Washington DC to Frankfurt (IAD-FRA) on Lufthansa's Jumbo Jet Boeing 747
|Lufthansa's Boeing 747-400 at the Washington Dulles Airport (IAD)|
Lufthansa's Lounge at Washington Dulles (IAD)
Since I was almost 2 hours early and the flight was also about 40 minutes late in talking off , the Lufthansa Senator lounge was a great place to relax and work with the free wifi. The choice of snacks and beverages were excellent.
Washington DC to Frankfurt LH 419 :
The flying time from Washington DC to Frankfurt is about 7 hours and even though we took off about 40 minutes late we landed on time. I was worried that the Boeing 747-400 that Lufthansa flies from Washington DC to Frankfurt were not configured for InFlight Entertainment (IFE) seat consoles but was happy to see that this was not true.
The Lufthansa crew were fantastic. From the time that the passengers were boarding it seemed that someone was always close by to answer questions. Like a restaurant with great service they were looking for passengers who were trying to make eye contact and help them. I found that a very refreshing attitude after my experience on United's many flights.
The In-flight entertainment did not work for the first part of the flight probably for no fault of Lufthansa and the crew made an announcement and rebooted the system. Microsoft CE and that solved the problem.
Food was excellent and my neighbor who travels a lot internationally agreed with this. Overall a comfortable flight and I got over 3 hours of sleep which was useful as I had to speak the next day. This flight did not have power points or in-flight Wi-Fi but since it takes off in the evening from Washington DC to Frankfurt I did not miss the internet.
I had over 3 hours before my next flight to Warsaw also on Lufthansa. Frankfurt Airport is huge and if you have only about an hour between flights, like I had on my return you should hightail it as quickly as possible between terminals. I would say the signs are pretty good and you have to pass through security again and also Passport Control. As I was traveling to Poland which is a Schengen country my entry was processed at Frankfurt. Lines move fast here.
When I went to the Lufthansa Business Lounge, the friendly staffer told me that I had a choice of using the Lufthansa First Class Senator Lounge. I enjoyed my 3 hours in the Lufthansa Senator Lounge in the A terminal. Wifi was great and I could catch up on work and have breakfast. By nature of airports receiving passengers from different time zones, the menu always serves snacks and eats that are universal for all meals and replenished constantly. This lounge also had showers which I did not use.
Frankfurt to Warsaw
Summary : Washington DC to Frankfurt on Lufthansa
Lufthansa deserves high marks for service. on both the sectors from Washington DC to Frankfurt and back they performed exceptionally well. They asked and constantly sought to give you a drink along with water. They seemed very attentive and the service was enjoyable.
In economy unless you had a bulkhead seat the leg space is pretty standard but slightly cramped. I think this is no different from most airlines but I wish all airlines gave passengers more space and my bench mark is being able to comfortably tie your shoe laces without performing acrobatics.
I would fly Lufthansa again if I had the opportunity and definitely recommend Lufthansa for the Washington DC to Frankfurt sector.