Lufthansa Flt. 414 Munich to Washington-Dulles
A330, Old Business Class
Dep. 3:55PM Arr. 8:00PM
My flight from Zagreb landed about twenty minutes late, depositing me onto the second-longest bus to the terminal I’ve ever taken (after DeGaulle in Paris), taking another fifteen minutes, presumably driving us to Austria. That meant my comfortable 80 minute layover was shortened to about 45 minutes. Although I knew my next flight was likely boarding soon, I stopped into the Lufthansa Business Class Lounge as I passed it, which looked nearly identical to the one in JFK where I started my trip. There was plenty of food, though none anywhere close to the quality of the First Class Lounge I experienced on my home from Asia. I downed a manicotti, had a scoop of ice cream, checked my email, swigged a diet coke, and headed to the gate.
There was a lot of crowding and pushing as I approached the extra security screening for US flights at Munich, with lots of people insisting that they should get to go in front, as there flight was boarding soon – though we were all trying to get on one of three flights boarding soon. By the time I got through to my gate, business class had already boarded my flight. The trend of disappointment with the Lufthansa business class experience alas, continued, as I boarded my flight – which had been scheduled to be fitted with Lufthansa’s new lie-flat business class, to find instead it was the ancient, mildly better than coach, old business-class, with angled-flat seats, tiny video monitors, and, most disappointing – no power plugs. Luckily, my extra laptop battery was charged. This product has been outdated for years, and I probably would have taken a more indirect routing had I known this would be what I was flying. I also had a neighbor who refused to sit down until the last possible minute, as he is very important and must remain standing. At each seat was a small pillow, blanket, bottle of water, and an odd summer fabric amenity kit, including sunscreen and after sun lotion by Nivea, earplugs, toothpaste and brush, socks, eyemask, ear plugs and lip balm.Read More