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Within seconds of approaching the counter, a very nice agent assisted me right away and informed me that the cabin was just half full and therefore each person should be able to have two seats to themselves.
Of course I took the opportunity to have a couple of pictures taken as there were no other people waiting to be checked in.
After spending a nice couple of minutes chatting with the agents, I headed to security, which was packed. Once airside, I decided to see the Centurion Studio since the entrance has been officially revealed, but it wasn’t opened yet. I was also given my boarding pass for the connecting flight to Krakow and along with that, a pamphlet explaining the First Class arrival in Frankfurt.
Lufthansa uses The Club at SEA – South Satellite as the lounge for all premium cabin and elite passengers. About five minutes before scheduled boarding time, the Lufthansa personal assistant came and fetched the four of us for boarding and brought us to the very front of the boarding queue. Etihad Airways First Class Apartment - Flying  #Reimagined  - after a wonderful journey practically around the world, it's time to go home! After a delicious dinner and warm shower (!!!), it's time to sleep in my First Class Apartment! Dominik Zmuda has spent the majority of his life travelling around the world to various places, learning the unique culture and way of life of over twenty countries. Lufthansa Airlines (code LH) is the German national carrier and founding airline of the Star Alliance network.
Lufthansa check in counters are located in the international departure terminal 2 on the upper deck at Cape Town International Airport. Check in for Lufthansa flights from Johannesburg in the international departure terminal A at OR Tambo Airport, counters 98-104.
Suggested check in time for all international Lufthansa flights from South Africa is 2-3 hours before departure. Lufthansa’s fleet covers aircraft of virtually every size, including eight A380-800 aircraft. Offering room for more than 500 passengers, the Lufthansa A380 incorporates 420 economy class seats, 8 in first class, and a whopping 98 business class seats!
The Economy Class cabin on Lufthansa’s A380 offers a more spacious design than ever before. From as early as 23 hours before departure you can check in with your smartphone, reserve your seat and receive your mobile boarding pass. Please be aware of the check-in deadlines – the times by when you must be in possession of your boarding pass and have checked in your baggage. You will receive your mobile boarding pass after mobile check-in and also after online check-in if you request it. After receiving your mobile boarding pass, you can manage this and use it offline if you have the Lufthansa app or the iOS Wallet feature on your phone. Should you have any problems with your mobile boarding pass you can, of course, collect a conventional boarding pass from a check-in machine or from a Lufthansa check-in counter at the airport.
Save valuable time with your mobile boarding pass: if you are travelling with carry-on baggage only, you can go straight to security and then proceed to your gate.
The benefit to travelling business class in Europe, therefore, is at the airport: swift check-in and bag drop, a pleasant lounge to get some work done, the chance to skip long queues, and priority bags at the other end so you can be sped on your way.
However, forewarned by having used it before, I asked for a paper version when dropping off my bag. Check-in was swift, with a single business class queue for a half-dozen or so business class check-in desks. Bear in mind that there's no real fast-track through the airport for business class -- there's a slight shortcut at x-ray time, but it's still frustratingly slow. The Business Lounge, which we're already reviewed and found wanting, is a no-announcements zone -- the staff tell you to watch the display monitors for boarding information. The monitors in the lounge started showing boarding 30 minutes before departure, so I headed down (past the stinking smoking cabins -- how pleasant). When flying to the UK from Continental Europe, you have to go through a second passport check before you're allowed to board. However, Lufthansa is to my knowledge the only airline that outsources their passport checks to a third company, Securicor -- yes, the same company that does their lounge checks. And this check is asinine: before boarding is called, a Securicor goon stamps your boarding card and then makes you mill back into the general crowd in the main thoroughfare. Feeling somewhat bemused by the process, and with nothing else to do while waiting for boarding, I observed the Securicor staffer, who didn't seem to be doing much checking of passports against faces. I have no idea how this is supposed to enhance security, nor which regulations it's supposed to satisfy, but few things are more irritating to business travellers than pointless, useless security theatre nonsense.
Boarding itself is automated: swipe your boarding card on the reader and the gates swish apart to let you through.
As a result, I interacted with precisely one Lufthansa staffer (very helpful, at check-in) but two Securicor staffers (rude and surly, at the lounge and at boarding). Nothing eventful to report, apart from my usual exhortation to anyone flying into London to sit on the right-hand side of the plane for that wonderful view over Parliament and up the Thames.
Kudos to Lufthansa for making priority baggage work at Heathrow -- my priority-tagged bag was second off the carousel. All you get for your business fare is a small table attached to the centre armrests instead of a middle seat passenger.
My bulkhead seat was fine for a two-hour flight (and better than the second-row-back seat I'd flown over in, on a plane that didn't have the centre tables), with the real winner being the large table that folded down from the wall in front of me, perfect for getting some work done on the flight. The cabin was pretty empty -- three passengers for eighteen seats -- though the big cabin is likely a function of the aircraft's next flight, a business traveller rush-hour special from London back to Germany. For a newly renovated plane, though, it wasn't in especially good condition: frayed carpets and obvious food particles on the floor from the previous flight. The purple one is an eel mousse with balsamic roasted cherry tomato (and there's a morsel of eel there too), the chunky orange one is a "gelled vegetable soup on spicy tomato chutney", the one in the pot is "elderflower soup with pink grapefruit and elderflowers" and the opaque orange one is "roasted carrot", topped with guinea fowl. It was the strangest airline meal I've ever had -- but the eel mousse and carrot-and-guinea-fowl ones were absolutely delicious.
After gumming my way through everything (is Lufthansa catering to the dentures market?) I decided I'd have been happy with the eel or carrot ones as an amuse-gueule at any top-notch restaurant.

Drinks were humdrum and basic, though: no interesting wines like on Lufthansa long-haul, and the sparkling was a pretty boring "Tridentum" Italian Trento fizz.
Magazines were offered on boarding, but the only English language options offered on this flight to London were Newsweek and Time -- certainly not enough to keep you going for over an hour, but enough for taxi, takeoff and landing.
There's no entertainment on Lufthansa's European fleet, not even an overhead screen with the moving map. I did find it interesting that the crew were happy for a passenger to continue using his laptop with table down well past push-back from the gate until the plane was accelerating towards the runway.
While that's great for business travellers trying to eke out as much work as possible before turning things off for takeoff, I'm not sure it's an official airline safety policy.
And there seemed to be no real enforcement of the separation between business class and economy.
With an awful lounge, an unpleasant boarding experience, a relatively decent seat for Eurobusiness, fantastic food, humdrum drinks, and below-par crew, it's hard to pick an overall rating for this flight.
Parts of the trip were great -- and I loved the food -- but most of the important parts were disappointing. If Lufthansa is serious about wanting business travellers to connect to European destinations from Australia via Asia and its main Frankfurt hub, it needs to seriously look at the business class passenger experience. 75,000 Bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer Points, After first eligible purchase within the first 3 months.
Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Ah, yes, I should probably have been clearer about the reasons for my surprise: it's that this is done by an outsourced company of goons at the airline's main hub, as opposed to at an out-station like many airlines do. With regards to it not being worth the price difference from economy, whilst I fully agree this is true if you are travelling on an discount economy ticket, I have often found that the upgrade from fully flexible economy tickets to fully flexible business tickets is often just a few Euros (on a recent trip business cost me 7EUR more each way!), in which case the upgrade is good value, and much appreciated. Alas, the security goons were in place at the Munich Senator lounge and both Frankfurt Senator lounges I passed through a month or so ago. And I don't rate the Senator lounges significantly higher than the Business lounges: same grim aesthetic, and the Frankfurt Schengen (B24 or thereabouts) one I passed through was simply dire -- dirty, no seats available, with the only redeeming feature a decent runway view.
Scarcely a single seat free in the Schengen A gates senator lounge when I was passing through on Friday. Oddly enough, I recently read Lufthansa is actually supporting dentists with their Miles&More programme. Complaining about German(sparkling) wine being served  on a German airline or in theier lounges is somehow weird. The new seats are perfect and comfortable for the short inter-European flights, don't need anything else. I have never seen Securicor staff at or in front of any LH lounge and never heard of it either. I also note that you lack deep knowledge of European differences and certain laws, which is may be good enough for you, but not for well educated Europeans who question your stories. Thanks very much for your detailed comment -- I always appreciate the opportunity to hear from our readers.
As economy seats, I really, really like the new Recaro offering, and I've said so in multiple articles. I've never not seen Securicor people at a Frankfurt lounge, and I've been in a good half-dozen within the last year. The separate passport-boarding pass checks for UK-bound flights are, in my experience of six Schengen-to-UK flights this year (from HEL, FRA, CDG x2, LYS, TLS) and innumerable flights in the past, solely a Lufthansa thing, carried out by Lufthansa's contracted Securicor staffers. I -- and we -- don't "bash" any particular airlines; we have no agenda beyond the desires of every business traveller.
The irony of your assertion about European differences is that I'm an EU national, fluent in French and with functional German, Italian, Spanish and Russian; I spend 4-6 months each year in Europe and have a European master's degree. I'm not sure how it's unfair to compare across airlines when those airlines are competitors -- surely that's the point of any independent reviewer.
I, too, will be very interested to see how LH FRA T1 A+ works -- I had a chance to talk to the designers earlier this year, so I'll in particular be interested to see how they solve the almost 1km-long length issue. Ever-improving business class seats are making many airlines rethink the need for first class. A companhia aerea alema Lufthansa acabada de adquirir 12 novas aeronaves, sendo sete deles da Airbus e cinco da brasileira Embraer. As passagens aereas Lufthansa estao com precos super acessiveis, para trechos saindo do Rio de Janeiro para varios destinos na Europa. Air Berlin hat ihren Web-Check-in hinsichtlich Design, Nutzerfreundlichkeit und Funktionalitat optimiert.
So fuhrt nun das Air-Berlin-Werbegesicht "Flugbegleiterin Judith" durch den Check-in-Prozess. Ab sofort ist es beim kunftigen Oneworld-Mitglied Air Berlin moglich, auch fur Codeshare-Fluge mit den Partnerairlines online einzuchecken und dabei einen Sitzplatz auszuwahlen.
Ganz generell konnen die Passagiere ihren Sitzplatz mit der neuen Sitzplatzreservierung sogar beliebig oft verandern. Der Web-Check-in kann bei Air Berlin ab 30 Stunden bis zwei Stunden vor Abflug genutzt werden.
Wilde & Partner Public Relations ubernimmt ab sofort die Presse- und Offentlichkeitsarbeit von VLM Airlines.
I told her it technically wasn’t necessary since we are getting a seat and a bed anyway.
Sadly we arrived at a gate which means that we didn’t get the car transfer service upon arrival.
I spent about an hour in the lounge and the excitement was building up inside of me since I knew the Queen of the Skies had just landed and I was about to fly the best configuration of Lufthansa’s First Class.
Thanks to miles and points, he is able to visit countless places around the globe for little to none. In addition to this, Lufthansa’s Star Alliance network extends the airlines coverage to 16 000 daily flights to 855 airports in 155 countries around the world.
Latest generation ergonomic seats offer a superior level of comfort and are up to 3 centimetres wider with more legroom to boot.
After the confirmation ‘You are checked in’, the mobile boarding pass will be sent directly to your smartphone by email or SMS link.

The same applies if, for example, your mobile phone’s battery is flat or you have inadvertently deleted your mobile boarding pass. If you have other bags, you can simply check these in on the way to your gate at one of the designated Lufthansa baggage drop-off counters or at the self-service baggage check-in kiosks. The "Eurobusiness" style seats, which are essentially what Virgin Australia used to have as its domestic premium economy, very rarely seem worth the price difference. Since it's just an image attached to an email rather than a separate app, it will rotate when your phone does if you tilt it for scanning. The flight took another fifteen minutes to start to board, though, and it's only a two-minute walk from the lounge, so this is a lesson not to pay much attention to the boards. I don't really care if an economy passenger wants to come use the forward business class lavatory, but when small children from economy are running up and down the aisles it's a little hard to concentrate on getting work done.
It started off with a law suit because Lufthansa devaluated Miles&More Miles, illegally, as the court ruled, and now covers a lot of customer service and interaction issues with Lufthansa. Airbus A320 family aircraft are certified for a specific number of passengers, and certification is based on a high-density layout. Riesling is one of my favourite varietals, especially in the air: the balance of acidity and citrus is ideal for my palate.
It may be that it is required in order to allow the automated boarding gates at FRA, but since there's no "pen" after the check has been completed it's utterly useless: I could swap my boarding card for someone else's while we all mill around near the desk, board using the automatic gates and nobody would be the wiser until I got to London. There is much that's good about Lufthansa -- I think Munich is among the best airports in Europe, that the new business class is decent (but "footsie" is a problem), that their business class crews are great, that their business class catering out of FRA is spectacular (especially shorthaul), and that the FRA longhaul Senator lounges are decent enough. I travel more in Europe than most Europeans, so I'm intimately aware of the cultural and legal (by which I assume you mean Schengen) difference than most Europeans.
We've been in the new and the old LH Business Lounges, and none have impressed me: that's the honest truth. Though we clearly disagree about some aspects of the Lufthansa experience, it's always informative -- and I always find it interesting -- to have that kind of discussion. Nele o internauta pode fazer busca de itinerarios, adquirir passagens promocionais, cartao fidelidade, check-in online, com total seguranca. Neben einer neuen Optik und einer verbesserten Nutzerfreundlichkeit gibt es auch neue Funktionen wie eine Anbindung an die Codeshare-Partner des zukunftigen Oneworld-Mitglieds. In moderner Optik werde der Nutzer jetzt noch besser durch den Check-in Prozess navigiert, sagte eine Sprecherin gegenuber Selbst nach einer bereits erfolgten Bordkarten-Ausstellung ist ein Sitzplatzwechsel im Web weiterhin ohne Zusatzkosten moglich. Selbstverstandlich kann auch online eingecheckt werden, wenn der Passagier mit Gepack reist. Mit dem PR-Auftrag sollen die belgische Regionalfluggesellschaft sowie ihr Strecken- und Serviceangebot in Deutschland besser bekannt gemacht werden, wie es in einer Mitteilung der Munchener Agentur hie?.
She was a bit surprised that I knew the configuration of the plane and then I told her that I love Lufthansa more than anything. However this time since I was travelling in First Class, I had access to a special First Class section.
Now you can enjoy the best in Lufthansa inflight entertainment with your personal touch screen monitor.
If Lufthansa sold every seat on the plane in economy, they could fly that plane legally and safely. I also love cool-climate Pinot, AKA Spätburgunder, and I'm fascinated by some of the new Dornfelder that's coming out.
There is no such thing as "UK homeland security"; the UK Border Agency (which is the relevant part of the UK Government here) and the security services are separate agencies.
Also, for future reference on the mobile boarding pass issue, you can take a screenshot of your current screen on iPhone by holding down top right 'lock' button simultaenously with the home button at the bottom of the phone. A sua base principal localiza-se no Aeroporto Internacional de Frankfurt e sua sede fica na cidade de Colonia. E faz parte da Star Alliance, uma alianca entre as maiores transportadoras aereas do mundo.
Caso nao tenha acesso a internet, e possivel adquirir passagens atraves do telefone 0800 7710027.
Der Passagier kann sich seine Bordkarte einfach erneut ausdrucken oder als MMS auf das Mobiltelefon senden lassen. Ab zwei Stunden vor Abflug stehen den Passagieren von deutschlands zweitgro?ter Airline die Check-in Schalter am Flughafen zur Verfugung.
It took about fifteen minutes to get through security since the queues were massive and people seemed to not know how security works.
Lufthansa flights from South Africa originate in Cape Town (summer months) and Johannesburg (year round).
Depending on their staffing rosters, they might (or might not; I haven't crunched the specific numbers with the new Recaro seats) need to add one extra flight attendant if they sold more seats. Our reviews of long-haul business note that I'm pleased to encounter the excellent German specials in the Vinothek selection.
But the rest of Lufthansa's seats, other lounges and the FRA experience leave an awful lot to be desired, especially when compared with the competition. There was no help whatsoever, nor guidance let alone any Business Class priority in finding one's way through the rambling maze of Frankfurt airport for the one hour connection. Check for Lufthansa flight availability now with Travelstart’s easy-to-use online flight search.
However, one can't help but note that Sekt as an appelation is less complex and refined than Champagne.
Even airlines with widely appreciated wine regions like Australia and NZ serve Champagne in-flight, and indeed Lufthansa's Eurobusiness sparkling is Italian.

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