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HKG-FRA - LH First Class - With Pics...  
User currently offlineKeysman73 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 46 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 30652 times:

This report covers the "HKG-FRA" leg of a return trip from Edinburgh to Hong Kong that was as follows :-

EDI-LHR - BMI Business
LHR-BKK - Thai Economy
BKK-HKG - Thai Economy

HKG-FRA - Lufthansa First(!!)
FRA-EDI - Lufthansa Business

The trip was booked using almost my entire balance of BMI miles - the main goal was trying to get as many business class flights as possible,
so I was delighted when the BMI agent offered me a first class flight back from HKG on LH.
I snapped it up - here is the report.
Apologies for the quality of some of the photos as they were taken using a camera phone - should still be viewable though.

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Route: Hong Kong to Frankfurt, Germany
Airline: Lufthansa
Flight number: LH739
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400, D-ABVK
Seat: 83A, First Class
STD:13.30, ATD: 13.45
STA:19.10, ATA: 19.15
Date: Sunday 17th of September

So this was it - the return leg of trip to Hong Kong and it was going to be in First Class!!

I was staying in the Jordan area of Hong Kong so I got to the Jordan MTR station, and a few stops further on joined the Airport Express at Tsing Yi.
The public transport system in Hong Kong is a breeze compared to the UK and the whole journey was hassle-free.

Got to the Lufthansa desk around 2.5 hours before flight-time and walked straight up to an empty First/Business Class desk.
The desk agent checked me in promptly and handed me my boarding card and a pass to get me into the United Red Carpet Lounge.
I'd been assigned seat 83A, upstairs at the left-hand emergency exit, so I was guaranteed even more leg-room than the cabin already provided.

Made my way through the airport, which is massive. So big in fact, that there is a train that takes you to the most distant gates (which is where I was heading).
Found the United Lounge and was escorted in by the lady at the main desk.

First impressions were that the lounge was much smaller than any I had been in before, but I then realised that this is probably due to the small number of passengers that are in there at any one time.
Nice big comfy chairs and you could either sit in a more private area, or have a great view over part of the gate area.
While I was there an EVA Air 747 turned up and taxied directly in front of the lounge. There was a fair smattering of other Asian airlines as well.

Settled down and helped myself to some Special Fried Rice and Lasagne (very tasty!), a few cans of juice and the obligatory cookies!



Overall the lounge was very nice - extremely peaceful and on comparison with other lounges I've been in, albeit Business ones, it really did stand out.
So there I sat for about 90 minutes enjoying the peace and quiet and the coming and going of planes outside.

First Class Lounge


First Class Lounge


Eva Air 747 that turned up outside


Aircraft at various gates....



At about 1300 I left the lounge and headed for the plane. It only took about 5 mins to get there and when I got there I entered through the Front Left door (makes a change from normal!). The steward at the door then directed me back through the Business cabin to the stairway leading upstairs.
So up I went onto the upper deck of a 747 for the very first time.

Of the 16 seats up in the First Class cabin, 12 were taken and 4 were empty, including the one next to me.
When I sat down, directly in front of me was a small trolley containing the amenity kits, socks and pyjamas and on the other side was the drinks cart.
The drinks cart stayed there for the whole flight, whereas the other one was taken away before take-off.
We were given our kits and then treated to a glass of champagne with nuts.



First Class toilet...with window!


I found the seat itself very comfortable, although, something I hadn't expected was the slightly different curvature of the windows next to me, which made it slightly harder to see out than it is in Economy. I presume this is to do with the different fuselage shaping upstairs on the 747.

Anyway - I sat back and enjoyed my champagne until the time came to taxi for take-off. Everything was cleared away and we headed off the to the runway.
There was no delay once we got to the runway and soon we were up in the air and sailing over the southern expanses of Hong Kong, getting great views in the afternoon sunshine.

Soon after, the seatbelt sign went off and I settled back to check out the IFE, which I was pleased to discover, was AVOD and not the "video-cassette" system I was expecting. Nice touch-screen with a fair selection of music, films and games.

If only every flight could be like this!


I also tested out the seats recline functions to see just what it could do. It was fully flexible right back into a lie-flat position and made for a very
comfortable flight.

The food throughout the flight was excellent, although it did seem to take a long time to get it all served up at each mealtime.

Starter


Main Course


..and the pudding!!



Second starter later on...


Me in my seat......


Overall, the cabin had a very spacious feel to it(not surprisingly) and certainly gave out an aura of exclusivity.

Sent a couple of e-mails from my PDA using the Wireless internet connectivity they had on board. It seemed to work very well with no connection problems at all.

The 11hr flight passed very pleasantly and even though it was a daylight flight, the window shutters were closed for a few hours so we could get some sleep if necessary.

Only problem is that now I'm going to be expecting this on every flight - it's the only way to travel!!!

Hope you enjoyed the report......

19 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11708 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 30587 times:

Fantastic report, well laid out and easy to read, pics were great too, no problem with the quality at all! Thats a great way to spend your air miles btw, I shall hopefully get the chance to do the same one day, when I have enough miles in the bank that is biggrin 

Dan Smile



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 30587 times:

well i did enjoy your trip report. b.t.w. great pics for that they were made by your cellphone.

regards: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineArdian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 30431 times:

I envy you  wink 
Didn't know that the toilet on upperdeck has a window in it (very cool)


User currently offlineSafs From Australia, joined Dec 2005, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 30011 times:

How nice to fly F! It looks as though you thoroughly enjoyed your experience! The food looks fantastic and so does the seats. I am jealous!! hehe  Smile

Thanks for sharing.

Safs


User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 29962 times:

Brilliant report.
My dad flew the exact same route just a week before you in LH F, apparently very enjoyable for him too  Smile
Thanks
Alex


User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1098 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 29564 times:

Great report, thanks! I envy you very much and I hope one day I could try F too.

William



Lufthansa Group of Airlines
User currently offlineAnirudhvs From India, joined Oct 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 29527 times:

Quoting Keysman73 (Thread starter):
Sent a couple of e-mails from my PDA using the Wireless internet connectivity they had on board. It seemed to work very well with no connection problems at all.

which pda do u use ?
thanks,
anirudh..


User currently offlineKeysman73 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 29426 times:

Aniruh,
I've got a Palm LifeDrive...excellent machine...seems to do everything.

Quoting Ardian (Reply 3):
Didn't know that the toilet on upperdeck has a window in it (very cool)

Yeah, when the window blinds were down, it was the only place you could go to get a look outside!!!

Cheers.

Alan.


User currently offlineAnirudhvs From India, joined Oct 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 28962 times:

were the FA's friendly ...did they puser come during the flight and intoduced herself/himself personly to you ? if so then was he/she friendly?

did u visit the first class terminal at frankfurt?

thanks,
anirudh..!!


User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 906 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 28605 times:

G-day,
Nice report, and those are great pictures if taken form a cellular phone!
The food does look good! Its always nice to have a seat next to you open!
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.



to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!
User currently offlineKeysman73 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 28542 times:

Quoting Anirudhvs (Reply 9):
were the FA's friendly ...did they puser come during the flight and intoduced herself/himself personly to you ? if so then was he/she friendly?

did u visit the first class terminal at frankfurt?

Yes - the purser did come by and have a chat a couple of times. Very nice guy...he told me a few tales of his visits to Scotland in the past chasing Haggis!!
The FA's were quite friendly, but not overbearing, so it was just about right.
Although, they were quite happy to take a few pictures of me, so that was nice.

Unfortunately I didn't get to visit the First Class terminal in Frankfurt - my onward flight to EDI was in Business Class, so I wasn't of high enough status!!
I did try and blag it though as I've heard it is amazing -but to no avail.  Sad


User currently offlineAnirudhvs From India, joined Oct 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 28530 times:

thanks for your prompt replys!

did they give u a beverage menu ..or did they just ask or did they show u the bevereage cart?

thanks,
anirudh.


User currently offlineKeysman73 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 15 hours ago) and read 28499 times:

Quoting Anirudhvs (Reply 12):
did they give u a beverage menu ..or did they just ask or did they show u the bevereage cart?

Yeah - they gave me a full wine list which was impressive. Plus the main food menu was also huge with great food.
I'll try and take a pic of it an upload it so you can see it....

Cheers.

Alan.


User currently offlineAnirudhvs From India, joined Oct 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 14 hours ago) and read 28468 times:

Quoting Keysman73 (Reply 13):
I'll try and take a pic of it an upload it so you can see it....

thanks..you could email me the pictures on hhbharatpur@gmail.com

thanks,
anirudh.


User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 14 hours ago) and read 28453 times:

Very nice report. Those pictures are taken by a camera phone? That's amazing. I've seen a lot worse quality taken by a regular digital camera!

The size of the screen seemed a bit small for first class, though. Was it sufficient?



Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineKeysman73 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 28309 times:

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 15):
The size of the screen seemed a bit small for first class, though. Was it sufficient?

The screen does look a bit small, but it was fine actually - the touch-sensitive part of it wasn't flawless however, but I suppose that is to be expected on such a well-used system.

Regarding the pictures - that will be down to my Nokia 6234...2 megapixel camera on it, so that would account to the sharpness of them.  Smile

Cheers.

Alan.


User currently offlineJoeyby From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 28065 times:

wow great trip report, first lh looks incredible and yes the fuesalage on the top deck is at more of a curve making it harder to look out the window.

just thinking, has anyone flown both lh and emirates first? if so which is better, obviousy privacy wise its emirates but service etc?


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2822 posts, RR: 50
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 27401 times:

Good report, i can totally echo your feelings about LH's F service! I flew it in 2005 from FRA-YYZ and it was awesome. I also had the two seats that you sat in! The exit row is great and its also awesome to not have anyone nxt to you!

Chris



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 542 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 27250 times:

Great report and pics!

How many varieties of the main course (vegetarian/non-vegetarian) are available in the LH F class?


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