Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8

I can’t even start to say how a lot we loved our Lufthansa top notch flight. There’s one thing so particular about sitting within the nostril of the 747, and I believe the pandemic’s impression on journey makes me savor experiences like this much more than ever earlier than.

How I booked our Lufthansa top notch tickets

When you’re making an attempt to ebook Lufthansa top notch with miles via a associate frequent flyer program (which is one of the simplest ways to take action), you’ll be able to solely ebook at most 15 days upfront. The Miami to Frankfurt route is notoriously tough to snag top notch award seats on, provided that the cabin usually fills up with paying passengers.

Happily we lucked out on this case. Slightly below every week earlier than departure two top notch award seats opened up, so we booked the next:

10/11 LH463 Miami to Frankfurt departing 4:50PM arriving 8:00AM (+1 day)
10/12 LH1040 Frankfurt to Paris departing 4:20PM arriving 5:35PM

I redeemed 100,00 Air Canada Aeroplan miles per particular person for these tickets, and the taxes & charges totaled $75 per ticket. I had booked whereas there was a 20% switch bonus from Amex to Aeroplan, that means I actually solely paid round 84,000 Amex Membership Rewards factors per ticket.

What an superior itinerary! As you’ll be able to see, we had a really lengthy layover in Frankfurt (the noon Frankfurt to Paris flight didn’t have award availability), however I certain didn’t thoughts. It could be like the nice outdated days of spending a day in Lufthansa’s unimaginable First Class Terminal, one among my favourite lounges on the earth.

Lufthansa top notch floor expertise Miami

Lufthansa actually makes you wait till you’re on board to benefit from the top notch expertise, particularly when departing Miami. On the plus facet, the check-in corridor was fairly empty. We have been rapidly helped within the line for top notch passengers and Star Alliance Gold members, and the check-in affiliate was pleasant {and professional}.

Lufthansa check-in counter Miami Airport (MIA)

Lufthansa used to supply top notch passengers escorts via safety, however that doesn’t appear to be a factor anymore. On the plus facet, I used to be completely satisfied to see the brief safety strains to get into the concourse, provided that they are often uncontrolled within the worldwide terminal. We have been airside inside quarter-hour of arriving on the airport. Remind me once more how this was voted America’s finest airport?!

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Miami Airport (MIA) airside concourse

All Lufthansa premium passengers have entry to one of many two Turkish Airways Lounges at Miami Airport, and on this case I used to be visiting the one I hadn’t beforehand reviewed.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Turkish Airways Lounge Miami (MIA)

The lounge is open to simply about all premium passengers, in addition to Precedence Move members, so there was a slow-moving queue to get into the lounge.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Turkish Airways Lounge entrance Miami (MIA)

The lounge itself was completely okay for Precedence Move or a contract lounge. It received extraordinarily crowded a bit after we arrived, to the purpose that nearly each seat was taken. We simply spent the time within the lounge getting caught up on some work. Happily we didn’t have that a lot time to kill within the lounge.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Turkish Airways Lounge Miami (MIA)

Boarding for the flight was scheduled to begin at 4:10PM, 40 minutes forward of scheduled departure time. Positive sufficient, that’s precisely when boarding began, with top notch passengers being invited to board first.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa departure gate Miami (MIA)

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 top notch cabin & seats

It had been no less than a few years since I flew the Lufthansa Boeing 747-8, and boy was I completely satisfied to be again onboard! The 747 is my favourite airplane on the earth, and as an avgeek there’s nothing like sitting within the nostril of the airplane. On the door we have been greeted by the pleasant crew, and one of many top notch flight attendants escorted us to our seats.

Whereas Lufthansa’s top notch cabin isn’t essentially the most non-public on the market, I discover it to be elegantly understated. The cabin contains a whole of eight seats — there are three rows with one seat on both sides, after which within the final row there are additionally two seats within the heart part.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch cabin Boeing 747-8
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch cabin Boeing 747-8
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch cabin Boeing 747-8

Whereas I’d ordinarily select to take a seat with my journey companion within the heart part, on this case I couldn’t assist however choose seats 1A & 1K for us, proper within the nostril. Why?

  • With so many airways retiring 747s, who is aware of what number of extra alternatives I’ll have to take a seat proper within the nostril
  • It’s not usually you get to take a seat each in entrance of the cockpit and in entrance of the ahead gear
  • Lufthansa has buddy seats in top notch, so you’ll be able to nonetheless dine face-to-face

So I sat in 1A, whereas Ford sat in 1K.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch seat 1A on Boeing 747-8
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch seat 1K on Boeing 747-8

There are little doubt extra non-public top notch suites on the market, however Lufthansa’s product remains to be effectively designed and practical. There’s a wall-mounted private tv, after which beneath that’s the ottoman. The ottoman also can act as a storage compartment, and may slide nearer to you, must you need to simply relaxation your ft on it.

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Lufthansa top notch seat ottoman

To the suitable of the seat are the seat controls, whereas to the left of the seat are the leisure controls.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch seat controls
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch leisure controls

Then alongside the left facet of the seat are two small storage compartments.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch seat storage

A kind of storage compartments has Bose headphones, that are hooked up to the seat by a wire. This looks as if a terrific answer, in comparison with different airways — this manner you’ll be able to maintain them from takeoff till landing, and the airline doesn’t have to fret about them being stolen.

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Lufthansa top notch headphones

The Lufthansa top notch tray desk is massive, and folds out from the far finish of the seat.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch tray desk

Beneath the armrest are USB and 110v energy retailers, that are straightforward sufficient to entry.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch energy retailers

When it comes to privateness, every top notch seat has a partition that may be raised, which basically provides you a cocoon, with out truly having a door. If you’re within the first row this offers you essentially the most privateness, since there’s nobody seated in entrance of you who can look again at you. On this explicit flight there have been only a whole of 4 passengers in top notch (together with us), so the cabin felt non-public regardless.

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Lufthansa top notch privateness protect

Lufthansa has digital window shades in top notch, so you’ll be able to increase or decrease the window shades with the contact of a button.

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Lufthansa top notch home windows

I additionally love how one can really feel the curvature of the airplane when sitting in these — there’s a closet within the entrance, however that’s it.

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Sitting within the nostril of the Boeing 747

A few different issues to notice about Lufthansa’s 747-8 top notch cabin. Whereas the nostril of the 747 has some overhead bins, every passenger additionally has a devoted storage locker behind the cabin, the place they will retailer their luggage and grasp any garments.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch closet Boeing 747-8

My solely actual frustration with the cabin (and the cabins on so many European airways) are the shortage of particular person air nozzles.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch overhead console

Lufthansa top notch facilities

For me it’s all the time a bit like Christmas while you board top notch on a terrific airline, primarily based on the quantity of items you obtain. To begin, there was a pillow and blanket at my seat. This isn’t the bedding that’s used when it’s time to sleep, however slightly it’s simply meant for lounging round.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch facilities

Inside moments of settling in, I used to be supplied an amenity package, pajamas, and slippers.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch facilities

The amenity package itself was from Van Laack, and featured socks, a shoe horn, eyeshades, a comb, earplugs, a dental package, headphone covers, and some samples of La Prairie merchandise (together with the “pores and skin caviar,” which I instantly packed as a small present for my mother, as she’s a fan).

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch amenity package
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch amenity package

Lufthansa has most likely one of the best padded slippers you’ll discover on any airline, as they’re outrageously comfy.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch slippers

Then there have been the Van Laack pajamas, which included pants and a collared shirt. Personally I discover these pajamas to be mighty “formal,” although my dad has began to repurpose the shirts of the Lufthansa pajamas for on a regular basis use, so when you see somebody in Tampa at a restaurant sporting Lufthansa top notch pajamas, now you understand who it’s…

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch pajamas
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch pajamas

On high of that, we have been supplied vouchers without cost Wi-Fi, which is a pleasant contact.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch free Wi-Fi

After being supplied all of these items, we have been served some pre-departure drinks, together with macadamia nuts. We ordered champagne, which on this case was the stunning 2004 Cuvee Louise. With the rose within the background, I believe the under image sums up the attractive simplicity of the Lufthansa top notch expertise.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch champagne & macadamia nuts

Lastly, we have been additionally supplied the menu and wine checklist for the flight.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch menu & wine checklist

A phenomenal departure from Miami

The pandemic has induced me to take flying much less as a right, and I’ve much more of an appreciation for simply searching of the window and having fun with the views. Our boarding course of was fast, and by 4:25PM the principle cabin door closed, by 4:45PM we pushed again, and by 4:55PM we began our taxi.

There was a LATAM 767-300 on one facet of us, and the opposite facet of us was an Air France A350-900 that was simply arriving (precisely the identical flight we’d tackle the best way again).

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
LATAM Boeing 767 Miami (MIA)
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Air France A350 Miami (MIA)

We had a roughly 15 minute taxi to runway 9. Whereas I really like runway views irrespective of the place on the airplane I’m sitting, it’s further particular within the nostril — simply take a look at that lovely “hump” reflection that I received to take pleasure in, due to how far ahead I used to be sitting.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Taking off from Miami (MIA)

We rocketed off fairly rapidly, and had the everyday lovely views on departure. As somebody who normally lives in Miami, I can’t rely what number of instances I’ve seen the Lufthansa airplane take off from Miami, so it was cool to be onboard for as soon as.

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View after takeoff from Miami (MIA)
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
View after takeoff from Miami (MIA)
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
View after takeoff from Miami (MIA)
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
View after takeoff from Miami (MIA)

Lufthansa top notch dinner service

The crew sprung into motion rapidly after takeoff to start the service. The 2 women working top notch merely couldn’t have been lovelier. They appeared to genuinely take pleasure in their jobs, they usually additionally cherished Ford’s enthusiasm for talking German (he solely began studying final summer season, and I’d say he’s almost fluent at this level).

Whereas Lufthansa has a dine on demand idea, most individuals on a redeye need to eat as rapidly as doable after takeoff. The dinner menu for this flight learn as follows:

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch dinner menu

Then the Lufthansa top notch drink checklist learn as follows:

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch drink checklist

Then the Lufthansa top notch wine checklist learn as follows:

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch wine
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch wine
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch wine
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch wine
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch wine

The crew typically units up somewhat show in the course of the cabin, between the 2 seats in row two, and in entrance of the pair of seats in row three.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch canapés

After takeoff we ordered one other glass of champagne. We needed to modify to the 2004 Grand Cuvee Rose Alexandra Laurent-Perrier that was listed on the menu, however the crew apologized that it wasn’t out there. As a substitute Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle had been loaded, which we have been additionally very proud of. This was served with the amuse bouche, which consisted of pepper and asparagus (which was slightly bland and onerous to eat).

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch dinner — champagne & canapés

Ford and I made a decision to dine face-to-face, so he sat in 1A (my seat), and I took the buddy seat. The meal began off with the signature caviar course, with the normal garnishes.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch dinner — caviar spherical one

Service in Lufthansa top notch is kind of again to the way it was pre-pandemic, besides there aren’t any heat towels, and there aren’t any trolleys. The flight attendant graciously supplied us some extra caviar (in equity, the opposite passengers weren’t having any, and presumably it will have in any other case gone to waste), so we couldn’t say no.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch dinner — caviar spherical two

Throughout our dinner we have been handled to essentially the most attractive sundown possible.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Sundown throughout dinner service

Subsequent up was the appetizer course. These appetizers come on trays, and passengers can strive every part in the event that they’d like. We made the choice to simply order one among every and share. The appetizers have been fairly good, and included:

  • Shrimp ceviche with marinated vegetable combine
  • Achiote seared beef, farro salad, prickly pear cactus French dressing, and chive oil
  • Chilled ratatouille parcel, artichoke escabeche, and pomegranate balsamic glaze
  • Child spinach salad, pickled crimson onion and contemporary raspberries, blue cheese crumble, and dressing

I can’t say any of the dishes have been significantly memorable, however we did take pleasure in all of them.

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Lufthansa top notch dinner — appetizers

Subsequent up have been the principle programs. I ordered the lump crab truffles, roasted corn and tomato succotash, grilled child zucchini, grilled patty pan squash, and spicy tomato hollandaise sauce.

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Lufthansa top notch dinner — primary course

Ford had the pecan and molasses crusted beef filet, inexperienced pea risotto, seasoned broccolini, sautéed sunburst squash, grilled crimson pepper, pinto bean, corn, and cremini ragout.

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Lufthansa top notch dinner — primary course

We have been then supplied dessert, however we couldn’t eat any extra. At that time the crew supplied us every a small field of sweets to conclude the meal.

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Lufthansa top notch dinner — sweets

The meal took round 2.5 hours, and that was solely as a result of we needed to eat at a leisurely tempo, and have a while between programs. The crew couldn’t have been extra polished or genuinely pleasant.

Lufthansa top notch bathrooms

After the meal I requested the crew to make my mattress, so I checked out the rest room. Lufthansa has two bathrooms behind the primary class cabin, completely for top notch passengers. This is a wonderful ratio of bogs to seats. The bogs are a terrific measurement, and every even has a window.

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Lufthansa top notch toilet Boeing 747-8
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch toilet Boeing 747-8

The lavatory had one bottle of cream from La Prairie, in addition to a facial mist from Evian.

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Lufthansa top notch toilet facilities Boeing 747-8

Lufthansa top notch mattress

Lufthansa’s top notch bedding is exceptionally comfy. The pillow is effectively padded with out being too chick, there’s a legit mattress pad, and the quilt is fluffy however not too scorching. Personally I persistently sleep effectively in Lufthansa top notch, and this was no exception.

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Lufthansa top notch mattress

My solely grievance is the shortage of particular person air nozzles. It will possibly get a bit stuffy within the cabin, particularly when you’re proper within the nostril, the place airflow is proscribed.

I ended up falling asleep with about 5.5 hours till our arrival in Frankfurt, and awakened simply over two hours earlier than touchdown, so I received a stable three hours of sleep.

Lufthansa top notch leisure & Wi-Fi

Earlier than going to sleep, I checked out Lufthansa’s leisure choice. Lufthansa’s leisure system might be essentially the most disappointing a part of the primary class expertise. The display screen is extraordinarily low high quality, so you are feeling such as you’re watching a TV from 15 years in the past.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch leisure system

The under footage of the airshow aren’t blurry as a result of I’m dangerous at footage, however slightly that’s simply the readability of the display screen.

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Lufthansa map enroute to Frankfurt
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa map enroute to Frankfurt
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa map enroute to Frankfurt

The amount of films and TV reveals is ok however not superb, however personally I all the time deliver my very own leisure on Lufthansa, or select to as an alternative use the Wi-Fi.

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Lufthansa leisure choice

And that brings us to Lufthansa’s FlyNet Wi-Fi, which is a spotlight of the Lufthansa top notch expertise. Firstclass passengers get a code without cost Wi-Fi, which has typically good speeds, particularly for a transatlantic flight.

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Lufthansa top notch Wi-Fi

For these paying, Lufthansa’s Wi-Fi providing certain is costlier than prior to now. You may get a messaging cross for $8, a decrease pace cross for $20, and a excessive pace cross for $34.

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Lufthansa Wi-Fi pricing

Lufthansa top notch breakfast service

About 90 minutes earlier than touchdown, the crew got here by my seat to supply me breakfast. The menu learn as follows:

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Lufthansa top notch breakfast menu

I wasn’t hungry — it was the nighttime again at house, and I had completed up a giant meal simply 4 hours prior. Nonetheless, I figured I’d take one for the crew, so I ordered one thing. I ordered a cup of espresso and an orange juice (with the latter being a mistake — I forgot that Lufthansa solely hundreds freshly squeezed orange juice on flights out of Germany, and never on flights to Germany).

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Lufthansa top notch breakfast — drinks

I made a decision to order what’s persistently Lufthansa’s finest breakfast choice, which is scrambled eggs with chives. There aren’t many airways that provide contemporary eggs onboard, in order that’s all the time a deal with.

Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa top notch breakfast — scrambled eggs

An uncommon arrival into Frankfurt

At round 7:15AM Frankfurt time, the captain introduced that we’d be touchdown in about half-hour, and moments later we started our descent. Whereas I attempted to seize some footage of the route on the airshow, I can’t consider that the under is what it appears like in 2021. 😉

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Lufthansa airshow approaching Frankfurt
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Lufthansa airshow approaching Frankfurt
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Lufthansa airshow approaching Frankfurt

Simply as we had a fantastic sundown shortly after departure, we had an equally good dawn on our method.

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Dawn enroute to Frankfurt

We circled round, and ended up touching down in Frankfurt at 7:50AM.

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Lufthansa airshow approaching Frankfurt

I really feel so dangerous for the climate Germans must put up with all too usually…

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View on ultimate method to Frankfurt

We had a roughly 5 minute taxi to our arrival gate, the place we pulled in shortly earlier than 8AM. We pulled as much as the gate, however to my shock, the jet bridge wasn’t truly used. As a substitute passengers have been deplaned by way of the second set of doorways and the rear doorways.

With lengthy haul capability being down as a lot as it’s, I’m undecided precisely why this is able to occur, not to mention on a wet day the place passengers have to hold their baggage down stairs. However I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t thoughts. How usually do you get an engine view like this whereas deplaning?! I nearly fell taking place the steps as a result of I used to be so distracted by the great thing about that wing and people two monsters.

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Deplaning Lufthansa Boeing 747-8

And attending to stroll alongside the facet of a 747-8 isn’t half dangerous both.

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Deplaning Lufthansa Boeing 747-8
Assessment: Lufthansa First Class Boeing 747-8
Deplaning Lufthansa Boeing 747-8

The opposite profit is that when you’re in Lufthansa top notch and also you don’t arrive at a gate, you’re pushed to the terminal separate from different passengers.

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Lufthansa top notch floor service Frankfurt (FRA)

We’ll decide up there within the subsequent installment, with our very lengthy layover on the First Class Terminal…

Backside line

Lufthansa top notch is such a implausible technique to cross the Atlantic. For one, sitting within the nostril of a 747-8 is a lot enjoyable, however past that, the cabin magnificence, facilities, service, meals, drinks, and Wi-Fi, make this an outstanding product.

Not like another airways, Lufthansa has roughly maintained its typical top notch service throughout the pandemic. Lufthansa top notch continues to be my favourite technique to cross the Atlantic with miles (together with Emirates top notch).

What do you make of Lufthansa’s top notch product?

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