Upper Deck Business Class on Lufthansa’s 747-400

Boarding began on time from the Lufthansa Lounge and we made our way down the corridor and past the nose of D-ABVU, a majestic 20 year-old 747-400 before heading down the jet bridge.

Lufthansa flight 417
IAD [Washington Dulles] to FRA [Frankfurt]
September 3, 2018
Depart: 3:40 PM
Arrive: 5:30 AM
Duration: 7hr50min
Aircraft: 747-400
Seat: 84A

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View of D-ABVU

Once onboard, I headed upstairs and to seat 84A, just behind the upper deck emergency exit.

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Seats 84A and 84C
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Seat 84A
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Lufthansa seat controls

After getting situated, the crew came by to offer some pre-departure water and sparkling wine and advised me that they would be serving proper Champagne once we were in the air.

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Lufthansa pre-departure beverages

I have always liked Lufthansa’s practical amenity kits and the bag from this one will be put to good use for cords and cables later on.

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Lufthansa business class amenity kit

Once we reached cruising altitude, the meal service began.

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Lufthansa Business Class Menu
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Lufthansa Business Class Menu
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Lufthansa Business Class Menu

First, warm nuts were served.

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Lufthansa Business Class Nuts

For the main meal, I went with an appetizer of sliced halibut, a salad, an entree of tenderloin of beef with shrimp. For dessert, I decided to try everything and ordered the cheese course, Häagen-Dazs chocolate ice cream, and pinapple.

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Lufthansa Business Class Appetizer
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Lufthansa Business Class Main Course
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Lufthansa Business Class Cheese Course
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Lufthansa Business Class Dessert

Dinner was fantastic and served with typical Lufthansa efficiency and etiquette.

As the flight was making good time, I had only a few hours to rest before it was time for breakfast.

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Lufthansa Business Class Breakfast

Breakfast was simple, quick, and all I really needed, as I was still stuffed from dinner a few hours earlier.

We made our descent into Frankfurt a bit ahead of schedule and ended our flight with a smooth landing. Overall, this was a great flight, both due to the Lufthansa service, the delicious food, comfortable seat, and above all, because this was only my second flight on the upper deck of a 747.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for my next trip.

-Matt

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