Lufthansa Flight LH 402- FRA-JFK (Seat 83C)
Once I got to the top of the stairs, I was directed to my seat and I began to settle in. I realized quickly that the stewardess had put me in 83H, while I was ticketed in 83C. I brought this to her attention, but she told me there would only be 3 passengers in first class today so I could pretty much sit wherever I liked. Lufthansa is in the process of renovating 10 of their 747-400′s with a new first class product that features a recliner alongside a real twin bed. I had hoped I would get lucky and get one of the redone aircraft, but it was not to be. In the “old” version of Lufthansa’s first class on the 747, there are 16 of the old style blue seats on the upper deck. At one point, Lufthansa used to actually accommodate 16 passengers in a 2 by 2 configuration. Recently they slashed the number of passengers to 8, so while there are 16 chairs, each passenger has 2. 1 to sit in and 1 to sleep in. As there were so few passengers, I now had all 4 seats of row 83 to myself. Row 83 is the exit row on the upper deck and while the pitch in every Lufthansa first class seat is more than reasonable, I had a veritable football field of space in front of me. I opted to sit in 83H and sleep in 83C. We received our menus, amenity kits and Van Lack pull overs. Now that I am a convert to sleeping in airline pajamas, I asked if they had extra PJ’s on board (Lufthansa provides only a pull over, not full PJ’s on their day flights). The stewardess said as they were turning around in EWR and returning to FRA she couldn’t give me any PJ’s and risk not having enough for the return flight. No big deal.
I took a glass of champagne and some water along with the nuts offered before departure
I’m not 100% positive, but I believe the amuse bouche was some sort of trout terrine. It was fairly good.
Standard caviar. Surprisingly no extra was offered, would have expected due to the light loads they would have made a second sweep.
Choice of Hors D’oeuvres
Tart and Medallion of Lobster with Pea and Mint Puree
Crepe coated Filet of Rabbit Provencal Style
Goat Cream Cheese on marinated Beetroot with Walnuts
The Escargot Soup Baden Style was a real winner. I didn’t expect to like this dish, but it was really fantastic.
Being an avid flyertalk reader, I had heard about the “Lufthansa Classics” Roast Goose with Red Cabbage and Potato Dumplings that is served around Christmas. Of course I had to try it. A very nice dish. Some of the goose was a bit fatty, but on the whole, thumbs up.
Variations on Mocha
After this onslaught of food it was time for an intermission. I watched “Crazy Stupid Love,” which was better than expected. An acceptable way to kill two hours aloft for sure. Towards the end of the movie, I asked that seat 83C be made up as my bed so I could try to get a few hours of sleep before they woke me to stuff me with food once again. I would like to address some knocks on Lufthansa…yes the IFE screens are small and not up to current generation standards, but this has never particularly bothered me and although the seats are not the newest products in the air, I always find that I am able to get excellent sleep when flying with Lufthansa.
End of intermission…Round 2
The Germans are relentless, they constantly stuff you with food and drink from the time you enter the lounge until you get off the plane. I think I managed to turn down the chocolates they brought around after dessert when the first meal service concluded, but an hour from touch down in Newark, they were at it again.
Rose in holster means mealtime
A second menu was brought around showing a variety of dishes both hot and cold. I had a few questions on how exactly the ordering worked, and as much of the menu was in German…what exactly I was getting.
For my second meal, I had Veal Meatballs which came with a potato pancake and a side of potato salad. Like all the other food offered on this flight, it was outstanding. I thought we were done, but again, I had underestimated Lufthansa…there was more.
I had the Mulled Wine Mouse and I believe the jam sandwich and vanilla crescent cookies. Again, excellent.
To avoid succumbing to a food coma, I ordered a double espresso in hopes of pepping myself up before arrival, and as you can see, the cabin crew couldn’t help but jam a chocolate Santa Clause on the side. After the coffee they made another pass with the box of chocolates, but I was able to restrain myself.
I can’t remember the last time I flew on the upper deck of a 747, so the approach and landing were very cool for me. The crew was excellent on this flight and the food was perhaps the best I have ever had on a plane. I managed a few hours of sleep and watched a decent movie. It was really just an excellent, excellent flight. We got to the gate, I made for immigration, I grabbed my bags, met my family and vowed not to eat again until Christmas. Thank you Lufthansa!