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Frankfurt (FRA) – London (LHR)
Sunday, December 4
Aircraft: Airbus A321
Seat: 3F (Business Class)
I’ll keep this review relatively short, given that Europe is probably the worst region in the world when it comes to the quality of business class offerings.
As is the norm on Lufthansa, business class consisted of economy seats with a blocked middle seat. This gives the airlines a lot of flexibility, since they can adjust the size of the business class cabin on each flight.
On this particular flight, there were just three and a half rows of business class (the first row just has seats on the left side). That means there was total capacity for 14 business class passengers, though only seven of those seats were occupied.
Most of the center seats had a tray table on them (the one in the above picture didn’t, since it was the last row, which was unoccupied). I at least appreciate that Lufthansa places a tray table on the center seat, which some other airlines don’t.
The cabin had cute Christmas decorations, which really was the only pizzaz in the cabin, since Lufthansa’s intra-Europe cabins are as sterile as they come.
Lufthansa doesn’t offer any pre-departure beverages or hot towels within Europe, but rather we were just offered magazines and newspapers.
By 12PM boarding was complete, at which point Captain Peter added his welcome aboard, and informed us of our flight time of just one hour to London. The purser also introduced himself. Within a few minutes the crew did a manual safety demonstration, and then at 12:05PM we began our pushback.
As usual at Frankfurt, I loved looking at all the planes around us. I was surprised to see an Austrian 767, which the airline is flying at the moment between Vienna and Frankfurt. That’s one of their longhaul planes with a fully flat business class product, so it’s a huge improvement over their normal intra-Europe product.
We also taxied past one of Lufthansa’s first A320NEO aircraft.
I loved the views of all the Lufthansa heavies as well.
Our taxi to the runway was pretty high speed, and as we approached the runway there were a bunch of Condor planes at remote stands. As a kid I’d always fly Condor nonstop between Tampa and Frankfurt (back when they still had a smoking section), so in a way I can’t help but smile whenever I see a Condor plane.
By 12:15PM we reached our departure runway and were immediately cleared for takeoff.
As usual, the views over Germany were gorgeous.
Less than five minutes after takeoff the seatbelt sign was turned off, at which point the crew closed the curtain between cabins.
About five minutes later the crew brought out the business class snack. Often I find Lufthansa’s shorthaul snacks to be terrible, though this one was actually quite good. It consisted of cold cuts, some salmon with guacamole, some sort of cheese spread with pesto and pine nuts, a hot roll, a chocolate dessert, and a box of Godiva chocolates. Everything was delicious.
After distributing the trays, the purser came through the cabin with drinks. I had a glass of still water, and also a coffee, which was served in a ceramic mug that almost looked like a plastic cup.
After the purser finished service in the business class cabin he went back to economy to help there.
I worked on my laptop briefly, though always kept an eye out the window, given what a scenic flight it is.
As we flew over the English Channel I saw dozens of wind turbines in the water, that I don’t recall ever seeing before. Based on Googling it seems like this is the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
About 20 minutes before landing the captain came back on the PA to provide us with updated arrival information, and to inform us we’d be descending shortly.
Once again, the views on descent were beautiful. While we didn’t seem to enter a typical circular holding pattern, we did a lot of vectoring in just about every direction, so we were slowed down a bit on our approach.
Finally at 12:45PM we touched down on runway 9L.
From there it was just a short taxi to our arrival gate at Terminal 2. There’s always cool traffic there, as we taxied past an Air Canada A330, EgyptAir 777, Air Canada 777, and an Etihad A380 taxiing to the runway.
Terminal 2 consists of two separate concourses, so we had to taxi to the further one, which involved taxiing around the airport a bit.
We arrived at our gate just before 12:55PM.
Lufthansa A321 business class bottom line
This flight was perfectly fine as far as intra-Europe business class on Lufthansa goes. The food was better than usual, the flight was mostly on time, and the cabin wasn’t full.
That being said, I don’t think there’s a region in the world that does shorthaul business class worse than Europe. There are some exceptions, like Air Serbia and Aeroflot, which actually have a legitimate business class product on shorthaul flights. However, just blocking a middle seat and offering a snack and calling it business class is no fun. Compare that to 30 minute flights within the Middle East, where you get a flat bed, pre-departure beverages, a meal, and a cappuccino.