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APEX Expo and the Lufthansa Flying Lab – LH423 Boston to Frankfurt (PREMIUM ECONOMY – Boeing 747-8i)

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LH423 Boston to Frankfurt in Lufthansa Premium Financial system that includes the Boeing 747-78i – APEX Expo and The Lufthansa Flying Lab

On this journey

LH423 Boston Logan Worldwide Airport to Frankfurt Airport
Lufthansa, Boeing 747-8i, Seat 21Okay – Premium Financial system
Awaiting Miles

Heading down the jetway, there was a delay boarding the aircraft with a backlog of these caught in the queue, and these including to it.

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The damaged escalator didn’t assist.

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Boarding

I used to be welcomed aboard and headed down the cabin.

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So onto surprises, and this to me sums up the Lufthansa Premium Financial system expertise – as the airline determined that sticking a Premium Financial system Cabin between two Financial system Cabins is the biggest concept in the world.

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Sure. Financial system seats earlier than premium financial system. It makes simply as a lot sense as British Airways Mid-J Configuration, the place Premium financial system is sandwiched between First and Enterprise class.

And I’m sorry. Who of their proper thoughts thought this was the greatest placement of a product???

A poor design to say the least, and close to sufficient zero distinction aside from a wider seat in Financial system class.

I’d say it’s a really disappointing implementation to say the least.

Water was already at the seat, and ultimately welcome drinks have been provided. I say ultimately as a result of the flight attendant waited till boarding was principally full earlier than providing them.

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All the legroom

Onto the seat. I’m at the exit row this time (which is good, to say the least), and the 747-8i has a serious distinction to lots of exit doorways I’ve had in the previous – there’s truly room to stretch out with out the emergency slide impending into your private area.

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The seat

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And with a bit extra junk to make my life snug on LH423.

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No air vents on this Boeing 747-8i

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Headphones handed out

The seat stays the ZIM Flugsit Premium Financial system seat… and I continued to wrestle to discover a snug place in it. That might have penalties down the line.

A pre-depature beverage was provided, and menus given out

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Orange and Ardour-fruit juice.

Onto the menu

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Premium Financial system menu for LH423

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Welcome.

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On the menu.

The aircraft was lastly loaded simply after pushback time. Subsequently we have been delayed out of the blocks barely, earlier than we might head on our approach. .

The security video performed – and a minimum of this time I might see it thanks to the overhead monitor above.

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Properly. I can see the video. Beats the A350 video.

Talking of security – this can be a completely new sort to me. Time to research the security card intimately

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Boeing 747-8i security card.

With the video full, the aircraft pushed again and we have been underway.

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Delta Boeing 737 and Emirate 777. And numerous rain.

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Cabin being ready for departure.

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A barely older British Airways Boeing 747-400 arriving.

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Iberia A330-300

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Hainan Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Fortunately, the aircraft wouldn’t have an extended taxi to the runway, and quickly sufficient, the GEnx engines of LH423 powered up for the brief jump over the pond.

With the aircraft clearing the cloud layer shortly, the aircraft climbed to its cruising altitude.

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Up we go…

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Breaking by way of…

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Daylight!

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In the meantime on the overhead display.

That’s the sign for me to discover what’s what on this aircraft.

Firstly, onboard Wi-Fi. There’s onboard Wi-Fi with this aircraft which is a T-Cellular/Panasonic system.

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This time – I didn’t partake of it – primarily as a result of I needed to relaxation and attempt to get some shut-eye on this flight (and on reflection, I ought to have to hold sane).

Subsequent up is the IFE system, and it’s a brand new system to me with it being a Zodiac RAVE system. I’ve seen this demonstrated at a number of Plane Interiors Expo exhibits, s it might be good to do this in a stay state of affairs.

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Zodiac Rave – IFE system deployed

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PS: The USB Socket on this aircraft is in the IFE system. What did I say about consistency in the product?

The system itself very comparable to the Panasonic ex3, because it’s a capacitive contact system as opposed to resistive contact. This provides an expertise that’s like a smartphone or pill. Annoyingly – it makes use of a two-pin audio connector.

It appears Lufthansa can’t even standardise its personal audio output methods on its planes – not to mention anything

As for the headphones, I’m nonetheless understanding which stone age these have come out. They seem like one thing that’s publish-air-tubes, however pre-in-ear headphones (that are fashionable with numerous carriers when it comes to each value and ease of acquiring elements)

The content material on the Boeing 747s is according to what was loaded on the A350 – besides I discovered much more content material than the A350.

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Grasp round. Star Trek. Now we could be speaking…

And extra importantly – content material that was suited to my style. And never simply 2001: A Area Odyssey.

We had Star Trek: The Subsequent Era Season One. 4 Episodes.

Nicely, it’s higher than a kick in the tooth – and it’s good to see Enterprise 1701-D once more together with Jean Luc Picard and co.

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However first, a message from our sponsor.

Drinks and snacks arrived throughout the first service, with a spherical from the bar with some blue packaged cheese cracker issues. Good to digest when watching the Captain “Make it so”.

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It was vodka and cola. Not that I’m predictable when it comes to drinks.

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Make it so!

It made for a great leisure choice as the solar went down.

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A scorching towel service adopted. Once more, a paper towel – however welcome to see in Premium Financial system (and in all probability in Financial system Class).

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Dinner adopted, with a selection of beef or pasta. It was fascinating watching the crew change from an Financial system service to a PE service, and again to financial system service as they progressed by way of the cabin.

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Meal-time (with the JetLite lighting at work)

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The tray.

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Basic branding stays basic.

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The primary meal revealed

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Salad

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It’s pink.

So onto the meal. It’s pink and there’s beef. That’s just about the sum of the meal. It’s described as a BBQ Beef, Inexperienced beans and solar-dried tomato polenta. It was beefy, however … not what I’d name impressed.

With the service cleared down, the crew got here spherical providing further drinks and nightcaps. And I couldn’t resist a Bailey’s and Ice at the crew’s suggestion.

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Ah. Good and dangerous college nights come flooding again. This was a very good night time on LH423.

With the meal service cleared down, the lights went down. I let Star Trek play in the background while I attempted to get snug in the seat.

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Heck, I reclined the factor, prolonged the leg-relaxation, tried sleeping towards the bulkhead. Even tried the sleeping masks in the amenity package.

And what number of hours sleep did I get?

About Zero.

In the finish, I discovered The Massive Bang Principle loaded on the IFE system to maintain the mind going till the breakfast service. Usually, this can be a present I can simply shut down to – however once more – it appears my physique clock shifted to Boston time in a matter of three brief nights.

I might have finished some work, however I simply wasn’t in the temper to. I used to be in that odd spot the place I couldn’t focus, but couldn’t loosen up. Which was annoying to put it bluntly.

And the seat doesn’t assist. I used to be always making an attempt to discover a snug spot that I might chill out in, and struggled for lots of the flight.

Ultimately, the lights got here up with the breakfast service commencing. And it’s very… Germanic breakfast.

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The tray.

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Hmm. Properly. There are some affordable issues right here, there are some issues which might be questionable. This was described as “Watermelon with crumbled feta cheese, served with Brie, Walnut and Black forest ham”. One other fascinating tray from LSG Skychefs right here.

Mints have been handed out too.

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With a further espresso in me, I used to be feeling awake a minimum of – so once we land, I’d be prepared to go on the floor.

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Einmal Kaffee bitte.

With the aircraft being ready for touchdown, headphones have been collected (though why Lufthansa insists on utilizing the issues from the stone age is past me).

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Waking up (once more – displaying the Jetlite cabin, and displaying it working in several zones)

I additionally popped into the toilet to see how bigger or not this stuff are. Not that dangerous…

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Your correspondent wanting a bit worse for put on… and determined want of sleep.

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The financial system cabin in entrance of Premium Financial system. Nope. Nonetheless don’t get the design in any respect.

I hoped onto the LiveTV to see what was happening with the world… however sadly, that ended shortly sufficient as LH423 begun to respectable out of sign vary.

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With the aircraft touchdown in darkness, it made a mild strategy over the Frankfurt space.

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It was darkish.

With ease, LH423 landed safely at its residence base of Frankfurt-am-Fundamental Airport.

With the aircraft on the floor, it started its taxi over to Terminal 1 and the B gates. Seemingly with velocity, the aircraft was directed to a gate at the airport.

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As soon as at the gate, the 4 GEnx engines shut down, finishing LH423’s flight from Boston to Frankfurt.

With the lights up I gathered my gadgets while I might and ready to disembark

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Time to go luggage!

I thanked the crew, and headed off relatively bleary eyed into the vibrant lights of Frankfurt Airport.

General: Lufthansa’s Premium Financial system product continues to confuse me. The implementation on the Boeing 747-Eight isn’t what I might name nice in any respect, with the Premium Financial system Cabin between two financial system cabins. While the ZIM Seat is satisfactory as a recliner, sleeping on this seat was a troublesome ask for me. The catering might had been a stronger contact, however once more – felt half-hearted.

At the very least the crew have been pleasant on this phase – a small spotlight.

Sadly, I feel Lufthansa has loads of work to do on its Premium Financial system product.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Recaro Plane Seating kindly invited Financial system Class and Past, as a visitor on the Lufthansa Flying Lab, in addition to paying for the flights as a part of this.  

Financial system Class and Past attended Apex Expo and Plane Interiors Expo North America’s as a media delegate

All opinions and ideas are the writer’s personal, and aren’t directed by Recaro Plane Techniques, Lufthansa Techniques, APEX or Plane Interiors Expo.


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