Brussels and Barcelona – Introduction


Lufthansa 1125
Barcelona (BCN) – Frankfurt (FRA)
Airbus A321
30 June 2016

My return flights from Barcelona to Kraków via Frankfurt were both operated by Lufthansa. As I mentioned before, I booked a cheap Economy Light ticket to Barcelona with an overnight in Brussels. The outbound flights were with Brussels Airlines and the return flights were with Lufthansa. Since the Lufthansa flights were able to be upgraded, I used my Miles & More Senator eVouchers to upgrade.

After a wonderful few days in Barcelona, it was time to fly back to my home country of Poland. I left my hotel early in the morning and made it to the airport about thirty minutes later. There is no uber in Barcelona and therefore the best option was a taxi, which cost ~30 Euro, so a bit expensive.

After arriving at the airport and checking-in, I headed through security (which was painless) and spent about two hours before my flight at the Sala VIP Pau Casals, which is available to Lufthansa premium passengers and elites.

Lufthansa Airbus A321

Lufthansa Airbus A321

Boarding for the flight began about thirty minutes before scheduled departure time. Priority Boarding was actually enforced (which is rare on intra-European flights) and therefore the premium passengers were able to board first. We were quickly welcomed by a very friendly crew and thanked for flying with Lufthansa. Business Class consisted of six rows on this Airbus A321; 80% of the premium cabin was full by the time the boarding door closed; I was in seat 2A.

Lufthansa Business Class A321

Lufthansa Business Class A321

Legroom in the first few rows of the Lufthansa Business Class A321 is just slightly more than in the other rows further back (but, I mean like really slightly and not that noticeable).

While I understand the purpose of Intra-European Business Class (that Economy Class can be adjusted), I really wish that European airlines would truly innovate and develop some other Business Class for flights within Europe. I know the flights aren’t that long, but it would still be nice to have a true premium seat.

Lufthansa Business Class A321 Legroom

Lufthansa Business Class A321 Legroom

We pushed back a few minutes late and therefore departed a few minutes late from Barcelona. Once in the air, we were instantly presented with gorgeous views of the coastline. I loved Barcelona, the whole city is gorgeous and I still have so much to explore and therefore hope to return soon and stay a bit longer.

Barcelona

Barcelona

The seatbelt sign was turned off about five minutes after departure (something I love about non-U.S. airlines.. then again, what is there to not love about them?) and the meal service for Business Class began.

The snack was actually quite delicious and consisted of some fruit and cheese. I didn’t know if this is more of a breakfast or lunch snack.. either way, warm bread was served with jam, and the dessert was some pudding with some sponge cake. For my drink, I requested some German sparkling wine and tea.

Lufthansa Business Class A321 Snack

Lufthansa Business Class A321 Snack

Tea and Champagne

Tea and Champagne

After the tasty snack, I closed my eyes for a few minutes and woke up about thirty minutes before landing. I also chatted a bit with the purser and she was awesome and shared my passion for travel, she also thanked me for consistently flying with Lufthansa and wished me a safe onward journey.

Despite the slightly delayed departure, we still landed in Frankfurt ahead of schedule and the purser made sure the cabin was informed that this flight was considered an on-time arrival. I love German efficiency and punctuality!

Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport

Thankfully we were able to deplane via a jetway and therefore I was able to quickly head to the lounge instead of having to take a bus to the terminal. All in all, another great, pleasant flight with Lufthansa. I was happy to be heading home and as usual, Lufthansa took me there. The flight attendants and purser were excellent and I’m glad I was able to talk with them a bit (I almost always do). The snack was also tasty – so overall, a great use of a free Senator upgrade!