If you’re not a Baby Boomer, you probably won’t get the reference to the song “One Way Sunday” by the Mark Almond Band, but no matter. For while I don’t – and frankly never did – look like a superstar, the treatment received upon check-in and the treatment I would receive on board would make me feel like one.
A Business Class ticket on Lufthansa includes access to the airline’s clubs. The lounge that Lufthansa shares with other carriers at SEA was a welcome respite from the zaniness in the South Satellite, the site for all international arrivals and most, if not all, international departures at SeaTac. A pre-flight glass of wine helped me feel as if the vacation had actually begun. Unfortunately, the club at FRA was much less tranquil, due largely to some exuberant, excited children whose parents were unwilling or unable to control them.
Boarding my outbound aircraft, one of the four flight attendants (F/As) who would be looking after the Business Class cabin greeted me, took my coat, and led me to my home for the next 10-1/2 hours: Seat 4H of the Airbus A330. The time would pass far too quickly.
|Business Class Seat and Monitors|
Lufthansa’s Business Class features fully reclining seats, and an entertainment center with a wide selection of audio, video, movie and game options for those who don’t have to (or want to) work in flight. The entertainment center on the outbound flight also offered something I really appreciate on an overseas trip: an in-flight map. Several different views showed our time in flight, time to destination, airspeed, position, and altitude. My return flight, which was aboard an older aircraft, displayed the map on a screen at the front of the cabin so that passengers could watch a movie or video and still keep tabs on our in-flight progress.
|Champagne and menu|
All four of the F/As who looked after the 48 Business Class seats were very gracious and helpful, making me feel more like a guest than a customer, which is the essence of hospitality. One in particular paid me what I consider a very high compliment, though she may not have known it.
I was able to get a fairly long way using the little bit of German I know, but when I finally had to say, “Es tut mir leid; Ich spreche nur ein bisschen Deutsch,” (I’m sorry, I only speak a little German), her response was, “Really? I thought you were German!”, which I took as meaning my accent did not give me away. The others were also complimentary of my efforts to speak the language of their country, and even coached me a bit, which I very much appreciated.
|Beef Tataki appetizer|
For Abendessen (dinner), passengers chose from Vorspeisen (appetizers) of Tuna Carpaccio, Seared Beef Tataki, or Caprese Salad, a Salat (Salad) with seasonal yellow tomatoes. Hauptspeisen (main course) options included tenderloin of beef with plum chutney, shrimp with fennel, saffron and fingerling potatoes, or baked eggplant cannelloni. For Nachtisch (dessert), a selection of three Käse (cheeses), apple spice cake with cider, or fruit salad were offered.
|Garnele mit Fenchel Main Course|
Most long-haul carriers have an area they designate where passengers can help themselves to in-flight snacks as the mood strikes them. On Lufthansa, all one has to do is peek around the curtain and one of the F/As will ask if there is anything you need, then fetch it immediately.
|Three cheeses and port for dessert|
Owing to the effects of the food and alcohol combined with the thinner air in the cabin, naps quickly followed our first meal services. Shortly before each arrival, the cabin crew woke us by turning on the overhead lights, then offering us … wait for it … still more food. As if we needed any more at that point.
But such was the hospitality and service aboard Lufthansa, providing outstanding Business Class experiences that I am keen to revisit as soon as possible.
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