FLIGHT NUMBER: DLH535
Date: January 28th, 2015
Cabin: Lufthansa Business Class (New)
Aircraft: A330-343, D-AIKK
Here is the first of a mini-series of trip reports of a visit to the UK in 2015.
Booked it the week prior for, er, £160 each. Crazy exchange rates.
Proceeded to check in. Short queue — just one family ahead. Friendly attendant had us checked in no time. We got lounge inviatations for the Admirals Club and Premier Lounge.
The Admirals club is located at the far western end of the airport, next to the American Airlines gate (25?). The receptionist welcomed us in, and we were soon seated in a nice private corner.
I took no photos of the lounge; however, I did get one of the AA 757 pulling in:
757 at Maiquetia from Miami
They had excellent, albeit salty chicken noodle soup — not so good as other Admiral Clubs, but decent enough for Venezuela, compared to the box of deviled ham samdwiches in the crowded Premier Club. Also had decent snacks and drinks. Clear views of apron and runway. Fairly fast WiFi — for Venezuela. Reccomended over Premier Lounge. Not very crowded, quite a premier atmosphere in that one feels comfortable taking out a camera for example without fear of being robbed.
Not too bad, compared to other reviews I have read of some abysmal lounges in say Cario. However, it pales considerably compared to the Admirals Club at the other end. You may access it with Priority Pass — however, it is very crowded during the European deparures period. The snacks are fine, some nice pumpkin cake, and a box of devilled ham sandwiches. Seriously. Would not reccomend taking out expensive electronics due to crowding, thus no photos. Very nice fresh juice and toilets.
Boarding was at gate 13 as usual for UA and LH. Fairly efficient. Slightly delayed.
This was one of the first routes flown with the new business hard product on this airframe, thus it was fairly fresh. I particularly enjoyed the large toilet behind 2R, with a window!
I was feeling a bit nervous, as I usually do on the first flight of the day — just nerves and excitement. Goes away after a couple of minutes. Thus, I have no cabin photos except for this one.
Sorry for the quality! The latter was over Cornwall as the sun was rising.
We pushed back a few minutes late, and made our short taxi to runway 10 in a couple of minutes. We waited for a takeoff and landing, and then rocketed off into the atmosphere. By then the sun was setting.
Climbout was uneventful until just about an hour after departure, when some light chop began, which continued for the duration of the flight. It worsened considerably off the east coast of America for a couple of hours; however, it never grew into turbulence. I managed a couple of hours sleep.
Not too bad compared with United. However, I mantain that Lufhansa economy and kids food is a lot better than the default business food. They try too hard to be fancy. By the time we finished the main course, the moderate chop had begun, and dessert was suspended. My main course choice was beef; I think the starter was chicken and lettuce?
Fairly good. Watched a movie of a 72 hour (I think) MD-11 Lufthansa Cargo journey until after dinner by which time I slept brokenly for a good 4 hours.
After that I read a couple of books and watched the IFE.
The sun rose over Cornwall. About 2 hours before landing, breakfast began. I went with a drink and a danish ‘express breakfast’ — not being up to an omelette at that point.
Descent began over the Netherlands. We came in from the northwest, and then began our turn over the snow covered fields for an approach to 25C. It was a pretty gusty approach; however, the landing was nice and smooth, yet firm.
Taxi, Parking, and Deboarding
We taxied to gate B24 IIRC, and saw some varied traffic.
We arrived, and were soon offthe aircraft, dashing for our next flight with a stopover for a quick refresher at the lounge — just 45 minutes to spare! Thankfully we were in the right concourse…
Lufthansa Business is perfectly fine for this 10 hour flight. Service was fairly good, despite flight attendants lack of charm, shall we say. They just didn’t really want to be there, and I can’t blame them. Venezuela isn’t the safest of places; it was a full cabin; it was a redeye. One aspect I found lacking was the food. It just tried too hard to be fancy… octopus anyone?
The seat was just right; although I found the old product which I flew in May more comfortable for lounging. Footspace was a little limited in this product. Amenity kit was excellent; headphones were lovely – noise cancelling too.
In a nutshell, Lufthansa is a very nice airline, which could use some work on its cusine, but has a very nice hard product.
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