Maldives Trip 2014: Hong Kong to Munich Lufthansa First Class

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
Conrad Maldives
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?

A340-600 Cabin

A340-600 Cabin

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.

Champagne pre-flight

Champagne pre-flight

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.

His & Hers

His & Hers

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.

Feel de rhythm, feel de rhyme...

Feel de rhythm, feel de rhyme…

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.

Lufthansa A340 First Class Mood Lighting

Lufthansa A340 First Class Mood Lighting

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:

Dinner Menu

Dinner Menu

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.

Crab Pouch Amuse Bouche

Crab Pouch Amuse Bouche

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.

Table Setting

Table Setting

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.

Nice spread!

Nice spread!

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.

Breaded Beef

Breaded Beef

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.

Cheese and Dessert

Cheese and Dessert

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.

Seat Made into a Bed

Seat Made into a Bed

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:

Lufthansa A340-600

Lufthansa A340-600

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Comments

  1. Glad you were able to squeeze in one more Lufthansa First flight prior to the United Airlines devaluation! The Rimowa amenity kits look great … though it seems there is some inconsistency on when / where they hand these out. On my FRA-ORD flight last summer we received just a “standard” (non-designer) kit that was just “meh.”

    • We Fly Free says:

      A great final last hurrah to get 2 segments! It’s not so bad, though, with Aeroplan and Lifemiles still fairly reasonably priced.

      Even though Aeroplan charges fuel surcharge, I’m not as bummed as I could be because, as a non-UA elite, I always had to pay either a change fee or close-in booking fee with United since Lufthansa only releases space <2 weeks out. So if you consider the first $75 to be a cost of doing business, it starts to look fairly reasonable… particularly compared to BA.

      The downside to Lifemiles, of course, is they don’t allow mixed cabin bookings, and they don’t fly first class cabins anywhere in Europe. So if you want to do ORD-FRA-FCO, for example, you have to book 2 separate awards.

      Also… Just from poking around the web, I think they were on a “Rimowa kick” this winter season. We didn’t get one in May ’13 or August ’13, either (similar time frame as yours), and the latest trip reports I’ve seen don’t have them, either. But we got one on both of our flights this winter (HKG-MUC and FRA-IAD).

  2. Patrick says:

    So what would happen if it was a full cabin and everyone had carry ons? where would you put your stuff then?

  3. Patrick says:

    Really… what am I supposed to do with my carry one if the flight is full? Or even half full for that matter?
    Thanks

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