Back in late 2021, my friend and fellow Flight-Report contributor, MichelG told me he found a great deal to go to Dubai for 990€ in Business ex - CDG. I couldn't resist and decided to join him on this trip. I added connecting flights to CDG from BSL and as the return was to ZRH, will simply drop the last leg and get back home by train (1H30 from ZRH)
Here we are at terminal B, with a nice view over our bird:
The welcome was fairly warm, let's have a look at the food offering:
Soup and sausage … :(
Pretzels and salads:
Hard drinks where Michel will spend a bit of time :)
For me it will only be that ;)
I liked the fact that toothbrushes were offered in the lavatories:
Boarding took an awful lot of time and the flight ended up being delayed. Michel had a good laugh at me since I left at the published time and he stayed in the lounge. He could then wait more than 30 minutes in comfort while I was standing in line.
The Queen's door:
The purser greeted each passenger warmly and I headed to my seat on the first row:
It's old school and where KLM used to put 3 seats on the first row, LH puts 4. It looks like a high density business class :(
More seat details:
The second cabin:
Back in the first cabin:
67 business seats on this bird, 65 passengers. There are also 32 W seats and 272 Y seats but I will come back to this later. Safety card:
Michel arrived shortly before doors closing :)
The amenity kit is a real shame:
An awful bag that is so useless :(
And what is inside:
No ear plugs nor eye mask, you have to ask the crew for that. The good thing is while exploring the seat, I found this "inbound" kit that is ways better and looks also much nicer.
Most of the dishes are the same as the one I had on my flight to YVR last year:
My friend MichelG:
The service started with champagne for Michel and a Campari Orange for me with nuts, at the same moment as we hit strong turbulences.
I took the beef as starter that was good:
For the main I had the pasta and liked them:
It was a good meal all in all.
But there was nothing special to watch, no or almost no new movies, no games, nothing intersting. Sad :(
a 747-400 detailled visit
Since there is not much to see at the TV, a view from the window:
And a walk in this 23 years bird, here's the first galley:
As you can see, almost empty:
10 pax for 32 seats. Exit seats in coach:
The wonderful wing:
First coach cabin:
Only 30 pax here, I then go further back:
The back it is mostly empty:
I tried one of the seats:
They are pretty comfy:
2 last shoots of the coach cabin:
There are 50 passengers in Y for 272 sièges. In fact there are more J passengers than Y + W together :) The engines:
Let's walk to the upper deck:
LH logo and jump seat:
Upper deck totally full:
And the emergency exit there:
And again the mighty engines:
more of the flight
I tried to have a nap:
I said tried since the seat is too hard and was showing its age. I gave up after half an hour :(
Shortly before landing a small snack, perfectly adequate was served:
Dubai in sight!
A fast track voucher is handed over:
Upon landing, we went to the immigration:
You first need to take a train:
And head to immigration:
With the voucher, it took only 5 minutes to get through.
We took a taxi to the hotel for 100AED, 25€. The metro would have been cheaper but 15' for the taxi vs 60 for the metro, the choice was quickly made :)
sheraton creek hotel
A great spot that I can recommend if you want to stay close to the airport:
My river view room:
Lufthansa Business Lounge West B24 - B
Frankfurt - FRA
Dubai - DXB
I was really happy to be able to fly aboard a 744 again even if the business class seat clearly shows its age.
The crew was amazing, proactive, smilling and happy to be there.
The catering ok, nothing to write a book about, but good for that flight.
FRA did its job while DXB was perfect.
The last part with Swiss is also online :)
Thank you for reading this series ^^
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That is a really good deal for long-haul J and flying on the Queen of the Skies makes is that much better. Yeah the current LH J product isn't particularly exciting, but it's quite decent when travelling with others as it's easier to talk than most other seats these days that have too much privacy. I just flew BA club suites and while it's a great seat, I couldn't even see to the next seat other to see my son, I had to stand up and leave my seat every time he needed something so it was kind of inconvenient when travelling with others. Oh, how I miss the BA 747s...my TATL shuttle for years....now all gone :-(
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Kévin for the nice com' !
You should come more often to Europe and fly LH, lots of opportunities to fly oldies, just published a translation from this spring to BOG aboard... 340-300 another one you won't see that much in the states anymore :)
Yeah the club seats when you travel with children can be a problem specially when you don't see them at all.
Take care and see you soon!
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