After our flight from Paris, here we are in FRA to reach gates B from where our next flight to Dubai leaves.
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2021 has been with any long-haul flight for me.
At the begining of 2022, the return of the Covid and its omicron variant seems less terrible than we could have expected. However, many countries have tightened their entry conditions and quarantine is back on some destinations.
Among the “far” destinations, i find one where the entry requirements are not too harsh, proof of vaccination and a PCR test within 72 hours is enough to travel to Dubai. In addition, the city hosts the Dubai 2020 World Expo.
Once the destination has been find, it remains is to find a comfortable and not too expensive way to get there. As The solution will come from Google Flights where I find a round trip Paris Dubai in business for just over 1000€ sold by Lufthansa. The plus is, the flight from Frankfurt to Dubai is operated by 747-400. The return flight will be by Zurich and it is planned in Boeing 777. The flight from Paris to Frankfurt and the return from Zurich to Paris being more classic.
I share my discovery with some friends and I will have the pleasure of making the trip with the famous "Père Fouettard."
Zurich ZRH - Paris CDG - LX632 - Airbus A320 - Business Coming soon
conectiing flight to FRA
The information was available on the LH application, so it's no surprise that our departure from gates B is confirmed on the FIDS. We have more than an hour and a half before takeoff, which is comfortable.
To reach gates B we will use the famous tunnel.
The border control will be passed very quickly, there are few people and the automatic gates named "Parafe" are in operation, followed by a visual check of the vaccination certificates.
our plane is refueling
Everything is calm at the gate, we take the opportunity to pre-check the health documents, it's kind of borderline with very little skill on the PCR test required to enter Dubai but in the end, it's fine.
Ready to board.
Drink and eat its being loading
LH business lounge gatess B
We will stop at the Business lounge which is large and not too crowded.
The catering is the same as at the SEN lounge
German beer of course.
But it's time to enjoy a drink.
Boarding time approaches. Well, a 747 normally takes a while to board but I lose my friend who would rather go to the gate now
So i have time for a glass.
H - 15 minutes, I move but when I arrive at the gate, boarding has not yet started… Let's take the opportunity to immortalize our beautiful bird once again.
Finally, the flight is indicated 30 minutes late.
I take this opportunity to explore the Duty Free
But it doesn't take 30 minutes so I'm going to the Senator Lounge.
Just a few people in FRA today.
TG back to BKK
le senator lounge
It is open and after checking the health documents and my AMEX card I can enter.
I am almost alone.
Cheers for Flight Report, its Grand Leader and all contributors and readers.
Now we have to go.
QR B777 on the way.
boarding is at the end, the plane must not be full.
THe flight report
Our brave bird is in her twenties, commissioned in December 2001, he was put aside in June 2020 to return to the fleet in August 2021. He was damaged at FRA in May 2006 during a maintenance operation, the nose gear sagged on a push truck.
Pass gate towards the plane.
the way is free
And instant door in honor of the one who is already inside.
The first business class cabin.
My copax kindly left me seat 1A and has already taken a seat next to it.
Impossible to miss the Sylvester Test.
Everyone is on board.
It's not 3F, the screens are dated but what a pleasure to fly aboard this plane.
The menu is presented to us by the flight chief stewardess who comes to introduce herself to us in French. It will prove to be charming and of exemplary efficiency throughout the flight.
We leave the gate late.
El Condor pasa.
The sausage in Frankfurt.
We are going to runway 18.
The four throttles are pushed forward, the imposing plane picks up speed and leaves the ground.
The safety instructions are broadcast on the IFE.
Her is blue sky.
One other door.
Back to my seat for the aperitif…
We toast passing over MUC.
Now over Austria.
Now lunch time arrived.
It's quite filling and good.
The day is going.
When it's time for dessert.
Some Informations about our destination.
We are now flying over Serbia
It's time to walk on the plane.
The Premium Eco cabin which is not really separated from the Eco.
The Eco cabin is almost empty while the Business is almost at 100% occupancy.
View from the bottom of the aircraft on the last seats.
Lavatories and galley.
The tour continues by climbing the steps.
The small upper deck cabin.
And his galley.
The main deck has two Business cabins, there are no more First class on the B747-400s
Wifi is available.
We are now over Turkie the city of Didim Belediyesi
View from the flightdeck.
The Dodecanese islands
It's time for a little nap.
With a meal served on waking.
Dont forget Der kleine Chokolade.
We are approaching our destination.
Dubai is in sight.
We're given maps to use the Fast Track.
Alors que l'avion a fait demi tour pour se présenter en piste 30L
We see the Skyline
Before landing and passing away from T3 where Emirates operates.
we go to the T1
I asked our charming hostess for a favor which will be granted to me with pleasure and this is how Captain Sylvestre will be able to go and greet his colleagues in the flightdeck.
As a result, we will leave the plane in the last.
The control of vaccines and the PCR test is done before taking the moover.
At the top of the stairs, some passengers are directed to the right-hand lane for a Covid test.
Immigration will be passed quickly thanks to the fast access card to the Fast Track and my suitcase is waiting near the carousel.
Now the taxi and the hotel.
the flight with flighradar24
With the zoom on the departure and the approach.
Thank you for flying with us on this flight aboard Queen of the Skyes and see you soon for the return flights.
There is little room left for a bonus so I offer you the one-day visit to Expo 2020 in a video.
bonus - expo 2020 for a day
Lufthansa Business Lounge West B24 - B
Frankfurt - FRA
Dubai - DXB
First long flight since January 2020, so the feeling was necessarily good, especially since it was on board a beautiful bird that is very rare in the sky. At least, the cabin manager and the whole crew were really great. We were able to move as we wanted in the plane to take as many pictures as we wanted to the cockpit where we were kindly welcomed by the pilots.
So of course, the seat is old and not "3F" the foot box is not the biggest, the screen is not worthy of a home cinema, the meals are not those of a three stars restaurant but in favor of LH, the price paid of just over €1,000 while competitors such as AF EK or QR offered the J destination at around €3,000 Only RJ was in the same price range but in two single-aisle flights. All this justifies the high score which may be subjective but reflects my feelings.
FRA quick and well-organized passage of the PAF with Parafe in working order... No security checks to go through, a big advantage for FRA.
The Business lounge is large, bright and pleasant. The catering measures up to what you would expect from a Business lounge and all the services are available if you want to work or take a shower.
The Senator lounge is the same, a little more chic and with fewer people.
DXB Terminal 1 is not up to T3 which hosts the house company but it is clean, well indicated and well organised. Health control while waiting for transport to immigration passed quickly thanks to the Fast Track but it was fluid at the ATMs. Metro on site to reach the different districts of the city but the taxi is also very cheap.
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Flying on the Queen of the skies is always a treat, even if the cabins are getting old. It’s an experience that has become so rare in the Covid era.
And of course, flying long haul again after such a long hiatus is a great feeling in and of itself.
Like you said, these seats aren’t the best but for that price it’s an awesome value for money!
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Kevin for your comment.
A B747 flight was ideal for a first long haul after two years of Covid.
The price paid improves the comfort of the old-fashioned seat.
Thanks for this great report, Michel! While LH's cabins sure leave a lot to be desired, the 747-400 is a timeless classic and will always be my favorite aircraft, so it's always worth it! Glad that you had a good crew too - they can make or break a flight.
Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for your comment.
The surprise came once the flight found was to fly in a 747-400 Lufthansa is the only European company that continues to fly them currently. A magical moment even if you can find a more comfortable seat with other airlines.
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