cruiseshipcrew From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 201 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 30087 times:
Thank you in advance for reading my newest trip report. This week I flew from Houston-Frankfurt-Narita in First Class on Lufthansa. I was originally booked from Dallas but decided to do a short “ferry” flight over to Houston so I could get on the 747. As luck had it, I was the only person booked upstairs until the day before departure but even with having a second person upstairs it still felt like a private flight. Overall I was very impressed with the service I received from Lufthansa on both flights and including my connection in Frankfurt. Thank you for your comments and as always, feeding is always appreciated.
Houston (IAH) to Frankfurt (FRA)
D-ABTF Delivered March 29, 1991
Previously a combi aircraft .
Flight time aprx 9 hours.
Profile of the Lufthansa 747-400
Seat map of my configuration with the yellow box indicating my seating area. While my aircraft did not have the new LH First class seats, the seat next to you was still used as your bed.
Pretty bland terminal D check-in area.
Lufthansa’s signature first class ticket sleeves.
I really enjoy Houston’s airport. I think if you are using the pre-merger Continental terminals, B not included, it’s a very nice facilities especially terminal E.
Terminal E IAH
Area of terminal E that looks up into customs walkway and the E United Club.
Since I had a few hours to kill I decided to go to both airline clubs I had access to. I really enjoy terminal E’s United Club since the third level is normally quiet and has showers however lacks good food options. I also went to the lounge that Lufthansa uses in Terminal D which had better food items but lacked windows. Pictures below of both lounges below.
Terminal D club for Qatar, Emirates and Lufthansa premium cabin passengers.
I really didn’t want to each much because of the flights.
As you can see the United Club is much nicer, but totally lacks food.
Food offerings at the United Club.
Nice and bright
Nice views of the tarmac from the UC
737-500 “guppy” these are leaving the fleet at a pretty quick pace.
Ok experts, is this a 757-200 or -300?
Inside a shower at the United Club
United shower kit.
I had some more time to kill so I decided to do some plane spotting. While most of the flights are United, I always enjoy the different birds that come into Houston’s terminal D including the daily passenger Atlas Air 747 flights over to Africa. One nice change is you can finally get a good view of the Singapore 777-300s to Singapore via Moscow. This was the former Lufthansa gate but with the A380 gate now open, they have shifted their operations to D11 and D12.
Singapore 777 service to Moscow.
KLM to Amsterdam.
The KLM 747 is the combi version.
British Airways service to LHR.
Due to the new jetway location for Lufthansa, I couldn’t get a clear image of my bird except for the tail.
Boarding gate sign. My flight was on-time!
Onboard the aircraft on the upper deck.
Back towards the galley
Pre-departure glass of Champagne and mac nuts
They handed out PJs for First passengers
B747-400 safety card
This woman was doin’ WORK. She enforced boarding policies like a champ. Tough woman!!
View from my window.
Old seat controls
The Perser came around the cabin and greeted us by name, introduced himself, asked us what we were doing in our final destination and had was very proactive with maintaining a conversation which was nice. He said if you want to do anything special or require anything special to please let him know anytime. He handed us menus with our names on them which I thought was a very nice personalized touch.
Dinner Menu outside
Very high quality menus with nice descriptions about the Chef and the different options.
Another menu shot
One more menu
The aircraft door was closed on-time and we had a very short taxi to the runway. Since I was sitting across from the flight attendant we had a talk about Houston as a layover destination (she enjoyed the hotel so liked to just relax overnight) and she would soon lose this route when the A380 takes over but was not sad to see it go. Interestingly enough, I talked to the Person on the A380 leg who was not overly excited to have IAH added to her layover cities! Once we passed 10,000 feet they started to prepare the cabin for dinner service and set up the beverage action station in the middle of the upper deck cabin.
Beverage action station
This was the only real downside of the old first class product. The IFE was a joke. It was AVOD but the screen was very small and I didn’t even finish my first movie.
Working our way across the states
Just under 9 hours left when dinner started
Dinner service was started.
The flight attendant suggested I try their German wine onboard and I thought it was rather good and I’m not a big fan of white wine.
About the wine.
Next they handed out hot towels on a lovely plate with a rose pedal. You will notice in my pictures that Lufthansa loves roses and they were everywhere. The towel was large, boiling hot and had a nice scent added.
Beverage action station again
Table set-up with my rose.
I think it’s a nice little touch.
My “flying partner” for the flight.
The flight attendant came around with a selection of hot breads and I picked the garlic bread and toast for the caviar.
Appetizers and caviar trolley.
Tray table with the complete set-up
I like my caviar dressed so you can’t taste the caviar.
Salad with a delicious sun dried tomato vinaigrette.
I decided to go with the pork dish. By far the best entrée I have ever had on any of my flights. The meat was cooked perfectly, the berry and citrus sauce was delicious.
Location on the map
After dinner the cheese cart came around.
Selection of cheeses.
Banana bread pudding with ice cream
Even though I was so stuffed the food just kept coming! Chocolates were passed around.
To wash everything down I had tea, this was their set-up.
I decided to walk around the aircraft and look at the different classes. Sorry for the photos that were not very clear as I didn’t want to do any flash photos.
Business class with someone working the aisle?
First class lav with a nice view.
While I went to the restroom to change into my pajamas the flight attendant came and turned my second seat into a nice flat bed. I got around 4 hours of sleep on this leg.
Breakfast service was started with another hot towel, fresh orange juice and menus provided.
Our location during breakfast.
Trolly set-up with fresh fruits, cereal etc
Cappuccino while the flight attendant made my eggs and bacon to order.
Eggs and bacon.
Empty upper deck
Always a beautiful day to fly
A pad dress?
Lufthansa had an article about flying the Olympic torch but left out that it was on British Airways of course!!
My rose still going strong
LH 737 guppy!
I had just under five hours to connect in Frankfurt airport and I’m pleased to say my experience with the airport was better this time. The airport always has great views for your enjoyment, especially if you don’t mind areas without air conditioning! In this trip report I will show some photos of Lufthansa’s Terminal B First Class Lounge.
First Class Lounge
Decided to take a shower.
Enjoyed the rain head
Sink with amenities
The club had a Wii room.
Very nice bar with just about everything you can think of
The 747-400 that flew me in from IAH
Log book in the lounge
Restaurant breakfast menu
I had a light snack in the lounge
Finally got to see the 787 Dreamliner up close! Love those cockpit windows
787 Dreamliner again
Newest Boeing 747-8i
My 747 pushing back for its next flight and its clear to see the remains of this combi configuration
Boeing BBJ with the second over-wing exit blocked.
When it was time for my flight to board I was taken down to the tarmac where my Benz car was waiting to drive me to my gate. This was a great experience and my driver was very friendly! When we arrived at the gate he proactively offered to take my picture with the A380 then took me all the way to the boarding door and introduced me to the purser. All the crew appeared to be very proud of their A380s from the 747 flight attendants to the lounge workers.
My car and A380 – I was pretty tired
cruiseshipcrew From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 201 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 30093 times:
Frankfurt (FRA) to Tokyo Narita (NRT)
D-AIMF Delivered October 18, 2010
Flight time aprx 11 hours.
Seat map. Like the previous flight the first class cabin was not full
Welcome aboard. The first thing you notice is now spacious the cabin feels due to the lack of overhead bins. Instead each passenger got a full height locker to store their items.
Storage under the ottoman
Welcome aboard Champagne and mac nuts
The Grand Staircase leading downstairs. You can see the stairs leading to the flight deck.
Inside the kit
Passing the queen of the skies
View from my window
The ottoman could move towards the seat for shorter passengers
Flight information. Sorry for the reflection!
Bose headphones were passed around
PJs were again passed out
After take-off they started the meal service
Prawn with some German wine.
Love the tail camera views
I loved the different shadows the windows created.
Before they got deep into service I made a trip to the restroom and was very impressed with the spacious offering.
Nice sink with a rose
Returned to my seat and started with wine and water.
Table set-up, notice the chopsticks
First class butter
View over Denmark
The window shades had two settings. Black out or this decorative cover
Eel on the left with cucumber and seaweed salad and tofu on the right.
Grilled eel again
Caviar cart. I passed on this flight
First time I tried Guinea Foil which I enjoyed as it tasted just like chicken.
Traditional Japanese noodles with chives and wasabi
Meat dish but didn’t finish it as I was over stuffed by this point and wanted to save some room for the sweet treats
Dessert one. The sorbet was extremely refreshing and served very cold.
This was a delicious green tea cake that was presented in a very elegant yet simple style.
Complete flight plan
Like my previous flight, chocolates were passed out.
After dinner the purser came and found me. During boarding I explained to her that I picked this flight so I could fly on my first Airbus A380. She proactively offered to give me a personal tour later in the flight so I was glad to see she was sticking to her word. She took me to every galley onboard and explained how they work, took me to each cabin and down into the crew rest area. We finished the tour at the front of the aircraft where she proudly showed off the “grand staircase.” We had a lovely conversation which included talking about the fear European Airlines have from the Middle East airline threats. Very enjoyable experience and was the icing on the cake. Thank you!!!
Back in the cabin the passengers were getting ready for bed and raised the dividing walls for privacy.
Flight attendant made my bed and I watched part of Lost in Translation before sleeping for around 5 hours
Around 1.5 hours before landing it was time for breakfast.
Menu and orange juice was provided
Eggs and bacon. I passed on the cereal and yogurt as I was still stuffed from dinner at the start of the flight.
Lockers I talked about before.
Front angle camera
Turning towards Tokyo!
Not the best weather out
Almost at the runway
My aircraft 2
Female spotter at the airport’s ob deck!
Love to see how foreign cities fully support #avgeeks
Overall I was very happy with my flights! I flew home on United First and let’s just say I was very disappointed and angry at myself for booking my return on them.
Thanks for reading and would love any comments to help make my next trip report better!
salvation From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 29673 times:
i fondly remember your trip reports to and from HNL in BusinessFirst.
now you're a global traveler, doing international first class reports. great job.
i too have enjoyed the benefits of the star alliance, when CO joined back in 2009, and more recently when CO became UA. former CO travelers have benefitted from these two changes tremendously. i don't do reports, but I have had excellent Intl F experiences on ANA, LX, and UA. SQ and LH are on my radar this year.
thegivenone From Austria, joined Jan 2008, 189 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 29079 times:
Thank you for the great report cruiseshipcrew!
LH First Class reports, while increasingly common, never get boring
Question for the general A/net community: it looks like LH had the RAVE IFE system installed on D-ABTF, the 747 for the IAH-FRA sector. I am surprised as the other re-fitted aircraft feature the new Recaro seats with "standard" LH IFE.
Does anyone have more information on LH's plans with the RAVE system on their 747s? Is this being installed on aircraft aside from the 10 frames that feature the new First and Economy class?
gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3032 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 28278 times:
Very nice report - it's great that you can fly in F on such an itinerary. The food and crew looked great. Do you know how many of the 747s have have the new F installed? I'm hoping to get one on BLR-FRA in the Autumn sometime.
Quoting cruiseshipcrew (Thread starter): After dinner the purser came and found me. During boarding I explained to her that I picked this flight so I could fly on my first Airbus A380. She proactively offered to give me a personal tour later in the flight so I was glad to see she was sticking to her word. She took me to every galley onboard and explained how they work, took me to each cabin and down into the crew rest area. We finished the tour at the front of the aircraft where she proudly showed off the “grand staircase.” We had a lovely conversation which included talking about the fear European Airlines have from the Middle East airline threats. Very enjoyable experience and was the icing on the cake. Thank you!!!
As usual, a fantastic report.
You need to do more flying, so that we can do more reading!
The food looks fantastic.
Curious- how did you swing F? Was it a paid ticket, an award ticket, or non-rev? You're not obligated to share, of course.
I believe that 757 to be a -300, though it's hard to tell at that angle.
AA2MM From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 26591 times:
Thanks for the very enjoyable TR.
Have you tried to put your shoes in the bin at the front of the seat on the 744 ?
It was a huge lady susan of the appertizers in your pic.
Finally, I'll get to fly on an LH A380 FRA-JNB standby upgrade to C, using UA upgrade.
So glad to see folks your age who enjoy the finer things in life. Money well spent.
flightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1151 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 25842 times:
Thanks a lot for sharing this. And glad you are getting to experience F...I have to say the A380 F class does look great. I wish Lufthansa all the best with their competition with the Middle East Airlines. They are starting to take their service level seriously as seen in the many LH trip reports on here recently.
MSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 25095 times:
Great trip report, thanks fo sharing! Nice too see a true A.net routing.
Good to see the 2 different F hardware products as well on LH. Both of them look good
Good to see the installment of PTVs in Y on the 744 as well.
Catering looks interesting as well
Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
jtamu97 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 658 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (1 year 8 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 15528 times:
Thanks for the great review. I am booked First class from FRA to Mumbai on the 747 400 and DEL back to FRA on the 747 8. Currently in Business roundtrip from IAH to FRA. Would love to get First class on the A380! I am very excited about the trip and even more so after reading your report!