After three flights in luxurious First Class cabin on the Lufthansa 747-8i, I was curious about the Lufthansa First Class A330 cabin and overall in-flight experience. Would a flight in one of Lufthansa’s A330-300 airplanes measure up to flying First Class in one of the Lufthansa 747-8i aircraft, affectionately known as “Queen of the Skies”?
Eat & Drink
Upon arrival into the A330 First Class cabin, I was pleased to be offered the customary Lufthansa pre-flight champagne and macadamia nuts. Our almost eight-hour flight from Montreal to Munich departed shortly after 8 pm, and as much as I wanted to enjoy the extensive onboard dining experience and catch-up on a few movies, I needed sleep for a few hours.
After changing into the cozy Van Laack pajamas, I indulged in a few appetizers, including the Lufthansa First Class caviar service. I selected champagne and an aromatic Merryvale Chardonnay from Carneros to accompany the appetizers.
Sleeping during a First Class flight is a difficult decision because I cherish the onboard experience. But, sometimes sleep is a priority, and this was one of those times. As usual, the sleep-enhancing comforts offered to Lufthansa First Class passengers make slipping into slumber effortless – a two-metre long bed, comfortable mattress, cozy duvet, and feather pillow.
I woke up to fresh squeezed orange juice and a barista-worthy cappuccino on our approach into Munich. A full breakwas was offered, but I opted to sleep longer.
The mini-Rimowa suitcase amenity kit distributed during the pre-flight service contained typical in-flight amenities such as a hair brush, toothbrush, as well as La Praire face creams and lip balm.
We arrived at a non-gate position in Munich, and a luxurious S-Class Mercedes was waiting to transport me to the security screening area. First Class passengers transferring through Munich clear security first, so there was no lineup. After the screening, my driver escorted me to the First Class Lounge where I cleared Customs.
First Class Lounge
The First Class Lounge in Munich is smaller than the First Class Lounge in Frankfurt, and it was at or near capacity when I arrived shortly after 10:00 a.m. Poor weather over part of Europe had resulted in delayed flights and a backlog of passengers in the lounge. Luckily, I found a seat in the restaurant and enjoyed a light breakfast before boarding a flight to London.
The First Class Lounge in Munich offers a restaurant, shower rooms, and an inviting living-room-like environment.
Lufthansa First Class A330 vs. the 747-8i
The First Class cabin on both the A330-300 and 747-8i has the same look and feel, passengers receive similar services and amenities, and the food and drink menu is the same quality. Overall, the Lufthansa First Class A330 experience is comparable to flying First Class on Lufthansa’s 747-8i, with only a few differences.
The First Class seat is the same quality and design, but the configuration varies between aircraft. The Lufthansa A330-300 First Class cabin offers eight seats organized in a 1-2-1 configuration over two rows. The 747-8i offers eight seats over three rows with two window seats separated by an aisle in rows one and two, and four seats in a 1-2-1 configuration in the third row. The 747-8i is a larger aircraft and the First Class cabin is located in the nose of the main deck, providing a more exclusive experience.
The Lufthansa First Class cabin on the 747-8i includes a few extra amenities like individual storage lockers for hanging clothing and more spacious lavatories.
Lufthansa First Class A330 Review – Travel Tips
- If you are on your own, rows one and two in First Class on the 747-8i offer the most privacy. Families will appreciate row three on 747-8i. In First Class on the A330-300, the window seats are the most private.
- Based on my recent experience in Montreal, the boarding process was not the typical expedited Lufthansa First Class experience. An Air Canada representative directed me to join the long line-up of Business Class passengers and everyone else eligible for priority boarding. Lufthansa First Class passengers usually enjoy priority boarding and a dedicated cue.
- If you are flying in or out of Munich and your aircraft is in a non-gate position, it means the aircraft is parked on the tarmac. If you are an HON Circle Member, First Class passenger on Lufthansa, SWISS or Austrian Airlines, you will enjoy VIP transfer service in a luxury vehicle. Business and economy passengers will transfer to the terminal via buses.
- I have flown between Munich and either Montreal or Vancouver on my own and with my family and I have noticed that there is something extra special about the service offered by Lufthansa’s Munich-based crew.
- Munich is an easy airport to transfer through, and if I have a choice between Munich or Frankfurt airport, I choose Munich.
- I often use Aeroplan points to book First or Business Class tickets on Star Alliance carriers.
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