AM From Mexico, joined Oct 1999, 589 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2429 times:
I'm flying on Lufthansa this Friday MEx/FRa, and FRa/MXP on Saturday. It will be my first time on a long-haul flight (longest I've flown is MEx/EWR on a MX A320, 4 hours), and my first time on a European airline.
I have a specific question about LH and EW (FRa/MXP is on a EW BAe 146-300).
What's it like regarding jumpseat rides? I know this question has been asked tons of times before, but I'm talking specifically about Lufthansa, and on a long-haul flight that doesn't leave or arrive in the US. There are many pictures of European airlines (AF, IB most of all) in the database taken from the jumpseat in-flight (cruise, approach, etc.) by normal passengers, but not many LH pictures from the flight deck.
How are flight attendants like regarding this matter? Are they willing to help you when you ask for something out of routine, like a flight deck visit before departure or in flight? How are pilots like? Is it common for a LH captain to allow visits?
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1754 times:
Well, I fly LH a lot and I've rarely seen a closed cockpit door while boarding...quite often I see the Captain or the F/O standing there and welcoming the pax..that is on short-haul though.
As for how helpful the F/As are: As opposed to many posts from obvious non-LH flyers on other threads (not in this one!), they are usually extremely helpful and go out of their way to make things happen, seriously!
I am usually one of those pax who board, want a drink and otherwise be left alone to sleep, work or just enjoy the flight, but sometimes you do have a problem, like an injured knee or problems with the seat pitch in economy, or indeed a visit to the flightdeck, whatever. They never let me down, searching for a solution, even if it doesn't work out, but they try! They really do. And it didn't matter if I were in First or Business or on the lowest economy fare!
So my advice is: Ask them, I wouldn't be surprised at all if you really get access to the flightdeck before or after the flight. During the flight...see above, they keep to that very strictly!
Thvgjp From Ukraine, joined Mar 2002, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1506 times:
I flew LH from JFK to AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA in march on an a340. Seats were cramped and pitch horrible. Service was less than stellar and the inflight music in armrest didnt work for the whole rear of the a/c. Return trip was on B744, service still blah, seats and pitch seemed much better. I would rather have flown KLM, next time I will.