I was flying from New York to London and decided to book a flight with Lufthansa. I used points to book my ticket, and the flight cost 30,000 United Mileage Plus points for an economy class ticket specifically class (X). Mile redemption tickets are non-upgradable so if you are interested in paying for an upgrade, which could be cheaper closer to departure, you must book your higher class fare when redeeming your ticket. I was routed through Munich, Germany onboard Lufthansa’s brand new Airbus A350 and then continued on to London Heathrow onboard the Airbus A320.
I was quite excited about this flight, Lufthansa advertises the A350 as one of its flagship aircraft, along with the A380 and Boeing 747.
I was not checking any bags and went through a fairly long line for security in Newark but this moved somewhat quickly. Upon arriving at gate 62 in EWR’s Terminal B, I asked the gate agents if it was possible to be allowed on board early for cabin photos. The gate agents said yes and gave me priority to be first to board. This was the first time an airline allowed me to do this, so Lufthansa definitely stands out.
I boarded the gorgeous A350 registered as D-AIXC, Lufthansa’s 3rd A350-900 XWB. The cabin was stunning and the crew took lots of interest in what I did and were very friendly.
I arrived at my pre-selected seat, 28K. this was an exit row seat, but it was not by the door, so it featured a full window. This seat was available at no additional charge and the flight attendant even said it’s the best economy seat onboard.
We pushed back at 8:53 and then taxied down to runway 22L for departure. The A350’s Trent 900 XWB engines roared as we sped down the runway.
Shortly after takeoff, a meal was served. I had the pasta with tomato sauce and cheese. It came with a salad, bread, crackers with dill cheese, and a vanilla cheesecake for dessert. I was impressed by the meal; there was even metal cutlery.
After the meal, the lights were dimmed and the crew came through with a second round of drinks, which was a great touch.
I took time to explore the A350’s giant IFE. It was very responsive and had lots of movies and live TV, but only three channels: Euronews, CNNi, and Sports 29. As the sun rose over the coast of Scotland the A350’s wing glowed beautifully.
I took lots of pictures and then waited about an hour for breakfast to be served. It included a muffin and Oreos and a beverage. This was a disappointing follow up to dinner, and I was not impressed at all. I decided to try and forget about it and enjoy the wonderful view of France.
We began to descend into Munich over Frankfurt and landed around 35 minutes later at 10:14 local time. I visited the cockpit and then said goodbye to the wonderful aircraft that brought me over the Atlantic.
In the end, apart from the unsatisfying breakfast, the flight was absolutely fantastic; the crew was wonderful and the entertainment was great. The A350 itself is worth going out of your way to fly. I’m definitely flying with Lufthansa again.
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