Business class on Lufthansa’s 747-8
Worth the money, or further evidence disapproving their 5-star rating
An honest review by an honest German
Hello there, if you’re an active IFC member, you might have seen me around. Recently, I had the Privilege of flying to South Africa, Johannesburg. Even better, I had the privilege of flying Lufthansa’s business class in the queen of the skies, the beautiful Boeing 747. As an aviation geek, I decided to take some photos during the journey, and present it here: a website full of aviation geeks. Let me know how you like it, Mauritius Air Business class and South African Business class Review to follow in the next 2 to 3 weeks :).
Before we start
Before you join me on this South bound journey to South Africa, I’d like to say that I’m lucky enough to fly Lufthansa’s Business class quite often, thanks to the Miles and more Programme (See the end of the flight report for more info and how to gain miles quickly), and a family member being a senator with over 1.1 million miles due to frequent business travels around Europe and the world. I’m not saying this to- as the youths would call it- “flex on you”, I’m saying this because you should know I already have the experience and therefore an opinion. Whilst I think the Lufthansa Business class is amazing, should it be 5 star worthy benchmarking it to other world class business classes from airlines such as emirates, Singapore, and more? So is Lufthansa’s Business class worth the money, or further evidence disapproving their 5-star rating?At the end of the report I’ll answer that question from my perspective. (See section: Hot, or not?). I’ll shut up now, here is my report of the flight!
Flight number: LH 572
Departure ICAO: EDDF (Frankfurt am Main international airport)
Arrival ICAO: FAOR (O. R. Tambo International Airport)
Departure time: 22:00 German time (GMT +2)
Seat: 85K (upper deck)
Class: Business class
Aircraft: Lufthansa B747-8
Boarding and pre-takeoff service
Welcome to Frankfurt am main international airport, terminal 1, gate Z62. Before me (picture above) is the beauty that will take us on this relatively short 9:45 journey to “the north of South Africa”, Johannesburg. Boarding started slightly delayed at 21:40 with the planned time being 21:20. Families with little kids board first, then HON circle, senators, first, and business class passengers. Within 5 minutes I had gone up the stairway to the upper deck, and was sitting in my seat 85K (window seat, of course)(see picture below).
Note that Lufthansa’s 747s are equipped with a business’s class section taking up the whole of the upper deck, along with a small business class section at the lower deck (if your flying Lufthansa’s 747 in business class and want to be on the upper deck, at least row 79 is necessary). And here comes the first big brownie point for Lufthansa. Their crew are incredibly friendly. A mix of young and old, man and women, you will see every single crew member’s smile. Next brownie point, free magazines (yes you can keep them). I think they were all German though. Being not only an aviation geek but also a football fanatic, ‘SPORT Bild’ was the one for me.
Brownie point number three: a choice of orange juice, water, Rosé Prosecco, and white champagne, along with an offer to take my jacket and hang it in the wardrobe. So far, this is what I would call a 5 star experience. All though there were only 2 stewardesses in charge for about 10 rows of business class (2-2 layout due to the smaller space in the upper deck), you feel welcomed, and most importantly, taken care of, within minutes of being on board. With more delays due to the busy “long haul rush” (most long hauls depart at this time making airports very busy) we were handed out the menus, to which I’ll come later. Overall, flawless experience so far in Lufthansa’s B747-8 Business class.
And now to the important part: food. The menu consists of three choices for starter (meat, fish, vegetarian option), three choices for mains (meat, fish, vegetarian option) and three choices for dessert (meat, fish, and vegetarian option, just kidding of course). Have a look yourself:
Now excuse my French, but that sounds ******* delicious. What would you have taken? After reaching our cursing altitude of FL370, we were served some nuts (classic) and a drink from the bar, I went for a ginger Ale, and our orders were taken. Went for the angus beef, salmon, and blueberry and coconut cream, at least that was the plan. They’re out of salmon. But I’m sitting in the 6th row of business class? Slightly annoying as it looked and smelt good, but the substitute which was the vegetable curry did its job, in fact it was delicious. Similarly, the starter (even though it was cold, Lufthansa’s starters are always cold, but I was already cold, so now I was cold cold), the side salad, and the dessert, along with the crispy warm bread bun, completed what was a very good meal. I watched one movie, but due to the late departure I was tired so I went to sleep directly after dinner. Woken up at 1:36 prior to landing, breakfast and coffee was served. I don’t personally like eggs that are made from powder, so I went for the waffles. A small but sufficient breakfast (on flights to America where it’s not a night flight you usually get a warm soup or some kind of small dinner prior to landing). And that’s it for food folks. According to my dad, there were some snacks lying around where the stewardesses sit and gossip about each and every passenger, for people that were hungry in between. Food was good. Breakfast slightly underwhelming but if I’d have to rate it out of 10, gotta be a solid 8.5.
(See picture above) One word: comfortable. Soft material, a lovely pillow, and an electric remote to turn it from a seat to a flat out bed. I’m 6 foot, and I has space. A soft mattress that you could put on the seat along with a blanket were also provided. In terms of the amenities, there was everything you need. Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, hand creme, lip balm, headphone covers, eye mask, ear plugs, and a special Lufthansa Pyjama shirt are the things I remember. In the business class bathrooms you can also find razors, shaving Creme, hair brushes, and women’s necessities. An important part of the seat: the IFE (In-flight Entertainment Programme). The screen is definitely big enough, and you have hundreds of movies, classics to new releases, series from funny to documentary, kids channels, and even games and music. No matter how fussy you may be, there’s definitely something there for everyone. The seat is as good as it gets, although some barrier for privacy if you’re traveling alone might be something to look into or Lufthansa, you are quite close to your neighbors head (romantic, but involuntary). Seat? Gotta be a 9.5/10. Good job Lufthansa, BA might want to take note.
So, hot or not?
The big question, is it worth the money? Paying with miles and more I’m not sure how much the ticket usually costs, but’s some quick research showed me that the price lies shortly above the 3000€ mark. My British side is going to have to show here when I say that that’s bloody expensive. But given that I really appreciated having a comfy bed to sleep in, a good meal, and a friendly service, I think upgrading from an economy ticket to business is worth it. Paying for this ticket with cash would still be worth it but I feel like 3k for a 9:45 min flight off which 5-7 you’ll be asleep, is a bit much. However, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this experience again. Back to my question posed at the beginning of this post, yes, this is still a 5 star worthy experience.
How to get your own BC seat quickly
Having appreciated the better comfort and food, I want you guys and girls reading this who haven’t flown business class before to be able to do the same. Miles and more, a system by which you collect miles and can use them to upgrade your flight seat, is probably the cheapest or maybe even quickest way of getting that 5 star experience. Getting a Lufthansa credit card so with each purchase you get a couple of miles, flying star alliance airlines to collect miles, and many more methods can be used. Just FYI, upgrading to first class is something I would probably never do. 200.000 miles per upgrade, and you would have to purchase a business class ticket (you can only upgrade one class).
If you’ve made it to the end, thanks and congrats, I hope this wasn’t too long or over the top but there’s a comment section below and I’m open to any feedback, help, or further questions. Thanks for your time, rate my post below, and let me know if I should do the same with Air Mauritius and South African Business class!
Rate my first ever flight review!
I am not rich or spoilt. Thanks to my father having an awesome job where he gets to travel around the world and collect Miles, he can use them to make our holidays more comfortable. Trust me, there are a lot of downsides with his job as well, he’s away most of the time.