Lufthansa Airbus A380 First Class
I’ve flown Lufthansa first class before, but it was back when travel hacking was just a hobby for me and I didn’t take the opportunity to review the flights. The Lufthansa Airbus A380 First Class seating is very similar to other aircrafts in the fleet, but feels much more spacious due to the sheer size of the plane.
I spent most of the day at the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt before my evening departure to Singapore and had a fantastic time. The lounge is beyond any airport experience I’ve had and really is one of the highlights of Lufthansa first class. When it was time to board, my personal lounge assistant escorted me downstairs to the private immigration counter where I was directed outside to a private Porsche Cayenne SUV to be driven to the aircraft. Once at the plane, the driver guided me through a hallway and up an elevator, where I was greeted by name by one of the friendly cabin crew and escorted to my seat, 2A.
The Lufthansa first class cabin is really understated and luxurious, which I appreciate. The space feels massive, though there’s no denying this first class configuration is not cutting edge in terms of privacy or function. I found the seats to be comfortable, spacious, and private enough, especially with the divider raised between the seat and the aisle. Little touches like suede walls around the windows and fresh-cut roses make the space feel very luxurious.
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Waiting at my seat were all the usual comforts you would expect in first class – an amenity kit with La Prairie toiletries, pyjamas, slippers, and Bose noise cancelling headphones.
The cabin crew came around and introduced themselves during boarding, including the purser and the young flight attendant working the first class cabin. All 8 seats were taken by the time the cabin door closed, but the service remained personalized and friendly. I decided to have a glass of champagne as my pre-departure beverage, which was served with some mixed nuts.
Menus were waiting at the seat, and orders were placed before we departed. Unlike United Airlines Polaris first class, where they cater limited numbers of each item and take orders based on status, Lufthansa stocks enough items for everyone, so getting what you want is never an issue (which is how it should be in first class).
Meal service started quickly after take-off, and was completed relatively quickly. Most people in the cabin declined meal service and instead went directly to sleep. While not bad, I wouldn’t say the dinner was the highlight of the flight. I’ll have more pictures and a detailed review of the menu and food when I publish the full review!
The entire service took about 90 minutes, at which point the crew dimmed the cabin lights and offered turndown service. The bed is incredibly comfortable, with top quality linens and plenty of space to stretch out. I do think the bed on ANA first class is a bit more comfortable, but the ambience in the cabin with the soft lighting and fresh rose made for a very nice space to get some sleep.
I slept for a solid 7 hours after dinner, and decided to have breakfast about 90 minutes outside of Singapore. The cabin crew quickly made up my seat while I was getting changed and started the meal service promptly after being seated. I selected the western option, which consisted of scrambled eggs and bacon, fresh smoked salmon, a selection of pastries and fruit, coffee/tea, and of course, a mimosa. The food was really good, and in some ways, better than the dinner service (it may have been that I was hungry after a long sleep and didn’t have much of an appetite earlier after eating all day in the First Class Terminal).
Lufthansa Airbus A380 First Class Bottom Line
Lufthansa first class is one of my favourite products for a number of reasons. The seats (though not cutting edge) are comfortable and luxurious, the service is warm, friendly, and efficient, and the first class lounge experience in Frankfurt is simply without compare.
Using Aeroplan miles for travel on Lufthansa first class is relatively good value, with rates starting at 70,000 miles for one-way travel between North America and Europe, or up to 107,500 miles each way when incorporated on a trip to Southeast Asia (like I did on this trip). Also keep in mind that Aeroplan imposes fuel surcharges on Lufthansa award tickets, though they aren’t unreasonable when flying to select destinations (they tend to be much higher transatlantic than Europe to Asia). I consider paying a few hundred dollars in taxes and fees and phenomenal value to experience one of the world’s best overall first class products, especially when thinking about how much the ticket would cost to purchase outright.
This was my fourth time flying Lufthansa first class and I can’t wait to fly them again. While first class cabins are becoming more private and flashy, the consistency and subtle luxury of Lufthansa first class never really goes out of style.
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