LUFTHANSA'S NEW BUSINESS CLASS PRODUCT 2005
As you all could have seen, did I go to Kuala Lumpur to test the New Lufthansa Business Class.
I have heard lots of things about that and wanted to find out myself how I would experience the flight. In the past ( 2001 ) I have tested Lufthansa also and at that time I flew one segment in First and one segment in Business Class. The service was from a very high standard at that time.
Munich – Kuala Lumpur via Bangkok
Seat 11K ( window )
Arrived at MUC
/ FRANS JOSEF STRAUSS AIRPORT at around 1800 hours on a flight from Amsterdam. I wanted to visit the Senators Lounge but it was quite full, had a quick drink and graphed some snacks and went to make some photo’s of the new airport.
At 20.35 the boarding started of my flight to Kuala Lumpur. The flight had a stopover at Bangkok airport. Because of the Tsunami disaster and the many dead and injured people there as well as tourists also from Germany, made my trip a bit weird. But the flight was already planned two weeks before the earthquake hit the area in Asia. I boarded the flight some 15 minutes before the other passengers where boarding the flight. This gave me some time to make these kinds of photo’s. I was welcomed by the very friendly and professional crew.
They showed me around and told me everything about the new 2 class configuration on the airbus 340-600. There is no First Class anymore onboard but a new business class product that is of such a high level of quality that you can say you are travelling First Class.
First the Lavatories
For the Economy Class there are 6 lavatories downstairs in a special made container.
The Business Class passenger got the normal lavatories, but with one special thing. A toilet with your own window. I have never seen that before but you can close the blinds if you don’t want anybody to see you.
The New lLie-Flat Seat
Then it was time to check my Lie-flat seat. The cabin got a special layout. Rows 1 to 9 have there own cabin in front of the plane. Then you have the kitchen and after the kitchen you have rows 10 and 11. seating is a 2-2-2 configuration. I liked the two rows cabin, gives you a bit more privacy but you are closer to the Economy class cabin. I asked for row 11 K, a window seat and got that one also.
The seat is a lie-flat seat, that is suburb from design by Recardo. Very functional with stores space for your shoes. As I am quite tall ( 194 cm ) I always have a problem when the seat goes down to the floor that me feet got stuck under the seat in front of me. No problems with that in these new seats. It got a great massage function ( lovely ) what works for about 10 minutes. It felt like having my own massage lady under me. It goes up and down your lower back. I wished I had such a seat at home. The lie-flat position is also great, it goes a little bit further than the lie-flat seat from f.e. KLM. It gives you a bit more support in the lower area. You also have a pre memory button which lifts the seat up and down in the middle area to make you sit very comfortable. I have to say a perfect 10 for the seat from me. I slept great and was sitting and sleeping very comfortable all the way.
The Inflight Entertainment System
At the moment they still have a bit of problems with the video on demand system. Currently it’s not on demand, but will be in the near future. They are integrating the system slowly so they can have a good solution for the small problems. Featuring 22 video and 21 radio channels. BUT Lufthansa is the First Airline in the world to have such a technical in-flight entertainment system. No airline in the world got the possibility to have BROADBAND INTERNET
during your flight. For a fixed price of USD $ 29,95 a flight you get access to the Boeing Internet Connexion. Sending e-mail with attachments all around the world, loin to your companies network, talking on MSM with your friends, all through your own laptop. What do you need a Wireless LAN network card. Also you can choose to surf the www for USD $ 9,95 for the first 30 minutes and $ 0,25 for each additional minute. Not on all the flights got internet access, so please check the Lufthansa website for details. The flight to KUL
did not feature the new service, but soon I will fly to San Francisco and on that flight they got the service.
The food was very taste full, not a lot but enough. The choice was between:
2 Hors d’oevres
Drinks as much as you want as long as you don’t get drunk.
An excellent wine list as I have been told my the person who was sitting next to me. He was French and was a professional wine drinker. He told me what the best wine was any why.
After this I felt for a nice relaxing rest of the flight. Used the chair massage and went for a sleep. They woke me up for lunch and washed myself with the hot towel.
I found the toothbrush and cleaned my teeth.
In the lavatories there is also Mouthwash to give you a fresh taste.
Landing at Bangkok
What a hugh engines got the Airbus 340-600
Making a right hand turn towards runway 21L over this Golf Centre
And yes, even after you landed in the middle of the airport, you will find in between Runway 21L and 21R a Golf Course. People waiting to pass.
Because you have to get off during the refuelling of the plane, I had some time to visit Bangkok Airport and the Lufthansa Business Lounge. Lufthansa got a own business lounge at BKK
Airport. All the facilities are there as well as a internet connection. Not free but you buy a cheap short internet card and you can access the web. I left my card there with 20 minutes to go for the nect person. The card was costing me $ 4,00.
Getting better every Year !!!!!!!!!!
Finally one of our own KDC-10's helping the Tsunami victims in Thailand.
Well done guys
After a stop for 1hours and 30 minutes we left for a short flight to Kuala Lumpur passing the Tsunami Disaster Area by Air.
LUFTHANSA TRAVELQUALITY RATING 5/5
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