After landing in Frankfurt, we were driven to the terminal in buses given the plane parked at a remote stand (which is usually the case with the Seattle flight); at least we drove by some beautiful birds on the way to Terminal 1.
We drove under the new Pier A Plus in Frankfurt, which is capable of handling the biggest planes in the world such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747.
We made it to the terminal about 15 minutes after boarding the busses at the remote stand. Since I had a four hour connection, I decided to visit the Lufthansa Welcome Lounge which is located near baggage claim outside of security.
You can only gain access by arriving on an intercontinental flight to Frankfurt in First or Business class or if you have a Frequent Traveller, Senator or HON Circle card. Star Alliance Gold (except UA Global Services) members travelling in Economy are not permitted to access the lounge.
Given that it was 09:00 there were barely any people in the lounge, it was quite empty and silent. The lounge attendant at the door asked me if I wanted to schedule a shower and I told her that I’d do that in the Senator Lounge later.
There was a wide selection of food as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available and all of the food was fresh since they just seemed to finish putting all of the food out.
The Welcome Lounge has the old Lufthansa lounge design in the old colours and not like the new lounges in Pier A.
I spent maybe twenty minutes in the lounge given I wanted to spend more time in the new Senator lounge and I had some shopping to do at Frankfurt Airport 🙂