Review of Lufthansa flight Frankfurt Bogota in Business

Airline Lufthansa
Flight LH542
Class Business
Seat 1D
Aircraft Airbus A340-300
Flight time 12:25
Take-off 23 Mar 22, 12:40
Arrival at 23 Mar 22, 19:05
LH   #42 out of 71 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 1420 reviews
Esteban
By GOLD 766
Published on 10th July 2022

to start with


Back again for more English translations, always a pleasure to write in a foreing language, so please bear with me with typos or spelling errors :)
This new series will bring me to Colombia, I found a super deal for 1'200€ from CDG with LH via FRA. The flights to and from CDG will be with AF HOP! including overnighting at the Sheraton CDG (overpriced but the best hotel in terms of location) and the flights to Bogotá with the mighty A340-300.



transit francfort


After the bus transfer I need to reach the Z gates from where my flight will depart.


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The police controls are with E-gates:


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And arrived at the Z gates, that are actually, one level above the A gates.


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No Duty Free this time:


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The SEN lounge isn't that far away:


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Here we go:


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senator lounge francfort terminal z


It's a first for me here:


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No worries to find a place to seat but to spot it is another story :(


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This lounge is, for the time being, my favorite lounge in FRA.


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Cold cuts and cheeses:


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Drinks:


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The FIDS:


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I took a super light selection :)


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Just shortly before I went to my boarding gate the food changed for the lunch offer:


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What a beauty!


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the flight


On my way to the gate:


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I was really excited to be aboard an A340-300 again!


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No aircraft change today :)


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Boarding starts with priority passengers and we need to go down a level:


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Gosh, how I love those little cute engines:


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I head to my bird, that is already 22 years old!


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The plane is a bit on the dirty side, but I always found the 340 to be one of the most beautiful plane built (after the MD11!)


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Aircraft Door:


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The purser greeted us warmly, here is the somewhat dated LH J cabin :)


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There were also matress toppers available:


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There is more legroom on the first rows but the screens are very close to each other:


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Safety card:



A small box to stow items and the awful LH amenity bag. Really hate it.


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The seat:


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Loo visit with flower :) (fake of course)


Une fleur est présente :


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A closer look at the doggy bag:


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The content is nice, but not what is inside …


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As welcome drink we had the choice of water, orange juice or sekt. Sekt as choice is a bit weird since Champagne is also available onboard. I go for the OJ:


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Seat controls:


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The pitch:


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The business is full house today but we have 12 special guests on board. Each Thursday, Lufthansa sends a dead head crew to operate the Sunday flight. As they didn't fly to BOG daily during winter, instead of having a 5 days layover, once a week crews are sent dead head. That way, they only stay 48H and the dead head crew will be the one operating on my flight.


Let's fly to Colombia!


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Service starts like this:


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The menu looks familiar to me:


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Indeed, it is at 99% the  same as my flight to Vancouver back in November and to Dubai in January … #sadness
To start with I had a mango passion fruit juice and some almonds:


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For the third time I went with the beef, since I don't like the fish option and the vegeterian one didn't inspire me:


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I took the cannelonis as last time since I liked them. There were good.


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This is what LH calls a Business class dessert!


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I had a digestive walk and was greeted in the galley by this VLML Eco Premium tray. Not that fancy :)


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What a wing!


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There were almost 100 open seats in the back:


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At that time I decided to have a nap:


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The bed:


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Once I woke up I went to the forward galley:


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I asked if I could have an expresso that was brought with a smile and chocolates :)


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There was also a very welcomed in between snack service:


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And shortly before arrival, the second meal, again, same as on my flight to Vancouver:


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Almost there:


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As I have no windows I went to have a pickaboo through the door window:


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The middle galley:


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Then I had a long chat with the purser, that was perfect from the begining to the end. We spoke about aviation, cabin crew life, layovers and so on. Since I used to be a cabin crew also the discussion is super easy and open.
She promised that she will inform the purser on the return flight that I'll be flying with them and to make sure that I will have an enjoyable flight with them.

The flight comes to an end and I was almost sad about it. Flying on that superb bird with a superb crew, what can anyone want more?

After a last farewell I made my way through the jetbridge:


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Good bye baby!


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Heading to immigration:


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At first sight, it seems not to be very busy but there are only three counters open for foreigners. It could have gone fast if everyone would have know what are exactly the requirements to enter Colombia and one of them is having the Check Mig app and having entered all information about the stay, hotel, duration, purpose of visit and more.
But 90% of the passengers didn't have the app. And without the app, impossible to go through immigration. At first, people downloaded it and filled it in front of the officers and of course the lines were not moving.
Then a second plane landed and then people that were "non compliant" were sent back to the queue to do their check mig application. Then it moved really faster, but I needed a solid hour to go through it.


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Making my way to the luggage delivery hall:


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A duty free greets the incoming passengers:


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Salida for me, por favor :)


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Verdict

Lufthansa

7.8/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering7.0

Lufthansa Senator Lounge Z50 - Z

8.3/10
Comfort9.0
Meal/catering6.0
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Services9.0

Frankfurt - FRA

9.3/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness9.0

Bogota - BOG

6.1/10
Efficiency3.0
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.5

Conclusion

All in all it was a great flight, clearly the business class isn't at all what one can expect from business class. But the first row is much better compared to the other seats.

The crew was absolutely lovely, the best I had since a while.

No WiFi on that plane but I wouldn't have used it anyway since there were two movies I wanted to watch.

The catering was good, but please LH! Change your menus!

FRA was super efficient but BOG was really messy for immigration. Afterwards bag collection and exiting the airport was a breeze.

Thanks for reading, and as for last time, I'll publish everything in once in order for you to get the series straight ahead.

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

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2 Comments

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  • Comment 607265 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 5876 Comments

    It's nice to see LH A340s in the new colours...or should I say lack of colours :-P
    Either way it's a good sign they will keep them around for a while. Which is great, along with the A380s coming back LH will be the most AvGeek-y of European airlines with such a fleet.

    I took the cannelonis as last time since I liked them. There were good.

    I'm sure it was good, but the presentation with burnt and exploded sauce would almost make you think you're on a US carrier, yikes

    The catering was good, but please LH! Change your menus!

    Hah, that's how you know you're a very frequent flyer...noticing the same menus recycled over and over

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment 607527 by
      Esteban GOLD AUTHOR 16781 Comments

      Thanks Kévin for the comment !

      Yes, the plate was a bit on the burnt side but still it was good.

      Having tasted almost all the dishes from LH (both Short and Long Haul) I can tell you that I slowly but surely begin to be fed up :)

      Take care and see you!

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