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Topic: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: ronerone
Posted 2012-06-24 10:38:37 and read 32767 times.





I N T R O D U C T I O N
Welcome to Lufthansa; hardly an airline that needs an introduction, yet an opening remark must be appropriate for one of the world’s power airlines. With intense global clout, and a regime based on consistent quality and perfect discipline, Lufthansa is hard to miss.

Economies of scale are such a non-issue around here, for this big beast has outdone the top 10s of different varieties for several years now. Especially with its cocktail of European airlines under its parent portfolio, Lufthansa is easily the largest airline in Europe. And other than that, the LH code is also found on top 10s (if not 5s) of groupings such as scheduled passengers, scheduled passenger kilometers, scheduled international passenger kilometers, freight, fleet, and so on and so forth.

With well over 250 jets, 8,671 weekly flights, and over 150 nonstop destinations, it is clear that Lufthansa is one airline I wouldn’t mess with. I sometimes wonder why everyone is afraid of Emirates however, airlines like Emirates have pissed Lufthansa off big time, and when she’s not happy, there’s thunder and lightning all over!

Throughout the years, Lufthansa has managed to secure quite the loyal base of respect from clientele all around the world, and a significant chunk from within the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. I was a part of this group circa 1980’s and today’s trip can only bring back fond memories of countless hauling on the A300-600 between Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt (via Kuwait or Riyadh).

Lufthansa may not be ahead of the game when it comes to things like IFE, or Business Class seats, as it can take them quite the time to update. And Lufthansa is most certainly not ahead of the game overall, given the costly fuel bills, dwindling yields, and the need to restructure capacity, network, and corporates. But regardless, I think we can all agree that this airline’s picture-perfect discipline translates into everyday consistency that we can all easily appreciate. And I am sure that no matter the conditions whether internal or external, Lufthansa will always remain to be an airline choice everyone trusts. At least I know I will.


Today brings an end to my first RTW series, and it happens to bring me back on board a Lufthansa flight in First Class, from Paris to Dubai via Frankfurt.



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Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: ronerone
Posted 2012-06-24 10:39:23 and read 32767 times.





WELCOME TO MY 37thTRIP REPORT
This TR will cover my trip on Lufthansa as follows:

- Paris to Frankfurt in Business Class (A321)
- Frankfurt to Dubai in First Class (B744)



AROUND THE WORLD
In August 2011, I embarked on my first ever Round The World trip. Over 10 days, this 'boutique' journey spanned across five regions and included an ideal mix of airlines, of which some are the legendary tried and admired, and others of the more exotic variety. This will result in a total of four TR’s, which will hopefully keep everyone entertained for some time to come.

Today's fourth episode, follows prior covers on Cathay Pacific, Air Pacific, and Air Tahiti Nui, all of which took me from Dubai to Paris via Hong Kong, Nadi, Auckland, Papeete, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Los Angeles. To recap, these TR's are sourced here:

Cathay Pacific: Dubai - Hong Kong (by SR 103 / KLM)
Cathay Pacific: Re-Discovering The Heart Of Asia (by SR 103 Nov 8 2011 in Trip Reports)

Air Pacific: Hong Kong - Nadi - Auckland
The Bula Boeings!: Air Pacific HKG-NAN-AKL (by ronerone Dec 5 2011 in Trip Reports)

Air Tahiti Nui: Auckland to Paris
Air Tahiti Nui: Ia Orana Half Way Around The World (by ronerone Mar 15 2012 in Trip Reports)


My final RTW path:




B A C K G R O U N D
When planning this final portion of the trip, the initial choice was British Airways’ new First Class, provided it was deployed to Dubai on that day. However, after extending my stay in Tahiti, changing my BA flight was unsuccessful as First was full and I was not able to travel on any other day. So searching on, the next best choice was First Class on Lufthansa, and this was equally as desirable to me, as I have never flown Lufty in First Class before.

The best way to get to Lufthansa is obviously through their website. A very informative website that is low-key on the bling-bling, but loaded with everything one could possibly need from ticket purchase capabilities, seat selections, flight status, and even simple information on history, shareholders, destinations, service, and so on and so forth. The only tacky part of the website is the obnoxious 'I hate EK' presentations of the site's public affairs section, but other than that, Lufthansa.com is a perfect balance for your Star Alliance needs, and is definitely one of my personal favorite airline websites. It simply works with ease, and Singapore Airlines could learn a few lessons!

With my e-ticket on file, I kept checking the seatmap for my flight as I neared the date of my departure, in hopes of figuring out whether or not I am getting a jumbo fitted with the new First Class. However, I am not generally familiar with LH’s seatmaps and all I got was one that showed seats in pairs of two. With each F passenger assigned to his/her own seat and a bed, this seatmap could mean either of the two configurations. But on the luckier side, at each check, I was the only one booked in the entire First Class cabin and I could only hope that this remains so all throughout.



ORIGIN PARIS
Being on several secluded islands for the last couple of days, I was glad to be back around the life that I am more accustomed to; noise, rude people, pollution, and plain and simple hustle and bustle. There’s always a limit to everything, and too much of one thing, is simply too much!

This of course, also applies to the compounding jet lag that had reached levels that began to annoy me. Not only was my sunburnt body swelled up after sitting in Tahiti Nui’s A340 for what seemed like years (I suppose sunburn and traveling shouldn’t mix!), but I was so sleep deprived that my body simply stopped sleeping. My days were colors, my hours were bananas, and my minutes were last week’s lunch. Nothing made sense anymore, and all I wanted was to get the hell home! Luckily, the thought of First Class for this upcoming flight brought me enough comfort to last me this short and final trek home.

At the Millennium Hotel Charles de Gaulle, I was out of bed by 3am in order to catch an 8am flight to Frankfurt. Being out of bed did not necessarily mean a long night’s sleep. In fact it was the contrary, where I spent most of my one night transit tossing and turning with a few moments of shut-eye in between.

The hotel operates a free airport shuttle service to CDG airport, which only begins its day at 5am each morning. Checking out of the hotel at 4:50am, I waited for the prompt arrival of the shuttle, which made several stops at other airport hotels within the vicinity before its final drop off at Terminal 2’s CDGVAL train station.

Not much activity was happening at this time of hour, so getting to and from was rather smooth. The atmosphere was cold and a tad intimidating, but stylish in its own way. Nothing modern or new, but pleasantly un-warm and something I don’t particularly mind.



At CDGVAL’s train station at CDG Terminal 2





Waiting for the train to Terminal 1



The train’s route map





At 5:35am, I arrived at CDG Terminal 1. On my way to the Lufthansa check-in desks, I noticed that the remarks section on the FIDS displayed "Delayed" for my flight, LH1051. No re-time information was displayed, and I was hoping it wouldn't be anything dramatic as I was intentionally planning a long transit at Frankfurt in order to enjoy the First Class "terminal" for some time.

Mazing through this dark and dingy terminal, I arrived at the check-in counters located on the "boarding" level above the airport train station. Activity at the check-in desks was bearable and with an efficient flow of passenger processing.

There was a special section for Lufthansa First and Business Class check-in, which was manned by a friendly warden who allowed me -with no issues- to snap a picture of the counters.



Lufthansa check-in at CDG Terminal 1







"Bonjour monsieur, Lufthansa Business Class today?"
"No First Class"
"Alors, please follow me"


Although just a few steps to the check-in counter, the nice counter dragon escorted to the next available agent.

"Good morning sir, where are you flying to today?"
"Dubai"
"Certainly, may I see your passport please?"
"Sure"
"Your flight to Frankfurt is delayed until 10am, but you will still be able to make your connection"
"But may I suggest to book you on the earlier flight leaving at 6:25am? It will be a longer transit in Frankfurt, but at least you can use the First Class lounge there"
"I think that sounds perfect!"

I had it in mind to suggest to be rebooked on an earlier flight if possible, but I didn't have to say a word as the agent literally did everything for me. I guess it's things like this that make this airline, Lufthansa! Proactive and extremely efficient; Always have been, and I think always will be!

Bags tagged, boarding passes issued all the way to Dubai, and all was set. At 5:50am I was done, but I had to sprint to through security and all, since boarding for my flight should have commenced already.



Boarding pass to Frankfurt





Back then (at the time this trip took place) I wasn't used to the nonrev travel concept where there is absolutely no requirement to pop in the airport 2 or more hours prior to departure. I am normally airside years before the departure time, and the fact that it was boarding time while I was in queue for security today was making me panic.

However on the good side, there isn't really any immigration clearance today, presumably because this was an intra-Euro itinerary. After a quick document check with an officer, I found myself on an escalator rising above the crowds towards the airside area, also known as the "Boarding" area at CDG.

Passing through security and all, I was airside at 6am. The circular design of Terminal 1 is what I always associated with Charles de Gaulle Airport, mainly because of the days I used to fly United when they had quite the mass operation out of Paris pre the alliance orgy days. I can't remember which Terminal UA used to use back then, but today's ambience much reminded me of those times. Apart from the addition of shops and such at every open space, not much else has changed, and this is a good thing.

Many used to complain about the discomforts of CDG due to things like rude staff, lack of any comfortable seating, cold ambience, and what not; but not me. This terminal quite has a feel of a time during the 80's right about when I was still exploring the depths of my aviation passion, i.e. everything turned into a memory that was not taken for granted.



Airside at CDG Terminal 1





At Gate 62, I was glad to see that boarding hadn't even commenced, but a queue had already formed in anticipation that this was about to happen.

Of course, being amazing like Lufthansa, there was an itch to make a couple of announcements to keep everyone ridiculously informed on the progress of a quick technical check on the aircraft that was causing this miniscule delay in boarding. I have for instance, experienced longer delays with many other airlines for reasons not known to any passenger. Yet here, we are talking about something along the lines of 30 minutes, yet so much effort is emphasized on the comfort of the customer.

Apparently there was some emergency lighting that needed replacement, but that task was soon completed, and boarding officially commenced at 6:30am. Premiums and FFP elites were called to board first, so I strolled in between the crowds and made my way through.



Boarding queue





At the door of the aircraft, I was greeted by a cheerful male purser who evidently had the best night's sleep prior to this flight.

"Bonjour monsieur, Bienvenue à bord"
"Hello"
"How are you this morning?"
"Very well thank you, and yourself?"
"I am super! Mr. Hawi, your seat 3A is right this way"
"Thank you"
"Enjoy your flight!"



At 6:35am I was on board my first Lufthansa flight in decades.



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Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: ronerone
Posted 2012-06-24 10:40:22 and read 32767 times.

FLIGHT
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LUFTHANSA Flight Information:

SCR
/LH/27AUG
S11
27AUG
CDG
KLH1053 27MAR29OCT 1234567 190321 CDGCDG0625 0740FRAFRA J
GI BRGDS


Registration: D-AIDC
Condition: 1.4 years old, delivered to Lufthansa in 2011

Remarks: NIL

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PARIS TO FRANKFURT
CDG - FRA
Scheduled Departure: 06:25
Actual Departure: 06:50 (Taxi-Out)

Scheduled Arrival: 07:40
Actual Arrival: 08:20 (Touchdown)



Welcome to Lufthansa





Business Class on Lufthansa's A321 today, is a relatively simple setup consisting of 2 rows of seats in a 3-3 configuration, with every middle seat blocked off in a standard European affair, allowing for extra regional comfort. There were only 4 of us in the premium cabin today hence, added comfort levels for this short hop. The cabin was spotless and typical, and I would have expected nothing less from Lufthansa.

At my seat at 3A, I had a seatmate on the C-side who was far too consumed with reading her magazines. Legroom was perfect for this short flight, and the inflight literature placed in the seat pocket in front of me -magazine, barf bag, safety card etc- was all adequate and fine. The seats may be of the slim-line variety, but they were comfortable and doable. You simply cannot expect a flat bed or a footrest for such a short flight!



Leg space



Boarding bustle



Icelandair in within the sun-rising droplets





Boarding was complete at 6:40am, and our captain made an announcement -a very specific one- to welcome us on board, and sincerely apologize for the delay on the ground. This was due to a cabin lighting issue, which had to be rectified. He also proceeded to mention that with his calculation of takeoff time and flight duration, we would still be delayed on arrival into Frankfurt but he will try his utmost best to make up for this loss in-flight. Amazing eh?

After the doors were closed, magazines were offered, though no welcome drinks (is this no longer in fashion intra-Europe?), and a departure announcement was made in German, English, and French.

At 6:50am, our aircraft was already powered on and check-listed, and we taxied-out instantly from our parking position, with no requirement to pushback or anything.

During taxi, a manual safety demo was efficiently conducted, followed by a final check by the crew before taking their seats for takeoff.

A quick glide across the runway and we were up in the air by 7am, on our way to Frankfurt. During the climb, the purser made an announcement that the captain will keep the seatbelt sign switched on as we were expected to bypass some turbulence however the crew shall be released to conduct the service.



Shortly after takeoff





Moments later, the purser -who was solely in charge of the Business Class cabin- sprung into action and distributed meal trays to all four of us. Today's meal offering was a breakfast service and consisted of a tray that included a fruit cup, bread and butter, a plate of cheese and cold cuts, a coffee/tea cup, and a crepe of some sort. With my recent Tahiti Nui flights, I was quite crepe'd out by now, but I guess I could do this one more time!

"Any coffee or tea with your breakfast Mr. Hawi?"
"Some coffee please"



Breakfast is served



Cheese and cold cuts



Crepe and others





The fruit was fresh and cold and it hit the right spot. Furthermore, the cold cuts and cheese were perfect with the bread, but the crepe was tough, dry, and had no filling of any kind. I did not know what to do with it, but I pretended like I did, and I just gorged it down to its finish. Overall a decent meal that hit the right tone for some time.



Inflight literature





After my meal tray was collected, it was more or less the ending of the flight. But I had finished my breakfast well before others, and due to some severe turbulence all service was halted and cabin crew were asked to take their seats.

From this point onwards, a series of insanely detailed announcements were made that combined the issues of turbulence and our delay, and took things to ultimate heights. Lufthansa takes such things seriously, and if a passenger expects to be transported on time and hasn't been, then Lufthansa takes intense responsibility.

This began with an announcement by the captain to apologize for the turbulence. It was explained that this was due to a thunderstorm that was doing its number in the vicinity. But he also continued to inform us that we had begun our initial descent towards Frankfurt and that we would be arriving shortly.

All remaining trays were collected from the passengers, and I overheard the purser engaging in a dialogue with one fellow passenger.

"I'm so sorry you lost most of your coffee from the turbulence"
"May I offer you some more? Perhaps in a plastic cup so you can take with you?"

Quite impressive!

Connecting flight information was then announced, along with gate numbers and all. Furthermore, special instructions were conveyed to all St. Petersburg passengers, advising them that they will get instant ramp transfer to the aircraft upon deplaning, all due to our delay. Unbelievably amazing!!!

This was then -again- followed by another announcement by our captain, who informed us that we had to get into a holding pattern because another aircraft had a technical problem on the runway, in which it got the highest priority, but we should be arriving within 15 more minutes.

Finally at 8:20am, we touched down at Frankfurt, bringing this slightly dramatic flight to an end. A quick taxi in, and our aircraft docked at the allocated stand.

Upon exiting, I thanked the crew for their efforts and was released into my Frankfurt transit.



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Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: ronerone
Posted 2012-06-24 10:41:39 and read 32767 times.

FRANKFURT CONNECTION





I used to be quite familiar with Frankfurt Airport back in the 1980's, but you could give me a sponge bath if I knew anything about it today. At Terminal 1A -where my CDG flight had docked- things were bright and reasonably lively, and much like any typical airport. Crowded with passengers heading in every direction, it was almost as overwhelming as Dubai's Terminal 3 stampede.



At Frankfurt Airport Terminal 1A





Moving along the same path as the general crowd, I proceeded towards the "B" section of the terminal, where the First Class "Terminal" -so I was told- was located; specifically next to Gate B22.



On my way from "A" to "B"





Proceeding one level down by lift, I then crossed a large dim hallway through a series of walkalators, and back up one level before arriving at the B area. I must have experienced Frankfurt in its typical morning rush as there were people everywhere!



Between "A" and "B"



Presumably this is the "Eurozone" part of the "B" terminal



A little more walking





Gate B22 is located in a secured area, and I had to pass through an immigration check prior to reaching it. There were tons of queues before the immigration counters, but nothing seemed to move slowly around here. In no time, it was my turn where a friendly officer stamped my passport and waived me through without any hassle.



Airside FIDS





My 1980's memory of Frankfurt airport was very positive, and I remember liking the airport for its ease and functionality. But today I am having slightly different thoughts as it already seemed like I walked a day-long marathon to get here, and not to mention the random dark parts of the airport that seem to be spread around contrasting light and airy sections. It just felt like everything was all over the place and I needed that little bit of extra time to find my way around. Oh well, it's no Schphol Airport that's for sure!



Frankfurt Airport Terminal 1B





Now that the major hurdle was over, it was time focus on finding that First Class "Terminal". An LH agent back at the A side told me that the First Class "Terminal" was located next to Gate B22. I just found it a little strange that an entire Terminal was located near a gate, but you never know until you see.



On my way to the First Class "Terminal"





Around the vicinity of Gate B22, I continued to follow the Lufthansa First Class signs, which accordingly lead the way to a lounge as opposed to a terminal. Am I even going to the right place?



Found something exclusive to Lufthansa First Class





Proceeding up the escalator, I arrived at a level excusive to the Lufthansa First Class Lounge. It was tastefully decorated, and I could instantly tell I was about to enter a class higher than the remaining airport below me.



Lounge entrance





When inside, I was greeted by a male lounge warden who explained some details.

"Good morning Mr. Hawi, flying to Dubai today?"
"Yes I am"
"We will be driving you by car to your aircraft, so may I ask you to return to this counter at 3pm, as we do not make any announcements in this lounge"
"Sure"
"Is this your first time in our lounge?"
"Yes it is"
"Very well then. my colleague will escort you and give you a quick tour of our lounge"
"Thank you very much"
"You are most welcome Mr. Hawi. Enjoy your stay!"


Now Emirates may have the frills and the bling-bling in their First Class product, but with Lufthansa, proper First Class is in the service which seems to begin on the ground. So far, the feeling is absolute, and this is classic First Class; no mass produce, and no promises that can't be met. There was a time when the term First Class implied intimidation, privacy, and a dimension above the world, and today Lufthansa seems to have maintained this for at least this miniscule experience at the entrance of this lounge. Let's hope it carries on for the rest of the journey.

I placed my belongings at an empty seating area, and I followed the lounge agent around as she gave me a quick orientation session. There is nothing I could fault in the lounge as it was amazing in every way. With just the right size -neither big nor small- it was perfect for First Class. Tastefully decorated with a perfect blend of earth tones, I was easily comforted and my jet lag felt like it was miles behind me.

The lounge houses comfortable seating from typical seats, to couches, and lounge chairs, all within easy access to sundries (nuts, snacks and such) placed in ultra decorative accents. A main bar stocked with whatever you need and a main dining area -both adequately manned by perhaps the most professional and friendly staff I have ever encountered- dominated the entire lounge. Apart from that, this ultimate serenity houses a cigar lounge -with yet a small self service liquor bar- themed as the main smoking area, a full service spa, wireless internet, shower facilities, a PC station with full business facilities, and last but not least, sleeping rooms the size of any typical hotel.

But what a minute, why is this “Terminal” so freakin’ small? The Emirates First Class lounge is probably quadruple the size of this, and even Emirates opted out of terming theirs a ”Terminal”, so why would Lufty? Alas, I then learned that this apparently was not the First Class Terminal, but just a simple First Class lounge. Upon arrival from Paris, I asked for the Terminal, but I was directed to a Lounge, and although I was bummed at first, I then realized that I was surrounded by high-quality frills almost unmatched elsewhere. So enjoying what I have was inevitable.



Typical seating area







The moment I made myself comfortable in my seating environment, a waiter approached me from the bar to take my drink order. This of course happened quite regularly since then, and all the way until I boarded my flight.



A cappuccino was a nice pick-me-up





Of course, after the coffee kicked in, it was time for a smoke in the cigar room.



Smoking room





Liquor bar in the cigar lounge





At the dining room –a restaurant style seating area- full breakfast was on offer, and the choice was between a varied buffet spread or a la carte. Tons of staff were manning the buffet –both front and back end- so full attention was given to all diners present at any time.



Buffet





My dining table



Breakfast is served



Lazing around after a hearty breakkie….



…On one of many loungey chairs..



..Perhaps another helping from the main bar





Before breakfast, I had approached the Spa reception to book a private room for a couple of hours. I was told my wait would be for about two hours, and that I would be informed when my room was ready. Two hours had passed, and my room was now ready, when the beautiful Ethiopian Spa mistress had come to fetch me.



Spa desk





The private room was simply amazing. Very simplistic, it housed a single bed, a small bedside table, a wall hangar for my clothes, a saturated hue of yellow mood lighting, and two bottles of water (sparkling & still). Noise outside was muted, and all I could hear was the silence that was already putting me to sleep. And last but not least, a nifty amenity kit was placed on the bed which included a pair of earplugs, and eyeshades. Add to it the free WiFi, and I was all set for life! Lufthansa definitely scored BIG on this idea!



Private room



Water



Amenity kit



I read Yirina’s S7 TR before going to bed (yes, it was THAT long ago!)



Didn’t want my shirt to crumple





I snoozed for a few hours, and I woke up feeling quite refreshed; which meant that this was one of the better sleep sessions I had during this trip. At 2pm, I ‘checked-out’ of my room and was back in the lounge for a few more smokes, drinks, coffees and such.



A standard apron view from the lounge





As instructed, I was ready by 3pm and I headed to the reception at the entrance.

“May I help you sir?”
“I was told to be here at 3pm for boarding”
“May I see your boarding pass please?”
“Sure”
“Yes. The Dubai flight is just about to begin boarding, so if I could kindly ask you to have a seat and in the meantime I will arrange your car transport”
“Thank you”

At 3:20pm, the lounge warden approached me.

“Mr. Hawi, your car has arrived, and your flight is now ready for boarding”
“Please follow me”

Just behind the entrance/reception area of the lounge was a semi-secluded and hidden area, which housed a set of elevators. I was directed to these elevators where I was to go one level down to the ground floor. The receptionist called the lift for me, shook my hand, and wished me a pleasant flight before sending me off.

“Mr. Hawi, please proceed to the ground floor, and your driver will meet you there”
“Thank you for flying Lufthansa, and I hope you enjoy your flight today”
“Thank you very much”

Sure enough, as the elevators door slid open, I found a young gentleman dressed in black with a yellow vest over his upper half.

“Good afternoon Mr. Hawi, my name is Mattias, and I will be driving you to your aircraft”
“Hi Mattias”

Mattias took my cabin bag and escorted me through security, before arriving at my Porsche Cayenne parked outside the terminal building.



Now THIS is First Class!





Inside my ride and on the way to the aircraft



And finally parked up by the aircraft near the steps leading to 1L





Tomas escorted me out of the aircraft, up the steps, and handed me over to three cabin crew that were grouped at Door 1L of the aircraft. They were definitely waiting for me!

“Mr. Hawi, you have finally arrived. We are waiting for you”
“Hello”
“Welcome on board! Today you are our only one”
“That’s great!”
“Yes the entire upper deck is all yours, so we will be giving you so much attention and care!”
“Mr. Hawi, please follow me and I will show you to your seat”

I was escorted by the leading purser herself, up the steps to the upper deck and to my seat.

“I would like to introduce you to my colleague Heidi who will be taking care of you today, and basically she is all yours!”
“And my name is Olivia and I am the purser on this flight. I will come back to check on you later on”
“Please let us know if you need anything”
“Thank you very much!”
“My pleasure Mr. Hawi, enjoy your flight!”


At 3:30pm I was on board.



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Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: ronerone
Posted 2012-06-24 10:43:44 and read 32767 times.

FLIGHT
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LUFTHANSA Flight Information:

SCR
/LH/27AUG
S11
27AUG
FRA
KLH630 27MAR29OCT 1234567 352744 FRAFRA1540 2345FRAFRA J
GI BRGDS


Registration: D-ABVX
Condition: 12.5 years old, delivered to Lufthansa in 1999

Remarks: NIL

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FRANKFURT TO DUBAI
FRA - DXB
Scheduled Departure: 15:40
Actual Departure: 16:05 (Pushback)

Scheduled Arrival: 23:45
Actual Arrival: 00:05+1(Touchdown)



Welcome to my Lufthansa JUMBO





After I had arrived at the upper deck, this was it. Boarding was completed and this upper deck –even if it was in the old chunky seat configuration- was ALL mine; it was perhaps my favorite feeling out of this entire trip. 16 seats, one First Class cabin, and one upper deck all for me!

Heidi was in charge of the upper deck, i.e. me, and after the introduction upon my arrival, she offered to assist with stowing my luggage, offered me any seat on the upper deck, and then took my order for a welcome drink. Naturally, on Lufthansa First Class –and I expect any First Class- welcome drinks before takeoff consist of an open bar of any choice of drinkable liquid.



Champagne is the rule before takeoff





While the cabin was on the border of being on Lufthansa’s list of ancient classics, it was still in excellent condition. Everything was polished to perfection, and not a single element was offbeat. In fact, I quite like the silverfish sparks that mix with the deep blue ambience of this cabin, as it gives me quite the cooling feeling every time I take notice of it. Yes I was hoping for the new First Class seats –who wouldn’t?- but I easily gave that up for an upper deck to myself. Besides, I suppose this is the cabin that I should be in right now, before it completely disappears from our skies.



The cabin







At my seat at 84H, I am positioned near the emergency exit. This meant additional legroom, though legroom is a non-issue in First Class. The old style First Class seat on Lufthansa is immensely chunky which translates into classic comfort. It is also a fully flat bed, and normally I’d get two of those to myself. However today, I get 16 of those seats so I think I am all set for today’s flight to Dubai!



The seat



Leg space





“Mr. Hawi, may I get you more champagne?”
“I think you should have another glass”
“Sure! If you say so!”
“And here you are, this is the menu for today’s flight, the wine list, and slippers and pyjamas”
“May I ask if you are fasting for Ramadan?”
“Nope. I am readily available to eat today!”
“Well of course, you just had some champagne haha”
“Anyways, good because we have a lot of food for you today”



Menu, slippers, pyjamas



Huge menu









Huge beverage list











At exactly 3:45pm –the scheduled departure of our flight- our captain came on the PA, and welcomed us on board. He informed us of a slight delay due to missing passengers, whose luggage needed to be offloaded. Naturally he was extra apologetic, but did inform that this would be completed rather soon-ish.

He also advised us of the usual routing and weather info for today, and that our flight time to Dubai was to be 5 hours and 50 minutes.



Some random cabin shots before pushback







Doors were closed at 3:50pm, and after the usual grandeur announcement by the crew, my very own jumbo pushed back at 4:05pm.

The safety video was then played on the overhead screens, and it included three versions, each in German, English, and surprisingly, in Arabic. While it was a very nicely added touch, the Arabic speaker in the video sounded like a one-year old girl uttering heavily broken words.

After final preps in the galley, Heidi took her position in the jumpseat across from my seat. While it was a short taxi to the runway, it was quite a very long conversation that she had engaged with me. However, it was very interesting to learn about the crewing patterns on Lufthansa, given the fact that she is pretty much a veteran that used to do the AUH-RUH-FRA flights that I remember circa 1980’s. She also chose to remain a B747 operator as opposed to the A380 because the jumbo’s destinations are more interesting. Besides, she much prefers the [then] upcoming 748 than the not-so-nice looking WhaleJet.

At 4:15pm, I experienced another jumbo takeoff as D-ABVX majestically took a smooth glide across the runway before lifting off and beginning our journey to Dubai.

It was a rather turbulent climb, and whilst we may have reached cruising altitude earlier, it did take a while for the seatbelt sign to switch off.



Cabin shot after takeoff





However, as soon as the crew was released, Olivia had returned to check on things.

“Mr. Hawi I am so sorry it took so long, but we had terrible turbulence”
“It was quite a shaky climb, but it’s okay!”
“I am sure you had good company though”
“Yes I definitely did, thanks”
“Once again, I apologize for this, but now all is okay, and you can start to enjoy the service”

On my side of the cabin, it was clear that the service was to be a little laid back. I had already established a friendly repertoire with Heidi, and so it just seemed okay to let loose a little; this of course not in any unprofessional manner whatsoever.

“Sooo, what can I get you to drink Mr. Hawi?”
“A bloody Mary please”
“Certainly. Do you like it a little spicy maybe?”
“Yes please”



My Bloody Mary



Which came with a canapé





The canapé was composed of a mixture of beef and cheese. I did not know what it was, but I knew that it tasted alright.

“Sooo. Here is a hot towel for you Mr. Hawi”
“Thank you”
“You’re very welcome. And have you decided what you want to eat?”
“Yes I have”
“Good. We have caviar for Hors d’oeuvres, you should try it”
“Mmm .. okay sure”
“How about the king prawns too? They are also recommended”
“You are offering me two starters?”
“Yes. I will get it for you anyways”
“Okay! And I will have the salad instead of the soup please”
“Sure. And what about the main course?”
“The pizokel please”
“Ah yes, and what about the dressing for the salad? We have French or a simple vinaigrette.”
“Vinaigrette will do”
“Okay. I will prepare these for you now. Can I get you anything else?”
“This should be good for now. Thanks”



Hot towel





My table was then set up with a white linen cloth, bread plate, butter, salt and pepper shakers, napkin and silverware. It was a very simple setup, but definitely very classy.



Table setup



A signature Lufthansa touch



Bread



Butter





My two starters were then served, and the first included caviar, and with things like this, I am quite ghetto. I am not big on the seafood –and especially not caviar- but this is what is always served in First Class, so the best I could do was to pretend like I knew what the hell I was doing.

The caviar plate included a serving of those black fishy eggs, alongside a sliced lime and diced onions. On the side the usual condiments were served including the cream and the egg.



Caviar





Caviar accompaniments





I had no clue how to eat this caviar, but I just slapped it all together very quickly and I more or less swallowed it with very minimal chewing in order to avoid the inky fish spunk on my taste buds. It wasn’t horrible, but with a few sips from the Bloody Mary, I was feeling unusually stimulated and quite buzzed.

The second starter was definitely something I was more familiar with. While it was of the seafood variety, I can definitely stomach prawns, and this particular dish was quite unusually pleasant. It came with a mix of strawberries and green peppers, and all three together made for an interesting pleaser to the palate.



King prawn appetizer



A fresh salad followed





The fifth serving was the main course, and this was the pizokel, a Swiss form of noodles that came with mushrooms, cabbage, and a cheese sauce. While seeming rather plain on the menu, it was excellent all over.



Main course





“How was your lunch Mr. Hawi?”
“Excellent! But now I am so full”
“No, not yet, there’s cheese”
“Sure why not”
“Shall I get you a little bit of everything?”
“Go for it”
“Can I get you some port to go with the cheese?”
“No thanks, I am fine”



Course 6: cheese







I was beyond stuffed after the cheese course, but Heidi again talked me into dessert. Of course, I could not give this chance up when “Schmid’s chocolate dream” was on offer. I do not know who Shmid is, but his chocolate dessert was a heavenly end to this multi-million course meal on Lufthansa. Very creamy and with deep chocolate comfort, this was one of the in-flight desserts I will highly rate on my scorecard.



Dessert







Tea/coffee/espresso were offered after the meal service, in which I declined.



Chocolate offered to conclude





With my tummy full and an upper deck all to myself, it was time to snap some photos here and there.



After the meal service





Lavatory











After leaving the lavatory and heading back to my seat, Olivia (the purser) suddenly appeared with a more alarmed look on her face. Uh oh, what have I done?

“You are taking pictures of the cabin and now the lavatory, may I ask if this is for personal use?”
“Yes it is, I am an aviation enthusiast and I want to take this home with me as a memory. Why?”
“I am just double checking, because we have to be careful nowadays”
“If I am doing anything wrong, then I will stop”
“As long as it is for your own use”

She definitely did not seem too pleased, and suddenly it felt like a dark cloud had hovered above my head. It may have been the jet lag and the fatigue that was messing with my head, but at this point I felt quite let down and it got a little emotional. I wasn’t doing anything wrong, when all I wanted was show everyone how good my Lufthansa experience was. But I also had to put myself in her shoes, and realize that on the other side, all this can seem a little weird, if at all not suspicious. So better just take it easy from this point on.

But before any of this, a few more pictures of the IFE followed. On this aircraft, IFE was rather basic in it’s older generation module. It was certainly an AVOD system with touchscreen capability, but I did not pay much attention to the content it offered, probably because not much interested me.



IFE







The route map is always the safest choice



Headset





As I was still feeling a little bummed out, I wanted to catch some sleep as I was also feeling very tired. The seat was extremely comfortable in all positions from upright all the way down to a flat bed. This is definitely one quirk missing from all of today’s seats; all for the sake of added bling-bling.



Seat controls



Power sockets





And after this small round of exploration, I reclined my seat into its fully flat position and dozed off for a few hours, just as the sun was setting on the outside. As Heidi noticed, she dimmed the cabin lights into total darkness.



In bed with Lufthansa





I slept throughout the rest of the flight, up until the seatbelt sign was turned on at top of descent.

“Can I get you anything to drink Mr. Hawi?”
“No I am okay thanks”

During our descent, the captain made an announcement that due to air traffic congestion in Dubai, we were to remain in a holding pattern that will last 30 to 35 minutes before landing. How predictable in Dubai!

As final preparations were conducted before landing, Olivia returned to the upper deck for another chat. However, I freaked out when I saw her come up. I did not want to die just yet!

Surprisingly however, we held a rather technical conversation about Dubai’s aviation model. She was very much aware of how it operates around here, and in particular Emirates. She knew that the most optimal solution for Dubai is for all airlines to move to the new Al Maktoum Airport, but she knew that no one would move if Emirates was to stay put where they are until 2025.

“As I understand it, Emirates has a busy operation with several flights arriving from the west, and connecting to an Asian bank in a few hours from now”
“Umm, yes you are absolutely right about this”

“Mr. Hawi, I am very sorry for asking about the photography earlier, it is just that things are different to how they used to be before. And we just have to be careful. We don’t want the wrong information ending up with he wrong people”
“I understand. And I assure you that aviation is just a hobby for me, and this is how I enjoy it”
“That is very understandable. Well Mr. Hawi, we are soon about to land so I hope you enjoyed the flight, and we hope to see you on board again soon”

Again, this was an excellent recovery tactic on Lufthansa’s part, and it was dealt with utmost professionalism. However, I then wondered why all this drama happened. I did not get the feeling that they thought I was engaging in some terrorist-like behavior, but I was definitely getting the feeling they suspected I was a spy for a competing airline (ahem, Emirates). Let’s face it, a sole Arab in First Class with a big black camera on a flight headed to Dubai can probably raise concerns amongst EK’s biggest enemies. Not to mention the fact that Olivia practically knew the Emirates operation more than Tim Clark, so things seemed to add up this way.



DESTINATION DUBAI
We touched down at Dubai International Airport at 12:05am, bringing an end to this flight, and a full conclusion to my first Round The World. It was a very tiring adventure, but it was nonetheless a big thrill to travel around the entire globe from home to home.

I was definitely glad to be back home, and was quite anxious to leave the aircraft and head to a bed! I bid my farewell to the crew and I thanked them for a great flight, before heading into Dubai International Airport’s terminal 1.

I was finally home, and once at my bed, I crashed for a total of 24 hours with a few bathroom breaks in between. It was the best sleep I had in a very long time!



C O N C L U S I O N
Lufthansa continues to offer an exceptional product, with its main focus purely on meeting the customer’s exact needs. This is done in utmost professionalism and with pure discipline. I am definitely in trusted hands with Lufthansa, and this type of comfort will always bring me back onboard one of their flights.

Lufthansa may not be ahead of the times on the hardware front inside the cabin, but everything else on the ground, and the service in the air more than makes up for it. I think we all know by now that if the software is right, I can easily do with a little less hardware. I can easily say that Lufthansa is the world’s most disciplined airline, and this alone makes them light years ahead of many others.



Goodies from the flight





This concludes my Trip Report. I hope that you have enjoyed it; your comments are always welcome!



Thank You,
Roni







E Q U I P M E N T
- Canon 50D
- Canon PowerShot G11
- Sigma 10mm Fisheye
- Sigma 10-20mm Wide Angle



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Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: rooty613
Posted 2012-06-24 10:45:43 and read 32767 times.

Great photos!!!

You may want to blot out your name and ticket number for the boarding pass.

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: GVAJFKflyer
Posted 2012-06-24 12:46:26 and read 32767 times.

Thanks very much for the very nice report.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Between "A" and "B"

Gloomy, gloomy, gloomy ...

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Around the vicinity of Gate B22, I continued to follow the Lufthansa First Class signs, which accordingly lead the way to a lounge as opposed to a terminal. Am I even going to the right place?

In fact, I think the B22 First Class lounge is better than the First Class Terminal. The design is the same, but it is newer and it has tarmac views (which is definitely a big plus   in comparison to the First Class Terminal). At least when in transit, it is a no brainer ! When departing Frankfurt, however, the First Class Terminal is definitely convenient.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Tomas escorted me out of the aircraft

Or was it Matthias escorting you out of the car ?

 
Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
She definitely did not seem too pleased, and suddenly it felt like a dark cloud had hovered above my head. It may have been the jet lag and the fatigue that was messing with my head, but at this point I felt quite let down and it got a little emotional.

I know what you mean. It is quite unpleasant indeed, and I think there may have been other ways to handle the issue if she believed this was one. I am happy that she later apologized, although this must not have completely made for the inconvenience.

Anyway, all in all, this looks like a fantastic experience, and I congratulate you on the excellent report.

Best,

GVAJFKflyer

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: burj
Posted 2012-06-24 13:00:08 and read 32767 times.

Awesome photos and great trip report as always.....but DANG it is ALMOST a history report and not a trip report give the time between the trip and the actual report!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
I used to be quite familiar with Frankfurt Airport back in the 1980's, but you could give me a sponge bath if I knew anything about it today.

Is this an actual expression or did you just make it up? What exactly is the meaning......what does not knowing something about an airport have to do with sponge baths....unless you mean you've gone senile...which given the following wording could be very true.....

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
I more or less swallowed it with very minimal chewing in order to avoid the inky fish spunk on my taste buds

[comment redacted]

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
She definitely did not seem too pleased, and suddenly it felt like a dark cloud had hovered above my head. It may have been the jet lag and the fatigue that was messing with my head, but at this point I felt quite let down and it got a little emotional.

Wow that is a big shame...but really people need to get over themselves and realize that if someone wants to take pictures for nefarious reasons they wouldn't be doing it was a huge SLR.....

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
During our descent, the captain made an announcement that due to air traffic congestion in Dubai, we were to remain in a holding pattern that will last 30 to 35 minutes before landing. How predictable in Dubai!

O.K. this is what I don't get about DXB....for all its size and grandeur why delays and the use of bus gates...etc etc...

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
As final preparations were conducted before landing, Olivia returned to the upper deck for another chat. However, I freaked out when I saw her come up. I did not want to die just yet!

Die? Um...so Olivia has become the angel of death now?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
I did not get the feeling that they thought I was engaging in some terrorist-like behavior, but I was definitely getting the feeling they suspected I was a spy for a competing airline (ahem, Emirates).

Oh please if Emirates was really going to spy on LH would they really send an ARAB with a HUGE camera?! They would simply hire/bribe a LH employee to get all the info they need.... People need to get over the paranoia!

Anyways a great history....err trip report! Glad you are made it back and have recovered from all your adventures, especially the sunburn!

I am a *little* sad you didn't make it to the first class terminal but sounds like the lounge was pretty awesome too!

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: dkdaviator
Posted 2012-06-24 13:34:10 and read 32767 times.

Hello Roni,

What a nice report there on your journey from CDG to DXB via FRA. It was interesting to read about the J/F experiences of your flights, especially with the nice photos too.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Boarding was complete at 6:40am, and our captain made an announcement -a very specific one- to welcome us on board, and sincerely apologize for the delay on the ground.

Had a similar experience with LH last year on a FRA to AMS flight described in: Taking The "scenic Route" To Amsterdam! BLL To AMS (by dkdaviator Aug 26 2011 in Trip Reports). We had boarded, the door was closed, and then got delayed for over an hour by a ground hold from Eurocontrol due to weather. It was frustrating, as the delay was actually longer than the flight itself, but the flight deck kept everyone updated on exactly what was going on with multiple announcements, which really helped make it more tolerable.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
But what a minute, why is this “Terminal” so freakin’ small

Wow, the First Class lounge experience at FRA sounds really nice. Not bad, even if it wasn't a completely separate terminal.  
Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
“Yes the entire upper deck is all yours,

Wow, how cool is that! I've been in premium on the upper deck before with just a few passengers, which was nice, but never had the whole thing to myself. That would be pretty awesome.  
Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Champagne is the rule before takeoff

    
Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
While the cabin was on the border of being on Lufthansa’s list of ancient classics, it was still in excellent condition.

I have had similar experiences with them. While sometimes the interior may not be the latest or newest style, they are almost always in nice condition. It is nice to have the consistency, and is certainly more than you can say for some carriers that might have a newer styled offering, but one that isn't in as good of a condition.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Yes I was hoping for the new First Class seats –who wouldn’t?- but I easily gave that up for an upper deck to myself.

   The right way to think about it, I would say.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
My Bloody Mary

Looks nice there.  
Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Again, this was an excellent recovery tactic on Lufthansa’s part, and it was dealt with utmost professionalism.

Sorry to hear about that "awkward situation" coming up. But it is good to hear they at least tried to make good/resolve it. Like you mentioned though, it is curious as to why all the drama had to happen in the first place.   

Cheers,

David

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-06-24 14:05:40 and read 32767 times.

Hey Roni  

Great report and good to see you back reporting again  

Wonderful photos as expected . I like LH some people try to slate them but I do believe they offer a decent premium class product. From your report it seems to also add to this perception.

I can fully understand that moment when the photo issue came up and it must have been so demotivating but like you said she was maybe a bit alarmed or nervous too and that's understandable. Glad you put yourself in her shoes too.

What the best bit was is the damage rescue after she thought about it and was certainly a very understanding and
Professional thing of her to do. I do believe in this world you treat people the way you want to be treated.


Anyway thanks again for the report.

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2012-06-24 16:10:33 and read 32767 times.

Hey Roni,

This great F class trip report brings to an end your RTW journey. I for one did not imagine it would end in such luxury, and for some reason I thought EK would be the one lol....Or maybe QR which never seems to materialize!! Nevertheless, I hope this is just a brief pause to a whole list of other trip reports to come. Stunning opening pic of the LH First Class cabin.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
With well over 250 jets, 8,671 weekly flights, and over 150 nonstop destinations, it is clear that Lufthansa is one airline I wouldn’t mess with. I sometimes wonder why everyone is afraid of Emirates however, airlines like Emirates have pissed Lufthansa off big time, and when she’s not happy, there’s thunder and lightning all over!

Emirates grabbed Thierry Antinori, so I guess he jumped the LH ship for the EK one. Probably came with a hefty pay cheque too!!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
I used to be quite familiar with Frankfurt Airport back in the 1980's, but you could give me a sponge bath if I knew anything about it today.

That's funny. You probably knew nothing of Frankfurt as it is today, to make such an offer in writing lol

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Before breakfast, I had approached the Spa reception to book a private room for a couple of hours. I was told my wait would be for about two hours, and that I would be informed when my room was ready. Two hours had passed, and my room was now ready, when the beautiful Ethiopian Spa mistress had come to fetch me.

Could you not avail any facilities of the Spa itself, considering you only decided to take the offer of just the room. A bit of spa pampering before the flight itself?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
was ALL mine; it was perhaps my favorite feeling out of this entire trip. 16 seats, one First Class cabin, and one upper deck all for me!

I doubt I would even be able to dream this in my wildest dreams lol. Must have probably been one of the nicest feelings ever to have the entire upper deck to yourself!!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
She also chose to remain a B747 operator as opposed to the A380 because the jumbo’s destinations are more interesting. Besides, she much prefers the [then] upcoming 748 than the not-so-nice looking WhaleJet.

I would not blame her at all. What a beauty the 747-8i is, but I have not flown the A380 yet so I should not be so harsh!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
I had no clue how to eat this caviar, but I just slapped it all together very quickly and I more or less swallowed it with very minimal chewing in order to avoid the inky fish spunk on my taste buds

Your honesty here is appreciated, rather than pretending to be a First Class snob lol

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
The second starter was definitely something I was more familiar with. While it was of the seafood variety, I can definitely stomach prawns, and this particular dish was quite unusually pleasant. It came with a mix of strawberries and green peppers, and all three together made for an interesting pleaser to the palate.

Strawberries and Prawns....I'm not so sure about that as yet. Almost sounds as weird as the combination of bacon and vanilla ice cream available in the US.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
After leaving the lavatory and heading back to my seat, Olivia (the purser) suddenly appeared with a more alarmed look on her face. Uh oh, what have I done?

“You are taking pictures of the cabin and now the lavatory, may I ask if this is for personal use?”
“Yes it is, I am an aviation enthusiast and I want to take this home with me as a memory. Why?”
“I am just double checking, because we have to be careful nowadays”
“If I am doing anything wrong, then I will stop”
“As long as it is for your own use”

She definitely did not seem too pleased, and suddenly it felt like a dark cloud had hovered above my head.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
“Mr. Hawi, I am very sorry for asking about the photography earlier, it is just that things are different to how they used to be before. And we just have to be careful. We don’t want the wrong information ending up with he wrong people”
“I understand. And I assure you that aviation is just a hobby for me, and this is how I enjoy it”
“That is very understandable. Well Mr. Hawi, we are soon about to land so I hope you enjoyed the flight, and we hope to see you on board again soon”

While boarding an LH flight in Dubai for Frankfurt, I was trying to get a photo of the aircraft name from the glass airbridge and a German a few rows behind me, said in a loud voice "It is forbidden to photograph LH aircraft". I had never been told something like this before, so I was quite taken aback. I guess these pre-9/11 days people are just protective, and those who fly LH seem not to want to take chances. She did however follow up well with her apology.

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: 767747
Posted 2012-06-24 17:38:07 and read 32767 times.

Really nice report, Roni, and what a great conclusion to your trip. LH looks fantastic, not only on the ground, but in the air!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Now Emirates may have the frills and the bling-bling in their First Class product, but with Lufthansa, proper First Class is in the service which seems to begin on the ground. So far, the feeling is absolute, and this is classic First Class; no mass produce, and no promises that can't be met. There was a time when the term First Class implied intimidation, privacy, and a dimension above the world, and today Lufthansa seems to have maintained this for at least this miniscule experience at the entrance of this lounge. Let's hope it carries on for the rest of the journey.

Really impressive stuff.

I'm amazed by the empty cabin - what a loss of revenue for LH on this flight! 1 seat taken out of 16?! Crazy.

Thanks for sharing!

Best,

Matthew

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: aznmadsci
Posted 2012-06-24 18:48:14 and read 32767 times.

Hey Roni!

All I want to say is I'M JEALOUS!  

Great report!

Colin   

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: vivekman2006
Posted 2012-06-24 21:57:01 and read 32767 times.

Fantastic TR Roni!

The LH First Class Experience began right on the ground as soon as you entered their Lounge. That bit is as important as the on-board service. Good to read that you got to spend a decent amount of time experiencing their lounge.

The on-board service was impeccable too. Nice to read how Olivia made up for her objecting your photography. Other airlines wouldn't have bothered!

Cheers,
Vivek

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: debonair
Posted 2012-06-25 00:31:58 and read 32767 times.

Hi, GREAT TR, GREAT pictures - well done.
First of all, I totally agree with you- LH is best known for perfection at its best, BUT I have to warn you, that in my opinion, LH is not such a great airline at all... But that's -once again- only my opinion! And you will soon discover why... Btw. there are others management mishaps, like bmi/germanwings and route decisions we are not talking about!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Upon exiting, I thanked the crew for their efforts and was released into my Frankfurt transit.



No pick-up from the a/c door and escort to the FirstClass Terminal-despite LONG transfer? Ouch...

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
After I had arrived at the upper deck, this was it. Boarding was completed and this upper deck –even if it was in the old chunky seat configuration
Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
it was perhaps my favorite feeling out of this entire trip. 16 seats, one First Class cabin, and one upper deck all for me!




Here we go... The LH management is blaming EK for pirating the German market. But what a shame... LH is sending on one of their most head-on-head competition route (despite relatively short) a B747-400 in OLD configuration, sometimes even without PTV in EconomyClass. On this route LH is competing against EK with their "bling,bling" cabin-and I can understand why passengers preferring an EK B777 "Private Suite" (with more privacy) anytime over LH '90 retro-cabin! BTW. have you seen pictures of the new FIRST CLASS cabin- what a shame! Even BA is now offering a private suite... Have a look: Lufthansa 747-8i Frankfurt-Washington (Pics+Vids) (by MEL Jun 24 2012 in Trip Reports)

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
I slept throughout the rest of the flight, up until the seatbelt sign was turned on at top of descent.


Was a light meal/snack offered before landing? Unfortunately, the menu card is not showing the main selection...

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2012-06-25 13:27:24 and read 32767 times.

Hi Roni,

Great last sector home, thanks for sharing.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
the compounding jet lag that had reached levels that began to annoy me. Not only was my sunburnt body swelled up after sitting in Tahiti Nui’s A340 for what seemed like years (I suppose sunburn and traveling shouldn’t mix!), but I was so sleep deprived that my body simply stopped sleeping. My days were colors, my hours were bananas, and my minutes were last week’s lunch. Nothing made sense anymore, and all I wanted was to get the hell home!

- I know the feeling, my RTW LY really took it out of me, I guess doing it in 5 days is just too hard on the body.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
"Your flight to Frankfurt is delayed until 10am, but you will still be able to make your connection"
"But may I suggest to book you on the earlier flight leaving at 6:25am? It will be a longer transit in Frankfurt, but at least you can use the First Class lounge there"
"I think that sounds perfect!"

- Now that is great service, well done LH!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Today's meal offering was a breakfast service and consisted of a tray that included a fruit cup, bread and butter, a plate of cheese and cold cuts, a coffee/tea cup, and a crepe of some sort.

- Looks much better than the evening offering LH gave me in Feb, declined it, as did many others in the cabin.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
I then learned that this apparently was not the First Class Terminal, but just a simple First Class lounge. Upon arrival from Paris, I asked for the Terminal, but I was directed to a Lounge, and although I was bummed at first, I then realized that I was surrounded by high-quality frills almost unmatched elsewhere. So enjoying what I have was inevitable.

- I assumed LH just had a single First Class terminal in FRA, shame they never took you there, that said, the F lounge looks very decent.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Boarding was completed and this upper deck –even if it was in the old chunky seat configuration- was ALL mine; it was perhaps my favorite feeling out of this entire trip. 16 seats, one First Class cabin, and one upper deck all for me!
Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
While the cabin was on the border of being on Lufthansa’s list of ancient classics, it was still in excellent condition. Everything was polished to perfection, and not a single element was offbeat

- Nice to be the sole F passenger, though I'm amazed LH got away with these old F seats/cabin for so long, looks so 80's

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
I had no clue how to eat this caviar, but I just slapped it all together very quickly and I more or less swallowed it with very minimal chewing in order to avoid the inky fish spunk on my taste buds.

- Brave man, I'd have declined it, yuck!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
The fifth serving was the main course, and this was the pizokel, a Swiss form of noodles that came with mushrooms, cabbage, and a cheese sauce. While seeming rather plain on the menu, it was excellent all over.

- Interesting option for F class for sure.

All in all, bar the camera incident, looks like a darn good flight. Re the camera and pictures, not really sure what spooked the crew, the hard product is that old EK or whoever has not a great deal to worry about or try and find out.

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: themit9
Posted 2012-06-25 18:48:57 and read 32387 times.

Hi Roni,

I have been reading your trip reports for years now, but only just joined this forum a few months ago to try a few trip reports of my own.

Your reports really are a cut above the rest with a perfect level of detail and excellent photography. Very excited to finally see your return flight to Dubai.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
At my seat at 3A

In the picture it looks like seat 3F?

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
2 rows of seats in a 3-3 configuration, with every middle seat blocked off in a standard European affair

Standard European affair must be hard to get used to after flying around Asia or even Australia where business class on a narrowbody earns you slightly bigger seats and lots more legroom. Especially when flying SQ on a widebody for a short-haul. The slimline seats looked great and very smart.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
From this point onwards, a series of insanely detailed announcements were made that combined the issues of turbulence and our delay, and took things to ultimate heights

Great to be informed as an aviation enthusiast, I had a flight on Thai with lots of similar announcements like climbing up to FL360 to get avoid the turbulance and landing on runway 1R. However, some of the people I was travelling with were annoyed as it interupted their IFE viewing, can't please everyone.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Alas, I then learned that this apparently was not the First Class Terminal, but just a simple First Class lounge.

Were you able to transfer to the First Class Terminal?

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
The private room was simply amazing.

What a great touch that makes those long transit times easy.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Now THIS is First Class!

Again, great for an aviation enthusist to get up, close and personal with the aircraft and airport and a real first class touch.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
even if it was in the old chunky seat configuration- was ALL mine

Don't know why the armrests need to be so thick, but I really like the faux corrugated iron look, which I believe is going back to the old days of flying the JU52. I remember it was a staple on LH when flying with them back in 2000. Unfortunately these seats would't pass as business class these days, and with some reports of no IFE in Economy, to say that LH is behind the competition on hard product is an understatement. Their new First Class looks nice, but I would probably like you take the empty upper deck over the new product.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
It came with a mix of strawberries and green peppers, and all three together made for an interesting pleaser to the palate.

King Prawns and strawberries? Great to see them being bold with their dishes, this is one I must try at home.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Olivia (the purser) suddenly appeared with a more alarmed look on her face. Uh oh, what have I done?

It's a real shame that this happened, as it seems that without this your flight would have been close to perfect otherwise. You would think that other carriers like the Asian airlines might have a less abrupt way of dealing with this. Little things like that that make a big impact can be a real negative for getting repeat business from a customer. At least some attempt was made at saving the day, all though, as others have said it is hard to imagine what they were scared of- terrorism or the competition.

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: GVAJFKflyer
Posted 2012-06-25 21:08:26 and read 32161 times.

Quoting debonair (Reply 14):
No pick-up from the a/c door and escort to the FirstClass Terminal-despite LONG transfer? Ouch...

LH does not pick passengers connecting to First Class up, except when the a/c arrives at a remote stand. Even in that case, they do not take passengers to the First Class Terminal, but only to Terminal 1.

Quoting themit9 (Reply 16):
Unfortunately these seats would't pass as business class these days

It is true they look odd and below current industry standards, but they are actually not that bad at all !

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: ronerone
Posted 2012-06-26 08:28:03 and read 31537 times.

Dear All,

Many thanks for your comments!

Quoting rooty613 (Reply 5):
Great photos!!!

You may want to blot out your name and ticket number for the boarding pass.

thanks rooty613,

Since it's a past trip, i don't mind the ETKT showing   As for my name, everyone knows it already haha  
Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 6):
Thanks very much for the very nice report.

Glad you enjoyed it GVAJFKflyer!

Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 6):
Gloomy, gloomy, gloomy ...

  

Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 6):
At least when in transit, it is a no brainer ! When departing Frankfurt, however, the First Class Terminal is definitely convenient.

I forgot about the Terminal when i made myself comfy at the lounge. So i guess it sufficed for the transit!

Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 6):
Or was it Matthias escorting you out of the car ?

Haha .. one of them for sure! Sorry, there were too many names jotted on my notebook  
Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 6):
Anyway, all in all, this looks like a fantastic experience, and I congratulate you on the excellent report.

Many thanks!

Quoting burj (Reply 7):
Awesome photos and great trip report as always.....but DANG it is ALMOST a history report and not a trip report give the time between the trip and the actual report!

Hi Burj.

I know! It's just a little more difficult finding time to write TRs lately   But i will keep on trying  
Quoting burj (Reply 7):
Is this an actual expression or did you just make it up? What exactly is the meaning......what does not knowing something about an airport have to do with sponge baths....unless you mean you've gone senile...which given the following wording could be very true.....

It basically means that i definitely did not know my ways around FRA because i know no one is giving me any sponge bath  
Quoting burj (Reply 7):
People need to get over the paranoia!

  

Quoting burj (Reply 7):
I am a *little* sad you didn't make it to the first class terminal but sounds like the lounge was pretty awesome too!

I was too, but oh well, maybe next time haha  
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 8):
What a nice report there on your journey from CDG to DXB via FRA. It was interesting to read about the J/F experiences of your flights, especially with the nice photos too.

Thanks David. Glad you enjoyed it  
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 8):
It was frustrating, as the delay was actually longer than the flight itself, but the flight deck kept everyone updated on exactly what was going on with multiple announcements, which really helped make it more tolerable.

This is true. The consistent informative announcements did make things more tolerable!

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 8):
Wow, how cool is that! I've been in premium on the upper deck before with just a few passengers, which was nice, but never had the whole thing to myself. That would be pretty awesome.  

Definitely the best part of my trip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Great report and good to see you back reporting again  

Hi Phil!  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
I like LH some people try to slate them but I do believe they offer a decent premium class product. From your report it seems to also add to this perception.

I like them too. Never had a problem with them, and i think they can appeal to anyone! Easy to fly with.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
What the best bit was is the damage rescue after she thought about it and was certainly a very understanding and
Professional thing of her to do. I do believe in this world you treat people the way you want to be treated.

  

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
This great F class trip report brings to an end your RTW journey. I for one did not imagine it would end in such luxury, and for some reason I thought EK would be the one lol....Or maybe QR which never seems to materialize!! Nevertheless, I hope this is just a brief pause to a whole list of other trip reports to come. Stunning opening pic of the LH First Class cabin.

Hi flightsim!

If it was EK, i wouldn't have done a TR on it, as i've done enough EK for now! As for QR, i'm now a regular onboard their aircraft  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
Emirates grabbed Thierry Antinori, so I guess he jumped the LH ship for the EK one. Probably came with a hefty pay cheque too!!

It just seems like Emirates is dangling Thierry Antinori through the media to piss LH off   This EK/LH feud is so silly!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
That's funny. You probably knew nothing of Frankfurt as it is today, to make such an offer in writing lol

Precisely! haha

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
Could you not avail any facilities of the Spa itself, considering you only decided to take the offer of just the room. A bit of spa pampering before the flight itself?

I definitely could have. But i opted for the sleep in the room instead.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 11):
Really nice report, Roni, and what a great conclusion to your trip. LH looks fantastic, not only on the ground, but in the air!

Thanks Mathew! Glad you enjoyed.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 11):
I'm amazed by the empty cabin - what a loss of revenue for LH on this flight! 1 seat taken out of 16?! Crazy.

True! But as it was Ramadan, it is very low season. I am told the loads are quite healthy during normal periods.

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 12):
Hey Roni!

All I want to say is I'M JEALOUS!  

Great report!

Colin   

Hi Colin   thanks for stopping by!

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 13):
Fantastic TR Roni!

Thanks Vivek!

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 13):
The LH First Class Experience began right on the ground as soon as you entered their Lounge. That bit is as important as the on-board service. Good to read that you got to spend a decent amount of time experiencing their lounge.

I think it was the lounge factor that made me choose LH for this trip! And it certainly did not disappoint.

Quoting debonair (Reply 14):
Hi, GREAT TR, GREAT pictures - well done.

Thanks debonair!

Quoting debonair (Reply 14):
Here we go... The LH management is blaming EK for pirating the German market. But what a shame... LH is sending on one of their most head-on-head competition route (despite relatively short) a B747-400 in OLD configuration, sometimes even without PTV in EconomyClass. On this route LH is competing against EK with their "bling,bling" cabin-and I can understand why passengers preferring an EK B777 "Private Suite" (with more privacy) anytime over LH '90 retro-cabin! BTW. have you seen pictures of the new FIRST CLASS cabin- what a shame! Even BA is now offering a private suite... Have a look: Lufthansa 747-8i Frankfurt-Washington (Pics+Vids) (by MEL Jun 24 2012 in Trip Reports)

All LH needs is a hardware update, and i think this is currently being addressed. Other than that, they have a loyal following, enough corporate accounts, seamless connectivity through multiple hubs, and so on. I think EK's market slightly differs to LH's, and LH is primarily focused on slightly higher yields as opposed to volume.

Quoting debonair (Reply 14):
Was a light meal/snack offered before landing? Unfortunately, the menu card is not showing the main selection...

No, just an offer for drinks.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 15):
Hi Roni,

Great last sector home, thanks for sharing.

Hi Mark! Thanks for stopping by  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 15):
- I know the feeling, my RTW LY really took it out of me, I guess doing it in 5 days is just too hard on the body.

Definitely! I still remember the 24 hours of sleep i had when i returned home. It was brilliant!  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 15):
- Brave man, I'd have declined it, yuck!

Haha, i will never have caviar anywhere else, except in First Class.

Quoting themit9 (Reply 16):
I have been reading your trip reports for years now, but only just joined this forum a few months ago to try a few trip reports of my own.

Welcome on board themit9!

Quoting themit9 (Reply 16):
Your reports really are a cut above the rest with a perfect level of detail and excellent photography. Very excited to finally see your return flight to Dubai.

Thanks for the kind words   Much appreciated.

Quoting themit9 (Reply 16):
In the picture it looks like seat 3F?

Oops .. another slight stuff up from my end! Sorry about that   haha.

Quoting themit9 (Reply 16):
Standard European affair must be hard to get used to after flying around Asia or even Australia where business class on a narrowbody earns you slightly bigger seats and lots more legroom. Especially when flying SQ on a widebody for a short-haul. The slimline seats looked great and very smart.

The slimlines were great, but as you said, they cannot compare with Asia/Australasia's offering. Even US domestic gets bigger seats  
Quoting themit9 (Reply 16):
Were you able to transfer to the First Class Terminal?

I think i would have been able to, but i did not try.

Quoting themit9 (Reply 16):
Unfortunately these seats would't pass as business class these days, and with some reports of no IFE in Economy, to say that LH is behind the competition on hard product is an understatement. Their new First Class looks nice, but I would probably like you take the empty upper deck over the new product.

   Besides, the new product will be around for a long while so there will always be time to try it.

Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 17):
It is true they look odd and below current industry standards, but they are actually not that bad at all !

In terms of comfort, they are amazing no doubt. I prefer the slightly older chunky style seats.
Some of my favorites are EK F seats on the A332/A343, and UL J on the EK-style A332/A343.

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: MHTripple7
Posted 2012-06-26 11:06:44 and read 31331 times.

Hi ronerone! Thanks for the great report!

All in all, really impressed with the LH F class product. They seem to have a well-oiled, consistent operation. Besides the photo snuff-up, it seems like a really special experience.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Business Class on Lufthansa's A321 today, is a relatively simple setup consisting of 2 rows of seats in a 3-3 configuration, with every middle seat blocked off in a standard European affair, allowing for extra regional comfort.

Not really a fan of these! Those slim-line seats are very thin for Economy, let alone J class!.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Upon arrival from Paris, I asked for the Terminal, but I was directed to a Lounge, and although I was bummed at first, I then realized that I was surrounded by high-quality frills almost unmatched elsewhere. So enjoying what I have was inevitable.

Bummer! Wonder what the F class terminal is like? I agree though, that's a very luxurious lounge.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Mattias took my cabin bag and escorted me through security, before arriving at my Porsche Cayenne parked outside the terminal building.

Yeah! That's service. Does Qatar Airways still drive F class PAX in BMW 7 series?

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
She definitely did not seem too pleased, and suddenly it felt like a dark cloud had hovered above my head. It may have been the jet lag and the fatigue that was messing with my head, but at this point I felt quite let down and it got a little emotional. I wasn’t doing anything wrong, when all I wanted was show everyone how good my Lufthansa experience was. But I also had to put myself in her shoes, and realize that on the other side, all this can seem a little weird, if at all not suspicious. So better just take it easy from this point on.

That's a very uncomfortable situation, and as someone who also enjoys taking pics on international flights, I can relate. I understand how a crew member might be suspicious as they are not accustomed to aviation enthusiasts, but instead of being so accusatory, she should have said something along the lines of "I've noticed you enjoy taking photos of the plane, you must enjoy flying a lot!" to start a conversation where she would then learn that you're an enthusiast. The way she confronted you was no way to address a full-paying F class intercontinental passenger (the only one on the flight I might add!).

That would've left a really by taste in my mouth about Lufthansa, so thank you for actually staying really balanced and fair with the rest of the trip report. Not sure I would've done the same.

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-06-26 11:11:58 and read 31325 times.

Very enjoyable read. I was also impressed with LH when i tried them earlier in the year. Although i must admit that their first class seat looks a little disappointing compared to some of the other offerings out there these days. It seems they more than make up with it with their lounge offerings.

When i transferred through FRA i saw a whole load of Porsche, Mercedes, Bentley's etc all driving round in the underground part of the airport and wondered what was going on with them - now i know!

Not too sure i'd like being the only person in a cabin - bit like being the only person in a restaurant! I'd feel like i was always being watched by the crew.

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: caleb1
Posted 2012-06-26 18:48:27 and read 30938 times.

Another great TR Roni. Your never fail to impress. That was a rather odd exchange with the FA regarding the bathroom photos, but as you said, I'm sure she didn't mean it in a personally negative way. As always, I can't wait to read your next report. Keep flying!!

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-06-27 11:09:51 and read 30271 times.

Hi Roni!

Thanks for a great conclusion to your RTW trip !

Very nice pictures and LH is just as expected; execllent!

Nice to see that they have caviar which I really like.

Very nice to have the whole First class section to yourself!

Looking forward to your next report1

The777Man

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: ronerone
Posted 2012-06-29 02:29:28 and read 29336 times.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 19):
Hi ronerone! Thanks for the great report!

Most welcome MHTripple7   Thanks for stopping by.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 19):
Bummer! Wonder what the F class terminal is like? I agree though, that's a very luxurious lounge.

From the pictures i have seen, the 'loungey' part looks quite similar to where i was.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 19):
Does Qatar Airways still drive F class PAX in BMW 7 series?

I believe so!

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 19):
That's a very uncomfortable situation, and as someone who also enjoys taking pics on international flights, I can relate. I understand how a crew member might be suspicious as they are not accustomed to aviation enthusiasts, but instead of being so accusatory, she should have said something along the lines of "I've noticed you enjoy taking photos of the plane, you must enjoy flying a lot!" to start a conversation where she would then learn that you're an enthusiast. The way she confronted you was no way to address a full-paying F class intercontinental passenger (the only one on the flight I might add!).

For the most part, i think Asian airlines handle these things best. I've never been asked to stop taking photos, and in fact, the crew tend to encourage it. That way a positive flight will yield positive photos so no issues if they go public  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 20):
I was also impressed with LH when i tried them earlier in the year. Although i must admit that their first class seat looks a little disappointing compared to some of the other offerings out there these days.

Hi jwhite9185,

True. But good thing LH now has a couple of new F configs they can play around with for some time  
Quoting caleb1 (Reply 21):
Another great TR Roni. Your never fail to impress. That was a rather odd exchange with the FA regarding the bathroom photos, but as you said, I'm sure she didn't mean it in a personally negative way. As always, I can't wait to read your next report. Keep flying!!

Thanks caleb1  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 22):
Thanks for a great conclusion to your RTW trip !

Thanks Lars  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 22):
Very nice to have the whole First class section to yourself!

    


Cheers,
Roni

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: mk777
Posted 2012-06-29 06:25:41 and read 29134 times.

Great TR Roni....I am so envious of you as i have never traveled above Y+. Lufty seems impeccable in their service both on the ground and on board...you were lucky to have the First class all to yourself, a nice way to end your RTW trip.

It seems you were plagued by turbulence on the flights and holding patterns....nonetheless it was overshadowed by exemplary service by the lufty crew.

Thanks for sharing...looking forward to more interesting reads.

regards,
mohit.

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-29 07:49:49 and read 29007 times.

Superb report Roni! Very nicely told, with a few LOL moments! I’m contemplating flying LH First BLR-FRA in a few months…this has almost convinced me! It’s a 744 as well, but should have the modified seating (one seat, one bed per person).

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
This of course, also applies to the compounding jet lag that had reached levels that began to annoy me. Not only was my sunburnt body swelled up after sitting in Tahiti Nui’s A340 for what seemed like years (I suppose sunburn and traveling shouldn’t mix!), but I was so sleep deprived that my body simply stopped sleeping. My days were colors, my hours were bananas, and my minutes were last week’s lunch. Nothing made sense anymore, and all I wanted was to get the hell home!

Did you not spend more than night in Paris? I can’t imagine flying all the way from PPT in Y, then connecting pretty much straight to DXB.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
"Your flight to Frankfurt is delayed until 10am, but you will still be able to make your connection"
"But may I suggest to book you on the earlier flight leaving at 6:25am? It will be a longer transit in Frankfurt, but at least you can use the First Class lounge there"
"I think that sounds perfect!"

Excellent! Great that you can increase time in FRA, and reduce your time in the awful CDG T1.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
After the doors were closed, magazines were offered, though no welcome drinks (is this no longer in fashion intra-Europe?), and a departure announcement was made in German, English, and French.

I don’t think anyone does pre-departure drinks intra- Europe now except LX with a bottle of water, and Aegean who offer juice or sparkling wine

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):

At my seat at 3A, I had a seatmate on the C-side who was far too consumed with reading her magazines

Did you suggest for her to move over to give you some more room?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Furthermore, special instructions were conveyed to all St. Petersburg passengers, advising them that they will get instant ramp transfer to the aircraft upon deplaning, all due to our delay. Unbelievably amazing!!!

When I flew-MUC-MAD many years ago, we were put into a special minibus, driven through immigration (like a McD drive through!), then straight to the next plane.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
But today I am having slightly different thoughts as it already seemed like I walked a day-long marathon to get here, and not to mention the random dark parts of the airport that seem to be spread around contrasting light and airy sections. It just felt like everything was all over the place and I needed that little bit of extra time to find my way around.

Isn’t it just awful!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):

But what a minute, why is this “Terminal” so freakin’ small? The Emirates First Class lounge is probably quadruple the size of this, and even Emirates opted out of terming theirs a ”Terminal”, so why would Lufty? Alas, I then learned that this apparently was not the First Class Terminal, but just a simple First Class lounge. Upon arrival from Paris, I asked for the Terminal, but I was directed to a Lounge, and although I was bummed at first, I then realized that I was surrounded by high-quality frills almost unmatched elsewhere. So enjoying what I have was inevitable.

Shame you were directed to the lounge rather than terminal…still, I believe they both offer the same amenities.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
“Mr. Hawi, you have finally arrived. We are waiting for you”
“Hello”
“Welcome on board! Today you are our only one”
“That’s great!”
“Yes the entire upper deck is all yours, so we will be giving you so much attention and care!”
“Mr. Hawi, please follow me and I will show you to your seat”
Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
16 seats, one First Class cabin, and one upper deck all for me!

Brilliant that you got the upper deck to yourself!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
“Mr. Hawi, may I get you more champagne?”
“I think you should have another glass”
“Sure! If you say so!”
“And here you are, this is the menu for today’s flight, the wine list, and slippers and pyjamas”
“May I ask if you are fasting for Ramadan?”
“Nope. I am readily available to eat today!”
“Well of course, you just had some champagne haha”
“Anyways, good because we have a lot of food for you today”

She probably should have asked if you were doing Ramadan BEFORE offering the Champagne! (Although isn’t there an exception for travellers!? Probably doesn’t extend to champagne though).

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
On my side of the cabin, it was clear that the service was to be a little laid back. I had already established a friendly repertoire with Heidi, and so it just seemed okay to let loose a little; this of course not in any unprofessional manner whatsoever.

It’s great that they managed to get a good mix of friendliness and professionalism and efficiency…the holy grail of flight attendants!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
I had no clue how to eat this caviar, but I just slapped it all together very quickly and I more or less swallowed it with very minimal chewing in order to avoid the inky fish spunk on my taste buds. It wasn’t horrible, but with a few sips from the Bloody Mary, I was feeling unusually stimulated and quite buzzed.

Ha, to be honest, I didn’t really know how to eat the caviar on my TG flight….I tried to hide my “ghetto” though! I thought it was quite tasty, although describing it as “inky fish spunk” doesn’t really inspire tasting.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
“Schmid’s chocolate dream”

MMmm, looks great. Love the chocolate brush stroke

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):

“Mr. Hawi, I am very sorry for asking about the photography earlier, it is just that things are different to how they used to be before. And we just have to be careful. We don’t want the wrong information ending up with he wrong people”
“I understand. And I assure you that aviation is just a hobby for me, and this is how I enjoy it”
“That is very understandable. Well Mr. Hawi, we are soon about to land so I hope you enjoyed the flight, and we hope to see you on board again soon”

Excellent ‘service’ recovery, and a great way to conclude the flight.

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: SR 103
Posted 2012-06-30 08:27:54 and read 28483 times.

A fantastic trip report as always Roni, really a stunning read. I am glad to see you finally ended up on an airline I frequent quite a bit for a change. Shame you did not get to try out the new product, but now there is even more of an excuse for you to fly them First Class on LH again.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
I sometimes wonder why everyone is afraid of Emirates however, airlines like Emirates have pissed Lufthansa off big time, and when she’s not happy, there’s thunder and lightning all over

A bit dramatic no? Its just normal competition.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
The only tacky part of the website is the obnoxious 'I hate EK' presentations of the site's public affairs section, but other than that,

To be fair, Lufthansa does not exactly escape being mentioned by EK either. Tit for tat I guess.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
Lufthansa.com is a perfect balance for your Star Alliance needs, and is definitely one of my personal favorite airline websites.

        

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
I can't remember which Terminal UA used to use back then, but today's ambience much reminded me of those times.

UA has always used T1 as far as I know so there is a reason it looked familiar to you.  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
Many used to complain about the discomforts of CDG due to things like rude staff, lack of any comfortable seating, cold ambience, and what not; but not me.

My complaints with CDG have never been any of those mentioned above by you, but rather the (in)efficiency that is the so called Air France hub in Terminal 2. Though things have started to improve lately from my understanding.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
Breakfast is served

Thats quite a breakfast spread there. Then again I am used to a single granola bar on a similar length domestic US flight in F.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
"I'm so sorry you lost most of your coffee from the turbulence"
"May I offer you some more? Perhaps in a plastic cup so you can take with you?"

Quite impressive!

Thats the Lufthansa I was hoping you would see. They take efficiency to whole new level!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
I felt like everything was all over the place and I needed that little bit of extra time to find my way around. Oh well, it's no Schphol Airport that's for sure!

While I adore Frankfurt Airport, after all I called it home for a number of years, it still is a far cry from Schiphol. Schiphol really is a one of a kind and no matter how hard I try, I just can not find anything that comes close.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
The private room was simply amazing.

That looks really nice! Much better than I thought it would.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
“Mr. Hawi, may I get you more champagne?”
“I think you should have another glass”
“Sure! If you say so!”
“And here you are, this is the menu for today’s flight, the wine list, and slippers and pyjamas”
“May I ask if you are fasting for Ramadan?”
“Nope. I am readily available to eat today!”
“Well of course, you just had some champagne haha”
“Anyways, good because we have a lot of food for you today”

Now thats some friendly banter that shows LH's crew's are not the stiff, cold people they are portrayed to be on this board sometimes.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
The fifth serving was the main course, and this was the pizokel

That looks amazing!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
“Can I get you some port to go with the cheese?”
“No thanks, I am fine”

Oh Roni!   

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
Very creamy and with deep chocolate comfort, this was one of the in-flight desserts I will highly rate on my scorecard.

That looks rich and delectable!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
It was certainly an AVOD system with touchscreen capability, but I did not pay much attention to the content it offered, probably because not much interested me.

Its no ICE or CX Studio, but it definitely gets the job done and keeps me entertained on those long treks.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
Again, this was an excellent recovery tactic on Lufthansa’s part, and it was dealt with utmost professionalism.

The fact that she came and apologized to you shows class and sophistication. Imagine if this happened while you were on a US airline?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
I can easily say that Lufthansa is the world’s most disciplined airline, and this alone makes them light years ahead of many others.

That they are. You know what to expect when flying Lufthansa and I think thats why they have slowly grown on me. I seem to like dependability which probably explains why I like the airlines that I do. Genuine hospitality that delivers a consistent service. I could care less with the windows or lavatories are wood trimmed!

Despite some bumps along the way, it looks like Lufthansa treated you well. So when is the next trip report coming?

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: stipica
Posted 2012-07-01 08:26:55 and read 28146 times.

Hi Roni !
I am usually a very talkative person and your reports usually leave me without words ... like when I watch a good movie or theatrical performance or read a book and I need to contemplate experience ... and the result is that you never get feedback heheheh ... all opus is wonderful so instructive and relaxing ... photography is super nice and very elegant ... in fact you are really one of the few writers where "I travel with you" ... yes little bit pathetic but you are really deserve admiration of the A.net community ...thanks for this atmosphere ...stipica  

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-07-05 14:00:57 and read 27364 times.

Hi Roni

Great report, thanks for sharing it with us!
Nice to see that you had a private upper deck.
LH old F-seating still looks pretty comfy!
Did you enjoy the FCt inFRA?

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-07-09 13:55:27 and read 26294 times.

Hi Roni,

Another outstanding report to this excellent RTW series. What a great experience to have the whole upper deck to yourself, wow! First Class lounge looks very good too!
I must say I enjoyed every one of these RTW reports, thank you very very much for taking all the time to make them!!

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-07-17 03:11:54 and read 25362 times.

Hey Roni!

Glad to see this RTW TR series finally completed. Fantastic as usual.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
My days were colors, my hours were bananas, and my minutes were last week’s lunch.

I hope you weren't throwing up minutes at any stage!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
At the Millennium Hotel Charles de Gaulle, I was out of bed by 3am in order to catch an 8am flight to Frankfurt. Being out of bed did not necessarily mean a long night’s sleep. In fact it was the contrary, where I spent most of my one night transit tossing and turning with a few moments of shut-eye in between.

I wonder if you need to consider a hotel room next time you go on a quickfire RTW next time! I have a feeling you could get as much sleep as Luke can get on the benches in the airport!  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
"Your flight to Frankfurt is delayed until 10am, but you will still be able to make your connection"
"But may I suggest to book you on the earlier flight leaving at 6:25am? It will be a longer transit in Frankfurt, but at least you can use the First Class lounge there"
"I think that sounds perfect!"

Wonderfully proactive. It's great how these people can just think of what you're thinking.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
From this point onwards, a series of insanely detailed announcements were made that combined the issues of turbulence and our delay, and took things to ultimate heights. Lufthansa takes such things seriously, and if a passenger expects to be transported on time and hasn't been, then Lufthansa takes intense responsibility.

Now if only every flight was like that!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Now Emirates may have the frills and the bling-bling in their First Class product, but with Lufthansa, proper First Class is in the service which seems to begin on the ground. So far, the feeling is absolute, and this is classic First Class; no mass produce, and no promises that can't be met. There was a time when the term First Class implied intimidation, privacy, and a dimension above the world, and today Lufthansa seems to have maintained this for at least this miniscule experience at the entrance of this lounge. Let's hope it carries on for the rest of the journey.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
But what a minute, why is this “Terminal” so freakin’ small? The Emirates First Class lounge is probably quadruple the size of this, and even Emirates opted out of terming theirs a ”Terminal”, so why would Lufty? Alas, I then learned that this apparently was not the First Class Terminal, but just a simple First Class lounge. Upon arrival from Paris, I asked for the Terminal, but I was directed to a Lounge, and although I was bummed at first, I then realized that I was surrounded by high-quality frills almost unmatched elsewhere. So enjoying what I have was inevitable.

Looks amazing. Just a little shame you weren't at the F terminal.. But I guess the result would have been the same - a fantastic product, just a bit more secluded (if it isn't already secluded as it is!).

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
The private room was simply amazing. Very simplistic, it housed a single bed, a small bedside table, a wall hangar for my clothes, a saturated hue of yellow mood lighting, and two bottles of water (sparkling & still). Noise outside was muted, and all I could hear was the silence that was already putting me to sleep. And last but not least, a nifty amenity kit was placed on the bed which included a pair of earplugs, and eyeshades. Add to it the free WiFi, and I was all set for life! Lufthansa definitely scored BIG on this idea!

Looks like the cabanas in the F part of The Wing.. Fantastic. Maybe you should have taken the last flight out of CDG to FRA and camped there!  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
Mattias took my cabin bag and escorted me through security, before arriving at my Porsche Cayenne parked outside the terminal building.

That's definitely First Class.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):

After I had arrived at the upper deck, this was it. Boarding was completed and this upper deck –even if it was in the old chunky seat configuration- was ALL mine; it was perhaps my favorite feeling out of this entire trip. 16 seats, one First Class cabin, and one upper deck all for me!

I can't begin to imagine the feeling of a private upper deck in the 747! It would have been great if you had got the new one but you can't complain about having nobody else around!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
I had no clue how to eat this caviar, but I just slapped it all together very quickly and I more or less swallowed it with very minimal chewing in order to avoid the inky fish spunk on my taste buds.

Chewing and popping the individual eggs is the best part! Not to say I've had caviar like how it's served on the plane before, though.. Only a few specks on a starter.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
Let’s face it, a sole Arab in First Class with a big black camera on a flight headed to Dubai can probably raise concerns amongst EK’s biggest enemies.

Haha, so stereotyped for trouble  


Thanks again for the RTW, it was great to be part of it.


Cheers,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-07-19 03:51:36 and read 24815 times.

Hi Roni,

excellent report with great pictures, I had been waiting for this one. Too bad you ended up in the old F Class, but having the whole section to yourself made up for that! The food looks fantastic!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
With well over 250 jets, 8,671 weekly flights, and over 150 nonstop destinations, it is clear that Lufthansa is one airline I wouldn’t mess with.

Almost 300 in service now - and that's only the mainline fleet!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
I sometimes wonder why everyone is afraid of Emirates however, airlines like Emirates have pissed Lufthansa off big time, and when she’s not happy, there’s thunder and lightning all over!

"Lufthansa hates us with passion", Maurice Flanagan once said. That sums it up.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
After I had arrived at the upper deck, this was it. Boarding was completed and this upper deck –even if it was in the old chunky seat configuration- was ALL mine; it was perhaps my favorite feeling out of this entire trip. 16 seats, one First Class cabin, and one upper deck all for me!

Congratulations!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):

The canapé was composed of a mixture of beef and cheese. I did not know what it was, but I knew that it tasted alright.

Interesting, never seen that before.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
“You are taking pictures of the cabin and now the lavatory, may I ask if this is for personal use?”
“Yes it is, I am an aviation enthusiast and I want to take this home with me as a memory. Why?”
“I am just double checking, because we have to be careful nowadays”
“If I am doing anything wrong, then I will stop”
“As long as it is for your own use”

She definitely did not seem too pleased, and suddenly it felt like a dark cloud had hovered above my head. It may have been the jet lag and the fatigue that was messing with my head, but at this point I felt quite let down and it got a little emotional. I wasn’t doing anything wrong, when all I wanted was show everyone how good my Lufthansa experience was. But I also had to put myself in her shoes, and realize that on the other side, all this can seem a little weird, if at all not suspicious. So better just take it easy from this point on.

That's indeed disappointing. I cannot believe that happened on an LH flight.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
We don’t want the wrong information ending up with he wrong people

The question is who she refers to...

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Again, this was an excellent recovery tactic on Lufthansa’s part, and it was dealt with utmost professionalism. However, I then wondered why all this drama happened. I did not get the feeling that they thought I was engaging in some terrorist-like behavior, but I was definitely getting the feeling they suspected I was a spy for a competing airline (ahem, Emirates). Let’s face it, a sole Arab in First Class with a big black camera on a flight headed to Dubai can probably raise concerns amongst EK’s biggest enemies. Not to mention the fact that Olivia practically knew the Emirates operation more than Tim Clark, so things seemed to add up this way.

Well, "LH hates EK with passion"...who knows how LH employees internally "get informed" about EK...

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
While boarding an LH flight in Dubai for Frankfurt, I was trying to get a photo of the aircraft name from the glass airbridge and a German a few rows behind me, said in a loud voice "It is forbidden to photograph LH aircraft".

What a crappy comment! Was that a passenger? I would have directed some not-so-nice words at him...


PH

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: LH4116
Posted 2012-07-19 06:53:49 and read 24676 times.

Hey Roni, great report! Nice to finally see the ending of your RTW series. You know, I really waited long for this 
Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Lufthansa may not be ahead of the game when it comes to things like IFE, or Business Class seats, as it can take them quite the time to update.

Yes I suppose that is a choice made on purpose. LH chose not to be top-of the line when it comes to many aspects of their products, for instance Business Class, for the main purpose of keeping customer expectations at bay, and always being able to deliver what's promised. This is a good strategy compared to EK's excessive bling-bling, escalated customer expectations, inconsistent service and promises that can't be met.

First Class on LH seem to be a completely different thing, as they try to position the product as the very best that the market has to offer.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
The best way to get to Lufthansa is obviously through their website. A very informative website that is low-key on the bling-bling, but loaded with everything one could possibly need from ticket purchase capabilities,

I noticed on your BP that you had booked an O fare, which I assume is an award ticket. Was that booked via LH or through a travel agency? Also which FFP did you draw the miles from?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
Lufthansa.com is a perfect balance for your Star Alliance needs, and is definitely one of my personal favorite airline websites.

You couldn't have put it better! The "manage booking" feature on the LH website really works fantastic for bookings made on other *A partner airlines. For my umcoming *A flights, I've been able to select seats, add passport data and edit FFP numbers. Truly one of the best sites out there!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
At 6:35am I was on board my first Lufthansa flight in decades.

Honestly, I never expected to see a short haul EU segment featured in a report from you  
Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Upon arrival from Paris, I asked for the Terminal, but I was directed to a Lounge, and although I was bummed at first, I then realized that I was surrounded by high-quality frills almost unmatched elsewhere. So enjoying what I have was inevitable.

Yes with LH being LH, right should be right it seems, at least for the agent. The First Class Terminal is originally intended only for passengers departing FRA. All pax connecting are directed towards the First Class Lounges, which basically offer the same facilities. However you could have walked to the FCT by foot, and using it with any departing LH Group F BP is no problems.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
Tomas escorted me out of the aircraft,

What happened to Matthias?  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
“May I ask if you are fasting for Ramadan?”

LOL, well according to Islam fasting isn't mandatory if you are traveling. Not that it mattered to you anyway  
Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
I had no clue how to eat this caviar, but I just slapped it all together very quickly and I more or less swallowed it with very minimal chewing in order to avoid the inky fish spunk on my taste buds. It wasn’t horrible,

Okay Roni, I am a bit shocked now by your way of dishonoring the Caviar. It's supposed to me smeared on a blini or toast, along with the garnishments. And as the eggs contain a lot of flavor, they should be chewed to release all that wonderful taste. However I'm quite chocked to see them not providing you with a mother of pearl spoon, since metal cutlery acts to contaminate the Caviar, hence giving it that bad flavour.

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-07-19 11:05:26 and read 24445 times.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 32):
This is a good strategy compared to EK's excessive bling-bling, escalated customer expectations, inconsistent service and promises that can't be met.

Yes, the product is not consistent - but where exactly is it consistent? EK has a fleet of 170 widebody pax planes - it's impossible to offer a consistent product. Tell me one similarly sized carrier which offers one level of hardware/service. You can get detailed service information about every single flight on the website - just don't book if an A332 or A343 shows up.

Btw - which excessive bling-bling are you referring to? Wooden panels in premium classes? They're not as bad in reality as they may look on pictures. What exactly are the promises which cannot be met?


PH

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-07-28 04:37:01 and read 23218 times.

Sayyid Roni,

Great finale of your round the world trip. A stellar report as usual and how! On the upper deck of Lufthansa’s Queen of The Sky!  


Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
I was the only one booked in the entire First Class cabin and I could only hope that this remains so all throughout.

It reminds me of my own experience with QR in 2010. Such an exclusive feeling being on your own inside a premium cabin.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
"But may I suggest to book you on the earlier flight leaving at 6:25am? It will be a longer transit in Frankfurt, but at least you can use the First Class lounge there"

  


Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
At 6:35am I was on board my first Lufthansa flight in decades.

Congratulation!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
"I'm so sorry you lost most of your coffee from the turbulence"
"May I offer you some more? Perhaps in a plastic cup so you can take with you?"

Wow, what a nice gesture. I did not know LH was supplied with such plastic cups on board.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
Furthermore, special instructions were conveyed to all St. Petersburg passengers, advising them that they will get instant ramp transfer to the aircraft upon deplaning, all due to our delay. Unbelievably amazing!!!

Absolutely, even bypassing the border control!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
a cigar lounge -with yet a small self service liquor bar- themed as the main smoking area

I assume you lighted a cigar there while enjoying with a glass of Cognac?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
I read Yirina’s S7 TR before going to bed (yes, it was THAT long ago!)

And which lectures you got there? Men’s Health? Did you do several pushups and sit-ups before going to sleep?   


Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
“May I ask if you are fasting for Ramadan?”
Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
“Well of course, you just had some champagne haha”

Sweet.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
I was feeling unusually stimulated and quite buzzed.

Alright, so Bloody Mary goes well with caviar.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
“Can I get you some port to go with the cheese?”

Did you decline the port offer? Anosh would be mad at you!   


Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
Power sockets

Battery charger!


As you rightly point out, Olivia clarified the matters right on time, just before what began as a perfect flight, smashed into pieces of bad memory. Professionalism at its best.

Thank you so much for sharing.


Best wishes,
Suryo  

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: Genius12
Posted 2012-07-28 11:13:53 and read 22856 times.

Stunning report as usual! Beautifully detailed prose, and excellent photography.

The Lufthansa First Class ground product looks very good - I don't think you missed out on too much by not visiting the First Class Terminal. The First Class Lounges are very similar in terms of decoration and amenities.

The older First Class hard product you got on your 744 does look very dated now. I'm not sure the seats look particularly wide or that they offer much privacy from the row behind when fully reclined? Not that privacy was an issue on your flight!

I have to say I don't think I'd want to be all alone in F. It's nice to have a few other passengers to watch and experience the service a little more 'normally'.

I can understand the crew questioning photography, but I agree it doesn't feel nice to be questioned in that way. I only use a Canon PowerShot G12 onboard and in lounges now as it is far less intrusive than a DSLR.

Once again, an excellent report!

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: RAGAZZO777
Posted 2012-07-28 18:51:31 and read 22620 times.

Hey Roni !

Awesome finale for your round-the-world series ! Loved it from the beginning to the end ! Well done !  


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Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
suddenly it felt like a dark cloud had hovered above my head. It may have been the jet lag and the fatigue that was messing with my head, but at this point I felt quite let down and it got a little emotional.

Awww, poor Roni. I know exactly what that feels like. Fortunately, the purser apologized later. That definitely made a difference in the end.

Anyways, keep sharing with us your trips around the world, looking forward to reading the next one.  

Cheers,
Nicolas

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: LO231
Posted 2013-01-11 19:23:59 and read 16629 times.

OMG.

I just spent 12 hours nonstop reading your reports and am amazed! Great job, my friend!!!

BTW. On my recent 787 LO flight WAW-BRU I asked a flight attendant about taking the pictures on the flight beforehand. She said to me it's fine as long as we don't take pictures of them because they have a memo from the bosses that somenof the pics really land at wrong websites and they don't like to be exposednlike monkeys. Then she laughed. She said the best way is to approach the purser beforebthe flight and explain what you are doing and they will leave you alone.

Afterwards she invited me to dreamliner's galley to take pics of everything.

Looking forward to read more of your travels...

Greetz

Topic: RE: My HON Circle Home: Lufthansa First Class To Dubai
Username: Ryanair!!!
Posted 2013-01-17 02:36:12 and read 15401 times.

Hola Conviasa!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
My days were colors, my hours were bananas, and my minutes were last week’s lunch.

Poor you... Hahahaha...

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
The atmosphere was cold and a tad intimidating, but stylish in its own way. Nothing modern or new, but pleasantly un-warm and something I don’t particularly mind.

I seldom get lost at airports. But CDG was one which I found terrible confusing. It was an international transfer to Nancy back in those days. I tried to get help at information desks but no one would speak to me in English. So I had no choice but to break into French and only then I got a response... In English. WTF right? I was close to tears.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
I did not know what to do with it, but I pretended like I did, and I just gorged it down to its finish.

Hear hear... LOL!!!! This is what I do too with strange food.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
I am quite ghetto. I am not big on the seafood –and especially not caviar- but this is what is always served in First Class, so the best I could do was to pretend like I knew what the hell I was doing.

Honey, You should have me next to you as a saviour from your terrible fishy inks.


Poor raspberries, how would you feel if they placed you forcefully on a sliver of skidmark??

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
She definitely did not seem too pleased, and suddenly it felt like a dark cloud had hovered above my head. It may have been the jet lag and the fatigue that was messing with my head, but at this point I felt quite let down and it got a little emotional. I wasn’t doing anything wrong, when all I wanted was show everyone how good my Lufthansa experience was. But I also had to put myself in her shoes, and realize that on the other side, all this can seem a little weird, if at all not suspicious. So better just take it easy from this point on.

Yikes, what a damper. It definitely would have spoiled the mood. I'm glad the service recovery later was much better.

R


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