Welcome to the last installment of my Winter 2018/2019 trip to the US! In this report, I'll be flying a Lufthansa A350-900 in Economy Class from Chicago to Munich. In case you missed the other flights in this series, be sure to read those Flight-Reports, too!
I was hoping that my inbound from LaGuardia would be delayed as to cut short my 8 hour layover. But unfortunately, UA1697 was early and my connecting flight to Munich was 2 hours late due to the weather in Germany. Ah well. At least I had lounge access. After I deplaned, I headed to concourse C to check out the first of 3 United Clubs I'd visit that day.
A look at the A319 which brought me from LGA.
Am I the only one who loves United's ad campaigns?
Granted, on this one I'd prefer it to say Seattle Seahawks instead of Chicago Bears, but hey, we are in Chicago.
Going through the coolest tunnel in the world.
Made it to concourse C…
…and the United Club at gate C16.
Only one picture of the crowded lounge.
A nice view of two beautiful United 777s.
After a very short visit there, I decided to head back to the B Gates. But first, another shot of concourse C.
United 737-800 off to Tampa.
Another great United ad.
Through the tunnel again, which also plays a classic American song, Rhapsody in Blue. Rhapsody in Blue is also United's theme song. You can listen to a part of it below.
And here's a video I found of the tunnel with a slow version of the song.
After 3 minutes in the tunnel, I found myself back at concourse B.
The next United Club I visited was across from gate B6. I believe it's the largest United Club at ORD.
The entire lounge, apart from the reception, is one floor up from the rest of the terminal.
As you can see, it's pretty nice.
Unfortunately, there are no good views of the tarmac, just of people in the terminal.
There is a water bar with different types of water.
After 2 hours in the lounge, I decided to leave…
…and head to the last lounge of the day…
…the United Club at gate B18.
I had a very nice chat with the receptionist about how United has been improving, which ended with us talking about life in Europe vs. America, as I can attest to living in both. Let's just say that they both have their pros and cons.
The other reception area.
The buffet included the typical chips, hummus, carrot sticks, cheese, and chili con carne.
My flight showing as on time. Interesting, as the inbound aircraft was 2 hours late.
A nice chandelier in the lounge.
My view for 3 hours.
At 10PM, the remaining guests of the lounge (of which 95% were on my LH flight) had to leave the lounge, as it closed. The staff members were very apologetic, and wished us a pleasant flight. Of all the United Clubs I visited, the last one was my favorite because of the friendly staff, and because it was empty for the entire duration of my stay. The positive of leaving the lounge was that I could visit the tunnel one last time.
At long last, our aircraft arrived at gate B17. Doing the honors would be D-AIXC, a 2017-built Airbus A350-941 named Saarbrücken. It was delivered new to Lufthansa in March 2017.
At the gate next to mine, a United 757-300 had arrived from LAX.
A ton of gate lice lined up around 10 minutes before boarding. I decided to join in, just because I want a few cabin pics without the aircraft being full.
I'll be in 24K tonight.
Finally down the jetbridge, 3h after the departure time.
At least I was greeted to a nice and fresh cabin.
At my seat.
Cabin from my seat.
A photo of Munich as the backdrop of the IFE.
Boarding complete with an empty middle seat, which means more legroom. Yay! Unfortunately, my neighbor decided to claim to middle seat for her jacket :( I claimed the middle seat's legroom though.
A beaten-up safety card.
A very hyper Captain Ingo apologized profusely for the delay (which he confirmed was caused due to wintry weather in Munich) and promised to try to make up as much time as possible in the air. A flight time of 7:55 was announced. A very nice wing view from my seat.
Let's take a look at the IFE.
A lot of options…
…but only one was really cool.
OMG, the quality of the cameras on the A350 really astound me.
I love LH's safety video intro.
One last look at a United tail for a while.
Taxiing to Runway 25R.
The Spirit/American terminal.
Lining up with the runway at taxiway EE.
Starting our super short roll.
And airborne after rolling for 28 seconds!
Tailcam after departure.
Another right turn towards Europe.
Downtown Chicago again.
Leaving Illinois behind.
After departure, I decided to watch Catch Me If You Can.
The crew started the service very quickly so people could catch up on sleep. Firstly was a hot towel.
As I was very hungry, I'm glad they served the food before the drinks.
On the side were a salad and some cake. Not even close to what SWISS offered.
I did appreciate the real cutlery.
For the main, we were offered pasta or chicken. I chose the latter. At best, it could be described as meh.
As a drink, I chose water with lemon.
I took a quick walk after dinner. The cabin lights stayed like this for the night (at least while I was awake).
I went to sleep around here…
…and woke up as we were over Northern Ireland.
A very weak breakfast was served around 1:20 before arrival. A stale fruit salad and a muffin which was at least a day old. The Oreos were the best part of the meal.
More lemon water for me.
I still can't get over that tailcam!
Almost over German airspace.
The captain made another announcement shortly before we commenced our descent. He said that the weather was really wintry: snow and gusty winds. He again apologized for the delay and thanked us for flying Lufthansa.
Who else loves the A350 winglet?
Cloudsurfing on our descent.
CAT III approach.
First sight of land.
Very smooth landing on Runway 26L.
Exiting the runway on to a snow-covered taxiway.
Taxiing with flaps full due to icing (I asked the captain after the flight).
Lufthansa A340-600 (D-AIHI 'Mönchengladbach') with the new livery off to JFK as LH410 .
Air Canada 777-300ER (C-FITU) off to Toronto.
Pulling in to our gate next to an Etihad 777-300ER (A6-ETR) from Abu Dhabi.
Deplaning through Premium Economy and Business Class.
The awesome Captain invited me into the cockpit after I started asking questions about the flight! What a beautiful cockpit. Thanks, Captain!
As always, the routing of my flight.
Thanks for joining on this trip. Stay tuned for my next series, covering a short February trip to Sofia, Bulgaria.
Overall, a decent flight with Lufthansa.
+ All 3 United Clubs in Chicago were nice
+ Beautiful A350 cabin
+ Comfortable seats
+ Great IFE selection
+ Good service, awesome pilots
- 2+ hour delay
- Dopey food offers
I enjoyed the flight, but there was nothing 5 star about it. I'd take SWISS over Lufthansa on TATL flights.