Lufthansa First Class is an aspirational redemption for many Australia-based points collectors but a difficult one to secure, as seats are first made available to Lufthansa Miles & More members, with remaining seats only released to Star Alliance partners 15 days prior to departure.

Thanks to ExpertFlyer alerting me to an opening in availability, I managed to secure a window seat on this 12-hour flight from Europe to Southeast Asia.

Fleet & routes

You will find First Class up the front of most Lufthansa’s long-haul fleet including the Airbus A380, A340-600, A330-300 and Boeing 747-8.

Lufthansa plane on tarmac

Lufthansa currently has 14 Airbus A380 in its fleet and uses them on flights between Frankfurt:

  • Bangkok
  • Delhi
  • Houston
  • Miami
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore

as well as between Munich and:

  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • San Francisco
  • Shanghai

Note that Lufthansa is pursuing the expansion of its Munich hub, so we may see more First Class flights available from the Bavarian capital at the expense of its main hub in Frankfurt.

The cabin & seats

Lufthansa’s A380 aircraft feature eight First Class, 78 lie-flat Business Class and 52 Premium Economy seats on the upper deck, with 371 Economy seats across the entire lower deck.

The First Class cabin is configured in a 1-2-1 layout with open suites.

Lufthansa A380 First Class seat map

The cabin is meticulously styled, understated and very elegant.

Lufthansa A380 First Class

There are no overhead bins, not even on the window sides, so the cabin feels very spacious, however, you also feel quite exposed in your seat as there are no closing doors.

As there are no overhead bins, each guest is provided with a vertical storage locker either at the front of the cabin for seats 1A and 1K or between the galley and cabin for the rest of the passengers.

Lufthansa A380 First Class storage locker

For storage closer to your seat, there is the large ottoman which is motorised and can be moved closer to you, a storage compartment alongside the window, and a water bottle holder.

Lufthansa A380 First Class storage closer to seat

Hard-wired Bose noise-cancelling headphones are stored in another compartment alongside the window.

Hard-wired Boise headphones
Lufthansa A380 First Class seat adjustment control

There is an adjustable reading light, feature spot lamp on the signature rose and overhead lights which cannot be adjusted. Unfortunately, my overhead lights were not positioned to illuminate my tray table properly and, instead, they blinded my neighbour across the aisle—so I apologise for the poor-quality photos once the cabin lights were dimmed.

Lufthansa A380 First Class power sockets and USB

Two power sockets, two USB and one ethernet sockets are in one of the armrests.

The only positive aspect of the open suite is the excellent airflow around the seat; the cabin was kept relatively cool, so I slept incredibly well.

Lufthansa A380 First Class lie-flat bed

Two lavatories are located at the front of the cabin.

Lufthansa A380 First Class lavatory

Both lavatories are large and feature a urinal for men, however, there are no showers like on Etihad or Emirates.

Lufthansa A380 First Class lavatory urinal

Seat choice

Solo travellers will want to snag an A or K window seat, and those travelling together will want the middle E & F seats.

Lufthansa A380 First Class seat

Even if you are flying solo and end up in a middle seat, there is a partition which raises to provide you with some privacy.

Food & drink

Before take-off, 1995 vintage Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires Champagne is offered.

Lufthansa A380 First Class champagne

After take-off, an amuse bouche is served. For appetizer, there is the signature caviar service, which is portioned out by a crew member.

Lufthansa A380 First Class food

Following that was a plate of three other appetizers: duck tartar, vinegared apricots, and a tart of halibut accompanied by a salad.

Lufthansa A380 First Class food

I opted for the saddle of lamb with spicy chickpeas and cream cheese ravioli for main, which was cooked perfectly.

Lufthansa A380 First Class food

For dessert, there is a selection of cheeses and two sweet options.

Lufthansa A380 First Class food

The variation of strawberries with lime Chantilly, Madagascar vanilla ice cream and yuzu marshmallows was delicious!

Lufthansa A380 First Class food

I could not go past the freshly-prepared scrambled eggs for breakfast, which were better than any other eggs I have been served on a plane before.

Lufthansa A380 First Class food

Here is the compact food and beverage menu from my flight:

Customer service

The crew and service could not be faulted. Matthias and Opal were very professional in the service delivery and the purser, Tina, was full of energy and enthusiasm whenever she entered the cabin.

Inflight entertainment

A relatively small, 17-inch, fixed-angle display sits above the ottoman.

Lufthansa A380 First Class inflight entertainment

The system was slow to respond to commands from the wired remote.

Complimentary internet is available for First Class passengers, however, at speeds of only 0.31/0.18 Mbps download/upload, it was not usable.

Amenities

Despite announcing new First Class amenities in February 2018, this flight still had the previous items launched in 2014. PJs from van Laack in lightweight cotton are provided, along with slippers.

Lufthansa A380 First Class amenities

The Braun Buffel amenity kit includes socks, a shoe horn, comb, teeth-cleaning kit, ear plugs, and la prairie lip balm, ice crystal crème and hand cream.

Lufthansa A380 First Class amenities

How to redeem points for this flight

After Krisflyer’s 2019 devaluation, the amount of miles needed to redeem for this flight has increased to 140,500 KrisFlyer miles. You can transfer points from cards that earn into American Express Membership Rewards at a ratio of 2:1 and pay around ~AU$500 in taxes for the one-way flight.

You may also use any Star Alliance partner points currency to book this flight, including United MileagePlus miles, THAI Royal Orchid Plus miles or Avianca LifeMiles.

At the time of booking, this flight was priced at $12,100.

As mentioned previously, Lufthansa only releases First Class award seats to its partners 15 days before departure, so this redemption is best suited to those with last-minute flexibility.

Lounge access

Before departing Frankfurt, First Class passengers get access to the amazing First Class Terminal.

Munich does not host a standalone First Class Terminal but does have two highly-rated First Class lounges.

Our other A380 First Class reviews

Summing up

This flight exceeded my very high expectations.

The hard-product is not competitive compared to the newer and larger private suites of other airlines, yet this was made up for by the impeccable soft product.

I cannot wait to experience it again.

Lufthansa A380 First Class overview was last modified: May 29th, 2019 by Greg Stone