Introduction: Christmas Markets With A Touch Of GarudaReview: Lufthansa First Class A330 Dallas To FrankfurtReview: Lufthansa First Class Terminal FrankfurtReview: Lufthansa Business Class A321 Frankfurt To LondonReview: Sheraton Grand London Park LaneReview: No1 Lounge London Heathrow Terminal 3Review: Garuda Indonesia First Class 777-300ER London To JakartaReview: Garuda Indonesia First Class Arrivals & Chauffeur Service JakartaReview: Keraton At The Plaza JakartaReview: Garuda Indonesia First Class Lounge JakartaReview: Garuda Indonesia First Class 777-300ER Jakarta To SingaporeReview: Dnata Lounge Terminal 3 Singapore AirportReview: Garuda Indonesia First Class 777-300ER Singapore To LondonReview: Lufthansa Lounge London HeathrowReview: Le Meridien MunichReview: Park Hyatt Vienna Park SuiteReview: Lufthansa First Class 747-8 Frankfurt To BostonReview: Aloft Boston Seaport We had an early morning flight from Vienna to Frankfurt, which I won’t be reviewing given that intra-Europe flights are mostly the same.
We had a roughly three hour layover, so on arrival we walked to the First Class Terminal, a process that took about 20 minutes from the time we arrived at our gate. We hung out there for a couple of hours, until the PA fetched us at 10:15AM and told us our flight was ready for boarding. The three of us were being transported alone from the FCT to the plane (if there are other first class passengers or HON Circle members, they’ll typically transport everyone together) in a Mercedes van.
The ride took about five minutes, and as usual, I was like a kid in a candy store driving across the tarmac. Transfer from First Class Terminal to plane While I love the A380 from a passenger comfort standpoint, the 747 will always be the queen of the skies, so as an aviation geek there’s not a plane in the world I’m more in awe standing next to. Lufthansa 747-8 taking us to Boston Lufthansa 747-8 taking us to Boston Once we got out of the car we walked towards the jet bridge, where we took the elevator up a level, and then the driver introduced us to the crew.
Before I get onto the flight review, let me say that I reviewed Lufthansa’s 747-8 first class a bit over a year ago, so I’ll keep this review mostly about the soft product rather than the hard product. Lufthansa 422Frankfurt (FRA) – Boston (BOS)Thursday, December 15Depart: 10:55AMArrive: 1:10PMDuration: 8hr15minAircraft: Boeing 747-8Seat: 3D (First Class) We boarded through door L1, where the friendly purser handed us over to the first class crew.
Lufthansa 747-8 first class cabin is pretty special, as it has just eight seats in the nose of the plane. There are three rows with one seat on each side, and then there’s a single set of two seats in the center of the third row. Lufthansa 747-8 first class Since the three of us were traveling together, I figured we’d sit in row three, as it was likely we’d have the whole row to ourselves (meaning that one of the seats would stay empty).
Lufthansa 747-8 first class, seat 3A I sat in 3D, which is the left-side aisle seat in the center section. Lufthansa 747 first class cabin While seat 3C doesn’t feel as private as some other seats given that you sort of feel like you’re “in” the aisle, it’s nice to be able to sit immediately next to someone. Lufthansa 747 first class, seat 3C I wasn’t impressed by the crew on the outbound flight from Dallas to Frankfurt.
It’s not that the flight attendant serving us was rude, but rather she just wasn’t especially warm, and didn’t seem like she wanted to be there. Conversely, this crew was incredible, probably one of the best I’ve ever had on Lufthansa. The two ladies working first class were so indescribably sweet and professional. Once settled in, the crew first offered us the typical amenities. The slippers were placed by my feet, and the pajamas and Rimowa amenity kit on my ottoman.
Lufthansa first class slippers Lufthansa first class pajamas and amenity kit We were also offered pre-departure beverages. I had a glass of champagne, while Ford was being good and had sparkling water. Both were served with tasty macadamia nuts. Lufthansa first class pre-departure beverages We were then offered a warm towel. Lufthansa first class pre-departure warm towel By 10:45AM it was announced that boarding was completed, and there were a total of three other first class passengers, meaning there were two empty seats.
There was an American couple in row two, and then a German guy in row one. At this point Captain Hans added his welcome aboard, informing us of our flight time of 7hr20min to Boston. He said the weather in Boston was “nice,” and followed that up by saying it was -15 degrees and the winds were 50km per hour. Hmmm…. At 11:05AM we began our pushback, at which point the purser added his welcome aboard and the safety video was screened.
Our taxi to the runway was lengthy, and once at the runway there was a queue for takeoff, so it was 11:30AM before we were airborne. The seatbelt sign was turned off less than 10 minutes after takeoff, and about five minutes after that purser Alexander came through the cabin to introduce himself and distribute menus. He highlighted some of the holiday dishes on the menu, and highly recommended the roast goose, which he said was rich but delicious.
As usual on Lufthansa, you can dine whenever you want, though we decided to have lunch right away. The menu read as follows: Service began with the amuse bouche, which consisted of shrimp with carrot. I had another glass of the lovely Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle to accompany it. Lufthansa first class lunch — amuse bouche Once that was cleared my table was set. There was an extensive selection in the breadbasket, and I selected a piece of garlic bread and pretzel bread.
Lufthansa first class lunch — table setting Lufthansa first class lunch — pretzel and garlic bread Once tables were set, the caviar trolley was rolled down the aisle, and I was offered a generous portion. Lufthansa first class lunch — caviar service Lufthansa first class lunch — caviar service After that the appetizer trolley was rolled through the cabin. Much to my surprise, all three appetizers that I had were excellent.
This included beef carpaccio, goat cream cheese with avocado, and spiced salmon with cucumber. Lufthansa first class lunch — appetizer course After that I was offered a kalamansi sorbet as a palate cleanser. I don’t remember ever being offered a sorbet on Lufthansa before. Lufthansa first class lunch — sorbet For the main course I had the fried sea bass, which they gladly prepared without bacon, per my preference.
It was good for what it was, even though the preparation as such wouldn’t be my first choice. Lufthansa first class lunch — fried sea bass Ford had the roast goose, which he really enjoyed. Lufthansa first class lunch — roast goose For dessert I had the hazelnut chocolate cake with with mango and ice cream. It was really good. Lufthansa first class lunch dessert — hazelnut chocolate cake To finish off the meal we were offered cute Christmas cookies.
Lufthansa first class Christmas goodies The entire meal service was done just under two hours into the flight, which was a pretty good pace. I can’t say enough good things about the flight attendants serving us. Both of them were so sweet and professional. They genuinely gave the impression that they wanted to be there to a degree that you don’t often see on a western airlines. They were a class act.
I asked to have my bed made in seat 3K, and while they did that, I quickly headed to the lavatory. There are two lavatories located behind the first class cabin on the 747-8. They’re both quite spacious and have windows. Lufthansa 747-8 first class lavatory Lufthansa 747-8 first class lavatory Once back in the cabin my bed was already made, and the privacy partition was up. While Lufthansa’s first class seat ins’t the most private in the world, the bedding is excellent, and it offers enough private thanks to the shield you can raise.
Lufthansa first class bed I managed to nap for a couple of hours, which is all I hoped for, since I wanted to be able to get a good night of sleep in Boston on arrival. Lufthansa first class bed Within minutes of waking up, the flight attendant appeared in the cabin to see if I wanted anything. I ordered a cappuccino, which was served with a cute santa chocolate. Lufthansa first class cappuccino I connected to the wifi and worked for a couple of hours.
Lufthansa’s inflight wifi is among the best out there, as it’s reasonably priced and has no data caps. About an hour before landing it was “last call” for food. I wasn’t especially hungry, but figured I’d have something since I was hoping to sleep just a couple of hours after landing. The pre-arrival snack menu read as follows: I had a mixed leaf salad with eggplant and feta, which hit the spot.
Lufthansa first class snack — mixed leaf salad with eggplant and feta For dessert I had the apple pie with cinnamon crumble, which was also very good. Lufthansa first class dessert — apple pie with cinnamon crumble After the meal I had a coffee with milk. Lufthansa first class coffee About 25 minutes before landing we began our descent, and moments after that the captain turned on the seatbelt sign.
View approaching Boston Our approach was rough, as you’d expect with 50km per hour winds and below freezing temperatures. View approaching Boston View approaching Boston So while there was a lot of side to side swaying, we had a gorgeously smooth touchdown on runway 33L at 1PM. View approaching Boston Final approach into Boston Taxiing Boston Airport From there we had just a very short taxi to our arrival gate.
It was so windy in Boston that you could feel the plane swaying in the wind even as we were parked at the gate. Arrival gate Boston Airport We bid farewell to the crew, cleared immigration quickly thanks to Global Entry, and were off to our hotel. Lufthansa 747-8 first class bottom line This flight was flawless. The 747-8 is a gorgeous plane with an intimate first class cabin, the crew was exceptional, and the food was among the best I’ve had catered out of Germany on Lufthansa.
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While I love the A380 from a passenger comfort standpoint, the 747 will always have a special place in my heart. And I especially love the 747-8, since it gives a bit more life to what was otherwise a dying plane. Lufthansa has first class in the nose of the 747-8, with just eight seats. There are three rows with one seat on each side of the cabin, and then two seats in the third row center section.
Lufthansa 747-8 first class cabin I find Lufthansa’s new first class cabins to be among the most gorgeously neutral out there, if that makes any sense. They’re classy and understated, unlike the cabins on some of my other favorite airlines. Lufthansa 747-8 first class cabin I had selected seat 2K, the seat on the right side of the cabin in the second row. If traveling alone row two is my favorite, as it’s the most private.
Lufthansa 747-8 first class, seat 2K That’s because you face the small bar setup in the center of the cabin. View from seat 2K in Lufthansa first class Meanwhile if I’m traveling with someone I prefer row one, since you’re seated in the very nose, and are a bit closer to one another then you’d be in row two. You can certainly easily see one another, if nothing else. As an aviation geek, there’s also something special about sitting in the nose of the 747.
View from seat 2K in Lufthansa first class Personally I can’t imagine myself ever selecting the center seats in row three, though I’m sure many traveling as a couple would prefer them, since they’re the only seats between which you can easily converse. Lufthansa 747-8 first class, seats 3D & 3G Lufthansa’s first class seat isn’t some outrageously modern fully enclosed suite, though it’s extremely comfortable.
And it strikes a nice balance between offering privacy and not feeling claustrophobic. Each seat has an ottoman, which can be adjusted to move closer to you. That’s a comfortable way to put your feet up without raising your footrest. It also has a storage compartment, which is convenient. Lufthansa first class storage compartment Then to the right of the seat are two storage compartments, one of which is for the built-in Bose headphones.
Lufthansa first class storage compartment Lufthansa first class storage compartment To the left of the seat are the seat controls (including for the privacy partition), while to the right of the seat are the entertainment controls. Lufthansa first class seat controls Lufthansa first class entertainment controls What I really love about the 747-8 (as opposed to the 747-400) is how modern the cabin is.
The lines are so sleek, while it’s usually apparent that the 747-400 has been around for at least a couple of decades. View from seat 2K in Lufthansa first class In addition to the storage at each seat, each passenger has a “locker” behind the cabin, where they can store their bags if needed (though the cabin also has somewhat small overhead bins). Once settled in, the two first class crew came by to introduce themselves.
They were both in their 50s and friendly, striking that perfect balance between being personable and friendly, while also being a bit removed. The flight attendant suggested I have a glass of champagne. Who am I to say no? Lufthansa frequently changes up their first class champagne, and in this instance they were serving 2007 Taittinger, which was perfectly drinkable, though not among my favorites.
View from seat 2K in Lufthansa first class As usual, it was served with a ramekin of macadamia nuts. Lufthansa first class pre-departure champagne Shortly thereafter I was offered the usual amenities — pajamas, slippers, and an amenity kit. The flight attendant asked what size pajamas I wanted. I requested a large, though she said (in German) “okay, I figured you would be more of a medium.” The flight attendant earned about 100 bonus points for saying that, as far as I’m concerned! 😉 Lufthansa first class amenities Lufthansa’s pajamas are among the more stylish out there, even if the pants feel like they’re made of hospital scrubs.
On Lufthansa the tops and bottoms are packaged separately, and I know a lot of people just wear one or the other. Lufthansa first class pajamas Lufthansa’s slippers are also among the more durable out there. Lufthansa first class slippers The amenity kit was from Braun Buffel, and it was the first time I had such a kit. As usual, it was well stocked, and even had some La Prarie products (those aren’t cheap!).
Lufthansa first class amenity kit The crew was attentive with refills and assisting the other passengers as the cabin filled up. Seated in front of me in 1K was a blog reader from New York (it was great to meet you!). Then in 2A was an American who must have been a lawyer or something, based on the amount of hard copy documents he was going through. Then in the center seats in row three was an American couple with an infant, who was surprisingly well behaved.
In the end that means that five of the eight first class seats were filled. About 10 minutes before scheduled departure the captain came through the first class cabin to “greet” first class passengers. I find Lufthansa pilots do this for first class passengers about 50% of the time, though I’ve never had that before on the 747-8, because it’s quite a walk for the captain to get from the cockpit to the first class cabin.
One thing that’s 100% consistent with Lufthansa pilot “greetings” is that it’s almost always awkward as hell. He kind of just stood there, awkwardly nodded his head at each passenger, and then left again. Nice gesture, but goodness! A few minutes after that the captain came on the PA to update us on our departure time, explaining we had a “very zlight delay due to zha loading of zha luggages, but I assure you vhe vhill still arrive in Newark wis punctuality.
” He also informed us that our flight time would be 7hr15min. Shortly thereafter the purser made her welcome aboard announcement. She must have had one of the most fascinating accents I’ve ever heard. It was so unique that I had to audio record it. It was almost identical to the accents in the Virgin Atlantic safety video, whereby they’re trying to fake American accents (I think): [embedded content] Shortly thereafter she played the safety video, which really could use a refresh at some point.
Lufthansa safety video At 1:40PM we began our pushback. Pushing back from Frankfurt Airport I requested a blanket before pushback, which I certainly needed after seeing the gorgeous lineup of Lufthansa A380s, 747-8s, and 747-400s. Lufthansa A380 Frankfurt Airport Lufthansa 747-8 Frankfurt Airport Lufthansa 747-400 Frankfurt Airport Lufthansa Technik Frankfurt Airport Once past the Lufthansa Technik building, it was just a short five minute taxi to runway 25C.
Condor 757 Frankfurt Airport There we were behind a Lufthansa A340-300, which was quickly cleared for takeoff. Lufthansa A340 Frankfurt Airport Lufthansa A340 Frankfurt Airport Next an Air Canada A330 was cleared for takeoff. Air Canada A330 Frankfurt Airport And then finally it was our turn. Taking off Runway 25C Frankfurt Airport Our takeoff roll was long and loud, which is to be expected when you’re seated right above the front nose gear.
View taking off from Frankfurt Airport View taking off from Frankfurt Airport As usual, the views on the climb out were nice, as Frankfurt Airport takes up quite a bit of real estate, meaning we had airport views for at least a minute or so. View taking off from Frankfurt Airport One thing worth noting is that it’s really loud in the nose of the 747 when the nose gear is retracted. I remember I was shocked the first time I experienced it without warning, and I often notice it catches people off guard.
My eyes were glued out the window for most of the climb out, given that the German countryside is enchanting. View after takeoff from Frankfurt View after takeoff from Frankfurt View after takeoff from Frankfurt Once we passed through about 20,000 feet I decided to browse the entertainment selection, which was utterly crappy. That’s nothing new, though, as Lufthansa has always had an incredibly lackluster entertainment selection.
And that’s not really a big deal, since I usually bring my own entertainment anyway. Airshow enroute to US The great news is that Lufthansa offers one of the all around best inflight internet experiences out there: Lufthansa has wifi throughout virtually all of their longhaul fleet The cost is very reasonable — just 17EUR for a 24 hour pass, which can be used across multiple flights There are no data restrictions, and speeds are generally quite good (at least in comparison to the likes of Singapore) Lufthansa wifi pricing It’s tough to beat a productive “day at the office” from above the clouds.
Anyway, minutes later the purser came through the cabin to introduce herself and distribute menus. I couldn’t help but ask whether she learned English in the US, since she sort of had a Texas-style accent. She explained she hadn’t, which made the accent even more of a mystery. Anyway, she explained that first class passengers could dine whenever they wanted, as the service was fully personalized around our preferences.
I was quite hungry, so decided to have lunch almost right away. The lunch menu read as follows: And the wine/drink list read as follows: As usual, service began with a beautifully scented hot towel. Lufthansa first class hot towel That was followed by the amuse bouche. I had a glass of water to accompany it. Lufthansa first class amuse bouche Lufthansa first class amuse bouche Shortly thereafter the table was set, and I was offered a selection from the bread basket.
I selected a piece of garlic bread and one of the pretzels. Lufthansa first class table setting I do love how Lufthansa puts a “First Class” stamp on their butter when departing Germany. Lufthansa first class butter The flight attendants came around with a cart, off of which I was offered caviar. It was plated at my seat, and I was given a pretty generous helping. Upon finishing it I was offered a refill, though I declined.
Lufthansa first class lunch — caviar Lufthansa first class lunch — caviar After that the cart with appetizers was rolled around the cabin. The two appetizers which sounded appealing to me were the salad of smoked trout and cucumber, as well as the salad of beetroot and pearl onions, carrots, and radish. On top of that I selected the standard mixed greens. So I guess my appetizer consisted of three salads.
Lufthansa first class lunch — appetizers Lufthansa first class lunch — salad of smoked trout and cucumber Lufthansa first class lunch — mixed salad with orange, olives, and onions Lufthansa first class lunch — salad of beetroot and pearl onions, carrots, and radish For the main course I ordered the lemon chicken breast, though was served the glazed cheek of veal instead. I probably should have sent it back, but truth be told I wasn’t all that hungry at this point anyway, so decided to just have a bit of it.
Interestingly the reader seated in 1K was also served the wrong main course. Lufthansa first class lunch — glazed cheek of veal For dessert I had the sour cream cake with pistachio ice cream, which was delicious. Lufthansa first class dessert — apricot sour cream cake with pistachio ice cream To finish off the meal I had a cappuccino, which was served with a packaged chocolate. Lufthansa first class cappuccino I was also offered a selection of chocolates from a box, though I passed on that.
Lufthansa first class bar setup Service throughout the meal was very good. The entire meal was complete less than two hours after takeoff, and everything was done at a personalized pace. The crew wasn’t over-the-top, though they were attentive and friendly. Aside from them mixing up the main course, I have no complaints. Since there’s a table across from my seat, they turned it into a bar setup with self serve drinks, chocolate, etc.
Lufthansa first class bar setup I had forgotten to download shows for my iPad, so desperately scoured the IFE selection again. The only decent show was “Everybody Hates Chris,” which I saw for the last time maybe five years ago. Lufthansa first class entertainment After watching that I got some more work done, and then with about four hours left to Newark, I requested to have my bed made, so that I could take a nap.
While my bed was made I headed to the lavatory. There are two lavatories behind the first class cabin, and during the flight they were both locked the entire time. I suspect that’s because they’re right in front of the business class cabin, so it’s probably so business class passengers don’t try to use them. While they’re not as nice as the bathrooms on the Lufthansa A380, they’re still spacious, have a “bench,” and a window.
Lufthansa first class lavatory Lufthansa first class lavatory When I got back to my seat the bed was made. Lufthansa’s bedding is fantastic, with a plush mattress pad, great blanket, and firm pillow. While they don’t offer a fully enclosed suite, with the privacy partition it’s a perfectly private area to sleep. Lufthansa first class bed Lufthansa first class bed That being said, I could only sleep for about 90 minutes, and woke up with more than two hours left to Newark.
Lufthansa airshow Lufthansa airshow I got a bit more work done on my laptop, and then about 90 minutes before landing I was offered another snack. The pre-arrival menu read as follows: Service once again began with a hot towel. Lufthansa first class hot towel I like Lufthansa’s “salad buffet” concept, whereby there are a bunch of options you can point to and then have plated at your seat. Lufthansa first class salad buffet For the pre-arrival meal I asked if I could try a little bit of everything except the veal.
Somehow I was still served the veal. That’s 0/2 for the crew getting my order right. Lufthansa first class salad buffet Lufthansa first class pre-arrival meal Lufthansa first class pre-arrival meal Everything else was top notch, including the tart and fruit I had for dessert. Lufthansa first class dessert To finish off the meal (and wake up a bit, since I had a long evening ahead of me), I ordered a coffee to go along with it.
Lufthansa first class coffee At around 2:55PM Newark time we began our initial descent, at which point the captain made another announcement, informing us that we’d land in about 30 minutes. Our descent into Newark was smooth, and the views on approach were every bit as exciting as you’d expect. View on approach into Newark View on final approach into Newark We touched down at Newark Airport at 3:25PM sharp, and then had a quick taxi to our arrival gate.
View after touchdown at Newark Airport We pulled in between a United 757 and a Lufthansa A340. Taxiing Newark Airport Taxiing Newark Airport Lufthansa A340 Newark Airport Thanks to Global Entry I was through immigration in a couple of minutes (as you can see below, I was thrilled to be back home). Global Entry I had checked a bag, and this is usually an area where Lufthansa excels, since they offer some incredible priority services for first class passengers.
Not only do the bags arrive at the belt substantially faster than other bags, but there’s an agent who pulls the first class bags aside. I’ve mentioned how amazing Lufthansa is about first class bags at Washington Dulles, for example. And sure enough, first class bags came out pretty quickly… but mine wasn’t among them. As it turns out, the Austrian check-in agent in Vienna didn’t put a HON Circle tag on my bag, so my bag just arrived a further 20 minutes later with all the other “priority” bags.
Lufthansa first class baggage services Lufthansa First Class bottom line This was another pleasant flight in Lufthansa first class. I love Lufthansa’s first class cabins, as I find they’re understated but luxurious. The food on this sector was pretty typical for Lufthansa — it was good but not amazing. And the service on this flight was also quite good, about average for what I expect in Lufthansa first class.
The flight attendants were friendly and attentive without being over-the-top. Perhaps the only disappointing part of this experience was the first class ground service in Frankfurt, which was quite lacking compared to my previous experiences. If you’ve flown Lufthansa first class, what were your experiences like?