Business Class review – with Lufthansa to Cape Town

Business Class review – with Lufthansa to Cape Town
06/11/2016 pilotpatrick
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I decided to publish my first airline review, because you were interested in my opinion as private jet pilot about a flight experience in a higher booking class.

Business class review Lufthansa

This year I spend three weeks of vacation in South Africa. I had an amazing time and I felt in love with South Africa. The flight made this vacation special as well. Months in advance, I was excited to go on this flight. One reason for this was, that I flew in Lufthansa’s Business Class on the A340-600. But the flight almost did not depart…

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A340-600 at the parking position in Munich prior boarding to Cape Town

I want to give you a brief review of my experience on board of Lufthansa, one of my favorite airlines. This might help you when booking your next flight, maybe to Cape Town.

My flights:
Berlin Tegel – Munich
Munich – Cape Town (night flight)

Cape Town – Munich (day flight)
Munich – Berlin Tegel

Welcome on board!

On the flight to Cape Town seat 3D was mine. Right after I stowed my hand luggage and took a seat, I was offered a welcome drink. Overall the service was excellent. The flight attendants were really friendly and gave a personal touch to their service. The front cabin of the A340-600 was quite spacious, but I noticed right away that there is not much privacy when seated. Nevertheless I really liked the modern design and the interior.

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Welcome drink on board of Lufthansa’s A3400-600 in Munich. Seat 3D

Take off thrust set in Munich. Reaching about 120 km/h the four engines spooled down and the brakes were applied. I said quite loudly: “Aborted take off!” I was right. The aircraft vacated the runway. Interesting fact: In 6 years as pilot I never had to reject a take off. Fortunately the pilots could solve the technical problem, so that we attempted for another take off 30 minutes later, after the brakes had cooled down.

Seat

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Lufthansa Business Class Configuration 2-2-2

I was surprised about the versatility of the seat. It felt comfortable when eating, watching a movie and especially when in the sleeping position. A flat bed on a long-range flight is luxury. I am 1,86 m tall and I had enough space in length. Additionally you can adjust the degree of hardness of the cushion through air. Unfortunately I had the impression that the seat width was a little bit too narrow and the pillow a little bit too thick.

Food

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Dinner in Business Class shortly prior landing in Munich

As I mentioned in my recent post “I am a foodie pilot”, I am really strict and picky about my food. That is why I am definitely not a benchmark. But I have to admit, that the selection and the taste of food were really good. Great wine and drink menu. I missed some snacks in between meals on a 12 hours flight. Fantastic was have an espresso above the clouds.

Inflight Entertainment

A huge selection of movies, series, documentaries, games, music and so on in up to eight languages were offered. The headsets were comfortable to wear and the interface was easy to control. I used Wi-Fi during flight to keep you up to date on my snapchat. 🙂

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Flat bed in Business Class, Seat 3D good while in sleeping position

My recommendations:

  • If possible reserve a seat in the first row. The seats in row 3 (A340-600) at the window give you some kind of shelf and the seats in the middle give you some extra legroom.
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Seat 3D to CPT and seat 3A on the return flight

  • When traveling alone I recommend to take a window seat, because the seats in the middle section are angled a little towards each other. Those ones I rather recommend for couples.
  • During night flights I suggest to take a middle seat, since each seat has direct aisle access. Find your seat map on Seatguru.
  • Choose a seat in the front of the Business Class, because during boarding only Business and First Class passengers will pass you in the aisle.
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Overhead Africa on the way from CPT to MUC

Following extras can you expect:

  • Amenity Kit (including socks, ear plugs and cosmetics)
  • Cosmetics in the lavatories
  • Water bottle at the seat
  • USB and power plug at your seat
  • Free newspapers and magazines
  • Big pillow and a blanket
  • High quality headset
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Leaving Cape Town on Lufthansa’s A340-600 overflying Camps Bay

The price for a Lufthansa Business Class ticket can be quite expansive, but the investment is totally worth it. This way the vacation already starts on board and you are looking forward to your flight. Especially on the way to Cape Town, which primarily takes place during the night, the flat seat is fantastic. Since their is only one hour of time difference, you can enjoy the day fresh and fit.

My rating

My rating of the flights in Lufthansa Business Class, where 5 aircrafts highest and 1 lowest:

Business Seat    ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️
Privacy                 ✈️ ✈️
Aircraft                ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️
Service                 ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️
Food                     ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️
Entertainment  ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️
Extras                  ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️

My Rating:         ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️

Which airline has the best Business Class for you? Please comment below.

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22 Comments

  1. Einen Ulucay 12 months ago

    Tolle Bewertung 🙂 leider hatte ich nie die Möglichkeit im business Class zu fliegen , aber schaue mir immer wieder gerne Videos dazu an . Wenn ich mich anhand der Videos entscheiden müsste, wäre glaube ich Emirates mein Favorit
    LG Dilek

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      pilotpatrick 12 months ago

      Danke dir! Emirates muss wirklich toll sein, wobei das Design mir von Ethiad Airways besser gefällt.

  2. Dilek Ulucay 12 months ago

    Tolle Bewertung 🙂 leider hatte ich nie die Möglichkeit im business Class zu fliegen , aber schaue mir immer wieder gerne Videos dazu an . Wenn ich mich anhand der Videos entscheiden müsste, wäre glaube ich Emirates mein Favorit
    LG Dilek

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    pilotpatrick 12 months ago

    I never been on turkish but I heard it is great! thanks a lot!

  4. RF 12 months ago

    I really have enjoyed KLM new business seats on the 747-Combi. Great post!

  5. Yankel 12 months ago

    thank you for a review! As I live in Moscow,usually I fly with Aeroflot,love their business class on Boeing 777! Would like to explore business on Singapore Airlines,heard it’s one of the best)

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 12 months ago

      B777 is a great aircraft.Do they have gfalt seats? I would like to try SA as well!

  6. Reeti Safui 12 months ago

    Emirates Business Class is amazing starting from food to service. They even have on board lounge access. Definitely worth a try!

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 12 months ago

      Sounds really nice. I would like to fly the A380 in first class 😉

  7. amilamuratovic 12 months ago

    Hello, I only been in Pegasus and Turkish Airlines and I really like Turkish Airlines it is amazing. You should check Bosnia and Herzegovina soon 🙂

  8. bosnianturkishwomen 12 months ago

    I only been in Turkish airlines and Pegasus and my favourite is Turkish airlines. You should check Bosnia and Herzegovina soon. 🙂

  9. Arthur Estrada 12 months ago

    Business class on British airways was cramped and uncomfortable. How do you deal with jet lag pilot?

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 12 months ago

      Oh really…On which type of aircraft? I don’t have to deal much with jetl ag since I fly within Europe. But when I travel East or westbound I try to adapt as fast a possible to the new time zone! Safe travels.

  10. Dennis Dahlenburg 11 months ago

    Latest EY C product (A380/787) is beyond business class.

  11. FlightTimeFlighttime 10 months ago

    Lufthansa is an awesome jet. While Own jet is gain prestige in society but comparative expensive to maintain it. We can choose the appropriate jet per the number of travelers, Passenger flexibility will not satisfy in Own Jet.

  12. Fredrik 10 months ago

    My favourite is Scandinavian Airlines new business class on A330/340. All seats offers direct aisl access and privacy, plus the food is great. True star alliance quality.

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 10 months ago

      Hello Fredrik. Cool I have seen photos of their new BA and they looked really nice! I hope I have the chance to travel with them soon. Many greetings!

  13. Author
    pilotpatrick 9 months ago

    Hey Mimi, read my article about how became a pilot. There are all informations you need to know. https://pilotpatrick.com/2016/11/03/how-to-become-a-pilot/

  14. Kevin 8 months ago

    I tried the Swiss Business Class once and it was superb!

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