I flew home from Frankfurt aboard a Lufthansa A340-600 in first class, my first flight on this aircraft in many years.
Very little has changed on Lufthansa in 2019. Service was excellent as usual and the meals onboard very tasty. Internet functioned and I enjoyed a five-hour nap during the flight to San Francisco.
The “wow” factor of flying Lufthansa is not there, but that’s not because the product is lacking but rather because I have flown it so many times. But Lufthansa continues to offer an exceptional first class product that is simply always worth the premium over business class as far as I am concerned.
Rimowa amenity kits remain out of the rotation, which is disappointing, but the amenity kits are still stocked with La Prairie skincare products. I was also very disappointed to see that Lufthansa no longer has real towels in first class, just paper towels. This has been true on my last two flights.
Despite four engines, the A346 is very quiet in the front. The 8-seat first class cabin is arranged in the same way as the A380, with two rows of 1-2-1 seating. Privacy dividers can be raised and the seat is comfortable in all positions.
I experienced two highlights on the flight. First, I was able to converse with the crew exclusively in German. As I have mentioned before, I can speak German, but have an American accent. Sometimes when I speak German and my accent is picked up on, flight attendants will transition to English. My (German) wife Heidi and I are trying to speak much more German at home these days so that little Augustine (2 years old) is bilingual from an early age. The onboard exchanges were a validation of my efforts.
Second, Lufthansa makes a heckuva good guacamole cheeseburger. That’s the subject on upcoming edition of Matthew’s Meal of the Week.
As I mentioned yesterday, I will publish a full review of this flight, then offer a comparison between Lufthansa, Air France, SWISS, and British Airways.
The bottom line is this: for 70,000 Aeroplan miles a Lufthansa First Class flight between Germany and the West Coat of the U.S. remains a remarkable deal. Although I may get used to it, the product remains something very special.