SWISS puts passengers in a festive mood
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has merry specials planned for its customers during the month of December in the form of seasonal meals in all seating classes on its long-haul flights from Switzerland, and holiday-themed amenity kits for kids, according to a recent press release.
“Christmas in Switzerland is a special and festive time and part of the national identity,” commented SWISS media spokesperson, Thomas Baumann. “As the airline of Switzerland, we want to bring this festive spirit on board with special activities such as menus or giveaways.”
To mark St. Nicholas’s (“Samichlaus”) Day on December 6, freshly-baked “Grittibänz” breads will be served in the morning and gingerbread men in the afternoon on selected European flights from Zurich.
Traditional Swiss Christmas fare is also included. Economy Class travelers on afternoon European flights will enjoy Christmas cookies and mandarins. Long-haul services for SWISS Business travelers between December 24 and 26 will include “Berner Mandelsterne” (almond stars) as part of the SWISS Taste of Switzerland program, showcasing the cuisine of Canton Bern.
The airline’s current range of Victorinox Business Class amenity kits have a holiday twist too, with the addition of a Christmas stocking-shaped model. And the traditional Swiss Chocolates will get a holiday makeover in the form of a special gold “Season’s Greetings” wrapping.
Passengers won’t miss a holiday feast while on board: all classes will be served special Christmas meals on long-haul flights from Switzerland between December 19 and 25. SWISS First customers can opt for a starter of truffled veal terrine with fig and nut chutney, a main course of dry-aged Angus beef (Fillet Wellington) with Périgord truffle sauce and vegetables, and a seasonal baked apple with cinnamon ice cream and vanilla sauce for dessert.
Seasonal SWISS Business extras start with a trilogy of salmon (smoked, gravad and tartare), continue with corn-fed chicken with truffle sauce and bread dumpling slices, red cabbage and Brussels sprouts, and finish with chestnut cake with spiced orange compote. SWISS Economy travelers will be additionally offered a potato and chestnut salad with gravad salmon, followed by turkey breast with potato dumplings, red cabbage and lingonberry jam, along with dessert: cinnamon mousse with baked apple compote.
The special SWISS First and SWISS Business Class meals are accompanied with the option of a seasonal Etter “Weihnachtspflümli” Christmas plum liqueur, while SWISS First customers can also have Sirocco “White Christmas” or “Winter Moments” tea.