Review of Lufthansa flight Bogota Frankfurt in Economy

Airline Lufthansa
Flight LH543
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Airbus A340-600
Flight time 09:15
Take-off 28 Apr 13, 21:45
Arrival at 29 Apr 13, 14:00
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Chibcha
By 8051
Published on 8th November 2013
Hello everyone, this is my first post in this webpage, it consists in the first part of a trip I made to Switzerland and France 6 months ago.
This itinerary for such trip consists of:

LH 543 BOG-FRA (you are here)
LH 1226 FRA-GVA
U2 1397 GVA-ORY
LX 1072 ZRH-FRA
LH 542 FRA-BOG

This trip was exciting as it had some firsts for me: 1st time on a A340, my favorite type; 1st time in LH, 1st time visiting FRA and Germany. I had already done some trans-atlantic flights on BA (when they flew BOG-CCS-LGW) and AV to Spain (BOG-BCN-BOG, MDE-MAD-BOG), the latter this year too so I was eager to compare LH's and AV's trans-atlantic products.


Most flights to Europe leave BOG in the late afternoon and night, the flight to FRA being one of the latest. Check-in for international flights @ BOG require a 3-hour check in time previous to SDT, so i was in the airport around 7pm. Check in was hassle-free and rather uneventful as I was early, that left me with almost 2 full hours to waste in BOG's new International Terminal (sorry no pictures this time). I had some burger in the airside Burger King and soon enough they were calling us for boarding. The flight was packed, I noticed that a considerable part of passengers were connecting from other Colombian and Andean cities, sure this flight feeds importantly on AV's network ex-BOG.


Upon entering via Door 2R, one passes by the Business Class,
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While I waited for boarding to be completed, I was free to mess with the PTV, choosing the Map function, which only showed this at the time:
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Once it was completed this nice message was shown in all screens:
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While getting ready for push-back, security briefing was shown and in no time we were heading to BOG's 13L runway:
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Today's flight time would be just over 10 hours
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The cabin was pitch dark throughout most of the flight, except for meal time..
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As we crossed Colombia towards Venezuela and eventually the Atlantic Ocean I carried out my plane-geek activities:

Exploring the contents of the seat pocket:
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Checking seat pitch ( I find LH's A436s fairly comfortable compared to AV's A332s) :
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As the Cabin Crew distributed the drink service, I chose my IFE for this first part of the flight…

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Then was dinner service, options tonight were either Pasta or Beef:
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Movie selection wasn't the best, thankfully the music was good…I then turned to one of my favorite albums:
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Midway over the Atlantic I woke up and it was already day, nevertheless the rest was still sleeping, so I could only peek through my window fastly and while the crew wasn't checking (they requested thoroughly that window blinds were kept shut)
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So as I told you…the cabin was very dark:
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Thankfully the Velvet Underground was there to help me cope with boredom/drowsiness
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As we approached Great Britain Cabin Lights were turned on and breakfast service was distributed



Britain and France on the other side of the Chanel
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Entering continental Europe
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In no time we crossed the continent into Frankfurt, approach let us have a great view of the city and its skyscrapers, landing was soft.



Taxying into the A+ Pier…
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The Cabin before deboarding
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Deboarding was quick and efficient, after the airbridge one must go one floor up to the arrivals level, where a contingent of the Bundespolizei was randomly checking passports… after that one could have some nice final views of our plane, D-AIHK
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We had around 3 hours for our onward flight to Geneva (I chose to have sufficient buffer time after reading FRA horror stories), but this proved exaggerated as both the security and passport checks took less than 45 minutes.
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Verdict

Lufthansa

7.9/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Meal/catering8.5

Bogota - BOG

7.2/10
Efficiency10.0
Access5.0
Services6.0
Cleanliness8.0

Frankfurt - FRA

8.1/10
Efficiency10.0
Access7.5
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Conclusion

Pros: I found LH's product better than AV's, I liked a lot the fact that toilets are on the other level below the Y-class cabin, so it doesn't get congested as it happens in other planes.
Cons: LH's film selection was poor, albeit music was good...it somehow doesn't help to keep you distracted through the 10 hour flight. Also my PTV was damaged and had to be resetted as it froze frecuently, but not even the reset worked.

Conclusion: LH is IMO the best option for BOG-Europe flights, although it also tends to be the most pricey.

This is all for this part of the series, I hope you've like it.
Saludos!

Information on the route Bogota (BOG) Frankfurt (FRA)

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