Yesterday I flew Lufthansa First Class from Los Angeles to Frankfurt. The 8-seat cabin was filled with a mix of A-list stars, a former Lufthansa executive, and a wealthy Ukrainian family. It made for an interesting flight…
I am looking forward to wrapping up the travel season for awhile, but have one more trip this week to Europe for a series of meetings. As usual, Lufthansa space reliably opened at the last minute and John and I secured two seats on LH457, the A380 service from LAX to FRA, for 70K Aeroplan miles each.
We arrived at the airport a bit early and were escorted to the Star Alliance First Class lounge. Sitting right beside us texting on her phone was actress Jane Fonda. A few moments later she was escorted out of the lounge by a Lufthansa attendant. At the time, we were not sure whether she would be on our flight.
We boarded our flight about 20 minutes later and found Fonda sitting in 1A. And she wasn’t the only one…Amanda Seyfried was seated right across from me. Don’t believe me? The DailyMail covered their arrival into Venice. Both were headed to the Venice Film Festival. Actor Ethan Hawke was also on the flight…in business class. He should have used Award Expert.
Celebrities? Who Cares?
Now you have to understand that I don’t really get excited about celebrities. However I am curious how airlines treat celebrities (versus regular passengers like me) and how celebrities treat airline staff.
Fonda was very low maintenance. She asked that her bed be made moments after takeoff and went right to bed, turning down all meal service. Interestingly, she kept her sunglasses on until her privacy divider went up (as if we could not recognize her…). She woke up about 45 minutes before landing and had an espresso. She immediately put her sunglasses on…in a dark cabin.
Seyfried was very kind to FAs, eating a light dinner of salmon and cappuccino. One FA made small talk with her and she seemed to happily engage.
“Bring me caviar!”
Also in the cabin: a wealthy Ukrainian family — a man with a model-like wife and a small child. They also turned down all food onboard, except caviar. They demanded a lot of caviar. The boy was fed some sort of soup out of a thermos and went right to sleep, but awoke six hours later and started crying loudly. It certainly disturbed my slumber. He later ran around the cabin.
There was also an older German gentleman who a FA mentioned was a former Lufthansa senior executive. He was the stereotypical rich old German man — dressed impeccably, spoke perfect High German, and made the crew laugh.
Pictures? Nope. I think everyone – celebrities or otherwise – is entitled to privacy and deserves to be left alone when traveling, particularly in first class. I would have enjoyed a picture with Fonda and Seyfried, but why? Everyone left them alone and I was glad of that.
I’ve flown Lufthansa First Class twice in the last month and don’t intend to fully review each flight, but do want to do an A380 v. 747-8 comparison on the same route. Stay tuned!
Have you ever flown with a celebrity? Did they treat the crew nicely?