A while back, Lufthansa announced that they would be moving 5 A380's from Frankfurt to Munich at the beginning of the summer schedule, as such establishing the first A380 base at MUC airport (in the past, LH only flew A380's on MUC-JFK for some weeks as part of a promotion several years ago, all 380's have otherwise been exclusively based at FRA).
To celebrate this new offering, Lufthansa arranged for a special A380 VIP flight and invited some selected HON Circle and Senator status members, alongside Press, professional travel agents and politicians, to a 90-minutes sightseeing flight around Bavaria, including a circle around Germany's highest peak, the Zugspitze mountain.
As a HON Circle member, I was invited to this special event and since it worked out well with my travel plans, I accepted the invite. At that point, I was not sure what to expect (will they be having a full flight? Will the seat HON's in Business Class? Will there be a special service?) and so I was pleasantly surprised when the day of the A380 VIP flight finally came around.... as I was in for a special treat.
On the day of the flight, I arrived at MUC Airport and LH had prepared selected Check-In Counters for this special flight, including a special lane for HON Circle members - nice Lufthansa A380 Special Flight - HON Circle Check-In Counter at MUC
After check-in, I walked (and took the train) to the Satellite Terminal, Gate K30, which was prepared for this special flight today and included an area with food & snacks, a stage for speeches etc. Lufthansa A380 Special Flight - Empty gates in the Satellite Terminal prior to the eventLufthansa A380 Special Flight - Dedicated gate area, prior to the rush of people
Since it was pretty early, I decided to head over to the First Class Lounge for a while.Lufthansa A380 Special Flight - Entrance to Lufthansa First Class LoungeLufthansa A380 Special Flight - Lufthansa First Class Lounge Hallway
As it was quite busy in the lounge, I decided not to take pictures as not to bother other passengers.
But if you are interested in seeing images of the lounge, check out one of my other my trip reports here: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1367603
Fast forward to 1 hour prior to boarding, the festivities at the gate K30 were now in full swing. A dedicated gate area was setup, there were speeches on the stage by politicians, airport and airline management and the gate area was really busy with passengers, media and employees.Lufthansa A380 Special Flight - Dedicated A380 GateLufthansa A380 Special Flight - Our plane was visible from the gateLufthansa A380 Special Flight - Lots of people at the event
Finally, boarding was called and LH used two gates today, one for First & Business and one for Economy and Premium Economy Class.
I entered the plane on the lower deck and this is where Lufthansa has placed some of the Premium Economy Seats. I then walked upstairs to First Class and Business Class cabins.Lufthansa A380 Special Flight - Premium Economy Class seatsLufthansa A380 Special Flight - Entrance to First & Business Class sectionsLufthansa A380 Special Flight - Business Class seatsLufthansa A380 Special Flight - Business Class seatsLufthansa A380 Special Flight - First ClassLufthansa A380 Special Flight - First Class
The crew on today's special flight was wearing the very unique "Dirnd'l" uniforms, traditional Bavarian dress for ladies and Lederhosen for gentlemen. These are usually only used on a few selected flights each year during Oktoberfest in Munich, but they were work today as well. Looks really nice and as someone from Munich, I felt home immediately Lufthansa A380 Special Flight - Special Dirndl's uniforms
It was then time to visit the First Class bathrooms... while LH does not have showers like EK does, the bathrooms are also very large, nicely decorated and have all the amenities you need.Lufthansa A380 Special Flight - First Class BathroomLufthansa A380 Special Flight - Signature roses in First Class Bathroom
It was then time to "go flying" and the flight today would take us around Bavaria, visiting some of the most famous sites. However, there were a lot of clouds in the southern part of Bavaria and as such, views were limited. It got better once we flew towards the eastern part. Cruising altitude was a very low 12,000 ft.Lufthansa A380 Special Flight - Low clouds prevent most of the viewsLufthansa A380 Special Flight - View over Bavarian clouds
Then it was time for lunch. Even on this short sightseeing flight of around 90 minutes, LH did provide catering inflight. In First Class, we received a nice and typical Bavarian "Brotzeit", a popular local lunch option of breads, soft pretzels, cheese, meats, vegetables and some sweets. It was also nicely presented. I am not sure what was served in C-Class, but I did see that they offered lunch as well.Lufthansa A380 Special Flight - First Class Lunch presentationLufthansa A380 Special Flight - First Class Lunch items
We continued the flight and the views got slightly better. After another 30 mins, we were on approach to MUC airport, but were told by the Captain that we would do a low altitude fly-over (250 ft) and make another round any the airport - nice Lufthansa A380 Special Flight - Inflight views of Bav
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After another 10 minutes, we finally landed in Munich again and taxied to the gate.
While there was no dedicated goodie bag, we were given small souvenirs of the flight.Lufthansa A380 Special Flight - SouvenirsLufthansa A380 Special Flight - Our flight route today
I have to say it was a really wonderful event, with nice attention to details and a lovely crew on board. You could tell they look forward to flying the A380 from Munich and I look forward to my first long haul LH flight on the A380 from my home airport - so far, it was always the EK A380 if I departed Munich on the big whale. Nice to be able to fly it with LH as well now.
Thanks for reading and always happy landings!