Bali and Berchtesgaden: Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt

Filed Under: Awards, Lufthansa

Up front I should say that I’ve reviewed the First Class Terminal many times before, including here, here, here, here, here, and here, so if you want to read about all the amenities be sure to check those out.

We left the hotel shortly before 10AM and made it to the First Class Terminal by 10:30AM, where we experienced the usual awesome check-in process. We handed the personal assistant our passports and informed him we were heading to Washington Dulles, and he immediately escorted us through security. As I always say, this is the only place in the world you can go from being on the street to being comfortably seated in the lounge past security in about 60 seconds.

While the First Class Terminal isn’t huge it sure is one of the swankiest lounge spaces anywhere. As soon as we arrived we headed straight for the restaurant to have lunch, given that we’d be eating again aboard just a few hours later.

First Class Terminal

First Class Terminal

While there’s a small a la carte menu, the buffet is fantastic, much better than what Lufthansa serves aboard in my opinion. Here’s the menu:

And here’s the “Olympics Menu” (though I can’t say I’m a huge fan of British food):

The buffet was amazing as always.






I selected a bit of just about everything.


After lunch I had a seat near the window where I caught up on work for a while.



At around 12:40PM we were approached by our personal assistant, who informed us it was time to board. He walked us down to the lower level where we cleared immigration and were introduced to our driver. We lucked out in that we got a personal Porsche Cayenne this time around, as I’ve gotten a ride in a shared van during my past several visits.

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne

Fortunately we were parked pretty far from the lounge, so our drive took a good 10 minutes, and featured plenty of great plane spotting.

US Airways Airbus 330

Privatair 737

Singapore Airbus 380

Lufthansa 747

Eventually we laid eyes on our beauty, Lufthansa’s first and only 747-8 (at the time).

Our 747-8

The driver parked right next to the plane and escorted us to the elevator, which took us straight to the jet bridge.

747-8 exterior

747-8 exterior

747-8 exterior

At the door we were introduced to our lovely crew, who would be taking care of us for the next eight hours.

  1. Thanks for ‘splaining about the elevator. It was never clear to me what happened once they drove you to the plane, and I had horrible thoughts about schlebbing your carry-on up the stairs.

  2. @Lucky, FYI I’m sorry to see that they’ve phased out their Panamera’s, only the Cayenne’s presently remain in the Porsche fleet.

  3. In that you’ve had so much opportunity to talk with members of Lufthansa’s cabin staff, can you offer any insight into (or opinions about) their current labor dispute, which has resulted in a strike seriously affecting the airline’s operations? (When I think of European labor disputes resulting in strikes, my thoughts turn more to Italy or France, so this has taken me by surprise).

  4. Well, if you look closely at the photo of the rear of the 748, it wasn’t their first B747-8I as the registration is D-ABYC, not D-ABYA. You flew in #2 which has started flying to DEL now No D-ABYB in service – BTW original B747-130 with this registration crashed at NBO in 1974.

  5. @ Stephan — Ah, good to know, thanks. I know they were planning to launch the Frankfurt to Delhi service on the 747-8i just a couple of days after my flight, which would explain it.

  6. @ Stuart Falk — All I have is second hand information and I honestly haven’t been following this as closely as I should, so take what I say with a grain of salt. But my understanding is that the crux of the issue goes beyond pay and involves Lufthansa potentially using outside flight attendants on a lower pay contract (similar to what British Airways is doing with their “mixed fleet” flight attendants), and also that they might be putting current flight attendants on a shorter term contract than in the past.

    Hopefully someone else can chime in here, though my understanding is that this goes beyond pay and has more to do with “fundamental” contract issues.

  7. I work for Porsche, and there is nothing better than being on the tarmac in Frankfurt and seeing our vehicles! And I also love all the plane spotting!

  8. May not be fully related but, Lucky, since you’ve been to the FRA and the FCT so many times, how much time would you suggest a layover be if we would want to experience the FCT and do some luggage (Rimowa) shopping? šŸ™‚

  9. @ ChineseScouser — For the FCT itself I’d say a ~4 hour layover is ideal. One hour to have a nice meal, one hour to take a bath, one hour to lounge, and then a few minutes on both ends as a buffer. Not sure about luggage shopping, though!

  10. Awwww Lucky, I wish I could! Your blog gives me hours of enjoyment! ;p

    On a side note, our North American Headquarters will have a new facility in Atlanta in the coming months. It will literally be at the base of the runway of Hartsfield. So you can wave at me when you land! There will be some cool customer experience activities, so you will need to plan a layover accordingly! Use your Starwood points at the St Regis Atlanta – it is a beautiful property!

  11. I’m thinking of booking a 6 hour layover (~7a-1p) with FCT access. Would I be able to check into FCT and store my carry on there and head into the city? Or is 6 hours cutting it close? Thanks!

  12. @ E — Six hours is enough to go into the city, though not sure there’s really a place to store your things in the FCT.

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