- Part 1: Purchasing United Airlines Business Class Ticket using Miles
- Part 2: Review Chennai Airport Lounge
- Part 3: Review Lufthansa Airbus A340 Business Class Chennai to FrankFurt
- Part 4: Review Frankfurt Terminal Z Business Class Lounge
- Part 5: Review Lufthansa Airbus A380 Business Class Frankfurt to Houston (this blog article)
After spending some time in the Lufthansa Business Class Lounge, I went to my boarding area. Before you can enter the boarding area, there is a ticket and passport check at the Z terminal entrance. The ticket and passport check was very quick it took only about a couple of minutes to clear the passport/ticket check area.
Most of the Lufthansa flight to the USA take off from Terminal Z, there was a wide space between each gate, and it will take about 2 to 3 minutes to walk past each gate. The flight to Houston was about 4th or 5th gate from the Z terminal entrance.
Airbus 380 Boarding Process at FrankFurt
There are two separate boarding area one for the economy class and another for the first/business class. There was no one standing in the business class boarding gate, I scanned my boarding pass and proceeded to walk towards the plane.
Since the flight is Airbus A380, there was three gangway connecting the plan. Two at the lower level one for the premium economy and the other for the economy class and one at the upper level for the first and business class. I took the upper-level gangway to get into the business class.
Business Class Seating Arrangement
The Airbus A380 has two decks the lower deck is for the premium and regular economy class, and the upper deck is for the first, business as well as five rows of economy class at the backup of the upper deck.
Most of the Middle Eastern Airlines, as well as Asian Airlines, has a bar area at the back of the upper deck. It looks like Lufthansa wants to utilize that space by including five rows of economy class seats at the back of the plane.
Airbus A380 Business Class Seating Area
The three-section upper deck had eight first class seats, 78 business class seats, and 36 economy class seats. The business class was 75% full, and the seats are similar to the one when I traveled the from India to Germany. If you want to know the details about the business class seat comfort, head to my previous trip blog and check out the seat amenities.
I was allotted row number 24k. Just like my previous leg, no one was in the seat next to me, so I had an unobstructed aisle access by not having a seatmate.
Carryon Baggage Storage Area
There was a very spacious storage area for the carryon bags. In addition to the overhead cabin, there was a storage area next to the window seat where one can keep a laptop bag or other small items.
Business Class Amenity Kit
Just a standard issue and no special items included as part of the business class amenity kit.
There was one additional item included as part of the amenity kit which was not included during my previous leg of travel was a headphone cover. If you are afraid of using the headphone provided by the airline because you do not know how it was handled in the past, you can put on the cover over the headphone before using it.
A full-size pillow, as well as comforter, was provided for your sleeping comfort.
The entertainment system that was available in Airbus A380 is exactly same as the one available in the Airbus A340, with one exception the remote controller is still the old-fashioned remote controller compared to the newer generation of remote controller available in the Airbus A340. The movie choices are same as the Airbus A340 as my previous leg of the journey.
Since the aircraft is A380, it was fitted with three cameras, and you can see the outside of the plan from 3 different angles.
Remote Control and Head Phone
The remote control is an old-fashioned remote control, and you can easily operate them compared to the new generation of the remote control which was available in Airbus A340.
The A380 had a similar headphone like the A340, and it is a regular headphone and not noise canceling one.
There was a paid internet facility available during the flight. I did not purchase the internet service because I can easily pass the time by watching movies or sleeping.
You can buy 1 or 4 or 24-hour internet pass. The 24-hour internet pass will cost you around $19, which will be useful if you have another connecting flight through Lufthansa. If you are on business trip and you require an internet connection to perform your work the 24-hour internet pass is a good option to choose.
As the flight took off around 10:15 AM local time there was no breakfast option available in the flight. But there was a wide variety of welcome drink choices from orange juice to various varieties wine was available.
An hour after takeoff lunch was served. The lunch included an appetizer as well as the main course. Being a vegetarian, I choose the vegetarian option for both the appetizer as well as the main course.
I ordered a vegetarian item from the food menu.
Other Food Options During Flight
There was no separate bar or food area in the flight. The place that is reserved for the bar and food area in this flight was taken up by five rows of economy class seats. So during the flight, if you need any drinks or snack items you need to go to the galley and pick them up.
Arrival at Houston
Right before arrival in Houston, we were again served with a light snack as well as a choice of drinks. The flight arrived on time without any delay, and the immigration and customs clearance was very short. Overall the flight was very comfortable, other than A380 was a bigger aircraft, there was not a lot of difference between Frankfurt/Houston leg of the trip and my previous flight from India.