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The Nose Of The B747! Lufthansa Business JFK-FRA  
User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 277 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 12213 times:

My company flew me for business to Europe, and I was already in New York doing business. So I flew from New York's JFK to Frankfurt non-stop by Lufthansa. I tried to upgrade, but I could not.

I sat in the forward most seat on the lower deck (first class is on the upper deck on LH). At this most forward seat, there is some curvature to the plane, and you can kind of see forward during take off & landing. Ever since I was a kid, this was a dream of mine: to sit in the front of the B747 and look forward and kind of get a glimpse of what the pilots saw. Well, I finally was able to do it, thanks to being on a B747 in business class and (fortunately or unfortunately, depending upon how you view it) being denied the ugprade to first class.

As always, my videos are 100% commercial-free. I hope you enjoy it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NAUFxUo6H4

Here are some photos so that you get an idea of the trip itself.


dessert in lounge by sfflyer123, on Flickr


indian foodin lounge by sfflyer123, on Flickr


pre-flight champagne by sfflyer123, on Flickr



Salmon by sfflyer123, on Flickr


breakfast by sfflyer123, on Flickr


shrimp by sfflyer123, on Flickr

Here is the complete commercial-free video trip report. I hope you enjoy it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NAUFxUo6H4

Thanks for watching!

[Edited 2012-07-08 07:49:31]

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User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 12047 times:
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The nose of the 747 is a great place to be. I upgraded on Lufthansa DFW-FRA-DFW and was in seat 1A both ways. I was actually sitting ahead of the pilot. I heard on the new 748 that first class will not be in the forward cabin and not on the upper deck anymore.


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User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11224 times:

Maybe I'm out of the loop as I don't often post on the forum anymore. This is the second trip report I've read in a short time where there are plenty of photos of food but no photos of aircraft. I love to see trip reports filled with aircraft and airports, not food and sparkling wine.


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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1925 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11081 times:
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Another really nice video, sfflyer123!

How cool you got to ride in the nose of the 747; I have flown LH J class as well, and the service and seats were good, but definitely not incredible. I think LH lacks a bit of the warm touches that other international airlines offer, for an example, the nuts served in a packaged bag, etc.

When we flew SAS in September 2011, I remember finding the J class seats to give the sliding effect as well. It's so hard to get comfortable when they do that!

I've noticed a few people talk about the Airbus "hairdryers" recently. Is this a new phrase for the engines? It's funny; they do look like them!

Best,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlinecaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 359 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 10725 times:
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You have some truly amazing opportunites to see the world. Keep enjoying your flights because I am certainly a fan of your video trip reports. Can't wait to watch the next installment. Happy travels.

User currently offlinestratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 10465 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
I've noticed a few people talk about the Airbus "hairdryers" recently. Is this a new phrase for the engines? It's funny; they do look like them!

The only other a/c I have ever seen referred to with "hairdryer" engines or vacuum cleaner engines was the BAE-146/RJ-85 airplanes.



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1185 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9641 times:

I am not impressed by the desert. Thanks for a great report.

User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9329 times:

I must apologize for my prior comments, I did not see the video link with plenty of aircraft footage!


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 8710 times:

Hello


Another great video report from the 'nose cone'. Must have been very nice to fly from up there.
LH's J looks nice as usual, However I must agree I'm not so keen on those rushed 7hour flights from NYC to Europe neither.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8485 times:

Quoting triple7man (Reply 1):
The nose of the 747 is a great place to be. I upgraded on Lufthansa DFW-FRA-DFW and was in seat 1A both ways. I was actually sitting ahead of the pilot. I heard on the new 748 that first class will not be in the forward cabin and not on the upper deck anymore.

Yes, I heard the new 747-8 will be first downstairs and business upstairs. Thank you for your comment!

Quoting CX747 (Reply 2):
Maybe I'm out of the loop as I don't often post on the forum anymore. This is the second trip report I've read in a short time where there are plenty of photos of food but no photos of aircraft. I love to see trip reports filled with aircraft and airports, not food and sparkling wine.
Quoting CX747 (Reply 7):
I must apologize for my prior comments, I did not see the video link with plenty of aircraft footage!

No worries. I really put the meat of my TRs in the video. The photos are just teasers. The photos really don't do the report justice.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
Another really nice video, sfflyer123!

How cool you got to ride in the nose of the 747; I have flown LH J class as well, and the service and seats were good, but definitely not incredible. I think LH lacks a bit of the warm touches that other international airlines offer, for an example, the nuts served in a packaged bag, etc.

When we flew SAS in September 2011, I remember finding the J class seats to give the sliding effect as well. It's so hard to get comfortable when they do that!

I've noticed a few people talk about the Airbus "hairdryers" recently. Is this a new phrase for the engines? It's funny; they do look like them!

Best,

Matthew (767747)

Thanks. Yeah, I think the Airbus A340-200 engines were so tiny for such a massive plane that people called them haidryers. Apparently, that's an A340-300 in the video, not a 200, so I guess they're bigger than hairdyers! Good to know about SAS. I have seen some trip reports, and the seats look like angled lie flat. Good to hear that you confirmed it! Thank you for your comment!

Quoting caleb1 (Reply 4):
You have some truly amazing opportunites to see the world. Keep enjoying your flights because I am certainly a fan of your video trip reports. Can't wait to watch the next installment. Happy travels.

Thank you very much for your kind words! I will definitely keep putting out the videos!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
I am not impressed by the desert. Thanks for a great report.

Yeah, I agree. It's not terribly impresive--ice cream. I was thinking there would be something fancier.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Another great video report from the 'nose cone'. Must have been very nice to fly from up there.
LH's J looks nice as usual, However I must agree I'm not so keen on those rushed 7hour flights from NYC to Europe neither.

Greetings
Marc

Thanks, Marc. Yeah, I really could not get solid sleep. By the time dinner was done, there were only about 3-4 hours left. And I knew that they would wake us up 1.5 hours before landing, so there was not real time to sleep!


User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8485 times:

Quoting stratosphere (Reply 5):
The only other a/c I have ever seen referred to with "hairdryer" engines or vacuum cleaner engines was the BAE-146/RJ-85 airplanes.

Thanks for the info. I have never heard of this, but only on the A340-200.


User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1079 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8453 times:

This is the way to cross the atlantic. Nothing beat the cozy nose area of 747! Absoutely front row!!

I must admit that the LH lounge at JFK T1 is one of the best lounge in American soil!
Been there myself, food and beverages selections are great and yep, high ceiling!!

Many thanks for your trip report, it does really put all US carriers to shame.
net-hkt



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7724 times:

Quoting nethkt (Reply 11):
This is the way to cross the atlantic. Nothing beat the cozy nose area of 747! Absoutely front row!!

I must admit that the LH lounge at JFK T1 is one of the best lounge in American soil!
Been there myself, food and beverages selections are great and yep, high ceiling!!

Many thanks for your trip report, it does really put all US carriers to shame.
net-hkt

Thank you for your comment. Yeah, the LH lounge at JFK was pretty impressive--especially how it was 2 floors. I was very impresed by the sheer size of the place, and by how european it felt.


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