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Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:02 pm

Hi, dear readers!

Welcome to my tripreport on 2 Lufthansa European flights. Purpose of this trip was the A.net tripreporter meet in FRA, and therefore I was in the need of flights to FRA. With not so many options out of AMS, solely being KLM and LH, the latter offered me the best fare and with my FTL card I would be entitled to use their lounges also, which was a nice extra.

I decided to fly out on Friday evening, 8th July, and take a night in an airport-hotel near FRA. Later Dutch a.net members Suryo/Akhmad and Martijn/CrimsonNL decided to join also and took the same outbound flight to FRA. So, our meet started a day early, already in AMS  

Lufthansa – the Upgrade, some lounges and the A.net-meet


Check-in was done at home, and pre-info from Martijn learned me that this flight would be close to full. A window seat, last row. I decided to get my boarding pass printed at the airport, since I prefer the ‘real ones’. So, on Friday after a quick cupnoodles at home and a fast trip by bus/train to the airport. I arrived there at 18:15hrs, well in time. Check-in for LH flights are at desk 8 in terminal 1, and carried out by groundhandling company Aviapartner. And it was busy!! A lot of people waiting in line for Economy class check-in or baggage drop-off. Lucky me, FTL status gives me a free way to the Business Class desk. I was served immediately by a very friendly girl, a trainee I learned. I checked for a row more forward and got 04F instead, plus, also the boarding pass for next days return. Very kind and professional attitude by her, so she can make it to a great customer service staff when she continues this way!

Amsterdam Airport – let’s go up to departures


LH check-in desks, see the crowd for Economy!


Now next treat was the security lane. I was able to take the fast lane here, FTL brings me through here as well, although it still took me about 5 minutes. I was not having troubles (this time), although once again I noticed security staff opening notebooks before going through x-ray machines. Hands off! It’s not their property and they are even not allowed to touch it, let alone e.g. open the screen. I was prepared for them, and showed my iPad to them before they got the chance to touch it.

After security I went to cash some money from the ATM, there was some left on stock for me, before going to the Business lounge. It’s lounge no. 20, Servisair is taking care of it. So confusing, we have Aviapartner doing check-in and groundhandling, but Servisair doing the lounge. And it’s not a good one either, LH needs to have a look and take action. Especially since LH is having an eye on the Dutch market and try to catch a lot of traffic (and they do!), but the lounge is a joke.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, departure lounge 1


Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Servisair (LH) Business Lounge


Entrance was offering newspapers, before being greeted by 2 not so interested ladies behind the desk. I was given ok to enter and decided to take one of the few remaining open seats. It was quite busy at this time, not surprised, since they are lounge for 17 airlines at the same time. Let’s have a look what is on offer: some wine, white wine not cold (!), beer in the fridge but was luke warm, some salty snacks as food, and… that’s it! A poor offering. Also no free WiFi provided, although one can use the 2x 30 minutes free WiFi offered by the airport itself (available to all passengers). The TV screen was turned off, and I found christmas decoration (lights) in one of the plants next to me. And a lot of dust also. The carpet was dirty, and the seat cloths were torn. Even no toilet facility nearby (closest is in the foodcourt behind Burger King). As said, not impressive.

Servisair/Lufthansa lounge – TV off, no magazines/papers, not looking good


Servisair/Lufthansa lounge – No bottles fixed on the wall? Not the best impression


At least we have some Christmas decoration in the lounge…


I hope some new furniture is on order also, this does not give me a good impression


Meanwhile Suryo was texting me, as well Martijn did. Both arrived and went to the gate, so did I.
I smile came on my face when Martijn texted me again saying that he was upgraded to Business Class, but I should also come to the counter. So I did, and a new boarding pass was ready, window seat 2A, in Business as well. Specially arranged by our reader Jelle (thanks again!) when Martijn told him about me and Suryo. So, also Suryo was smiling… he got a seat in row 1, and the a.net party was to start on board now!

A320 (D-AIQF) waiting for us to board


We all boarded together, slightly late, caused by the late inbound flight from FRA.

When I entered, I was friendly greeted by 2 of the crew, asked for a Dutch newspaper which was nowhere to be seen, but the crew promised to have a look for me later on. I took my seat in 2A, 2C was occupied by a fellow traveller, middle seat remains vacant in Business class.


AMS-FRA
Flight No.: LH 999 Date: 08JUL’11
STD: 2015 ATD: 2031
STA: 2120 ATA: 2126
A/C: Airbus A320-200 Reg No.: D-AIQF
Seat: 02A (Class: C)


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Door closed at 20:18hrs, not bad! Crew immediately came by offering my a choice of 2 Dutch newspapers, afternoon paper ‘Parool’, the local Amsterdam paper, and the ‘Telegraaf’, not my kind of read but it was ok here. Also international magazines on offer, e.g. Newsweek and the Time magazine. Info from the flightdeck revealed a 10 more minutes wait caused by ATC restrictions (slot). Meanwhile the crew performed their safety demo.

In the end we got our pushback about 15 minutes late, with an estimated flighttime of 50 minutes this would mean a close to ontime arrival. No problems here.

During taxiing, note the ex KLM F100 on the observation deck, looks strange!


Amsterdam Airlines, I flew it last year to Morocco



Taxiing to runway 18L, busy traffic all around but we took an intersection departure went airborne after the Air One CRJ-900 flight to FLR.

Lining up the runway, in the background a LX A320 for ZRH is waiting


Beautiful light in the summer evening, some good views down. I really enjoyed this takeoff, especially since this was my first flight since 5 months again (can you believe?!).

Airborne!


Flying away….


AMS visible in the background… A beautiful evening!




Not long after takeoff the crew came in action and delivered mealtrays. It was a tray called “be invited, by Antoniewicz”, really nice and fresh. On offer tonight were Salmon Cannelloni on Bean salad, sundried tomato cottage cheese with grilled vegetables, and a pineapple pastry. Only the sandwich was not my taste, cold and dry. There could be more effort here to make some warm bread onboard.

The meal AMS-FRA by Antoniewicz


About Heiko Antoniewicz Lufthansa learns me as follows;

”We would like to invite you to enjoy our new in-flight service on European routes. In sync with the step-by-step launch of our new Europa cabin in modern design, and still more comfortable seats, we have created an enticing new bill of fare. In close cooperation with Heiko Antoniewicz.

The renowned star chef combines classic culinary arts and traditional recipes with the techniques of molecular gastronomy and ranks as a top talent in finger food. Accordingly, we surprise you with our latest menus featuring culinary ‘tidbits’. Enjoy!”


Along with the menu comes some white wine which flows away perfectly. After service, crew dissappears into the Economy cabin for a while and on return –when I finished the meal and wine-, offering another drink. Let’s go for my favourity, Baileys   I was setting a trend, when my neighbour suddenly said “Hey, that’s a good idea, give me one also” LOL. And Martijn in front thought the same also, LH going out of stock here on Baileys. Suryo settled with Whiskey iirc.

My after dinner drink


Now, 50 minutes in the air are gone quickly, you can imagine it was almost time to land.

Beautiful views outside


…and some more


A first time landing on the newly designated runway 25C for me, and some taxiing on the busy apron to our gate, A01. Gate A01 is the famous gate where aircraft come in and almost seem to collide with the terminal building when turning into the stand. So, a fingergate here, arriving only a few minutes late. No problems and well done performance.

Landed!


Parking spot/gate A01


A friendly goodbye from the crew when leaving, a great but short LH flight ended too soon!

On Saturday we had an early start for the meet. Markus aka Flieger67 picked me and Martijn up from the hotel and we drove together to the airport. We met the other members in front of the observation deck and enjoyed a great day talking, sunbathing and watching the impressive amount of traffic at this airport. Some pictures from various traffic seen:

QR 77W, dedicated to Suryo


MU A332 taxiing out for departure


The 767 with winglets, dedicated to Martijn!


Something big from Japan… ANA B77W, really nice!


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Together with Martijn we would take the last flight back to AMS, where Suryo left 2 flights earlier since he had to take a long trainride back home after arriving in AMS. We had a quick look in the beautiful LH World Shop before we went through security check. I took the fast lane, Martijn the regular one. He won! I was stopped for an additional check and also my shaver was part of concern. The ‘swipe test’ had to be done and I had some jokes about it with the friendly security officers. I mean, here these guys were really friendly to me, but somehow I never have these positive experiences in AMS. Martijn was waiting and together we walked into the A-concourse, checked the OPS screen to find out our aircraft would be incoming from VCE, an A320 registered D-AIZI (delivered 20 August 2010), ‘older’ then we both thought at first.

We tried to get Martijn into the Business lounge, but it wasn’t granted since I was only FTL, and the admission fee is EUR25, a bit steep. We split up here since I wanted to see the lounge and offerings of course. Martijn went for some more spotting and exploring the terminal.

The lounge was receiving me in a friendly way, still quiet. After a while the lounge would become more crowded. Still, I had a nice place on a table near the window, great views on the apron and taxiway. I was able to see fellow members PlaneHunter and IberiaA319 leaving on the LAN A340 flight to MAD. Did they see me also?

The lounge itself, modern interior and nice bar with food options. Free WiFi by T-mobile, on courtesy of LH. Lavatories and showers are available also, for the shower you need to get a key at the reception first.
Food option were minestrone soup from Italy, ‘kartoffel salad’, ‘sauerkraut’, ‘bockwurst’ and bread (so make a hotdog yourself), fresh fruits, salty snacks and all kind of drinks. Really nice variaty and refilled constantly by 3 lounge staff. Flightinfo screens available also, but running Windows causing a slight problem apparently. The pics:

Food/Wine desk


Something more to drink


Lounge overview, big windows with views on the apron


Let’s have a light meal before the flight!


Windows having some issues here?!


At least we have something to read here and the time as well!


I stayed in the lounge for a while, surfing the web and having a light meal. When boarding time came closer I walked to gate A17, most passengers were gone inside already, or was it quiet today? Let me check the cheerful LH staff at the counter, if the seat next to me remains empty. I’ll bet it is, she said. Sure? Yes, let me check… Oh sir, you have the whole row for yourself. Nice!

D-AIZI, my A320, waiting at gate A17


Used the barcode scanner to enter the fingergate here, D-AIZI as planned, and greeted in Dutch language by the Dutch purser on this flight. He offered me a copy of the AD newspaper. Really nice!

Doors closed 20:51hrs, reopened again a few minutes later for 2 short connection passengers from BUD. Strange situation maybe, but good that LH accepted them since leaving ahead of schedule wouldn’t be too good in this case. I’m almost sure that the baggage had an overnight stay in FRA though  

FRA-AMS
Flight No.: LH 1002 Date: 09JUL’11
STD: 2110 ATD: 2103
STA: 2215 ATA: 2207
A/C: Airbus A320-200 Reg No.: D-AIZI
Seat: 06F (Class: Y)


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Early departure here, I counted 29 passengers in Y, 5 passengers in C (3 of them staff). Not the best load here, but really comfortable for me. Martijn was a few rows behind me, occupying an exit row seat on the left, I was just behind the curtain. The welcome was done in 3 languages by the purser, safety demo in German/English. I was able to understand everything very well, which can’t be said on all carriers. Really good impression so far!

The new Europa-Interior, slimline seats, great legroom


Pushback a few minutes early, and taxiing went quick also. We crossed runway 25C at an intersection and taxied further to 25L for takeoff, which was performed from an intersection also, and without further waiting. Really nice takeoff, beautiful views below us, and some cloud surfing later on during the climb. It was a bit turbulent at some stages, nothing serious for me, but some ladies in the back thought different and did a little scream  
Up in the air!


Another beautiful evening with the setting sun…


Ah, some clouds to encounter…


…but we quickly get to higher levels


The flight was a calm one, crew distributed a interesting Y-class meal: pasta salad with poultry meatballs and crostini. Very original offer in my opinion, and taste was good. I think this is really nice to get, it makes a change from the usual (boring) sandwiches so LH stands out here from the competition! No baileys on offer for me this time in Y, but a white wine and some water is good enough. Service with a smile for sure, I’m impressed once again.

The pasta salad and 2 drinks


Isn’t it just amazing sometimes?! I really enjoy this…


Almost there… finals runway 18R


Decending to AMS was via the Markermeer (lake) and with some turns into runway 18R, the famous ‘Polderbaan’ , meaning a usual 15 minute taxiing. Not today, our crew wanted to see the hotel probably… we touched the runway 21:58hrs, block-in on gate B31 was 22:07hrs, making up a 9 minute for taxiing. Not bad at all. Arrival was ahead of schedule, and the crew was standing at doorside to wish us a further nice evening.

Together with Martijn I walked to the exit, he took a bus to his apartment, while I was picked up… A great weekend ended here, but I got the spirit of flying back. Soon, more to come now and since I have more time (now only in the need for some more cash), I might book a few more trips in the upcoming weeks/months.

So, all who joined the meeting, thanks for the great time! And all others, thanks for reading. I hope this insight on LH’s latest product offering on the European flights gives a good impression also to you. To me, they did… for sure an airline to fly again in the future!

Thanks for your replies or feedback, I would really appreciate it, even if it’s just a quick note  

Regards
Eric

A small random selection of Trip-Reports on my previous flights:

On Duty To Japan: JAL (C) And KLM (Y) On B777-200s (by Airbuseric Dec 6 2007 in Trip Reports)
The Little Surprise From LH On A Domestic Route (by airbuseric Aug 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Crossing The Atlantic On BA (Y): AMS-LGW-JFK (by Airbuseric May 3 2009 in Trip Reports)
Royal Air Maroc: Nador - Amsterdam On The B737-400 (by airbuseric Jul 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Amsterdam Airlines – The New Wings From Holland (by airbuseric Jul 8 2010 in Trip Reports)
Riding The ICE To Catch My Cirrus Air Dornier 328 (by airbuseric Mar 7 2010 in Trip Reports)
FlyBaboo & The Q400: From The City To GVA + 2 More (by Airbuseric Jan 31 2010 in Trip Reports)
Brussels To London: The American Way & Back To AMS (by Airbuseric Jan 17 2010 in Trip Reports)
Catching Up With The LAN A340 And More ... (+pics) (by Airbuseric Oct 16 2008 in Trip Reports)
My Visit To Berlin Tempelhof, Daytrip On KL+SN+HV (by Airbuseric Oct 12 2008 in Trip Reports)
"Europe Select" On KLM, AMS-ARN-AMS (+pics) (by Airbuseric Jul 30 2008 in Trip Reports)
Flying Flemish, A Dutch Lady Between 2 Harbours… (by Airbuseric May 30 2008 in Trip Reports)
Props Around The UK (12Feb08); Many Pics/videos (by Airbuseric Feb 20 2008 in Trip Reports)
AMS-NRT On JL412 In JAL's C-class + Pics (by Airbuseric Jul 17 2006 in Trip Reports)
A Mad-Dog To Denmark, Bornholm & More On SK/QI/DY (by airbuseric Jun 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Air Dolomiti & The Embraer 195 Visiting BLQ (by airbuseric May 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
Inaugural Day Of Service: BA Embraer 170 LCY-AMS (by Airbuseric Sep 28 2009 in Trip Reports)
To The Land Of The Rising Sun (JAL In J-class) (by Airbuseric Jul 19 2009 in Trip Reports)
Combination AA + BA Across The Pond: JFK-LHR-AMS (by Airbuseric May 20 2009 in Trip Reports)
Back Home In C-class/Upper Deck On KLM's B747-400 (by Airbuseric Feb 19 2009 in Trip Reports)
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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:27 pm

Hi Eric, Thank you for the report, they are coming in thick and fast now  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
FTL card

May I ask, what is this card? A credit card with benefits?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
upgraded to Business Class

Always nice, has yet to happen to me so far!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
LH going out of stock here on Baileys

A.net clearing alcohol stock?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
LH World Shop

What do they sell here? Is it "duty free" or LH branded merchandise, model planes, etc? As I'm passing FRA in December I'll take a look  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
something more to drink

Is that a self-service beer tap? Very nice  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Y-class meal: pasta salad with poultry meatballs and crostini.

A good change, I guess that not many airlines provide this type of snack as a sandwich requires no cutlery to eat it.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Isn’t it just amazing sometimes?! I really enjoy this…

A beautiful shot, indeed  

signol
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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:27 pm

Hi Eric,

very nice to see you manage to put such a great report online very fast, I really enjoyed it. Just finished with some work and this report was just the thing I needed to cheer me up. What a great day we had!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
During taxiing, note the ex KLM F100 on the observation deck, looks strange!

It looks like it is parked at a gate on a higher level.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
…and some more

This cloud shots are just amazing and the light was perfect. Well done!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I took the fast lane, Martijn the regular one. He won!

I used the fast lane as well and it took forever as a family with small children was let through just in front of me. Plus I beeped again. Five times through security that day and three beeps.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Lounge overview, big windows with views on the apron

I wanted to go to the lounge as well, but in order to do that I would have to wait in the long-ish line for passport control and then go back and do the same security check and somehow I was getting tired of security checks  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I counted 29 passengers in Y, 5 passengers in C (3 of them staff).

That is a low load.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
pasta salad with poultry meatballs and crostini.

It looks delicious!

Thanks again for the report and a great day at FRA, it was really nice meeting you and the others.

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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:53 pm

Hi, Eric -

Sounds like you guys had a great time! The photos are really good; looks like some great weather for flying. What camera do you use?

How nice you got an upgrade! Always a great feeling when that happens ..  

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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:02 am

Hi Eric!

Great tripreport!
How nice to get an upgrade on the outbound leg.
Really nice pictures on the FRA-AMS flight. Especially the ones right after takeoff.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
During taxiing, note the ex KLM F100 on the observation deck, looks strange!

I really like those kind of things!

Martin
 
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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:52 am

Cool trip report! That is really great that you all got to meet up in FRA!

I am always amazed that short European flights get food in coach! If you fly New York to Honolulu it counts as a domestic flight so you coach you are lucky if you get peanuts for free!

BTW is there no high speed rail connecting AMS and FRA?
 
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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:39 am

Hi Eric,

Wow, thanks for getting this online so quickly! It seems you had a perfect trip, from your flights to the successful meet-up at FRA.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
decided to get my boarding pass printed at the airport, since I prefer the ‘real ones’.

Always a good decision!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
can use the 2x 30 minutes free WiFi offered

That's a good solution. Enough free usage for most and those who need it for longer can pay for it. An idea for ZRH maybe.

How nice of a fellow A.net member to arrange an upgrade for the 3 of you and what a great surprise! Your C-Class meal looked delicious.

You had some really beautiful lighting conditions on both legs, there's nothing like these long summer evenings.....

Glad such a great day was had by all, hope I can join you next time!

Happy flying
Infodesk   

PS. Five months without flying is definitely too long......  
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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:05 am

Thanks very much for the beautiful pics from your short flights AMS-FRA-AMS!
Keep them coming!!
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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:44 am

Quoting Burj (Reply 5):
BTW is there no high speed rail connecting AMS and FRA?

Yes, see :
http://www.railteam.eu/

The non-stop journey takes nearly 4h, journeys with a change nearer 5h30, so probably better in this case to fly, especially on a daytrip  

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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:23 am

Hi Eric,

excellent (and fast!) report with great pictures! What a pleasure to read!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Let’s have a look what is on offer: some wine, white wine not cold (!), beer in the fridge but was luke warm

Warm beer? Horrible.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The TV screen was turned off, and I found christmas decoration (lights) in one of the plants next to me. And a lot of dust also. The carpet was dirty, and the seat cloths were torn. Even no toilet facility nearby (closest is in the foodcourt behind Burger King).

Simply ridiculous!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I smile came on my face when Martijn texted me again saying that he was upgraded to Business Class, but I should also come to the counter. So I did, and a new boarding pass was ready, window seat 2A, in Business as well. Specially arranged by our reader Jelle (thanks again!) when Martijn told him about me and Suryo. So, also Suryo was smiling… he got a seat in row 1, and the a.net party was to start on board now!

That's what I call a perfect start of the weekend!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
During taxiing, note the ex KLM F100 on the observation deck, looks strange!

Yes, but good to see it has been kept for public display.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I really enjoyed this takeoff, especially since this was my first flight since 5 months again (can you believe?!)

Well, I have had similar breaks between fall and spring. But yes, it's quite long.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Not long after takeoff the crew came in action and delivered mealtrays. It was a tray called “be invited, by Antoniewicz”, really nice and fresh. On offer tonight were Salmon Cannelloni on Bean salad, sundried tomato cottage cheese with grilled vegetables, and a pineapple pastry.

Wow, looks very good. I got a similar tray with different small bowls on my ZRH-MUC flight on Swiss. Report to follow soon, well, hopefully...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
QR 77W, dedicated to Suryo

Great shot! Buy hey, where's my LAN A343?   You took a great picture of it.


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The ‘swipe test’ had to be done and I had some jokes about it with the friendly security officers. I mean, here these guys were really friendly to me, but somehow I never have these positive experiences in AMS.

I have met the most friendly screeners at FRA, had a nice chat again on Sunday.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We tried to get Martijn into the Business lounge, but it wasn’t granted since I was only FTL, and the admission fee is EUR25, a bit steep.

You can buy a lot of stuff for EUR25! Definitely not worth it.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I was able to see fellow members PlaneHunter and IberiaA319 leaving on the LAN A340 flight to MAD. Did they see me also?

We were seated on the left side. I had picked that side so that the bright sun wouldn't disturb during the flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The new Europa-Interior, slimline seats, great legroom

I'm very impressed by the new interior which I found on D-AIZG (NUE-FRA). Well done, LH!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Y-class meal: pasta salad with poultry meatballs and crostini. Very original offer in my opinion, and taste was good. I think this is really nice to get, it makes a change from the usual (boring) sandwiches so LH stands out here from the competition!

Very nice, I can only praise the new catering concept introduced on European flights.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
So, all who joined the meeting, thanks for the great time!

We had a great time indeed!

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
What do they sell here? Is it "duty free" or LH branded merchandise, model planes, etc?

They sell all kinds of stuff, you'll be surprised.


PH
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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:30 am

Hey Eric ,
Great work ! Crisp photos and nice read. You got some great shots there. Lounge looks very shabby hope they tidy it up soon. Glad you had a good day on the meeting. Very nice to hear LH was good also


Regards

Philip  
 
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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:45 am

Hello Eric!

Thanks for a nice story with some really high-quality pictures! Nice with a upgrade! I have flew with LH several times this year and I have only good thing to say about them.

I wish I could have join you on the A-net meeting but unfortunately I was working the hole weekend and couldn´t take the days off. But maybe next time? 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
my first flight since 5 months again (can you believe?!).


Oh, that´s not easy to bear!

Thanks again Eric!

Greetings
Robert
 
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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:36 am

Hello Eric,

A silver medal for you with this nice LH report containing very good & clear pics (is that a point & shoot you use?). Nice to see LH still performs up to standard and very nice you got upgraded an had a pre-meet in the C cabin, sky high. Now that was a great start wasn't it? Too bad to hear the AMS lounge did not meet your expectations.

Apparently you flew on a plane with the ultrathin seats on the way back, what did you think of their comfort? Personally I found them very hard, sufficient enough for a short flight.

You arrived at parking spot A1 at FRA. Did you follow the parking manoeuvre from your seat? I was once sitting on the other side of the window and watched an incoming A321 perfoming this tricky turn, passing by very close to the windows.

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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:52 am

Hi guys

thanks for your replies so far, really nice to read  
Quoting signol (Reply 1):
May I ask, what is this card?

Frequent Traveller is LH Miles & More Silver, with it's benefits.

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
What do they sell here? Is it "duty free" or LH branded merchandise, model planes, etc? As I'm passing FRA in December I'll take a look

Really 'everything', but high quality goods. You can purchase with cash, but also redeem your miles. There are also shops in MUC and TXL (maybe more, I'm not sure). Indeed, also a lot of LH branded stuff, incl. suitcases and travel accesoires, really nice.

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
Is that a self-service beer tap?

Indeed it it!  
Quoting signol (Reply 1):
I guess that not many airlines provide this type of snack as a sandwich requires no cutlery to eat it.

btw forgot to mention inside the package a plastic cutlery was provided (similar as we can find in cup noodles)

Quoting SloAir (Reply 2):
I used the fast lane as well and it took forever as a family with small children was let through just in front of me.

I heard an airline (I think MH) is not accepting children anymore in premium class, how about implending such procedures at security checks also   (no just joking). I guess you were just unlucky.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 2):
I wanted to go to the lounge as well, but in order to do that I would have to wait in the long-ish line for passport control and then go back and do the same security check and somehow I was getting tired of security checks

I can imagine that feeling, sometimes it's just to much 'checking' at airports.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
The photos are really good; looks like some great weather for flying. What camera do you use?

Thanks! These pics come from my D7000, Nikon DSLR.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Really nice pictures on the FRA-AMS flight. Especially the ones right after takeoff.

Thanks. Did you also notice the 4th runway which is in final stage of construction? I forgot to mention about it.

Quoting Burj (Reply 5):
I am always amazed that short European flights get food in coach! If you fly New York to Honolulu it counts as a domestic flight so you coach you are lucky if you get peanuts for free!

That's insane isn't it? JFK-HNL would be 6 hours flight or so? A snack would be quite a normal offering imho. But, also in Europe, many airlines do not give out anything (e.g. SK, IB, EI, SN, BD, BT etc), so make sure to pick the right airlines then  
Quoting Burj (Reply 5):
BTW is there no high speed rail connecting AMS and FRA?

We have, but it's only at real highspeed between Cologne and Frankfurt, running 300 km/h. Other tracks vary between 140-160 km/h between Amsterdam and Cologne. Still, work is in progress to get new railroad lines which brings up the speed in the future also.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 6):
That's a good solution. Enough free usage for most and those who need it for longer can pay for it. An idea for ZRH maybe.

Indeed, really nice. But in the business lounges you would expect unlimited access these days, don't you think so?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 6):
How nice of a fellow A.net member to arrange an upgrade for the 3 of you and what a great surprise! Your C-Class meal looked delicious.

Sure it was a great start!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 7):
Thanks very much for the beautiful pics from your short flights AMS-FRA-AMS!

Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Great shot! Buy hey, where's my LAN A343?

Oh yes,,, forgot to place it after I uploaded it on FB. I'll bring it on...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):

I have met the most friendly screeners at FRA, had a nice chat again on Sunday.

Good to hear that you also have good impression about this.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
I had picked that side so that the bright sun wouldn't disturb during the flight.

Evening sun / sunset can be beautiful

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
I'm very impressed by the new interior which I found on D-AIZG (NUE-FRA).

D-AIZG, we were supposed to fly that to AMS also but became AIZI. Now checking, AIZG left to ?? just before out flight to AMS, I even caught it on picture...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Lounge looks very shabby hope they tidy it up soon.

Sure, it needs quick attention. LX is also using this lounge btw.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 11):
I have flew with LH several times this year and I have only good thing to say about them.

Same impression here, good to hear. LH is among the best in Europe for sure.

Regards
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Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Buy hey, where's my LAN A343?
LAN A340-300 CC-CQC leaving for MAD, A.netters PlaneHunter and IberiaA319 onboard


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
I'm very impressed by the new interior which I found on D-AIZG
D-AIZG seen lining up 25C for departure (taken from D-AIZI)


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Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:29 am

Hello,

The lounge in Frankfurt looks nice, unlike the one in AMS. I'll never be able to call a regular seat with the middle empty a business class seat, but that's the standard in Europe. When it's free, it's nice for the lounges.

Hope you guys had a good time to FRA, hope I'll be able to meet you all one day.

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Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:36 am

Hi Eric, very nice TR with many interesting pictures.
Both flights on LH looked very enjoyable and the food very good for the lenght of the flights.
Also it was my pleasure to meet you in FRA, I hope we can do such a meeting again  
thank you a lot for sharing
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Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:36 am

Hi Airbuseric,

Great report with lovely crisp photo's. Sounds like you had fun during the FRA meet, shame I live on the other side of earth . 

Lufthansa's European product looks pretty good, I especially like the J class meal you got, it looks delicious. It seems like they are one of the few carriers that haven't cut down on catering for intra-european flights...

Thanks for sharing.  

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Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:37 pm

Hi Eric,

Good to see your report on the meeting up as well! As already mentioned, some very crisp and nice pictures, especially with the low, setting sun. The meeting was fun, had a very good time there so hope to do another one soon.

Interesting to see the new LH catering concept - it's been almost a year since I last flew them and with a few segments coming up in August (and more in October) it's good to know what to expect.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Hands off! It’s not their property and they are even not allowed to touch it, let alone e.g. open the screen.

Ahh, your ongoing raffle with Schiphol security!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Also no free WiFi provided, although one can use the 2x 30 minutes free WiFi offered by the airport itself (available to all passengers).

Man that lounge looks and sounds like a dump. I always thought that the Menzies one next door was not a very good one but it beats that Servisair one 10-0. They don't have wifi either, but they have regular ethernet cables (as a leftover from the time when they still offered workstations) where you can plug your computer in and surf that way.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
. Even no toilet facility nearby (closest is in the foodcourt behind Burger King). As said, not impressive.

And yes, of course they have also toilets next door...  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
So I did, and a new boarding pass was ready, window seat 2A, in Business as well. Specially arranged by our reader Jelle (thanks again!) when Martijn told him about me and Suryo.

Hey, that's very nice!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
note the ex KLM F100 on the observation deck, looks strange!

Whoa! I knew the Netherlands is densely populated and built up, but to have airport gates on two levels - that's unheard of!  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Beautiful light in the summer evening,

I can only agree!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
especially since this was my first flight since 5 months again (can you believe?!).

Didn't you get any withdrawal symptoms? That is a long dry spell, let me tell you.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Not long after takeoff the crew came in action and delivered mealtrays. It was a tray called “be invited, by Antoniewicz”, really nice and fresh.

Looks nice! Lots of different stuff in there to enjoy. Very good, considering it is a 50 minute flight after all.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We tried to get Martijn into the Business lounge, but it wasn’t granted since I was only FTL, and the admission fee is EUR25, a bit steep.

So you weren't successful in your quest. That's what I thought as well. Well, you just need to make SEN now  .

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The lounge itself, modern interior and nice bar with food options.

Hmm, this was in the A pier, right? I've only been to the LH business lounge in non-Schengen B, that one didn't look this good and was packed to the gills. But didn't you say that they were renewing the lounges?
 
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Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:13 pm

Hi all and thanks for further reading and your comments!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
A silver medal for you with this nice LH report containing very good & clear pics (is that a point & shoot you use?).

Thanks Nils. It's with a DSLR, although my Canon point & shoot gets close to these results also.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Apparently you flew on a plane with the ultrathin seats on the way back, what did you think of their comfort? Personally I found them very hard, sufficient enough for a short flight.

I like the seats a lot, especially this legroom. The seatcushion is shorter to sit on, creating more leg space. Comfortable enough for these European flights, up to 4 hours... I think that's doable.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
You arrived at parking spot A1 at FRA. Did you follow the parking manoeuvre from your seat?

Yes I noticed it when taxiing in, really nice experience.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 15):
I'll never be able to call a regular seat with the middle empty a business class seat, but that's the standard in Europe.

You'll get used to it after a while, but I can only agree with you about this!

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 16):
Both flights on LH looked very enjoyable and the food very good for the lenght of the flights

Sure it was, I can recommend LH to everybody.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 17):
Great report with lovely crisp photo's. Sounds like you had fun during the FRA meet, shame I live on the other side of earth .

Even when from the other half of this planet, you're always welcome to join  
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 17):
It seems like they are one of the few carriers that haven't cut down on catering for intra-european flights...

It's even an updated/enhanced catering concept, really stands out from the competition in a positive way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
it's been almost a year since I last flew them and with a few segments coming up in August (and more in October) it's good to know what to expect.

Looking forward to your experiences, you'll have a good time for sure.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Man that lounge looks and sounds like a dump. I always thought that the Menzies one next door was not a very good one but it beats that Servisair one 10-0

I tell you ... next door 'Menzies' was closed and on the window some papers 'Due to circumstances'. It's really bad for European airlines' lounge experience in AMS, only KLM's lounge if offering a good product, since I'm also not a big fan of the BA lounge which is also a bit outdated.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
They don't have wifi either, but they have regular ethernet cables (as a leftover from the time when they still offered workstations) where you can plug your computer in and surf that way.

Yeah, true. But WiFi is the standard. I can't use these plugs on my phone or tablet device. Where The Netherlands are among the topusers of internet and have on average the fastest connection to the web in Europe, the airport lounges are way behind  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Well, you just need to make SEN now

Well, you're right. But SEN is a bit too much for me. I'm working on similar level elsewhere, maybe KLM or A3.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
But didn't you say that they were renewing the lounges?

Yes, I got an email some time ago from LH, lounges got a new look in FRA. Not sure if this A-pier lounge was part of it, I have nothing to compare.

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Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:38 pm

Ola Eric, greetings from Mallorca!

Nice report to read, good start getting upgrades all around!

The lounge @ AMS LH use is terrible, used it myself, quite a poor excuse to be honest. IMO Star Alliance should look to provide their own decent quality lounge.

The LH C class meal looks pretty decent for such a short flight, same applies to the return J flight, seems the product has improved since my last flight with them, the usual stale sandwich, thankful washed frown with some rather rough tasting red wine!

Sounds like the spotter meet was good fun,mince again I was away!!

The return load to AMS was quite dire, hopefully it was better for the return in the morning.

Cheers

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Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:20 pm

Nice trip report, Enjoyed meeting you. Hope to see you again in the future.
Nice to hear you've got the upgrade on the AMS-FRA segment.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
ot of people waiting in line for Economy class check-in or baggage drop-off.

Had a funny LH experience last February in BRU. A overcrowded line for baggage drop off while ample people for the regular check in.
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Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:23 pm

Hello Eric, great report!

Seems like you guys had a pretty good time in FRA. Too bad, I wasn't able to make it. Oh well, maybe next time!  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I was served immediately by a very friendly girl, a trainee I learned. I checked for a row more forward and got 04F instead, plus, also the boarding pass for next days return. Very kind and professional attitude by her, so she can make it to a great customer service staff when she continues this way!

Nice to hear people taking their job seriously, a good change from the usual non-flexible, rude check-in staff?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
It was quite busy at this time, not surprised, since they are lounge for 17 airlines at the same time.

Perhaps LH should consider opening their own lounge @AMS? Not sure whether there is any Star Alliance Lounge in the airport.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Also international magazines on offer, e.g. Newsweek and the Time magazine.

I like the sound of that! Did you take a copy?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Suryo settled with Whiskey iirc.

Hehe, the disadvantage of being seated in the first row  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
My after dinner drink

Did you get any coffee to go with it?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We tried to get Martijn into the Business lounge, but it wasn’t granted since I was only FTL, and the admission fee is EUR25, a bit steep

Wow, I didn't knew airline lounges (note airline, not airport) had admission fees. Seems pretty reasonable to me considering the generous offerings, but perhaps then the time was a bit short. Does this fee apply for all pax or only in company with a FTL?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Let’s have a light meal before the flight!

Food looks very good, didn't know they had proper food in the LH business lounges. I'd always imagined them only serving croissants and crackers. Also that wine glass looks very LH F class'ish 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The flight was a calm one, crew distributed a interesting Y-class meal: pasta salad with poultry meatballs and crostini. Very original offer in my opinion, and taste was good.

Doesn't look too much different from C. Well done LH!

Thanks for sharing!
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Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:38 pm

Hi guys,

nice to read your comments!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 20):
Ola Eric, greetings from Mallorca!

I envy you    , rain in AMS

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 20):
The lounge @ AMS LH use is terrible, used it myself, quite a poor excuse to be honest. IMO Star Alliance should look to provide their own decent quality lounge.

  

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Not sure whether there is any Star Alliance Lounge in the airport.

There is none.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 20):
The return load to AMS was quite dire, hopefully it was better for the return in the morning.

Typical low Saturday evening load, I've seen this happening before on KLM flights on Saturdays also.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Had a funny LH experience last February in BRU. A overcrowded line for baggage drop off while ample people for the regular check in.

Oh yes, internet check-in creates new 'problems', since the drop-off counters get crowded nowadays.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Seems like you guys had a pretty good time in FRA. Too bad, I wasn't able to make it.

Preparing for the Sunday visit by FlyingFinn? I think ARN-FRA flights are plenty or via another route?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Did you take a copy?

Yes but no time to read, so left it behind again.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Did you get any coffee to go with it?

No I had Bailey's. Usually I take it after coffee, never together.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
I didn't knew airline lounges (note airline, not airport) had admission fees.

You can always ask, we heard this option when I asked entrance for Martijn. Probably you've to attend as a guest (guest fee).

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):

Food looks very good, didn't know they had proper food in the LH business lounges. I'd always imagined them only serving croissants and crackers.

LH lounges in Germany usually have some light food available, also experienced good breakfast offerings in their MUC lounge before.

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Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:43 pm

Hi Eric,

I had to read your report several times before replying. Just to make sure I did not miss any detail of your report. What a real joy to read! It was like re-experiencing that wonderful Friday evening together with three of us.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Check-in was done at home, and pre-info from Martijn learned me that this flight would be close to full

That was our blessing! Don't you think?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
since I prefer the ‘real ones’.

Count me in!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Very kind and professional attitude by her, so she can make it to a great customer service staff when she continues this way!

Very good of her! Did she happen to be the one scanning our boarding passes at the gate?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I was prepared for them, and showed my iPad to them before they got the chance to touch it.

In that case, it might be the best thing to do.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I arrived there at 18:15hrs, well in time.

We just missed each other. I reached the departure level some five minutes later.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Let’s have a look what is on offer: some wine, white wine not cold (!), beer in the fridge but was luke warm, some salty snacks as food, and… that’s it!

Ouch! Servisair should know better! Just look at the F&B offering of the non-Schengen lounge. Why can it be that way?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Both arrived and went to the gate, so did I.

Three Musketeers came together. 


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
So, also Suryo was smiling… he got a seat in row 1, and the a.net party was to start on board now!

Smiling a.net party on board!  



Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
During taxiing, note the ex KLM F100 on the observation deck, looks strange!

INow a must-see in AMS!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
especially since this was my first flight since 5 months again (can you believe?!).

No, I don’t.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
It was a tray called “be invited, by Antoniewicz”, really nice and fresh.

Agreed. I really enjoyed as well.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Suryo settled with Whiskey iirc.

Correct!  


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
QR 77W, dedicated to Suryo

Thank you for the dedication.  


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
where Suryo left 2 flights earlier since he had to take a long trainride back home after arriving in AMS.

I would have joined both of you on the way back if I lived closer to AMS.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The ‘swipe test’ had to be done

I had to experience the test as well. Could they have performed this only to us A.netters?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The pics:

I like the interior. It looks much better than three years ago.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
but some ladies in the back thought different and did a little scream  

With such a light load, their scream must have resounded inside the cabin.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Another beautiful evening with the setting sun…

What a breathtaking light show!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):

So, all who joined the meeting, thanks for the great time! And all others, thanks for reading

Thank you for being a great friend at the unforgettable event.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I hope this insight on LH’s latest product offering on the European flights gives a good impression also to you. To me, they did… for sure an airline to fly again in the future!

I can only agree with you. I like LH even more after last weekend!

Thanks again, especially for the quick posting! You did it!   

Best wishes,
Suryo

[Edited 2011-07-12 12:57:26]
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Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:43 pm

Hi Eric,

interesting read and lots of great pictures!

Good to hear you had enjoyable flights.

It's surprising to learn about the lounge in AMS. Definitely, not what one would have expected.

As for the meal on your outbound flight, nice presentation and seems to be tasty indeed. The one on the inbound flight in economy looks suprisingly good, as well.

It was great pleasure meeting you, hopefully the next A.Net meeting will take in the not so distanced future.

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Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:01 pm

Hey Eric! Nice job, great pictures. It sure was an enjoyable day and I'm happy LH didn't let us down!

Regards,

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Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:26 pm

Hi guys, thank you for commenting on my report!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
I had to read your report several times before replying. Just to make sure I did not miss any detail of your report. What a real joy to read!

Thanks Suryo!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
It was like re-experiencing that wonderful Friday evening together with three of us.

It was a great night indeed, especially after the surprise we got at the gate!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
That was our blessing! Don't you think?

Might be  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Did she happen to be the one scanning our boarding passes at the gate?

As far as I remember it wasn't one of the girls at the gate...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Ouch! Servisair should know better! Just look at the F&B offering of the non-Schengen lounge.

Never experienced their lounge in the non-Schengen area, but after this experience, I hope not to be there either. Actually, I would love to speak personally to the person in charge (manager) of the Servisair lounges. This is unacceptable, in my opinion.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
No, I don’t.

But it's true 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Thank you for the dedication.

Welcome!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Thanks again, especially for the quick posting! You did it!

You fired me up after promising it to Martijn and so many text messages hehe....

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 25):
It was great pleasure meeting you, hopefully the next A.Net meeting will take in the not so distanced future.

Sure I did enjoy the meet also! Next time, I try to be in the house once again  
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 26):
Nice job, great pictures. It sure was an enjoyable day and I'm happy LH didn't let us down!

Thanks Martijn, and thanks even more for your great effort on the outbound flight. LH is a truly great airline, even you work for their GHA, you can be very proud of being in charge of their flight handling in AMS!

Regards
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Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:10 pm

Hi Eric,

great report about your trip and about our meeting in FRA. Looks like you had some nice flights on LH and of course great you got that upgrade.

Anyway it was a great day in FRA, really enjoyed it as well, let's repeat that in the future.

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Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:13 pm

Hoi, Eric,

great work, well done.
Reading another view around the meeting, really nice.
And also you´re LH flight experience looks like ok together with the Lounge at FRA, for sure not the AMS one.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I really enjoyed this takeoff, especially since this was my first flight since 5 months again (can you believe?!).

5 months, thats definitely to much.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):

On Saturday we had an early start for the meet. Markus aka Flieger67 picked me and Martijn up from the hotel and we drove together to the airport.

A little late, but it seems I´am the one with the tight experiences.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Soon, more to come now and since I have more time (now only in the need for some more cash), I might book a few more trips in the upcoming weeks/months.

Tell me more, you know.

Greetings,
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Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:51 pm

That's a really good report for LH short-haul, very enjoyable.

I don't think I've ever seen the A26 Business lounge that empty, normally when I'm there it's an overcrowded mess with no spare seats and not a lot of refreshments.

I really like the new LH Business Class "bento boxes", but I must admit they do seem to be looked at suspiciously by a lot of travellers.
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Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:54 am

It was great that you all got upgraded - helps to have friends in high places!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Not long after takeoff the crew came in action and delivered mealtrays. It was a tray called “be invited, by Antoniewicz”, really nice and fresh. On offer tonight were Salmon Cannelloni on Bean salad, sundried tomato cottage cheese with grilled vegetables, and a pineapple pastry. Only the sandwich was not my taste, cold and dry. There could be more effort here to make some warm bread onboard.

Looks tasty.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):

The flight was a calm one, crew distributed a interesting Y-class meal: pasta salad with poultry meatballs and crostini.

I got a very similar meal coming back FRA-LCY at the end of June.

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Something big from Japan… ANA B77W, really nice!

Looks great!
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Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:38 pm

Such yummy mouth watering pics, especially the ones from the aircraft!! Thanks for sharing. Now I am sure you got a lot more spotting pics, don't be stingy please post some more  
 
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Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:21 pm

Hi,

really good to read your comments!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 28):
great report about your trip and about our meeting in FRA. Looks like you had some nice flights on LH and of course great you got that upgrade.

Same opinion here. Hopefully another meet in the future indeed!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 29):
great work, well done.
Reading another view around the meeting, really nice.

Thank you

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 29):
5 months, thats definitely to much.

Fixing this bug now, today 7 legs confirmed, until September I've 9 flights on planning now.

Quoting iainbhx (Reply 30):
I don't think I've ever seen the A26 Business lounge that empty, normally when I'm there it's an overcrowded mess with no spare seats and not a lot of refreshments.

I guess it was my lucky moment then... really enjoyable experience in that lounge!

Quoting iainbhx (Reply 30):
I really like the new LH Business Class "bento boxes"

Me too, good looking meal.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 31):
I got a very similar meal coming back FRA-LCY at the end of June.

Interesting! Although I think LH has a selection of meals to choose from which gives some variety on their flights around Europe.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 32):
Such yummy mouth watering pics, especially the ones from the aircraft!!

Thanks  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 32):
Now I am sure you got a lot more spotting pics, don't be stingy please post some more

I have a few more but these were the nicest traffic which I also caught, although I'm not always satisfied with the light conditions as seen from the observation deck in FRA. Maybe I'm just picky  

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Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:11 am

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
That's insane isn't it? JFK-HNL would be 6 hours flight or so? A snack would be quite a normal offering imho. But, also in Europe, many airlines do not give out anything (e.g. SK, IB, EI, SN, BD, BT etc), so make sure to pick the right airlines then  

Thanks! That is good to know!

Many years ago I flew TAP from London to Portugal, my first "European" flight and was amazed when they had lunch.

When the FA came by offering more bread I must have looked stunned because she paused and said "B R E A D?" again really slowly and waved it in front of my face... LOL
 
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Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:01 am

Hi Eric!

Very nice report with very nice pictures! Nice meal for such a short flight! Even in First class in the USA you will not get a meal on a flight that short. (AMS-FRA is almost the same distance as LAX-LAS).

I really like the cloud formations in your pictures.

Too bad I couldn't attend the meet but perhaps the next time.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
JFK-HNL would be 6 hours flight or so?

More like 10h 40 NYC-HNL.........

Five months is a VERY long time without a flight.........

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Fri Jul 15, 2011 3:18 pm

Hi Eric,

What a nice report! The pictures are amazing! And the upgrade was a very nice touch added to the experience! Well done on Lufthansa's part, and i suppose the service did not disappoint either  


Wished i could have joined you guys from this a.net meet, but hopefully next time!


Thanks for sharing!

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Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:28 pm

Hi Eric,

Great report and pictures - good to read that your flights on LH were enjoyable. It was very nice to meet you in FRA.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I found christmas decoration (lights) in one of the plants next to me.

Well, Christmas is coming soon again, isn't it?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
During taxiing, note the ex KLM F100 on the observation deck, looks strange!

Strange indeed - some sister ships are still in service at AMS...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
AMS visible in the background… A beautiful evening!

Great picture!

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Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:10 pm

Hi Eric, thanks for sharing this one.

A real shame I couldn't make it to the meet as I was at a friends wedding this day. Looked like a good meet and lucky you got an upgrate to business.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I was not having troubles (this time), although once again I noticed security staff opening notebooks before going through x-ray machines.

I always find the AMS security staff the friendlest, always have a good chat with them. Well perhaps only the ones on the H Pier  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Beautiful light in the summer evening, some good views down. I really enjoyed this takeoff, especially since this was my first flight since 5 months again (can you believe?!).
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
AMS visible in the background… A beautiful evening!

Wow some stunning views here. I had smimilar views on my departure out of AMS but I didn't take any pictures.

Thanks for sharing!

Hope you enjoy BCN on EZY  

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Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:10 pm

Hi airbuseric

Great report. I love your crisp, crystal clear, pictures! Absolutely great colours!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I decided to get my boarding pass printed at the airport, since I prefer the ‘real ones’.

Yes, that's also how I do it. Except for FR, I don't have any self-printed ones in my collection.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I checked for a row more forward and got 04F instead

Nice!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Very kind and professional attitude by her, so she can make it to a great customer service staff when she continues this way!

Good to see that such professionals still exist!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
As said, not impressive.

Why offer a lounge, if not properly done?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
So I did, and a new boarding pass was ready, window seat 2A, in Business as well.

Ah, and I thought the upgrade to C was your previous seat 4F already...

Looking forward to reading more of your reports!
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Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:26 pm

Hi guys, thanks for the further replies!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 35):
Nice meal for such a short flight! Even in First class in the USA you will not get a meal on a flight that short.

We're spoiled in Europe, don't you think? ... Maybe the USA style is our future though  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 35):
I really like the cloud formations in your pictures.

Thanks. Yes great flying weather indeed!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 35):
Five months is a VERY long time without a flight.........

I'm fixing this already,... stay tuned here for the coming weeks and I have some more reports...

Quoting ronerone (Reply 36):
What a nice report! The pictures are amazing!

Thanks Roni  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 36):
Wished i could have joined you guys from this a.net meet, but hopefully next time!

You're always welcome!

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 37):
Well, Christmas is coming soon again, isn't it?

Oh yes, that's very clever to look from another viewpoint of course  
Quoting Contact Air (Reply 37):
Strange indeed - some sister ships are still in service at AMS...

Oh yes, indeed a few are still hopping around, but not much longer I think. But it's strange also since the F100's were leaving so quickly from a specific moment, and E190's took their positions.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 38):
A real shame I couldn't make it to the meet as I was at a friends wedding this day.

A good excuse isn't it?!

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 38):
I always find the AMS security staff the friendlest, always have a good chat with them. Well perhaps only the ones on the H Pier

I must admit, my last flight on EZY last week was from the M (H) pier, and indeed, that security staff was really friendly indeed.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 39):
I love your crisp, crystal clear, pictures! Absolutely great colours!

Thanks!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 39):
Except for FR, I don't have any self-printed ones in my collection.

I even have real FR ones from years ago... real collector items nowadays.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 39):
Why offer a lounge, if not properly done?

Exactly my opinion.

Regards
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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:31 pm

Hi Eric.

Very good story from you here about the FRA meeting. Most of all though you pictures are just so good here. Really like your style of shooting. The departure pictures out of FRA on the return leg have my mouth wide open in awe. The second airborne shot with the sun behind the layer of cloud is my favourite.

Nice to see a change from the sandwich on the return flight also. Hope to try this soon as FTL is still the goal for me this year with a good amount of LH still booked and ready to fly.

Big difference in lounges as you say. I really like the look to the FRA business lounge. Well stocked and new looking fittings.

Thanks for the report Eric
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Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:02 pm

Hi Eric,

Excellent pictures indeed! I've read Suryo's TR earlier but its nice to read your rendition of the A.net Meet event too!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Lucky me, FTL status gives me a free way to the Business Class desk.

What a wonderful start!

Nice to see that the trio of you have had a nice time on Lufthansa! As I mentioned in Suryo's TR, their meal presentation is most excellent! Nice to read that its because of their revamped intra-European inflight services.

Nice photos you've taken in FRA as well.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Something big from Japan… ANA B77W, really nice!

I particularly liked this one! Nicely taken!

The meal in Y class looks so petit and almost cute. Yeah I agree it makes a lovely change from all the sandwiches. Glad to hear that it tastes great too!

Your experience with Lufthansa certainly left a warm impression on me. Thank you so much for sharing!  

Cheers,
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RE: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet

Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:14 am

Hi guys, finally I have some time to reply again  
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 41):
Most of all though you pictures are just so good here. Really like your style of shooting.

Thank Lee. I'll do my best to keep it up at this level.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 41):
Nice to see a change from the sandwich on the return flight also. Hope to try this soon as FTL is still the goal for me this year with a good amount of LH still booked and ready to fly.

Go for it, because it's quite nice to have lounge access during transfers especially. In Germany the lounges are pretty good!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 41):
I really like the look to the FRA business lounge. Well stocked and new looking fittings

Ah yes, business friendly design or something like that?  
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 42):
I've read Suryo's TR earlier but its nice to read your rendition of the A.net Meet event too!

Hi G., thanks for reading!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 42):
As I mentioned in Suryo's TR, their meal presentation is most excellent! Nice to read that its because of their revamped intra-European inflight services.

I agree indeed, I think LH did a great job by restyling their product on these flights!

Regards
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