KLM Business Class review

KLM Business Class Review: Mit dem Dreamliner nach Rio

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Dear Aviator,

my last vacation took me to a destination which has been on my bucket list for a long time: Rio de Janeiro. Originally I had planned to go there February, but then my Captain Upgrade got in the way so I had to postpone it. This blog post will not deal with Rio, but about the flight that took me there. In my KLM Business Class review, I will share my flight experience on board of a Dreamliner. What can you expect? Additionally, you will be able to win a special souvenir of the flight.

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The Dreamliner

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How I book my flights

"You are a pilot you fly for free", "You have access to standby tickets", "ID-90 flying is great". Those are comments I have great below my postings on Instagram. I'm sorry, but all statements are not correct. All my flights are firmly booked and paid full price. I never had the opportunity to fly intercontinental for a fraction of the normal ticket price.

How do I manage to fly Business Class?

Whenever I can I book Business Class tickets on flights which last more than 6 hours. I either pay full price or I have enough miles to go on a reward flight. The price-quality ratio has to be acceptable. When tickets are overpriced in Business Class I book a travel class below (Premium Economy or Economy) and then I try to upgrade with miles or cash. Like I did on my flight to Miami in Eurowings "Biz Class".

I was lucky when I booked the flight to Rio. I knew I have a vacation for 12 days, so I opened up the world map of Google flight search. Selected the time period and my favored travel class. I was browsing through numerous destinations until Rio de Janeiro popped up with 1,800 € round trip for one person in Business Class. I immediately booked the flight. Normally you pay double this price, so it was a really good deal.

 

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Three flight highlights

First highlight: So far I only knew KLM from short range flights, so it was the first time for me to fly with them long-range. Second highlight: I was excited to fly with a Boeing 787, also called Dreamliner, for the first time. Third Highlight: I flew in the new World Business Class, which has an interesting cabin layout.

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Berlin - Rio de Janeiro

KL 1822 Boeing B737-700

09:05 Berlin (TXL)

10:35 Amsterdam (AMS)

 

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KL 0705 Boeing B787-900

12:45 Amsterdsm (AMS)

19:35 Rio de Janerio (GIG)

total travel time: 15:35 hours

 

 

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Crown Lounge at Schipol Airport

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Champagne above the clouds

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The lounge

KLM recently opened up a new lounge called "Crown lounge 52" in the international departure area of Schipol airport. The lounge is huge and not yet fully opened. I had a hard time finding it. Navigation signs at the airport were not clear and a lounge briefing of the airline was missing.

The lounge expands over two floors with different areas, it even features an outside terrace, a cinema, and several outlets. In case you find the catering not tasty enough (like I did) you can visit the a la carte restaurant within the lounge (not complimentary).

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This is aviation porn

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lie flat seat

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The seat

The seat surprised me the most on this flight! When I had a look at some photos of the seat, it seemed to be quite narrow. The entire Business Class is in the font section of the B787-9 and comprises only 30 seats in total.

Oh wow! That was my first impression after boarding the aircraft. The color selection, the arrangement, and the design were well chosen. Everything is there where you needed it and the designers took special care of every detail. For example, you have a mirror in your small cabinet.

You kind of have to slide into your seat, but once seated it feels more spacious than I thought.  The seats are angled to the flight direction and surrounded by a cube, which makes every seat private. Especially the window seats are fantastic since you don't have to move your head to look out of the window. On top, the seat transforms into a fully flat bed. I am 1,85 cm and it was really comfortable

Highlights:

  • all seats have direct aisle access
  • a lot of privacy as a seat and bed
  • comfortable sleeping position
  • all buttons and controls are easily accessible
  • the armrest can be lowered to increase the sleeping surface
  • wide footrest for the bed function
  • big personal TV which can be stowed 

 

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Watch the full Business Class review on YouTube

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The catering

KLM would not win any prizes for its catering departing Schipol airport. On the 11 hours, flight lunch was served after takeoff. In between light snacks were offered and prior to landing, you could have a small dinner. The desserts were the best part of the catering: refreshing ice cream and a chocolate muffin with liquid chocolate inside.

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Healthy starter

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I did not want to show the nasty main dish too clearly

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Specials of the Dreamliner

The B787 was not always a Dreamliner, it moreover started as a nightmare. Boeing had to fix several problems after the aircraft has started its line operation in 2011. It is one of the most advanced and modern airliners in the world. It not only generates less noise overall, but CO2 emission is reduced by 20-25% and fuel consumption by 20% as well. The aircraft leaves a smaller environmental footprint without lowering passenger comfort. Quite the contrary is the fact. Passengers windows are bigger, the cabin altitude is reduced and the cabin humidity is increased, which makes you feel better when you arrive.

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Mood lighting on board of the B787

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Fails on the flight

Nothing too tremendous, but still not acceptable when paying a lot of money for a ticket.

  • Wifi on board was broken. The airline blamed the satellite.
  • The espresso machine was broken and the coffee was nasty
  • Corners of the seats were not spotless

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Nap time!

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Give away!

At the end of the flight, every passenger in the Business Class receives a souvenir. It is a miniature Delft house, which is famous in the Netherlands. I received so many messages from my Aviators, who want one of those houses since it is impossible to buy them. So I decided to give away one house, an amenity kit and a personal note to TWO Aviators

To join the giveaway

  1. Like this post (heart symbol)
  2. Leave me a comment below this article mentioning “I would like to fly to (destination) inspired by www.pilotpatrick.com"
  3. REPEAT the previous step on my YouTube video!

I will randomly choose two winners on the 23rd of June 2019. Good luck!

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GIVEAWAY!

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should I visit incredible India

Mein Tag auf der weltweit führenden Messe für Tourismus (ITB) in Berlin

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Dear Aviator!

How do you decide on which destinations are on your bucket list? Where do you get your inspiration from when planning your travels? I am sure you retrieve it online, from travel blogs, maybe even from my channels and most probably from friends, who report about their trips.

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Welcome to the ITB at the Messe Berlin

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Singapore Airlines double bed in Business Class

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The ITB, the world's leading travel trade show, in Berlin is the offline hotspot for all travel enthusiasts like me. I was invited by Incredible India to explore the trade show and to visit their exhibition, which was, in fact, an entire hall. They provided me with some giveaways, which you will be able to win at the end of this article.

Through my job as a pilot, I get to fly to many fantastic destinations. At the moment the flight operation requires me to overnight in cities primarily in Europe. Sometimes I even stay up to three days at one destination which allows me enough free time to explore. But it is not the same as traveling privately. It is your job and you are traveling with colleagues and not with your friends and family. That is the reason why I go on so many journeys even besides my pilot travels. I like either to discover new destinations, I haven't been to or I return to places I have enjoyed as a pilot before.

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I am a ship captain as well ;-)

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Indian Aviators :-)

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The ITB

As I mentioned before the ITB (International Tourismus Börse) is the world's leading tourism trade show. The companies represented at the fair include hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, system providers, airlines and car rental companies. Over 10,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries.

I not only use the ITB to inform myself about news in the travel industry but I also use the visit to connect with people from the travel industry. Primarily I try to get in contact with tourism boards of countries I would like to visit in the future. I think personal contact is extremely beneficial in regards to potential collaboration.

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Indian bride show

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Photo shooting with Incredible India

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Incredible India

On a daily basis, I get asked on my Instagram channel, if I have been to this or that country and when I am visiting a specific country. In case I haven't been there my answer is that I will try to visit as soon as possible. I made it my life goal to travel to as many countries as possible.

This includes India for sure. At the ITB and the dinner night before, I already got a glimpse of India's culture and their travel offers. Incredible India filled an entire hall. You not only could get in touch with representatives of the tourism office, hotels and tour operators but could also experience a little bit of the Indian culture. The women were dressed in their traditional clothing, a real wedding took place and you could participate in a Bollywood workshop.

In the end, I received a Henna tattoo on my hand so that my memories will last a little bit longer.

Why would I travel to India?

One reason why I would travel to India is to taste genuine Indian food ;-) I really like Indian cuisine, but not too spicy, please. I am always open to exploring new things, places and countries. India would appeal to me as a destination is that it is so different than everything else I have experienced so far. What I have learned from the exhibition is that India has more to offer than good food and the Taj Mahal. In my opinion, the country is underestimated in terms of traveling. Check their Instagram page for travel inspirations in India.

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Getting a Henna tattoo with my logo

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Free henna tattoos with Incredible India

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Good news for passengers

Another reason why I like to visit the ITB is that I am keen to learn about new cabin products of all the major airlines. Qatar Airways always surprises with new innovations in comfort for the passenger. For Business Class passenger they implemented the Q-suite, which offers a lot of space in an enclosed suite. Every seat has direct aisle access and the middle seats convert into a fully flat double bed.

New recline system

For economy class passenger they presented a new seat at the ITB. In their mock-up cabin, I took a seat and I could experience their innovations right away. The new recline system surprised me the most. You probably know how bothersome it can be when your fellow passenger reclines his seat in front of you. Now with Qatar Airways innovation, the seat slides forward to recline without infringing the comfort. Moreover, this allows for more clearance for your knees and chin.

 

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Qatar Airways new Economy Class

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Qatar Airways at the ITB

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The new recline systemm

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The ITB Berlin takes place annually in March at the Messe Berlin. So in case you missed it this year, I will see you there next year.

I had a fun day at the ITB and there is so much to discover. It is impossible to see everything in one day, so make sure you arrive once the doors open. I was exhausted after one day, but the impressions I could take from my visit were definitely worth it.

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Giveaway!

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Give away

Incredible India gave me a present with fancy Indian accessories (see photo below) and I would like to pass them to one of you my Aviator. I will include a personal note as well.

To join the giveaway

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I will randomly choose a winner 31st of March 2019. Good luck!

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Giveaway of Incredible India!

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A380 emirtes business class

Erstmalig an Board eines Fluges mit einer A380

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Hello my Aviator,

welcome on board of my first flight with an Airbus A380, the king of the skies. Yes, I am being sincere. Even though I am traveling so much and I am an aviation lover, I have never had the chance to fly with the A380 so far. To make my first flight an experience, Emirates welcomed me on board their flagship for a flight to Mauritius. In fact, it was also my first flight with Emirates. In this blog, I am sharing those two premieres with you.  

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Finally! I was excited like a little boy to go on my first flight the king of the skies. During the aerospace exhibition in Berlin this year, the ILA, I already took a glance inside the A380 of Emirates, which was displayed on the apron. At this point, I thought I will take forever until I will take a flight on board of the biggest passenger airline. But in the end, it took only 6 months to find me drinking a champagne in Emirates Busines Class on the way to Mauritius.

Check out my Vlog about the ILA and do not forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel: PilotPatrick

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The king of the skies

I am flying the A300, which was the first model ever built by Airbus. Its first flight was in 1972. About 20 years later in June 1994, Airbus announced its plan to develop a very large airliner, designated as A3XX to be a competitor to the B747. In 2005 the A380 had its first flight. The A300 is already a huge aircraft with 54 m length, 45 m wingspan and a maximum take of weight of 170 tons. Compared to the A380 this is small and light. The length is 72 m, the wingspan 79 m and the maximum take-off with is 575 tons. Impressive figures!

More economical than a car: The A380 consumes only 4,05L fuel per 100km per passenger.

Passengers: it seats a maximum of 853 passengers (typical 575)

Biggest aircraft? No there is one more airplane called Antonov An-225, it is larger than A380.

Wiring: If all the wiring in the A380 is laid end to end, it will stretch from Edinburgh to London – 320 miles.

Paint: More than 3600 liters of paint is required to paint the exterior of the aircraft.

Runway: Only 20 runways in the world are now fully capable of handling A380 aircraft. Others are not long or wide enough or not technically equipped for A380.

Flight hours: The Airbus A380 is designed to fly for 140,000 hours – meaning it could fly around the world more than 2,000 times in its lifetime.

Orders: as of September 2018, Airbus had received 331 firm orders and delivered 230 aircraft; Emirates is the biggest A380 customer with 162 ordered of which 105 have been delivered.

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Upper deck rear section of the Business Class

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Emirates

Emirates was only founded in 1985. Today the Gulf carrier, based in Dubai operates 3,600 flights a week to 140 cities in 80 countries around the world. Emirates only uses two kinds of airplanes, the Airbus A380 as well as the Boeing 777. Itis is the worlds largest operator of both airplane types. In total Emirates flies 234 planes.

Here are some more interesting facts about Emirates

International crew:  Cabin Crew from over 150 different countries. you will find at least 12 different nationalities of cabin crew. In total Emirates has over 60,000 employees.

First Flight from Dubai to Karachi was in 1985 on a Boeing B727 for the Royal Family.

Longest Flight takes 17 hours and 25 minutes from Auckland, New Zealand to Dubai on an A380.

Dubai Airport is the 3rd busiest on Earth after Atlanta Jacksonville and Beijing Capital Airport. 58 million passengers fly with Emirates in a year. (Source)

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Business class seat in row 23

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Business Class of the A380

Upperdeck! Flying in Business Class is truly a privilege and a luxurious experience. The entire upper deck of the A380 comprises the Business Class and First Class. The layout of the Business Class offers all seats direct aisle access. Especially the direct window and the middle seats (more for couples) grant extra privacy and storage. On all three A380 flights, I chose a seat in the rear cabin at the window. The seat right behind the bulkhead (row 23)  is great since there is no other passenger right in front of you. I enjoyed a tasty menu of regionally inspired gourmet dishes and drinks from an endless beverage menu. A specialty on Mauritius you could choose coconut water as a welcome drink. The seat also seamlessly reclines into a fully flat bed with a soft, comfy mattress and a cozy blanket.

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fully lie-flat bed

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The "Fly better" experience starts already before the flight. Since there is no flight from Berlin (unfortunately) I had to drive to Frankfurt Airport to catch my connection from there. The Business Class ticket includes either a free First Class Deutsche Bahn round-trip ticket (Rail & Fly) or the Chauffeur-drive. At Frankfurt Airport I arrived extra early so I could visit the Airport Lounge of Emirates. A picture/video is worth 1000 words. So check out my Vlog about my first time flying A380 with Emirates.

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Highlights of the A380

It is already a highlight itself to fly with the A380. The aircraft is extremely quiet inside the cabin. I was impressed that I could not really hear the take-off thrust on departure.

An onboard lounge: Let's have fancy a drink in 36,000 feet in the onboard lounge located in the rear section of the upper deck. A great way to get in contact with other passengers and to have a light snack in between meals. On the flight to Mauritius, the cabin supervisor invited me to have lunch at the dining table in the lounge. It felt like I was flying on a private jet.

Let's have a shower: Normally only First Class passengers are allowed to use the Shower Spa, but the for me the purser made a great exception. He knew how much you love seeing me taking a shower. ;-)

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Onboard lounge

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Shower Spa for First Class passengers

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Stop over in Dubai

On the way to Mauritius, I decided to do a short stopover in Dubai. It was only for 30 hours, but enough time to go shopping, to have a tasty dinner and enjoy some glamours vibes of the city of superlatives. I totally can recommend doing a stopover but plan for a couple of days so you can experience more. I stayed in the Le Meridien Airport Hotel. It is only a 10 minutes drive from the airport and 15 minutes to the downtown area of Dubai. Check out my Dubai Vlog from my vacation in April, If you want to find out about activities you can do.

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Le Meridien Dubai Aiport Hotel

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Thanks to the flight crew of Emirates for making my first A380 experience remarkable. I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did.

Have you flown on board of an A380 before? Leave it in a comment below and subscribe to my newsletter with your email!

As always safe travels and happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick

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Best business class

Flug in der besten Business Class der Welt

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Cooperation - Advertisement

Hello my Aviator, it is a very long flight down to Cape Town in South Africa. I had the chance to travel in the best Business Class in the world. Even though I was not the pilot, I was really excited to go on that flight. In this blog post, I share my flight experience, give you tips when booking tickets and you can win a high-quality pajama of Mey bodywear. 

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Boeing B777 in Cape Town (CPT)

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How can I afford to fly Business class?

Most commonly it is believed that all crew and airline staff can fly for free or really cheap fares. For me, it is not the case. I have to pay full price for all my flight tickets. On long-haul flights over 8 hours, I try to book Business Class tickets. Of course, it is not cheap. For this round trip, I paid 2200€. This is a lot of money and about three times the price of an Economy ticket. I was pretty much open to fly with any airline, but Qatar Airways was for my travel dates almost 50% less expansive than other airlines. I do not fly long haul very often. That is why I invest in the comfort. Especially when going on vacation.

Tip: Compare prices and adjust travel dates. This way you may be able to save significantly. Sometimes a different airport of departure can help to save as well. Join a loyalty program and collect miles. This way I was able to fly First Class for less than 500€ last year.

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Rimowa Classic flight Cabin trolley

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Cheers - Excited for my first flight with Qatar Airways

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How did I do the booking?

I book all my flight tickets direct via the website of the airline. This gives me an extra feeling that the reservation went through and is confirmed. Additionally, I can manage my booking like changing seats and ordering special meals online. Qatar Airways offers the great advantage to reserve the current fare for up to 72 hours. This costs a fee but in my case, this investment was well worth it. I still had to wait for the approval of my leave. When I finalized the booking the fare increased by over 1000€, but I still only paid the old price.

My tip: In general fares are cheaper when you book well in advance. But it is still common that prices may go down just prior to departure. Reasons for that may be low booking numbers or special deals. I suggest subscribing to the newsletter of your favorite airlines so you do not miss any special discounts.

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Business Class Cabin Boeing B777

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Layover at Doha Airport

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The Best Business Class in the world

Qatar Airways is the World’s Best Airline at the SKYTRAX 2017 World Airline Awards. Referred to as the “Oscars of the aviation industry”, which is voted by travelers across the world in an annual passenger survey. Furthermore, Qatar Airways won an award for the World’s Best Business Class.

That is why I was really excited to fly with Qatar Airways for the first time. My expectations were high. Especially when flying in their premium product.

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Breakfast in the sky

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Sky of central Africa

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The flight experience

I flew from Berlin Tegel via Doha to Cape Town. In total, I was about 16 hours in the sky for each direction. On all four legs, it was a Boeing B777-300. The aircraft are fitted with a 2 class configuration with the premium class up front. The Business Class consist of only 24 seats making the cabin really quiet. It is a 2-2-2 seating configuration.

The seat

Unfortunately, it was still the "old" Business Class seat on all flights. Qatar Airways recently introduced the Qsuite, which they call first in business. I really hoped that I will have the chance to test their new product.

Their "old" seat can keep up with any other Business Class seat. The extra-wide seats convert to a fully flat bed with enough space for your shoulders and feet. The rows are so far apart that they ensure privacy, space, and storage. Seats also have a massage setting and fully adjustable armrests, with precision controls to create the position that is right for you.

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Flying in a Mey pyjama

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City Center of Doha on departure

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Business Class catering

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Entertainment and service

The entertainment program seems endless. Food can be ordered whenever you want. The catering was all right. The excellent service made up for it. Especially the return flight was a lot of fun because the purser (head of the cabin) recognized me from my social media channels. Together with the crew, I did a boomerang for my Instagram story.

Tip: Stop in the amazing Business Class lounge in Doha. I had a layover of more than 7 hours at the airport. I went for dinner, took a shower and rested in private quite rooms. On board, I enjoyed row 2 the most. This row had no missing window, was not in the bulkhead and the full storage was available.

 

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Doha Business Class lounge

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Was it worth it?

Totally! My vacation already started on board and I arrived well rested at my destination. It is always hard to say goodbye to a great vacation. But knowing that I will be flying back comfortably, I am actually looking forward to my return flight.

Two years ago I flew to Cape Town in Lufthansa's Business Class. I paid about the same price for this flight.  The connection via Munich airport was a lot quicker, but the flight with Qatar Airways was a whole different experience.

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Thanks for the amazing flight with you

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Give Away

On both flights, I was flying through the night. MEY, a well known German fashion brand for day- and nightwear, provided me with a comfortable pyjama. I am already a big fan of their undershirts which I wear underneath my uniform. But now I love to sleep in their pyjamas as well. You can win one fancy MEY pyjama in my favorite color blue worth 120€. Additionally, I will send you an amenity kit with a personal note.

 

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Giveaway!

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Jens is the lucky winner!

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my first time flying in first class

Mein erster Flug in der ersten Klasse

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Im vergangenen Mai habe ich über zwei Wochen Urlaub in Kalifornien verbracht. Auf den Weg nach San Francisco bin ich in der ersten Klasse von Lufthansa geflogen. Ich freue mich mit Dir dieses tolle Erlebnis teilen zu dürfen. Mein Traum war es in der ersten Klasse zu fliegen bevor ich mein dreißigstes Lebensjahr vollendet habe. Ich bin überglücklich dieses Ziel erreicht zu haben. Erfahre in diesem Artikel wie Du auch erste Klasse fliegen kannst ohne dafür ein Vermögen ausgeben zu müssen. Am Ende dieses Artikels verlose ich etwas schönes und nutzliches aus der ersten Klasse.

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Zeitlos elegantes Design und hochwertige Materalien

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Mein letzter Langstreckenflug mit Lufthansa ging 2016 in das wunscherschöne Kapstadt. Auf diesem Flug bin ich in der ersten Reihe der Business Class gereist. Auf dem Flug stellte ich mir die Frage, wie es wohl sein mag in der First Class zu fliegen, da die Business Class schon sehr luxuriös ist. An dieser Stelle hätte ich niemals gedacht, dass schon ein Jahr später ganz vorne in der First Class sitzen würde.

Die ersten sieben Jahre meiner Luftfahrtkarriere habe ich als Kopilot bei einem Privat Jet Unternehmen gearbeitet. In dieser Zeit durfte ich den wohl exklusivsten Flugdienst kennenlernen. Deshalb war ich gespannt die Unterschiede zwischen einem Privat Jet und der First Class als Passagier zu erfahren. Du kannst Dir sicherlich vorstellen wie gespannt ich war nach San Francisco zu fliegen.

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Lufthansa A340-600 MUC Terminal 2

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Lounge und Verbindung

Meine Reise begann schon luxuirös als mich der Limousine Service Blacklane mit einer Mercedes S-Klasse zu hause abgeholt hat. Diesen Service kann man in über 250 Städten weltweit buchen und kann ganz einfach über das Smartphone vorbestellt werden. Also ideal für ein Flughafentransfer. Die Kosten für diese Fahrt sind in Berlin nur unwesentlich teurer als mit einem reguläreren Taxi. Bei Blacklane hat man jedoch die Gewissheit, dass das Fahrzeug sauber und die Fahrer freundlich sind.

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Blacklane chauffeur Service zum Flughafen Berlin Tegel

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Meine Flugverbindung

04.05.17 TXL - MUC LH2037 13:00 - 14:05 Airbus A321 BUSINESS

04.05.17 MUC - SFO LH458 16:10 - 19:05 Airbus A340-600 FIRST

Lounge

Während meines kurzen Aufenthalts in München habe ich das erste Mal eine erste Klasse Lounge besucht. Diese befand sich im neuen Terminal 2 Satellitengebäude. Ich war total begeistert, da sie alle Privat Jet Loungen, die ich kennengelernt habe, um weiten übertroffen hat. Neben einer großen Auswahl an Speisen am Buffet, konnte man auch saisonal Gerichte von der Karte bestellen. Während des Aufenthaltes kann man die Flugbewegungen auf dem Vorfeld gemütlich von Innen und von einer Außenterrasse beobachten. Die verschiedensten Einrichtungen, wie Duschen und Büroräumlichkeiten werden einem anspruchsvollen Passagier zu Verfügung gestellt. Leider konnte ich nicht länger als 1,5 Stunden dort verweilen. Daher mein Tipp: Versuche Deine Verbindung so zu buchen, dass du mindestens 2 Stunden Zeit in der Lounge hast um alles genießen zu können.

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Sitz und Flugzeug

Meine Platznummer war die 1A an Board einer A340-600. Dieser befindet sich am Fenster und hat auch gleichzeitig direkten Zugang zum Gang. Ich konnte es kaum glauben, dass man so viel Platz und Stauraum hat. Hinzu kam, dass ich vier ganze Fenster für mich alleine hatte. Als erstes musste ich mit den ganzen Einstellungsmöglichkeiten meines kleinen Wohnzimmers über den Wolken rumgespielen.

Die Kabine besteht nur aus acht erste Klasse Sitzplätzen. Dadurch ist der vordere Teil des Flugzeuges sehr ruhig und entspannt. Nach meinem Abendessen habe ich die nette Flugbegleitung gefragt, ob sie mir den "Turndown Service" für mein Sitz vornehmen kann. Währenddessen bin ich mit meinem Pyjama durch die ganze Maschine gelaufen. Die A340-600 war mal das längste Flugzeug der Welt. Ich sah in meinem Altherren Outfit bestimmt lustig aus. Ich musste feststellen, dass die Economy Klasse noch enger aussieht. Gerne hätte ich die noch die freien erste Klasse Sitze an anderen Passagiere verteilt.

Als ich zurück zu meinem Sitz kam, fand ich ein zwei Meter langes flaches Bett vor. Eine extra Matratze machte das Liegen noch komfortabler. Ein richtiges Kopfkissen und Decke, wie in einem 5 Sterne Hotel, machten das Bett richtig gemütlich.

 

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Sitz 1A mit  Jil Sander Amenity Kit und Van Laack Schlafanzug

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Mein 2 Meter langes Bett über den Wolken

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Service und Catering

Der Service war wirklich überragend und wird an die eigenen Wünsche angepasst. Ich konnte entscheiden zu welchem Zeitpunkt ich esse. Ich genoss das komplette Menu inklusive dem bekannten Kaviar Service von Lufthansa. Falls man zwischendurch mal hungrig werden sollte, kann man man jederzeit etwas von der Speisekarte bestellen oder sich selbst an der kleinen Bar bedienen. Die Speisen haben gut geschmeckt und waren sehr schön dekoriert.

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Der bekannte Kaviar Service von Lufthansa

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Drei verschieden Vorspeisen auf meinem riesigen Tisch

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Lohnt es sich erste Klasse zufliegen?

Das hängt ganz von Deinen persönlichen Bedürfnissen ab. Falls Du den extra Platz und den exklusiveren Service gegenüber der Business Class brauchst, dann solltest Du Dir ein erste Klasse Ticket buchen. Ein wesentlicher Vorteil ist das große Bett, die Sichtblende und die ruhige Kabine. Am Ende kommt man dadurch jedoch auch nicht schneller an sein Ziel. Der Preis für meine Strecke wäre um die 3.000€ gewesen. Das passt nicht jedermann ins Reisebudget. Wenn man das jedoch mit einem Privatjet Flug, der mal gerne 60,000€ eine Strecke kosten kann, vergleicht, ist der Service auf jeden Fall sein Preis wert. Wenn man sich etwas spezielles gönnen möchte, dann am besten zu zweit zu einem besonderen Anlass erste Klasse reisen.

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  • Mein ultra komfortabeler Sitz mit einem verstellbaren Ottman

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Wie kannst Du auch erste Klasse fliegen?!

Du möchtest nicht mehr Economy auf Deinem nächsten Flug reisen ohne ein Vermögen ausgeben zu müssen? Dann registriere Dich bei einem Bonusprogramm bei der Airline oder Allianz mit der Du am häufigsten fliegst und fange an Meilen zu sammeln. Ich reise vornehmlich mit Fluggesellschaften aus der Star Alliance und bin seit Jahren ein Miles and More Mitglied. Da ich sowohl für mein Arbeitgeber und als auch privat sehr viel fliege, habe ich bereits einen höheren Status erreicht. Dieser ermöglicht mir zum Beispiel Zugang zur Business Lounge. Wenn Du geduldig bist dann sammele Meilen auf verschiedenste Weise. Mit dem Miles and More Programm musst Du nicht mal fliegen um Meilen zu sammeln. Du kannst sie z.B. beim bezahlen mit Deiner Kreditkarte erhalten. Prüfe regelmäßig deren Website, um neue Wege herauszufinden wie man Meilen kann und schon bald fliegst auch Du in der ersten Klasse.

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Anflug auf San Francisco

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Annehmlichkeiten and meine Empfehlungen

Die Liste der Annehmlichkeiten is fast endlos. Hier sind meine Favoriten.

  • First Class lounge mit Restaurant
  • Hohes Freigepäck
  • Bevorzugtes Einsteigen
  • Große Auswahl an Speisen und Getränken
  • Amenity Kit, Pyjama and Hausschuhe
  • Turndown Service
  • In-flight Unterhaltungssystem
  • Extra Schallisolierung
  • große Sichtblende
  • Wifi (bei mir hat der Service nicht funktioniert)

Meine Empfehlung beim erste Klasse fliegen: 

  • Buche ein Platz am Fenster
  • Versuche mit der A380 zu fliegen (bei LH: größere Waschräume und bessere Kabinen Belüftung)
  • Fliege mindesten 10 Stunden
  • Besuche die First Class lounge (mindesten 3 Stunden zwischen beiden Flügen)
  • Genieße das komplette Menu inklusive Kaviar
  • Frage nach den "turndown service"

 

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Gewinne mein unbenutztes amenity kit

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Es war wirklich ein erste Klasse Erlebnis. Obwohl ich die 12 Stunden Flug nicht geschlafen habe, habe ich es nicht geschafft alles ausgiebig zu genießen. Ich liebe es auch als Passagier zu fliegen, aber die erste Klasse bleibt für mich der Platz im Cockpit. Man kommt an sein Ziel und man wird dafür sogar noch bezahlt.

First Class Gewinnspiel 

Ich verschenke mein unbenutztes First Class amenity kit von Jil Sander mit La Paraire Produkten, Schlafmaske, Socken, etc. Melde Dich für mein Blog Newsletter an und hinterlasse ein Kommentar mit deiner Lieblings Fluggesellschaft und Du hast die Chance zu gewinnen!

Viel Glück und happy landings!

dein Pilot Patrick

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flying in airberlin business cass

Air Berlin Business Class Review

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"So sehr ich es auch mag selbst zu fliegen, genieße ich genauso die Zeit als Passagier. Vor allem wenn ich komfortabel per Flugzeug reise. "

Mein letzter Fernflug war letzten Januar in der Business Class mit Lufthansa nach Kapstadt. Deshalb war ich super gespannt mit Air Berlin in deren Business Class für einen spontanen Urlaub in die Karibik zu fliegen. Air Berlin bietet "non stop" Verbindungen von Berlin und Düsseldorf zu verschiedenen Zielen in Nordamerika, Mittelamerika und Abu Dhabi an.

Der Hinflug startete mit einer kurzen Verzögerung in Düsseldorf. Der Flug AB7446 startete um 09:50 nach Punta Cana (PUJ) und landete bereits um 14:30 im Paradies. Der Rückflug AB7315 ging direkt nach Berlin, ankunft war um 16:50.  Lese hier mein Review über mein Flugerlebnis in der Air Berlin Business Class.

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https://www.facebook.com/pilotpatrick/videos/1324275320971394/

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Der Sitz

Da Air Berlin keine First Class anbietet, ist die Business Class deren Premium Produkt. Die Business Class befindet sich im vorderen Bereich von deren A330 langstrecken Flotte. Mit gerade einmal 19 Sitzen ist die Kabine angenehm intim und ruhig. Das ist ein großer Vorteil gegenüber anderen großen Airlines, deren Kabinen um einiges größer und lauter sind. Alle Business Class Sitze haben einen direkten Zugang zum Gang und können in ein flaches Bett umwandeln. Ich bin 1,86 m groß und ich konnte mich komplett ausstrecken. Zwar konnte ich bequem auf dem Rücken und der Seite liegen, allerdings fand ich die Sitzbreite ein kleinwenig zu schmal.

Mein Sitz 4K war an der Außenseite direkt am Fenster gelegen. Dies garantierte noch einmal etwas mehr Privatsphäre und bedingt durch die Krümmung der Kabine etwas mehr Platz für die Schulter. Die Plätze am Gang haben den Vorteil, dass man leichter rein und raus kommt. Die sechs Sitze in der Mitte kann ich nur für Paare, die zusammen reisen empfehlen, da diese sehr nahe beieinander liegen.

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Bedauerlicherweise hat meine Bordunterhaltung (inflight entertainment) weder auf dem Hin- noch Rückflug reibungslos funktioniert. Auch empfand ich die Aufbewahrungsmöglichkeiten für persönliche Dinge als nicht ausreichend. Aber es gibt gute Neuigkeiten von der ITB diese Woche. Air Berlin präsentierte ihren neuen Business Class Sitz, den sie optimiert und noch komfortabler gestaltet haben. Die aktuelle Konfiguration wird ansonsten beibehalten.

Service

Eines der Besten Speise- und Getränkeangebote, die ich bisher an Bord eines Flugzeugs erlebt habe. Die Gerichte waren schmackhaft, warm und schön angerichtet. Das Speise- und Getränkeangebot war reichhaltig, die Auswahl groß. Sehr zufrieden war ich mit der Tatsache, dass ich einen Espresso zu meinem Dessert bestellen konnte und das auf Wunsch Zwischenmahlzeiten serviert wurden. Da der vordere Teil der Kabine klein ist, ist der Service so individual wie in einem Restaurant. Zum servieren der Getränke und Speisen werden keine Trollies benutzt. Meiner Meinung nach gab es auf der Karte zu viele Fleischgerichte. Veganer und Vegetarier können jedoch spezielle Speisen vorbestellen. (Auch in der Economy)

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Entertainment

Die Bordunterhaltung bietet Musik, Show, Spiele, Filme und vieles mehr. Die Auswahl an Filmen ist nicht die Größte, aber sie ist gut genug um einen 10 Stunden Flug zu überstehen. Meine Filmempfehlungen: Suicide Squad und Die Insel der besonderen Kinder. Die Kopfhörer sind angenehm zu tragen und reduzieren die Hintergrundgeräusche recht gut.

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Air Berlin exquisite

Air Berlin bietet allen Passagieren, die ein Economy Ticket gekauft haben, an auf ein Business Class upgrade zu bieten. Dieser online Service nennt sich airberlin equisite. Den Preis kannst Du dabei selbst bestimmen. 12 Stunden vor Abflug wirst Du darüber informiert, ob Dein Gebot erfolgreich war. Ich habe diesen Service schon einmal genutzt und war froh in der Business Class nach Miami geflogen zu sein. Das Upgrade hatte mich ungefähr 500€ gekostet. (ein Weg)

Mein Urlaub startete bereits beim betreten des Flugzeugs. Für mich ist es Luxus, wenn ich mich ausstrecken kann und während des Fluges liegend schlafen kann. Der hohe Preis für die Tickets hat sich definitiv gelohnt, vor allem weil ich nur für sechs Nächte in Punta Cana war. So konnte ich den "jet lag" reduzieren!

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Wo kann man buchen?
www.airberlin.com

Wohin?
Non stop von Berlin und Düsseldorf:  Miami (Mia), Los Angeles (LAX), Abu Dhabi (AHU), New York (JFK), Punta Cana (PUJ), Havanna (HAV )  Cancun (CUN), Chicago (ORD) ...

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Annehmlichkeiten der Business Class

  • Willkommensgetränk
  • Amenity Kit mit Kosmetik
  • Decke und Kopfkissen
  • Speise- und Getränkeauswahl
  • Bordunterhaltung
  • Priority boarding
  • Zugang zur Lounge
  • Höhere Freigepäckmenge

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Insider Tipps

  • Reserve a seat free of charge when booking your ticket
  • Exquisite: Du kannst ein Gebot auf freie Plätze in der Business Class abgeben
  • XL Economy Sitze bieten mehr Platz in der Economy Class
  • Registriere Dich beim Top Bonus Programm und sammle Meilen für Freiflüge

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