I recently had the pleasure of flying on the final Lufthansa 747-8 out of Los Angeles in first class. In fact, it was the final Lufthansa first class flight departing the United States until at least spring 2021. And it was one for the ages.
I Flew On The Final Lufthansa First Class Flight From United States
I give Lufthansa high accolades for its refusal to engage in cost cutting masked as security theatre during this difficult pandemic era. While carriers around the world have slashed service in premium cabins to bare-bones levels (think pre-packaged sandwiches instead of five-course meals), Lufthansa’s soft product in business and first class has remained virtually unchanged (no roses or hot towels – the only cutbacks in first class).
I wanted to experience this one more time. I say one more time because Lufthansa is not operating a single route to the United States or Canada with first class during the winter schedule…an unprecedented move that recognizes the unprecedented era we are in. Although first class is scheduled to return in the spring, I would not even count on it at this point. Lufthansa has mothballed most of its longhaul aircraft with first class and I genuinely fear for the future of first class.
My favorite Lufthansa flight attendant happened to be working on this flight. Marcel was joined by the lovely Juli, who also provided incredibly attentive, professional, friendly service that makes Lufthansa my overall favorite first class product in the sky.
I enjoyed an aboard feast including caviar service, delicious appetizers, a respectable filet mignon for the main course, cheese, dessert, and a wonderful selection of drinks with each course.
Again, I underscore the difference between what Lufthansa offers in first class and what British Airways currently offers with plastic cups, glasses, and utensils:
And don’t forget the wonderful a la carte breakfast prior to arrival, pajamas, slippers, and Rimowa amenity kits.
Lufthansa remains the superlative first class product. Stay tuned for a full review of this flight as well a review focused on the service of Marcel and Juli onboard and a review of the first class lounge in Frankfurt.