Lets get this party started! This is the first review in my trip report and I can’t wait! Actually, importing photos can be a B. I’ll get over it. Enjoy!
- Treat Yo’ Self Trip Report Introduction
- Lufthansa 747-8i – IAD-FRA
I absolutely love flying on the 747-8i, but kinda hate flying out of Dulles. It’s not very convenient being located in Austin, and the CRJ plane I had to ride over there is a joke. I’m not being a snob, I just appreciate being able to fit my backpack in a overhead bin, and being able to walk to the bathroom without having to squat down. Is that asking too much?
I would much rather fly out of Houston, but there wasn’t any availability and, hey, who can complain about getting Lufthansa first? Not me! I won’t be that guy. I used United miles to book this flight and we all know how I accumulated those miles.
I was excited to try out first class on the 747-8i, because Jordan and I had a great time in business class last September.
Lufthansa Senator Lounge – Dulles
I was slightly curious to experience the Senator lounge, but mostly, I was just counting down the seconds until boarding. The Senator lounge is on the upper level to the left as you enter, and the business lounge is down to the right.
There was actually a pretty decent spread – sandwiches, tortilla soup, and sweets. I didn’t prefer the two beers they had on draft: Devils Backbone (been down that road before) and a pilsner. Instead, I opted to hit up the espresso machine after I grabbed a quick bite.
When I first arrived to the lounge, it was c r o w d e d! I couldn’t even find a chair, so I just ended up at the counter, sitting in a stool which unfortunately had little back support. If there’s one thing I seek out in life, it’s lumbar support. After a couple of boardings, the lounge began to open up and I situated myself in a comfortable chair, plugging in my camera, iPhone, and Mac with ease.
There were two TVs in the lounge, but nothing was playing, even though there was an NFL playoff game on. I thought about leaving the lounge to go hang with the common folk to watch the game, but I really didn’t have enough time.
There wasn’t anything really sexy about this lounge, but who can complain about free food and drinks? Albeit, I was pacing myself for the next 7 hours of my life. Still, I was able to connect to wifi and get some last minute emailing done. I probably value having internet more than anything in the lounges. Priceless.
Once they called for boarding, we were taken the back-way to board the plane. It was funny, because I was behind 3 ladies who had no idea what was going on, and as we walked alone in our private jetway – I had to reassure them that we were walking the right way (even though you could see the huge a@# plane to the left of us).
We eventually made it to the plane and they veered right to business class, while I was led through the galley and then a left to my seat at 3K. The seat was farthest in the back on the right side of the plane. First class on the 747-8i is on the lower level in the nose of the plane.
After being led to my seat and shown where my own personal closest was (great storage!), I snapped a few photos of my seat and the first class cabin.
I loved the sleekness of the seat and the whole first class cabin. The greys and tan were very calming and my own personal area was calling my name.
There were 3 other passengers in first class, but Lufthansa still placed roses at the vacant seats. I respect the details!
I can’t think of one negative thing to say about the seat. It was wide, comfortable, and easy to maneuver. The plugs and the little cubby holes were all easily accesible while seated.
I always get a little grossed out with public remotes, but the remote to control the seat was killer. The chair responded magnificently to the controls and I was able to get comfortable no matter what – whether I wanted to be seated straight, or reclining. The lumbar was in tact.
It goes without saying that there was enough leg room for Conan. If anything, there was too much. I had to recline the seat quite a bit to reach the foot stool, but I’m okay with that. The TV was great! I mean it wasn’t a Samsung, but we will let that slide.
After my meal, the attendant asked if I wanted her to make one of the vacant seats my bed, but I told her that 3K would do fine. I wasn’t planning on sleeping, but wanted to lay down comfortably to watch some movies. After changing into my pjs, I came back to a made bed. Just like Mom used to do.
I didn’t try to sleep, except for an hour or so. I just wasn’t tired at all. The bed was comfortable though, and I don’t think comfort would’ve been an issue if I was sleepy.
Food & Beverages
Shortly after I was done snapping photos like some kind of freak, I was presented with my preflight champagne and nuts.
Once in the air, I moved to a red wine (and water of course). Gotta stay hydrated. I started running out of room on the right side before my dining table was pulled out. I’m a little OCD and kept thinking my red wine was going to spill. Deep breaths.
I was still without a table, when I was presented the starter before the starter. A tender slice of beef, lettuce and red pepper that paired extremely well with my red wine.
It was then onto one my favorite parts of flying Lufthansa – bread service. Specifically, “pretzel bread.” I don’t know why, but I lust after their pretzel bread. Some nights I find myself dreaming…ok, that’s enough. But it’s that good and I’m not ashamed to say that I took the last pretzel bread.
My starter plate was caviar with traditional garnishes, soba noodles with crisp vegetables and roasted peanuts, and lump crab with avocado and lemon grass gazpacho dressing. Honestly, I’m not much of a caviar lover, but I ate it and it was enjoyed. My favorite app was the lump crab as it tasted fresh and was light. I can’t say that the soba noodles were anything special.
I went with the seared Halibut with baby carrots and forbidden rice. It was very good, but if I had to choose all over again, I probably would go with something else.
My dessert selection was a homerun. I chose the chocolate Pot de Creme with vanilla ice cream. It was exceptionally good, and I know my chocolate and ice cream. It was a deep rich chocolate, and smooth vanilla ice cream. The port wine added to my dessert indulgence. It was a party in my mouth.
Since I had splurged only a couple of hours earlier, I opted on the “healthy” breakfast. A little cheese, yogurt, and bread was all I needed.
Amenities & Entertainment
The inflight entertainment was another win. I had over 50 films, 110 TV programs, 30 radio channels, and 200 cd and game options. I opted to watch “The Campaign” and it was the mindless movie I needed as I basked in the luxury of flying Lufthansa first.
Gotta be Bose!
I enjoyed playing with the electronic shade as well. Uber cool.
The Lufthansa first amenity kit included: La Mer skin and lip care products. Also included were socks (I always put those on), eye shades, floss, comb, and toothpaste. Pretty respectable.
Of course, I was all about putting the pjs on. I noticed that I was the only one who did, but that’s ok because they were comfortable. Everyone else chose to sleep in their jeans, or slacks. No thanks.
Even the bathroom has roses!
Space was enough so I could change easily. I actually wasn’t scared with the thought of germs in the lavatory.
I had an incredible time flying first on Lufthansa’s 747-8i from IAD-FRA. The service as usual was top notch. I was treated very well, and enjoyed chatting it up with the flight attendants.
I would fly first class again on this plane in a heartbeat. It was well worth the miles, IMHO. The food, wine, product, and service were all top notch.
I hope this helps as you think about burning your miles/points on a first class flight to Europe.
— Geoff Whitmore