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Lufthansa 1356
Frankfurt (FRA) – Katowice (KTW)
Bombardier CRJ700
13 December 2012

Boarding began at gate A7 about five minutes behind schedule and once an announcement was made, every single person rushed to the gate as if the plane was about to depart. European boarding is a mess. Even though they announce that Business Class/Gold members can board first, no one really respects this and neither do the agents. Two buses took us to the beautiful Lufthansa Regional CRJ700, which was parked about a ten minute drive away from the terminal.

You can clearly see the mad rush that is everyone trying to board at once… even when they are right next to the plane!

Lufthansa Regional CRJ700

Lufthansa Regional CRJ700

Intra-European Business Class is just Economy with the middle seat blocked. The CRJ700 has a 2-2 configuration so the aisle seat on both sides was blocked for ‘your comfort’. Theoretically, the food service is supposed to be better than in Economy and that is all that there is to short-haul Business Class. Business class was five rows on this flight (the crew can adjust this by moving the divider curtain and changing the signs on the seats) and there were just three other people sitting with me.

Intra-European Business Class Seats

Intra-European Business Class Seats

I had seat 4A reserved since I really love window seats (not that there was any other choice than a window seat in this kind of configuration).

View from 4A

View from 4A

Business Class Sign

Business Class Sign

The menu was quite possibly the smallest menu I’ve ever seen in my life. It isn’t really a ‘menu’ since you can’t pick what you want, rather it is just a description of what you will be eating.

Mini Menu

Mini Menu

Mini Menu

Mini Menu

The ‘snack’ or ‘lunch’ consisted of:

  • Tandoori poultry roulade on chicken pea puree
  • Sautéed cherry tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and pesto classico
  • Octopus salad and tomato salsa
  • Vanilla cream pastry

Along with that came a box containing 2 pralines.

Lunch Snack

Lunch Snack

I really liked the whole ‘Christmas’ theme they had – the napkin, the box containing the pralines, and the menu.

Utensils

Utensils

The tray tables are so small there is no way you can put all of your drinks and utensils along with the food on one table, so you have the seat next to you blocked! – the logic behind Intra-European Business Class! 🙂

I had some tea with lemon and sugar along with a glass of water.

Drinks

Drinks

After the ‘snack’ we began our initial descent into Katowice Airport with a beautiful view.

Snow in Poland

Snow in Poland

Semi-empty Business Class cabin

Semi-empty Business Class cabin

'Your Space' sign

‘Your Space’ sign

We landed ahead of schedule in Katowice, where the sun was shining and it was just under 0 degrees C.

Katowice Airport

Katowice Airport

Katowice Airport

Katowice Airport

All in all, 15.000 Miles&More miles well spent. If you factor in Priority Check-in, Baggage, Security, Lounge Access, and the actual service, I do think that 15.000 miles is worth for the upgrade. Especially that I got to relax in a brand NEW Lufthansa Lounge! Ultimately, I wouldn’t always use those miles for such an upgrade, but I had some expiring so I needed to redeem them quickly.

Here’s to an awesome Christmas with my family!

Safe travels,

Dominik


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