Since I had a few liquids which exceeded the limit for hand carried luggage, I decided to check in my roll-aboard. I was immediately helped by a friendly agent who helped me with my check-in luggage and for “extra care”, I asked if they had luggage tags for fragile items but unfortunately, they didn’t. It got the HON luggage tag though so it was okay. Then, I went downstairs and made my way to the Lufthansa First Class Terminal.
I took the elevator upstairs and was met by Virginia, a very friendly agent from Valencia, Spain who became my personal assistant during my whole stay in the lounge. I guess not so many airlines offer this service to their first class passengers so Kudos to Lufthansa for this! After clearing security, she started giving me a tour of the lounge.
Virginia came to me and informed me that one of the private bedrooms was available. Cool! I really liked Lufthansa’s bedroom as it was spacious and the bed was very comfortable. Inside the room, there’s a bottle of mineral water and a pair of eyeshades as well. Well, it is not as luxurious as the bedroom you will find in Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Lounge in Doha but it is still one of the best there is, in my opinion.
During my visit, Lufthansa’s theme was “American Diner”. I actually took a little of everything from the buffet since it was much easier and faster as I did not have much time left.
By 1:30 pm, Virginia came to me and informed me that due to technical problems in the aircraft, boarding would be delayed and that she would give me an update in 10 minutes. Less than 10 minutes later, Virginia came to fetch me and the other first class passenger as it was time to take our ride to the aircraft.
The first class cabin with a 1-2-1 configuration in two rows has a total of 8 seats. As I boarded, I was welcomed by Brigitte, a very nice flight attendant from Austria who showed me my seat, 2A. There was already a guy seated in 2G when the other first-class passenger and I arrived so we were all in all 3 in the cabin.
Moments after settling in, I was offered some pre-departure beverage and I chose a glass of apple juice which was served with some nuts. Brigitte also offered to bring me the amenity kit and pajamas and thought I’d ask for the female version for my collection. Moments later, Jan, the other flight attendant working in the first class cabin came to offer me the amenity kit although he had both the male and the female amenity kits for me. I was also offered a hot towel which was followed by the menu card and wine list. Moments later, the captain came on the PA to welcome us onboard. Newspapers were also offered although I declined.
I stuck with the usual caviar and “Octopus with Mixed Mango Medley and Tapioca” both of which were phenomenal. My drinks were continuously refilled and were offered more bread, a sign of excellent dining experience. For my main course, I had the “Fried Pike-Perch and Pike White Sausage, Creme Fraiche Sauce, Pumpkin and Pretzel Dumpling” which was delicious. For my dessert, I had the “Soup of Mango, Pink Grapefruit, and Sago with caramelized Lime Zest”. I was also offered some cheese and pralines but I declined. Jan also offered to make my bed but I just asked for a blanket instead which came with a bottle of mineral water.
A visit to the First Class Terminal (with all the personal assistant, excellent food and the limousine service to the aircraft) is a must experience when flying in first class as it is one of the best there is. The seat is one of the most comfortable seats there is and even though it is not a suite, there is still privacy as one can always use the privacy dividers. Lastly, the Marhaba Service upon arrival in Dubai was such a luxury since you can just skip all the lines during peak hours. Needless to say, I really enjoyed everything about this flight and would surely fly with Lufthansa again when I get the chance. To all the crew on this flight, “Danke Schön!”
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Born and raised in Manila, Philippines. Arthur has visited a total of 69 countries, flown 144 times in business class and 46 times in first class