This is my first trip report.
I am originally from Stuttgart, Germany but now live and work in Boulder, Colorado. I usually fly the Denver - Germany route 3 to 4 times a year for business travel or visiting my family and usually take LH DEN-FRA-STR or BA DEN-FRA-STR or DL DEN-ATL-STR. I took a remaining return flight which I still had open from summer this year with Lufthansa on the 20th December to get to Frankfurt. This time over Christmas the prices for flying to Germany from Denver were extremely high, so I decided to take this rather unusual route. I booked a one-way ticket on Condor which I could upgrade with my miles from Lufthansa to their Comfort Class.
On the 3rd January I flew on Condor from FRA to LAS and then Frontier Airlines from LAS to DEN.
Check-in for the Condor flights is in the Terminal 1c at Frankfurt airport. There was a huge line at the economy check-in but there was no one at the Comfort Class check-in. Condor has several Economy Check, 2 Premium Economy Class and 1 Comfort Class check-in counter opened on that day. Check-in was very smooth and very quick, you get a priority sticker on your bag and access to the Business Lounge in Frankfurt or a 20 Euro coupon for duty free shopping. I took the coupon as I arrived very late at the airport due to bad road conditions and snow that day (the normal 1.5h car drive was almost 3hrs this time).
Boarding was from Gate C7. It took a long time to get through security as Air India was also boarding their two B777 to the US from C8 and C9 (which share the same security check point) at the same time. It was snowing very hard when we took the bus to the aircraft.
US Airways A333 snowed in at FRA
My ride for the next 11:40hrs
My window seat 3k
Legroom was very good
Every passenger gets a red rose, which I thought was very nice
The flight was fully booked, there were no empty seats in Y, Y premium and C Class. After the doors were looked the captain informed us the our flight time to LAS will be 11:40 hrs and that there will be a delay due to the weather condition an de-icing. It turned out that we had to wait nearly one hour for de-icing. In the mean time the flight attendants served us drinks and snacks. After de-icing was completed we headed to RWY 18 for take of. There were over 6 aircraft in front of us (2x LH A346 and 2 LH 744, 1x DL A332 and one DE 753). Take-off was one of the most powerful I experienced. The engines were set to full throttle while breaks still applied and climb out was very steep and quick, very unusual for FRA?
Cruising after take-off
Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of the main course, but food was very delicious, better than on a LH Business Class flight I had 2 years ago.
Here is the menu for the flight which consisted of a 5 course menu, the wine selection was also excellent:
- Tunafi let on green papaya salad and seaweed
- Marinated breast of duck on fine red cabbage salad and
- roasted pumpkin seeds
- Chickpeas- Blini with chive Creme Fraiche and black cumin
- Fresh winter salad
- with sauteed oyster mushrooms in Potato Dressing
- Main dish:
- Steak of veal with mustard herb crust
- at spinach and potato tartar
- Braised cod fishfilet with Bouillabaisse sauce,
- sugar snaps and stockfish puree “Brandade”
- Porcine Ravioli with two kinds of cream sauces
- and mushroom vegetables
- Bergader blue cheese with fig mustard
- From the bread basket
- Bread · Roll · Butter
- Chocolate pistachio tartlet
- on sweet chilly sauce with whipped cream and chocopops
- Coffee · Tea · Digestif
- In-flight snack:
- Crème BruIèe from Licorice
- with Muscat sabayone and Hazel nut crunch
- Before landing:
- Caesar Salad
- with shaved Parmesan as well croútons
- and Butterried chicken skewer
We also got some ice cream after 7 hrs into the flight as well as other snacks when requested. Food was very delicious!! Condor's Comfort Class has also a power outlet (German and US) on every seat, for In-flight Entertainment you get a portable device with 6 movies on it, they are also showing movies on the overhead screen. I found the earphones they provided very good and they had also very good sound quality.
In flight cheese snack
Dessert (very delicious)
Very good caesar salad with delicious marinated chicken
Somewhere over Wyoming
I love those big winglets
Direction Hoover Dam
De-boarding and immigration was very quick, and I also received my bags very quickly. The problem I had now was due to the snow and delay in FRA I only had 50 min. time to run over the the main terminal, check-in at Frontier Airlines and run to the gate. I ran in under 10 minutes from the international terminal with two large bags to the Frontier check-in. The agent at Frontier Airlines was very nice and told me I should relax and that I just arrived right in time and would still have enough time to catch my flight to Denver. The plane to DEN was a A319 an I was sitting in 4F.
Some last spotting in LAS
Boarding was very quick and it was again a full flight. Frontier is always my favorite airline out of DEN, the flight was very good again but I just noticed again how nice Business Class is compared to standard Y, but I think I have to get used to Y if I don't get an miles upgrade because I usually pay for my flights out of my own pocket
Back home over the Rockies:
My flight from LAS
I hope you enjoined reading my first trip report. Condor Comfort Class is a very great way to fly. It is much cheaper than a legacy carrier, but offers all the same amenity. I will defiantly fly Condor's Comfort Class again !!!!