Departure time in Frankfurt (FRA): 13:25
Arrival time in Kuwait (KWI): 20:45
Aircraft: Airbus A340-600, D-AIHL
Duration: 5h 20m
Date of flight: November 20, 2018
*This is an award ticket, First Class flight #49
Video from my YouTube Channel 📺
First Class Check-in Counter
I arrived at the airport really early so I could visit the 3 Lufthansa first class lounges I had access to. I started with the Lufthansa First Class Lounge in the Schengen Area, then headed to the Lufthansa First Class Lounge Non-Schengen Area.
Lufthansa First Class Terminal.
Lufthansa First Class Terminal
After taking the elevator one level up, I was greeted by a friendly staff who would be my personal assistant. She helped me with security screening, re-acquainted me to the lounge, and took a copy of my passport. She would eventually hand over my passport to the police until it was boarding time where I´d get it back.
The lounge was not that busy when I came but around 11:30am was lunch time so I had to wait for an available table for the Ala carte service and lunch buffet. After around 10 minutes, the waiter came to tell me there was an available table for me. Food was excellent as usual, and of course I enjoyed some slices of the Jamon Iberico, the most expensive ham 😋
Around 12:40pm, my personal assistant came to inform me that it would be another 10-15 minutes before we go down and take the limousine to the plane.
the one I had a few year ago ...
Airbus A340-600 (D-AIHL)
First Class Cabin
On this flight, there were 5 passengers although a pair got off with me in Kuwait and the other two passengers stayed for their onward flight to Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Bar Set up
As I boarded, I was greeted by one of the flight attendants who showed me the way to my seat. I was then greeted by my name by a female flight attendant who would be taking care of the passengers in the first class cabin.
Seat map, Airbus A340-600
Inflight Safety Video
Around 1:25pm, the captain came on the PA to welcome us onboard and to give us some flight information including our flight time of 4 hours and 50 minutes instead of 5 hours and 20minutes.
of THAI and Qatar Airways.
Around 2pm, the flight attendant came to ask if I wanted my lunch served now and I said yes.
Out of curiosity, I asked the flight attendant if they were serving Russian Caviar and she told me that they are sourced from Italy which I believe comes from Agroittica Lombarda. The caviar was perfect as usual. I got 2 pieces of toast but opted not to have the other garnitures.
Oriental delicacy, Hummus with Tahina
Corn-Fed Poulard, Lemon cream and grapefruit
Halibut, curried apple mash, Walnut pesto, celery salad
I only had a little of the halibut since it was too much. Also I was saving my appetite for the main course.
The other choices were:
Duet of goose with red cabbage and potato dumpling
Open Lasagna, Pumpkin and Cottage Cheese
Lamb Boukhari with Basmati rice and grilled vegetables
Potato and Chickpea Stew
The salmon was actually a bit salty and looking back, I wish I had ordered the Lamb instead 😉 Drink refill was also offered.
Moments after clearing the main course plate, the cheese and dessert trolley came.
I took a nap for about an hour and when I woke up continued watching the movie.
About an hour before landing in Kuwait, snacks were offered. There was a choice between a Mini BBQ burger and Small Mezze as well as two desserts, Plum Tarte or Mango and Papaya Wedges.
Before serving bread, the flight attendant asked if I was flying all the way to Dammam or staying in Kuwait. I did not know it was continuing on to Dammam and told her I will be staying in Kuwait.
Around 8pm, the captain was back on the PA with updated flight information and that we would be landing in 30 minutes.
ANA and JAL but it was okay.
Landing in Kuwait Airport
Unlike my previous Lufthansa First Class flights landing in Dubai and Astana where I was met by a Lufthansa staff and escorted until I reached landside, there was no one on this flight to Kuwait. It must have been because visa is needed in Kuwait. Nevertheless, after reaching the Visa issuance desk, I was helped after a few minutes by the lady on the first counter and a couple of minutes more, I had my Visa issued by another staff on the last counter. The process went smoothly helped by the fact that I had already applied for E-visa prior to my arrival in Kuwait. It is important to remember that you should always have the copy of the visa with you as well as that of your passport.
Beginning this trip with a visit to one of the best first class lounges in the world was just awesome. The comfortable seat and the complimentary wifi (which they started in March I believe) was also impressive. Although the first class amenity kit was okay, I wish they would bring back the Rimowa kits (my personal favorites are that of Qatar Airways, THAI Airways and Emirates). The salmon being a bit too salty was unfortunately not a good thing but overall, the dining experience and service was very good. As for the arrival experience in Kuwait, I wish they would offer the same arrival service they give in Dubai and Astana. Overall, it was a very nice flight and for the price (miles and cash) I paid, it was all worth it. To all the crew on this flight, Danke Schön 😍
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