The downside of boarding directly from the lounge is that the business class passengers were also able to use this jetway and we had a few dozen people walking through as we were getting ready to go. Definitely a “first world problem,” but it’s obviously not a very exclusive first class experience to have all of business class walk right past you during boarding. That said, the new first class cabin looks great on the Airbus aircraft and I really like the 2 rows of 4 seating.
We boarded about 10 minutes before they did, so we were mostly settled, and it didn’t seem to interrupt the pre-depature service at all, but I don’t like the angry/jealous stares, and if given the choice again at Dulles, I’ll probably ask to board last if the cabin is less than half full.
I say this because while the new first class product does *look great* on the A330, there’s no individual lockers like the A380 or 747-8 and the overhead bins are teeeeeny. My 22″ suitcase could only fit in sideways and even then only barely. Other overhead bins were filled with pillows, as well, though presumably? these could be moved with a more full load.
During boarding we were each offered pre-depature beverages and both went with champagne–served with Lufthansa’s macadamia nuts. Also at this time amenity kits, PJs and slippers were passed out and place in the ottomans by the FA.
About 5 minutes before takeoff the purser re-sat a young woman in 1K. I’m not sure whether business class was full or if she was otherwise a very special passenger (or maybe just a friend of his), but I was no expecting this. She, however, was not offered PJs and was always served last by the flight attendants, which somewhat makes me think she was just friends with the purser and he gave her a more comfortable seat.
Overall, boarding was very quick and we pushed back from the gate around 9:55 and took off at 10:03. We had a smooth and slow climb out of DC and within minutes were offered our first hot towel of the flight with Lufthansa’s signature rose pedal.
Around the same time, we were also presented with the menu and wine list.
The FA kneeled at our seats to ask if we’d decided on a main dish, and I went with the beef tenderloin while Cara went for the sesame noodles with Asian vegetables. As this is a night flight, Lufthansa also offers an express option of just cheese and wine.
We were also given an amuse bouche which was unusually seasonally appropriate and tasty. It was an orange/coconut/something…good in any case.
At this point the table was set for dinner and we were offered bread. I went with a pretzel bread roll.
After bread, first courses were served and I had all three plus caviar. They were all very good, though I do prefer tuna a bit less done.
And the main course:
Cara’s main course:
The beef was good, if a bit dry, but the sauces made up for it.
In the past cheese on Lufthansa has been offered “a la carte” with you deciding which cheeses you wanted, but tonight it was only offered on a tray with all 3 options already there served with walnuts and a carrot stick.
I did not opt for dessert as I didn’t want the green tea cake and was too full to have something just like fruit. Fruit is great, but if I’m going to force myself to eat dessert, it better be worth it.
During the main course, I asked if the FA could make up 2K as my bed (and Cara did likewise for 2A) which they happily obliged. So I was in bed about 2 minutes after finishing my cheese course. This is a request we won’t have to make on the return trip, as we’ll be flying a 747-400 which has the separate seat and bed for every passenger.
It was funny when 1A asked about how to make the seat into a bed she asked “Do I just press this button?” to which the flight attendant, almost shocked said, “oh no! We make up your bed for you with a mattress and [comforter]!” 1A was very impressed said she’d never flown in a seat/bed with a mattress.
It does generally take me about 30-40 minutes to fall asleep on a plane and this flight was no exception, though once asleep I did get some good rest.
I’d asked to be woken up ~1 hour prior to landing in order to take part in breakfast service. In the future, I’ll simply wait until the lounge to eat as I’ve never really had a great breakfast on Lufthansa.. it’s a definite hole in their first class service.
I chose the fitness breakfast since it looked the lightest and hardest to screw up and it just wasn’t very good…no way around it.
Cara got the American breakfast and also didn’t eat much.
A few minutes after breakfast was cleared we began our final descent into Munich and about 15 minutes later we were on the ground.
We parked right next to a Qatar 787…which unfortunately meant no remote stand (and ride to the airport in a Porsche/Mercedes for first class passengers).
We bid the crew farewell and head up the jetway into the airport.
I really do like the configuration on this aircraft, but the IFE is clearly the older system just on a new HD screen, as it seems to be on all reconfigured (as opposed to newly delivered) aircraft. This was another very pleasant flight on Lufthansa and their consistency is always appreciated.