Lufthansa has upped the pleasure quotient for a beautiful escape….
Airbus A380 launches a new dimension in travel
Mercedes-Benz new S-Class model launch. The A380 is the “S” class of aviation. The Mercedes-Benz “S-Class” is the perfect alinement of both technology. 2013 S-Class launch ahead of the curve. New Mercedes-Benz S-class unveiled via @Telegraph http://soa.li/i18Wi2S
Wish on a Star app! http://wishingstars.lufthansa.com/
Apps and mobile website for smartphones in a new design. mobile.lufthansa.com
Each week, Lufthansa issues more than 300,000 electronic boarding passes. About 1,000 tickets a day are booked on mobile phones.
The apps are available in twelve languages. To download an app, click on the appropriate link:
- iPhone (iOS) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lufthansa/id299219152?l=de&ls=1&mt=8
- Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lufthansa.android.lufthansa
Since the introduction of the Lufthansa app in January 2008, more than five million users have installed it on their devices. An update is now available for apps that have already been installed.
Yoko Ono Exhibition 2013. http://www.schirn.de/en/exhibitions/2013/yoko-ono/yoko-ono-exhibition.html
Western Europe: The Fall Getaway special. Toronto to Barcelona and more destinations in Western Europe. www.lufthansa.com
View of Lufthansa Airport (2010) from Lufthansa Aviation Center (LAC), Frankfurt, Germany
Luft is the German word for “air”.
Hansa is a medieval trading group. Thus, the creation of the name “Lufthansa”. Lufthansa Airlines carry 4.9 million passengers per month. Lufthansa travels to 200 destinations in over 80 countries, including daily flights to Beijing, Johannesburg, New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Houston. Lufthansa Aviation Center (LAC) is stationed in the modern and beautiful city of Frankfurt, Germany, and is a testiment to sensitive stewardship of the airline’s employees. LAC sports indoor gardens, modern employee cafeteria and lounge with wraparound views of the Frankfurt skyline, and a state-of-the-art air purification system makes for one heck of a green space working environment in a large city. The lovely city of Hamburg, Germany is where several class of aircraft, including the new A380, are outfitted and made ready for delivery. www.airbus.com
Lufthansa’s new flagship double-deck, 526-seat Airbus A380 http://www.lufthansa.com/online/portal/lh/ca/specials?l=en is the largest, greenest passenger aircraft in the world. As of 2012 Lufthansa has ten A380 aircraft in the air with more A380 on order. Frankfurt, Germany is home base for the fuel efficient wide-body jet outfitted with four Rolls Royce Trent engines and a Global Positioning System for precision runway landing and take-off positions.
The Frankfurt separate stand-alone First Class air terminal complex service offers the amenities of a small luxury hotel, including fine dining and extravagant cocktail lounge serving almost 90 whiskies. You’ll find spacious bathrooms with both huge soaker bath and separate shower and fluffy bathrobes in which to wrap yourself afterwards. Private rooms to take a nap are indispensable for long-haul flights; and the spacious Cigar Lounge with mini-bar serving exclusive brands comes in handy for casual business meetings. The Business Lounge which offers private office units equipped with telephone, internet kiosk, laptop sockets, WLAN and office stationary, is state-of-the-art. The Service Centre offers the use of a printer, photocopier and fax machine. Transport from the separate Frankfurt First Class terminal to the aircraft is by chauffeured shuttle in a Porsche or Mercedes-Benz and only takes a few minutes.
A personal assistant greets you in the foyer of the First Class Terminal and promptly and discreetly handles all of the formalities for your journey, and will accompany you through security and see that you are checked in for your flight. It is possible to arrive at Frankfurt’s First Class separate terminal and clear exit immigration and find yourself in the aircraft within twenty minutes. But then you’d miss all that exquisite imported wine in the private lounge. Take note: the separate First Class Terminal at Frankfurt Aiport is for use by passengers flying Lufthansa First Class or Miles & More HON Circle members and only on a flight operated by Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines Group, Lufthansa Regional, Lufthansa, or SWISS.
For those passengers using First Class or Business Class in the main Frankfurt terminal, access to the second tier of the A380 is by separate entrance for passenger convenience. There are eight seats in First Class. Seats recline to a flat bed dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets by Fleuresse, mattress by Paradies, and a temperature-regulating duvet for personal passenger comfort. Two bathrooms similar in size to that found in many Manhattan apartments service the First Class cabin. The men’s loo is discreetly hidden away in the First Class bathroom. Amenity kit by Porsche Design with La Mer beauty products, garment bag for clothes (while you change into PJs) and turn-down service quietly announce a new way to experience the sky.
Lufthansa has upped the pleasure quotient for First Class with personally adjustable partition screens for seats, a cabin humidification system that assists with jet lag, personal wardrobes with locks, and ottomans for storage space. It’s like a little world of your own making. Dining is Michelin Star Chef-designed with wine chosen by Markus Del Monego, Lufthansa’s sommelier. Entertainment options are state-of-the art and include a 17-inch LCD personal screen. There is a power supply for worldwide electronic connections (iPhone USB Ports). Business Class is on the second deck of the aircraft with 98 seats that recline fully for sleeping. Economy Class is spacious and takes up the entire first deck of the aircraft with separate access terminal-to-aircraft. Lufthansa has ordered 15 A380s. Additional routes added as A380s are delivered.
The First Class Frankfurt lounge is open daily 5:30 am to 10:30 pm. Valet parking at Frankfurt and Munich hubs for First Class passengers and HON Circle Members affords true luxury in travel. Limousine service is available at Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Geneva airports and also provided by partner airlines Austrian Airlines Group and SWISS at the Frankfurt airport.
One aspect of the Frankfurt International Airport I especially liked is the opportunity to walk within the terminal after passing through exit customs to the Sheraton hotel which has 1,000 rooms. The shopping along the way to the Sheraton is excellent and exciting with a miriad of luxurious items in shop windows. It’s all so very inviting with a friendly ambiance. You’ll be hard pressed not to find what you want in the way of food, clothes, jewellery and luggage.
Another excellent hotel but on a smaller scale is Villa Kennedy, about a fifteen-minute cab ride from Frankfurt’s International Airport. Villa Kennedy hotel is but a ten-minute trolley ride to the train terminal in the centre of Frankfurt where you’ll find historic buildings, small museums, open-air farmer’s markets selling Frankfurt’s famous apple wine and many organic food items. Villa Kennedy has the largest ballroom in Germany.
Beginning on the 1st of January in 2012 Lufthansa offers First and Business Class passengers on long-haul flights from the USA to Germany exclusive Star Chef menus created by the chefs of the luxury hotel group, Mandarin Oriental. The menus are designed and developed every two-months by the chefs of the Mandarin Oriental hotels in San Francisco, New York, Miami and Washington. The Star Chef series begins with the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco. Culinary delights will be prepared from the enormous choice of fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers and the high-quality fresh fish and seafood, combining European culinary techniques with the flavours of Asian cuisine. Mandarin Oriental currently operates the world’s most prestigious hotels in 26 countries in Asia, America and Europe.
First and Business Class passengers travelling from Tokyo or Nagoya experience cuisine created by top chefs from the luxury hotel ‘The Peninsula Tokyo’. On flights from Osaka enjoy the culinary skills of the Swissôtel Nankai Osaka. All four Star Chefs involved (Adam Mathis, Teruyuki Kojima, Gerhard Gerber and Masahiko Ikebe) have many years of culinary experience and have already received countless awards. For those First and Business Class passengers on flights travelling to and from India Farman Ali and Surender Mohan serve the highest quality Indian cuisine. Their latest menu creations will be available on board from March 2011. Both chefs work in the restaurants of the Leela Group, a luxury hotel chain in India.
In 2010 for the whole of the year First Class and Business Class passengers on flights from China to Germany were treated to two outstanding chefs’ culinary creations from the luxury hotel, The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai.
Two heads are better than one
In January and February 2012, twins Thomas and Mathias Sühring are at the helm for the Star Chef menus in Lufthansa’s premium classes on long-haul flights from Germany. The brothers, who were born in Berlin in 1977, are chefs at ‘Mezzaluna’, one of Bangkok’s top restaurants . “Twin chefs” is a new concept, and one which hopes to tantalize its guests with a unique blend of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. Thomas Sühring served his chef’s apprenticeship at the Hilton Hotel in Berlin and subsequent jobs included working for Executive Chef Heinz Beck at La Pergola Restaurant in Rome. His brother Mathias trained at Berlin’s Maritim proArte Hotel and later worked for Dutch chef Jonnie Boer at his restaurant in Zwolle. The twins perfected their culinary skills together working for Sven Elverfeld at the Ritz-Carlton in Wolfsburg.
Markus Del Monego travels the world for Lufthansa passengers, seeking the finest wines to serve on Lufthansa First and Business Class flights. Markus was named sommelier world champion by international wine experts. He supports Lufthansa with Vinothek Discoveries, offering a unique selection of fine wines very two-months. On all intercontinental flights, First and Business Class passengers are offered a wine list with detailed descriptions, origin and vintage of each wine. http://bit.ly/xVDrdn
mobile.lufthansa.com mobile booking and rebooking options. Download the new Lufthansa apps even faster: simply enter http://mobile.lufthansa.com/lp/bkm into your smartphone’s browser. Your smartphone type will be recognised automatically and the correct app version prepared for download.
Location of Lufthansa First Class Terminal:
The Frankfurt First Class Terminal is in the immediate vicinity of Terminal 1. You can reach it by car via the access road to Terminal 1: take the turning on the right signposted ‘First Class Terminal’ approximately 200 metres before Terminal 1. If you are arriving by public transport, the First Class Terminal is just a few minutes’ walk away from Terminal 1.
If you are a Frequent Traveller your companions can choose between the Lufthansa Business Lounges in Germany and the USA and the Welcome Lounge at Frankfurt Airport. One-off entry costs €25 or US$35 for the Business Lounges and €50 or US$70 for the Welcome Lounge. As a Senator you are already able to invite one companion, as well as your own children under 18, to join you in Lufthansa Senator Lounges free of charge. Additional companions can purchase entry to the Lufthansa Senator Lounges in Germany and the USA. One-off entry costs €40 or US$50. Of course Senators‘ companions can also purchase entry to the Lufthansa Business Lounges in Germany and the USA and the Welcome Lounge at Frankfurt.
Frankfurt airport: Change of Gate letter from A to Z
Frankfurt airport, Germany’s most important gateway, will soon be expanded by the Pier A-Plus. To integrate the new pier into the existing infrastructure the first preparatory steps are being taken already. Gates in the Non-Schengen area in Terminal 1, Pier A will be re-named, overnight on 23 November 2011: Gates A51 to A65 will now be called Gates Z11 to Z25. The opening of the new pier is planned for summer 2012. Besides 23 new gates the passengers will find attractive shopping opportunities here as well as five new Lufthansa Lounges.
Special parking spaces at Lufthansa Airport, Frankfurt, Germany: Reserved Spaces in the Underground Parking Facilities at Terminal 1 – access via P4, row 225 * Terminal 2 – access via P8, level U4, row U417. http://www.frankfurt-airport.com/content/frankfurt_airport/en.html
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The world’s largest passenger aircraft. What it takes to get off the ground. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfiVpOTZu9U&feature=related
A380 virtual tour virtual tour www.lufthansa.com/a380
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http://www.lufthansa.com/ca/en/Car-Rental-3 with AVIS & SIXT
Find your Lufthansa airport lounge. http://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/Lounges
Lufthansa FlyNet® and GSM technology available. http://www.lufthansa-flynet.com/?l=en
http://bit.ly/xM5CaQ Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center
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www.sheraton.com/frankfurt Airport connected to hotel by walkway. Excellent shopping indoors
Lufthansa A380 http://bit.ly/yiZUsO virtual tour of first class A380
Lufthansa Airlines held a contest for one lucky winner to join the inaugural A380 May 19, 2010 inaugural flight in Germany. The winner came from the USA. John’s essay on the future of flight won him a fabulous adventure with Lufthansa on the new A380 aircraft.
Text and images copyright by May DeLory