Introduction
Lufthansa First Class Lounge New York JFK
Lufthansa First Class New York JFK to Frankfurt
A day in the Lufthansa First Class Lounges/Terminal Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Frankfurt to Singapore
InterContinental Singapore
Exploring Singapore
The Singapore Airlines Private Room
Singapore Airlines First Class Singapore to Tokyo Narita
Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita
Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to New York JFK


At around 9PM the personal assistant escorted me to immigration and to the transfer area, where I was directed to a Mercedes van along with four other passengers on the flight to Singapore (two of which were HON members, and two of which were first class passengers).

The ride to the plane took about 10 minutes, and on the way one of the other guys was on the phone with his wife saying goodnight, and I found the conversation pretty hilarious. He was telling her he was driving to the plane, and I could hear her panicking because she thought he was going to miss the flight, assuming he was driving to the airport. He quickly reassured her and said “no, I’m actually being driven to the plane,” and proceeded to explain to her the service Lufthansa provides their first class passengers.

We pulled up right next to our Airbus 380, and parked next to us was another Airbus 380 headed for Johannesburg. Nothing is quite as impressive as two A380s next to one another.


Our van and plane in the background


Wingtips of two Airbus 380s

The driver escorted us to the second floor jet bridge, where the flight attendants took over and directed us to our seats.

Lufthansa 778
Frankfurt (FRA) – Singapore (SIN)
Friday, April 27
Depart: 9:35PM
Arrive: 3:50PM (+1 day)
Duration: 12hr15min
Aircraft: Airbus 380
Seat: 1K (First Class)

I’ll focus a bit less on the actual hard product with this post, since I reviewed it extensively in the review of my Airbus 380 flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo Narita a few months ago, which can be found here.


My seat, 1K


Seat console


Cabin

As I settled in I was immediately offered a beverage, so went with champagne which was served with macadamia nuts. This was quickly followed by PJs and the amenity kit.


Pre-departure drink

I then placed all my belongings in my personal locker, which is located right in front of my seat (it’s one of my favorite features of the Lufthansa Airbus 380). As I closed my locker the lady seated across from me in 1G (an American) said “wait don’t close it, I want to put my stuff in there too.” I explained to her that she had her own locker with a lock on it, at which point she commented “Yooooouuuuuurrr Engggggggliiiiish isssss verrrrryyyyyy goooooood.” It always cracks me up when I communicate with the crew in German, and as a result American passengers assume I don’t speak English (and speak really slowly to me, thinking it’s the only way I’ll comprehend what they’re saying), so I always like to have a bit of fun with it.

So I responded to her with “thanks, I learned English in school.” Naturally she asked “ohhhh wherrrreeeee diddd youuuuu goooo tooooo schooool?” I responded with “New York,” at which point she had a mildly embarrassed look on her face.

Anyway, she was nice enough, so we ended up talking for a bit. She was a “foreign corruption lawyer” and traveling to Singapore for work after spending a week in Germany, so she asked me a lot of questions about why I was traveling and also about the Airbus 380. She told me about how she had booked business class but at check-in the agent said she had an expiring Senator upgrade voucher that she didn’t even know about, and suggested she use it before it expires, so she upgraded.

She had never flown the Airbus 380 before and couldn’t figure out where the bathrooms were, so I showed her. In the end I got stuck in the bathroom with her for about a minute, though that’s a different story. It’s certainly the last time in my life I hope that happens with a woman three times my age, though such is life.

At departure time the captain came on the PA and advised us of our flight time of 11hr30min, anticipating an on-time arrival in Singapore.

As we pushed back the safety video began to play and we had a 15 minute taxi to our departure runway before we were airborne.


Safety video

About 20 minutes after takeoff the seatbelt sign was turned off and service commenced, starting with the purser distributing menus. The menu on this flight was identical to the menu on my Frankfurt to Seattle flight in March.

The dinner menu read as follows:


Menu

I wasn’t a huge fan of any of the options and wasn’t especially hungry, so ended up deciding to skip the main course.

Service started with hot towels followed by drinks and the amuse bouche, which consisted of feta cheese, fig, and sorbet.


Drinks and amuse bouche

About an hour into the flight the appetizer cart was rolled through, and I chose both caviar and the tuna appetizer.


Appetizer

Then I had the salad with macadamia nut dressing.


Salad

As I said I skipped the main course and went straight for the dessert, starting with a delicious cheese plate per the flight attendant’s suggestion.


Dessert

I then had the coffee dessert, the same as on my last flight.


Dessert

Service finished with a tin of chocolates.


Chocolates

Service throughout the meal was phenomenal. The flight attendant working the aisle was young and motivated, and despite the late night departure was constantly smiling and very attentive. Then again that just about always matches my experiences on Lufthansa, though many seem to disagree.

The lovely flight attendant provided me with turndown service (both of my bed and my phone number… I’m kidding), and I was ready for a good night of sleep after one heckuva long travel day. Right as I got comfortable I heard a loud noise. Hmmm, Airbus 380 engine trouble? Unruly passengers in business class? Nope, just the lady in 1G snoring louder than Snufalufagus. Look, I can handle light and/or interrupted snoring, but that wasn’t the case here. This lady was having a snoring symphony, and there was no way I was going to stop her.

I figured it would subside or I’d get used to it, but unfortunately after trying to sleep for an hour I decided that wasn’t the case. I then figured if I put on either noise canceling headphones or in-ear headphones it would help with eliminating the noise. Despite blasting Justin Bieber’s latest album at full volume, I had no such luck. Actually, it kept getting worse (both her snoring and Justin Bieber’s album).


Bed

After trying to sleep for about two hours I called it quits and pressed the flight attendant call button to get an iced coffee so I could at least wake up and get a bit of work done. I’ve decided that the new standard as to whether or not a first class flight attendant is great at their job is whether or not they’ll serve you an iced coffee. It’s not explicitly on the menu, but it’s easy to make and requires (very minimal) thinking outside the box. Sure enough the flight attendant was more than happy to cooperate, and even served it with chocolate and an apology for the noises the lady seated across from me was making.


Iced coffee

After watching a couple of TV shows and getting some work done we were about four hours out of Singapore, and the lady seated across from me finally woke up. Seeing I was awake she said “boy you were right, these seats are comfortable. I slept really well. How did you sleep?” I simply smiled at her and said “oh, great.” Fortunately the fact that she woke up meant I could finally sleep, and I got a solid two hours of sleep before breakfast service began.


Tail camera

About 90 minutes out of Singapore immigration cards were distributed, followed by hot towels and breakfast menus.


Immigration form


Hot towel

The breakfast menu read as follows:

Once the menus were distributed fresh squeezed orange juice was served. Lufthansa serves the best of any airline, in my opinion, and it’s the highlight of their breakfast service for me.


Orange juice

I ordered another iced coffee with breakfast, and also had some fruit and cereal.


Breakfast

For the main course I had scrambled eggs with chives, which were delicious as always.


Scrambled eggs

30 minutes out of Singapore we began our descent and I changed out of the PJs.


Beginning our descent


Final approach

After a beautiful touchdown we had a long taxi to our gate at the very end of the terminal.


Singapore Airbus 380s

Fortunately there were no queues at immigration so I was at the InterContinental about 30 minutes after landing. Not too shabby!


Terminal upon arrival

And like that another amazing Lufthansa flight came to an end. While I think their management team is starting to head in the wrong direction (and I’m not talking about them restricting award tickets to Star Alliance partners, which I can understand) their flight crews consistently deliver.

  1. May 9th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Matthew said,

    I’ll be on that same flight in late August (seat 1A). Can’t wait for my second time in first on the A380 and the FCT at Frankfurt. I’m still debating on a hotel. It’s either use Hiton Honors points or spend money on a hotel.

  2. May 9th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Matthew — Are you debating the hotel in Frankfurt or Singapore? Enjoy the flight!

  3. May 9th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    B said,

    kinda curious to know the “stuck in bathroom” story lol.. and the last picture.. is that the lady that you talk about in this story??

  4. May 9th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    tony said,

    I find the solution to loud snoring is a good set of large, tight fitting earplugs. Once the person starts snoring, just cram them up their nose.

  5. May 9th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Michael G said,

    On my FC A-380 flight from SFO to FRA this past weekend, I did not get my own tin of chocolates after the main meal. Instead, they offered a selection from a larger tin. I wonder if that is a permanent change from when you flew.

  6. May 9th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Michael G — It actually seems to vary by flight. I can appreciate the variety.

  7. May 9th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Levi Flight said,

    I am flying back to SFO from ICN in a a week. Hope to get the FRA first class 380 route. Let’s see.

  8. May 9th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Larry said,

    I sat in that same seat FRA-NRT a few days ago. No pics of the baño? I couldn’t get over the size and kept trying to take pictures that would show my friends how massive it was. Never could get the right angle.
    Did you get your own tin of chocolates? I was just offered some to pick out of a large tin.

  9. May 9th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Matthew said,

    @ Lucky – I should’ve clarified that – a hotel in Singapore.

  10. May 9th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    lucky said,

    @ B — She couldn’t find the lavs so I showed her where they are. Then she was so impressed that I felt the need to show her the urinal, which requires closing the lav door. Then she started a conversation with me while in the lav with the door closed.

    @ Larry — Took lots of pictures of it for my previous trip report, and totally agree with you, it’s massive. Here’s the report with the pictures:
    http://boardingarea.com/onemileatatime/2012/01/25/chasing-the-a380-lufthansa-a380-first-class-frankfurt-to-tokyo/

    Whether they do a tin of chocolates or the individual boxes seems to vary by route.

    @ Matthew — If it were me, I’d probably do the Conrad on points. Haven’t stayed there, though have heard good things.

  11. May 9th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Michael said,

    What do you mean re: management direction?

  12. May 9th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Michael — Lufthansa just seems to be making quite a few changes to position themselves as a premium airline while cutting costs. For example, HON Circle members (Lufthansa’s top tier elite status which requires 600,000 elite qualifying miles over two years) can no longer be earned on coach fares. So even if you’re flying full fare coach (and 600,000 miles every two years at that), you can’t earn HON Circle, which seems silly. And at the same time they’re cutting the number of eggs they cater from first class. ;)

  13. May 9th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    ffI said,

    With all the 380s they have too much capacity.
    They need to just give away the seats MORE to their partners to at least get revenue AND make pax fly LH directly. I would happily fly LH if I was upgraded to F automatically on a full fare C. That will open up more C class for awards which generate less revenue anyway.

    I just priced out an award to Hamburg on LH with United miles. The same flight was 8k in F when I booked an award as a comparison and 9k in C!

  14. May 9th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    phraktur said,

    Thanks Lucky for another great trip report!!

    The subtle humor along with the pics and excellent reviews really makes your reports stand out. Thanks for bringing a smile to my day!

    Keep the reports coming…I enjoy living vicariously!!

  15. May 9th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Solar said,

    Drink for listening to Justin Bieber. Drink heavily if purchased the album.

  16. May 9th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    theblakefish said,

    @ Lucky – I stayed at the Conrad SIN a few years back and it is great. Attached to a mall so everything is there, great pool and rooms are awesome. The only issue that I had was that they would not let me into the elite lounge in shorts for breakfast…seriously, I understand their reasoning, but it is a freaking hotel lounge!, and a Hilton at that C’mon man…oh well…I don’t do HH anymore and am kicking it at the Grand Hyatt this weekend anyways

  17. May 9th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    lucky said,

    @ theblakefish — That’s SO frustrating. Seems to be a common theme in Singapore. While I can understand the concept of dressing “appropriately,” shorts for breakfast hardly seems inappropriate. Oy…

  18. May 10th, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Jimgotkp said,

    Never got any chocolate on NRT-FRA or MUC-EWR :( Maybe they were making sure I don’t get fatter than I already am… :(

  19. May 10th, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Darren said,

    Hey lucky, one quick question. Did you see more A380′s at Frankfurt or Singapore? I haven’t been to Frankfurt yet so I don’t really know.

  20. May 10th, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Darren said,

    I would like to point out that us Singaporeans just go by the book. All Singaporeans follow the rules set in any situation without exception.When theblakefish stayed at the Conrad for example, the staff member probably didn’t allow him into the lounge in shorts because of the rules. Whatever the case, especially in hotels, Singaporeans tend to take the rules too seriously. It it what Singaporeans are taught to do. Follow the rules and make no exceptions, no matter how little the issue might be. I’m a regular at the Conrad and every time I visit the lounge, about 95 percent of the people are in business attire.

  21. May 10th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    lucky said,

    @ Jimgotkp — Really, not even out of a box? That’s disappointing!

    @ Darren — Saw plenty of SQ A380s in Singapore, but that’s the extent of it there. In Frankfurt saw a handful of LH A380s as well.

  22. May 10th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    John said,

    @theblakefish- I stayed at the Conrad Singapore in Nov. for several nights. I ALWAYS wore shorts (nice shorts not gym shorts) and a golf shirt to the exec. lounge and nobody had any problems with it.

  23. May 10th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Andy Bleuebar said,

    “and I chose both caviar and the salmon appetizer.”

    You meant tuna, right? ;)

    Love how they’ll serve you a slice of lime with your fruit plate for breakfast, but not with your soda…

  24. May 10th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    lucky said,

    @ Andy — You’re absolutely right, whoops!

  25. May 10th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Sean said,

    Thanks for another great trip report
    Have you ever in all your trips in Lufthansa figured what is the fragrance they use with the hot towels and if it is vailable for sale someplace.

  26. May 10th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    lucky said,

    @ Sean — That’s a fantastic question. I actually haven’t, though I’m a huge fan of it as well.

  27. May 17th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    ino said,

    such an awesome experience, minus the lady :)

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  29. July 12th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Mariah said,

    Lucky, please ask the crew on your next Lufthansa flight what fragrance they use for their hot towels. It’s the best ever!! They are also now using these towels for wake up in business class.

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