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Lufthansa IAH-FRA A380 First Class  
User currently offlinecruiseshipcrew From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 211 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 31947 times:

My aircraft for today’s flight.

First of all, thank you in advance for reading my trip report. This report will cover the IAH-FRA A380 leg of my IAH-FRA-KIX journey. It has been well documented on here before, but Lufthansa First Class is a wonderful flying experience. This is my second trip trying LH first and it was just as good as my previous experience (trip report for that located here: LH First Class IAH-FRA-NRT 744/A380 Pics++ (by cruiseshipcrew Jul 9 2012 in Trip Reports) ) which was great, however it has completely made me realize how bad our US airlines are.

I’m going to skip the airport experience as that has been covered before and its nothing special. In Houston, Lufthansa uses one of the shared lounges which offer better food than the United Clubs however it doesn’t have a single window to view outside. I met up with a friend during my layover and went spotting.
The first class cabin doesn’t have overhead bins so the cabin feels very spacious. Today’s flight had two other people in first which added to that also. Instead of overhead bins, each passenger is assigned a locker located behind the cabin. I actually like this a lot because if I ever have to go through my items in the middle of the flight I’m always worried about noise and this prevents that.
Lots of legroom
Magazine storage.
Seat controls
While boarding was going on, a very friendly flight attendant came over and introduced herself, greeted me by name and offered Champagne, water and macadamia nuts.
After the pre-departure beverages were provided menus were passed around.
The ottoman contains a large amount of storage space which is convenient and slides up and down a tract to adjust to anyone’s legs length.
View from row 2.
Another cabin view. I love Lufthansa’s signature roses everywhere.
Cross cabin view.
The first class bathroom was massive and had two for the eight seat cabin.
Another bathroom pic.
Lots of amenities located inside the restroom.
More amenities.
Pushback and safety video time!
It was a slow travel day so United had a few planes resting for the day.
I love the tail cameras on these airplanes, very entertaining to watch.
And we are off!
Tail camera on departure.
It’s always a nice day out once you pass the clouds.
Another Lufthansa Rose
After take-off I was provided with more Champagne, water and started watching Austin Powers.
Lufthansa does an excellent job with their hot towel presentation. Its little things like this that really sets them apart from US airlines. They come out hot, a nice scent is added and they are garnished with a rose pedal.
After the hot towels were collected the flight attendant passed around the amuse-bouche which was very tasty.
The flight attendant came around to set-up the tray table for dinner service. I love the LH branded items.
Full set-up with garlic bread.
First came the caviar service with the expected toppings. Lufthansa has changed this process of their meals from last year. Now you receive the caviar and the appetizers at the same time and the appetizers are no longer presented on the stacked tower.
Full set-up
Mozzarella with fresh tomatoes.
Beef appetizer.
Tuna appetizer.
Red wine was served.
Salad with sundried tomato vinaigrette. The dressings come in individual serving sizes where they pour it on in front of you.
For the main course I selected the beef tenderloin which was cooked perfectly.
To finish I elected the banana bread pudding with ice cream. My only complaint was the ice cream was very freezer burnt however it was still delicious.
Lufthansa has a very nice tea presentation which I enjoyed after.
It should be noted that Lufthansa has an impressive cheese cart also however I was full and passed on the option.
To enjoy throughout the flight, the flight attendant came around with a box of chocolates. I was getting up to go to the restroom so I asked her to just surprise me and this is what I found when I returned. A very nice little touch!
After finishing my chocolates and my tea, I went to change into the PJs that Lufthansa provides while the flight crew turned my seat into the bed. While I do find the bedding to be comfortable, I almost always wake up feeling like I’m in an oven.

Bed view
Inside the seating area with the privacy wall up. Sorry for the low quality of the photo, it was pretty dark when taking these.
View with the privacy wall lowered.
I woke up, changed out of the PJs right as the flight attendant came around again with a smile and provided another hot towel.
Fresh squeezed orange juice was provided next. I wish I had thought to ask for a mimosa with this.
Breakfast table set-up.
Fresh fruit was offered. Everything was ripe and juicy, unlike a lot of my fruit experiences with United’s catering.
Yogurt was served after.
The flight attendant came around with a basket of fresh breads that were hot and moist. They were offered with a selection of jams.
Main breakfast entrée. It’s funny to compare LH to United First. I have found that with United, the Flight Attendants rush you through service and will try to collect your plates as quickly as possible. With Lufthansa, they really let you take your time and often look disappointed if you haven’t finished something. They take pride in their work and product and you can tell.
Approaching FRA.
Not the best weather in Frankfurt that day.
N777UA the first Boeing 777 to enter service.
Condor 757-300.

Overall the flight was nothing but wonderful. Lufthansa really knows how to spoil you and I wish the flights could have lasted another 10 hours. In part two I will cover FRA, the First Class Terminal and the 747-400 First flight to Osaka.

Thank you for reading!

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User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2127 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 31084 times:

Thank you for a very detailed trip report!

Lufthansa A380 and its first class product is pretty nice. It is really hard to compared LH with UA F. They are simply not in the same league.


User currently offlinecruiseshipcrew From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 211 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 31024 times:

Quoting Carfield (Reply 1):
It is really hard to compared LH with UA F. They are simply not in the same league.

Thank you! I use this photo a lot from last year when I flew to NRT in LH F and returned on UA F. Can you guess which side is United appetizers and which side is LH?  http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk296/shipblogger/APLHVSUA.jpg

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User currently offlinefjiii From Japan, joined Mar 2009, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 31010 times:

Really wonderful captures of a wonderful cabin on a wonderful flight ! Wunderbar !

User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 27259 times:

Great pictures and report. Going to Europe next fall and will certainly be on the LH flight rather than UA after reading your TR.

Thanks much for sharing.

Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
User currently offlineRGElectra80 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 25212 times:

Quoting Carfield (Reply 1):
It is really hard to compared LH with UA F.

This discussion reminds me of when Americans complain about gas prices, then Europeans say "what are you complaining about? We pay much more and have been paying much more for years!"

I love my UA for the low-level amount of traveling I do but their premium products, not just cabin-wise but overall perks associated with the program, grossly lack behind the rest of Star Alliance as well as AA and DL.

User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3241 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 24500 times:

Great TR! I just love the photos of an empty First Class Cabin.
Thank you.

User currently offlinetheaviator380 From UK - England, joined Feb 2013, 569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 23817 times:

Very good TR. When I read title of your TR I knew LH product going to be amazing in first class and it is true. Only one thing which LH should do is to get a private closed cabin for First class same as EK. It gives nice little privacy and more cozy atmosphere in my opinion.

Food and IFE looks amazing and up to the mark compared to other carriers.


User currently offlinecruiseshipcrew From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 211 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 23680 times:

Quoting theaviator380 (Reply 7):
Only one thing which LH should do is to get a private closed cabin for First class same as EK. It gives nice little privacy and more cozy atmosphere in my opinion.

Thanks for the feedback!

I can see where the private closed "suite" can be nice, but I felt like with the privacy walls up I was provided with enough privacy. What was nice though was since the cabins were almost empty (on my second leg I was the only person in the front first cabin upstairs on the 747) I could have the privacy wall down and had a very spacious open cabin that was bright etc.

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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8743 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 22984 times:
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Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing your LH F flight with us, they do look very good!

Quoting cruiseshipcrew (Reply 2):
I use this photo a lot from last year when I flew to NRT in LH F and returned on UA F. Can you guess which side is United appetizers and which side is LH?

- Wow, what a difference!! - We all know US carriers have a long way to go to play catch up, but that picture speaks volumes!



User currently offlinecruiseshipcrew From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 211 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 21594 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 9):
Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing your LH F flight with us, they do look very good!

Thank you for the comments!

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User currently offlineRAGAZZO777 From Uruguay, joined Jul 2010, 625 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 21486 times:

Nice trip report, man.

Keep it up !


User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 1184 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 21482 times:

Great Report there cruiseshipcrew!

The service and F cabin look excellent, probably one of the best in the industry. Not that I can comment on this on personal experience, but you really made me feel being onboard, too.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1737 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 21006 times:

Great report! Lufthansa First looks fabulous as usual, a product that I'd love to try.

Though I suppose with the recent MileagePlus devaluations these trips will soon be a thing of the past? At least since the new award rates are exuberant…

Thanks for sharing.

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User currently offlineidlewildchild From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 19819 times:
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If everything goes according to plan I'll ride LH 747-400 on Thursday in seat 82H! I'm excited like a 5 year old's first flight!

User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1193 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 17942 times:

Fantastic report! Can't get enough of LH F class trip reports! Once again LH F looks flawless and the food delicious  

Thanks for sharing!



User currently offlineATLFlyer323 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 17674 times:

Wow this brings me back to EBS and my studies with Lufthansa, they pushed quality and consistency in their classes as well! You could always tell in their classes they wanted to be the best. Can't wait for your next report!


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