Greetings Flight Report community and thanks for stopping by. I am sharing an around the world (mostly) First Class series of trips in this series. I have a strong affection for Lufthansa First class so that was my motivation for the beginning of this trip. The product is well documented and, as a whole, one of the best First Class experiences obtainable on points. Also, I get an inordinate amount of enjoyment trying to secure the space. The windows for partner redemption in LH premium cabins opens approximately 2 weeks prior to departure so you have to operate in that window to secure seats. Additional flights/seats may open as departure nears. This is good fun! For the return I already has the second leg of a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club redemption on ANA so I would ideally use LH to get to Tokyo to complete the circle. It didn't end up that smooth but a lot of fun was had along the way.
Booking the LH legs is a little tricky because you may find a North America - FRA segment but then no FRA - Asia segment to pair with it. That was the case with me. While I initially saw BOS-FRA open there was nothing to pair with it. Then, a few days later FRA-SIN opened however I wasn't thrilled about a BOS departure so I waited, hoping for something further west as a departure point. About 3 days out JFK-FRA opened and I caved, booking JFK-FRA-SIN. At lease JFK would give me the opportunity to try the only LH F lounge in North America, so that was something. I departed not knowing how I would get from Singapore to Tokyo but I did wait list for SQ F SIN-HND. Those normally clear, right?
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Carrier, route, equipment, class, lounge, and procurement method:
I took a $15 shuttle between LGA and JFK and it was easy enough. I was able to check in at Terminal 1 at an "early" check in position for Lufthansa. With no pre-check line security was more cumbersome than I have become accustomed to. The Lufthansa lounge is directly after security so I went there directly.
The Wining & Dining (First Class) area does not open until 14:00 so I was invited to use the Senator Lounge until then. The Business Class Lounge is on the first floor, the Senator Lounge is on the second floor and the First Class dining room is on the third floor.
Looking up at the Wining & Dining level.
I took a look at the food spread but wanted to wait for the dining room to take something to eat. I thought there was a decent selection and the items appeared fresh and appetizing. The lounge was only sparsely populated at this hour so I'm not sure there was good turnover on the buffet items.
A shower was on my list of objectives and I was shown to a shower room with no wait. It's a spacious, albeit basic, space. The Salvatore Ferragamo amenities are quite nice.
After a refreshing shower I took a walk down to the gate. I wanted to pop in on the Air France lounge via Priority Pass but here was a tacky hand written note on their sign saying they were not accepting Priority Pass visitors.
Some of T1's other tenants can be spotted.
SU to SVO
JAL to HND
I made it down to my departure gate in anticipation of catching the LH 748 arriving.
Soem diverse equipment parks here.
Lined up for 31L.
This is a tow in gate.
Upon returning to the LH lounge I had a look at the Business Class portion of the lounge. I really couldn't discern that much of a difference between Business and Senator.
I was excited for a pretzel and beer….however there were no pretzels in any of the lounges!
There are great ramp views from all levels of the lounge.
One of the lounge staff came to notify me that the dining room was open and I could go upstairs at my leisure. The third floor can be accessed by two sets of stairs at either end or an elevator. A key card is required to open the doors or select the floor in the elevator.
There is a reception desk with a guest log book at the entry. It was not staffed during my stay.
There is a divider between the foyer and the seating area.
Magazines and newspapers are available as well as luggage storage.
There is a small seating area and self serve beverage area.
The selection is quite good and there is proper stemware to suit a wide variety of pours.
Past the seating area is a small hallway with a few buffet items and then the dining room. I selected a table overlooking the Senator Lounge. The furniture seems identical to what you would find in any of the LH F lounges in Frankfurt.
There are maybe 20 seats in the dining room.
I am quickly offered a beverage and presented a menu.
The starters menu.
The table is nicely laid with quality German cutlery… and a Portuguese spoon.
Elgar to try something from the menu but wanting to save my appetite for the airplane I ordered the lobster bisque and the lobster tail. The soup was presented first and it was very good. The stock had a strong lobster flavor and smelled of the sea. The texture was silky.
The lobster tail was also quite appealing both visually and perfect in cookery.
The woman serving was working very hard and at first he was all on her own. A second server arrived and service picked up from there. Still I felt that my Ruinart was topped up regularly and the dishes were presented timely and not in a rushed manner.
In the time left before boarding I retired to the seating area to charge my phone and sample some of those beautiful single malts.
The Dalmore King Alexander III
The Balvenie 25.
Those of us in the seating area were verbally advised that the flight was boarding so off to the gate.
LH 401 JFK-FRA
The F cabin on the 747-8i is very private and visually pleasing.
For the crossing today I selected 3K specifically hoping it was far enough back for wing views.
My resplendent perch.
4 windows for long-haul.
The ticket to ride.
Lockers are provided in addition to the overhead bins.
Pre-departure service items are laid out on the small console in the center of the cabin.
Beverages are offered and there is a nice surprise in the Champagne selection. After I requested the Vueve the gentleman sitting next to me commented we both ordered the same items in the lounge and also on board. He commended me on my taste. We had a good laugh and chatted a bit. His wife and he were headed back home to Poland.
Served with the macadamia nuts.
In case you forget where you are.
About the only place I'd rather be…
The awesome Rimowa kits are distributed as well as sleep wear.
Push back occurs on time and we taxi for 31L Via Alpha, Juliet, and Zulu.
Soon we are aloft and banking away from Manhattan and out over the Atlantic.
I admire the subtle changes Boeing have made with this version of the 747 including the "Sky" style interior.
The stairs with flair.
Service begins promptly with the amuse.
Another pour of the La Grande Dame.
The table is laid by the male cabin attendant who was a delightful soul. Very chatty, fun and generous. His female counterpart was the exact opposite. She was stern and cold. I chipped away at her and even managed to get her to smile a couple of times but she made me work for it.
I finally got my pretzel, sort of.
We were a thirsty lot as we blew through the 2 bottles of Veuve. It was Tatty from the duration.
I am a complete failure when it comes to documenting menus and wine lists. The menu tonight followed the historical LH F path starting with the caviar cart.
A generous second helping was offered and accepted. thsi was Chinese farmed caviar and dare i say it was very good quality. My Polish friend asked about the source of the caviar and was, somewhat in jest, aghast. I'll quote, "Caviar should be from Russia, and this pains me a great deal to say, being Polish."
When I expressed interest in a white wine I was delivered two bottles and an equal number of glasses to make an informed decision. While not the most elegant presentation of wine I appreciated the effort to be fun and generous.
In case I need to revisit.
The appetizer cart rolls next. I enjoyed my tastes of all of these items.
For the main I ordered braised short rib with lobster mac and cheese. I will say it was a successful if a bit unusual dish. The beef was fantastic and the "deconstructed" mac and cheese was nice too.
To pair with the main a unique Chilean wine blend of 41% Syrah, 29% Carmenere, 20% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Mourvedre, 1% Petit Verdot.
The cheese is on the roll. Please stop here.
The flags are a bit off…
For some reason I am drawn to the cognac on board LH.
The dessert was not memorable and by this point I could only manage a taste.
At this point we are preparing the cabin for arrival. No, i kid, but it seems like it on these short trips over the Atlantic. No at this point we are preparing for a whiskey and a bed.
The LH bed is a good one. Plush bedding and a spacious seat.
Goodnight world. See you soon.
The crew honored my request to be roused for breakfast. I know, we just ate, but I'm here to experience everything. Plus, I have 16 hours in FRA and sleeping rooms at my disposal.
A cappuccino is delivered quickly.
Breakfast as we approach Scotland.
This fruit is beautiful.
A selection from the meats and cheeses.
A parfait of sorts.
The scrambled eggs cooked on board.
We're almost there, better get dressed.
Arriving under the cover of darkness.
Bonus Arrival and Porsche Experience
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A brisk walk to the A First Class lounge.
These lounges are so beautiful to me. They really fit with my aesthetic and sensibilities for what understated luxury looks like. Oh, and the food!
The lounge is only just opening and is virtually empty at this hour.
But the buffet is setup and ready for the influx of passengers. The selection and quality is fantastic. DO&Co is in a class of its own.
The dining room is tidy and well set. The chairs are identical to JFK.
There is a menu describing the buffet as well as a la carte items.
I can resist a quick graze before laying down for a nap.
After catching up on email and enjoying the proper barista made cappuccino I present to the shower attendant and request a nap room. This is arranged directly and I am led to the room. It's really a fantastic amenity. The room is very dark and quiet and perfect for rest. There is a high end sound system, water, and an eye mask in addition to the bed. I am out quickly and sleep for the better part of 4 hours.
Quite refreshed I emerge from my cave and seek a shower. The shower suites are impeccably clean and offer great Etro products.
Finally the pretzel!
I bid the lounge staff adieu and make my way to the Avis rental car counter seemingly in the bowels of Frankfurt Airport. I've done the Porsche experience one other time and thought it would be the only time but I just cannot resist. The sensation of commanding this stunning example of German engineering is to euphoric not to have another go. Even with sub-obtimal weather I was grinning from ear to ear for my 3 hour tour.
Of course the experience of piloting this automotive masterpiece to the First Class Terminal and walking away is priceless.
Some good company in the lot today.
It's difficult to let it go but the pleasures of the FCT await.
Lufthansa First Lounge
New York - JFK
Frankfurt - FRA
The Ground Service: Nada.
The Lounge: I think the LH Wining and Dining facility is rather good when compared to other F lounges in the USA. I probably prefer the Qantas lounge at LAX but this is a close second.
The Cabin: It's magnificent. The nose of the 747 is perfect for First Class. There is no foot traffic during boarding and the shape of the cabin makes for exceptional views and privacy.
The Crew: I had a great time with the flight attendant who was working in the aisles. His counterpart was frau frown. She softened up as we went along but was just not the effusive personality type. That's OK too.
The Food and Beverage: This was perhaps the best received LH F meal I have taken part in. There were no real duds and actually several stand outs. The caviar is always special and the main dish tonight was also exceptional.
Overall: I very much enjoyed this leg of the journey. It felt special and "First Class" in both the lounge and on board experience.
Thank you for reading and happy flying.
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