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Lufthansa Has Really Hit Rock Bottom In Economy Class

I flew from LAX-FRA aboard the A380 last Friday and did economy class again because…well, we’re tightening our belts and my miles are not unlimited.

Lufthansa 457 Los Angeles (LAX) – Frankfurt (FRA) Friday, January 31st Depart: 03:30 PM Arrive: 11:30 AM1 Duration: 11hr, 00min Aircraft: A380-800 Seat: 72H (Economy Class)

In one sense, this flight was better than last time. Instead of a middle seat in the last row, I had an aisle seat toward the front of the economy class cabin. That aisle seat truly makes all the difference.

Since Lufthansa’s A380s do not have in-seat power beyond a USB plug, I came prepared with a power bank. That does not mitigate the fact that Lufthansa still does not (and probably never will) put power ports on its A380s in economy class.

I also brought along a Wi-Fi pass from first class, which saved me 29.00EUR. Lufthansa has jettisoned Wi-Fi without data caps and now offers three sized-based data packages. 1GB will set you back 29.00EUR:

I find it pathetic that while many carriers who once capped data are moving to an unlimited model, Lufthansa has introduced data caps.

Then again, the internet was so busy there were not enough IP addresses on the router for everyone to connect. I encountered this error message for over two hours:

(Once others went to sleep, I was finally able to get online, but the internet was so slow it wasn’t useable). “High-speed” internet? Don’t make me laugh…

Lufthansa has eliminated re-usable headphones in favor of single-use disposable ones. These simply don’t work well (sound quality horrible), so bring your own.

And those IFE screens….they are so overdue for a refresh. They lag and do not offer a crisp picture. So sad that this is Lufthansa’s flagship product. I passed the time by playing games…

According to the purser, the crew was “short-staffed” so we were warned meal service would be delayed. I wasn’t too concerned, since I had enjoyed a nice Persian lunch before the flight in Glendale.

But it took three hours to complete the meal service. That’s pretty sad. The meal choices are always the same, including chicken strips in teriyaki sauce or penne pasta with marinara.

For a change of pace, I chose the chicken strips, which would have been better had I actually been hungry.

If you are hungry betweenen meals, pretzels and Kit Kat bars are available.

But here’s where Lufthansa has really hit rock bottom.

Oddly, according to the flight menu posted online (Lufthansa posts menus for each flight in all classes), breakfast still appeared to be eggs:

Alas, we received the most disgusting sandwiches I have seen on an airplane. Seriously, Lufthansa? Seriously?

The sandwich smelled so bad (the cheap bread, the cheap cheese, the cheap egg salad) I did not even take a bite. Neither did my seatmates, or the seatmates across the aisle from me.

Lufthansa should not even waste time with this horrible offering. This is not a breakfast but an insult to passengers, especially considering United serves a full breakfast on a similar routes.

The flight attendants. Oh, the flight attendants.

I know they were short-staffed, but they were also short-tempered. They were just going through the motions and clearly unhappy. I asked for water with dinner and I was told that there was just coffee and tea available (even though there was water bottles on the cart!).

Lufthansa ran out of of breakfasts (lucky people) and the flight attendants starting arguing with one another in front of passengers over what to do.

It wasn’t even a full flight…

CONCLUSION

While this was a better flight for me, since I didn’t wind up in a middle seat in the last row, I’d say it was a worse flight for everyone else onboard. Lufthansa service, IFE, and especially catering has taken a dive.

I’m so sad that one of my favorite airlines in the world offers such an inferior product in economy and business class.

This was the nail in the coffin for me. Going forward, it’s first class or nothing on Lufthansa.

About Author

Matthew Klint

Matthew is an avid traveler who calls Los Angeles home. Each year he travels more than 200,000 miles by air and has visited more than 135 countries. Working both in the aviation industry and as a travel consultant, Matthew has been featured in major media outlets around the world and uses his Live and Let’s Fly blog to share the latest news in the airline industry, commentary on frequent flyer programs, and detailed reports of his worldwide travel.

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What on earth are airlines thinking in serving egg salad on a plane. It is one of the most disgusting smells imaginable. I can’t even imagine that flight given 300 of them being served at once. Not to be crude but it would be the equivalent of 300 passengers with flatulance all releasing at the same time. Would a simple ham and cheese croissant be so difficult?

And here we go with the Russians and in this case Aeroflot…Jon, have u ever flown on Aeroflot. ….try it for ones. you will be rather surprised…the days of the soviet carrier are long gone…since 1991 to be precise…regards.

First class on lufthansa ain’t no great shakes either, at least for non-Germans. I flew FRA-ORD in F last month, and unless you were German, they would hardly give you the time of day, both on the ground and in the air. No way would I go out of my way to fly F on LH again. The First Class terminal was filled with frowny somber staff and even more frowny pax. In interactions with 12 staff in the lounge and on the plane exactly 2 managed a smile: the shower attendant in the lounge and the purser on the plane. No thanks.

I recently experienced similar disappointment on a Lufthansa Bangkok to Budapest (via Frankfurt) trip. Every leg of the journey both directions was fraught with failures. The food, the service and the equipment were all more like an ultra low cost carrier. I have had better service and food on AirAsia. Lufthansa is far from deserving of their status as a five star (or even 4 star) airline. It seems current management is trying to drive down the airline to justify breaking it up and selling it piecemeal. My experience was so poor, I would not consider wasting money or miles on an upgrade.

The cost of the ticket is not relevent,only the comparison to to similar flights. In which case LH falls down badly. The upgrades on seat and entertainment is never going to happen now that other A380 operators are mothballing there fleets, as to the grumpy staff, this is rarer now than it used to be, the old failing Iberia used to be the worst,if you wernt spanish then never complain ,no one would ever listen, any dispute between spanish and non spanish passengers addressed through the staff only went one way. These days airlines very much tend to mix staff nationalities and this takes away the problem, took A380 london to colombo with Emerites yesterday and tge cabin crew consisted of 14 staff of 8 nationalities speaking 18 languages,as usual. the economy class was first rate ,masses of leg room,good food good service,cost just over £300

If I fly to Germany economy I avoid LH like the plague. I’d rather fly LX or AC over LH if it’s Star Alliance. I’d rather even connect via CDG or LHR and fly AF or BA to get to Germany, my last eco flight on Delta to Frankfurt via Detroit was actually really good too.

Lufthansa has zero service. Their CEO Carsten Spohr just milks the passengers and cut down everything. The service is ultra bad. While other airlines put 3-3-3 in economy Lh puts 3-4-3. I really avoid them at all costs

Not sure the A380 is their flagship. Does LH call it that too? As for the rest is it seems fairly standard economy class fare. UA served you a warm breakfast but I’ve had an equally poor breakfast experience on AA in the past and also BA. Same goes for the Wi-Fi, same also went for the IFE screens on the aircraft on both of those before mentioned airlines plus KLM and SAS. (their breakfast was a bit better though) Life outside the premium cabins generally speaking sucks on flights over 4 hours.

Basically if you want more pay more. Anyway the only important issue is getting there alive and Lufthansa does that fairly well

My daughters and I flew Lufthansa from Cairo to Canada to visit my ailing parents. It was a gloomy flight before we even boarded. The seats were indeed horrible and hard. Headrests were missing on the seats ahead of us and the people were told put the pillow behind their heads. Once the person in front of you reclines their seat. They are literally in your lap. We also were told that they were having issues with their caterers… We had a blue Cheese and mystery white stuff basically throw on the tables… No pretzels no fruit no granola bar… Just the damn dry smelly sandwich. Thank God there was coffee. Horrid coffee but still coffee. The way the seat layouts have become with added seats – I was sitting in the seat beside what was once an emergency exit and spent the trip from cairo to frankfurt with the door frame stuck into my shoulder forcing me to seat semi sideways. My daughter was flush to the bathroom door. I mean she was so close to the door that she actually could kiss the butt of every passenger who tried to squeeze into the bathroom in the avaliable room between her and the door. And yes the stewards were beyond short tempered. Rude and aggressive to several passengers during the flight. I’m sure it doesn’t lufthansa one single ioda but never ever ever again will I choose this airline.

That sandwich looks like something Aeroflot would serve. Only reason I’ll be flying LH this year is to fly on the 747-800. Other than that, I’ll avoid.

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It‘s called 747-8 and not 747-800. So many people get that wrong. Older one: 747-400 Newer one: 747-8

I think we should just be given meal vouchers 20 when you checkin. You are free to buy your own meals and water.

1) What a joke that LH is a Skytrax Five star airline (while TK has three stars) 2) Looks terrible but still a lot better than SAS, whose long-haul Y must be the worst within Star Alliance. Thankfully, I’ve only travelled in SAS Y once (one way ARN-ORD in a bulkhead seat) but they charge for everything except one (!) single soft drink for the entire flight and don’t have any meal options what so ever. Since I live in Stockholm, Sweden (and have a Diamond card with SK) I constantly hear both consumers and SK staff complaining about SK’s Y service and I recommend everyone to fly with another airline if possible. That said, I think that SK’s premium economy product is pretty good and their business class decent. 3) It was a similar experience on a cramped, awful plane in the spring of 2014 that made me swear to never, ever travel in economy class again. It’s just not worth it (for me as a 6’5″ male).

I’m (currently) a Lufthansa Senator, and not even one of the more experienced ones since I only started traveling for business roughly 10 years ago. As my home base is Munich I don’t have many effective alternatives to Lufthansa. Let me get this straight: The down trend is horrific, and the pace is even increasing. Economy or Business, doesn’t matter (I’m usually flying y in short/midhaul and Y, Y or C on long haul, depending on upgrade availability and budget). I don’t even consider calling it catering what they offer on narrowbodies (apart from drinks), its a joke. They even managed to shrink the already hilarious chocolate bars in short haul eco which they call a “snack” (those are close to an insult to pax). Space on the neos? Shrinked! Headsets on long haul? Shrinked! Meal size on long haul C? Much smaller than a few years ago. Amenity kits in long haul C? cheapest crappy ones on the market now (rumors are they will remove them entirely). Crew size in long haul? Shrinked (one of the reasons to shrink the 2nd meal and cut nightly drink service is to save one crew member in Y). The list is ENDLESS. Its like a bad dream and nobody knows when the bottom will be reached. But what can I do if they offer the most direct flights from my home place? Connections in the US aren’t fun if you arrive from international, so thats not really an alternative even… So being in the lucky position to have sen status I can eat properly at the still okayish lounges, fight for some drinks on the plane and then try to sleep… But the situation is really bad and I fear the day I might lose status. Just pathetic that they advertise themselves with that 5-Star-BS, I’m so tired of it… And I fear that this is not even rockbottom yet.

The interesting thing is that the lounges, both business and Senator have gotten better. I am also thankful for access to them.

We also experienced the horrible breakfast sandwiches to and from Europe. My whole family used to love their service but now ranks them with United.

Powerbanks und Lufthansa: Was Sie wissen müssen

Mit 31 noch immer nichts von meiner Begeisterung für Elektronikgeräte verloren, beschäftige ich mich sowohl privat als auch beruflich mit Themen aus dem Elektronik- und IT-Bereich. Selbst hatte ich beispielsweise schon über 50 Navigationsgeräte in Händen und habe weit über 100 Smartphones getestet.

Mit dem technologischen Fortschritt haben sich auch die Geräte weiterentwickelt, auf die wir im täglichen Leben angewiesen sind. Eine davon ist die Powerbank – ein tragbares Gerät, mit dem Sie Ihr Telefon oder andere elektronische Geräte aufladen können, ohne eine Steckdose zu benötigen. Aber können Sie eine Powerbank mit auf eine Flugreise nehmen? Und wenn ja, wie lauten die Regeln für Flüge mit einer Powerbank bei der Lufthansa? Schauen wir uns das mal an.

Powerbanks im Flugzeug

Powerbanks für Flugzeuge sind ideal für Vielflieger und alle, die auch unterwegs in Verbindung bleiben müssen. Diese unglaublich vielseitigen, energieeffizienten Geräte laden Telefone, Tablets, Notebooks und andere elektronische Geräte schnell und mühelos auf. Darüber hinaus sind viele Powerbanks für Flugzeuge kompakt und verfügen über eine lange Akkulaufzeit, so dass Sie auch bei langen Flugverspätungen oder Zwischenlandungen mit Strom versorgt werden können. Ein beliebtes Modell ist zum Beispiel so klein, dass es in die Tasche eines Rucksacks passt und dennoch genug Saft für zwei Geräte auf einmal liefert. Mit einer Powerbank für Flugzeuge können Reisende von Anfang bis Ende an der Steckdose bleiben, egal wohin die Reise geht.

Sind Powerbanks im Flugzeug erlaubt?

Aufgrund der jüngsten Entwicklungen in der Welt der Technik ist die Frage, ob Powerbanks im Flugzeug mitgeführt werden dürfen oder nicht, zu einem Diskussionspunkt geworden.

Die Passagiere befürchten oft, dass diese Powerbanks ein elektrisches Risiko darstellen könnten, wenn sie in der Kabine nicht richtig gehandhabt werden – daher haben einige Fluggesellschaften strenge Vorschriften für die Mitnahme von Powerbanks an Bord.

Was ist in Verbindung mit Powerbanks bei Lufthansa erlaubt?

Lufthansa erlaubt Passagieren die Mitnahme von bis zu zwei Lithium-Ionen-Ersatzakkus auf ihren Flügen, sofern sie bestimmte Kriterien erfüllen. Diese Batterien müssen einzeln vor Kurzschlüssen geschützt und räumlich von anderen Gegenständen getrennt sein, damit sie während des Transports keinen Schaden anrichten können. Außerdem darf jeder Akku nicht mehr als 100 Wattstunden (Wh) pro Zelle oder 160 Wattstunden (Wh) pro Akku haben und darf nur im Handgepäck aufbewahrt werden – im aufgegebenen Gepäck dürfen sie zu keiner Zeit aufbewahrt werden. Für Powerbanks miteiner höheren Leistungskapazität ist eine vorherige Genehmigung der Fluggesellschaft erforderlich.

Was ist in Verbindung mit Powerbanks bei Lufthansa verboten?

Zusätzlich zu den oben genannten Einschränkungen gibt es bestimmte Arten von Batterien, die aus Sicherheitsgründen nicht mit an Bord genommen werden dürfen. Dazu gehören nicht wiederaufladbare Lithium-Metall-Batterien, Lithium-Ionen-Batterien mit mehr als 100 Wh pro Zelle oder 160 Wh pro Batterie und Lithium-Ionen-Polymer-Batterien mit mehr als 100 Wh pro Zelle oder 300 Wh pro Batterie. Außerdem dürfen beschädigte oder zurückgerufene Powerbanks unter keinen Umständen transportiert werden – selbst wenn sie alle oben genannten Anforderungen der Fluggesellschaft erfüllen.

Diese Vorschrift gilt nicht für elektronische Geräte mit auslaufsicheren Batterien. Diese sind sowohl im Handgepäck als auch im aufgegebenen Gepäck erlaubt, ohne dass eine Genehmigung der Fluggesellschaft erforderlich ist. Die Vorschriften gelten lediglich für Lithium-Batterien.

Können Powerbanks im Flugzeug Feuer fangen?

Die kurze Antwort lautet: Ja, Powerbanks können in einem Flugzeug Feuer fangen. Allerdings ist es wichtig zu wissen, dass dies nur unter extremen Umständen der Fall sein kann. Dazu gehören Situationen, in denen eine Powerbank vor dem Einsteigen beschädigt wurde oder aufgrund von Herstellungsfehlern während des Fluges ausfällt.

Um mögliche Probleme zu vermeiden, sollten Sie Ihre Powerbank gründlich inspizieren, bevor Sie an Bord eines Flugzeugs gehen, und sicherstellen, dass alle Sicherheitsvorschriften während des Flugs eingehalten werden.

Welche Powerbank Modelle können bei der Lufthansa mitgenommen werden?

Lufthansa stellt in ihrer Liste der Handgepäckstücke Anforderungen an Powerbanks. So müssen Passagiere sicherstellen, dass das Produkt so konstruiert ist, dass Kurzschlüsse und Überladung verhindert werden. Lufthansa ist sich der großen Auswahl an Powerbank-Marken und.Modellen auf dem Markt bewusst, empfiehlt aber, dass alle Geräte die Standards für Lithiumzellenbatterien erfüllen sollten. Dazu gehört, dass das Gerät gegen eine zu hohe Eingangsspannung geschützt ist (mit einem eingebauten Chip zur Abschaltung), deutlich aufgedruckte Angaben zum Batterietyp und zur Energiespeicherkapazität hat und keine höhere Wattzahl als 100Wh/27000mAh für Lithium-Ionen-Batterien oder 160Wh/45000mAh für Lithium-Metall-Batterien angibt. Lufthansa empfiehlt ihren Fluggästen daher, sich im Voraus bei ihrem jeweiligen Anbieter von Powerbanks zu erkundigen, um sicherzustellen, dass sie diese Anforderungen erfüllen und eine sichere Reise ermöglichen.

Wie viele Powerbanks darf man bei der Lufthansa im Handgepäck mitführen?

Gemäß den Bestimmungen dürfen Passagiere, die mit Lufthansa fliegen, nur zwei Powerbanks mit einer Gesamtkapazität von maximal 200Wh mitnehmen. Es ist wichtig zu wissen, dass bei der Mitnahme dieser Powerbanks maximal zwei Ersatzakkus mit einer Wattleistung von maximal 160 Watt erlaubt sind.

Beachten Sie außerdem, dass alle Powerbanks und Ersatzakkus einzeln verpackt sein müssen – entweder in der Originalverpackung des Unternehmens oder sicher in Plastik, damit sie sicher transportiert werden können.

Ist eine Powerbank im Koffer bei der Lufthansa erlaubt?

Reisende werden bei der Lufthansa darauf hingewiesen, dass es nicht erlaubt ist, Powerbanks in ihr aufgegebenes Gepäck zu packen, da dies die Sicherheit anderer Passagiere gefährden könnte. Die Mitnahme von Powerbanks ist dennoch möglich. Diese sollten jedoch eine maximale Kapazität von 100Wh haben und müssen in der Passagierkabine transportiert werden. Diese Richtlinie trägt dazu bei, die höchsten Sicherheitsstandards an Bord von Lufthansa-Flügen aufrechtzuerhalten.

Vom Hersteller zurückgerufene Lithium-Batterien

Es ist wichtig, dass Sie sich der Sicherheitsrisiken beim Transport von Lithium-Batterien, die vom Hersteller zurückgerufen wurden, bewusst sind. Wenn solche Batterien transportiert werden, können sie eine gefährliche Hitze, einen Brand oder einen Kurzschluss verursachen. Aus diesem Grund ist es verboten, Lithium-Batterien zu transportieren, die vom Hersteller zurückgerufen wurden. Sie sollten in diesem Fall auch dann Maßnahmen ergreifen, wenn Sie nicht vorhaben, sie im Flugzeug zu transportieren. Sie können sie entweder an den Hersteller zurücksenden oder sie auf eine angemessene Art und Weise entsorgen, wie es die örtlichen Gesetze vorschreiben.

Wenn Sie eine Powerbank auf einem Flug mit Lufthansa mitnehmen möchten, gibt es bestimmte Einschränkungen und Richtlinien, die aus Sicherheitsgründen beachtet werden müssen. Überprüfen Sie Ihr Gerät gründlich, bevor Sie an Bord eines Flugzeugs gehen, halten Sie sich während des Flugs strikt an alle Sicherheitsvorschriften und versuchen Sie unter keinen Umständen, zurückgerufene oder beschädigte Powerbanks zu transportieren.

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With the ability to convert points to seven Star Alliance airlines, this is a winning card for frequent flyers.

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United Airlines MileagePlus 1000 Star Alliance Points = 800 MileagePlus Miles

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0% interest for six months on participating Star Alliance member airline bookings

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HSBC Star Alliance credit card: the verdict

With no annual fee in the first year, the new HSBC Star Alliance credit card appeals to frequent flyers seeking more flexibility during their travels with the ability to earn and transfer Star Alliance Points to a choice of seven popular airlines.

Included on that roster is an accelerated path to Star Alliance Gold Status, uncapped point earnings on purchases, and the long list of insurance covers.

HSBC Star Alliance credit card: FAQs

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As a HSBC Star Alliance cardholder, what transactions do I earn Star Alliance Points on?

You’ll earn Star Alliance Points on transactions when using your HSBC Star Alliance credit card, excluding cash advances, balance transfers, business expenses, fees and charges, interest free purchases and government payments.

Will the cash advance rate of my HSBC Star Alliance credit card apply to any unpaid amount remaining at the end of the promotional period?

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Boeing To Send A 777X To Emirates For Proving Flights In 2024

Boeing’s new 777X airplane will be sent to Dubai-based Emirates to perform proving runs next year. The news comes as the aircraft manufacturer and General Electric (GE), the engine provider, jointly agreed to allow Emirates to conduct the integral part of the 777X program’s advancement.

The airline, one of two flag carriers of the United Arab Emirates, is Boeing’s largest customer for the new widebody jet, with more than 100 aircraft on order. Next year’s proving tests will mark nearly five years since the airline initially expected delivery of the plane, which has evidently experienced several delays.

Proving runs, finally

Leeham News and Analysis (LNA) first reported the development at a Boeing event related to the Paris Airshow on Sunday, confirming the 777-9 variant is set to be sent to Dubai in 2024 for about two months of proving flights.

The 777X program launched in 2013 with Emirates, Lufthansa Airlines, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways as launch customers. Since the program has numerous technical and regulatory delays, Emirates President and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Clark has been skeptical of the program and its pace.

The source of the delay

According to LNA, the aircraft was supposed to be delivered to the airline as early as December 2019, but now Boeing predicts delivery of the first aircraft will not occur until 2025. Clark has patiently awaited the certification of the new plane, although a problem related to the aircraft’s GE9X engines paused the program late last year.

The engine issues caused one test model to be grounded for nearly half a year. N779XX, the second test aircraft, returned to the skies to perform test flights in January after not being flown since August 2022. Sister test model, N779XW, was also grounded, but for a shorter duration due to engine concerns. That aircraft resumed test flights in December 2022. The engine problems, however, stemmed from technical issues that occurred early in the program, which prompted Boeing to send the engines back to GE for repairs and analysis.

A lengthy certification

The program’s certification ultimately got buried in the certification process of the 737 MAX program after two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019 grounded 737 MAXs globally for more than 20 months. With the investigation into the crashes, regulators determined that Boeing essentially surpassed the MAX program’s certification and misled the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As a result, the agency became more strict with the manufacturer and its recertification of the MAX and future program certifications.

While 777X flight testing was occurring simultaneously, the FAA demanded Boeing to conduct a complete review of the work already done on the aircraft, which delayed the program further, according to LNA. Simple Flying reached out to Boeing for comment on Sunday, but a representative could not be immediately reached.

Clark has shared his frustration with the lengthy certification process. Amidst the delay, Emirates previously indicated that it planned to keep older and less efficient Airbus A380s to maintain its operation and capacity. Clark, concerned the delivery timeline could slip into 2026, additionally canceled more than 35 orders of the jet, according to LNA.

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