Thank you in advance for reading my newest trip report. This week I flew from Houston-Frankfurt-Narita in First Class on Lufthansa. I was originally booked from Dallas but decided to do a short “ferry” flight over to Houston so I could get on the 747. As luck had it, I was the only person booked upstairs until the day before departure but even with having a second person upstairs it still felt like a private flight. Overall I was very impressed with the service I received from Lufthansa on both flights and including my connection in Frankfurt. Thank you for your comments and as always, feeding is always appreciated.
) to Frankfurt (FRA
D-ABTF Delivered March 29, 1991
Previously a combi aircraft .
Flight time aprx 9 hours.
Profile of the Lufthansa 747-400
Seat map of my configuration with the yellow box indicating my seating area. While my aircraft did not have the new LH
First class seats, the seat next to you was still used as your bed.
Pretty bland terminal D check-in area.
Lufthansa’s signature first class ticket sleeves.
I really enjoy Houston’s airport. I think if you are using the pre-merger Continental terminals, B not included, it’s a very nice facilities especially terminal E.
Terminal E IAH
Area of terminal E that looks up into customs walkway and the E United Club.
Since I had a few hours to kill I decided to go to both airline clubs I had access to. I really enjoy terminal E’s United Club since the third level is normally quiet and has showers however lacks good food options. I also went to the lounge that Lufthansa uses in Terminal D which had better food items but lacked windows. Pictures below of both lounges below.
Terminal D club for Qatar, Emirates and Lufthansa premium cabin passengers.
I really didn’t want to each much because of the flights.
As you can see the United Club is much nicer, but totally lacks food.
Food offerings at the United Club.
Nice and bright
Nice views of the tarmac from the UC
737-500 “guppy” these are leaving the fleet at a pretty quick pace.
Ok experts, is this a 757-200 or -300?
Inside a shower at the United Club
United shower kit.
I had some more time to kill so I decided to do some plane spotting. While most of the flights are United, I always enjoy the different birds that come into Houston’s terminal D including the daily passenger Atlas Air 747 flights over to Africa. One nice change is you can finally get a good view of the Singapore 777-300s to Singapore via Moscow. This was the former Lufthansa gate but with the A380 gate now open, they have shifted their operations to D11 and D12.
Singapore 777 service to Moscow.
KLM to Amsterdam.
The KLM 747 is the combi version.
British Airways service to LHR
Due to the new jetway location for Lufthansa, I couldn’t get a clear image of my bird except for the tail.
Boarding gate sign. My flight was on-time!
Onboard the aircraft on the upper deck.
Back towards the galley
Pre-departure glass of Champagne and mac nuts
They handed out PJs for First passengers
B747-400 safety card
This woman was doin’ WORK. She enforced boarding policies like a champ. Tough woman!!
View from my window.
Old seat controls
The Perser came around the cabin and greeted us by name, introduced himself, asked us what we were doing in our final destination and had was very proactive with maintaining a conversation which was nice. He said if you want to do anything special or require anything special to please let him know anytime. He handed us menus with our names on them which I thought was a very nice personalized touch.
Dinner Menu outside
Very high quality menus with nice descriptions about the Chef and the different options.
Another menu shot
One more menu
The aircraft door was closed on-time and we had a very short taxi to the runway. Since I was sitting across from the flight attendant we had a talk about Houston as a layover destination (she enjoyed the hotel so liked to just relax overnight) and she would soon lose this route when the A380 takes over but was not sad to see it go. Interestingly enough, I talked to the Person on the A380 leg who was not overly excited to have IAH
added to her layover cities! Once we passed 10,000 feet they started to prepare the cabin for dinner service and set up the beverage action station in the middle of the upper deck cabin.
Beverage action station
This was the only real downside of the old first class product. The IFE was a joke. It was AVOD but the screen was very small and I didn’t even finish my first movie.
Working our way across the states
Just under 9 hours left when dinner started
Dinner service was started.
The flight attendant suggested I try their German wine onboard and I thought it was rather good and I’m not a big fan of white wine.
About the wine.
Next they handed out hot towels on a lovely plate with a rose pedal. You will notice in my pictures that Lufthansa loves roses and they were everywhere. The towel was large, boiling hot and had a nice scent added.
Beverage action station again
Table set-up with my rose.
I think it’s a nice little touch.
My “flying partner” for the flight.
The flight attendant came around with a selection of hot breads and I picked the garlic bread and toast for the caviar.
Appetizers and caviar trolley.
Tray table with the complete set-up
I like my caviar dressed so you can’t taste the caviar.
Salad with a delicious sun dried tomato vinaigrette.
I decided to go with the pork dish. By far the best entrée I have ever had on any of my flights. The meat was cooked perfectly, the berry and citrus sauce was delicious.
Location on the map
After dinner the cheese cart came around.
Selection of cheeses.
Banana bread pudding with ice cream
Even though I was so stuffed the food just kept coming! Chocolates were passed around.
To wash everything down I had tea, this was their set-up.
I decided to walk around the aircraft and look at the different classes. Sorry for the photos that were not very clear as I didn’t want to do any flash photos.
Business class with someone working the aisle?
First class lav with a nice view.
While I went to the restroom to change into my pajamas the flight attendant came and turned my second seat into a nice flat bed. I got around 4 hours of sleep on this leg.
Breakfast service was started with another hot towel, fresh orange juice and menus provided.
Our location during breakfast.
Trolly set-up with fresh fruits, cereal etc
Cappuccino while the flight attendant made my eggs and bacon to order.
Eggs and bacon.
Empty upper deck
Always a beautiful day to fly
A pad dress?
Lufthansa had an article about flying the Olympic torch but left out that it was on British Airways of course!!
My rose still going strong
I had just under five hours to connect in Frankfurt airport and I’m pleased to say my experience with the airport was better this time. The airport always has great views for your enjoyment, especially if you don’t mind areas without air conditioning! In this trip report I will show some photos of Lufthansa’s Terminal B First Class Lounge.
First Class Lounge
Decided to take a shower.
Enjoyed the rain head
Sink with amenities
The club had a Wii room.
Very nice bar with just about everything you can think of
The 747-400 that flew me in from IAH
Log book in the lounge
Restaurant breakfast menu
I had a light snack in the lounge
Finally got to see the 787 Dreamliner up close! Love those cockpit windows
787 Dreamliner again
Newest Boeing 747-8i
My 747 pushing back for its next flight and its clear to see the remains of this combi configuration
with the second over-wing exit blocked.
When it was time for my flight to board I was taken down to the tarmac where my Benz car was waiting to drive me to my gate. This was a great experience and my driver was very friendly! When we arrived at the gate he proactively offered to take my picture with the A380 then took me all the way to the boarding door and introduced me to the purser. All the crew appeared to be very proud of their A380s from the 747 flight attendants to the lounge workers.
My car and A380 – I was pretty tired