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User currently offlineYOERI1970 From Netherlands, joined Feb 2001, 138 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1341 times:

Next month I will be flying IAD-FRA on lufthansa on a 747-400
Any comments on service, seating etc on LH longhaul flights, so will know how to prepare myself... Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineTanguy From Australia, joined Sep 1999, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

Haven't flown LH longhaul, only Euro flights, however I've just circumnavigated the globe this month on holidays (trip report to follow) and a few tips are;
a) Request an aisle seat. It is a nightmare being stuck at a window in a B747 when you have to excuse yourself past two other pax when you need to get out and on a long haul flight you will need to get out!
b) Carry a small water bottle. Sip water regularly and refill it from the water 'fountain' throughout the flight. The body dehydrates quite quickly in the very dry aircraft environment.
c) Pack a 'chapstick' for dry lips. You might not need it but gee if you do then it is worth it's weight in gold! Also some light hand cream for dry skin can make life more comfortable on board.
d) Take some ear plugs. Some airlines provide them on request (eg QF) These greatly reduce the background noise from engines and air over the fuselage and definitely make it more peaceful on the long flights.
Hope you have a great trip! Cheers,

User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined exactly 17 years ago today! , 2568 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1216 times:

I have been on LH #419 a (IAD-FRA) a couple of times in recent years, on a 742 and 744. I agree with the previous comment about an asile seat; like all other carriers across the ocean, LH really packs you in in coach. Even business class seemed crowded to me. Chances are you will leave and arrive on time, and the service will be German-efficient, nothing more.

Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1207 times:

Ah I like that flight LH419.
Have been on it myself.
This flight isn't too bad as it's only about 7 - 7.5h long. ASo not a real longhaul flight.
You will most likely like the comfortable seats. Service is decent.

Enjoy it,

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1195 times:

Flown Lufty B744 to NRT.

All I can say is that the Germans should come & teach the Brits a thing or two about running a public service efficiently! Big grin

Damn good service, very comfy cattle-class seats, very friendly pilots who offered me the jumpseat for landing in Tokyo, and left & arrived bang on time.

You should find the service very good.


User currently offlineGeneralA From Germany, joined May 2001, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1187 times:

Hallo Capt. Picard....

do you have to fly first or business for being granted this "premium class seat" ?

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1184 times:

Do you mean the j/s?

I requested a flightdeck visit which the Captain granted, and generally got on very well with the aircrew-they knew I was interested & offered me the chance to remain inside during the landing at NRT-which I accepted of course! Big grin


User currently offlineArgento From Argentina, joined Feb 2000, 230 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 day ago) and read 1176 times:

I flew 744 last january, from EZE to FRA and back,13 hr flying each flight.The service on board was excellent,ofering beverages all flight,including an orange juice before take off.Definitly choose an aisle seat.My opinion is that LH has a global excellent service.

User currently offlineStar_member From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 1 day ago) and read 1168 times:

i flew LH 2 months ago singapore - frankfurt and frankfurt - bangkok, both very long haul and both on 747-400. compared to other airlines i've flow eg NZ, AN, SQ and TG, LH is pretty ordinary. The airplanes are very modern, yes, i was not delayed once but the service is very basic, very efficient but not very friendly. No menus, didn't get a choice for meals on both flights, no PTVs and not even a big screen at the front of the cabin. There were only monitors periodically down the plane. The seats are really new and big in economy but the leg room was less than others. Overall, nothing special. The intra europe flights were however pretty good though.

User currently offlineThomas25477 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (15 years 23 hours ago) and read 1163 times:

I prefer other airlines, but they allow you on the fltdeck and as Cpt. Picard said, sometimes when you are lucky you get the jumpseat. A friend of mine was even able to sit in the F/Os seat for a minute or two a while back.
But if you prefer looking at a beautiful cabin crew, i'd recommend an asian carrier  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineLax2000 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (15 years 23 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

LH is top notch! The best long haul airline I have flown on. That includes (VS, Air France, JAL, Iberia, United, Twa..and others) Great service, food and aircraft.

Have Fun!

User currently offlineLax2000 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (15 years 23 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

I disagree about the FA's. On my 4 LH flights I was served by VERY pretty woman and a couple handsome men, if thats your thing..

User currently offlineThomas25477 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1134 times:

it depends, i guess.....
on my intraeuropean flts i had some young and good looking FAs but on most long hauls i was not so lucky.....

User currently offlineFlumuc From Germany, joined Oct 1999, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1128 times:

I never had bad experience on my Lufthansa flights. The crew was always friendly, the food is/was excellent. Lufthansas A300 is the most comfortable plane I have ever flown with, the A340 is very nice, too.
Lufthansa is much better than British Airways, sadly LH is always a little more expensive  Smile

Have a nice flight with LH

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1127 times:

Hi Flumuc,

Just to let you know that for longhaul destinations, Air France & Lufthansa are often much cheaper than BA, when departing from the UK.


User currently offlineJaumett From Spain, joined Mar 2001, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1114 times:

I flew BCN-FRA-PEK on LH last summer and the service was very good, specially on the PEK-FRA return flight. Also, the flight was delayed for about three hours and we were given sandwiches and drinks at the gate. I thought that was relly nice, since there isn't much to do or see, or places to eat at PEK.

However, my sister has been on LH to Toronto and Chicago and never liked the f/a's service. She was travelling in a group of teenagers, maybe that's why she didn't get such a good service.

Hasta luego,


PS: Whenever I check the price for a long haul flight from BCN, BA is usally more expensive than LH.

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