Well howdy Kaptain Kenny readers,
This time we take you on a very luxurious adventure at around 30000 feet in the sky.
Just yesterday I had the incredible opportunity to fly First Class with Lufthansa from Charlotte (U.S) to Munich (Germany) on an Airbus 330-300. The flight was around 8.5 hours in total.
Now I’d like to call myself an avid traveller, someone who is usually somewhere new every one or two weeks but this was an experience of a different kind. I’d flown business class with Lufthansa and other airlines before…. but this was my very first time flying in First. And what an experience it was!
Major points of difference:
- The service will blow your mind. You’ll have one attendant 100% of the time. My main attendant was Frau Schneider and she was absolutely lovely. (Sadly I didn’t catch her first name.) We had a great conversation about how she loves working in First and I even gave her some of my business cards after I told her I had a travel blog. She was really friendly and made me feel really special on board.
- The head pilot will come out and personally greet you and have a little conversation with you. He/she will ask you about your travel plans and feign some interest in you. It’s all part of the experience. I hadn’t shaken hands with a pilot before.
- You will be given very lovely and good quality amenities. I received a Bogner amenities bag with La Prairie skincare products. I was given some lovely cotton pyjamas from Van Laack. The pyjamas were a terrible light-grey colour but they were super comfortable and I’m sure I slept better because of having them.
- You will be fed. Really well. In fact, there will always be food available to you. You’ll start off by nibbling on macadamia nuts. Then you’ll move on to caviar. Then you’ll get a total of 4 entrees before your main. After your main, you’ll get desert and the choice of many types of cheeses and chocolates. And before landing, you’ll eat more!
- I refused the desert, cheese and one entree because I didn’t know where I was going to put it. From a quality perspective, the food in First is obviously a thousand times better than in
cattle classeconomy class. But I have to point out that even the business class food we had on Lufthansa last week wasn’t that exciting. I was hungry enough to keep asking for more almonds.
- The choice of alcohol is very tempting. Don’t forget you’re in the sky which means you shouldn’t overdo it! I had some lovely rose champagne and some classic German Riesling with my meals. Frau Schneider also suggested I try some Grey Goose Vodka with my caviar so I had some.
- SPACE: you will feel privacy and space like never before. As someone who has flown in all other airline classes before, I can really say that this is the main point of difference. You could be forgiven for thinking it’s your own private jet and you certainly forget about the people in the other parts of plane.
Have a look at the photos from my First Class journey below. As usual, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to send them through – we read all of them and respond to all too.
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Lounge Experience in Charlotte:
Well sadly, the American airports don’t have very enticing lounges. I was told that people are able to buy their way into the lounges too. This means you and another 999 people will be crammed into an old 80’s looking space. It’s not relaxing or quiet but the food at the Charlotte International Airport lounge wasn’t too bad. I had a small plate of couscous with red quinoa and some coffee. The highlight was when a lady came out with a trolley and was smashing avocado with ingredients of your choice to make guacamole.
The First Class Lounge in Munich:
I’m so glad our layover was around 3 hours. This meant we had just enough time to check out Lufthansa’s First Class lounge.
I now understand the pure luxury which comes with purchasing a First Class ticket. Lufthansa has managed to streamline the entire airport process by making sure they have their own border and passport security section before you enter the lounge. This is all done very privately and you don’t even feel as though you’re at an airport.
Once you’re inside, you have so much to choose from. There are private office and work stations, gourmet food and drink options everywhere, really beautiful private bathrooms equipped with whatever you need and the service is unparalleled.
After a really long flight, you’re going to want to have a shower. This space felt private, luxurious and came with all the amenities you’d need so I didn’t need to worry that all my liquids were in my checked suitcase. I think I spent around 30 minutes in here and I felt like a new woman after that shower!
Food: When we arrived at the Munich First Class Lounge, we were treated to their breakfast buffet which goes from 5-11AM. As you can see, you can choose from anything including smoothies, fresh fruit, breads and pastries and coffee. I also ordered an additional omelette with herbed tomatoes.
Overall, the Munich lounge experience was phenomenal. I’d happily go back there any time!