

What makes SWISS one of the most comfortable rides in the air today? Fly SWISS Business and you can start with 79-inch flatbed seats set in a modular arrangement, so you can adjust yours for conversation with your travel partner or for complete privacy. You’ll also find newly installed 16-inch touch screens that display an entertainment system with 90-plus films and 170 TV shows.

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Even amenity travel kits have been carefully crafted and designed in collaboration with Victorinox, the manufacturer of Swiss pocketknives. And passengers can indulge in award-winning Swiss wines from UNESCO-heritage vineyards, paired with multi-course meals dreamed up by Michelin-starred chefs. You’ll also find a flight crew guaranteed to speak at least four languages on all flights, offering all the hallmarks of traditional Swiss hospitality, including kindness and punctuality.

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Unexpected Destinations

Sure, SWISS likely springs to mind when plans call for flying to Zurich or Geneva. But the airline also serves more than 100 destinations in 44 countries over five continents. And connections through Switzerland are quick, easy, and luxurious. So when you think about exploring the architecture of Budapest or basking on the beaches of the Riviera, think SWISS. Traveling to Italy? Also think SWISS: the airline can speed you to 12 Italian cities that all delight the senses. It’s also your go-to airline if you’re planning on taking in the antiquities of Athens or exploring the treasures of Gaudí in Barcelona.

Stellar Lounges

A new constellation of lounges in Zurich Airport has raised the bar for in-transit design and luxury, offering travelers tranquil, cocoon-like retreats. The SWISS Arrival Lounge, for example, features a full breakfast buffet and 20 showers; it’s an ideal spot to relax.

When you’re departing, the SWISS Business and Senator Lounges offer a sleek ambiance on par with a design hotel, including low-lit, maple hued timber slats for privacy, high ceilings, leather chairs, quiet areas for reclining, and outdoor terraces. Hungry? Help yourself to the bar, stocked with spirits and Swiss wines. Plates of Swiss cheeses (like Tilseter and Sbrinz) are ideal for quick nibbles, while the kitchens cook up heartier local specialties like creamy Älpler Macaroni and a light but edifying Bünder Gerstensuppe (barley soup from Canton Graubunden).

The SWISS Lounge on Dock E for SWISS First passengers goes even further. Two private hotel suites and a massive open-air terrace ensure that your transit time meets the highest forms of luxury. A festive champagne bar, wine humidor with over 1,000 bottles from across the world, and two restaurants are sure to offer some pre-flight surprises as well.

Zurich Airport

For many travelers, the best part about flying to Europe is connecting in modernist, award-winning Zurich Airport. Explore the airport’s sunny, design-minded public spaces, which offer something for everyone, including outdoor runway viewing terraces and plenty of shopping and dining. Restaurants serve up light salads as well as hearty Swiss fare like chestnut soup, crispy rösti potatoes, and melted-cheese classics like bubbling fondues and gooey raclettes.

Travelers with a sweet tooth will delight at the plethora of Swiss bakeries and chocolate shops like Confiserie Sprüngli, packed with beautifully boxed single-origin chocolates, fresh-baked Viennoiseries (pastry-like breads), and grab-and-go items like Butterbrezli (butter pretzels) and mini-quiches. And shoppers will find no shortage of luxury retail shops, including esteemed brands like Bally, Hermès, and Gucci. Plus, an especially competitive Duty Free—with great prices on Scotch whiskeys, European cheeses, olive oils, and Cuban cigars—offers a great way to stock up on gifts and goodies for friends back home or at your final destination. 

Learn more about all the luxurious touches and surprising destinations you can experience when flying SWISS.

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