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September 8, 2014 / oneworld82

The First Class Terminal at Frankfurt Airport: Lufthansa NEVER Fails Me!

There are experiences in life that are simply worth living. Small, fine things like a glass of Glenfarclan while enjoying a nice cigar, or a ride in a Porsche to your plane, or perfect catering while waiting to board your flight are something aspirational that simply add another dimension to flying. The Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt delivers all of this and more.

Lufthansa First Class check-in area at FRA

Lufthansa First Class check-in area at FRA

I like how secluded and separated for the rest of the airport this lounge is, because it makes it really special and, in a way, hard to get to (unless you are departing from FRA, of course). This means fewer people, and better service.

 

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I made my way through the downstairs’ backdoor. As soon as I left the elevator, one of the lounge attendants came forward to greet me and to escort me through security. She informed me that I would be picked up at 12.50pm to board my plane, which gave me 4 good hours at the lounge. Sounds good to me!

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When I got there, breakfast was still being served. I took a look at the spread, and it was impressive, as always. Pastries, meats, eggs, desserts, a vast assortment of cereals. This buffet could rival a good 5 stars hotel’s! Since I wasn’t too hungry (and since I wanted to have a proper lunch before my flight) I only indulged in some cured meat and carrot juice. The FCT always looks relaxing. It is never too crowded, it feels very luxurious, and it is very quiet. The perfect place to relax during a layover.

 

Breakfast buffet

Breakfast buffet

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After eating my breakfast I decided to (finally) take a shower. Better than that, one of the rooms with a bathtub was available, and so my hour-long bliss could commence. These bathrooms are really nice, spacious, elegant. Ethro amenities add that touch of luxury that makes all the difference in this World. You have not only a tub, but also a nice rain shower. Honestly, you can’t hope for more than this!

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After freshening up, I was ready to smoke a nice cigar. I do not smoke regularly, and when I do I only like smoking cigars or hookah. It’s something I do every two/three months over special occasions, and this was certainly one. After all, it doesn’t occur me more than once or twice a year to come to the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt.

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Cigar lounge beverage selection

Cigar lounge beverage selection

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Cigars menu

Cigars menu

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Glenfarclan 25 y/o

Glenfarclan 25 y/o

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The selection of cigars features many Villager 1888’s. I went for a “Robusto” today, since I felt like having something with flavor. The cigar lounge is usually quiet, and you have a stereo with different music that you can use as a jukebox (but for free). I put on some lounge music, got myself some water, a glass of Glenflerch 25 y/o… and enjoyed my cigar in pure bliss. It was a good, relaxing hour, after which it was already time for lunch! Smelling like a human cigarette I went to the restaurant area and took a seat. After 5 minutes a waitress came to take my order. The menu looked very appetizing, and it featured a gazpacho with shrimp toast that was hard to pass.

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While waiting for the gazpacho I went to check the buffet out… and came back with a full plate! Everything looked SO delicious – DO&CO is really the industry standard here. The cannelloni were especially good – a big compliment coming from an Italian 😉

 

First Class Terminal main bar

First Class Terminal main bar

Lunch buffet

Lunch buffet

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Appetizers

Appetizers

My gazpacho came pretty quickly out. It was DELICIOUS. I usually am not a huge fan of cold soups, but this one was spectacular. Thick, fresh, flavorful, chill but not too cold. The shrimp toasts were a great complement to it.

Gazpacho

Gazpacho

After I finished my soup, the waitress came back to clean my plate and to ask me whether I wanted anything else. Of course I did! I ordered the seared fillet of beef, medium rare. The steak was out in no time; cooked almost to perfection, it was oh-so-tasty and perfectly marinated! The arugula salad was a perfect side, and I had everything with a pretzel roll. I had my entrée with a decent glass of Chianti.

 

Amazing steak

Amazing steak

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To finish my meal I had a panna cotta: I am pretty sure I couldn’t have got a better one not even at a fancy restaurant in Milan…

Desserts buffet

Desserts buffet

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Panna cotta

Panna cotta

The FCT provided me with an excellent meal, that set the mood just right for my flight to Almaty. After finishing my meal I took a seat and almost fell asleep. Not long after seating down, though, the attendant that escorted me in came to pick me up as my flight was boarding. I shared a nice Porsche to the plane with two German folks. Riding in a luxury car on the tarmac is always special, no matter how many times you do it. A long line of people was boarding the plane, but we zipped through the premium cabin entrance. To my big surprise, once in I found a new-First Class cabin waiting for me. The LH tool said this was going to be an old-First Class product, so my delight was great. The plane featured new business class as well, so overall this was a totally refurbished plane. My next 7 hours were going to be awesome.

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My Porsche ride

P.S.

– The terminal has excellent bathroom facilities and two resting rooms with beds for longer layovers.

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Very nice restrooms

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