This was actually the second leg of two back to back 9hr flights onboard Lufthansa’s A330 with refurbished fully flat Business Class seats. Our first leg (overnight from BOM to MUC) had a full dinner and breakfast service but we slept through every minute of it so I can’t even tell you what the food smelled like. Since we were basically taking the same flight twice (even the same seats, 3H & 3K on both flights) we figured we’d sleep through the first one and review the second one.
Arriving in Munich at 6am we quickly made our way to the lounge which at that early hour was virtually empty. The two standout features of the Lufthansa Business Class Lounge in Munich are the great showers with rainfall shower heads (which were much appreciated after a day spent driving around in the Mumbai heat followed by a 9hr flight) and the excellent beer selection which included bottled Becks and Franziskaner Weissbier in addition to a pour-it-yourself Lowenbrau tap.
While boarding the plane all Business Class passengers were ushered into the separate First & Business Class jetway that enters the plane forward of the First Class seats (although for most Business Class passengers the Economy jetway would actually have been more convenient).
We walked though the small First Class cabin and found our seats in the first row of Business Class.
I purposely chose our seats (3H & 3K) because they are in the forward “mini-cabin” of the Business Class section and we have always found these “mini-cabins” to be quieter and feel more relaxed.
From our previous flight I knew that these lie-flat seats made great beds and were quite comfortable for sleeping (as we both slept though the entire 9hr flight) but this time we wanted to sample the food and entertainment so we didn’t waste any time choosing our welcome drinks of champagne and orange juice to make mimosas.
After take off the flight attendants distributed lunch menus. I have always been a beer drinker and (unsurprisingly) Lufthansa’s beer selection blows away any other airline we have ever flown, but we felt their food was not quite up to the standard set by Turkish and Swiss on our outbound flights. I was hoping for a heavy meal of pork or red meat to enjoy with my German beer but the menu only offered fish and poultry.
After lunch I reclined to the lounging position to watch a movie on the large personal television provided. Lufthansa has, without a doubt, the weirdest selection of movies I have ever seen on a plane. While most airlines tend to load up on new releases they had a strange mix of fairly old, and very old films with only a few newer selections. For example, on the outbound Turkish & Swiss flights I watched Star Trek and The Internship (both released in 2013) and on this flight I watched 2001 a Space Odyssey (1968) and Annie Hall (1977).
I don’t usually comment on the (slightly nicer) Business Class bathrooms but these Lufthansa A330′s have a unique feature I had never seen in an airplane bathroom before – a window.
A strange thing happened on our descent into JFK. As we were about to land (the runway was visible out the window a couple hundred feet below) the pilot pushed the engines to full power for an emergency ascent. He explained that there was some debris on the runway which he was warned about at the last minute. Aside from the concern over our emergency ascent it was a bit frustrating that we had to circle back around over Long Island to land thirty minutes later on this long trip that refused to end. Though, the delay certainly was not the fault of Lufthansa – in reality, that pilot may have safely averted a disaster.
In conclusion, the seats were great (a huge improvement over the angle-flat seats Lufthansa still uses on a number of planes), the beer selection and service was excellent, and the food was fine, but a little disappointing.