Premium airline services in Europe are (very slowly) starting to return to normal.
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt opens its doors
As of today (June 1, 2021), the Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Terminal 1 Concourse A of Frankfurt Airport has reopened. The lounge is now open daily from 6AM until 9:30PM.
As Lufthansa describes the reopening of this lounge, this is being done as summer approaches, as the desire to travel continues to grow, and as declining infection rates and easing of travel restrictions are increasing the number of passengers. The lounge can be accessed by Lufthansa and SWISS first class passengers, as well as top-tier Miles & More HON Circle members. On top of that, access to the lounge can now be purchased.
Lufthansa closed all of its First Class Lounges (including the First Class Terminal Frankfurt) last spring, as demand for international travel plummeted. The airline has progressively been opening some of its other lounges, but this will be the first time that we see a Lufthansa First Class Lounge reopen.
For now the First Class Terminal Frankfurt and limousine service continue to remain unavailable, but it’s stated that this will be restarted soon. Who knows whether that means a few weeks or a few months, though.
This update from Lufthansa comes just a month after Air France reopened its spectacular La Premiere Lounge in Paris.
There’s a major catch, though
While it’s great to see Lufthansa reopen its First Class Lounge Frankfurt, there’s a major catch. For the time being, there will be no food and beverage consumption allowed in the lounge. Rather guests can get food & drinks to go, but inside the lounge they can’t even have a cup of water.
The airline says it will resume full food & beverage service as soon as local regulations allow it. Germany has been in lockdown since last fall, and for almost the entire time dining outside the home (including at airports) has been banned. We’re slowly starting to see restaurants reopen, so I imagine dining in the First Class Lounge will resume in the not-too-distant future.
For all practical purposes the First Class Lounge will just be a place to sit — there will be no waiter service with excellent drinks, and no extensive a la carte dining. I’m curious if the to go food will be elevated compared to what’s being offered in other lounges. Perhaps a tin of caviar to go? 😉
Lufthansa’s current first class fleet
Currently only a small percentage of Lufthansa’s fleet features first class. Specifically, the carrier will likely only have first class on Boeing 747-8s in the next couple of years, as Lufthansa plans to retire its Airbus A380s and Airbus A340-600s. It does appear like some future delivery A350-900s may feature first class, as those planes will be based in Munich.
For the past several months, Lufthansa hasn’t offered first class on any routes to the United States. It looks like that will be changing soon:
- As of June 11, 2021, Lufthansa has scheduled a Boeing 747-8 daily between Frankfurt and Chicago
- As of July 1, 2021, Lufthansa has scheduled a Boeing 747-8 daily between Frankfurt and Los Angeles
- As of July 4, 2021, Lufthansa has scheduled a Boeing 747-8 daily between Frankfurt and Newark
The Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt has finally reopened. It’s exciting to see things slowly return to normal, but don’t get too excited. For now no food & beverage service will be allowed in the lounge (not even water), but rather customers will be offered something to go. Furthermore, there will be no limousine transfers available for the time being.
The airline plans to soon reopen the First Class Terminal and resume its limousine service. As of June 11 we can expect the return of Lufthansa first class to the United States, specifically on the Chicago route.
What do you make of Lufthansa’s First Class Lounge Frankfurt reopening?