After more than 3 years it was time to visit South Africa and my South African family again. Also it was my first 380 flight.
I didn´t take a picture on my flight from FRA to JNB but on the flight back I took pictures.
Flight data :
Airplane: A380 D-AIMA named after my hometown Frankfurt am Main
Flight time: 9.30h
Due to a heavy thunderstorm in Frankfurt at the day of departure, a lot of flights were delayed. There were abnormal queues for check in at FRA airport, after boarding we
also had to wait for some passengers in the Airbus, hence we left Frankfurt with a delay of approx one hour.
The service on board was good, but the LH cabin crew could have offered more smiles during services.
The flight back will be more detailed!
So let’s visit Africa. I love South Africa. First we stayed at Kempton Park with the family. After that we went to the Kruger Park and afterwards into a private Game Reserve. We saw all Big five, a lot of cheetahs and all other African animals. It was just brilliant!
After some other brilliant (but cold!) days in and around Gauteng, monkey sanctuary and Go-carting it was time to go home…
Flight data :
Airplane: A380 D-AIMH named after the City of Zurich
Flight time: 10:10h
Boarding was without any problems
Leg room wasn´t the best, especially when the person in front of you hasn´t got his seat in the upright position.
After a smooth take-off we reached our cruising altitude and the service began. This time the cabin crew was friendly offering smiles to the passengers.
Food was nice!
Let’s talk about the IFE System. The Personal Screen was big and nice. But, sometimes the IFE was really slow and when you compare Lufthansa’s IFE to e.g. Etihad´s IFE System, Lufthansa’s IFE system isn’t as extensive as others.
Next I would like to mention is the map system on the IFE, so that you know where you are, how high you are etc (Nice Camera). I think they showed to many views like in the picture shown
Of course it was nice but still I would like to see more maps e.g. like a day/night map, just like I experienced it on South African Airways
And finally, do you really need those IFE Boxes right there?
I am a little disappointed but maybe my expectations were too high after experiencing Ethihad.
Not the best Idea to put it on top of the armrest. The reading light turns itself on all the time due to the elbow resting on armrest. Very disturbing
I tried to get some sleep but suddenly something happened, that I don’t want to experience again. A man on the other aisle just appeared to be very sick, he was lying on the cabin floor.
The lights were turned on and a fellow passengers who luckily was a doctor and cabin crew gave first aid. Eventually the passenger was able to get up and was moved to a different section of aircraft. In the morning he returned to seat and seemed okay.
Well done Crew and Doctor!
Ok let’s forget about this! Two hours before landing the crew started with their Breakfast service. I just woke up so I only ate the sausage. Very nice!
After a quiet and smooth landing the flight came to it´s end.
To sum it up: It was still a nice flight and the plane is just wonderful. But Lufthansa should think about a small upgrade of their IFE System to meet competitiors.
For me, the most important thing is to feel safe at any stage during flight and with Lufthansa I always feel as safe as can be!
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the Trip-Report.
[Edited 2011-07-07 10:19:18]