Munich (MUC) – Dubai (DXB)
19 August 2015
Boarding was scheduled to begin about thirty minutes before departure, at which point I left the Lufthansa First Class Lounge and walked to the gate which took about five minutes. Boarding began right as I arrived at the gate and a Lufthansa agent noticed I was holding the First Class boarding pass and invited me to board before they began general boarding. I didn’t eat anything in the lounge and therefore at this point I was a bit hungry, although it was approaching 22:00 and I don’t generally like to eat late at night since I can’t sleep, however I couldn’t miss Lufthansa’s food.
The flight from Munich to Dubai was operated by a relatively new Airbus A330-300, which is my favourite long-haul aircraft. The total flight time was about five hours and thirty minutes. I was among the first passengers to board and was welcomed by a First Class flight attendant at the door who showed me to my seat, 2K. Lufthansa’s First Class Cabin on the A330-300 is in a 1-2-1 configuration with two rows, for a total of eight seats.
I couldn’t resist asking for a picture, after all, I am flying my favourite airline in First Class on my favourite aircraft! I could tell it was going to be an awesome flight since the purser and all of the flight attendants were super enthusiastic and friendly.
When I booked this flight the day before, it was showing that three seats (and me) were taken, so that meant four passengers in First Class. In the end, seven out of the eight seats were taken so I assume some people either booked last minute or upgraded at the airport to First Class.
Lufthansa’s First Class cabin is beyond gorgeous, it is simply stunning and beautiful; the design and colours are a perfect match to the high quality, five-star service.
Once all of the passengers were settled, the pilot and purser came around and introduced themselves to each passenger. The pilot was super friendly and I was able to chat with him a bit and tell him all about how I love Lufthansa and the A330, he asked if I was going on holiday to Dubai and I confirmed I was. He was super friendly and I had a nice time talking with him.
Once I stored all of my belongings in the overhead bins and the ottoman in front of me, I was offered a glass of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Champagne along with some Macadamia nuts. It was my first time having Laurent-Perrier on Lufthansa, and along with the nuts, it was excellent.
There is a bar in front of the cabin where the champagne, glasses, nuts, wine, etc. is kept during the flight. During boarding, just the champagne and nuts are displayed and then during the flight, wine and other drinks are added.
We pushed back right on time and made it to the runway about five minutes later, we took-off right on time and made a sharp turn towards Dubai.
I love Lufthansa’s lighting, several of the stowage compartments are lit and so is the Lufthansa Rose, which ‘sets the mood’ of Lufthansa First Class.
The seat controls are located under the left armrest, while the IFE controls are located under the right armrest. There are lots of stowage compartments (next to the armrest, in the ottoman, etc.) and therefore there is plenty of space to store personal items.
All of the First Class passengers were also given slippers, an amenity kit, and a pyjama.
The amenity kit contains an eye mask, headphone covers, socks, earplugs, comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, and several lotions from la prairie. Additional amenities such as a razor, shaving cream, refreshing towels, and mouthwash can be found in the lavatory.
When the seatbelt sign was turned off, I decided to change into the pyjamas so that I could relax a bit better during the flight, I was also planning to sleep after the meal service. When I returned from the lavatory, I found a hot towel waiting for me.
Moments later, the lead flight attendant for First Class presented me with the amuse bouche, which was salmon in some sort of frozen cream. The salmon was excellent while the cream was, well, frozen and hard to eat.
Most of the passengers except for me and two other people decided to sleep and skip the meal service, I was a bit hungry and therefore wanted to eat something. The annoying thing was that it took forever for the flight attendants to start the meal service (about an hour and a half after take-off) and at this point I was super sleepy and still hungry. I mean they know very well that most people will be tired and if I’m waiting for the meal, maybe offer it a bit earlier?
After I had finished the amuse bouche, I asked for some tea which was brought to me with sugar, milk, and lemons.
The menu for the flight was:
The wine and drink list for the flight was:
My table was covered with a white linen napkin and the dinner ‘setup’ consisted of bread, salt and pepper, butter, and olive oil.
The choice of appetisers for this flight were:
- Caviar with the traditional Garnishes
- Lobster with Mango Papaya Salsa and Coconut Sauce
- Black Angus Beef with Mushroom Salad
- White Tomato Mousse with Arugula Pesto
- Mixed Leaf Salad with Red Radish and Cherry Tomatoes accompanied by Mustard and Herb or Buttermilk Dressing
None of the appetisers sounded appealing to me at all and I decided to skip most of them and just have the Caviar, Salad, and Tomato Mousse.
The caviar (as usual) was excellent and delicious, the salad was nothing special but edible, and the tomato mousse was horrible and I didn’t even try any more beyond the first bite. The butter was stamped with “First Class”, which I thought was a nice touch, once again showing Lufthansa’s greatness in First Class.
Along with my appetisers, I had some water, apple juice, and tea.
After the appetisers there was a night special, which was an alternative to the hot main dishes and consisted of a selection of different cheeses and a delicious glass of red wine. The Choice of Main Courses was:
- Lamb Chop served with sautéed Leaf Spinach, spiced Tomatoes and Artichokes
- Fried Char with smoked Fish Sauce, creamy Savoy Cabbage and Herb Mushrooms
- Spinach Goat Curd Dumplings accompanied by Cherry Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese
- Oxtail Stew with smoked Paprika and Crème fraîche
I went with the Oxtail stew, which was delicious and by far the best ‘liquid’ (from soups) main course I’ve ever had in the sky.
After the main course, was a Selection of Cheese and Dessert:
- Small Cheese Platter
- Wild Strawberry Tart with Vanilla Sauce
- Potpourri of fresh Berries
At this point I was full and super sleepy, so I skipped the dessert and asked the flight attendant to make my bed while I used the lavatory. I couldn’t wait to climb into my comfortable Lufthansa bed and drift off to the Symphony of Angels. I fell asleep quickly and asked not to be woken up for breakfast since the remaining flight time was about three and a half hours, and I really wanted sleep as much as possible.
I woke up as we started our descend into Dubai and asked the crew for a breakfast snack, which was apple juice and two delicious pastry breads. The actual breakfast menu was as follows (and I’m actually mad at myself for not looking at it before I went to sleep, since I would’ve loved to try the pancakes):
- Fresh Orange Juice, Smoothie
- Fresh Fruit
- Elderflower Yogurt with chopped Macadamia Nuts, Yogurt
- Edam, Herb Cheese, Turkey Ham, red Radish, Cucumber Stick, Romaine Lettuce
- Croque Monsieur – Toast filled with scrambled Egg, Turkey Ham and Gruyère Cheese accompanied by green Asparagus, Tomato Ragout and roasted Potato Wedges
- Pancake filled with Apples, Sour Cherry Ragout, toasted Almond Sticks
Now that I look back, I seriously need to look at the breakfast menu before going to sleep… the pancakes sound delicious 🙁 .
After eating my snack, I gazed out the window at the beautiful Arabian sunrise.
I also captured the seat controls, IFE controls, headphones, and stowage ares while the cabin was properly lit.
My excitement grew as we approached the United Arab Emirates, I’ve always dreamed about visiting Dubai and the UAE.. and now with miles, anything is possible!
We landed about twenty minutes ahead of schedule and made it to the gate shortly after landing. While the time for this flight is blocked at about six hours, the actual flight time is more like five hours and twenty minutes – and the flight felt super short. All in all, another excellent flight with an amazing crew in Lufthansa First Class, on my favourite aircraft! The only complaint I have is that they really should’ve started the meal service sooner and therefore I would’ve been able to sleep for a longer amount of time, as I spent a few more hours sleeping in my hotel before exploring Dubai.
After I thanked the crew and deplaned, I met my personal assistant at the gate who escorted me through customs and immigration and all the way outside to where my uber driver was waiting. We skipped every single queue and I was already in the car about ten minutes after I had left the airplane. F#$%ING AMAZING SERVICE!!!
It also kind of sucks that the flight is a bit short since there isn’t a good way to maximise the flight experience on a night flight due to being tired and sleepy, I should have maybe slept a bit during the day and then maybe I wouldn’t be as tired as I was. Nevertheless, the food (for the most part) was delicious, the crew was phenomenal, and the seat and bed were excellent. Another awesome flight in Lufthansa First Class!