In January, I had a business trip to Hong Kong. I thought this was a good chance to try the brand new Lufthansa A350XWB. This report covered the first part of the trip from Munich to Hong Kong.
1. LH730 MUC->HKG: You are here! 2. LH731 HKG->MUC: Here!
On the day of flight I finished my work earlier. I took as usual the S-Bahn and arrived the airport at 20:35pm. Check-in counters were literally empty and I quickly checked my baggage.
I have already finished the online check-in the night before and had the boarding pass saved in the wallet.
My gate was assigned at H02 which is located at one end of the terminal. I was air-sided in no minutes as the security check and immigration were empty. Then I headed directly to my gate.
This was my plane. D-AIXF, with the name Bochum. Could not get a decent photo for the aircraft.
At 21:03pm, I have already arrived at the gate. I found a seat nearby and took a rest.
Boarding was commenced at 21:59pm with gate H01 for first and business class and H02 for the economy class. My seat, 33A. 31 inches of the seat pitch which is standard for Lufthansa long-haul fleet. Blanket, pillow and headphone were already placed on the seat.
Seat map of Lufthansa A350XWB with a total of 293 seats (C48W21Y224)
View of cabin from my seat. Economy class is arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration and the blue color of the seat becomes lighter towards the center part of the cabin. As you can see, the seat were very thin…
Welcome screen of the PTV, showing your seat number. Lufthansa use Panasonic ex3 system for their A350.
Cabin during boarding.
Another view of the back of the seat.
Standard A350 overhead panel.
Main menu for the PTV system. Phone jack and usb were available at the left bottom corner of the screen
Coat hanger on the left side of the seat back.
One special thing about the entertainment system was that you can connect your phone to the entertainment system with the Lufthansa companion app.
Boarding was completed at 22:30pm, followed by pushback 6 minutes later. The cabin light was dimmed and the flight time was expected to be 10 hours and 50 minutes. Loading was quite full and a Hongkongese young couple was seating next to me.
Shortly after take off the cabin light was turned on again, and I soon started to view the first movie, American Made.
10 mins later menu was distributed.
Snacks were served at 23:34pm, and I opted for coke with ice.
Then wet tissue was distributed to passengers. Dinner was served one hour later. I took the "Fried Chicken leg with Lemon sauce" option with red wine. As you can see, the table was actually very small.
We continued to head for the east. Passing through Czech Republic, Poland and Belarus and entered Russia.
At 1:27am, I watched the second movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. About 10 minutes later the cabin started to darkened and soon we were in complete darkness. I soon felt asleep…
I woke up at around 4:20am, and at that time we were flying north of Almaty. Then I continued with the movie.
By the time I finished the movie I checked the flight map again and we were probably flying somewhere in Qinghai provences of China.
Camera view outside
At 7:46am, cabin light was on again and wet towel was distributed. We were just 747km away from Hong Kong.
View of the cabin in blue LED mood lighting.
8:04am, I visited the toilet at the back but nothing special~
Breakfast was served at 8:23am, to me this was somehow quite strange as we only had less than one hour to landing. I took the "Omelette" option.
Soon we were already commenced the descend into Hong Kong airport.
Macau International airport
Had a coffee after the quick breakfast
Sharklet of A350XWB
We made a U-turn and entering Hong Kong airport from the west. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is close to completion.
Seconds to touchdown
We land on RWY07L at 16:10pm Hong Kong time.
Reached gate 34 for the parking. Parked next to a Cathay Pacific Airways A330-300.
Last view of the aircraft
Thanks for reading!
Munich - MUC
Hong Kong - HKG
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