Lufthansa First Class is the world’s best way to fly as far as I’m concerned. I’ve flown the product on every single type of long-haul aircraft Lufthansa operates and I’ve easily flown LH F over 50 times (if not more). Lufthansa used to feature First Class on all of their long-haul aircraft, but the airline removed F seats from half of their long-haul fleet and plans to keep First Class on the other half.

Lufthansa currently operates the following long-haul aircraft:

  • Airbus A330-300
    • select (?) aircraft feature First Class
  • Airbus A340-300
    • no First Class
  • Airbus A340-600
    • all feature First Class
  • Airbus A350-900
    • no First Class
  • Airbus A380-800
    • all feature First Class
  • Boeing 747-400
    • no First Class
  • Boeing 747-8
    • all feature First Class
Lufthansa Boeing 747-8

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8

The airline is expected to take delivery of the Boeing 777-9 to replace the Boeing 747-400, and it still isn’t clear if First Class will be featured on the 777-9 – there is a 50/50 chance. Lufthansa’s current long-haul fleet with First Class includes the A346, A388, and B748; there are reports that some A333s still have First Class – while other reports claim that all A333s do not feature the product anymore.

It is incredible to think that all of these aircraft used to have First Class seats. Lufthansa’s reason to eliminate First Class from select aircraft was: 1) to make room for Premium Economy and 2) they claim First Class isn’t that popular anymore and it wasn’t ideal to let the seats fly empty.

Lufthansa has published the following schedule of which routes will feature First Class. Keep in mind that some routes do not operate in the winter and that there may be reduced F service during this time. Lufthansa also frequently changes their mind, therefore routes such as Frankfurt – Detroit/Dammam/Kuwait/Bangkok and Munich – Chicago/Vancouver/Mexico City/Cape Town could be reduced to just Business, Premium Economy, and Economy Class.

For 2019, these routes are currently scheduled to feature Lufthansa First Class:

Frankfurt

  • Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Washington
  • Bogota, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo
  • Johannesburg
  • Dammam, Kuwait
  • Bangalore, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo Haneda

Munich

  • Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver
  • Cape Town
  • Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo Haneda
Lufthansa First Class Airbus A330-300

Lufthansa First Class Airbus A330-300

If you are wanting to redeem miles to/from North America, the “easiest” routes will be:

  • Frankfurt: Boston, Detroit, Mexico City, New York, Newark, Washington
  • Munich: Boston, Chicago, Mexico City, New York, Vancouver

Lufthansa First Class is available at most 14 days prior to departure when redeeming Star Alliance miles. If you are a member of Miles & More, you can redeem whenever you’d like – subject to availability. With LH F featured in only about half of Lufthansa’s long-haul fleet, it is increasingly harder to book the product using miles. However, it is still possible and the key is flexibility in travel plans.

How many times have you flown LH F? Enough to remember that Elderflower used to be integrated into every dish? 😉

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