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Old Jul 13, 12, 1:20 am   #1
 
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First time First: night or day flight?

Flying to Chicago next month with LX with my wife.
We are booked in C-class but was thinking to upgrade one sector to F-class.
What would you recommend to fully enjoy the First class for the first time; upgrade the outbound ZRH-ORD day-flight or the inbound ORD-ZRH night-flight?
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Old Jul 13, 12, 3:14 am   #2
 
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I would upgrade the day flight.... you get to enjoy the service a little more and for me the LX C seat is fine for sleeping (and it's good for a day flight as well....).
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Old Jul 13, 12, 5:54 am   #3
 
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Definitely day flight!
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Old Jul 13, 12, 5:57 am   #4
 
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Definitely day flight!
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Old Jul 13, 12, 6:10 am   #5
 
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Day flight. Excellent catering ex ZRH, full, elaborate lunch service (vs. an abridged dinner service), better lounge in ZRH, plenty of "awake time" to enjoy the flight - which is also a bit longer westbound.

As others have mentioned, the fully-flat C seats are perfectly comfortable for sleeping, so you'll be fine on the overnight.
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Old Jul 13, 12, 9:49 am   #6
 
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Day flight of course!
Longer flight, can enjoy lounge in ZRH, good service on board.

Night flights are for sleeping and you can sleep very well in J.
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Old Jul 13, 12, 11:07 am   #7
 
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As someone who flies this route frequantly, I would advise you also of taking the day flight from ZRH to ORD. It is the best way to maximize your F experience and also cutting down the waiting time upon arrival at ORD immigration and customs inspection.
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Old Jul 19, 12, 9:32 am   #8
 
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Well, I personally prefer flying F instead of C on the way back from ORD. Especially if you are a grown up man

Departure is 7 pm, you can still enjoy the great full dinner service and then get a very comfortable sleep in your newly refurbished F cabon on the A333.
C is for me absolutely ok westbound, decent food, good seat, good service and the chance for a short 1-2hour nap after the meals service.
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Old Jul 20, 12, 1:37 am   #9
 
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Departure is 7 pm, you can still enjoy the great full dinner service and then get a very comfortable sleep in your newly refurbished F cabon on the A333.
Can you elaborate on that?
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Old Jul 20, 12, 5:46 am   #10
 
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My vote is for the night flight.

I agree, Food is better out of ZRH compared to the returns from the US. But a good restaurant still has better food than you will get on an airplane.

My main point is: i am able to sleep well in F, arrive more relaxed and it is far easier for me to get over jetlag (especially on eastbound flights).
This way i would try to upgrade on the return, eat before boarding and maximize sleeping time.
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Old Jul 20, 12, 9:52 am   #11
 
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Another vote for the night flight - much better opportunity for a good nights sleep in nice Swiss PJs than C in your travel clothes, and that's what's really worth it. AVOD is the same in both, and you board in ORD early enough to still enjoy the F food for dinner before crashing.
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Old Jul 20, 12, 11:56 pm   #12
 
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Try from ORD in F the earlier flight LX 2609 leaving 2:40pm and arriving ZRH 6:20 am. Use the arrival lounge with 28 showers and enjoy a full day in ZRH or hop on one of the short haul connecting flights.
This week I had one of the best steaks above the clouds ( I agree with the poster above it still can not match Smith & Wollensky's or Kinzie's).
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Old Jul 20, 12, 11:59 pm   #13
 
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Can you elaborate on that?
All Swiss 333's have now the new F cabin with the cozy mini suite feel and great sleep comfort. Currently ZRH-ORD are 333 on both flights LX 2608 and LX 8.
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Old Jul 21, 12, 2:18 am   #14
 
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All Swiss 333's have now the new F cabin with the cozy mini suite feel and great sleep comfort. Currently ZRH-ORD are 333 on both flights LX 2608 and LX 8.
Ah, I see what you mean. But all LX A333s always had the new F, so they were never refurbished to something new(er).
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Old Jul 22, 12, 5:34 am   #15
 
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I go with the day flight. I really enjoyed ZRH-YUL in F with the time to enjoy the full service and a movie, sleep for a couple of hours then wake up for the light meal before landing.

In contrast, a faster J service would be fine for the short overnight flight. And breakfast in F was nothing special so you should be fine with the J breakfast while also maximizing sleep time.
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