Success! The trip was not in vain. I secured my Lufthansa COVID-19 duck!
I arrived early at the First Class Terminal, 5:40am to be exact. Thankfully, the woman from the previous day was not there and I was instead warmly welcomed by a trio of staff. One staff member recognized me from a prior visit to the First Class Lounge and said, “Welcome home Mr. Klint.”
The lounge really has not changed much – it was so nice to be back. I was the first passenger to arrive and had it to myself for nearly an hour.
I informed the agent who escorted me through security that my entire trip was premised upon collecting a corona duck. She chuckled, not in a scornful way, and invited me to make myself comfortable. I ordered an espresso and shortly thereafter she brought me over the duck!
I smiled. Oh how I would have enjoyed the previous day so much more if I had not been warned the duck might not be available.
Later on, I secured another special-edition duck from the shower attendant commemorating the Olympic Games.
By this time it was only 6:00am and I still had four hours before it was time to board my flight to Los Angeles. I used that time to discreetly re-photograph the entire lounge (and do it again when the sun rose) and then enjoy a lovely breakfast. The menu is still very limited, but I’m told the full menu will return at one point.
Finally, at just before 10:00am I was summoned and told it was time to go downstairs for the car ride to my flight. The FRA-LAX flight was full and I shared a VW van with two other passengers.
Onboard, I was warmly welcomed at the door and escorted to my seat. The mission was already accomplished, but now came the joy of actually flying Lufthansa First Class…the reason why most people choose to fly Lufthansa.