A few weeks ago, I traveled to Kazakhstan for the first time where I spent two nights in the capital city of Astana. I flew from Dubai to Astana via Frankfurt (and back) in Lufthansa First Class using my miles and needless to say, it was one of the best trips I've ever had. I had a separate ticket on Qatar Airways between Stockholm and Dubai where I flew in economy class on the outbound and business class on the inbound. My business class ticket on Qatar Airways from Dubai gave me the chance to visit their newly opened lounge which was really nice, as well as that of British Airways'. This whole trip lasted for a week and eventhough it was very extensive, I loved every single minute of it!
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Flight: LH 630
Departure time in Frankfurt: 14:05
Arrival time in Dubai: 22:30
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Duration: 6h 25m
Date of flight: September 12, 2016
*This is an award travel, First Class flight #39
Since I had a few liquids which exceeded the limit for hand carried luggage, I decided to check in my rollaboard.
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 offers 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. I've previously visited this lounge a few years back but it was nice to refresh my memory. Since I had a pretty long transit time, I requested for one of the 2 private bedrooms but unfortunately, both were occupied. She then accompanied me to Elizabeth, the staff working in the shower and bedroom area where I was booked for the next available slot. Before leaving me, Virginia asked for my passport and told me she'd be back later when it's time to take the limousine to the aircraft. In the meantime, I settled in one of the office cubicles where I was able to get some work done.
in Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Lounge in Doha but it is still one of the best there is, in my opinion.
It is not always easy for me to fall asleep when I'm not home but this time, I fell asleep immediately and woke up when my alarm went off at 12 noon. It was time for my shower!
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.
This is the same type of aircraft I've flown on my previous flights with Lufthansa so I would be concentrating more on the food and service.
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 me and the other first class passenger arrived so we were all in all 3 in the cabin.
Take off went smoothly and moments later, we were airborne. Again, the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was forbidden due to recent incidents were the batteries would overheat.
From Lufthansa's website, the menu read as follows:
By 15:50, the bar was set up and moments later, the cabin chief came to welcome us all in the f cabin. I wanted to maximize sleep so I went to the lavatory to change into pyjamas so I could go to sleep after the meal service. When I came out, Brigette offered to hang my clothes but I declined.
My drinks was continuously refilled and was offered more bread, a sign of excellent dining experience.
I slept for more than two hours I guess and when I woke up, I ordered something from the snacks since our arrival time in Dubai was scheduled at 10:30pm and I had planned to go to bed upon reaching the hotel.
The captain once again came on the PA with about 40 minutes left before landing giving us updated arrival infos.
Landing in Dubai International Airport
We landed at Dubai International Airport around 10:25pm although it took us about 8 minutes before we reached gate C52.
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. Brigette offering to hang my clothes and Jan offering to make my bed and continuously doing refill of my drinks showed that I had the best crew on this flight. 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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