MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 11042 posts, RR: 36 Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 21171 times:
On the way to Sydney and SQ380
Trip Report – Part 2
After leaving the aircraft that brought me in from Nice I walked toward the exit sign. Frankfurt airport is gigantic. This is one of the world’s most important airports. It can be very confusing going from one terminal to the other. You really have to look where you are going. It is very easy to go to the wrong place while trying to get from one terminal to the other.
I had everything with me and did not have to go to baggage claim so I went through passport control. It was fast as I am a EU passport holder. I felt free and happy as I knew I was on my way to one of the world’s most wonderful airport facilities: the Lufhansa First Class Terminal. I had spent time there before and I love the place. I could make it my home. I kept walking through this huge airport looking where I was going until I got to the right place.
In the large hallway of Terminal 1A I looked for the Lufthansa First Class check-in area.
This is a separate place. There is a desk with two employees. There was a man and a woman. I waited in line for my turn until they had finished with the previous passengers. There is a comfortable seating area attached to it where passengers can rest or prepare their travel documents.
The agent was very nice. There was a problem with her computer so she had to reboot the system and then everything went back to normal. She asked me for my ticket and passport. I told her I wanted to go to the First Class Terminal to wait for my flight to Singapore as I had reserved several hours to enjoy this most wondrous lounge. She handed me my boarding pass for the next flight in a silver colour First Class sleeve and made a phone call.
Before I knew it my limo driver was there to take me to the FCT, a charming young woman and quite an efficient driver.
She dropped me off at the FCT after driving around the airport. The FCT building is nowhere within walking distance.
Lufthansa First Class Terminal (FCT)
I love FCT! This is THE place to wait for a flight!
Before entering the proper lounge area, I had to go through security check. The process was quite easy: no waiting line! The staff was very nice and again very efficient. I decided to go back outside to take a few pictures while one of the staff was watching my belongings. I hurried as it was cold.
I went back inside the building and through security.
I was escorted by my own personal attendant. She took my passport and my boarding pass. A personal assistant is at the passenger's disposal throughout his entire stay.
Once I was in the lounge area, I went directly to the shower and bath facilities and registered whith the lady in charge. I was asked to write my name and flight number on a list. Beautiful restrooms, the most luxurious shower-facilities that will provide the much-needed refreshment before or after a long journey.
Slippers and bath robe
Amenities by Etro
Coat hangers and sitting area with floor to ceiling mirrors
When I had finished my bath I was feeling much better and relaxed so I went back to the lounge.
I was starting to feel hungry so I went to the dining area.
I decided to taste some of the specials that they had for the month of October.
Moroccan chicken curry with white rice, couscous with a mix of jasmine flowers and sea bass with jasmine blossoms. I did not take a large portion but everything I had on my plate was absolutely delicious. For drink I chose sparkling water.
Then I went to see about having some dessert. I got tempted by a Crème Brulée. It had a delicate flavor of lemon and a crispy top. This Crème Brulée was truly delicious.
The FCT lounge got busier with all the night flights coming up.
The pictures will give you a good indication on the facilities: first Impression on arrival, reception, security screening, bathroom with amenities, sitting areas,
the restaurant area, tables set up, the lavish self serving buffet with a wonderful array of food, the ham cutting machine,
the Bar with enormous selection, a very professional bartender, 13 different beers, 70 choices of whisky and fine champagne,
the Cigar Lounge with its own Bar,
a Duty Free shop,
the huge selection of magazines and newspapers, WLAN (free 1/2 hour sessions), fax, payphones, laptops for rent (free), 4 office-rooms where you can close doors and work in privacy, huge plasma screens for tv, B&O stereo with plenty CDs in the smoking room, DVDs for rent (free) and last but not least the transfers by private limousine.
Boarding is unlike that of any terminal: it is done via a chauffeured Mercedes S-Class or Porsche Cayenne that will elegantly whisk guests plane-side.
The Frankfurt FCT is an experience by itself. The First Class lounges can be used as both departures and arrivals lounges for passengers travelling with Luthansa First Class. A truly wonderful place away from the hustle and bustle of Frankfurt airport. A whole report could be written for it alone.
My seat number was 81K a bulkhead window seat, right side, first row.
Without delay, the stewardess brought me a ladies amenity kit, a pyjama and a pouch with socks and slippers. A few minutes later, one of the cockpit crew made an announcement over the PA system. There was a problem with the navigation equipment, a computer needed extra check-ups and we would be leaving 10 minutes late.
The aircraft was completely booked up. The First Class cabin was full. We patiently waited until a new annoucement was made about one hour later. The data was entered in the computer successfully but they still needed to do some testing on the ground. This would take about 10 more minutes. The 10 minutes lasted more like half an hour and we were still waiting. They finally fixed the bug and we were to leave Frankfurt an hour and a half later than the scheduled departure time.
The purser made a new announcement. Flying time to Singapore will be 11 hours and 30 minutes. This would get us in Singapore at 11.30 PM instead of 10.00 PM. We are finally up in the air after a long wait. We are finally up in the air. We have a full cabin and this is a very noisy aircraft. I found it rather surprising to hear that Lufthansa has no Premium Economy seating on any of their aircrafts.
Service announcements are made about meals and movies. Menus and wine lists were handed to us. The stewardess came around with hot towels each on a white plate. These were wonderful, thick, fat, very hot wet towels just the way I like them. After the towels were picked up, the stewardess brought me an appetizer, goat cheese mousse with a slight touch of strawberry sauce.
She asked me what I wanted to drink. It was time for a glass of champagne. With the champagne, I was asked if I would fill in a survey which I accepted. Then I was asked for my choice of meal.
Dinner service started soon thereafter.
Cold Gourmet Plate
Salmon and char as a filet and Tureen, Herb Crème Fraiche and Antipasti
Bleu de Gex, Murol and medium-aged Gouda
Choice of Hors d’Oeuvres
Caviar with the traditional garnishes
Hot-smoked duck breast, Apple and Rosemary Purée with stuffed Vanilla Plum
Grilled eggplant and tomato terrine with parsley and balsamico
Chilled Lobster Terrine with exotic fruit sauce and tamarind
Curly endive, Radicchio, Lollo Rosso and Lamb’s lettuce with cucumber, carrots and walnuts
Macadamia Nut or Potato dressing
Choice of Main Courses
Loin of Lamb, peppers, beans and a zucchini, mint purée.
Cheese ravioli with harvest corn sauce and oyster mushrooms, carrots, Brussels sprouts and Langres potato purée
Filet of Halibut in black truffled Dashi stock, with hearts of palm, silver onions, Shiitake mushrooms and baby Bok Choy.
Selection of Cheese and Dessert
Bleu de Gex, Murol, medium-matured Gouda, Brillat Savarin, St Nectaire served with plums, cherry tomatoes and celery
Jelly of Grapefruit and Elderflower sorbet
Milk chocolate dome served with Espresso sauce, mint and blackcurrants
Specialty dessert wines
« D » de Devaux Brut, Champagne Veuve Devaux
« Rare » Champagne Piper-Heidsieck
It would take me too much time to rewrite the Monthly Proposal, Apéritif, White wines, Red wines, Spirits, Liqueurs and Port.
This B-744 is a really noisy aircraft. Even with a First Class seat that folds down flat into a bed I always have trouble sleeping on a plane. I did not sleep much, maybe 4 hours at the most out of the 11+ hours flying time which reminded me that once we landed in Singapore I would have to catch another night long haul flight to Sydney to meet the A380 to be on the return inaugural flight.
About two hours before landing a steward brought me a hot towel, placed on a white plate, another wonderful steaming hot wet towel just the way I like them. They picked up the hot towels. Then I turned around and noticed a glass of orange juice was waiting for me on the left side of my seat. One of the stewardesses brought me the breakfast menu even though this did not feel like breakfast time.
Cold and hot specialties
Freshly squeezed Orange Juice
Natural yogurt, yogurt with fresh fruits, corn flakes and milk
Smoked salmon, fine salmon strudel, Parma ham, smoked turkey breast, German salami,
Yogurt cheese, Cream cheese with chives, Rahmberg cheese
Scrambled eggs freshly prepared upon your request with bacon and chives
I had my menus sent to be signed by the cockpit crew. It seemed like I was the only one in the cabin not sleeping. I could hear a man snoring in the seat behind me. Although all the shades were pulled down, it was full daylight outside for many hours.
The map on the monitor was out of order due to the computer problem before take off so I had no idea where we were or flying speed or altitude. Landing time should be 50 minutes late. I could not see much of anything out the windows as it was all cloudy. At some point later I recognized the Irrawady river and Burma and I thought of all the troubles that were taking place in this absolutely fabulous land. Then we went through some fairly heavy turbulence. I could not see anything out the window. Everything was white.
The cockpit crew announced we were 30 minutes from landing in Singapore with turbulence on descent.
Ground temperature 31 degrees centigrades, thank you for choosing us. Another announcement about the seatbelts and electronic equipment was made by the Purser.
Overall this turned out to be a very nice flight with good food, pleasant cabin crew and a nice seat neighbor. One more annoucement came for the passengers going to Jakarta. More turbulence, the aircraft making a left turn preparing for descent, going down along the coast and inland over industrial areas into the airport. We heard the brakes and flew over Changi beach and golf course. Smooth landing and taxi to Gate E5.
Singapore Changi Airport
Now that I was in the terminal, there was no idle time.
I rushed upstairs to the Silver Kris Lounge to pick up my boarding pass for the next flight to Sydney and then through passport control as I had to meet my young Singaporean friend Aaron Yan and his friend Eugene Yeo, both bright young students and future pilots
I knew they were down there waiting outside the luggage belts area and my flight arrived late. I was rushed and we did not have much time to talk.
I had to rush back to the Singapore Airlines check-in counter to check my travel bag to Sydney. I said goodbye to Aaron and Eugene at the immigration point. Then I went back upstairs to Silver Kris Lounge and had a quick shower.
I needed to have something to eat so I picked two pieces of coffee mocha pastry and made a cup of tea before going to the gate to board the next flight.
This ends Part 2 of my Trip Report
On the way to Sydney and SQ380
Part 3 to come in the next couple of days...
[Edited 2007-11-06 14:11:26]
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
Personally I like this cold meal with the assortment of cheeses. However, this is often not offered in Asian carriers for breakfast. But you can always request for it though in FRCL. Once on an overnight flight on SQ, I asked the dinner cheese plate to be served for my breakfast. It was yummy, but my colleagues looked at me strangely. They were wolfing down noodles and the works for the egg dish.
Really appreciate the link to FRA. I'll be heading there next month for the first time. It'll really come in handy.
But I will sure not be using the LH lounge. Will be holding cattle class ticket.
Anyways, Thanks again for the TR. Can't wait for Part III
SQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1807 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 19910 times:
Thanks for the report. I passed through FRA some months back, and wasn't too impressed with its facilities and layout. I believe things will improve once renovation works are completed.
Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter): I felt free and happy as I knew I was on my way to one of the world’s most wonderful airport facilities: the Lufhansa First Class Terminal. I had spent time there before and I love the place.
LH is one of the few airlines that is offering a dedicated FCL facilities for its premium passenger. The other airport/airline offering such a service is QR in Doha. I was told that SQ had initially wanted to do the same in T3, but this was rejected by CAAS for reasons beyond me.
A rather similar facility is available at Changi nevertheless - JetQuay. I had the privilege of touring this facility yesterday, and I must say that it is indeed a 5 star CIP facility. The only difference is that JetQuay is open to anyone who wants to pay for the exclusivity regardless of what class he/she is traveling in. It is open to passengers traveling on any airline as well.
There is a wide range of facilities as well - from luxurious and comfortable nap rooms, to a gym/spa overlooking a garden, to bathrooms stocked with Molton Brown toileteries.
Passengers can choose to be buggied to their gates from the CIP lounge, or hop onto a Mercedes Benz limousine to be ferried directly to the aircraft. Very similar to what LH's FCL Terminal has to offer.
I was offered a complimentary use of this facility the next time I travel, and I intend to use it on my upcoming trip to KIX!
Siege2L From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 19890 times:
Thank you for taking the time to display such wonderful memoirs of your trip! The trip report is well-written and quite thorough. I look forward to reading the entire series of your truly amazing journey!!!
On a side note, with your trip report, combined with other members' positive experiences on Austrian Airlines, SIA, and Thai, I am tempted in some ways to switch from Skyteam to Star Alliance. I am an avid fan of Air France and your trip report has really questioned my loyalty to Skyteam. I am just torn
Marambio From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2004, 1169 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 19365 times:
Merci Madame pour ce très intéressant rapport de séjour. I will most definitely have to try the FCT at Frankfurt, for it looks simply amazing. The seats at LH's First Class, on the other hand, don't seem to be really appealing, especially if you compare them with the ones other airlines are currently offering. I'm eagerly waiting for part no. 3!
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9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 19331 times:
Good day MadameConcorde,
First of all I hope you are in well condition. What I think is so special about this trip report is the photos inside the LH's FCT. If I could recall, from a few trip reports which I have read here, they forbit any phototaking while inside the terminal. I am so surprise you managed to snap even the staff who manned it. Have they relax the rules?
BA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8644 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 19228 times:
Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter): The Frankfurt FCT is an experience by itself. The First Class lounges can be used as both departures and arrivals lounges for passengers travelling with Luthansa First Class. A truly wonderful place away from the hustle and bustle of Frankfurt airport. A whole report could be written for it alone.
StefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 19196 times:
Thank you for posting part 1 and 2 of your trip. It was a pleasure to read it and to see all the photos you took. They are very detailed. I always enjoy that. Sometimes I'm a bit too shy to take photos in lounges and in the aircraft, especially of the food. I hope, I'm brave enough to take some pics on my trip to JFK on friday.
I'm looking forward to your next part of your trip.
FLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5206 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 19005 times:
Bonsoir, Madame Concorde,
another very special, detailed and interesting read about your latest travel experiences.
The LH first class terminal is fore sure not that much covered here with reports.
Don´t hurry with your next part, I will wait for it.
As you also said during your last story: There is sometimes, something else around
beneath travelling and sharing it with all the interested people here .
If the whole report is going to look the way it is looking till now you can take the time you want or need...
By looking your pic of Monaco I remember when I had the luck of going there (A lot of years ago).
Hope you are Ok,
"When the hope of dying becomes the only reason to live..." Die Laughing (Gothic), Safe little world.
: Ah Madame, what an illuminating description of Stage 2 of the trip that we have discussed on the telephone. Having been a Pilot on long haul flights,
: Thank you all for your kind comments. I am working on part 3. I want it to look right. I am not an English native speaker so it takes me extra time to