Review of Lufthansa flight Frankfurt Luanda in Economy

Airline Lufthansa
Flight LH 560
Class Economy
Seat 28K
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Flight time 09:05
Take-off 13 Aug 17, 21:50
Arrival at 14 Aug 17, 05:55
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Davidu
By 1531
Published on 27th August 2017
After getting off my very normal intra-European flight from Vienna (seriously it was so normal it doesn't make sense to review it) I had about three and a half hours left before my flight to Luanda was scheduled to depart. Since I'm a star alliance gold member I'm entitled to use one of the many star alliance lounges at Frankfurt. I elected not to use the Lufthansa business class lounge because it's really mediocre, and instead opted for the air Canada maple leaf lounge in terminal Z, this, however, did require a lot of walking.

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I mean seriously it took me a solid 20 minutes to get to the lounge.

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Anywho after this, I finally arrived at the lounge with still slightly 3 hours to go before my flight was to depart. The Air Canda lounge is quite hidden away on the second floor of a strange section of Z gates, this was probably why there weren't many people inside. I was greeted by a very nice German/Canadian desk officer who swiped my THY gold card and I was in.

just as a walked in I noticed a model of the 787-9 in the new Air Canada livery. What a classy touch!

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The lounge itself was quite nice with a selection of cold cuts, desserts, fruits and vegetables, carbs and a few hot meals. Definitely better than the pathetic sausages and curry Lufthansa offers just a five-minute walk away.

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Air Canada Maple leaf lounge spread.

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In the middle of the lounge, there was a very suggestive fireplace along with many comfortable couches and armchairs.

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There was a nice selection of magazines, many of them air Canada themed, which I found interesting.

I would also like to point out that the lounge is very spotter friendly with large panel windows providing an unobstructed view onto the tarmac. here are a few aircraft I spotted that evening.

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Thai a350-900 bound for Bangkok

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Ethiopian 777-200lr bound for Addis Ababa

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south African A340-600 bound for Johannesburg

At this point, I decided to have a small dinner. I had some beef stroganoff, rice, a cake with ice and lemon along with some nachos. All were quite good. Yet again an upgrade from you, Lufthansa.

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At this point, I decided it was it was time to go to my gate as boarding had begun 2 minutes ago. I arrived at the gate 10 mins later with most of the passengers already boarded. Sadly we were on a jet bridge with no view of the aircraft, and you can't take photos in Luanda. What a bummer.

Flight info

Origin Frankfurt (EDDF)
Destination Luanda (FNLU)
Flight duration: 8 hours 5 minutes
Aircraft: A330-343X, registered D-AIKK, named Fürth, 9.5 years old at the time of flight.

We were greeted by the icy smile of the Lufthansa flight attendant taking care of my section of the aircraft I find that Lufthansa crews are very polite and well intentioned but are quite cold and distant when it comes to interactions.

This a330 featured the usual 2-4-2 configuration in economy class. Here is a picture of my seat, from the very front of economy class.

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The seatback pocket content was pretty standard, having the in-flight magazine, safety card etc.

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A picture of the forward economy cabin

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Legroom was decent

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We took off from runway 18 using up about 65 percent of the runway. our initial cruising altitude was 35000 feet but we climbed all the way up to 39000 feet.

A good thing about being in the forward economy section is the fact that you have a shot at getting the premium economy service. The food is identical to economy class but is served in real porcelain. I wasn't so lucky this time but had the premium economy drinks selection. Score!

The meal took a while to roll out, only being served 1.15 hours after takeoff. strange for a red eye but whatever I guess. The meal consisted of tortellini, bread, a peach cobbler and a green salad. A chocolate and some Bavarian cheese were also a part of the meal. All tasted good except the salad vinaigrette which was really rancid. I spoilt a perfectly good salad which was a shame. The cobbler was the highlight of the meal. I mean really it was that good.

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After the meal, I decided to pay a visit to the bathroom, which was a pretty standard a330 affair and then goes to sleep with about 6 hours left to Luanda.

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I woke up with about one hour and 30 minutes left till landing, I decided to browse the entertainment section, in the end settling for some season 11 episodes of "Bones" which I've seen already.

Breakfast was served 1 hour before landing and consisted of an omelet, grilled potatoes, some bread, and yogurt. The omelet was just plain nasty but I guess that's the norm in economy.

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we began our descent into Luanda about 30 minutes out, touching down hard on runway 07.

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Passport control is a nightmare here so I was sure to get off the plane fast. My bags were already waiting for me when I got through immigration. A generally decent flight from LH.
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Verdict

Lufthansa

7.3/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Meal/catering6.5

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge

7.8/10
Comfort8.5
Meal/catering7.5
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Services7.5

Frankfurt - FRA

7.5/10
Efficiency8.0
Access6.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness7.5

Luanda - LAD

4.3/10
Efficiency3.5
Access7.0
Services4.0
Cleanliness2.5

Conclusion

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