As the world’s self proclaimed biggest fan of Lufthansa first class, one question I often get asked is which Lufthansa first class cabin I like most, given that there are a few types out there.
Given that Lufthansa only releases first class award space to partner airlines at most 15 days out, I think you should be happy to snag any Lufthansa first class product, whether it’s the old or new product.
Now that Lufthansa has their new first class across much of their fleet, I figured I’d provide a quick summary of which of their aircraft feature the new first class that I like the most. As a reminder, not all Lufthansa longhaul aircraft are equipped the new first class, so you can see this post for details on which aircraft are most likely to feature the new first class, or if you’re traveling in the near future you can use Lufthansa’s new toolbar to check whether your flight is scheduled to have the new first class or not.
So with that in mind, here’s the order in which I prefer Lufthansa’s new first class products:
1. Lufthansa Airbus A380 new first class
I love the A380 as such, and Lufthansa did a damn good job with the first class cabin on it to boot. The seats are the same as on the A330, A340, and Boeing 747-8, though there are a few cool additions that make this plane special.
First of all, since first class is on the upper deck and there’s a bit of extra room upstairs in the front of the plane, they have two massive lavatories, even equipped with urinals.
They also have lockers in the back of the cabin in which you can stow your belongings. There’s a locker for each seat, which is great given the lack of overhead bins.
The A380 is just such a quiet plane, especially at the top of the upper deck, and offers the smoothest ride of any plane I’ve flown. Lufthansa even has a humidifier in the first class cabin and as much as I’d like to think it’s all hype, I’ve actually found the air to be much better in the first class cabin on the A380 than any other plane I’ve flown.
2. Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 new first class
The 747-8 is a damn exciting plane. I still think the 747 is the queen of the skies, so to see some new life in the fleet is exciting to me. While Lufthansa’s first class on the 747-400 is on the upper deck, they’ve put it in the nose on the 747-8.
With only eight seats the nose is outrageously spacious, especially for the single seats in rows one and two. The plane still smells brand new, and much like on the A380 there are lockers for each first class passenger. The cabin is also extremely quiet, not only because of how far it is from the engines, but because there’s no foot traffic through the cabin given that it’s in the nose.
3. Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 new first class
If you want to impress your Facebook friends, this is the product to fly. You get a seat and you get a bed. Necessary? Nope. Excessively awesome? Yep.
This is the rating I get the most flak over. A lot of people rate this as the best Lufthansa first class product out there, and while I still love it, I think the 747-8 and A380 are better. So let me take a backwards approach here as to why this isn’t the best product, because I think the “pros” of the cabin are pretty obvious.
I should start by explaining how I like to relax on flights. I like to have my meals in the upright position and then immediately get turndown service, regardless of whether I plan to sleep or not. The idea is that if I want to be on my laptop or watch a movie I’d rather do so from “bed” than while sitting. So if I don’t plan on sleeping I simply put the seat in the bed position and then raise the back of the seat by a few degrees so I can comfortably look at the screen.
With this product the seat itself doesn’t recline very far back (not far enough to comfortably lounge, in my opinion), and the bed doesn’t recline forward at all. So while the seat is great for sleeping, it’s not very good for lounging. Also, the TV is positioned in front of the seat and not in front of the bed, so there’s no way to swivel the TV to face the bed. While you can still watch TV from bed, it’s not ideal.
And truthfully the bed is kind of unnecessary. Lufthansa’s new mattress pad and duvet on the rest of their fleet are some of the best in the industry, and I find the seats with the mattress pads to be about as comfortable as the bed on this aircraft.
So don’t get me wrong, this is an awesome product, but I do feel like it’s more style over substance.
4. Lufthansa Airbus A330/340 new first class
Lufthansa has identical first class products on the A330s and A340s. The cabins are awesome and basically identical to the ones on the A380, minus some of the bells and whistles, like the bigger lavatories and lockers.
The one impracticality of the new A330/A340 cabin is that there’s not an “aisle” in the front of the cabin by the bar like there was previously, so in order to cross between aisles you have to walk through the galley.
Be thrilled if you get Lufthansa first class on miles, be it the new product or old product. Be especially thrilled if you get any version of the new product. But for the 1% of you that are planning a Lufthansa award a few days before departure and have a choice between products, those are my opinions.
To those of you that have flown Lufthansa first class, which aircraft’s cabin did you like most?