Airline: Edelweiss (WK 356)
Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Departure City: Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH)
Departure Time: 6:35 AM
Arrival City: Kos, Greece (KGS)
Arrival Time: 10:17 AM
Aircraft: Airbus A-321
This flight was the fourth leg of a multi flight trip to Europe with my two friends named Matt. Today’s flight would take us from Zurich, Switzerland, to Kos, Greece. The purpose of this trip for my friends was to attend a wedding, but my trip had another purpose. I wanted to visit my lovely fiancee (Olga) in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I would later attend the wedding in Kos, but first, had to arrive in Greece, and then take another flight to Russia. You can read about that in the next article.
We arrived at Zurich International Airport very early in the morning to check in for our flight. I had spent a very frustrating 3 hours on the phone (international long distance) trying to sort out our flight arrangements for this day. What happened was, back in Pittsburgh, our initial flight to Newark was delayed. This in turn meant we would miss our connection to Zurich. Once the agent had re-booked our flights, she forgot to re-confirm the segment on Edelweiss to Kos. Therefore, it canceled out not only this segment, but the rest of the trip! Long story short, I was able to get us back on this flight. Whew!
My friends and I were very impressed with Edelweiss and the service they provided. The seats were nice and spacious, and the in-flight map was a much needed tool to keep track of our progress.
Upon boarding the aircraft, I located my seat (14C), which was another aisle seat next to my friends.
We pushed back and took off on time. Everything was going as planned!
Once airborne, the flight attendants served drinks, followed by a meal
service. Our flight time today was about 2.5 hours. The meal was actually pretty delicious! We all enjoyed it.
To pass the time, we played cards and watched the plane move along down the Adriatic Coast, and then turn towards Kos.
Once we had landed in Kos, our flight parked at a remote stand at the airport. Kos is a tiny airport, but very busy with flights from around Europe. There are no jetways, and all passengers are bused to and from the terminal.
After deplaning onto a bus, and into the terminal, we had to figure out which of the three conveyor belts would contain our baggage. There were no visible signs, so it was anyone’s guess. Luckily, I needed to find a bathroom, which led me to a sign, far away, that said “Switzerland Flights” with an arrow. I found my bag, and then shared this with my friends.
As we walked outside of the airport, we met an awesome taxi driver named Tony. He would become our driver, and a sort of friend to me for the remainder of the trip.
Welcome to Greece!
- Clean and spacious seats
- On time departure / arrival
- Meal service was very enjoyable
- Semi-organized boarding process
- Lack of in-flight entertainment