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Review: Lufthansa Business Class
The flag carrier of Germany and the largest airline in Europe, Lufthansa, offers business class on all of its flights, including long haul, medium haul and short haul. Lufthansa services airports across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa in 78 countries. Lufthansa is headquartered in Cologne, but uses Frankfurt Airport as its main international hub.
Lufthansa Business Class – Short & Medium Haul
On its short and medium haul flights, Lufthansa’s planes are outfitted with Recaro seats in business class. These slim-line are designed to create more leg and elbow room while maintaining greater comfort for the passenger. The seats have a 31-32″ seat pitch. A meal is included for business class passengers on all short and medium hall Lufthansa flights within Europe, and these meals are specially put together by a team of chefs. There is also a selection of wine, beer and spirits for purchase.
Business class passengers traveling on Lufthansa’s short and medium haul flights can also utilize the Business Class check-in counters, which help expedite the process of checking in luggage and getting boarding passes. There are also Lufthansa Business Class lounges available, even for short haul flights within Europe; however, on short haul flights, there is no in-flight entertainment available.
Lufthansa Business Class – Long Haul
Lufthansa is renowned for its long haul flights and is widely considered to be one of the finest airlines for long haul travel, especially in business and first class. Business class seats on all Lufthansa long haul flights recline into a 78-inch bed that is equipped with laptop plugs and an entertainment deck with TV screens that allow you to choose from a range of entertainment options. The entertainment decks are separated from the seat in front of you on a self-mounted deck, and the leg room is quite expansive.
Business class meals on long haul flights include a menu with options, including a choice of three appetizers. The meals are created by top-notch chefs local to the departure area, and are served with Rosenthal utensils for added class. They also give you the option of choosing express menus and “Breakfast-to-go”, in the event that you should want to sleep longer on the flight and eat your meal after disembarking.
Lufthansa has also implemented a special wine program, Vinothek Discoveries, for its Business Class passengers. The program is headed up by a world champion sommelier and includes a new selection of wines every two months. The wines are chosen for inclusion on board Lufthansa flights based on a variety of factors, including ratings by respected wine publications, market trends and, of course, blind tastings by the airline’s resident sommelier.
Long haul passengers can also utilize the Business Class check-in counters at every airport, as well as Business Class lounges. Those flying through Frankfurt will be welcomed at a special “Welcome Lounge” upon arrival. In other airports, Lufthansa’s Business Class lounges are often contract lounges, but they aim to provide the same amount of comfort as would be in their home lounges at German airports.