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Business Class Reviews: Lufthansa LH989 & LH106 – Amsterdam – Frankfurt – Munich

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Arrival Airport Franz-Josef-Strauss Airport Munich
Flight Carrier Lufthansa
Flight Number LH989 / LH106
Duration 1:10
Aircraft A319 / A320
Cabin Class First
To the point See our photo report of our flights on Lufthansa in business class between Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Munich.

On my return trip to Montreal, I experienced the service offered by Lufthansa, a member of the Star Alliance, with an award ticket booked using Aeroplan miles.

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Being an aviation enthusiast, I had deliberately “complicated” the itinerary by making a flight with multiple stopovers: Amsterdam-Frankfurt-Munich-Montreal.

The first two flights, qualified as intra-European flights, offered an identical experience. That’s why I’m grouping them together in this article.

Business class flights: Lufthansa LH989 & LH106 – Amsterdam – Frankfurt – Munich

After a weekend spent in Amsterdam for a friend’s bachelor party, here I am on my way to the airport at 7:30 am.

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The canals of Amsterdam in the early morning

After a train ride of about 30 minutes, I arrived at the Amsterdam Airport around 8am. My flight to Frankfurt is scheduled for 11am, so I check at the Lufthansa “First Class” check-in desk to see if it’s possible to bring my flight forward.

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First Class Registration – Amsterdam

As usual, there is no wait to get to the counter… one of the advantages of traveling first class!

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File First Class Amsterdam

Unfortunately, there are no seats available on other flights. So I head to security, still with a line reserved for First Class passengers: in fact it made me go in front of everyone, and the line was big!

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Security gates – Amsterdam

Everyone is required to go through body scanners. This has become the norm in many airports today.

After an overzealous security (my luggage will be re-scanned, as well as my shoes, my computer, my jacket…. and my belt!), I arrive at the heart of the terminal and go to the lounge.

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General view of the terminal – Amsterdam Airport

A lot of people on this Sunday morning at the Amsterdam Airport.

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General view of the terminal – Amsterdam Airport

On the upper walkway of the terminal, you can access the 2 lounges offered: the KLM lounge (longe 25) and the Aspire lounge (lounge 26).

By the way, the atmosphere is rather relaxing with trees and birds singing.

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Two lounges offered: Aspire and KLM

After a short walk, I arrived at the entrance of the Aspire show.

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Entrance to the Aspire show in Amsterdam

I show my business class ticket on Lufthansa, which automatically gives me access to the lounge. Otherwise I could have shown my Priority Pass card, obtained with my American Express Platinum card.

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Priority Pass is accepted at Aspire Amsterdam

I check the departure screens… my flight is not yet displayed. I have a lot of time on my hands.

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Screens of the departures of the Amsterdam Aspire Show

After dropping off my stuff, I head to the buffet to help myself to some lunch.

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Buffet of the Amsterdam Aspire Lounge

The juices are fresh, which is nice!

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Drinks at the Amsterdam Aspire Show

No beer for me this morning ….

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Drinks at the Amsterdam Aspire Show

Nor strong alcohol…

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Drinks at the Amsterdam Aspire Show

Some rolls and waffles.

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Buffet of the Amsterdam Aspire Lounge

And the traditional Dutch cheese.

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Buffet of the Amsterdam Aspire Lounge

The lounge is far from being full, the relaxation areas are rather pleasant.

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Lounge area of the Amsterdam Aspire Salon
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High table at Aspire Amsterdam

After an almost white night, I rush to the coffee machine which proposes various drinks.

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The efficient coffee machine of the Amsterdam Aspire show

This is what my lunch looked like. The croissant was definitely not good. Let’s just say that the lounge has the merit of offering a rest area, far from the hubbub of the terminal!

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A lunch at the Aspire Lounge in Amsterdam (the croissant tastes as good as it looks….)
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General view of the Aspire show in Amsterdam

After lunch, I sat down at a desk to work a bit on milesopedia, with the 4th coffee of the morning!

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Nice workspace to write my milesopedia articles

10:30 am, it’s time for me to leave the Aspire lounge to reach my door, the B35.

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View of the Terminal as you leave the lounge

There are very long corridors to reach the B doors. Fortunately, there are conveyor belts to speed up the pace.

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Very long corridors to reach my door, fortunately with carpets

In passing, I would like to congratulate Amsterdam Airport for the facilities they have made available to families. Almost all the airport’s restrooms have rooms reserved for families (changing tables, breastfeeding room…).

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The family toilet

Still very long corridors to reach gate B35… the second to last one of the terminal.

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The B-gates of Amsterdam Airport
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Gate B35, at the very end of the terminal

Finally, the Avgeek that I am is happy to be at the back of the terminal: the bay window offers a 180 degree view on the slopes! It’s a great way to spot planes that you don’t usually see in Montreal!

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Nice corner view at door B35

After a quarter of an hour, it is time to board, which will be a priority for me: I board first.

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Boarding gate – B35 – Amsterdam
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Boarding a Lufthansa A319

I am sitting in the first row of the Business Class. In fact, the difference between business and economy class: the middle row remains unoccupied.

However, the first row offers much more legroom.

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First Row – Lufthansa A319 Business Class

My carry-on fits perfectly.

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Cabin Baggage – Lufthansa A319 Business Class

4 rows in business class on this Lufthansa Airbus A319.

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Lufthansa Business Class A319

The legroom is very good, with the table integrated in front of me.

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First Row – Lufthansa A319 Business Class

A small glimpse of the outside: the control tower of Amsterdam Airport and an Air Malta plane, my next destination in July!

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Exterior view – Amsterdam Airport

Well placed advertising by ING: indeed, I’m flying to Frankfurt!

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Direction…Frankfurt!
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Nice sample of European aircraft
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A two-tone Transavia plane
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HOP – An Air France subsidiary
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A KLM B787… maybe soon in Montreal!
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KLM B747s
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A training aircraft for firefighters
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Croatia Airlines before us at takeoff

Here is a quick video of the takeoff to Frankfurt from Amsterdam.

https://youtu.be/1XDPH_3ruhg

Some views while flying over Amsterdam:

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Amsterdam
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Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

The flight will be very short (35 minutes), small outside view just after takeoff. The weather is great!

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Exterior view – A319 Lufthansa

Despite a very short flight, a meal tray will be distributed to passengers in business class.

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Lunch – Lufthansa Business Class A319

Small tour to the toilet at the front of the cabin, door next to the cockpit.

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Toilets – Lufthansa A319 Business Class

The clouds are forming over Frankfurt Airport, it is already time to land.

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Beautiful clouds over Frankfurt
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The Rhine near Frankfurt

And there, nice surprise, traveling in First Class on my transatlantic flight, a driver is waiting for me at the bottom of the plane, in a very nice Porsche Cayenne.

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Porsche Cayenne Lufthansa – Frankfurt

A small view of my plane from my back seat in this Porsche Cayenne!

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A319 Lufthansa – Frankfurt

My “driver” enters the vehicle and asks me if I prefer to go to the First Class Lounge or directly to my boarding gate. I choose to go to my plane… my stopover is only 30 minutes.

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Porsche Cayenne Lufthansa

As I leave, I see the other passengers taking the shuttle to the terminal.

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View of the bus for other passengers

Small souvenir photo for milesopedia!

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milesopedia is there!

This is the first time I’ve been in a car on the tarmac. This offers good spotting opportunities. Here a Russian Aeroflot plane.

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Spotting…from the runway

And a brand new Boeing 747-800 from Lufthansa. Impressive!

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Lufthansa B747-800

And a little gift for you: here is the experience as if you were there!

https://youtu.be/H4JJcmpW_FU

A few minutes later, we arrive at our destination, just below my boarding gate.

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Porsche Cayenne Lufthansa

Here too, a small souvenir photo! Note the personalized license plate for Lufthansa (LH).

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Porsche Cayenne Lufthansa

1 minute later, here I am at my boarding gate. There too, I enter the plane first thanks to the priority boarding.

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Boarding for Munich

Small view on the Airbus A320 that will bring me to Munich today.

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A320 Lufthansa to Munich

This time, it will not be rank 1, but rank 2. Immediately, there is less legroom (but still very reasonable).

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A320 Row 2 legroom – Lufthansa

There is also storage space for magazines.

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Lufthansa A320 Storage

 

The flight will be as short as the previous one (30 minutes), but here again, a meal tray will be served right after takeoff. And it is different from the previous one.

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Lufthansa Meal Tray – Business Class

Shortly afterwards, we landed in Munich. It is time for me to join the last flight of my trip… Munich-Montreal on Lufthansa in First Class!

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Lufthansa First Class

The maps to make this trip

Here, I needed American Express Membership Rewards cards (transferable to Aeroplan miles), Aeroplan sign-up bonuses and my Scotiabank American Express Gold card (which allowed me to pay Aeroplan taxes with the Scotia bonus points).

Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!

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