Edelweiss Air Airbus A340 Business Class

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Wednesday newsletters all the time function a resort or flight overview.

I not too long ago loved a beautiful vacation within the Maldives. During my journey, I didn’t keep at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani – my favourite resorts within the Maldives (I’m going again although in 2024) – however I attempted out some new, ultra-luxurious and fabulous resorts. Read my journey experiences right here:


Today: Review of Edelweiss Air’s Airbus A340 Business Class (Liberia to Zürich) 

Last spring, I flew in Business Class onboard an Edelweiss Air Airbus A340 plane from the Maldives’ capital metropolis Male to Zürich in Switzerland. Edelweiss Air is a Swiss leisure & constitution airline and a sister firm of Swiss International Air Lines (also referred to as SWISS). The service, which has its hub at Zürich Airport, was based in 1995 and has been a part of the Lufthansa Group since 2008. The firm’s title is derived from the Swiss nationwide flower, the Edelweiss, which can be painted on its plane. Edelweiss Air serves dozens of leisure locations in additional than 30 international locations worldwide with a fleet of 13 Airbus A320 and 4 Airbus A340 plane. The service’s A340s function a Business Class cabin & seats that are just like the one supplied by SWISS (albeit styled in a unique design). The onboard service and smooth product is vastly completely different although. Overall, my flight expertise with Edelweiss Air was good and acceptable for a leisure airline (however removed from memorable).

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  • Trip: Velana International Airport (MLE) to Zürich, Switzerkand (ZRH)
  • Airline: Edelweiss Air
  • Aircraft kind: Airbus A340-300
  • Aircraft registration quantity:  HB-JMF (inbuilt 2003)
  • On time departure: sure (12:30 pm)
  • On time arrival: sure (6:30 pm)
  • Miles: 4850 miles (7810 km)
  • Flight time: 10 hours
  • Seat: 17A
  • Class: Business Class

In this overview (extra info & images under my YouTtube video):

  1. Cost of the ticket
  2. Business Class cabin
  3. Business Class seat (+ greatest & worst seats)
  4. Amenities & bedding
  5. Meals
  6. Entertainment
  7. Onboard web
  8. Other inflight experiences
  9. My verdict (rating)


1. COST OF THE TICKET

The one-way ticket from Male to Zürich was paid with miles by way of Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program Miles & More. The complete price of the ticket was 56,000 miles + 250 euros.

EDELWEISS AIR AIRBUS A340
EDELWEISS AIR AIRBUS A340
EDELWEISS AIR AIRBUS A340
EDELWEISS AIR AIRBUS A340

2. BUSINESS CLASS CABIN

In a considerably uncommon configuration, Edelweiss Air’s A340 Business Class cabin is positioned in the midst of the airplane, over the wings (and never within the entrance of the airplane, which is generally the case with the Business Class cabins of different airways). The Business Class cabin options 27 flatbed seats, spreads over 6 rows and organized in an alternate 1-2-1 and 2-2-1 format (a so referred to as staggered configuration or Sogerma Solstys format). This format feels quite dense because the foot compartment for every seat is positioned between and underneath the seats in entrance. The middle seats are available in pairs, whereas the seats on the left and proper facet of the airplane alternate from 1 to 2 per row.

The similar staggered Business Class format can be put in on Brussels Airlines’ A330, Finnair’s A330/A340, SWISS’ A340/A330, Delta’s B767, and American’s B767 aircrafts. This configuration gives a point of privateness as not one of the seat rows fairly line up, so no person is immediately wanting into the seat throughout the aisle. But nonetheless, the privateness in the sort of Business Class cabin is inferior in comparison with the totally enclosed Business Class suites that you simply discover on different airways, equivalent to Qatar’s A350s, British Airways’ reconfigured Boeing 777s, or Delta’s A350s (and which appear to grow to be the usual within the business).

EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
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EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
EDELWEISS AIR A340 ECONOMY CLASS CABIN

3. BUSINESS CLASS SEAT (+ BEST & WORST SEATS)

All Business Class seats onboard Edelweiss’ Airbus A340 plane function the identical dimensions: they’ve a pitch of 152 cm (60 inches), a width of fifty cm (19,5 inch), and a recline of 180 diploma. All seats have a minimum of one massive work floor on the facet (the place you’ll be able to arrange your laptop computer), with some single seats and a few paired seats that includes this work house on either side (a so-called ‘throne seat’). One facet of the seat contains a energy port with worldwide adapters, a studying lamp (at eye stage), a panel for the seat controls, and a normal wired handset (positioned under a flap within the armrest). The console on this facet of the seat additionally holds the fold-out tray desk, which is launched on the push of a button. In entrance of the seat is a HD leisure display (extra on that under) with a foot compartment beneath.

The seat may be remodeled in a Lantal air-cushion mattress with a size of two m (6.5 ft). Although it’s a 180 diploma recline, the seat and your decrease legs descend into an area carved out for it within the seat(s) in entrance, under the leisure display. This foot compartment is kind of slim, making it arduous to modify place throughout your sleep whereas not waking up, as your legs may usually hit the partitions. The seats that should not have the ‘throne’ function have extra space for the ft, therefore making them slightly extra snug for sleeping. In its lie flat place, the Business Class seat is simply 45 cm (17 inch) above the ground, making it really feel like you’re resting on the bottom or in a coffin (due to the excessive seat partitions), and making it uncomfortable getting out and in to go to the restroom.

What are the greatest Business Class seats on Edelweiss Air’s A340s?

  • The single greatest seats for solo vacationers are the only seats on the left facet of the airplane, which function a big work house on all sides of the seat (so referred to as ‘throne seats’): 11A, 14A, and 16A.
  • The single seats on the correct facet of the airplane are an excellent choice as nicely for solo vacationers, however they really feel much less personal since they solely function one as a substitute of two work areas on the facet. These seats have the biggest foot compartment and are greatest for sleep consolation.
  • Travel companions ought to go for the paired, center seats, which all have direct aisle entry. There are additionally paired window seats in rows 12, 15 and 17 on the left facet of the airplane, however the passenger within the window seat must leap over their neighbor’s ft to get entry to aisle.

What are the worst Business Class seats

  • I recommend to keep away from the seats within the first row (row 11) of the Business Class cabin for the reason that proximity to the galley could also be bothersome.
  • I additionally recommend to keep away from the seats within the final row (row 17),  since these seats are immediately in entrance of the Economy Class bassinet seats (so you might find yourself being near younger kids or infants).
  • The window seats in row 15 are lacking a window and thus greatest averted.

Click right here for a seat map of Edelweiss Air’s A340.

EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS SEAT (FLAT BED)
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS: THRONE SEAT
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS: THRONE SEAT (FLAT BED)
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS: THRONE SEAT (FLAT BED)

4. AMENITIES & BEDDING

Edelweiss Air supplies the next facilities to its Business Class passengers:

  • An amenity equipment, whose packaging is product of cardboard with 70% recycled content material. The equipment incorporates primary facilities, equivalent to socks, sleeping masks, shoehorn, toothbrush, toothpaste, earplug (toiletries usually are not supplied).
  • A decently sized pillow
  • A cushty, heat blanket
  • Noise cancelling headphones (you can not maintain them because the crew collects them earlier than touchdown)
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
EDELWEISS AIR BUSINESS CLASS AMENITY KIT

5. MEALS

On this flight, a 3 course lunch (after takeoff) and light-weight dinner (previous to touchdown) have been served. Overall, the meals service was quite disappointing and uninspiring for a Business Class product: the meals parts have been small and the meals had a mediocre style at greatest. The meals service of leisure airline Edelweiss Air is unquestionably not en pair with that of Switzerland’s legacy airline SWISS.

Dinner service began with a drink, served with a bag of blended nuts. Next, I had the next choice from the menu for lunch:

  • Starter: smoked salmon 
  • Main course: panseared grouper fish, tarragon sauce, garlic pilaf rice and greens

  • Cheese platter: a choice of Swiss cheeses

A light-weight dinner – rooster salad – was served 90 minutes previous to touchdown.

EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
EDELWEISS AIR BUSINESS CLASS MENU
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
EDELWEISS AIR BUSINESS CLASS MENU
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
WELCOME DRINK
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
LUNCH: APERITIF
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
LUNCH: STARTER
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LUNCH: MAIN COURSE
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LUNCH: DESSERTS & CHEESE PLATTER
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
LUNCH: CHEESE PLATTER
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LUNCH: COFFEE
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
PRE-ARRIVAL DINNER

6. ENTERTAINMENT

Each Business Class seat comes with a personal 15 inches HD TV display. The inflight leisure (IFE) is chosen by immediately touching the TV however can even be navigated through the use of a handheld and wired distant management. Edelweiss Air’s IFE options dozens of flicks & TV exhibits, together with the most recent blockbusters, award-winning documentaries & fashionable TV collection. There’s additionally a variety of music channels and over 400 completely different CDs to select from.

EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
EDELWEISS AIR INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
EDELWEISS AIR BUSINESS CLASS
EDELWEISS AIR INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
EDELWEISS AIR BUSINESS CLASS
EDELWEISS AIR INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
EDELWEISS AIR BUSINESS CLASS
EDELWEISS AIR INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

7. ONBOARD INTERNET

Inflight Wifi is at the moment not supplied by Edelweiss Air.


8. OTHER INFLIGHT EXPERIENCES

# CREW: The crew on this flight was very pleasant and attentive.

# LAVATORY: There are two toilets for Business Class passengers. The toilets are positioned in a galley shared with the Economy class cabin within the airplane’s nostril part

EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
LAVATORY

# VIEWS: We loved clear climate for many of the flight, affording some nice views.

EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
SUNSET
EDELWEISS AIR A340 BUSINESS CLASS
SUNSET

9. MY VERDICT
  • Seat consolation (upright): 7/10
  • Seat consolation (mattress place): 5/10
  • Food (high quality): 5/10
  • Food (amount): 4/10
  • Inflight leisure : 8/10
  • WiFi: 0/10 (not out there)
  • Service: 9/10
  • Cabin design: 7/10
  • Overall expertise: mediocre 6/10

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