Review: Lufthansa Boeing 747 Business Class Frankfurt to San Francisco

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Flight no.LH 454
AircraftBoeing 747-8
Seat no.85K
CostIDR 18.8 million (US$1,255)
(CGK-SIN-FRA-SFO, LAX-ZRH-SIN-CGK)
Flight duration10.5 hours

This was a SWISS codeshare flight that was booked through an error fare.

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How to fly in Lufthansa Boeing 747 Upper Deck Business Class

How to choose Upper Deck seats

As the iconic Boeing 747-8 aircrafts (aka “Queen of the Skies”) are no longer in production, flying in this upper deck cabin can provide a unique and nostalgic experience; although they have the exact same seats that are found in the lower cabin.

There are only 32 seats in the small, private upper deck cabin of the aircraft and all of them are Business Class seats.

As these seats are popular among passengers, be sure to select them as early as possible, or at the time of booking.

Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8 (upper deck) seat map with Business Class seats (Image: Aerolopa)

How to book with Miles

Travellers can book Lufthansa Business Class seats with miles from partner Frequent Flyer Programs like KrisFlyer, EVA Air Infinity MileageLands and Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles, which can be earned through the best travel/rewards credit cards in Singapore.

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Pre-flight

Prior to take-off, I was greeted and offered a beverage of choice.

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Orange juice

Lufthansa Boeing 747 Business Class seat

The seats are laid out in a 2-2 configuration and can be transformed into fully-flat beds; which are soft and comfortable, but a little narrow. It is also worth noting that passengers in the window seats will have to cross over the legs of another passenger on the aisle seat, if they need to go to the restroom.

The window seats come with huge storage bins, located between the seat and the window.

Privacy is poor in this seat type, as there are no privacy screens or doors attached to them. And unfortunately, cleanliness wasn’t great either, as I saw bits and pieces of trash on the floor

Lufthansa Boeing 747 Business Class seat
View from the seat
Foot rest
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In-flight entertainment controller
Small storage area and headphones
Headphones
Bottle of water
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Large storage area by the window
Seat controls
Universal power ports
Flying over Greenland

Amenity kit

Business Class passengers on this flight receive a Porsche Design amenity kit which includes hand/body cream, face cream, socks and dental kit.

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Porsche Design amenity kit

Dining

My in-flight dining experience was mixed. The first meal service had delicious, nicely-plated dishes, but it felt like the cabin crew stopped trying, when serving light meals that are served prior to landing.

Marinated Black Angus Carpaccio with Truffle Potato Cream, Arugula and Parmesan Cheese
Roasted Salmon Steak with Lemon Sauce and Moroccan Couscous Pasta
Bee Sting Cake with mixed berries
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Vegetable-filled Ravioli with Rape Blossoms
Food menu
Wine menu

My ratings

This is how I am rating my Business Class experience (vs other airlines):

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Seat6/10
Bed7/10
Dining7/10
Privacy4/10
Storage9/10
Service7/10
Cleanliness7/10
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Bottom line

Lufthansa is one of very few major airlines that are still fly Boeing 747 passenger aircrafts at this time. While the seats are not as modern-looking as the newer ones out there, it was a unique experience, especially as it was my first time flying in the upper deck of the aircraft.

However, the in-flight service and dining experiences were just as average and uninteresting as my previous experiences with the airline.

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