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Report No: 2019-304E
Ladies and Gentleman,
Welcome to another series that would include 2 transatlantic flights on Lufthansa Premium Economy on the newest version of the Queen of the Skies and 2 Frankfurt-Istanbul flights again on Lufthansa and one American Airlines regional flight. All 5 reports would include lounge reviews of their respective airports.
This report is the report of the flight that I would fly Lufthansa's Premium Economy product for the first time. It would be a flight onboard the newest version of the Queen of the Skies from Washington Dulles to Frankfurt Airport. Also, before this flight I had the chance to visit the Lufthansa Senator Lounge in Washington DC.
The routing for this series would look like this
Pax for this flight:
First Class: No idea
Business Class: %95-100
Premium Economy Class: %95-100
Economy Class: %95-100
I don't know how but OLCI worked 24 hours departure and I was able to complete it. For those who don't know, LH OLCI opens 23 hours before scheduled departure time.
I have sticked to my pre-reserved seat for the IAD-FRA leg but changed my FRA-IST seat that I was auto-assigned. At least LH noticed that I like exit row seats.
Seat map for this flight.
And seat map for the next flight. However, my seat would change later on by Lufthansa.
Boarding Pass for this flight
D-ABYM would be the one taking me from Washington to Frankfurt. It would be my first time on that specific aircraft.
I have arrived to Dulles Airport, 1 hour 10 minutes before my flight as I had some important stuff to do in downtown DC. As I've finished them I have called an Uber and I've arrived to the airport on time as I was going to drop bags.
I was helped by a friendly agent at the dedicated Star Gold and Senator lane. I was informed that boarding would start 40 minutes before scheduled departure time at gates B45 and B47.
Later on, I've proceeded to the West Security Checkpoint as it's usually less crowded than the East one. Our aircraft was visible from the main building.
After clearing security within 5 minutes I have taken this photo of the FIDS
And I've decided to take the walkway to the AB concourse.
This would be the Queen of the Skies that would take me to… No just kidding. Probably I'll make this joke all the time when I pass gate B42-B44 at Dulles.
No jokes this time, this Queen of the Skies would be the one taking me to Frankfurt.
As I was flying Lufthansa that day, I preferred to use the Senator Lounge which is just next to the boarding gate. The lounge was crowded when I have entered but when the Austrian flight started to board passengers, the lounge got quieter.
Salad bar for the day
Main courses; the options were a vegetarian dish, rice and pasta.
Newspapers and magazines available at the lounge
And probably due to VA state rules, all alcoholic beverages was served at a manned counter.
Austrian 767-300 parked at gate B49-B51
And Alaska A320 from the lounge
After having a late lunch at the lounge, I have proceeded to the boarding gate for our flight. Lounge boarding was not offered that day.
There were two lines, one for Priority boarding and the other one for regular boarding which was made by seat numbers.
I have used the priority lane.
And, I've boarded the aircraft from gate B47.
After being welcomed by the cabin crew, I've took my seat and saw this Qatar 777-300ER from the window.
The seat was the regular Lufthansa Premium Economy seat which had a decent width and a legroom which made the journey more comfortable than Economy Class. Pillows and blankets were provided at each seat in this cabin.
Also, the seat has a wide IFE screen.
This aircraft was equipped with the Panasonic ex2 IFE system.
All Premium Economy passengers had received this Cerruti personal amenity kit.
As well as a bottle of still water.
And earphones, the same ones with Economy Class
The IFE screen welcomed me with the photo of the US Capitol in Washington DC.
The IFE menu
And another welcome when I have opened the route map
The seat pocked contained a donation envelope for the Help Alliance charity project
The safety card
The Inflight Shopping Catalogue. Inflight shopping was available throughout this flight.
And the Lufthansa Magazin
The Lufthansa fleet
Lufthansa Transatlantic destinations
Frankfurt Airport map
And some information about the FlyNet service which was available on this flight
Shortly after boarding had finished, the cabin crew served welcome drinks which was a glass of mango juice.
And then the safety video was monitored from the personal screens.
Shortly after we had pushed back, these Alaska aircrafts were visible. They were being catered with LSG Sky Chefs food while we, Lufthansa flight 419, was been catered by the Flying Food Group.
American 737 which would head to LAX
Some United aircraft at concourse D
And then we took off for a short transatlantic flight to Frankfurt.
Shortly after takeoff, snacks were distributed by the cabin crew alongside with a drink of choice.
Route map after takeoff
As I needed to do something on my laptop, I have purchased FlyNet for today's flight
This is the menu saluting passengers
And today's options, I've purchased the FlyNet Mail and Surf package which was a bit slow but alright.
Sport24 was the only live TV channel available on this aircraft and a tennis match was being streamed.
Before dinner hot paper towels were being served both to Economy and Premium Economy passengers.
Before the service had begun, I have visited one of the lavatories which was clean at that time.
As there were no menus distributed, meal choices were asked orally by the crew. Chicken or pasta. Alongside with the main course, the tray contained a salad, a brownie, bread, cheese, olive oil and vinegar dressing, crackers and butter.
I've opted for the pasta option which was served with tomato sauce, red peppers and mushrooms. The meal tasted really good, however the presentation was like an Economy meal.
Shortly after, the cabin crew came once again and served tea, coffee, water and Baileys for those who wish.
As I've continued to do some stuff on my computer, I have stayed awake until we were over the Atlantic and then I took a short nap until breakfast.
The breakfast tray contained a fruit plate alongside with a small charcuterie served with cheese. Bread, butter and a strawberry jam was also present.
A view as the air got lighter.
Route map for the last time
Connecting flight information was available, however, information for my connecting flight was not shown as it was far too early.
A view of the Commerzbank Arena from the airplane camera.
And as we're approaching
And as we've landed
Welcome to Frankfurt Airport, after 3 years.
Condor 757's and Lufthansa 747's
A Lufthansa A319 at a remote stand
D-ABYF parked near the hangar
This Lufthansa A321 was being taxied somewhere.
As well as this 747-8 parked at gate Z69
D-AIML at Terminal 1
D-ABYH was being connected to the jet bridge while we were passing
Another Lufthansa A380
And we were parking to gate Z58.
And parked next to our sister D-ABYH.
The route map welcomed me to Frankfurt.
After saying goodbye to the crew, I have left the aircraft from door 2L.
Our aircraft from the jetbridge
And the last photo from the terminal
As I had 5 hours in Frankfurt and having transferred at Frankfurt for many times and not visiting the city until that day, I have decided to clear immigration and visit the city. The passport check was fast as most pax were from the USA at the non-EU line. When my turn came I was questioned by the officer ( as I've expected ) and when I've showed my onward boarding pass and after the officer checked my visa I was all set. It was time to visit Frankfurt.
The journey would continue after I arrive back to Frankfurt Airport so I hope you all to see there in the next report. Thanks for reading.
As I have arrived to IAD 1h10 mins before the flight, as most pax were already checked-in, I was quickly helped and my bags were checked-in. I don't know why but in IAD the east checkpoint is always crowded and the west checkpoint always empty. I have used the West checkpoint which was really efficient unless waiting for an Indian family passing the body scanner with jewelry and which were subject to hand search. The lounge was similar to an usual LH Senator Lounge which offers few main courses, a complete salad bar and some snacks. The lounge was crowded when I have entered but after the Austrian flight was boarding, we were around 10 in the lounge. Also, this lounge has less meal options than the TK Lounge as last time when I have visited the TK Lounge, I have realized that *G pax traveling on LH or OS benefit from that lounge instead of the SEN Lounge. Boarding was made by priorities being respected however, the gate area was disorganized and queues were stretched to the hallway. The flight was great with a comfortable PE seat with decent legroom. It sound strange that no menus were loaded that day so meal orders were presented orally. The aperitif service being same with Economy ( which is completely normal ) and the breakfast also being similar to an Economy class meal was not that appetizing. I would prefer the hot burrito of BA PE instead of a fruit plate. The dinner service was delicious, however, the meal was again similar to Economy Class with a cheap salad and a brownie as a dessert. I expected a more creative meal on Premium Economy class. The IFE system was above average and had a lot of content including live TV of Sport24 being the only channel available. The Wi-Fi worked perfectly and the prices are reasonable. However, the surf and mail option wasn't that fast, however, I believe that the higher option was providing high speed internet. The only negative part was the USB port at my seat was not functioning, so I asked the passenger in 23C if I could use hers. The crew was nice and made drink runs in regular sequences, as well as refills were offered during the dinner service. Also, offering oshiboris, before dinner and after breakfast ( even on Economy ) is a great touch of flying Lufthansa where British Airways doesn't have wet towels onboard their WT and WTP product. Arrival to Frankfurt was efficient and we had arrived to a jetbridge in Terminal 1Z. After a 5 minute walk I have arrived to the nearest immigration point where I would leave the airport for a few hours.
(+) Check-in and security being efficient
(-) Messy boarding area but priorities being respected
Lufthansa Senator Lounge
(+) Food and beverage selection was decent
(-) Difficult to find a seat when crowded
(-) Not much meal choices like the TK Lounge
(+) Comfort of seat and the price worth for it
(+) A delicious dinner service
(+) Toilets were kept clean throughout the flight
(+) Drink runs was made by the crew
(+) A decent IFE system and reasonable Wi-Fi prices
(-) No menus were handed
(-) Meals were like Economy Class meals
(-) Breakfast was a joke for premium economy class but OK
(-) USB port at my seat didn't work
(+) Reasonable passport control wait time