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Paris (CDG) - Zurich (ZRH)
Scheduled Depart: 7:25 AM
Scheduled Arrive: 8:40 AM
Duration: 1hr 15min
Aircraft: Airbus A220
Seat: 3C (Business Class)
The A220 aircraft has an interesting history and used to be known as the C Series. Back in 2017 and 2018, Boeing made headlines for their case against Bombardier for selling their C Series plane at a loss in order to gain US market share in the small plane sector. The US Department of Commerce sided with Boeing and hit Bombardier with a 300% import tariff. In response to this, Bombardier sold a majority share of the C Series program to Airbus. With Airbus’ help, the C Series plane would now finish the assembly process in the US, which would negate the import tariff. In the end, Boeing lost their case against Bombardier as they didn’t actually have any plane within the same size category as the C Series and with that, the C Series plane became known as the Airbus A220.
After an uneventful visit to the Lufthansa Business Lounge at Charles de Gaulle airport, I was on my way to Zurich. The aircraft has a 2-3 seating configuration with the seat beside you blocked off in Business Class. The black seats along with the white accent was quite visually appealing as I headed over to my seat. Although classified as a small to mid-sized aircraft, the entire cabin just felt so airy and is accentuated by the large windows, large overhead compartments, and ceiling space.
A bottle of water and a refreshing hand wipe was provided was provided upon boarding and the flight attendants came by with a welcome drink.
On this aircraft, there is no in-flight entertainment available except for a small screen located under the overhead compartments. This was only used for displaying the flight safety video but afterwards remained turned off.
Although the flight was just over an hour long, carriers usually are obliged to provide snack or meal service to passengers on a business class ticket. Immediately after the seat belt sign was turned off, the flight attendants simultaneously jumped into action with food preparation.
Provided was a quiche along with a croissant. Neither of which were too eventful and I only had small bites of the food.
The lavatories are located towards the front of the cabin and at times, passengers flying Economy walked through the curtain dividing the two cabins, but the flight attendants were quick to send them back.
A facial misting spray and moisturizer was provided which is always a treat, given the nature of the dry airplane air. A baby change table that can be pulled down was also located within the lavatory. These are also always helpful for parents when travelling with their young ones.
With only 30 minutes left on the flight, I took the time to take in the scenery. On flights, I tend to pick the aisle seat so that I can freely stand up and stretch out, so having an unrestricted view through the window on this flight was a welcomed treat.
Upon landing, all Business class passengers were invited to disembark first onto the terminal shuttle bus. As we drove off towards the terminal, another shuttle bus arrived for the passengers flying Economy.
The A220 was an absolute treat to fly with an airy compartment and quiet engine. Though one thing that really bothered me was the fact that the cabin was kept at insane arctic-like temperatures and I had a sweater on the entire flight. I always admire flight attendants working these flights of shorter duration as it takes a great deal of teamwork in order to execute meal service in the span of an hour. For regional flights in the future, I will definitely go out of my way to pick the A220 over other aircrafts operating the same route.
From a young age, Colin’s family travelled together from Japan to Thailand as well as take the occasional family road trip. This led to an interest in global affairs and an international exchange to the United States where he made friends from all around the world. When walking down the airplane aisle to the back of the plane, he always dreamed of a day where he would be able to sit at the front in the premium seats. After stumbling upon the points and miles community, he is now proud to be seated among those he marvelled at as a child.