Airlines, Europe

Fly the Queen of the Skies – Lufthansa First Class 747-8i Review

November 1, 2017

The Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, known as the “Queen of the Skies”, is the world’s longest passenger airplane. After a few flights between Chicago and Frankfurt, I can tell you that the Lufthansa First Class 747-8i experience is fabulous.

Lufthansa First class 747-8i suites

Dine

After pre-flight champagne and macadamia nuts, flight attendants offer caviar with traditional garnishes.

Lufthansa First Class 747-8i Champagne and caviar

Confit of Artic Char with red quinoa salad, watermelon radish with wakame and seasonal greens followed the caviar.

Lufthansa First Class 747-8i appetizer selectionI chose zucchini wrapped monkfish with chanterelle mushrooms accompanied by lemon and almond couscous as the main course. The dessert selection included a lukewarm sea salt brownie with vanilla ice cream, followed by a selection of chocolates.

Drink

I wish I had more time to sample the extensive wine list – 1999 Cuvée Louise Champagne from Pommery, 2008 Tignanello from Marchese Antinori, and 2013 Simonsberg Paarl Chardonnay Limited Release from Anura were just a few options.

Lufthansa First Class 747-8i Pommery Champagne Louise 1999

Sleep

The sleep enhancing comforts offered to Lufthansa First Class 747-8i passengers make slipping into slumber easy – a generous duvet, feather pillow, plush mattress, and turn down service. Yes – turn down service. While I changed into the comfortable van Laack PJ’s provided to First Class guests, the flight attendants transformed the First Class living room into a First Class bedroom.

Lufthansa First Class 747-8i turndown flat bed

Re-Fresh

After a deep and restful full sleep, I was grateful for the gentle awakening and thoughtful touches like the warm washcloth adorned with a rose petal, followed by café-quality cappuccino and breakfast. The Lufthansa First Class amenity kit by Escada includes typical offerings as well as La Prairie lotions and lip balm. The amenity kit is a standout from my perspective because it converts into an iPad or tablet case.

Lufthansa First Class 747-8i Escada amenity kit

Transfer Service

Lufthansa First Class passengers whose flight lands in Frankfurt at a non-gate position enjoy a special VIP service. Passengers are met upon deplaning and transferred through Frankfurt Airport in a luxury vehicle.

Lufthansa First Class 747-8i Porsche VIP Transfer service

The Lufthansa First Class transfer service is one my favorite things about the Frankfurt Airport, apart from the Lufthansa First Class Lounge.

Lufthansa First Class Lounge

There are two First Class lounges and a First Class terminal at the Frankfurt Airport. If you depart from Frankfurt you will utilize the First Class terminal. If you are in transit through Frankfurt, you have a choice of First Class lounges located in Frankfurt Airport Terminal 1; one near at Gate A13 in Pier A and the other in Pier B between Gates B22 and B24.

Spa Bathrooms

You can reserve a spa bathroom complete with Etro amenities including bath salts, and the Lufthansa First Class rubber duck.

Lufthansa First Class Lounge spa bathrooms

Restaurant

The Lufthansa First Class Lounge restaurant  includes a varied menu, as well as access to buffet items.

Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Restaurant

Bar

The bar selection at the Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Frankfurt is extensive. Choose to sit at the bar or enjoy a drink in the spacious lounge area. There is also a well-stocked cigar lounge.

Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Bar

Lufthansa First Class Lounge Champagne bucket

Sleep Rooms

Reserve a sleep room if you feel like a nap.

 Lufthansa first class lounge in Frankfurt sleep room

Candy Bar

Children (and some adults) huddle around the Lufthansa First Class candy bar like pirates over a chest of bullion.

Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt candy bar

Lufthansa First Class 747-8i Travel Tips

  • If you want to fly the Queen of the Skies, the Lufthansa 747-8i is in use between Frankfurt and the following cities – Bangalore, Boston, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles,
 Mexico City,
New York, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo, and Washington D.C.
  • The Lufthansa First Class cabin on the 747-8i is in the nose of the aircraft and includes eight seats. The first and second rows contain two seats separated by an aisle. The third row contains four seats with one seat at each window and two seats together in the centre. If I am on my own, I prefer one of the seats in the second row because they offer the most privacy. The third row is an excellent choice if you are traveling as a family.
  • If you are flying in or out of Frankfurt and your aircraft is in a non-gate position, it means the aircraft is parked out on the tarmac. If you are a First Class passenger on Lufthansa, SWISS or Austrian Airlines you will enjoy VIP transfer service. Business and economy passengers will transfer via buses.

You might enjoy reading about flying First Class on the Lufthansa A330 or flying SWISS First Class.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Jessica June 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I think I would take this flight just for the experience! You had me at the free-flowing Pommery!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily June 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Great idea – you will love it. The Pommery was so delicious I enjoyed one more glass during breakfast!

  • Reply Stephie Pahlavi Zan August 31, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Wonderful things can be described very simply…divine!
    I recommend this “experience” to everyone.
    This is not your typical First Class Experience.
    I’m hooked! I can not travel commercially any other way now…more destinations please!

    A Loyal Fan,

    Stephie Pahlavi Zan

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily September 12, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Thank you for the generous and thoughtful comments, Stephie! Happy travels, Nancy

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