Helvetic Airways (Swiss) Flight 1101 Munich – Zurich – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 9 March 2012
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Munich Airport (Flughafen München), located roughly 30 km (18 miles) northeast of the city, is one of the most modern and efficient airports in Europe. Since it’s opening in 1992, it’s become the second busiest airport in Germany after Frankfurt and the seventh busiest in Europe.  Terminal 2, which opened in 2003, is used by Lufthansa and members of the Star Alliance.

Helvetic Airways is a Swiss airline that operates six Fokker 100 aircraft, six in partnership with Swiss International Air Lines as part of a long-term ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance) agreement.  My Swiss flight to Zurich was to be operated by Helvetica and it was scheduled for departure at 9:20 a.m.

After a leisurely stroll from my hotel, the Kempinski Airport Munich, which is located adjacent to Terminal 2, I took the escalator up to the business-class check-in line.  There was a fairly long line and my time was limited because I wanted to get my MWSt. (VAT) forms stamped by customs before leaving, so I walked across to the Lufthansa business-class ticket desk and asked the agent if he could also check me in.

Since I wasn’t checking any luggage, he was more than happy to do so.

With boarding pass in hand, I headed for the Zoll (customs) office landside and recalled that that particular office only handled checked luggage.  I turned around and went through security.  While there was a short queue at the business-class line, the economy lines all the way to the left were empty and I was through security in minutes.

Although I was departing from a G gate, the customs office was one level higher, at H.  Within a matter of moments, the customs agent had stamped my forms and wished me a good trip.


My plane, a Fokker 100, wasn’t boarding via a jetway and my gate was one of the lower-level gates that was designed for a bus transfer to the plane.  The aircraft was seemingly parked at the other end of the airport but, soon enough, I was on board and in my seat.

The Fokker 100 has very limited space in the overhead bins so I placed my Tumi roll-aboard on the floor below the seat in front of me.

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