This was the first time I would be flying on an Airbus A380-800 airplane. I picked Luthansa for their good reputation in the airline business. I was pretty excited at the thought of flying with this airline again. I checked Flightview.com for this flight’s record of punctuality every now and then, ok I checked it almost daily several weeks before the date of our flight and was glad that this particular flight left generally on time.
We checked in online 24 hours before our flight. At the airport there were 2 queues for the Lufthansa Economy Class check in. One was for those who did not check in online, and a faster, prioritized bag drop-off Economy Class line for those who had checked in online prior coming to the airport.
The boarding gate area at SFO’s International Terminal was pretty crowded, but I guess it’s not the airlines’ fault. Boarding was orderly and on time. Plane actually left the gate five minutes early. Cabin crew were professional, courteous and helpful. I paid extra for bulkhead seats in Economy Class, specifically on the right side of the A380. Take off was towards the Pacific Ocean, then this giant plane turned right towards the beautiful city of San Francisco. Thankfully it was a fogless day the day when we flew and I saw the neighborhood where I live in northern San Mateo County, while I was sitting on the right side of the plane!
There was more than adequate legroom in our bulkhead seats, and seat comfort is what you’ll expect in Economy Class, need I say more? In flight entertainment content was slightly better than average at best, as compared to Asian airlines I’ve flown in the past. Dinner served was surprisingly good for an economy class meal. Water and juice offered several times during the flight. A hot breakfast served before landing, there was nothing to write home about. Lavatories were clean at the beginning of the flight, and lavatory condition was not too bad when I used one of the lavatories a couple of hours before landing. I enjoyed a spectacular view of the German landscape as we circled Frankfurt International Airport prior to landing. Landing was smooth and on time. I paid a fair price for my airline ticket, and I expected a fair service and I got it. I will gladly choose Luthansa Airlines again.