Review of Lufthansa flight Seoul Munich in Economy

Airline Lufthansa
Flight LH719
Class Economy
Seat 50A
Aircraft Airbus A340-600
Flight time 11:20
Take-off 27 Jan 18, 13:05
Arrival at 27 Jan 18, 16:25
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Rob777ER
By 1747
Published on 28th February 2018
Hey guys,

welcome to the second part of this series, which covers my trip to wonderful Seoul, Korea with Lufthansa in Economy Class.

You are here for the review of flight LH719 from ICN to MUC.


Series overview



1st Part
MUC > ICN with LH718 Can be found here: LH 718: MUC > ICN

2nd Part
ICN > MUC with LH719 You are here!


Flight information LH719


Aircraft Registration: D-AIHA
Aircraft Type: A340-600
Boarding (planned): 12:00 noon
Boarding (actual): 12:00 noon
Push Back: 12:43 pm
Departure (planned): 12:30 pm
Departure (actual): 01:05 pm
Arrival (planned): 04:20 pm
Arrival (actual): 04:25 pm
Arrival Gate: 04:32 pm

*All times are local

Flight Ticket
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Pre Flight @ ICN


It was a coldy and clear Saturday mornring in Seoul, Korea.
As my flight was at midday and Incheon Airport is quite a drive from downtown Seoul, I got up quite early and took the shuttle bus once again.
Very convenient journey to the airport - it took about 1.5h.
After I arrived at the airport, check in was done very quickly as there were almost no people at the desk 3 hours prior scheduled departure.
Incheon Airport is a very nice airport, so I bought a coffee, took some rest before and walked through the building.

Here a picture from the check in hall @ ICN.
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On my way to the gates.
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Flight LH719


When I arrived at the gates my aircraft was already ready - once again a Lufthansa A340-600.
Registration D-AIHA - one of the older ladies but the cabin looked quite nice.
She had an Asiana B777 right next to her - I guess they chatted about the cold weather :D
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Oh yeah and on the other side a Finnair A350!
I guess she is used to such cold temperatures ;)
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So boarding was very fast … it took just 20 minutes to complete it and this time there were no empty seats in the rear cabin.
I guess the A340-600 was full!
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View from my seat - unfortunately my window was a little bit dirty.
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Seat pitch and width as usual.
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We had to wait another 20min because we lost our departure slot. There was already a delay of about 15min when we were pushed back.
Finnair A350 was just a few meters in front of us.
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Some impressions from ICN during taxiing.


Asiana A380 at the gate.
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Asiana B777 taxiing to the gate.
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Cathay Pacific A330 at a remote stand.
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After about another 20 minutes of taxiing we reached the runway and off we go…
Bye bye Seoul ….
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Shortly after take off we made a sharp left turn towards the Yellow Sea and headed west wards to China.
Weather conditions were picture perfect … no clouds in Korea and over the Yellow Sea.
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About 30 minutes after departure drinks and a snack was served.
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There was a little bug in the flight map :D
We didn't fly the circle!
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As we approached China … the weather conditions got pretty worse.
Lots of clouds underneath of us and a lot of turbulences.
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Lunch was served when we passed Beijing.
Here is the menu card for flight LH719 that day.
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As you might know from my other report - Korean food is amazing.
So I selected Bibimbap for lunch - the taste was quite good.
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When lunch service was finished, cabin was darkened and some passengers tried to sleep.
I read a little bit and followed the flight map on the screen.
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Still a long way ahead.
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We passed Ulaanbaatar and headed west wards over Mongolia.
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Before the Women's Tennis Australian Open FInal I visited the lavatory downstairs.
It's so damn cool to walk stairs in an aircraft!!
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Women's Tennis Australian Open Final - an exciting match that was!
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Half way through the flight a light snack was served.
It was possible to select a meat or cheese sandwich - i took the meat sandwich.
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The next 4h were very unspectacular … it was a very calm flight except while we passed China.
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As I love the wing view … I enjoyed watching out of the window and took some pictures.


2h before arrival @ MUC another meal was served.
I took the Korean option once again - Bulgogi! It was also not bad!
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Video LH719 cruising at 36.000 feet


Heading towards Munich and entering German airspace.
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The weather above the clouds was wonderful - the view of the Alps was amazing!!
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Unfortunately we had to land in MUC, so we needed to go through the thick clouds.
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And finally underneath the clouds … irgh what an awful weather :D
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And back @ home!!
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Arriving at the gate.
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My parents picked me up at the airport and took some pictures from my LH A340-600 from the Terminal 2 visitor terrace.
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Post Flight @ MUC


My flight arrived at the Satellit Terminal 2 … so it took some time to get to the main building of Terminal 2.
The way from the arrival area to the train which connects Satellit Terminal 2 with Terminal 2 main building is - in my opinion - a missconstruction!
It was my second time that there were some bottlenecks during the way … escalator are not possible to move the amount of people to upper floors and there are no stairs available.So when people have to wait at the second escalator it results in a "traffic jam" because more and more people coming from the first escalator and cannot move …. because the first escalator is running all the time …

It took a while but in the end I finally made it to the main building and took my luggage and was back home in Germany … which felt like summer as there was a temperature difference of about 30°C.
-25°C in Seoul when I left and about +5°C in Germany when I arrived!!


Thanks for spending your time and reading :)
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Verdict

Lufthansa

8.4/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew9.5
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering8.5

Seoul - ICN

8.0/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Munich - MUC

7.4/10
Efficiency8.0
Access6.5
Services7.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

This is currently my longest flight with 11h 20min - when I go to Australia in March 2018, all of that will be history! Looking forward to that :)

Despite the 11h 20min flight time, the flight passed by very fast.
The product LH offers is not bad ... great service, good food and a good entertainment system.

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3 Comments

  • Comment 434394 by
    KL651 TEAM 4468 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.
    Well for once on LH, I find the catering to look pretty good.
    The inflight snack is also something rare on LH
    Shame that the 340-600 are being phased out, they're so beautiful !

  • Comment 435557 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5093 Comments

    Hi Rob777ER, thanks for sharing this latest report! The A346 is pretty rare and it seems you've reported almost every carrier that operates them (except maybe VS?). It's funny to see stairs on an aircraft that isn't a 747 or A380. The catering looks surprisingly good for LH.

    Congrats on your longest flight (Until Australia) :-)

    • Comment 436244 by
      Rob777ER AUTHOR 42 Comments

      Thanks Kevin! Some A340 airlines are still missing. It is really a shame that it will be replaced over the next few years, such a great airplane and the stairs were awesome, it's just funny to walk up and down :)
      Catering was indeed good - I did not expected it to be that good from other reports I saw here but it was a nice surprise.

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