I flew with Swiss Air for the very first time last Friday, and it was without a doubt THE best short haul flight experience I have ever had. And it only cost me £112 return from London Heathrow to Geneva in Switzerland. It was just such a nice flying experience, so I thought I'd tell you all about why it was so great and why it was so different to the likes of BA, Easyjet, and even Virgin Atlantic's Trans-Atlantic service...
I can't stand Luton. Hate hate hate it. Most low cost airlines and European flights go from Luton, Stansted, or Gatwick, so to fly from Heathrow was just the cherry on top of a really great flight. Heathrow is also the closest airport to where I live, as it's only a 30min drive away, so this made me very happy. If you're interested you can read all about my behind the scenes experience at Heathrow.
2. You get two pieces of hand luggage as standard
So many low cost airlines only allow you to take one small cabin case as handluggage. I'm so sick of having to put my handbag or camera bag inside of my already small cabin case whenever I fly with Easyjet, so to be able to pack more into my cabin case because I didn't have to fit all of my camera equipment in there was a refreshing change!
3. You can choose your seat for free when you check in online
I chose an emergency exit window seat so I had slightly more leg room. On my return flight this wasn't available though so I had a standard seat, and even in a standard seat the leg room was amazing.
4. My flight wasn't delayed
Ok slight lie. On the outbound flight it wasn't delayed. On my return flight I was delayed by about 15mins, but to be fair it didn't make much of a difference to me and it made a nice change to being delayed by 3 hours as I recently had with Easyjet.
5. The staff were super friendly
Like, super friendly. They literally couldn't do enough for you and it was nice that their skin colour were normal shades and not your usual shade of Easyjet Essex Orange.
6. The leg room was insane
Just LOOK at it. It was even better than the leg room you get on long-haul flights with the Gulf Carriers (Emirates, Qatar, Singapore etc), and it was so much better than the leg room on Virgin Atlantic Economy which is akin to sitting on an Easyjet flight for 10 hours (I refuse to fly VA Economy now because it's so miserable - their premium economy offering however is awesome). I was in total shock! Even on my return flight when I wasn't sat in an emergency exit aisle, it was still enough for me to stretch my legs out in front of me no problems.
7. The food & drinks were all free (even the alcohol)
This made a nice change. A very nice change. And it was nice that the food was free even on a flight that was only about an hour long. On the way out we had some sort of delicious Swiss bakery goodness, and on the way back we had a really delicious fresh chicken baguette. They also bring round little Swiss chocolates which is a really lovely touch!
8. They play Warner Bros. Cartoons In-flight
This made me so happy! I was obsessed with the Warner Bros. cartoons when I was younger (I even had a denim jacket with the loony tunes covering the back of it), and being able to sit for an hour on the plane and watch them was awesome. I felt like a kid again - except this time I questioned how the hell Sylvester and Wile E. Coyote survived all of those crazy falls and accidents!
9. The seats were comfortable
So. Comfy. They're classic leather seats and I just found them nice and comfy, and large. You didn't feel as though your personal space was being invaded by the person next to you!
10. I got Star Alliance airmiles from my flights
I have frequent flyers with Singapore Airlines, which is part of Star Alliance. Because Swiss Air is part of Star Alliance, it means I get the airmiles from my Swiss Air flight automatically added to my Singapore account. Yay!
11. It was cheaper than Easyjet
Yep. Despite all of the above and the awesomeness of this flight, my flight actually cost less than Easyjet. From what I can remember the Easyjet flight was £150, and I paid £112 for my Swiss Air, but I did book around 2 months in advance.
I've flown with Easyjet, British Airways, KLM, Air France, Monarch, and Wizz Air on short-haul routes from London to Europe, and Swiss Air was my favourite out of all of them (with KLM a close second and Air France coming in third place). Obviously I know that there are big differences between Easyjet and Swiss because Swiss Air is not a low cost airline, but if you book far enough in advance the flights can be cheaper than the low-cost airlines, and even if it's slightly more expensive, personally I think it's worth it for all of the above!
What's your favourite low cost airline?
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