Lufthansa Economy Class in the Boeing 747-400 to Dubai
Germany in November: Rain, fog and low temperatures. In order to escape these weather conditions, we looked for a sunny destination very early in February. The decision was made quite quickly for the United Arab Emirates. So we flew on November 03, 2017 with a Boeing 747-400 in Lufthansa Economy Class to Dubai.
Our feeder flight from Leipzig parked, as so often, on an apron position. After our stroller was unloaded, we took the bus to Terminal 1A. From here we had to walk through the "Tunnel des Grauens" into the departure area B. After passport control, where our son became a little impatient due to the waiting time, we made a side trip to the pleasantly empty Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge (Lounge Review).
After an hour and a second breakfast we moved to the Lufthansa Senator Lounge (Lounge Review). Here was already a little bit more activity at our arrival. Nevertheless we found a nice place in the sun with a view of the apron. Our son played a little bit through the lounge and we enjoyed one or the other cocktail.
Lufthansa Economy Class in the Boeing 747-400 – Boarding LH630
Shortly before the beginning of the boarding we made our way to gate B28. This was unfortunately at the other end of terminal area B, so we needed about 10 minutes for the footpath. When we arrived, however, the boarding had not yet begun. Only with 15 minutes delay we were allowed to board the Boeing 747-400 with our son. Our baby stroller, the gb Qbit (Link to Amazon*), we were able to get directly to the gate - with the hope to see him safe and secure again in Dubai - handed over to the employee.
Lufthansa Economy Class in the Boeing 747-400 - cabin
The Lufthansa Economy Class in the Boeing 747-400 consisted of three cabins with a total of 272 seats. The front was the smallest cabin with only three rows (29 - 31). Two compartments of approximately the same size followed, which were separated by the galley. In all three cabins, with the exception of the last five rows, the economy class seats were installed in a 3-4-3 arrangement.
At the online check-in we had reserved three places in row 30. This was the second Economy Class series and was directly behind the Premium Economy. We packed our child seat with airplane certification (Link to Amazon*) to the seat at the window and asked the flight attendant for a belt extension. When we rolled to the runway, our son had already fallen asleep. A blessing!
The colour scheme of the Lufthansa Economy Class in tones of grey and blue looked clean, tidy, but also somewhat unemotional. The height of the headrest could be adjusted and the sides could be folded forward slightly to fix the head. A serious shortcoming of Lufthansa Economy Class seat is in my opinion the thin upholstery, which can become very unpleasant in the long run when sitting.
Since the passenger on the seat behind our son absolutely said he had to play Blackjack and was convinced the harder he tapped against the screen, the cards would be better for him, our son woke up after a good hour's sleep. Accordingly, he was in a bad mood after the ungentle wake-up call! He needed some time until he had calmed down again. Hopefully it disturbed the man on 31A!
Lufthansa Economy Class in the Boeing 747-400 – In-flight Entertainment
Each seat had its own in-flight entertainment touch screen. The range of films, series or music was extensive and well sorted. Headphones were already on our seats during boarding. Since these are rather inferior in quality, I recommend everyone to bring their own. These could be attached via a simple headphone socket to the right of the monitor. There was also a USB socket for charging your own smartphone.
Lufthansa Economy Class in the Boeing 747-400 – Service
About 1:30 hours after the start in Frankfurt a warm lunch was served. For our son we had already pre-ordered a children's meal online. This is possible with Lufthansa, among other special meals, on flights from three hours free of charge. His meal consisted of a pasta salad, pasta with chicken and a cake-pop. In addition, a pack of crayons and a colouring book, which was also the menu, lay on the tray. Of course, our son first jumped at the candy. But that wasn't wrong, because the pasta was still very hot.
Shortly before our son had finished eating, we got our hot meal. We had the choice between chicken and pasta and chose the second one. The dish turned out to be ravioli in a mushroom sauce - okay overall! Since our son kept us very busy during the meal, unfortunately I could not take a picture of the food.
The rest of the flight was quite unspectacular. Our son absolutely wanted to visit the galley and ran again and again in the direction of Business Class. The flight attendants were very friendly and open-minded and showed and explained everything to him.
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Rating Lufthansa economy class on the Boeing 747-400
Altogether, Lufthansa offers a solid product with the Economy class on the Boeing 747-400. The service was friendly and efficient. The catering offered corresponded to the expectations. The thin padded seat makes flying on long-haul somewhat uncomfortable.