Review of Lufthansa flight Frankfurt Chicago in Economy

Airline Lufthansa
Flight LH430
Class Economy
Seat 33K
Aircraft Boeing 747-8I
Flight time 08:45
Take-off 16 May 18, 10:45
Arrival at 16 May 18, 12:30
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Jett Tyler
By SILVER 1558
Published on 3rd September 2018
So I am off to Chicago this time, flying a new airline for my flight log- LUFTHANSA.

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So I started the trip with a short run from LHR to FRA on an Airbus A320-CEO (LH924).



Nothing extraordinary just an average European service,
But unlike some European Flag carriers- a free brioche roll & drink service is handed out!



I got to the Passport Control area and after a bit of a wait for a shuttle bus.



Then after a good 20 minute wait I finally got through to the gate area hosting the long-haul Airbus A380 & Boeing 747 flights to the North America, Southern Africa and Far East Asia.



I took some time to get some of the regular traffic at FRA. Never know when you're going to be back or if you'd have time on the next visit…

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These two "Classics" really caught my eye!

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I boarded the Boeing 747-8i (D-ABYH), my first time flying the Boeing 747-8i. I had selected a window seat behind the wing, but not right at the very back. Seat 33K, facing North on the flight meant I wouldn't be looking into the sun. Having recently tried the BA 747-400 & KLM 747-400, I was interested to see how the B748 & LH would compare to!

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The plane, for some reason that I don't recall, was about twenty minutes late pushing back, however we didn't have long a taxi to the runway.

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Within no time at all, we were off and out of Germany! America awaits!

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The cabin was nice and modern. The seats were proudly displaying Lufthansa logos and they were a nice mix of grey, blue and yellow colouring. I found them comfortable.

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The first drink and snack service came around. Lufthansa gave out pretzels and I chose to company this with a drink of Cola. A hot towel would also be distributed.

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Quick gander at the Boeing 747-8i legroom…..

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The meal came around and given the two choices available, I went with the vegetarian Pasta dish. A bread roll with spread, a strawberry cake, mini Lufthansa chocolate block and a salad came alongside the main dish. It was pretty good in taste. I can't speak for other travellers, but I feel economy meals on most flights simply look worse for wear than they actually taste.

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I made the most of the IFE selection on Lufthansa. Some of the entertainment options I used included: A-Ha live in London 2016 (audio), I watched US crime drama Major Crimes of which they had 3 episodes and I also watched Star Wars VIII The Last Jedi, I also checked out some Lufthansa propaganda videos on the "Retro" 747-8i and "Auntie JU" the Lufthansa JU-52 that operates historical flights around Germany. As well as ideally watching the flight map every now and then.

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I also got up for a walk around the cabin to get my legs moving a bit. Also taking some pictures, trying not to disturb or offend any crew or pax.



In the last hour of the flight- we got given the pre-arrival snack service which consisted of a Ham & Cheese toasted sandwich along with a drink, I decided to have a German Beer alongside it.

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We began our decent over Canada, and we passed over the water separating the boarder of Canada & USA. The Chicago weather was looking good for that day!



We didn't have any holding time luckily, and we arrived about 10-15 minutes behind schedule. I wasn't too bothered or fussed. This was the end of the line for me today!

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Exiting the massive Boeing 747-8, I asked the crew if I could visit the flight deck- and they obliged! Got my footage which I was grateful for, the B748 has a very similar cockpit style to the retiring B744.

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Getting through customs/boarder control was a bit of a drag. But this is to be expected, and I eventually got through within 45 minutes of departing the 747.



Thus my trip to Chicago was ready to go! With my main place to visit being the Museum of Science & Industry….

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Verdict

Lufthansa

9.4/10
Cabin9.5
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Meal/catering9.0

Frankfurt - FRA

9.6/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.5
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Chicago - ORD

8.4/10
Efficiency7.5
Access9.5
Services6.5
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

Lufthansa- Based on my A320 & B748 flight experiences, I can see why & how this airline got a 5* Rating for its Economy services. However let's see if they hold it up on my return trip ;) #comingsoon

Frankfurt- Bit of a wait at passport control, but it is one of the four "megahubs" of Europe and it was a lot more organised than Paris CDG. Very nice building and despite a short wait on the bus to get from the Schengen Terminal to the Passport/Connections area- it was all good! Great viewing opportunities as well!

Chicago- It was good for arrivals. Very modern & clean. The waiting times really can't be helped as such in arrivals- The legal procedures must be taken. Seeing a sniffer dog (beagle) searching for natural food was a bit of a weird one!

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