I began my journey home from Istanbul with a flight to Frankfurt on Lufthansa. Even though I would always choose Turkish Airlines over Lufthansa to travel between IST and FRA if given the choice, I did enjoy warm service and a delicious meal onboard my Lufthansa A320neo flight in business class.
Lufthansa A320neo Business Class Review
Why Lufthansa over Turkish? Because Lufthansa is much more generous with close-in award space than Turkish Airlines. Most of my trips are booked fairly last-minute and when it came time to book, Lufthansa had space from Istanbul to Frankfurt in business class with a connection in first class to Chicago while Turkish had…hiçbir şey (Turkish for nothing). The ticket cost 100,000 Aeroplan points and 153CAD in taxes and fees.
Check-in was a breeze and we soon had our boarding passes and were on our way through passport control and security.
I briefly stopped by the Turkish Airlines lounge prior to boarding – I am not putting up a review, but my old one is still quite relevant. I love the food in that lounge.
Our boarding began at 6:02 pm, seven minutes behind scheduled departure time. No reason was given for the delay.
Istanbul (IST) – Frankfurt (FRA)
Wednesday, April 13
Depart: 05:55 PM
Arrive: 8:00 PM
Duration: 3hr, 05min
Distance: 1,114 miles
Aircraft: Airbus A320neo
Seat: 6D (Business Class)
I found my seat onboard and settled in for the journey to Frankfurt.
Don’t expect luxury when it comes to the business class seats on a Lufthansa narrow body jet. These Recaro slim lines seats are quite uncomfortable and the only difference between business class and economy class is that business class has a guaranteed blocked middle seat. This allows the premium cabin to be “variable” in size (the curtain can be moved back and forth) and today business class stretched back 10 rows.
These seats have a slight recline, but no power ports (yet).
Food + Drink
The biggest difference between business class and economy class on a Lufthansa shorthaul flight is the meal service. While food is buy-on-board in economy class, a meal is served in business class, regardless of flight length. A hot meal is offered on flight more than three hours long.
Dinner began with a bag of cashews and choice of beverage.
Typically there will be a menu card placed on the meal tray, though there was none tonight. The meal tray, however, suggested that the cuisine on tonight’s flight from Munich (Bavarian).
Choices were a chicken breast in a fennel mustard sauce with mashed potatoes or a vegetarian mushroom dish with potato dumplings. I chose the chicken, which was delicious and served with a beet salad and something rolled up next to it (anyone have an idea?).
Dessert included an orange flavored tart (maybe someone can identify this too…?).
My friend chose the other dish and did not care for it.
Prior to landing each business class passenger was presented with an apple.
IFE + Wi-Fi
There is no in-flight-entertainment on these planes and the wi-fi did not work (flight attendants apologized for this after takeoff).
The flight attendants working business class were cheerful and attentive. While drinks were kept refilled during the flight, the flight attendants ran out of glasses after the meal service and drinks were served in plastic cups for the remainder of the flight.
We landed 30 minutes late in Frankfurt and I was soon on my way to the Hilton Airport Hotel for the night. I was happy to fly in business class (versus economy class), though there is really no comparison between Turkish and Lufthansa on this route in terms of the overall product. I found the food to be fine on Lufthansa, but the difference in business class seating is gargantuan.