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Frankfurt (FRA) – Nice (NCE)
Friday, June 28
Aircraft: Boeing 737-300
Seat: 6C (Business Class)
Our flight was originally scheduled to be operated by an Airbus A319, though last minute there was an aircraft swap to a Boeing 737-300. Despite the aircraft swap the boarding process was smooth, given that the planes have very similar configurations.
There were seven rows of business class and it was more or less full. As is the norm for intra-Europe flights, business class is simply coach with the center seats blocked and slightly better food/service.
The only thing that was atypical about the flight was the crowd. Holy crap. About half of the passengers were male and the other half were female, though if you added up the ages of all the males it would probably be about 500 higher than if you added up the age of all the females. The passengers in the cabin had more plastic than Legoland. Louis Vuitton was the low end luggage in the overhead bins on this flight.
And the guys in the cabin had the most bizarre fashion sense I’ve ever seen. They all seemed to wear white pants, a neon colored button down, and shoes of a different neon color, kinda like this guy I snapped a picture of in baggage claim.
I also don’t think a single couple in the cabin exchanged any words the whole flight. Who knows, maybe they didn’t even speak the same languages. Anyway…
As the departure time rolled around the captain came on the PA to advise us of our flight time of 75 minutes, and shortly thereafter we began our taxi. Due to the unique configuration of this gate, we didn’t actually have to push back, but rather the jet bridge retracted and then we could taxi straight ahead.
Our taxi to the runway was quick, and once we were airborne we hit some chop on the climb out.
Once we leveled off the meal service began. The menu read as follows:
As usual on Lufthansa they try too damn hard with their catering, and could learn a thing or two from Austrian and their DO&CO catering. The food was cold, soggy, and not especially well presented, in my opinion.
The only good part of the meal was the chocolate bar wrapped in an advertisement.
The flight attendant working the business class cabin was a delight, though all I could think about the whole flight was how she looked exactly like Pam Ann. For those of you who don’t know who Pam Ann is, here’s a video (though it’s NSFW):
About 25 minutes out we began our descent. Unfortunately we were seated on the left side of the plane, as most of the good views seemed to be on the right side of the plane, including of Monte Carlo.
As we initiated our final approach we could see the airport from out of the window, and then we lined up to land on runway 22R.
Our touchdown was late but smooth, and once off the runway it was just a quick taxi to the gate.
We parked next to an airline I had never heard of before, which always gets me oddly excited.
I felt like a total loser in the arrivals hall, since everyone else seemed to have someone from a helicopter transfer service waiting for them.
Man, I can only imagine what a flight from London to Nice would be like…