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A FIRST IN FIRST – FRA-EWR in Lufthansa First Class (lots of pics)

Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:42 pm

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Could this be it? Could this be the best flight I have ever experienced?

It was certainly one of my most anticipated flights. I have been a proud aviation geek since the age of five – long before the abbreviated #avgeek hashtag that so succinctly describes our community existed. I, like many of you, have been a long-time collector of airline timetables, an avid plane spotter, a scheming mileage collector and just the type of person who gets as excited about the plane journey as he does about the destination.

Over the years, I have collected a number of memorable aviation experiences, constantly adding new airlines, aircraft types and airports to the log book. With this dedication and pursuit of passion, however, comes a desire to push further, to aim higher and to earn one’s badges in the community. My largest target has always been a flight in Lufthansa First Class – an experience I had read so much about in these forums and during my years of observing the industry.

Flying in First Class was simply a bucket list item. It’s not that I care much for excessive luxury (I did the flight in jeans and sneakers), or that I feel the need to move “beyond” economy class (many will confirm that I get as excited about flying in cattle). This was just a goal that I felt I needed to achieve – like a runner finishing their first marathon or a hiker setting out for Everest. It is a goal that I diligently saved up for (in miles) for over 10 years. It is an experience that I knew I would savour ever moment of.

This is the story of how I reached that goal and experienced Lufthansa First Class for the very first time.

Enjoy the flight!
 
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Re: A FIRST IN FIRST – FRA-EWR in Lufthansa First Class (lots of pics)

Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:43 pm

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The chosen occasion for my first First Class trip was a family event in Miami in mid-December of 2016. I currently live in Hong Kong, so I would have had many (quality) trans-pacific Star Alliance First Class options to choose from. However, I was set on sampling Lufthansa’s offering (part due to a belief that this is one of the best products in the industry, part due to childhood nostalgia for the airline). This meant I had to travel westbound and find a way to position into Frankfurt in order also experience the award-winning ground service at the Lufthansa First Class Terminal.

My connection from Hong Kong to Europe would be taken care of by a complementary ticket I still had available with Cathay Pacific. The scheduling was perfect as Cathay’s trunk European flights leave the city at around midnight and arrive in the early morning, giving me enough time to connect to Lufthansa’s midday US departures.

Finding LH F award space is of course becoming an increasingly tricky affair. Add to this my preferences of a Frankfurt connection and a ride on either the flagship A380 or 747-8i (the latter being my favourite plane in the sky today), and I knew I would have to start my search early and conduct it thoroughly using all the tools and knowledge made available to me by the frequent flyer community.

The hunt for a seat proceeded in three phases, framed by the basic axioms of LH F award availability: early-bird availability, T-14 availability and the last-minute rush. As I knew about the family event well in advance, my early-bird search started in the summer of 2016 on the Miles and More website. To my (initial) satisfaction, there were in fact a number of seats available in the December timeframe on various itineraries originating from either Frankfurt or Munich. There was only one FRA-MIA seat open, however, it was on a much earlier date than I had originally planned for. As my exact arrival date was not yet confirmed, I decided to hold off on the early-bird booking and instead to gamble on the fact that seats would be released (particularly for the direct FRA-MIA) in the T-14 timeframe.

This supposedly bold move did not of course stop my regular consulting of the Miles and More website over the following months, playing around with different dates and itineraries to see whether anything had opened up. The click-sequence on the Award Finder section of the website quickly became a second-nature instinct.

Axioms are axioms for a reason and unfortunately, there was no magical seat that opened up in the months leading up to December. For my second phase, I decided to employ more advanced machinery to help make my catch. Enter Expert Flyer and a number of strategically placed availability alerts and more advanced itinerary searches. In particular, I expanded my search to include United connecting flights. This was by all means a plan B strategy as I tend avoid UA like the plague (pardon my bluntness).

Thanks to Expert Flyer I woke up one sunny Monday morning in November to find an award notification in my inbox for LH 460 from MUC-MIA. Although Frankfurt was my original preference, I decided that this would be a reasonable alternative since: i) the flight had recently been up-gaged from a plain ol’ A330-300 to an A340-600 (another one of my favourites), ii) I could sample the new satellite terminal and lounges at MUC, and iii) the clock was ticking and I did want to make sure to get a seat (yes, I caved on the gambling). I booked the flight on the Miles and More website, paying an unfortunately high rate in taxes (not high enough, however, to break my mood).

The following weeks brought a mix of relief and pinch-me-because-I-can’t-really-believe-it excitement. However, this wasn’t the end of the booking adventure. About 10 days before my departure, I found out that I would have to be in town a day after my original departure date. I quickly re-configured my Expert Flyer setup to find any viable options. Interestingly enough, the MIA and IAH flights were fully-booked in First (I had already known that this was one of the most popular routes for the Lufthansa front-end). The second magical alert arrived again five days before my departure for availability on the Frankfurt to Newark flight, coupled perfectly with domestic First availability with United from Newark to Miami. I came to love this (unexpected) itinerary for two primary reasons. First, as the Newark flight leaves Frankfurt relatively late, I would get a lot of time in the LH First Class Terminal and, as a cherry-on-top, I would also get to fly in seat 1A on a Boeing 747-8i!

My final itinerary was as follows:

    13.12.2016 / Cathay Pacific CX 288 / HKG (00:35) – FRA (06:20) / Boeing 777-300ER
    13.12.2016 / Lufthansa LH 402 / FRA (13:30) – EWR (16:20) / Boeing 747-8i
    13.12.2016 / United UA 1878 / EWR (18:55) – MIA (21:59) / Boeing 737-800

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Full routing for the trip courtesy of Great Circle Mapper by Karl L. Swartz
 
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Re: A FIRST IN FIRST – FRA-EWR in Lufthansa First Class (lots of pics)

Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:44 pm

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As December 13 rolled-up I found myself in that rather typical situation of running around with about 101 things done before my departure! The evening approached faster than I had anticipated and, before I knew it, I was on my way to Hong Kong International Airport to begin my journey. A Cathay Pacific 777-300ER carried me smoothly from Hong Kong to Frankfurt in a little over 12 hours. It was a perfectly enjoyable and standard Cathay Pacific flight, though I do agree with many others that the airline’s catering standards seem to be dropping quite significantly. The wonderful crew definitely made up for this, however.


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A smooth ride to Frankfurt with Cathay Pacific!


We touched down Frankfurt at 06:15 on December 13, into the the thickest cloud of fog that I have ever flown in. I literally could not see the ground until about 30 seconds before our wheels kissed the runway! We taxied very slowly through a rather quiet FRA at this hour and eventually docked at Terminal 2. Though I have flown through Frankfurt more times than I can count, this would be my first time outside the Lufthansa Fortress.

My bags were delivered in no time and I hopped into the Sky Train to start my trek over to the First Class Terminal. In contrast to Terminal 2’s eery silence (the departure bank from this terminal only starts later on), Terminal 1 was showing more signs of life dotted with early-hour Lufthansa passengers heading off to a number of different European destinations.


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An empty FRA Terminal 2 this Tuesday morning.


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No landside visit at FRA is complete without passing the infamous FIDS display.


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The fancy First- and Business Class checkin area in Terminal 1.



I had heard and read all about the FCT’s location “next to the Taxi stand” but admit that I still had to ask for directions! Me being me, I loved the somewhat messy route to get there – it passed alongside some of the terminal infrastructure, parking spots for service vehicles and car2go Smart cars, and eventually the LH airport headquarters where a lot of crew were arriving for upcoming flights.


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With the familiar “First Class Terminal” lettering ahead, I headed up the lift and into the reception area of the terminal. I was immediately approached by two courteous and personal assistants who grabbed my bag and passport with such swift efficiency that I didn’t even have the chance to get a good snapshot of the terminal entrance! It is at this point that I will already mention how incredible the FCT staff was during my stay. Everyone, from the personal assistants, to the bar and restaurant staff, the shower attendant and even the security personnel were exceptionally friendly and professional. I really got the feeling that everyone was going out of their way to make the guest’s stay as pleasant as possible.

And requests I did have! As I would be sitting in the air for almost 24 hours on this trip, I really wanted to (properly) stretch my legs during my 7-hour layover. Being an avid runner, I had planned ahead for this by packing my kit into my hand luggage and pre-scouting some potential running routes online. I laid out my intended jogging plan to the PA who spared no minute with the logistical arrangements to make it happen. This involved a debrief with the security team and arrangements to store my bag while I was out. A lot of the staff got involved, guiding me on where to find the Frankfurt city woods and making sure I was wrapped up warm. I left the terminal being waved off with a warm “good luck” and kicked in to one of the best 10km jogs I have had in a long time.
At this point it was coming up to 8AM and the fog around the airport had started to clear. I started by skipping and hopping through the terminal, passed the long distance train station, onwards to the airport police building, across the airport highway (using a pedestrian crossing of course) and into the magnificent city woods. Frankfurt is one of Germany’s most wooded areas and the city woods provided a great network of paths and routes that would have taken me all the way to the centre of town if time had permitted. My jogging exploration ended up at a set of tracks where I watched a few DB trains whizz by before turning and making my way back to the airport.


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A wonderful jog in through the Frankfurt city woods.


I arrived back at the FCT in sweaty form and with a satisfied grin on my face. I greeted the cheery security staff and was welcomed back by the whole FCT team. Next stop was a much-needed shower. As I am not much of a bath person, I decided for the standard shower room which wasn’t much write home about but got the job done! I was initially concerned as there was no rubber ducky in sight, however, my memento was quickly arranged after a chat with the lovely shower assistant.


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I sat down for breakfast and marvelled at the buffet offerings available. The selection seemed just right – not flamboyantly over-the-top but somehow still representing every breakfast option and variety I could imagine. What stood out most was the freshness and quality of the food offerings, a true testament to the influence of Do&Co on the FCT. I had to be very disciplined with my eating as I wanted to enjoy the numerous culinary experiences that still lay ahead. For breakfast, I went with a selection of cold cuts (which I very much miss when not in Europe) along with some excellent granola and pick-fresh berries.


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After breakfast I went on to explore the FCT space, which was actually larger than I had imagined from previous reviews. I was a big fan of the decor and ambience, which both felt decidedly “Lufthansa”. While fairly simple, the space really did scream “quality” with soft leathers, sparkling clean surfaces and immaculately-arranged furnishings. I settled down in one of the lounge chairs to catch up on some email and picked up a few magazines to pass the time.


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The famous FCT (whiskey) bar


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Festive decorations for the holiday season


With my departure to Newark approaching much too quickly, I decided it was time to tick another item off the FCT to do list – the infamous Do&Co schnitzel! Again, the buffet selection looked fantastic and despite strong attempts of resistance, I dug into the offering before the schnitzel arrived. Both hit the spot, with the latter holding a particularly special place in my heart given that I am half Austrian.


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The FCT started filling up, I presume mostly with passengers travelling on the midday US departures. You could definitely tell a number of seasoned FCT characters who clearly appreciated the efficiency and serenity of the experience without showing any signs of overwhelming joy and excitement. I gladly fulfilled this role, however, and snapped a quick picture at every moment I could, without disturbing the other guests.

As has been stated before, the only real shortcoming of the FCT was the lack of a good view over the apron and runway. This could have really iced the cake and I would definitely give the in-terminal First Class Lounges a try if I ever happened to find myself in a LH F seat again in the (distant) future. I still enjoyed watching the crew arriving at the LH headquarters building, however, along with the parked Mercedes S-Class and Porsche Cayenne First Class transfer cards out back.


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View over the S-Class + Porsche Cayenne parking lot


Speaking of which, it was unfortunately time to end my FCT chapter. There were eight passengers heading to LH 402 (four were HON Circle members), which required two cars. As my PA escorted me to the gate downstairs, she informed me that she had arranged a seat for me in the S-Class (together with another passenger). This car would arrive ahead of the other transfer van, so that I could board first and grab some pictures of the empty First Class cabin.

What a wonderful end to an amazing start.


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The chariot that would take me to my chariot :)
 
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Re: A FIRST IN FIRST – FRA-EWR in Lufthansa First Class (lots of pics)

Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:45 pm

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Lufthansa LH 402 from FRA-EWR
December 13, 2016

STD / 13:30
STA / 16:20

ATD / 13:48
ATD / 16:17

Flight Time / 08:29
Aircraft / Boeing 747-830, D-ABYF (Sachsen Anhalt)
Distance / 3237 nmi (5994 km, 3724 mi)
Seat / 1A (First Class)

High on the list of things that I should not be complaining about as a Lufthansa First Class passenger was the fact that the ride to the aircraft was far too short! D-ABYF, the 4-year old 747-8i that would be graciously carrying us over the pond today, was parked at the Z-gates which are only a stone’s through away from the FCT.

Despite the short distance, riding along the apron in style and pulling up next to our beautiful chariot was an experience that I will not forget any time soon. The driver kindly sealed this memory for me with a picture before escorting our group up a set of side-stairs and into the aircraft.


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Proudly dwarfed by D-ABYF


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The Crew
I showed my boarding pass to the crew, who escorted me to my seat with a welcoming smile. When I write my reports, I normally cover aspects of the hard-product first, including first impressions of the cabin and the seat. However, this time I think it is only fair to start with the crew, for it is they who really pushed the experience to new heights.

There were two crew members serving First Class today: a lady from Germany and a gentlemen from the US who previously worked for Pan Am. While the other three passengers settled calmly into the tranquility of the First Class cabin, the crew were quick to notice my childly excitement (or perhaps I made it very obvious)! Both crew members then took it upon themselves to feed my excitement at every opportunity possible. They took pictures, shared stories of their experience as FA’s, took genuine interest in my background and story, answered my many questions about the First Class operation, shared a few gifts and even took me on a tour of the aircraft! And they did all of this while providing the same amazing service to the rest of the First Class cabin.

This really could not have been a more personable and hard-working set of crew. In typical Lufthansa fashion they balanced professionalism with genuine warmth – no part of the service felt robotic, rehearsed or forced. I cannot thank them enough for how special they made this flight.





The Cabin
It’s not as if the crew were compensating for any shortcomings in the hard product either. The Lufthansa First Class cabin look fantastic that afternoon – the colours, ambience and quality finish worked together to create a luxurious and incredibly comfortable atmosphere for the flight. This was also one of those instances where I feel that pictures do not do the product justice, as they hide details like the textured sound-proofed side walls and the perfect seat stitching. This was also my first time flying in the nose of a 747 and, while I initially found it was a shame for Lufthansa to move their First Class from the upper deck, I found that this new positioning worked out extremely well for the cabin. The conical area created an intimate coziness and private jet-like feel.


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Looking across to 1K, which provided great views throughout the flight.


There were four passengers in First today – a younger guy who must have been around my age and a couple who occupied seats 3D & G in the middle. We pushed back just behind schedule after a friendly greeting from the flight deck and made our way, rather quickly, to runway 25 C.

I enjoyed the in-front-of-the-wheel sensation of my seat, though the taxi up-front seemed very bumpy and the nose-wheel was incredibly squeaky when turning (these observations were confirmed at both FRA and EWR). I was also amazed that I could not see the wings despite their size on the 748i.

We took off at 13:48 to almost non-existent engine rumble and darted up into the foggy Frankfurt skies. Due to the lack of engine noise and the fact that we were seated at the very front of the aircraft, the only noticeable ambient noise was a wind-rush (similar to what you hear in a cockpit).

Once in the air, I started playing around with the seat…





The Seat
Pictures also do not do full justice to the Lufthansa First Class throne. Addressing the obvious points first, I am actually a fan of the open-space design, which provided a very airy feel to the cabin. Given the size of the seat and personal area around it, I never felt like anyone was infringing on my privacy (or vice-versa). I have never flown in an enclosed suite design before but imagine that I would probably spend most of my time deciding on whether to leave the doors open or closed!

The quality and finish of the seat were excellent and I found it to be extremely comfortable in any position I tried. It definitely reminded me of a German car seat, a feeling that was further encouraged by the three-point seat belt system used for take-off and landing (I wasn’t previously aware that the LH F seat had these!) Although sleeping was against my original plan, the turned-down bed also provided the best inflight sleep that I have ever had.

I celebrated the hard product by snapping away at every corner of the cabin and seat with millennial energy.


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Settling in





The Amenities
Rimowa amenity kits, along with Von Laack pyjamas and slippers were all distributed while still on the ground. While basic, all items had a quality feel for them and were perfect for the flight. There were two bathrooms reserved for the First Class cabin, which were beautifully designed, well-stocked and provided ample space for changing.


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Rimowa male amenity kit and Menu

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Bose noise cancelling headphones


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First Class bathrooms on the 748i





The Food
Service started on the ground with a glass of champagne and a bowl of macadamia nuts. I will have to admit to a rookie mistake at this point: I forgot to scan the full menu for this report! Hence, I am unfortunately also missing details on the exact food, wine and champagne selections, and will have to work from memory.


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The full service kicked off around 15 minutes after takeoff with a shrimp and carrot puree amuse bouche. Next was Lufthansa’s signature caviar service, which marked my first time trying this delicacy! Just before this course, the purser came to personally introduce himself and to thank me for flying Lufthansa First Class. He had already heard all about my excitement and aviation fascination, and confirmed that I should spare no time with any questions or requests surrounding the experience.


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I selected the mixed salad and salmon appetisers, which were rounded off with a palette cleansing sorbet that hit the spot perfectly. For my main course, I didn’t look any further than the roast goose served with red cabbage and potato dumplings – a very traditional meal in the German-speaking region during this season. The goose was a little greasy, but still very good. I was also beginning to feel weighed down by all the food I had eaten so far (including the schnitzel only 2.5 hours prior) but managed to power through to the end with a delicious chocolate-hazelnut slice.


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After the 1.5 hour meal service, I changed into my pyjamas and decided to take a quick nap in seat 1K. Given today’s loading, the crew kindly prepared each passenger’s adjacent seat into a bed. I set my phone alarm for one hour to in order not to miss out on too much of my First Class experience :)


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Time for a little shut-eye...


I woke up an hour later feeling very refreshed and the crew immediately dropped by to see whether I needed anything. I opted for a chamomile tea and decided to explore the Lufthansa IFE. It has been a while since I have flown with LH, so I was happy to see an improved system with a better interface and wider selection of movies and TV-show. The offering still did not live Emirates’ ICE, Singapore’s KrisWorld or even Cathay’s StudioCX.


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An amazing three-window-panoramic view in 1A

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These window blinds are becoming increasingly common in airline premium cabins.

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The sun cast a beautiful light on this fresh rose throughout most of the flight.


At this point the male crew member came by and asked whether I would like to take a tour of the plane. I was very touched by the gesture, which turned out to be one of the most exciting moments of the flight! We walked the length of the mighty Queen of the Skies, where I was shown all the nooks and crannies like the coffee makers, ovens, the purser control station and the entrance to the crew rest.

When returning to my seat, I started watching a German film and, before I knew it, it was time again for some food! Although I was still full, I couldn’t miss out on the German cold-cuts platter, which I finished off with a selection of fruit.


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The sound of plates and cutlery being stored away signified the impeding end to our short North Atlantic crossing. The co-pilot announced our descent into Newark about 45 minutes before landing, which was my queue to get changed and to start packing up my memorabilia from this flight. I went to say a personal thank and goodbye to the amazing crew and attached the tree-point hoist of my throne.


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The truly amazing First Class team serving today's flight!


As we glided smoothly passed the New York skyline, I stared out the window reminiscing on my the once-in-a-lifetime experience I had just enjoyed.


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Our wheels touched down at 16:17, a few minutes ahead of schedule and we manoeuvred our way into the busy B-gates at Newark, parking next to a company A340-600.


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Farewell Lufthansa First Class :(
 
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Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:46 pm

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With one last farewell to the crew, I left D-ABYF with a blend of joy and satisfaction. I will spare my unfiltered comments on the outdated chaos that is Newark Airport, however, I will say that Lufthansa did it’s best to work within the airport’s constraints. First Class passengers were met at the aircraft exit by a ground agent in Lufthansa uniform who escorted us to immigration and on to baggage claim. There was no immigration fast track available, fortunately however, there were not many passengers ahead of us in the line. At the baggage belt, a section was cordoned off for First and HON circle passengers, who received their bags within minutes of arriving. Kudos to Lufthansa for making these arrangements.

I proceeded to my United connecting flight at Terminal C and was quickly reminded why I hold such a powerful grudge against this airline. The United Club was packed. The industrial lighting, pathetic food options and plastic cups made this feel more like the free seating area at an old mall than an airline lounge at a flagship hub. Polaris can’t get here soon enough in my opinion. To further my already soured feelings, my connecting flight was delayed by 1.5 hours at the gate. I thank United, however, for doing a great job at slapping me right back to reality that evening.

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Back to reality at the United Club...
 
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Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:47 pm

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So, back to the original question: was this the best flight I had ever experienced? My non-hesitant answer is a definite YES!

Lufthansa First Class is a truly special experience. It is one defined by the “small things”, the attention to detail, the seamlessness, the quality, the professionalism and the warm, personable service. In typical LH fashion, these qualities are delivered in a respectfully understated manner, which never comes across as cold or distant.

The future of First Class is something that has been discussed a number of times before in this forum. After having experienced it, I now feel like I better understand the true value of the service. Business can provide me with 80% of the comfort, including a flat bed for proper sleep and substantial amounts of quality food for my belly. First Class is a flagship product that achieves the final 20%. It is a product that embodies and proudly demonstrates the absolute best of what Lufthansa has to offer.

I am truly proud of having achieved my aviation goal and I thank everyone at Lufthansa for making this such an amazing and memorable experience.





Ratings
I would give this flight an overall rating of 9.7 / 10

    Reservations & Booking – 9/10
    Check-in – 10/10
    Lounge – 10/10
    Boarding – 10/10
    Seat – 10/10
    Aircraft Condition – 10/10
    Aircraft Cleanliness – 10/10
    Overall onboard ambience – 10/10
    IFE – 8/10
    Crew – 10/10
    Food – 10/10
    Beverages – 10/10
    Amenities – 9/10
    On-time record – 10/10
    Arrival – 10/10
    Average 9.7





Many thanks to you too for getting this far and for sharing my experience on this flight. I look forward to comments, feedback and any questions you may have!

-Ollie
 
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Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:54 pm

Very nice, great photos!

First time I've heard of someone doing a job between flights! :biggrin: I'm far too lazy!
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Re: A FIRST IN FIRST – FRA-EWR in Lufthansa First Class (lots of pics)

Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:02 pm

One of the most comprehensive and well written reports on here. Thanks so much.
 
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Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:31 pm

LH really do a First, First Class don't they.Now if they would only return it to MCO I would be on it month after month instead of flying to MIA and driving.
Your pictures are excellent, great report, thanks.
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Re: A FIRST IN FIRST – FRA-EWR in Lufthansa First Class (lots of pics)

Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:07 pm

If we have awards for best trip report - you get my vote.
 
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Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:20 pm

Very great trip report! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: A FIRST IN FIRST – FRA-EWR in Lufthansa First Class (lots of pics)

Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:15 pm

Great photos, and well written too.

I rate LH F one of the highest too. My experience was on the older 747 with seat+bed. The seat design is similar to the one you had tried but it doesn't recline to bed. In addition, there is a fixed bed next to the seat, and it has real mattress. Yes, real mattress. And there, it is a really private experience due to the 1-1 layout. I think I would prefer that F class compared to the new ones on their 747-800.
 
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Re: A FIRST IN FIRST – FRA-EWR in Lufthansa First Class (lots of pics)

Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:13 pm

Gyebale ko mukwano !

You've raised the bar very high on the standards of A.net recent TR. You always post exceptional flying experiences with such amazing details!
Surely the dream of every avgeek is to fly very upfront without breaking the bank...
Well done for the pics with the crew! :-)
So do you prefer SQ ulh J or LH F?
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Looking forward to more
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Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:53 pm

What an amazing TR! Your enthusiasm and expressive writing literally had me excited and visualizing things as if I was right there experiencing the flight with you :)
Your photographs were beautiful as well, I even made the window shot with the sun shining thru onto the rose my computer desktop background at work. Thank you again and I look forward to reading your amazing future reports.
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Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:25 am

Seems like an amazing experience. By far the best TR I've read on here. I could feel the genuine excitement in your words and it made me excited. Thank you for sharing.
Look at sweatpants guy. This is a 90 million dollar aircraft, not a Tallahassee strip club
 
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Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:08 pm

Thank you for sharing your experience! Awesome report!
 
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Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:57 am

Fantastic trip report. Please keep them coming. I think this is the only report of a mid-connection run I have ever seen. I am a runner myself, and am thinking of booking through FRA because of this - despite usually being on DL/AF/AZ and not connecting through FRA. Have you ever run on the grounds of any other airport?
 
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Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:47 am

Your smile says it all.....I truly love LH's F class reports on here.
 
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Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:12 pm

Excellent, excellent report. Undeniably jealous of you
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:52 pm

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Greeting Anetters!

Thank you all for the wonderful comments and feedback! I truly enjoyed this trip and it was an honour to share it with this incredible community. I am humbled to hear how much the report was enjoyed and will definitely take this as inspiration for writing more in the future.

Many thanks again to all of you!
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:11 pm

fbgdavidson wrote:
Very nice, great photos!

First time I've heard of someone doing a job between flights! :biggrin: I'm far too lazy!


Thank you fbgdavidson! Haha, yes it was quite an adventure, but definitely worthwhile as I felt fully refreshed for the next flight.

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Lemieux wrote:
Excellent, excellent report. Undeniably jealous of you


Thank you Lemieux! I hope that you will have the chance to travel in similar style soon!

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Flightsimboy wrote:
Your smile says it all.....I truly love LH's F class reports on here.


Thank Flightsimboy! Despite the large number of them, I love reading them too ;)

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TW870 wrote:
Fantastic trip report. Please keep them coming. I think this is the only report of a mid-connection run I have ever seen. I am a runner myself, and am thinking of booking through FRA because of this - despite usually being on DL/AF/AZ and not connecting through FRA. Have you ever run on the grounds of any other airport?


Thanks TW870! I definitely recommend the mid-connection run (especially between two longhauls) – it felt so refreshing! I have run by HKG (an absolute favourite, that I can share some solid insider tips for), VIE and LAX. Here is an interesting little guide, but I am sure you would do well by opening up Strava or Run Keeper while close to an airport to unlock the hidden secrets :)

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DABYT wrote:
Thank you for sharing your experience! Awesome report!


Many, many thanks DABYT!

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jetblueguy22 wrote:
Seems like an amazing experience. By far the best TR I've read on here. I could feel the genuine excitement in your words and it made me excited. Thank you for sharing.


Thanks for the wonderful words jetblueguy22! I am glad you enjoyed the report :)

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SWA TPA wrote:
What an amazing TR! Your enthusiasm and expressive writing literally had me excited and visualizing things as if I was right there experiencing the flight with you :)
Your photographs were beautiful as well, I even made the window shot with the sun shining thru onto the rose my computer desktop background at work. Thank you again and I look forward to reading your amazing future reports.


Thank you for the truly humbling words SWA TPA! I'd be happy to share a full-res version of the background image if you'd like? :)

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eastafspot wrote:
Gyebale ko mukwano !

You've raised the bar very high on the standards of A.net recent TR. You always post exceptional flying experiences with such amazing details!
Surely the dream of every avgeek is to fly very upfront without breaking the bank...
Well done for the pics with the crew! :-)
So do you prefer SQ ulh J or LH F?
Weebale endala Oliver!
Looking forward to more


eastafspot - great to hear from you again and thank you for the amazing message!! You too, my friend have no shortage of interesting trips to report on (there's a new Rwandair A333 report that I have queued ;) ). SQ J on the longest flight in the world and LH F were both unique experiences. But I would say that the latter wins in terms of all-round experience :)

Webale nyo!

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SQueeze wrote:
Great photos, and well written too.

I rate LH F one of the highest too. My experience was on the older 747 with seat+bed. The seat design is similar to the one you had tried but it doesn't recline to bed. In addition, there is a fixed bed next to the seat, and it has real mattress. Yes, real mattress. And there, it is a really private experience due to the 1-1 layout. I think I would prefer that F class compared to the new ones on their 747-800.


Many thanks SQueeze. Yes, it's a shame I never got to try the 744 First Class cabin – that was truly a unique product!

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jeffh747 wrote:
Very great trip report! Thanks for sharing!


Thanks jeffh747!

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345tas wrote:
If we have awards for best trip report - you get my vote.


You are too kind 345tas! Thank you for the humbling words :)

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readytotaxi wrote:
LH really do a First, First Class don't they.Now if they would only return it to MCO I would be on it month after month instead of flying to MIA and driving.
Your pictures are excellent, great report, thanks.


Thank you readytotaxi! Couldn't agree with you more – LH definitely still have their First game on!

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theobcman wrote:
One of the most comprehensive and well written reports on here. Thanks so much.


Thank you for the kind words theobcman! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:49 am

Great report - Amazing photos from your trip. Lufthansa F looks awesome.
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