Flugzeug defekt! Umgebucht auf Lufthansa Business Class A340-600 | YourTravel.TVOn February 10, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
Hello guys and welcome to a new flightreport! We are currently in Hong Kong and are flying today back to Europe. But, we’re flying today with greatest security, because we’re flying on El Al back in their Dreamliner 787-9 Business Class to Tel Aviv. Today with the Lufthansa A340-600 as long as they still exist, Business Class from Hong Kong to Frankfurt We have to be at least 3 hours before departure at the airport, at the check-in area. because of the higher safety standarts. We’re early enough. That was it. We’re not trough yet, but the safety check here was not as bad as in Paris. At the gate there will also be a more precise control of the hand luggage. That could take a bit longer again. Let’s hope it doesn’t. We’ve now left the country, safety check was okay, and now we’ll visit the lounge. We can decide now between the King David’s lounge, that’s how El Al call their lounges, or we take the American Express lounge, which also is available here in Hong Kong. We think about it. Okay we decided now to take the American Express lounge, because this Plaza lounge, which El Al also uses, is also at the same time the Priority Pass lounge, which will definitely be full. Almost everbody can get in there, so you can assume that it’s full. The American Express lounge mostly the more private one, except for when you’re in the USA. The Centurion lounges there are mostly completely full. You don’t believe how hungry I am, as we have not eaten anything today yet, we only had stress all the time. We did sport, were in the taxi, then we thought we could eat something, we didn’t. The check-in took ages, now it’s 3pm an I have’nt eaten anything the whole day. I could eat the whole buffet now
. Usually he’s the one who complains all the time, if he has nothing to eat. I ordered just now. Now we’re finally inside, I’ve already told it before, I don’t want to complain all the time, but I’m hungry. Cheers He’s hungry and then he takes the glass and says Cheers. So I can eat faster. Incidentally, the questionnaire at Check In was not allowed to be performed by a person known to us, because we know each other. We met him & the cabin crew from El Al here in Hong Kong and did something in the evening together. Yea, interesting, isn’t it? But logical, he could also smuggle us on board or whatever. Pretty strict Also the Israelis get questioned and controlled, not only foreigners get controlled. Everyone who wants to enter the airplane is checked down to the smallest detail. Okay, there is no boarding yet, this will take a while. After our luggage is checked through now, which took quite a long time, it was gone, now it’s back here but still no boarding. By the way, the luggage will taken be away from you, and they check it without your presence. Believe me, it was rifled through extremely, everything was mixed up. I’ve already checked the laptops for scratches. I don’t like it if there are scratches in my MacBook, but fortunately there aren’t any. Now they said, there are problems with the engines, they have to been checked through. Then they said we’ll receive further information in half an hour. Now we’re heading back to the lounge. Suddenly a different airplane stands here, you ask why? Our airplane is most likely broken, and that’s why we can not fly. We’ll be rebooked now and aren’t flying with El Al anymore, but probably again with Lufthansa direct to Frankfurt. But we have to get out and back in But now you’re seeing at least in our videos how things can go, and when the same things happen to you, you know exactly, you saw this in a video, that is isn’t that bad We’ll see if it’s bad We went through everything, all security checks, the whole fun, We were in the American Express lounge for a long, long, long time. And now we’re flying back with Lufthansa in their A340-600. I have no clue what this should mean, but I think we’ve been marked. You don’t think so, you see it. The suitcase was opened We have our suitcase again, now we head to the Lufthansa Check-in counter. Or somewhere else, let’s see. I like this service here from Lufthansa, it’s 7 pm right now, schedulded departure time is 11 pm, but check-in is already open for Business Class, First Class and Status costumers. That’s a really cool thing. We’re checked in now but we still have to wait for our boarding passes, because the communication between the 2 airlines is’nt that fast, but I can unterstand this. We’re now waiting for 15 more minutes, then we get our boarding passes and are ready to visit the lounge. 4 hours before departure, that’s not common. Usually a check-in opens about 2-3 hours before departure. What are we doing then? We could visit the Singapore lounge. Singapore, but we have to take the train then! Well, we left Hong Kong one time again. And I mean it’s embarrasing, we were so many times here, we went guaranteed in one of the last videos through the E-Gates, for the next time : You can go with your current passport through the E-Gates, which is way faster than if you leave the country manual via an officer. Just for information. I don’t know why we did not do that before. That was really more than just stupid of us. Now we’re again at the American Express Centurion lounge, At Lufthansa, we could choose from Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, although the Kris lounge is closed right now there is a renovation We could also go to the Hong Kong Airlines lounge, we became invited there, or the United Club, but I can’t recommend these, except for the United Polaris lounges in the USA, they should be very good, but not the ones here. However, we did not chose one of the just named Airlines. We just went back here. Here is somehow the better food and the better drinks. You can see behind us the lounge with champagne, cocktails, whiskey, water, whatever you want. And also quite healthy food. Well, now we’re finally done with the lounges here, with the American Express Lounge, Now we’re heading to the gate 214, that’s even still in the Satellite building, we had to take the train for a few meters. We’ve never left here until now. 214 is our gate as said before, boarding is already open. Let’s have a look. And because we were rebooked, we’re sitting now on different places, which means we have to ask if we could move to another seat in the airplane, so we could seat together. As you may know, we’ve already so many flightreports of Lufthansa online, and that’s why we will not report in such detail now. We’re now already more than 6 hours on this airport and we’re a bit tired already. And I just do not really feel like it anymore. I have to say, if you have a lot of stress, you’re so long en route already, you know the cabin is almost completely full and it’s a night flight, you just can’t talk so much and do so much things. You can assume that the video will be a bit quieter at some point now. We’ve already experienced a lot, I think we’re already at 20 minutes, or maybe 25 I hope the video doesn’t become too long. I’ve seen a lot of exciting stuff right now. A. I’ve just seen the chance that I could also do a flightreport once, and B. I see the the first time ever in a plane, between First Class and Business Class, is a door instead of a curtain. That just looks like it, no, that just looks like it. Really? There is a curtain. The curtain is always a bit thicker. I’m sorry, but this looks like a door. Okay, I turn you around, have a look yourself. What is it? Is this a door or is it a curtain? Well, the curtain isn’t visible yet. I’m sure it’s only a blue curtain. He has now distracted me a bit of the topic. What I wanted to say is, there are already several Lufthansa flightreports at our channel, You can have a look at our playlist. We have playlists, where you can watch all Business Class, all First Class, and also all Economy Class videos. That’s why I’m not going to go into that detail here. The Lufthansa Business Class is known for it 2-2-2 configuration. Not really up-to-date, sorry for that. But I’m hoping for the new Business Class, which should be installed 2020 in the new 777. And then we have finally a 1-2-1, or even a 1-1-1 configuration in the Business Class. I’m really excited for this, I look forward to it. Until then we have to content ourselves with this Business Class here. What I don’t really like is that the feet are narrowed down here. Who sits in the middle row, can cuddle with his neighbor. feet-cuddling. If the middle would not be. It’s completely booked up, isn’t it? But it’s really cool, thank you you made that! Wow, you thought that way? I like this. Now I’m really surprised. I said to you that we got different seats, And she checked our names before, and saw we had the same family name and so we maybe want to seat together. So she asked the woman, who seated here initially if she wanted to switch the seat, everything has been wonderful organized. That’s the Lufthansa remote-control for my touchscreen. He’s kidding me! And now a important tipp for you: Last time I forgot it to mention. Here at my right-hand side, it looks like a storage, but if you put anything inside here, and then you go into the sleeping position, it is gone. The problem is, is it a smartphone, or something else electronic, you can’t move the seat anymore and you have to call somebody and that gives trouble again. A tip for you : Don’t put here something important. I’m not a flight attendant I just tried to copy this from someone else, and he did it wrong, and so I thought I could make it right. That was a great announcement from the captain. “Nǐ hǎo” said the captain, which is the chinese word for hello. I like this. And he does a quite long announcement, explains where we’re flying, and he also says that we’re sadly not flying over Hong Kong downtown with the spectacular view, but anyway it’s dark outside. Flight time are 12 hours from Hong Kong to Frankfurt, we’re flying trough the night and are arriving at 5 am. We have 6 hours time shift + 6 hours official flight time, so we got 12 hours in total. That’s a long time, we can sleep a bit, hopefully comfortable. Let’s go to the toilet before take-off then, so I can show you what’s there. I’m now at the toilet between the 2 Business Class cabins, we’re in the front, the bigger one, and in the back there’s a second one. There are at least 4 toilets for the Business Class, There is a small case with mouth rinse, a damp cloth for washing hands, a comb, razors, What’s that? Ah, there’s nothing inside. A hand cream, I didn’t know Lufthansa has such hand creams. There are no cups, but we also don’t need them really. At a 15 years old plane I wouldn’t use the water for rinse my mouth. The tanks are mostly, especially on older planes, full of bacteria and stuff. You can’t clean them 100% up, so I can only recommend you, for mouth rinsing when tooth brushing, use mineral water or water which you can get out of the bottle here. So, we took-off, sadly it’s dark outside so I couldn’t show you much of the take-off. Now we wait until the service starts, as said before, this is a night flight, so after take-off there is something to eat. Dominik makes himself comfortable already. Be careful, it’s verys dangerous between the seats, watch out! What I didn’t said or showed to you before, on every seat, here on my right-hand side, are 2 USB plugs. The headphone jack is here right next to the already implemented headphones, they’re already plugged in. Surely you can also use your own. At Dominik’s side the headphone jack isn’t in the middle console, it’s right next to the window. There is a reading lamp here, And I can also pull down the armrest here on my left-hand side to get a bit more space. How do I control the seat? Here is a panel with 3 presets, so I can press here for sleeping position, but I have to keep it pressed down. I will show this to you later, but I can start right now. I can also go into the lounge position, there I can relax and watch films. What I don’t really like about the entertainment system of Lufthansa, It’s not a touch-screen. It’s far away so I would may not reach it easily, today both is standart, I can either control the monitor directly via the touch-screen or I can use the controller on my right-hand side. I have a small button here with which I can move the pointer a bit, and so I can choose with it whatever I want. The seat is a flat-bed, 180° And there are pads which should make it even more comfortable. The exactly dimensions of this seat I blend in for you right now. I will sleep here later when it’s dark. But let’s press the button now and see what it looks like. Shoes I can put off now, as we already took off. Now it’s better to put the arm rest down, and then you basically have a quite comfortable and soft bed. The exactly dimensions I showed to you before. As said before, the bed is quiet comfortable, it’s soft, and also long enough, altough the feet are a bit narrowed. The table I can find also on my right-hand side in the middle console, when I first put it out it’s divided in half and then I can unfold it. And with a single press of this button I can rotate the table, so I can easily leave the seat. But I have not told you one thing yet, the rebooking to Lufthansa here has a big advantage, originally we should’ve flown with El Al, and El Al is not part of a alliance, which means we were’nt able to gain miles. From El Al to Lufthansa we got in the booking class J, with J we gain 200% of the flight miles in form of mile coupons at SAS. we could’ve had the miles credited to Miles & More, but we usually collect our miles at SAS because we can get a gold status more easy there. A gold status is similar to the Senator status at Lufthansa, with which we also can visit the lounges while flying Economy. And there are also many other advantages like Priority Line, faster check-in, sometimes you also gain more miles with it, We also explained this to you in our travel-hacks videos, press the I, you can watch a bit trough our channel, there are also many other useful videos on how you can easily get bonus flights, so flights which are paid only with miles. For boarding you get a so called Winzersekt, and after take-off there is champagne, Pommery Champagne. Cheers Also there is a bowl with almond nuts. I would like the noodles. What could you recommend? I think I take the balik salmon. One thing I have to say, the pads, the blanket and the pillow are very comfortable. What I don’t really like is the position of the seat. I’m in the so called relaxing and lounge position right now, no, I don’t know why but I don’t really like it. This is the starter, I chose the balik salmon. There are flowers on it, so flowers you can eat. Dominik ordered a salad with oranges. There also was someone with chicken. Luckily they served salt and pepper with it, it’s completely tasteless, almost inedible I would say. If it wouldn’t be served that pretty, I would send it back. It tastes like nothing, I have butter, salt, and pepper, I already used this, but sorry, that does not make it better. Ah, that’s funny. Sometimes you even get adressed in the plane, But I still don’t want to film my neighbor. And while I talked to him my main dish arrived, I chose the ravioli this time, with tomato sauce. Dominik has fish with risotto? Or what is this Looks like milk-rice. Ok, that’s good. I don’t want to complain too much, I wonder why some airlines simply choose Do & Co, or do it like Qatar Airways and serve really good catering for themselves, Lufthansa, that was nothing, forget it. On the flight from Hong Kong, in the A340-600, Everything was low quality, it didn’t taste well. The only good thing was the roll. That was it. The rest you can forget Lufthansa. Everything extremely low quality. The only eatable thing is, and I call it eatable because at Austrian, there I had the noodles, and THAT were noodles. This is old something, but not noodles. I read recently at the Instagram of a colleague, and he said that the catering of Alitalia is so bad, he could sit down here in the Business class, have fun, and compare the noodles of Lufthansa with those of Alitalia, and then you know what noodles actually are, the ones from Alitalia. Where do you have the dressing from? It’s underneath. At mine there is no dressing underneath. Then take mine. This can happen, it shouldn’t happen at a 5 Star airline, but okay, it is as it is. Okay, that’s it, the food of Lufthansa. I just wanted the fruit salad, the cheese plate I also got now, altough I didn’t want it, I slept quite well, I think I slept even more than 8 hours. There are not even 2 hours until we arrive in Frankfurt. Dominik still sleeps. There is breakfast soon. You can choose between either normal breakfast, or some kind of potato noodles with bacon, I will try these. I should’ve read further, egg noodles with pork, that’s the chinese variant, and not potato noodles. But maybe it even was the better option. To that there is also a sausage plate with cheese and a fruit salad. Furthermore, orange juice, coffee, apple juice, everything you want. We arrived in Frankfurt with our A340-600, a very soft landing in Frankfurt. One of the flight attendants came to me again, and she said that she also tried the food, and also some people of the rear Business Class cabin complained. That means I wasn’t that wrong with my criticism, she also said that she can only confirm that and will report it. The salad was dry and tasteless, the fish was nothing. Also the crew has confirmed it. Furthermore was it a quite comfortable flight, it is said that the A340 is quite unsteady in the air, in between there were actually a few turbulences, but the captain explained it very well, because winds have blown against mountains, they went upwards and swirled the air. And because of that there were some turbulences in the airspace. Very interesting to know. Now let’s take a quick detour to the Welcome lounge of Lufthansa. I told you during the flight, The lounge is for Business Class costumers and Status costumers, when you arrived and have a bit of time left, you are able to eat something here and drink some coffee, and then you leave, go to the taxi, train, or whatever. We’ll do that now too. See you in the next video, bye!