Chauffeur + Washington Dulles Airport
Dulles to Abu Dhabi Etihad Diamond First
St. Regis Abu Dhabi Nation Towers
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi Airport and Etihad First Class Lounge
Abu Dhabi to Male Etihad Pearl Business
Conrad Lounge & Seaplane
Male to Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Business Class (and Male Airport)
W Hong Kong
Hong Kong Airport
Hong Kong to Munich Lufthansa First Class
Munich Airport and Lufthansa First Class Lounge
Frankfurt Airport and Lufthansa First Class Terminal
Frankfurt to Washington Dulles Lufthansa First Class
I wasn’t too worried about the lack of food on the ground, because I knew that we had the first class cabin (all all the first class food) to ourselves for the 12 hour flight to Munich… my dream finally realized! We were the first ones on the plane and took some time to get ourselves situated for the long flight to Munich. While other airlines are superior to Lufthansa in individual ways, the bedding on Cathay Pacific, the food on Etihad or the tea on British Airways, the one thing that keeps us coming back to Lufthansa–and one of the main reasons we changed our long-held Cathay Pacific first class return–is just how familiar Lufthansa feels to us. The product is just so ridiculously consistent that the familiarity almost takes away some of the stress associated with travel… if that makes any sense?
Speaking of consistency, the one thing that is not consistent in Lufthansa cabins is the overhead bin size. The bins on this A340-600 were absolutely tiny… like regional jet tiny. I never have any problem fitting my 22″ rollaboard suitcase in the overhead bins on any mainline aircraft. Sometimes it has to go sideways on older narrowbodies, but it still fits. Despite having the entire 8 seat’s worth of overhead bins to ourselves, I couldn’t fit my suitcase anywhere. The purser offered to put it in the jacket closet in the front, so there was no crisis, but wow…
After the bag’s security was ensured, we were offered drinks, amenity kits, and pajamas, and we settled in for a glass of champagne–served, as always, with Luftansa’s signature macadamia nuts.
Business class passengers boarded through door 1L as well, so we were met by all sorts of dirty looks as they made their way back to business class. I was also pleased to see Rimowa amenity kits to add to our collection.
Not only did they have Rimowa amenity kits, but the IFE (which is generally terrible on Lufthansa’s older planes–anything but the 747-8 and A380) had one of my favorite movies on demand.
Luckily, it didn’t take very long to board–about the same amount of time it takes domestic carriers to board a 737–and we began our taxi out. I’m not sure if they have it in all cabins, but they have re-fitted the A340’s with mood lighting at least in first class.
Service throughout the flight was done by two young-ish (30’s and 40’s) women who fit the stereotype of Lufthansa flight attendants based out of Munich–which is to say friendlier. We also appreciated that they could tell we were anxious to both eat and get to sleep (it was a 11:59pm departure), so they paced the service appropriately.
We got hot towels and dinner menus. The menu read as follows:
We began the service with Lufthansa’s “wellness water” (which, as far as I can tell, is just water with mint), and shortly thereafter were served amuse bouches — crab pouches.
The amuse was really good–and the most comfort-food-y I’ve ever had for a Lufthansa amuse bouche.
Shortly thereafter, the table was set and I ordered another glass of champagne.
As usual, I got all three appetizers and the caviar. The flight attendants asked if we’d like our salads served at the same time as well, which was much appreciated.
The prawn, zucchini, caviar and salad (including “delicious dressing”) were all great. I learned that I don’t really care for cold duck breast, though…
For some reason–it was getting late, so cut me some slack–I also got the breaded beef dish. It was not very good.
As I was getting full–and tired, I declined the FA’s offer for a different dish, and just asked for cheese and dessert to be served at the same time.
During dessert, I asked for 2A to be made into a bed (and Cara did the same with 2K) so I could get to sleep right after dinner.
I was really, really tired after trying to maximize a single overnight in Hong Kong and slept until final decent (nearly 10 hours). Normally on redeye flights, at least ones from the US to Europe, the flight attendants ask you if you’d like to be woken for breakfast. But they never even tried to wake me up. My guess is they were so surprised by my sleeping so long that they figured I must’ve needed sleep more than I needed breakfast. Even if you slept ~8 hours, you’d still have plenty of time for breakfast.
So I moved back over to 2D and prepared for landing–not without a glass of their fantastic fresh squeezed orange juice, however.
The flight attendants wished us a pleasant onward journey and we disembarked into the Munich Airport terminal… where I snapped this picture of our plane: