Trip Reports & Reviews

Lufthansa Longest Flight: Boeing 747-8 Business Class: Frankfurt to Buenos Aires

Noel

Noel Philips

I took Lufthansa longest flight from Frankfurt to Buenos Aires onboard the Boeing 747-8 in Lufthansa Business Class!

Before I could go anywhere though, I had to negotiate the massive maze that is Frankfurt Airport.

I really like how the lounge is attached to the gate, and the fact that you board directly from the lounge. This is the first time I’ve experienced this and is a great way to travel – but I imagine the logistics of having separate lounges for each gate is a nightmare.

The lounge had a nice range of food including Argentinian beef which I thought was a nice touch.

Soon it was time to board and I headed across the lounge to the doors which would lead to the aircraft.

Today I was sat on the upper deck of the 747, which meant walking through the lower deck and up the stairs to the compact upper deck cabin.

I have walked past these stairs many times before on my way to economy on the 747 so it was great to finally get to see what was upstairs.

We were served a glass of champagne before we pushed back from the gate, and the cabin crew came around handing out pyjamas.

Soon the jetbridge disconnected beneath me and we pushed back ready to start our epic journey to South America.

After a steady taxi we lined up on runway 18 for our long takeoff run.

Our route today took us west across Germany and France, crossing the Bay of Biscay into Spain and Portugal. From there, we flew across the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, and down to Cape Verde. Then it was across to Brazil where we coasted in overhead the city of Natal.

We flew down towards Rio and Sao Paulo, before heading inland to the Argentinian border. After a deviation due to weather we started our descent into Buenos Aires, where we landed after a flight time of just under 13 hours. Cruising altitude today was 31, 32 and 34,000ft.

Soon after takeoff, the service commenced with a drinks round.

We got a great view of Paris tonight, lit up below us.

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Dinner tonight was a choice of Guinea Fowl, Cod or Tortelinni. I chose the guinea fowl which was pretty nice.

After dinner I had a glass of whisky which came with a chocolate truffle, and then drifted off to sleep.

When I woke up, we were overhead Brazil, approaching the city of Sao Paulo.

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The cabin lights came on and we were served breakfast. Today I opted for the scrambled eggs with cheese, which wasn’t bad, but something a little more substantial wouldn’t have gone amiss.

Soon after breakfast the cabin service stopped as we hit some pretty bad weather, and had to make a deviation to avoid the worst of the weather.

Lufthansa’s 747-8s have onboard WiFi. There’s a choice of packages starting at 7 Euro for basic connectivity, up to 30 Euros for what is effectively unlimited access. The speed of the top package was pretty decent, I was able to get 10Mb download which isn’t bad at all for onboard wifi.

The amenity kit isn’t bad at all – it has an eyemask and the usual socks and toiletries. I’m giving away this amenity kit to one of my viewers – just hit the link in the description below for your chance to win it!

I was pretty impressed at the range of power options in this seat – there’s USB power in the storage bin, and a 3 pin laptop plug in the front of the seat.

Pretty soon we were commencing our descent down into Buenos Aires, which looked beautiful lit up in the early morning.

We touched down around 40 minutes ahead of schedule into Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport.

My flight today was part of a return trip and worked out at £534.98 for this segment, giving a cost per mile of £0.08p.

Overall I was fairly pleased with Lufthansa, although their business class seat is a little disappointing for a 5 star airline. The service was top notch, and the WiFi was good, if a little on the pricey side.