Review of Lufthansa flight Madrid Frankfurt in Economy

Airline Lufthansa
Flight LH1121
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 02:30
Take-off 10 Apr 22, 06:10
Arrival at 10 Apr 22, 08:40
LH   #65 out of 94 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 1598 reviews
Chibcha
By SILVER 210
Published on 11th May 2024

introduction


Hello again amigos!

This FR is part of a series, of a trip from Madrid to Helsinki via Frankfurt.

Turns out flying across Europe to Finland's capital from Madrid isn't as straight forward as to other European capitals. There is only one direct flight sold by Finnair (operated by Iberia) at prices that match the hop to NY. 
So we are left with connecting flights, Google showed me as options to connect in CDG (AF), AMS (KL) or FRA/MUC (LH). Turned out the Mrs. had a tonne of Lifemiles ripe for spending, the LM app offered a reasonable price through Frankfurt, so it was a no-brainer.

It had been almost a decade since my last LH flight (back in the day LH still offered a legacy service with catering and free seat selection, among other perks)…now it was a bit of a glorified LCC. So let's see how it goes.


At madrid barajas


Because of the very early departure time, we cought a Cabify to the airport, which dropped us in less than 20 minutes in T2.

To the left are UX counters


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I forgot to take a pic of LH's counters. It was a bit crowded, tending to both the FRA and MUC departures. Swiss also uses the same counters.
Because of the Mrs' LM status, we were able to check in on the business counter, saving us the queue.

The retro board:


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Security was passed in no time, as it was almost empty


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We were into the dead terminal. Even if it is horrible compared to T4, I still find the T123 complex to be a decent place (much better than Lisbon for example).


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Some of the planes outside


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Knowing that no food was to be expected, we headed to the Puerta del Sol lounge for breakfast


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We then went down to a fairly chaotic boarding…we were to be bussed to our A321


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Into lufthansa's a321


Lufthansa operates some of the oldest Airbus A32Xs…and while they are kept in top shape…one can start to tell their age.


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At least the seats aren't as horrible as Iberia's



For IFE whilst boarding, we finished our "This is US" episode


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enroute to frankfurt


We took off in the dark from RWY 36L


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Sunrise caught us in the air


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I slept for most of the 2 hours to Germany… we were handed some water bottles anyways. 

When I woke up we were about to land into a cloudy Frankfurt (the Westward approach to FR is one of my favourite, as it grants you amazing views of Mainhattan)



We first flew over the city


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And then made a U turn to lign up with FRA's runways



The crew landed the A321 softly back home


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Some of the traffic at FRA


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The Tintin jet was there…as a huge Tintin fan, I love that plane!


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There's no way not to guess who's the boss here


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We left our ride and were left with a couple of hours to spare in FRA


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And here this FR comes to an end…

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Verdict

Lufthansa

3.8/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew5.0
Entertainment/wifi0.0
Meal/catering2.5

Independant Sala VIP Puerta de Alcala

6.4/10
Comfort10.0
Meal/catering7.5
Entertainment/wifi3.0
Services5.0

Madrid - MAD

8.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness10.0

Frankfurt - FRA

8.1/10
Efficiency10.0
Access5.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

Sadly LH has become another LCC, like IB or TP. Thankfully its seats are not as crappy as IB/TP. Nothing else to write home about.

MAD T2 isn't as exciting as T4, but it does the job. The Puerta del Sol VIP was also okay...COVID measures were still place with a person delivering your food from the buffet bar.

I save my comments on FRA for the next report.

Stay tuned for the next episodes of this series, thanks for reading, ¡Saludos!

Information on the route Madrid (MAD) Frankfurt (FRA)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 44 avis concernant 7 compagnies sur la ligne Madrid (MAD) → Frankfurt (FRA).


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La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est LAN Airlines avec 7.9/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 2 heures et 31 minutes.

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4 Comments

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  • Comment 651052 by
    jettoajet GOLD 116 Comments
    Hi Chibcha,

    Such a treat to board from the back door. Rarely get to do that these days, at least for me.

    At least the seats aren't as horrible as Iberia's

    Yeah the Iberia one in the last review wasn’t great…

    Sunrise caught us in the air

    Simply stunning sunrise, goodness me.

    You mention there was water provided, but any sort of snack service??

    The Tintin jet was there…as a huge Tintin fan, I love that plane!

    TINTIN!!!! I love Tintin as well. I had no idea there was a livery though. Great picture.

    Thanks for sharing this flight report. Sucks to hear about Lufthansa and many others have said the same thing as you regarding it becoming an LLC. I Look forward to reading more about FRA airport.
    • Comment 651090 by
      Chibcha SILVER AUTHOR 574 Comments
      Hi!
      Such a treat to board from the back door. Rarely get to do that these days, at least for me.


      Its quite unusual in America. But it still happens often in Europe. The best part is the JetA1 smell...brings back memories of the good old days boarding 727s from the back stairs.

      > You mention there was water provided, but any sort of snack service??
      Nope. A bottle of water and a LH chocolate.

      Thanks for passing by!
      • Comment 651106 by
        jettoajet GOLD 116 Comments
        But it still happens often in Europe.

        Am very jealous about that, perhaps it's my sign to head back. Woahh, you were flying 727's?? Am even more jealous now!

        Nope. A bottle of water and a LH chocolate.

        That's a big shame..

        Have a good day Chibcha!
  • Comment 651193 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6813 Comments
    Helsinki, interesting! I'm going there in the fall and really looking forward to it!

    We then went down to a fairly chaotic boarding…we were to be bussed to our A321

    Hah, they want to get you ready for FRA where there's also a big chance of being bussed to the next aircraft haha

    Just a water bottle on a 2h flight is lame...LH carried on Covid service protocols for way longer than most other carriers in Europe to save a buck (or Euro)! To think pre-Covid this flight would have gotten a free sandwich. At least now they have Buy-on-board so you can get something more to eat if you want.

    Thanks for sharing!

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