My first time flying in first class

My first time flying in first class
04/06/2017 pilotpatrick
my first time flying in first class

In May I spent over two weeks of vacation in California. On the way to San Fransisco, I flew in Lufthansa’s First Class Cabin. I am now excited to share with you this amazing experience. My dream was to fly in First Class before I turn 30. I am so happy that I accomplished this goal. Read in this blog post how you can fly First Class without spending a fortune and how you can be the winner of my giveaway

my first time flying first class

Timelessly elegant design and top-quality materials

My last long range flight with Lufthansa was to Capetown in 2016. On this flight, I was seated in the first row of Business class. During the flight I was wondering how it would be to fly in First Class as traveling in Business class is already luxurious. At this point, I never imagined flying in First Class already one year later.

The first seven years of my aviation career I was working as a First Officer for a private jet company. I got to know the most exclusive flight service possible. That is why I was excited to see the differences between a private jet flight and a First Class flight as a passenger. You probably can imagine how excited I was to go on my flight to San Francisco.

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Lufthansa A340-600 MUC Terminal 2

Lounge and connection

My trip started off luxurious with the limousine service of Blacklane. A comfortable Mercedes S-Class picked me up from home to take me to Berlin Tegel Airport. This service can be booked in more than 250 cities worldwide and is easy to pre-order via an application on your smartphone. In Berlin, I can recommend Blacklane‘s airport transfer in a business class car since it is faintly more expensive than a regular taxi. Their cars are clean and a friendly driver awaits you.

Black lane

Blacklane chauffeur service to Berlin Tegel airport

My flight connection

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

During my short layover in Munich, I visited a First Class Lounge for the very first time. The lounge was located in the new Terminal 2 satellite building and is better than any private jet lounge I have been to. Besides a huge buffet, you could also choose from a la carte menu. While enjoying a refreshment you could watch the air traffic on the apron from cozy seating areas inside and from a terrasse outside. All kinds of facilities are provided for a demanding passenger. Compared to a Business Lounge it was much more exclusive and private. Unfortunately, I could only stay for 1,5 hours in the lounge. Try to get a connection which allows you to stay a minimum of 2 hours to enjoy the lounge the fully.

first class lounge lufthansa

Seat and airplane

My Seat was 1A on an A340-600. This is a window seat in the first row of First Class. I had so much space and storage. I really could not believe it. My seat not only offered direct aisle access but also four windows all for myself. Firstly I had to play around with all the buttons and check out the features of my own little living room above the sky.

The cabin consists only of eight First Class seats creating a really private and calm atmosphere. After dinner, the flight attendant did the turndown service to my seat. In the meantime, I took a small walk through the entire airplane wearing my pyjama. I had the impression that people were staring at me. I probably looked quite silly in this grandpa style outfit. The A340-600 used to be one of the longest aircraft and offers four different booking classes. Honestly, the economy class looked tighter than before. I wish I could have invited them to the free seats up front.

Returning to my seat I found a full flat 2-meter long bed with a mattress topper. A real 5-star bed in the sky.

my first time flying in first class

Seat 1A with Jil Sander Amenity Kit and Van Laack Pyjama

my first time flying in first class

My 2 meter flat bed in the sky

Service and food

The service was exceptional and was tailored to one’s wishes.  You can decide when you want to eat. There are no fixed service times. I enjoyed the full menu including the famous Lufthansa caviar service. If you get hungry during the flight you can always order something from the menu or get sweet and salty snacks from the small bar in front. The food was delicious and nicely decorated.

Famous caviar service in First Class

first class meal service

Three different starters on my huge dining table

Worth it to fly First Class?

This depends solely on your personal needs. If you need the extra space and a more exclusive service then go ahead and fly First Class. A big plus over the Business Class is the larger bed, the privacy shield, and the much smaller cabin. In the end, you do arrive at the same time as everyone else and you have to wait until everyone has boarded to be ready for take off. The price for my route was about 3000€ one way. Definitely not for everyone’s budget, but if you compare it to a private jet which costs 60,000€  the ticket is worth the price. I think if you want to allow oneself a flight in First Class then do it together with someone else at a special occasion.

my firsttime flying in first class
  • My ultra comfortable seat with a movable footrest

How can you fly First Class?

You want to want to fly Economy on your next flight but do not want to spend a fortune to fly Business and First? Then register with the loyalty program of the airline or alliance you fly most of the time and start collecting miles. I usually fly with companies of the Star Alliance and I have been a Miles and More Member for ages. Since I have to travel a lot for my company and also on a private basis I reached a higher status which grants me extra benefits like the lounge access. If you are patient and start collecting miles in every possible way you end up having enough miles to book an award flight. With the Miles and More program you do not necessarily have to fly to earn miles. You can collect them by paying with your credit card or setting up a mobile. Check regularly their website for new ways to earn them and soon you will be flying First Class as well.

 

Lufthansa first class
approaching san francisco

Approaching San Francisco

Amenities and my recommendations

The list of amenities is almost endless. Here are my favorite once

  • First Class lounge with restaurant
  • High baggage allowance
  • Priority boarding
  • Large choice of food and beverages
  • Amenity Kit, pyjama and slippers
  • Turndown Service
  • In-flight entertainment
  • Sound insulation
  • Privacy shield
  • Wifi (really poor connection on my flight)

My recommendations when flying First Class

  • Book a seat at the window
  • Try to fly A380 (LH: bigger lavatories and better cabin air)
  • Fly at least 10 hours
  • Use the First Class lounge (minimum 3 hours between flights)
  • Enjoy the full meal service including the Kaviar
  • Ask for the turndown service

 

amenity kit lufthansa

GIVEAWAY of my unused amenity kit (read below)

It was truly a first class experience. Even though I did not sleep during the whole flight of 12 hours it did not last long enough to enjoy everything in detail. I love to fly as a passenger as well, but the real First Class remains up front in the cockpit. You get to your destination and you even get paid for it!

First Class give away 

I am giving away my unused First Class amenity kit of Jil Sander with La Praire products, sleeping mask, socks, etc. Just subscribe with your email to my blog and leave a comment with your favorite airline below this article and you have the chance to win it!

Good luck and happy landings!

your Pilot Patrick

59 Comments

  1. Brock Artun 6 months ago

    Bro that’s awesome all information about first class that you gave. Looking forward your next experience on sky

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Brock,
      it was a really awesome experience. I hope I have to fly First Class soon again 🙂
      Happy landings
      Patrick

      • Alannah 6 months ago

        Love your blog very much Patrick! I especially love your Irish name as I Am Irish myself. I enjoyed reading your blog as I am a big fan of aviation and often go my to airport near me (ORK). I do hope you continue your fantastic blogs! Keep doing what you are doing I am a huge fan. Aerlingus is my favourite airline

  2. Kinga 6 months ago

    I’m Polish so definitely it’s LOT Polish airlines Greetings!

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello King,
      I only have flown with LOT once. I remember it was nice 😉
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  3. Nia 6 months ago

    Such an awesome and inspiring information, Patrick! Can’t wait to fly to Europe someday, and hopefully in the First Class flight… I only have flown once and I really loved to be in Garuda Indonesia airlines

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Nia,
      thanks for your comment. Hope to see you in Europe soon! I don’t know this airline but I heard it is difficult to fly in Indonesia because of weather and terrain!
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  4. Ramiyah 6 months ago

    I can’t wait to see your next post.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your most precious experiences.

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Ramiyah,
      You are very welcome! I am excited to share that experience.
      Happy landings
      Patrick
      Happy land

  5. Iain 6 months ago

    Great blog post!

    Would love to see you on a Virgin Atlantic sometime to experience the Upper Class product!

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Iain,

      thanks a lot. I would love to try out their flight experience as well.
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  6. Natasha 6 months ago

    Hello Pikot Partick. I enjoy all of your informative blogs. Thanks for the useful information. Over the years I’ve enjoyed and changed my opinions of my fave airlines. Currently for my job to the Caribbean back and forth I prefer Jet Blue. To Europe I loved Air France but it could change if I am able to experience another carrier to Europe. I will be flying Aer Lingus to Munich this summer so maybe they will be my new favorite.
    I hope to be a lucky winner! I am already subscribed to your blogs since a few months now. Do I need to register again to have a chance to win? Have a good day! Safe flying.

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Natasha,
      thanks for your nice comment. No you do not have to subscribe again. Thanks for your support.
      Enjoy your flights and happy landings.
      Patrick

  7. Stacey 6 months ago

    I have not flown in a commercial plane before….soon

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Stacey,
      I hope you will enjoy your first flight ever. It will be really special!
      Patrick

  8. Max 6 months ago

    Lufthansa is everything! I love them

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Max,
      yes in Germany
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  9. Chris 6 months ago

    My fav airline? Very simple: Lufthansa; I can’t exactly explain why but I feel always proud & honoured to be in board of an LH aircraft.

    Best regards,

    Chris

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Chris,
      Lufthansa would be happy to hear this 🙂 They have a great fleet but they need to be faster with their innovations.
      Happy landings
      Patrick
      Happy landings

  10. Irving 6 months ago

    Im from México, so i have flown with Aeroméxico the already dead MEXICANA COPA ( panama)AMERICAN,DELTA,to USA and with Lufthansa on my way to Europe and my fav of Course was lufthansa, it is just better.

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Irving,
      thanks for sharing your opinion. Great you prefer the german airline!
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  11. Sekar 6 months ago

    It’s really nice post Patrick. And absolutely my favourite airlines is Lufthansa, though I’ve never been on Lufthansa but I see it’s really cool..

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Sekar!
      It is a great airline in all booking classes. Hope you have the chance to fly with them soon!
      Happy landings!
      Patrick

  12. Sara 6 months ago

    Hey Patrick, Also meine lieblings Airline ist Emirates♥ gerade auf Langen Flügen für kurze Flüge finde ich auch Air Berlin ganz gut..Hat nicht jede Airline +/- Punkte LG.Sara

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hallo Sara,
      cool ich hatte bis jetzt nur das Vergnügen auf der ITB in Emirates Sitzen Platz zu nehmen. Ja das stimmt. Airberlin finde ich auch super da sie Langstreckenflüge ab Berlin anbieten.
      Happy landings!
      Patrick

  13. Alan 6 months ago

    What an amazing experience. Great advice and yes really worthwhile enjoying all the other amenities that First Class offers… I guess it about the complete experience from the moment they pick you up at home, the lounge and the luxurious flight. Just wanted to ask if they provide transfer to your hotel when you arrive at your destination airport?

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Alan,

      The transfer was booked via blacklane and did not include to the first class flight. The way from San Francisco I drove with my rental car I picked up at the airpot.
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  14. sindylc 6 months ago

    Thanks for sharing. It’s very interesting and I wondered does “first class” available in every airline or flight? For long distance it’s definitely great to have some good food and good sleep.
    In my opinion, first class, economy or whatever .. the passengers are in the same plane to the same destination.It’s like a bus or train trip but in the air. Why should I pay so much for a extra PJ, extra goodies and a glass of champagne?
    Oh by the way, is this taxi ride included in this first class experience ?
    When the plane bring me from place A to B, I had some sleep and I was a happy person. I will skip all this extra goodies.

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Sindylc,

      not every airline provides a first class. Most offer a business class since this is already a really good standard and offers enough space. But the truth is that the airlines make the money with the people flying in Business and First Class and not the people in Economy class. No the taxi ride was not included this was booked via blacklane.
      Happy landings
      PAtrick

  15. Alex Zhuk 6 months ago

    Etihad Airways Mein Flug FRA-AUH war einfach perfekt.

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hallo Alex,
      cool mit Etihad würde ich auch gerne mal fliegen!
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  16. Brian Lozano 6 months ago

    Well written blog post! Great suggestions. I’ll be flying to Amsterdam this upcoming Christmas so these tips will come in handy. I may even try to fly first class! I actually have two favorite airlines: Delta and Virgin

  17. Pascal Housieaux 6 months ago

    Lufthansa the best one especially it’s A350 bird

  18. Ahmad 6 months ago

    Hi Pilot Patrick. Absolutely love yiur blog. Your kast trip on the first class seems incredible. I have not tried different airlines much. But I hear that Fly Emirates are good. But I think I will be trying Lufthansa this summer as I visit Germany for the first time 🙂

  19. Kenneth 6 months ago

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I prefer Lufthansa. Its a company which supports the needs of the customers very good. The flights are always perfect and the atmosphere on board very exciting. Hopefully i will fly with Lufthansa in the future.

  20. UMI NADHIRA 6 months ago

    You are so lucky Mister. I hope someday I can experience it too although until now I’ve never flown. Hehehe

  21. Pieter 6 months ago

    We experienced different airlines over the past years. And I can definitly say that the crew is more important then the airplane/airline. The crew can give you a pleasant flght, even in economy! Favorite airline is KLM! (because i’m Dutch!)

  22. ily hanisah 6 months ago

    Hiii… well, i tried Lufthansa before from Paris to Berlin. The staffs are really friendly and the breakfast is so cute with small choco bear and apple with nice cheese sandwich! Never in my life an airlines gave me chocolate and 1 whole apple! ^_^ So, on top of the short flight experience is Lufthansa and the long flight is Qatar ^_^

  23. Yuliana Grinke 6 months ago

    Hallo Patrick!
    Vielen Dank für deinen Blogpost über deine durchgemachten Erfahrungen in der “First Class”. Mir war es sehr interessant zu lesen. Auf deiner Seite in Instagram habe ich mal als Feedback dir geschrieben über deine wunderschöne Arbeit und bezüglich meiner Angst zu fliegen. Jedoch vor einigen Jahren musste ich sehr oft mit meiner Familie fligen. Ich meine für mich “oft” fast jede Woche☺️ Und da ich aus Russland stamme, haben wir die “Aeroflot Russian Airlains” immer gewählt. Und bis jetzt zählt dieses in Russland zu den “Erstklassigen Airlains”. In Deutschland hatte ich leider noch keine Gelegenheit zu fliegen. Ich hoffe ich werde bald meine kleine (große ) Ängste überwinden. Und mit der Welt erkundigen beginnen) Aber erstmals nachhause Und wenn dann natürlich nur die Lufthansa‍✈️‍✈️

    Danke

    P.S.: Mit welcher Airlain gefällt dir am liebsten zu Fliegen?! Welche für dich nach den allen gesammelten Erfahrungen die Beste war oder mit der dir am Komfortabelsten war. Wäre interessant zu wissen.

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hallo Yuliana,

      thanks for your comment and sharing your thoughts. Ich hoffe du kannst deine Ängste überwinden und das Reisen genießen. Ich fliege gerne mit Lufthansa. In der Business Class gefällt mir Air Berlin und Swiss aber besser!
      Happy landings!
      Patrick

  24. Marisol 6 months ago

    Hi Patrick !
    WOW congrats your blog is amazing ! I am learnig a lot from you about your travels thru the world ! And this experience of yours on First Class captivated me so much. I’ve been following you just recently somehow I cross by your account on IG. And have become an instant fan ! I am from Puerto Rico and had travelled a bit but my fav airline so far was Qatar Airlines. I am crazy to have someday a First Class experience. And also look forward to travel in Lufthansa for the 1st time as well. Would love to win your giveaway from your Lufthansa flight.

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Marisol,

      thanks for your nice comment and your support! I hope you have a nice first flight with Lufthansa.
      Many greetings to Puerto Rico!
      Patrick

  25. Thomas 6 months ago

    Hi Patrick, great post. I have to say that my favorite airline is Emirates first. It is a great experience on the a380 in first. The next on my list is Singapore business class when I have enough points

  26. Charlie 6 months ago

    Greetings Patrick!

    It is always an informative pleasure following your adventures! I have only ever flown First Class on Emirates but Lufthansa also looks wonderful! You are very lucky indeed although you have no doubt worked very hard for it!
    My favourite airlines are Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand. Both have excellent Business Class lounges and service if you ever get the chance.
    Safe travels and smooth landings!

    Charlie

  27. Javier 6 months ago

    I have flown a lot in the past 20
    Years and I have to say Emirates airlines has been super good.

  28. Renate.E 6 months ago

    Meine favourite ist British Airways

  29. Alexander 6 months ago

    My favorite airline is Icelandair. They’re offering a very charming service on their flights to Iceland and it’s adorable to fly on the Boeing 757. Góð ferð!

  30. vanessa 6 months ago

    What an insightful post. Thank you for sharing your experiences and recommendations. I will be gathering all the miles i can, for sure. My favorite airlines are Lufthansa and KLM.

  31. Andreas 6 months ago

    Being on board of Lufthansa means a lot for me I’m always very proud and my life goal is being a pilot for Lufthansa,so my favourite airline is lufthansa
    Best greetings

    Andreas

  32. Thaddäus 6 months ago

    My favourite airline is cathay pacific:)
    Bei denen gabs Häagen Dazs eis haha 😀

  33. Ayu oka 6 months ago

    Hi….Pilot Patrick
    Your blog is very amazing and thank you for sharing your experiences. My favorite airline is Garuda Indonesia.

    Best regards

    Ayu oka

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Ayu oka,
      thanks for your nice comment.
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  34. Wade Freeman 6 months ago

    Hi Patrick,

    Any chance you would be prepared to give away some of your used underwear as well?
    Thanks

  35. UMI NADHIRA 6 months ago

    Mr. Pilot Patrick, when you still a kid did you feel exited when you see airplane? For example you will run outside if the plane fly above your house. I did that looong time ago. Here many kids still do that. Hehehe

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 6 months ago

      Hello Umi,

      thanks for your comment. Check one of my first blog post. There you will find the answer 😉
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  36. Miłosz Gondek 6 months ago

    I prefers LOT Polish Airlines – simplicity is best! But the best place in aircraft is in the cockpit. I’m a pilot and this my greatest passion!! Sunrise seen from 10,000 meters.. you know. Wonderful!

  37. Timo 6 months ago

    Nice blog entry and full of useful information. Cannot decide between LH and Emirates. Both quality at its finest.

  38. Ndzi Divine 4 months ago

    What a wonderful experience Bro. See you soon again in the sky.

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