Glamorous Dubai – Introduction
Lufthansa currently operates two First Class Lounges (Pier A and B) and one First Class Terminal at Frankfurt Airport. The First Class Terminal is meant for passengers starting their journey in Frankfurt (although there isn’t a problem accessing it if you are connecting in Frankfurt), and the First Class Lounges are meant for connecting passengers – so that they don’t have to leave the secure area.
The Lufthansa First Class Lounges are identical to the First Class Terminal and all three feature the same amenities. The only difference is that at the First Class Terminal, you are guaranteed to be driven to your aircraft (since there isn’t any other way to get to the plane), while you will only be driven from the lounges depending from where your aircraft is leaving – this is due to the fact that one First Class Lounge (Pier A) is in the Schengen departures hall and the other (Pier B) is located in the non-Schengen area.
This Lufthansa First Class Lounge is Lufthansa’s newest First Class Lounge and is located next to gate A13 in the Schengen departures hall. Previously there was a First Class Lounge located near gate A26, however it has been converted into a Business Lounge with the opening of this new First Class Lounge during Lufthansa’s launch of the new Pier A+ in Frankfurt. Since I had a long connection in Frankfurt, I firstly decided to visit this lounge and later go to the First Class Terminal.
Even though I was flying in Lufthansa Business Class from Frankfurt to Munich, I gained access to the First Class Lounge and Terminal in Frankfurt since I was flying Lufthansa First Class from Munich to Dubai – all you need is a same-day boarding pass in Lufthansa or SWISS First Class to access these lounges, and the flight can be leaving from a different airport that you will be flying to.
The First Class Lounge is located right above the A13 Business Lounge, therefore once go through the entrance, you will need to take the elevator or stairs up one level. I was welcomed by a friendly Lufthansa agent who showed me around the lounge and asked about my journey, she then presented me a stylish Lufthansa First Class boarding pass and wished me a pleasant stay in the lounge.
The lounge opened in late 2012 and still has the new ‘smell’ and ‘feel’ to it, all of the furniture was in excellent condition, the sofas and chairs looked brand new. The lounge has a beautiful design and shows Lufthansa’s amazing dedication to First Class passengers. This specific lounge features the following amenities:
- Relaxing room
- Office units
- Copy machine
- Fax machine
- Credit card phone
- Free local phone calls
- PC with internet access
- Wireless network
- Local magazines and newspapers
- International magazines and newspapers
- German magazines and newspapers
There were only a few other people in the lounge and I was quickly welcomed by the bartender who asked what I would like to drink, I asked for some champagne. I had an opportunity to take some excellent photos of the lounge since there were just a few other people and I wouldn’t be disturbing them.
This First Class Lounge features a first-class library with coffee-table books from DuMont publishing. I had a look at some of the books and they were very high quality with excellent photos.
Unlike the First Class Terminal, the First Class Lounge has some amazing views of the tarmac, therefore I was able to relax a bit while looking at Lufthansa and Star Alliance airplanes. The lounge features several seating areas including sofas, lounge chairs, relaxing chairs, restaurant seating, and massage chairs. I really like how the lounge was empty and super quiet – which led to an amazing atmosphere full of relaxation.
The lounge is not the biggest in size – however I think this is an excellent move by Lufthansa, main reason being is that this lounge is located in Pier A Schengen and there aren’t any First Class flights to any Schengen areas, so I would think this lounge is mainly being used by HON Circle members in transit and perhaps a few other First Class passengers in transit – the Pier B lounge has much more traffic (located in the non-Schengen area), is larger, and also features a spa. The lounge is perfect in size, quiet, and very cosy, which leads to a nice environment to relax and unwind.
Each seating area has a selection of snacks which include nuts and dried fruit.
Just like the First Class Terminal, there is a restaurant which features an identical selection of food and drinks. There is also a self-service buffet with a more or less same-sized selection of snacks, food, and drinks.
The First Class Lounges and Terminal are catered by DO&CO which provide some five-star, high quality, delicious food.
In addition to the main lounge area, there is also a small Cigar Lounge area with a wide variety of cigars and alcohol.
Near the bar are a couple of private business rooms where you can
pretend to work.
The champagne was very bubbly and ideal. I should mention that while I didn’t take any pictures of the bathrooms, they are identical to the First Class Terminal, and yes, ducks are included!
To sum it up, the Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Pier A at Frankfurt Airport is a hidden gem among Lufthansa First Class Lounges. This lounge is by far the quietest and most comfortable lounge to relax, the large windows provide plenty of natural light and gorgeous views of the tarmac. The lack of passengers ensures a relaxing atmosphere where you can truly unwind before your flight.
While the First Class Terminal is awesome, it can get a bit crowded at peak times and the service might not be so attentive. The Pier B First Class Lounge also receives a lot of traffic due to the fact it is located in the non-Schengen area and also has a spa. The Pier A First Class Lounge is a great addition to the First Class Lounge network in Frankfurt and perhaps my favourite lounge in Frankfurt now. If you are connecting through Frankfurt in Lufthansa or SWISS First Class (or are HON Circle), I would highly recommend a visit to the Pier A First Class Lounge – you won’t be disappointed!