Lufthansa First Class, Frankfurt – Washington, DC

Lufthansa
Flight 419
Frankfurt – Washington, DC
Departs 6:05 PM, Arrives 7:18 AM
Seat 1K, First Class

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Lufthansa 747-8

The drive from the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in the Mercedes van took about five minutes. Upon turning a final corner, the majestic 747 came into sight.

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First Class Cabin

Upon boarding, we were directed to the left where the first class cabin of eight seats is located.

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First Class Cabin

There are three seats on both sides of the plane, and two seat located next to one another at the rear of the cabin.

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Seat & Pillow

Waiting at my seat was a large, comfortable pillow.

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Seat Controls

The seat controls were located on the left, which were easy to understand and use.

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IFE Controller

The IFE controls were located on the right.

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Storage Compartment
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Bose Headphones

There was a small compartment located to the right of the IFE controller which held the Bose headphones.

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Extra Storage

There is another side compartment behind the first compartment for even more storage.

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Ottoman

The ottoman is electronically adjustable, and also includes further storage for a laptop bag, or to store your shoes.

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Outlets

At the front of the right side armrest, is a USB port and electrical outlets.

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TV

There is a large flat screen TV, and movie selections were not very extensive, but good enough to keep me entertained throughout the flight.

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Rose

A signature Lufthansa rose was placed at the front of the seat. I was offered a pre-departure beverage and chose water. A ramekin of macadamia nuts was also served.

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Menu
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Menu
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Menu
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Menu

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Menu
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Wine List
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Wine List
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Wine List
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Wine List
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Wine List
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Wine List
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Wine List

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Wine List

We were then given the food and wine menus.

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Ramona Amenity Kit

A Rimowa amenity kit was then distributed. The men received a blue amenity kit, while women received a white amenity kit.

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Van Laack Pajamas

Van Laack pajamas were then distributed. The flight attendant recommended XL pajamas which seems like overkill. I did not wear them so I do not know if they run small, or if I am really that big.

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Slippers

We were also given slippers, which were comfortable and had a decent amount of cushion to them.

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Warm Scented Towel

Rose scented warm towels were then distributed, which had a fantastic smell.

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Table Setting
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“First Class” Butter

At the beginning of meal service, service trays were set up with tablecloths, a salt and pepper shaker, “First Class” butter, and a dish of olive oil. I chose some garlic bread, and a wheat roll.

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Scallop

Meal service started out with a scallop and mashed potatoes, which was quite good.

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Caviar

Caviar was then served with rather large toast points, rather than blini. Minced onion, eggs, sour cream and lemon accompanied the dish.

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Taittinger Champagne

I chose a glass of Taittinger champagne, which went well with the caviar.

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Salad

I chose the mixed leaf lettuce salad with pumpkin seed oil dressing. The greens were fresh, and the dressing had a nice nuttiness to it.

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Duck Breast

The duck breast was nicely cooked, and the apple celery salad added some texture. The prune sauce also added another layer of sweetness to help cut through the richness of the duck.

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Intermezzo

A spiced orange sherbet was served as an intermezzo. It was paired with a mango ragout, which is rather sweet for an intermezzo.

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Red Snapper & King Prawn

For the main, I chose the Red Snapper and King Prawn. The snapper was cooked nicely, but the skin was rather limp and rubbery, making it less appealing. The prawn was slightly overcooked and a little on the tough side, but the flavor was good.

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Semolina Dumpling

For dessert, I went with the semolina dumplings, caramel ice cream, and plum compote. The dumpling was like a donut of sorts, but went well with the ice cream and compote.

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Mousse

My wife went with the yogurt and lime mousse and passion fruit sauce. The dessert was light and tangy, and another portion would have been warmly received.

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Toilet

The bathroom is on the larger side, and the toilet has a wide seat.

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Sink

The sink is also wider and water didn’t splash all over the place.

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Amenities
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Amenities

Wet wipes and razors were also available for use.

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Amenities

There is also mouth wash and facial mist available.

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Bedding

After meal service, the flight attendant asked passengers if they wanted their bed made. The bedding was soft and comfortable, and the bed is rather spacious.

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Water

A bottle of water was also distributed.

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Water

Several carafes of water were also put out.

There was no snack menu, and snacks were not put out in the galley. I got a little hungry before the second meal, and asked the flight attendant if there were any snacks available. She looked at me somewhat startled, as if nobody had ever asked for a snack before.

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“In Flight” Snack

The best she could come up with a Sweetmeal digestive biscuit, which tasted a lot like a graham cracker.

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Menu
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Menu
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Menu

Menus were then distributed for the second meal, with the “Winter Magic” theme.

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Place Setting

The table was set, and decorate blue napkin holders were used consistent with the Winter Magic motif.

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Pretzel Roll

I chose a pretzel roll to begin with, which was very good.

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Corn Salad

The corn salad was good but a little heavy handed on the dressing.

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Veal

I also chose the veal filet as an appetizer, which was cooked to medium. The lemon dressing helped to lighten up the dish, while the pomegranate seeds added some textural contrast.

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Crab Bisque

I went with the crab bisque for the main course, which was rich and full of flavor. It was served with a very thin lobster roll type sandwich.

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Baked Apple

For dessert, I went with the baked apple which was paired with a nice granola type filling. Frozen yogurt added a nice cooling zing to the dish.

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Santa

Just prior to departing the plane, all first class guests were given a chocolate Santa Claus.

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Chocolates

We were also given a box of chocolates, which I thought was a nice gesture.

The flight attendant working the first class cabin was very nice, and professional. It was semi-reminiscent of flying an Asian carrier, as she was not walking throughout the cabin too frequently but was happy to provide assistance should the need arise.

Having a larger seat and personal space was definitely a luxury. I do think redeeming Aeroplan miles is worth the opportunity to fly Lufthansa first class, but I am not sure I would redeem them again if flying into Washington DC. The direct flight to Los Angeles does not become available too often, but I would definitely consider flying into Houston should that become available when coming back from Europe.

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Parting Shot
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