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Lufthansa Economy Class flight review: Los Angeles - Frankfurt

Published: 16/09/2016 - Filed under: Home » News »

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TRIED & TESTED

Lufthansa
747-8 Economy Class

Los Angeles - Frankfurt

This was my second experience in the airline's international, long-haul Economy Class, a previous trip from LA to Budapest via Frankfurt convinced me they offered a solid, reasonably comfortable product. For this trip, I flew from Los Angeles to Frankfurt and then caught a connecting flight to Dresden. After spending a week exploring Dresden and the surrounding area of Saxony, I ended my adventure in the city of Leipzig and flew back to Los Angeles from there, via Frankfurt again.

CHECK-IN There are always long lines at LAX to check-in, but Lufthansa has a large staff on hand. I arrived early and used the Business Class line as I have Star Alliance premium status. Economy Class passengers may check one bag without charge.

THE SEAT For the outbound LAX-FRA flight, I was in 42G and it was rather uneventful. The Lufthansa seats are quite thin, which offers more legroom between rows. The flight was ten and a half hours and although uncomfortable, it was bearable. I have to mention, the return FRA-LAX flight was a bit more problematic. I found myself seated in 32G, which was an aisle seat, but on the 747-8 row 32 is right up against one of the galley bulkhead walls. This greatly limited the recline of my seat, but the seat in front of me, in row 31, reclined fully. When that seat was reclined fully, it really made it unbearable with virtually no legroom and no room to even move my arms in front of me. A firm request to the crew's in-flight manager, got me moved about 10 rows back to another open, aisle seat with normal spacing. I still found the space quite tight, especially when the passenger in front of me reclined his seat fully back.

Photo couretsy Freddy Sherman

THE FLIGHT The food service was quite good, with ample portions and several passes of the drinks cart. All the drinks, including beer and wine, were complimentary. The flight departed LAX at 7:15 pm and dinner was served about two hours later. I went for the chicken, which was a sliced breast with potatoes and vegetables. It was served with a salad, roll and a brownie. I paired it with a Chilean Cabernet. About two hours prior to landing it was time for breakfast. I opted for the omelet, which was served with a little bowl of fruit and a disappointing roll with jelly. A mid-flight snack of little cheese and cracker packages was served for those who were not sleeping.

Lufthansa offers FlyNet, their in-flight Wi-Fi but I did not use it on this flight. I watched a few movies on the IFE system, which was also complimentary, as were headphones. Movie and TV show selection was adequate, but certainly not the hundreds of titles offered on some other airlines' systems.

LOUNGING AROUND Thanks to an invitation from Lufthansa, I did have a chance to visit one of their Lufthansa Business Lounges in Frankfurt, located near gate Z50 (See my video tour here). The airline has 14 different lounges around FRA and even has its own separate terminal for First Class passengers. The spacious and stylish Business Lounge featured large seating and resting areas, several food stations and bars, showers, work areas and a staffed desk for travel changes.

Photo couretsy Freddy Sherman

VERDICT Any long-haul flight in Economy Class is an uncomfortable experience. I think Lufthansa offers one of the best Economy experiences, in terms of seat and service. As my destinations were Dresden and Leipzig, I really had no choices other than Lufthansa as I had to connect to these cities via Munich or Frankfurt. The LAX-FRA-DRS LEJ-FRA-LAX Economy Class ticket was $1,435.

By Freddy Sherman

Freddy is a regular contributor to Business Traveler across all print, digital, web and social channels.  To follow Freddy directly, you can find more of his content at luxuryfred.com and here:

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