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Arrivederci Roma! FCO-FRA-PHL LH Business  
User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 12340 times:

Disclaimer
My digital camera is a simple 4.0 mega pixel point and shoot, so the pictures are not of as high quality as I would have liked. Also I am an accountant so my writing will not be on the level of many of the great trip reporters (?) on this board. This report will be broken up into 2 parts, the flights to Rome and the flights home. This is part 2 and will about my flights from FCO-FRA and then FRA-PHL. Enjoy!

Day of Departure
Our 8 day trip cris-crossing Italy had come to an end back in Rome. We had a 5:30 AM wake up call, and were walking towards the transfer bus at 7:00 AM. We were staying in the Hotel Albani, I’m not sure where that is in relation to everything else in the city, but it took a good 30 minutes to get out of Rome. This was most likely due to morning rush hour traffic. We made it to terminal B drop off right around 8:00 AM for our 10:15 AM departure. We walked over to the Lufthansa check-in, and had to wait about 5 minutes before being called over to one of the two open business counters. Check in was smooth, given priority tags, lounge invitations, and boarding passes for both flights.

Lufthansa Check-In At FCO (Done by EAS)


We made out way through security, which was surprisingly quick about only 10 minutes, and it seemed like there was 10 lanes open. We were very impressed by that. We wondered around terminal B for a little purchasing last minute gifts and of course duty free alcohol. We then went on a journey to try and find the Sala i Mosaici, which is the contract lounge that Lufthansa uses in Rome. You have to go up 2 escalators to find the lounge, and make a couple of turns. We had to ask 2 airport workers where the lounge was before we found it.

Lounge Entrance, the doors open right before I snapped the picture


The lounge had a great view of departing aircraft and some good ramp views. There was 1 computer with internet access, the other 1 had a sign saying out of order. The lounge had a fully stocked bar and some light snacks.

Looking towards the entrance


The bar


Boarding passes


We left the lounge about 20 minutes before boarding, because we knew it was a maze to get back down to our gate at B-19.

Lufthansa Flight 3841
D-AIRE
Boarding Starts 9:35 AM
Get on Plane 10:00 AM
Push Back 10:17 AM
Take Off 10:39 AM
Land 12:16 PM
Flight Time 1 Hour and 37 Minutes
Seat 4A


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Boarding was called at 9:35 AM with no priority given to families with young children or business class. Boarding was through the jet way, to a waiting bus. I’m not sure where the aircraft was parked, but it was a short ride towards terminal 5. When we got to the plane we had to wait on the bus for about 5 minutes while the plane was finished being cleaned. We finally got onto the plane at 10:00 AM.

Boarding shots



Once onboard we had to wait for a second bus to arrive with more passengers

Empty business class cabin


Leg Room Shot


Alitalia 767 EI-CRD next to us


The second bus finally arrived and we were able to push back at 10:17 AM. We taxied towards runway 25, where there was a pretty long line of planes waiting to take off.
American 767 taking off as we taxi to the end of runway 25


Transavia 737 lining up for take off


Alitalia 777 preparing for take off


Alitalia 767 and md80 waiting for the 777 to take off


Looking back at our engine while we wait


The line of planes behind us as we turn onto the runway




We began our take off roll at 10:39 AM



This is the spot where out plane was parked


Terminal 5, where most of the American airlines leave from


Arrivederci Roma!




We went straight, with a heading of 250 I assume, before turning right towards Frankfurt



Soon after departure, the flight attendants came around with a drink service and a meal. The meal was a salad with 1 scallop and a piece of smoked salmon. It was actually quite tasty. The meal also came with a roll followed by a pass of the roll basket. It also had a mousse type dessert on the tray.



Very good food


Passing the Alps en route



Getting close to Frankfurt






Crossing airport property



Touchdown



Lufthansa Technik as we taxi to the gate



We landed on 7R and held short of 7L as a Lufthansa A330 was landing




Taxing past a A300


Delta 767 taking off on 7L after we crossed


Passing a Turkish A321 on the way to the gate


Not sure what gate we parked at, but it was the last gate on the A side in front of the buildings being knocked down.

We didn’t get to the gate until 12:30 PM, and boarding begun for out next flight at 12:40 PM according to our boarding passes. We raced off the plane, and luckily the elevators were right across from our gate to go upstairs to the higher A gates, where from what I gather most of the flights to the US leave from. We passed through passport control where there was almost no line, and go to gate A56, which is the first gate after passport control, at around 12:40, where it looked like boarding was beginning. My mom had to go to the bathroom and I wanted to buy something that proved I was in Frankfurt, so we went off to do that quickly. My mom returned saying she hates Frankfurt airport, The bathrooms were only 1 person bathrooms from what she could tell, and the line was over 10 people deep. So we went back to the gate and went to the business class line to what we thought was board the plane. In reality we were put into a holding area for another 15 minutes. I’m not sure what the point of it is, besides to check out passports 1 more time.
I looked out the window and was very happy to see we were going to be on the only A340-300 in Star alliance Livery that Lufthansa has.

Lufthansa Flight 426
D-AIGC
Boarding Starts 1:10 PM
Get on Plane 1:15 PM
Push Back 1:48 PM
Take Off 2:00 PM
Land 4:30 PM
Flight Time 7 hours and 30 minutes
Seat 2K


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Once in the holding part of the gate, a mass boarding class was made, so 200 people pushing to get through the doors to get onto the plane. So out of 4 Lufthansa flights only 1 had a early boarding call for families with young children, elderly, and then business class, star gold, etc.

I was too self conscious to take a picture of our plane at the gate, but luckily we were next to reflective glass.



Leg room


PTV


A welcome drink of sparkling white wine, water, or orange juice was offered. Of course sparkling white wine was my choice


We had too wait a little bit for some bags to be offloaded, but push back was at 1:48, so only about 8 minutes late.

As we had a short 10 minute taxi to runway 18 for take off

Lufthansa 747 in Star alliance paint



Air Namibia A340


Lufthansa A340-300


Lufthansa Cargo Facility and plane



South African A340-600 waiting for its long flight back to JNB



At 2:00 PM on the nose we turned onto runway 18 and immediately took off





The glare on the PTV was really bad so I don’t know how well these pictures will come out


Leaving Frankfurt


Maybe 20 minutes after take off, the flight attendants came around with the initial drink service and the roasted almonds (which are quite good, I asked for 2 bags and she said of course!)


The menu for our flight back to Philadelphia
Hors d’oeuvres
Smoked Filet of Salmon with Artichokes in Pine Nut Vinaigrette

Terrine of Venison with Apple Celery Salad and Quince Compote

Salad
Mixed Lettuce with Tomato and Cucumber served with Yogurt Herb Dressing

Entrees
Grilled Breast of Poulard on Pumpkin Stew with Potatoes

Braised Halibut in Tarragon Stock with Root vegetables

Green Polenta with Mushroom Ragout

Cheese and Dessert
Camembert, butter cheese and Bavaria Blu

Linz Tart with whipped cream

Fruit Salad with Grapes

I first was going to take the venison, but when the flight attendant showed it to me, it did not look right, so I switched to the salmon.


I then went with the Halibut


I also went with the fruit salad, which I regret that I did not get a picture of. After the meal I sat back and relaxed and watched Cassandra’s dream and the rest of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Flight attendants came around about 5 or 6 times with a tray of orange juice and water throughout the flight which was quite nice.
More than half way done








About 1.5 hours before landing the snack service is done.

Entrees
Delicacies from Austria
Jellied Shank of Veal with Herb Vinaigrette and Crayfish salad with sliced vegetable

Specialties from Frankfurt
Tafelspitzsulze, rump of beef terrine with horseradish and smoked trout with Frankfurt green sauce and potato salad

Dessert
Semolina Flummery with spiced Orange

I went with the Frankfurt snack, the beef option was one of the oddest things I have seen. It was small strips of beef in this jell-o type food. It was good but just something I never would have thought to combine. The potato salad was excellent as well.


The cabin after the snack


Finally reaching the coast of the US



Entering New Jersey to make our way towards Philadelphia


PHL airport


Our crazy route across NJ, it we went straight we would have been early, but because we keep going back and forth we ended up about 10 minutes late




Crossing PHL property


One of the hardest landings I have experience, the main gear slammed onto the runway then shortly after the nose gear slammed onto the runway



We landed on 9R which is not unheard of at PHL but is usually not the norm, with take offs happening on 9L.

Before we cross 9L and US 767 takes off to go to Europe



We again pull into gate A16, next to an Air France A340


I was happy that when we exited the plane I was able to grab a good shot of our airplane


Immigration was pretty quick and our bags were the first ones out. So we landed at 4:30 PM and we had out bags and were leaving the terminal by 5:10 PM.

The amenity kit that Lufthansa gives its business class passengers



Safety cards (which I did not ask for) and menus


Baggage tags and proof that ticket jackets still exists (only got it in PHL but not in FCO)


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it

11 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3048 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 12272 times:

WOW, what a great report, that food looked really nice, thanks for that.
Was the seat comfortable?



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User currently offlineDeltaLVr From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 12156 times:

AMAZING!!

I used to live in Philadelphia...that is before my family forced me down to Georgia. I couldn't complain of course. Im only so many miles away from the largest airport in the USA. Its always good though to go back and look at PHL. I love it so much. And of course I miss Southwest SO much. We need a "no extra charge" airline in ATL!

Great Pictures and TR though!

Kind Regards,

W.


User currently offlineWhisperjet From Germany, joined Nov 2007, 561 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 11977 times:
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Hi,

great trip report, thanks for sharing!
The Lufthansa food looks quite good although the Tafelspitzsülze from Frankfurt looks very odd. I wouldn't have eaten it as there is a similar German delicacy containing pieces of a pig's head  boggled  . Anyways, it's nice to see that Lufthansa tries to offer some German food on board  Wink

Stefan



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User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 11784 times:



Quoting Readytotaxi (Reply 1):
Was the seat comfortable?

Yea, it's not bad at all. I didn't really care for the lie flat position, I found the seat much more comfortable in a lazy boy recliner type position.

Quoting DeltaLVr (Reply 2):

yea, I like PHL, all the Philly bashing can get annoying, but when you live here(or surrounding area) your just use to it I guess. You have airtran though, which is better than none maybe? I haven't flown them but thats what I hear.

Quoting Whisperjet (Reply 3):

Thats kind of disgusting. My dad refused to eat it, but I try anything once. It was definitly an expierence


User currently offlineKonstantinkoll From Germany, joined Aug 2006, 98 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 11650 times:

Hey, thanks for that great trip report. I'm looking forward to flying the South African A340 on FRA-CPT very soon (< 2 weeks). My routing will be DUS-FRA-CPT-GRJ-JNB-FRA-DUS, where GRJ is hardly featured in any trip report, or in any picture on airliners.net for that matter. I'll take plenty of pics  Wink

User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 11315 times:

A great trip report PHLstudent! Excellent detail and pictures. Thanks.

Quoting PHLstudent (Thread starter):
The lounge had a great view of departing aircraft and some good ramp views. There was 1 computer with internet access, the other 1 had a sign saying out of order. The lounge had a fully stocked bar and some light snacks.

The lounge doesn't look so bad actually. It seems pretty spacious, but that was probably because it was quite empty.

Quoting PHLstudent (Thread starter):
Leg Room Shot

Mmmm... I find that the legroom of LH's intra-europe fleet is always a pity in Business Class. I guess I have been spoiled by too many short haul flights with SQ, EK and CX.

Quoting PHLstudent (Thread starter):
Alitalia 767 and md80 waiting for the 777 to take off

Some nice pictures of an airline that may not exist much longer...  Smile I think you made a smart choice flying LH to Italy... Hehehe...

Quoting PHLstudent (Thread starter):
Very good food

I agree, that does look pretty good - especially for such a short flight!

Quoting PHLstudent (Thread starter):
So out of 4 Lufthansa flights only 1 had a early boarding call for families with young children, elderly, and then business class, star gold, etc.

This is very poor in my opinion. Especially for the long haul flight to PHL. I recently had the same problem on a LH FRA-SIN flight and I got a free bottle of Champaign because I complained...  Smile Did you complain?

Quoting PHLstudent (Thread starter):
I first was going to take the venison, but when the flight attendant showed it to me, it did not look right, so I switched to the salmon.

Another great looking dish. I take it that you are fan of salmon too?  Smile

Quoting PHLstudent (Thread starter):
Our crazy route across NJ, it we went straight we would have been early, but because we keep going back and forth we ended up about 10 minutes late

Wow... I can just see the $$$ burning away... Thank god fuel is not at US$90 a barrel!

Quoting PHLstudent (Thread starter):
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it

I certainly did! Thank you again for all the effort you put into both parts of this TR!

Globetraveller


User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11054 times:



Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 6):
The lounge doesn't look so bad actually. It seems pretty spacious, but that was probably because it was quite empty.

Yea, the lounge was very nice, it's just kind of confusing to find, the signs arn't the best. It's right down the hall from the Alitalia and Air france lounges so I guess I was supposed to follow the signs for them, but who knew.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 6):
Some nice pictures of an airline that may not exist much longer... I think you made a smart choice flying LH to Italy... Hehehe...

Some of the people in our group were flying Alitalia, and were worried their flights would be cancelled. The day we left 40 flights were cancelled, but I don't believe it was any of their flights to the US.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 6):
Did you complain?

Nah, I'm too shy, I was just the one pushing to get on the plane. Big grin

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 6):
I take it that you are fan of salmon too?

haha, yes I am. You wouldn't think that fish would be good on a plane, but Lufthansa knows what their doing


Thank you for all your kind words

Pete


User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 10997 times:

Great job! I like your pictures. My family is from Blue Bell, PA. Been to PHL many times.

Again, great pictures.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8426 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 10407 times:
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Great report and pictures, really enjoyed the read, excellent!

Quoting PHLstudent (Thread starter):
A welcome drink of sparkling white wine, water, or orange juice was offered.

- No champagne?

Food looks ok, though not sure about the arrivals meal.........

How was the seatign arrangement? - Looks a little crampt from the pictures.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlinePhlstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10304 times:



Quoting September11 (Reply 8):
Again, great pictures.

thank you

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 9):
- No champagne?

Nope, this may be reserved for first class, not sure on this though

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 9):
Food looks ok, though not sure about the arrivals meal.........

How was the seatign arrangement? - Looks a little crampt from the pictures.

Yea, the arrival meal was... different. But I love trying different foods, so it's another thing I can say I have tasted.

The seating arrangement is 2-2-2. It does not feel very crampt (this is my first time flying international business so I have no comparison.) Looking at your reports of Emirates, Virgin, and BA those cabins definitly look more spacious though. My only compliant really is when you have the window, it is not impossible to get out of the seat, but it is a struggle and takes some balancing to climb over your seat mate.

Thanks for your kind words

Pete


User currently offlineExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9930 times:

Very nice report, great pictures! Have to admit the arrival food sounds...odd, but I would have tried the Frankfurt one as well. I can't handle "jellied" meat. The salmon looked delicious, and I'm not even a big fan of salmon! The new Business seat looks very comfy.

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