Having been escorted to a waiting car from the lounge, we quickly drove along the terminal past Lufthansa’s various widebodies waiting to depart to far-off lands.
After stopping the car, my driver escorted me and my suitcase to an elevator next to the jet bridge so I could board the plane.
Frankfurt (FRA) – New York (JFK)
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
Duration: 8 hours, 40 minutes
Aircraft: Boeing 747-430 (D-ABTL)
Seat: 82C (First Class)
While many airlines place their first class cabin behind the nose on their 747’s, Lufthansa has its on the upper deck. The 747 First Class differs a bit from those on other aircraft (such their A340) by featuring a dedicated bed next to the seat, minimizing the compromises necessary to get a seat that can morph into a bed at a moment’s notice.
After finishing up boarding soon after the first class passengers arrived, we had a short taxi past a waiting United 777 before taking off.
The menu read as follows:
As we were departing from a Lufthansa hub, they could afford to attend to details such as ensuring the butter is stamped “First Class.”
When United’s reservations system dropped this Lufthansa segment, I lost my vegetarian meal reservation. Nonetheless, the flight worked out and I was able to find suitable vegetarian options from the menu. I began with the salad and lettuce mousse.
For my main course, I selected the walnut gnocchi.
Finally, I had some carrot cake, topped with fresh carrots, for dessert.
Having woken up at the crack of dawn in Europe (and with minimal sleep from the night before), I settled down to take a nap. I woke up shortly into the snack service just before landing, selecting the canape with cream cheese.
Once off the plane, Customs was a zoo, even for Global Entry, so I was a bit delayed in getting into the city.