Zurich Airport will now have brand new lounges. Switzerland’s national carrier Swiss has inaugurated its new Dock E lounge complex at the airport. The lounges for First Class, Business Class and Senator are situated at Terminal E and their opening has been perfectly timed coinciding with the arrival of the airline’s first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The three lounges are housed in a spacious complex spanning in a vast area of more than 3,300 square metres. The lounges are situated nearby long-haul departure gates and have access to an outdoor terrace with panoramic views of the airport as well as the Swiss Alps. Separate zones with working areas, open areas, rest areas and screened off for privacy have been designated in the lounges.
Your hunger pangs are taken well care of as chefs are at hand in the lounges preparing fresh meals for you. A Whisky Bar is also present at the Senator Lounge. Over 120 different kinds of whisky are offered here. A restaurant can also be found at the Swiss First Lounge with an extensive menu to satiate your taste buds. There’s also an option of raclette or fondue on the terrace during the winter months as you soak up spectacular views.
In addition to the legendary Swiss hospitality, all the three lounges are equipped with many amenities. The lounges have limestone walls. The interiors have a warm and earthy color scheme representing the uniqueness of Switzerland quite well. The visitors can keep their smartphones, laptops and other electronic gadgets always charged with lots of plug sockets available. Free Wi-Fi is also available so that the visitors can keep connected with their friends and family members while waiting to board their flights. If you want to catch up a nap or want to relax, you can do so at the specially designated relax zones in complete privacy.
The strategic location of the lounges on top of Dock E keeps the travelers free from all worries as they are quite close to the departure gates. The travelers can enjoy their stay in the lounge till the last moment leaving behind their worries of passport control and security check.
Meanwhile, Swiss has announced that it will start offering roaming mobile phone access and in-flight internet on all its new Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts. The customers boarding flights in any of the airline’s travel classes would be offered prepaid data packages for accessing Wi-Fi on board their flights. Apart from prepaid data packages, the customers traveling in First Class would also be receiving 50 MB of data without any additional charges.
Swiss will initially be holding trails to assess passengers’ ability to send SMS text messages and making phone calls on board their flights on the new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The trail will be conducted for a period of one year. The Wi-Fi access will be provided during service times only on night flights. However, the Wi-Fi won’t be available when the cabin lighting has been switched off.
The new Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts are scheduled to enter service from February 2016. The newly-acquired aircrafts would be deployed to conduct flights to Sao Paulo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Swiss has also indicated that it would be extending its in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity on its remaining Airbus A330 and Airbus A340 long-haul fleet.