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Lufthansa First Class Review – Boeing 747-800 – Newark to Frankfurt (EWR-FRA)

Lufthansa First Class Review – Boeing 747-800 – Newark to Frankfurt (EWR-FRA)

Flying First Class on Lufthansa is an absolute indulgence.  If you’re a fan of glam – this is the spot for you!  Uber luxurious with over-the-top service, beverages and catering.  Everyone is treated like a Hollywood star from start to finish! 

Here’s my review of my recent Boeing 747-800 flight from Newark to Frankfurt:

 Lufthansa Boeing 747-800    Photo: Calvin Wood

Lufthansa Boeing 747-800   Photo: Calvin Wood

Check-In

I normally don’t comment on the check-in process with most premium products as it’s relatively the same.  Not so with Lufthansa. 

Once my bag was tagged, Lufthansa offered me a personal escort to the lounge.  She was a pro.  We went to the front of every line, both at the check-point and at the screening (even ahead of priority passengers).  This is what celebrities must feel like!  I was through to the lounge in under four minutes! 

 Lufthansa Senator Lounge Newark   Photo: Calvin Wood

Lufthansa Senator Lounge Newark  Photo: Calvin Wood

Atmosphere

 Lufthansa First Class Cabin - Boeing 747-800   PhotoL Calvin Wood

Lufthansa First Class Cabin - Boeing 747-800  PhotoL Calvin Wood

The First Class cabin on Lufthansa’s Boeing 747 is in the nose of the plane and is limited to 8 seats.  Some airlines fit 14 people in the same footprint – so that tells you how much room you have.  I gasped as I entered the cabin: the amount of space was almost criminal.

 First Class Cabin - Window Seating - Lufthansa    Photo: Calvin Wood

First Class Cabin - Window Seating - Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Wood

The cabin’s atmospher is luxe.  It feels like a private jet (which isn’t too far from reality). The cabin is decorated in cream tones that are punctuated by the deep chocolate colors of the seats.  The accents include the Lufthansa logo which is embossed in silver at the back of the cabin.

 First Class Cabin - Lufthansa - Bar Area    Photo: Calvin Wood

First Class Cabin - Lufthansa - Bar Area   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Seat

 First Class Seat - Lufthansa Boeing 747    Photo: Calvin Wood

First Class Seat - Lufthansa Boeing 747   Photo: Calvin Wood

LH’s First Class seat is unbelievably comfortable and well-engineered.  I love it!  There’s so much to showcase about this seat.  First of all – it comes with an incredible amount of space – both widthwise and lengthwise.

 Ottoman - First Class Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Wood

Ottoman - First Class Lufthansa  Photo: Calvin Wood

I’m 5’10” and there was no way I could reach the ottoman with my feet.  That’s not a problem though as this piece of furniture can actually move.  With a switch of the seat controls, it glides into position to match your height!

 Ottoman Storage - Lufthansa First Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Ottoman Storage - Lufthansa First Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

The ottoman is also a storage device.  A perfect place for your small carry-on, amenity kit, PJ’s etc…anything you want to easily access in flight.  It's also the perfect size to store a bottle of champagne if the purser decides to gift one to you!

 Magazine Storage - B747 Lufthansa First Class

Magazine Storage - B747 Lufthansa First Class

 Cup Stowage - Lufthansa First Class B747    Photo: Calvin Wood

Cup Stowage - Lufthansa First Class B747   Photo: Calvin Wood

There’s additional storage on the side of the seat which is perfect for magazines and menus.  Near the window there’s two more slots beneath the leather paneling that can fit a phone, computer and other elements.  There’s also a dedicated water bottle holder for when the seat is in bed mode.

 Cocktail Table - LH First Class B747    Photo: Calvin Wood

Cocktail Table - LH First Class B747   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Seat Controls - LH First Class B747-800   Photo: Calvin Wood

Seat Controls - LH First Class B747-800  Photo: Calvin Wood

The seat moves into all kinds of directions – I’m sure I could have twisted it into a pretzel!  

A special control helps you move the seat – but I never used it. (I think you needed a physics degree to operate it!)  The combinations and variations were beyond my comprehension.  Like many microwaves – the seat had a simplified set of buttons that put the seat in a basic recline position, flat or upright.  Those worked just right for me!

 Seat in Bed Position - Lufthansa First Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Seat in Bed Position - Lufthansa First Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

My favorite position though for this seat is FLAT.  At night – this seat fully reclines into an oversized bed.  The arm rests even level out to provide extra room. 

The flight attendant made up my bed, adding a super comfy mattress pad and a lush duvet. I was sound asleep within minutes, dreaming of dancing caviar and champagne.

Beverages

 Premium Champagne Pre Departure - LH First Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Premium Champagne Pre Departure - LH First Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

I felt like I was at the Academy Awards when it came to the beverages. LH rolled out a cavalcade of top tier brands in First Class.   Patsy and Adina would have been impressed!

To start: I had a magnificent glass (or two) of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle bubbly.  On the ground, this gem goes for about $150 a bottle.  It was absolutely delicious and deserves every award it has won! 

 Johnny Walker Blue - -LH First Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Johnny Walker Blue - -LH First Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

After take-off I went for the stellar Johnny Walker Blue: a bottle of scotch that is  only accessible for bonus eligible traders on Wall Street – it’s about $170 a pop!

This treasure is so smooth – it almost tastes like it’s been laced with butter!  No bite at all. 

 Dessert Riesling - LH First Class B747    Photo: Calvin Wood

Dessert Riesling - LH First Class B747   Photo: Calvin Wood

For dinner, I had a wonderful Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.  I am a fan of oaky smooth chards and this one delivered.  I finished off my meal with a delicious Riesling dessert wine – I can’t remember the name unfortunately but it was well worth the indulgence.  (I must have consumed 25,000 calories worth of booze on this one flight!)

There were all kinds of other drinks though:  four white wines, four red wines, specialty aquavits, gins, vodkas, and all kinds of libations.  I felt like I was at a 1920’s speakeasy at the Vanderbilt mansion!

On the non-alcohol side – there was plenty to please as well:  espresso, cappuccino, and about 10 different types of teas! 

Cuisine

 Amuse-Bouche - LH First Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Amuse-Bouche - LH First Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

The glam didn’t stop with the cocktails...

After take-off the flight attendants served a scrumptious amuse-bouche (that’s a pre-dinner snack for anyone who’s hungry!).  On this flight, it was a crab terrine. 

 Caviar Service - LH First Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Caviar Service - LH First Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

The next course was Lufthansa’s super famous Caviar Cart (my name for it).  It was by far the highlight of the meal!   It's something that almost every First Class passenger looks forward to with glee!

I have no idea what kind of caviar they served  on my flight – but it was super tasty.   I loved the Lufthansa presentation for this course.  It came with lemon, onions, and a separated boiled egg (white and yolks).

 Caviar Close Up!  Lufthansa First Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

Caviar Close Up!  Lufthansa First Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Shrimp & Prawn Appetizer  - LH First Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

Shrimp & Prawn Appetizer  - LH First Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

My flight attendant then rolled out a trolley packed with different kinds of appetizers.  I could have had as many as dishes as I wanted (there were four choices) – but I selected one: scallops & prawns.  I knew I had to pace myself! 

 Turkey Roulade - Lufthansa First Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Turkey Roulade - Lufthansa First Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

For the main course, I went for the scrumptious Turkey Roulade.  It was stuffed with pork and cranberries.  It felt like I was at a German Christmas party!

 Cheese Plate - Lufthansa First Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Cheese Plate - Lufthansa First Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

I was almost ready to cry “Uncle” at this point – but the flight attendant insisted I try the cheese plate which showcased a number of German and European winners!  They pared perfectly with my dessert wine.

After that,she tried to convince me on both the berry crumble and the hot chocolate cake – but I held my ground!  There was no way I could eat anything else.  I was ready for bed!

Breakfast-First-747-Calvin-Wood.jpg

As we approached Europe - there was a whole breakfast spread on offer.  "What?"  I had just finished eating two hours earlier!   I did go for the freshly prepared scrambled eggs and smoked salmon though.

Amenity Kit

 First Class Amenity Kit - Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Wood

First Class Amenity Kit - Lufthansa  Photo: Calvin Wood

The amenity kit on this Lufthansa flight came in a leather Windsor toiletries bag – and it was big.  Totally a keeper!

 Amenity Kit Contents - Lufthansa First Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

Amenity Kit Contents - Lufthansa First Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

It had the standard inflight amenities including socks, earplugs, eyeshades, etc. 

What was EXTRA special about this kit was the inclusion of a La Prairie sample pack (lip balm, hand lotion and face cream).  For those of you into obscenely expensive lotions and potions – this brand is considered one of the most luxorious.  Jackpot in sample world!

 La Prairie Toiletries - Lufthansa First Class  Kit    Photo: Calvin Wood

La Prairie Toiletries - Lufthansa First Class  Kit   Photo: Calvin Wood

 First Class PJs - Lufthansa    Photo: Calvin Wood

First Class PJs - Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Wood

Bathroom

 First Class Bathroom - Lufthansa  Photo: Calvin Wood

First Class Bathroom - Lufthansa Photo: Calvin Wood

There are two First Class bathrooms on the 747-800. That’s a four to one ratio if the cabin is full!  They are definitely larger than those in business class (and coach).  And they came stocked to the gills with additional toiletries if you needed them:  shaving kits, Evian facial spray, more La Prairie creams, towelettes and mouthwash.

 Mouthwash & Hand Creams!   Lufthansa First Class Restroom    Photo: Calvin Wood

Mouthwash & Hand Creams!   Lufthansa First Class Restroom   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Bench - First Class Bathroom - Lufthansa    Photo: Calvin Wood

Bench - First Class Bathroom - Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Wood

The bathroom was congruent with the stylish décor of the First Class cabin.  It featured a cream leather bench that flipped up to reveal the toilet.  I loved this feature, making the restroom more like a change room!

 First Class Supplies in Bathroom - Lufthansa    Photo: Calvin Wood

First Class Supplies in Bathroom - Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Drawer Contents - First Class Bathroom Lufthansa    Photo: Calvin Wood

Drawer Contents - First Class Bathroom Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Wood

Entertainment

 Video Screens - Lufthansa First Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

Video Screens - Lufthansa First Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

There was an insane number of movies on this flight.  I am going to assume that the entire aircraft had access to the library and that the First Class cabin didn’t have extras.  What was extra though was the size of the screen – and it had to be as it’s so far away from the seat!

My Verdict

 First Class Seat - Lufthansa    Photo: Calvin Wood

First Class Seat - Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Wood

LH’s First Class is consistently a mind-blowing experience!  Fantastic cabins, amazing service, spectacular cuisine (especially the caviar) and uber luxe libations!  You will be spoiled for life in a good way!! 

 Lufthansa's First Class Rose    Photo: Calvin Wood

Lufthansa's First Class Rose   Photo: Calvin Wood

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