Review of Lufthansa flight Seattle Frankfurt in Business

Airline Lufthansa
Flight LH491
Class Business
Seat 84A
Aircraft Boeing 747-400
Flight time 09:40
Take-off 19 Feb 17, 14:10
Arrival at 20 Feb 17, 08:50
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NewYorker
By SILVER 1389
Published on 24th November 2019

Hello, and welcome to another Flight-Report! After a bit of a pause, I've returned with another series. This one will be covering a trip to Bulgaria/Vienna, which I took in February/March 2017, while I was still living in the US. The routing of this series is as follows:


Routing

  • LH491 - Business - Seattle → Frankfurt - Boeing 747-400 You are here
  • LH1426 - Business - Frankfurt → Sofia - Airbus A320 Not available
  • FB409 - Economy - Sofia → Vienna - Airbus A319 Not available
  • OS121 - Economy - Vienna → Frankfurt - Airbus A321 Coming soon
  • LH490 - Economy - Frankfurt → Seattle - Boeing 747-400 Coming soon

I don't actually remember how many miles each sector of this trip cost, but I think it was the 70K miles in Business Class to Europe and 30K in Coach coming back. An interesting thing about this series is that it's from before I became Star Gold, so there won't be any lounge reviews after the next flight. But, without further ado, let's head to SeaTac Airport, on the morning of February 19th, 2017.

I took an Uber from my apartment and found myself curbside around 30 minutes later. Lufthansa, along with all other international airlines (except Air Canada), uses the last entrance to the Terminal.


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Lufthansa's check-in desks are also at the very end of the terminal.


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Blue carpet for Business Class.


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The First Class line in the back, which I presume is only used for HONs, as Lufthansa doesn't fly First Class to Seattle.


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As is usual with SeaTac, security was quick and the agents were kind. If only all TSA agents were like the ones at SeaTac. I find my self airside around 20 minutes after I checked-in. Also, please forgive the fact that some of the pictures in this report are edited, and some are not. I just found these pics from an old stick and some were edited and some weren't.


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Delta A319.


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Most international flights from SeaTac depart from the South Satellite terminal, which is where I headed.


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After a short train ride, I found myself at Lufthansa's contract lounge, The Club at SEA.


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A look at afternoon departures. I like that SeaTac writes the codeshares in yellow, as it makes them less confusing.


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ANA 787-9.


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Delta 737-800.


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My flight's info. Scheduled 5 minutes early? Interesting.


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Business Class lane marker.


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Korean Air 777-200.


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Delta 737-800 and United A319.


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Hainan A330-300.


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Delta A319 taking off.


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Delta A330-200.


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My beautiful bird, D-ABVY, arriving from Frankfurt. This aircraft was manufactured and delivered to Lufthansa in 2000 and, until 2015, was named 'Nordrhein-Westfalen'.


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(Blurry) Tail of the queen.


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A peek inside the lounge. It's nice enough, though it's small and tends to get quite crowded, especially in the early afternoon.


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My spotting station. The lounge has great views of the tarmac and runway.


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Horizon Dash 8-Q400.


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American A321.


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Horizon Dash 8-Q400.


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Delta Connection E170.


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Southwest 737-700.


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Hainan A330-300.


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Delta A330-200.


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JetBlue A320.


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Hainan taking off.


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Boarding was scheduled to begin at 1:25 PM, so around 10 minutes before that, I headed to the gate. When Lufthansa sends the 747 to Seattle, it always uses gate S15, which isn't a good gate for spotting.


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Boarding began around 5 minutes late, and I was the first on board the Jumbo.


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I was greeted by a friendly purser and made my upstairs. I was the first passenger upstairs, so I got to take a few pictures while the cabin was still empty.


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Facing forward.


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Row 85. The left side of this row is quite nice, as there is nobody behind you.


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Classy Business Class logo.


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Lufthansa logo on the rear bulkhead.


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Water as my pre-departure beverage.


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View from my seat.


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Drink tray.


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Good-sized screen, with a nice welcome photo of Frankfurt's Römerplatz (I think).


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Waiting at each seat (well, inside a compartment, to be more precise) was a Jil Sander Navy amenity kit, which was adequately stacked. Pardon my unfolded jacket and scarf on the ottoman.


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Under the literature pocket is the compartment where the amenity kit was, as well as a bottle of water.


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Seat controls.


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Seat numbers.


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Under the seat control you can find the tray table and the remote for the IFE.


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Fleet page in the Lufthansa Magazin.


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Welcome message in the airshow.


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Spirit A321.


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Icelandair 757-200.


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We pushed back, started our engines, and began taxiing to Runway 16L. I think that the picture below represents what most people think about Seattle weather.


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As we taxied parallel to the runway, Captain Oliver added his welcome aboard, and indicated a flight time of 9 hours.


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Climbing out over Federal Way.


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Takeoff video.



Turning Northeast.


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Emerald Downs Race Track, Auburn, WA.


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SeaTac Airport.


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1 of our 4 CF6 engines.


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Reaching the blue skies.


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Time to take a look at the menu.


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Looks like this menu is only used on flights from Seattle and maybe Vancouver and California.


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Appetizers.


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Mains.


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Desserts.


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Express Service option, though I don't imagine that many passengers go for that on West Coast - Germany flights.


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Breakfast.


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Not for me, but I would like to visit some time.


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Somewhere near the US-Canada border.


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Oshibori before the meal service.


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I also grabbed some of the traditional Lufthansa wipes from the restroom.


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Cashews before the meal service.


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Orange tea for my beverage.


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Cheers!


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Solid cloud layer over British Columbia.


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My appetizer, served approx. 1 hour after takeoff. I chose the Chilled Ratatouille Parcel. It was quite tasty.


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Making our way East.


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The main course was served around 1 hour 25 minutes after takeoff. I went for the Mild Goat Cheese Tortelloni, which also tasted good, though it was a little burned on the edges, and the presentation left a bit to desire.


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And for dessert, the delicious Berry Crumble.


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After dinner, I went downstairs to take a walk. Here's the Lufthansa logo at the purser's office.


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The view from 2L…


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…3R…


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…4R…


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…and 5R.


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Forward Economy Cabin and Premium Economy.


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A beautiful sunset.


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When I came back to my seat, a box of 2 chocolates was waiting for me.


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Flying towards darkness.


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I watched some of my favorite show until it was fully dark, and I went to sleep.


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I managed to sleep for around 5 hours, and woke up as the sun was beginning to rise and breakfast was being served.


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It consisted of Scrambled Eggs…


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…and fresh cold cuts.


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Water to start off the day.


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Beautiful skies as we began our descent.


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Cabin during descent.


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Turning towards Frankfurt while over the town of Fulda.


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A nice day in Europe!


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Slats down.


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Final approach.


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A REWE storage facility.


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Almost down.


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Welcome to Frankfurt!


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Landing Video.



Lufthansa A319.


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Lufthansa A340-300.


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Danke!


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This morning's Lufthansa lineup.


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Blurry Croatian Airbus.


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Pulling into our gate.


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One last look at my seat.


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Thanks for the ride!


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After that it was a short walk to the Business Lounge and my connecting flight to Sofia, of which unfortunately there won't be a report of, as I couldn't find the pix from that flight. See you for the next installment, VIE - FRA, soon!

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Verdict

Lufthansa

8.2/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Meal/catering8.0

The Club

6.8/10
Comfort7.0
Meal/catering6.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Services7.0

Seattle - SEA

8.0/10
Efficiency8.0
Access7.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.0

Frankfurt - FRA

7.8/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

Overall an enjoyable TATL hop with Lufthansa in Business Class.

+ Cozy upper deck cabin
+ Great entertainment system
+ Friendly Flight Attendants
+ Good food
- Overcrowded small lounge in Seattle
- Outdated Business Class seats

I wouldn't hesitate flying LH Business Class longhaul again, especially on the 747. But there are definitely better products out there.

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2 Comments

  • Comment 532171 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5136 Comments

    It's always a special ride being on the upper deck of the Queen of the Skies! Yes, you're right, there are definitely better J products out there, but honestly I don't mind LH's configuration, as long as it's not too hard to get out of the window. But I'm weird because I don't often travel alone, so I prefer duo seats. So yeah, it's not a 5* hard product, but a nice cabin nonetheless.

    Thanks for sharing!

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