Hello Flight-Report #Avgeeks. After a brief but enjoyable visit to Cairns it was time to make the slow and multi-stop trip back to the US, the wrong way of course. Originally this trip had almost a week in Australia, Cairns and Brisbane being the choice cities. My return home was on Singapore and ANA in first class using a no longer available 125K point redemption, which was a grand steal. When I booked it a year out there was rumor the new A380 would fly the SYD-SIN route. Singapore flies 2 A380s between these cities. BOTH were available when I booked it. But I picked the wrong one, and by the time I realized it, the new A380 was not available.
So for months that gnawed at me. Then SQ started publishing routes for their new B787-10. Reward Flying wanted to fly that plane. And I found Malaysia A350 too. And I found a waitlist on the new SQ A380. And I found space on Cathay's A350-1K. So I blew up the trip and ultimately had tickets on all these aircrafts.
Proud of my accomplishment I became tired just looking at the travel I was facing.
So I blew it up again. However all these aircraft are booked for travel in the next few months, as well as some others (hint: QR Qsuites, QR A350-1K, SQ URL) And the good news is CX swapped out the A350-1K on my flight and MH had an aircraft swap as well.
And in the end I lucked into QF's 787 plus an incredible dose of first class to return home.
Lufthansa MUC-FRA A321 Business Class / MUC First Class Lounge - this report
Singapore Airlines FRA-JFK A380 Suites Class - to come JetBlue JFK-ORD E190 Economy Class - no report
While the website is Flight-Report. let's face it, this report is a Lounge-Report.
There are two terminals that comprise Munich International airport. Terminal 2 is specifically for Lufthansa and it’s flying partners and Terminal 1 is for all others. Lufthansa also flies out of Terminal 1, as I’d find out today.
Deplanning in Munich is very efficient. It was a short walk down to the transit security area. Then just past this checkpoint is an elevator up to the Lufthansa First Class lounge. You can’t miss it, It’s well marked. There’s a stairway up as well.
The facility is shaped like an upside down “L”.
With great views of the tarmac.
Or work is you're so inclined.
In the back is a smaller Cigar Lounge than the Frankfurt smoking lounge.
Throughout the lounge were small displays that featured various food and drink.
This display was an eclectic selection of flavored oils that I assume you could purchase.
This could be dangerous, your own tequila bar.
Or a wine bar.
And a bigger display of wines being featured for the month.
In the back are the shower / bathtub rooms.
The bathtubs, as well as the room itself, were very similar to First Class Lounges in Frankfurt, minus one very important item.
The rainshower was welcomed after the long flight from China.
I’d skipped anything filling before LH723 arrived in preparation for the LH First Class experience. My flight to Frankfurt wasn’t leaving for 2 hours which was my plan to enjoy the lounge. There were other flights at 1 hour and 90 minutes. I asked the attendant, a very nice lady, to see if she could rebook me on the one in 90 minutes. She said she’d work on it and would find me in the lounge. I said I’d be in the dining room.
First I had a look around the buffett. A fabulous selection of items that would make any other lounge blush.
But I had long decided that I would be in the dining room comparing the Schnitzel which is so famous in Frankfurt.
I sat down and was given the menus.
Some much to choose from, but as you can see I was double crossed. TWO schnitzels, not one. Viennese and Signature. I ordered the Viennese style.
About this time the agent came and and with a big smile said “I have you on the next flight! You should leave in 10-15 minutes". I didn’t have the heart to ask to have the flight changed again. So I thanked her and fortunately the food came fast, as I was the only one in the dining room.
Catering in Frankfurt is by D&O who are renowned for their excellent airline food. This lounge, as you may have noticed on the menus, is catered by LSG Sky Chefs, who don’t have that same renowned food reputation.
I loved this dish. It wasn’t as greasy as the one in FRA, and the Cranberry preserve was a great accompaniment.
Here is a Frankfurt photo for comparison. (I have to laugh at this, I’d take either!)
And the German potato salad was insanely good.
But I had to inhale everything as it was off to Frankfurt. Not even a chance to sample a dessert!
So what was missing from the bathtub?
On the way out I noticed there is an outdoor patio, which would have been perfect on this beautiful summer day in Munich. But I was in a rush to catch my delayed flight.
This lounge is basically a copy of the Frankfurt lounges. There are some real differences however. Upon arrival you aren’t assigned to an agent who holds your ticket and summons you to your waiting car that drives you to you aircraft. In my case I boarded the bus to take me across to Terminal 1. I felt the decor a small step down from Frankfurt as well. It just didn’t feel as grand and perfect as Frankfurt does. The best way to compare the two I think is this:
Arriving at Terminal one LH119 was delayed. The inbound was just arriving so it wasn't a long delay, just long enough to have had dessert in the FCL had I'd known.
Lufthansa loads from all doors, front, center and rear.
A typical economy class err business class seat.
But its only a few minute flight, who cares…
Last seen on my departure from ORD to begin this journey.
And with amazing efficiency LH managed to serve a pretty sizable snack for a 38 minute flight.
Not only sizable, very tasty as well.
A few photos on approach into Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Lounge
Munich - MUC
Frankfurt - FRA
38 minutes, what's not to like? This snack was more like something you might find on a 2 hour flight. Very impressive. This flight's also a connector between their 2 main hubs so I'm sure that factored into the services. Nonetheless after first class on the A380, the Munich First Class lounge and this flight I'm wanting to sign up again very soon with Lufthansa.
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