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A First True F - LH from MUC to MEX

A First True F - LH from MUC to MEX

Old Sep 26, 18, 5:31 pm
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A First True F - LH from MUC to MEX

Well, this is a first of what will hopefully be more trip reports to come! I've been lucky to do a lot of international business over the last few years; largely on points for personal travel or making good use of my SWUs for my frequent jaunts to Asia for work. And as a result of EXP, I've been able to access all the ground first class benefits on many of those flights, including some of the most wonderful places in the world (I would've lived in the Pier F when it was still Peninsula catered, those were the days!). But I'd never, ever flown international F. On a recent trip back from Europe, I decided to splurge on Lufthansa F for 70,000 Aeroplan Miles + $469 taking advantage of redeposit priveleges for my Aadvantage J award and wow, is this a way to fly! This was a unique overnight flight from Europe to the Americas that left Munich at 10:25pm, and arrived into MEX 12h 40 min later around 4:05am.

First stop after going through first class check-in was the lounge. One thing I will say is the (obviously contracted) lady that sat at the front of the first class section to act as gatekeepe was openly skeptical to the point of rudeness and I firmly said I was flying first class no less than three times. I get it, I was dressed pretty casually (khakis and a polo), and am in my late 20s, and was traveling light (just a backpack) but seriously, it put me off. That being said the check-in agent was insanely friendly and helpful so I put it past me and I was quickly on my way. This was literally the only non-near-perfect interaction of the entire experience.

The lounge experience in MUC while not the FCT was very good - but they do leave you to fend for yourself to get to the lounge. That being said, in almost no time I was in a very, very sparsely crowded lounge thanks to the late hour. Upon sitting I was immediately brought chocolates, a drink menu, and a cold towel. What a great start! The MUC lounge was nice but small. I had a wonderful meal - but only took a picture of the main. The steak was excellent, as were the frequent refills of champagne. The staff did a great job letting us know when we'd need to leave, and our gate in K was directly across the lounge. Also loved the passport control done in the lounge which made things super easy.



19 August 2018
Lufthansa LH 520
Munich (MUC) - Mexico City (MEX)
A340-600
First Class
Flight Time: 12H40M

Seat 2K

I quickly made my way onboard and was escorted to my seat. The FA serving my aisle came up immediately with a cold towel, welcoming me aboard by name, and asking if I preferred German or English - she noted that I had a german last name (I do). I explained that I did speak German and would try my best but that if I had trouble I'd switch to English (I was pretty tried at this point, and am only half Swiss having grown up in the states, so my German is good not great). The purser remarked that it was a senior and seasoned crew, but if anything was off to please let her know.

First thing I noticed was the absolute elegance of the cabin. Even more beautiful then the pictures show. Love the details - the flowers, the first class logo, and that the bedding was all stored away in a closet to my left, keeping the cabin light and airy. While open initially, each seat had privacy screens for sleeping that made the cabin incredibly private.


While on the ground the LPGS was popped and I was given several refills along with some mixed nuts. Pajamas were also passed out. These pajamas are among the most comfortable I have ever worn. They were branded van Laack and were classy, with a collar. A large amenity kit was also passed out at this time.


After a fairly long wait to take off, we were up in the air and the two FAs serving the four of us in the 8 person cabin were up and pouring drinks. I had some more LPGS (of course) and they brought around an amuse bouche while I waited. Looked like some kind of shellfish, but couldn't really tell what it was, came with creme fraiche and some dill. Was fairly tasty.



The menu read as follows


And the drinks menu



Now for "showtime, Lufthansa style" to quote a favorite reviewer

First up was the caviar - and while I've had caviar in dishes, mostly in a few Michelin style experiences I've been to (including the fabulous Atelier Crenn, for another day), never have I had a more standard presentation with all the fixings. I should note here that given the 10:30p departure, 2 of the passengers went straight to sleep, one of which didn't even wake for breakfast. So when the FA came to me, I could not believe the insane amount of caviar I received, which had to have been at least a double portion... Must've been the fact that there were so few takers for dinner service.


Fixings were excellent, and the FA also came around with the appetizers on the same cart. I chose the salmon, salad, and gazpacho jelly and passed on the poularde. Appetizers were tasty, even if the texture of the gazpacho jelly wasn't my favorite. Salad was simple but fresh. Probably would have preferred a proper soup instead of the more modern approach.



For my entree I had the beef, requesting it medium rare, and it came a bit closer to medium. The sauce however was divine (I literally sopped it up with the bread). I also switched to the 2013 Stag's Leap Artemis Cab from Napa, which at $50/bottle on the ground, was a very nice wine to enjoy with my dinner.



Next up was the cheese course which was impressive, and I have high cheese standards. There's a reason I don't order the cheese desserts on American, where you get processed crap cheddar and fake "swiss cheese" emmenthal, instead of proper presentations like this. Had some of everything - excellent, and was offered some second servings but refused as I was getting quite full.


I skipped on any other dessert as I was too full to function and instead took some chocolates and a baileys on the rocks before going to the lavatory to freshen up and have turndown service. I loved the Evian facial spray in the bathroom. The bathroom was nicely stocked and was kept impeccably clean on this flight. Dinner service in all probably took about two hours, which for an almost 13 hour flight, wasn't too bad especially given how elaborate it was.



I slept very well - bedding was insanely comfortable and it's a nice, wide seat. I slept for a good 7 hours before waking up - and being noticed almost immediately. I quietly asked for more water (I probably ended up going through 6 or 7 water bottles on this flight) and a cup of tea. I refused snacks because I was still stuffed and began to watch a few movies. I was asked starting about 2.5 hours when I wanted to have breakfast and I said about 90 minutes beforehand. For one of the sleepers out since Munich, I noticed the FA offered breakfast as close to descent as possible, maybe 45 minutes before arrival, which was a nice touch.

Breakfast started with a capuccino and a nice fruit smoothie as well as choice of juice.


Followed by delicious, freshly scrambled eggs with herbs and cheese, and sides of bacon and fruit.



Upon landing, we were met at the jetbridge by someone with all of the LH F and Hon Circle names on a placard and told to continue to his colleague in the immigration hall. Upon arrival to the hall, there was the same placard where the gentleman remarked the end counter. I saw they had reserved an entire immigration officer for first class passengers, which was a really nice touch. I was first there and through immigration in all of about 5 minutes.

All in all, a really remarkable first "first" flight with Lufthansa. I will definitely keep this as an option for redemptions back from Europe in the future, especially since last min availability can be decent if you are flexible. Very excited to continue my F adventures later this week with my first Cathay F experience to HKG and mid next month on my return SIN-FRA-JFK on Singapore Suites. May have taken me 28 years to first fly first, but gotta say I'm pretty hooked, and going to try to make it a more regular experience going forward.

Thanks to all that post on FT and on this forum for inspiration to write these reports and for the invaluable information that allows for these wonderful priveleges.

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Old Sep 26, 18, 8:49 pm
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Awesome report. Thanks for sharing.
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Old Sep 26, 18, 9:15 pm
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Great report thanks!

Couple of things....I didn't know there was a 344 in service?

Also this west bound Europe late night flight must be one of a kind no? What in gods name do you do at MEX at 4 in the morning? LOL
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Old Sep 26, 18, 10:37 pm
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Originally Posted by enviroian View Post
Great report thanks!

Couple of things....I didn't know there was a 344 in service?

Also this west bound Europe late night flight must be one of a kind no? What in gods name do you do at MEX at 4 in the morning? LOL
A340-600, thanks for the catch! And yes, don't think there are too many of them but I actually thought it worked out pretty well. Kind of surprising there aren't more midnights out of central Europe to the west coast.
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Old Sep 27, 18, 4:16 am
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Great report.. That truly is an incredible amount of caviar!! thansk...
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Great report! Love that you mentioned Atelier Crenn - I’ve only been to Petite Crenn because I like it a bunch. Impressive about the MEX immigration for LH F / Hon. I still recall seeing a line for F at LHR immigration with a big queue and only one officer, back in Dec 2010. And I don’t think sfo has F for immigration aside from GE...
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#1 - love reading about people's first experiences flying, and then in C, and then in F. Always a treat to sense the delight that I personally feel every time I get on a plane in any class of service.

#2 - Atelier Crenn is stunning. I've been working through all the Michelin Stars in the SF area, and so far it is by far the standout. These meals are my one splurge in life, and boy was that one worth every penny to me.
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I do love Lufthansa first! Thanks for sharing ^^
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Originally Posted by cricketer View Post
#1 - love reading about people's first experiences flying, and then in C, and then in F. Always a treat to sense the delight that I personally feel every time I get on a plane in any class of service.

#2 - Atelier Crenn is stunning. I've been working through all the Michelin Stars in the SF area, and so far it is by far the standout. These meals are my one splurge in life, and boy was that one worth every penny to me.

OT do you think A Crenn is better than Saison and Lazy Bear? I enjoyed Petit so much that itís a struggle to jump to Atelier. I assume itís a C/F comparison but...
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Originally Posted by gaobest View Post

OT do you think A Crenn is better than Saison and Lazy Bear? I enjoyed Petit so much that itís a struggle to jump to Atelier. I assume itís a C/F comparison but...
I haven't eaten at Saison yet, and Manresa keeps burning down at the wrong time (sorry to make light of that), so there are definitely places that might top Atelier Crenn when I get to them. I think you're spot on with your C vs F comparison for Petit vs Atelier. That about nails it, though YMMV.
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Thanks for sharing. Strange what you wrote about the lounge entrance - what were they skeptical to? I usually just greet them and handover my boarding pass, I think the big F on that is enough and you don't really need to say anything...
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Originally Posted by injian View Post
Awesome report. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the kind words

Originally Posted by enviroian View Post
Great report thanks!

Couple of things....I didn't know there was a 344 in service?

Also this west bound Europe late night flight must be one of a kind no? What in gods name do you do at MEX at 4 in the morning? LOL
I can't think of any others. I was connecting on a United flight back into the states.

Originally Posted by RTW4 View Post
Great report.. That truly is an incredible amount of caviar!! thansk...
Ha, yes. It was like a 2.5x portion.

Originally Posted by gaobest View Post
Great report! Love that you mentioned Atelier Crenn - Iíve only been to Petite Crenn because I like it a bunch. Impressive about the MEX immigration for LH F / Hon. I still recall seeing a line for F at LHR immigration with a big queue and only one officer, back in Dec 2010. And I donít think sfo has F for immigration aside from GE...
Thanks for the kind words. The MEX immigration was a nice touch. Not crazy busy at 4:00am but still beat having to wait in line. And Petit Crenn is wonderful; but Atelier Crenn is definitely a class apart (a lot like LH F vs J I guess!). It's not cheap, but won't get any cheaper (I think the price is up $50-60 since I went last year) and she's definitely due a third star at some point.

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#1 - love reading about people's first experiences flying, and then in C, and then in F. Always a treat to sense the delight that I personally feel every time I get on a plane in any class of service.

#2 - Atelier Crenn is stunning. I've been working through all the Michelin Stars in the SF area, and so far it is by far the standout. These meals are my one splurge in life, and boy was that one worth every penny to me.
Totally agree on #2. Was definitely excited to meet Dominique Crenn and I was happy to see that she spent quality time (several minutes of engaged discussion) with each and every table. The meal was magnificent. Good to see someone else on that quest, but I'm probably a bit further behind. I've been hitting some of the one stars but haven't any of the other giants in town (Benu, Saison, etc)

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I do love Lufthansa first! Thanks for sharing ^^
Thanks for the kind words!

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OT do you think A Crenn is better than Saison and Lazy Bear? I enjoyed Petit so much that itís a struggle to jump to Atelier. I assume itís a C/F comparison but...
I will say that Lazy Bear is very special (and David Barzalay is an alum of my alma mater, Vanderbilt!!) but Atelier Crenn was a better overall experience for me. Can't speak to Saison. Definitely thought Atelier was on a totlaly different level then Petit Crenn, which I also enjoyed.

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Thanks for sharing. Strange what you wrote about the lounge entrance - what were they skeptical to? I usually just greet them and handover my boarding pass, I think the big F on that is enough and you don't really need to say anything...
The skeptical woman was at the entrance to first class check-in, not the lounge, so before I had the BP. The lounge agent was super friendly!
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Well done on popping your "First" cherry. See, it didn't hurt a bit. And you should be hooked. LH F is my favorite. You wont be as impressed with CX. But SQ will do an honorable job. A very good read. Well done.
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Did you get a Lufty duck (rubber duck) at MUC F lounge???
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A very nice report. And very useful info re LH service for F passengers arriving at MEX, where immigration can be a real cluster ****. Notwithstanding the perks at FRA and MUC, I'm not aware of LH providing such arrivals immigration help to its F passengers at any other airport.
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