FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4510 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1336 times:
You book through LH's website. I think you can still book full fare Y class, as well for these flights. You'll have to play around with that!
I had a trip report on here, but it looks like its been taken off!
Service wise, it is just the norm. The ambience is the same as what it is on the upper deck of the '47, but the seats aboard the 737 are the same as British Airways' Club World Cradle seats, and the ones on the A319 look like cheap, pseudo-full flat imitations. Neither has PTV's, although we did have portable tape players for movies, audio, and short subject features.
It's really nothing too special, believe it or not. We had 4 FA's aboard, which is a little low for the full amount of 48 passengers. Meal and beverage services were from carts, meals served on trays. Just a very, very standard service the entire way across the pond!
Immensely enjoyed it, however--just the feeling of crossing the Atlantic on your very own BBJ with only 47 of your "closest friends" (or "chosen few"...however you look at it!).
Announcements were in French, English, and German from the very friendly cabin crew. Very impressed by their professionalism and charm. One of the cabin crew is actually on the Privatair website in the pic holding the banner announcing LH/Privatair's first BBJ flight ex-DUS! Chubby, cute girl on the right hand side of the sign...wonderful personality!
FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4510 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1301 times:
It's standard (or perhaps substandard...haven't tried out true LH service) LH Business Class service. No caviar, and I don't think we had a choice of Hors d'oeuvre. I'm trying to think back through the two meal services...
The fare from MUC-EWR r/t was in the neighborhood of $5,000 or something like that. I non-revved on the flight, so can't really help you there. LH or Expedia would be the best bet.
When I was checking, I booked using the highest, unrestricted Y class fare, which LH even allowed passengers to book using lufthansa.com. The price difference really is neglegable.
The seat is nothing special. It's really stripped down when compared to British Airways' seat. No built in phone, the power outlet was coverd up, no additional cocktail tray, no PTV, no audio, pretty much just a very, very basic seat. The cradle was nice, but the recline of the seat as well as the pitch of the footrest was piddly--very poor at best.
The seats on the A319 just look horrible to me. They have the same pitch as the 737's (55") and try to have the lay-flat (yet on an angle) seats, but they have a quite obvious very large kink in the middle of them. They look just like cheap plastic surrounding them and fake leather. Again, a very VERY basic seat.
Duvet service--no. Simple woolen blanket IIRC and a pillow.
The only real thrill about flying on it is the fact that it's your plane. Nothing else is special about it.
FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4510 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1272 times:
You just buy it ticket for ticket. Let's put it this way: Lufthansa is leasing the plane from Privatair, so it's just another "normal" LH flight. No different than flying LH "mainline" DUS-AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA-EWR.
ZRH-EWR for Swiss! Good to see!! With which aircraft and frequency?
FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4510 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1151 times:
They still look like shit, though. Can't deny that (at least in my eyes). Just cheap Fisher-Price-looking seats that Privatair bought at Toys-R-Us.
While the A319 seats do recline more, the tradeoff is that your entire body reclines and shifts forward on an angle...not the most pleasant feeling, especially if one is trying to get into the closest to flat angle possible. The 3"...negligable when you are already at 55", and despite what figures LH publishes on their website, the A319 seats have to be at the most the same width as the BBJ seats measured from where it counts the most--from the inside of the armrest to the inside of the armrest.