Flight Review: Lufthansa 747-400 Economy Class from Frankfurt to Vancouver

Flight Review: Lufthansa 747-400 Economy Class from Frankfurt to Vancouver

Flight Information
Date
: May 16, 2018
Flight No.: LH492
Route: Frankfurt Main to Vancouver International
Airline: Lufthansa
Type: Boeing 747-400
Registration: D-ABVP

Currently, there are three airlines operating between the German financial center of Frankfurt and Vancouver, the largest city in the Canadian province of British Columbia: Air Canada, Condor, and Lufthansa.

Back in May, I took Lufthansa’s flight on the route, giving me a chance to experience the airline’s Boeing 747-400 in economy class. If you are interested in seeing what premium economy is like on the aircraft, check the review of a Frankfurt – Osaka flight I wrote a while back.

Transferring at Frankfurt Airport

I arrived at Frankfurt airport from Paris onboard another Lufthansa flight, and walked straight from “A-gates” to “B-gates” where my connecting flight was departing from.

While there was a fairly long line at the immigration counters I saw first, there was also a sign pointing to “further passport checks.” And, indeed, when I followed that sign, there was another set of counters with barely anyone there, meaning I could get through in less than a minute.

Frankfurt Airport
Going from A-gates to B-gates.
Frankfurt Airport
Not far from here, there was another, empty, passport control.

Since I had a fair bit of time before getting on the flight, I went to check the airport’s outdoor terrace which offers very limited views of the apron, and then grabbed a quick lunch at McDonald’s.

Finally, with the departure time approaching, I went to my flight’s departure gate, B20, where I was let into the waiting area after answering a couple of brief questions about my travel plans.

Frankfurt Airport
A view from Frankfurt airport’s outdoor terrace.
Boarding Lufthansa Flight
Entrance into the gate’s waiting area.

Boarding a Lufthansa 747-400 and Departing Frankfurt

Inside the gate area, I met with a friend that I was traveling with. Since there were still some minutes left until boarding would commence, we spent that time admiring the Queen of the Skies – especially its shiny engine no. 3.

Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 at Frankfurt Airport
The Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 in all its glory.
Lufthansa 747-400
A closer look at the shiny engine no. 3.

Boarding started at 1PM, and so, after letting most of the passengers get on, we finally handed our boarding passes to the gate staff and headed down the jetway, and onboard the 747.

Philippe headed to his seat, and I settled in 53D instead of my originally assigned 45E since it looked like I could get the whole row of four to myself that way.

On the seat, there was a pillow and a blanket. And, each seat was equipped with a fairly high resolution screen and a USB port. There was a shared universal power outlet between each pair of seats.

Boarding LH Flight to Vancouver
Boarding in progress.
Boeing 747-400 Wing
A look at the 747’s wing through the jetway window.

At 1:30PM, our scheduled departure time, one of the pilots announced that we were almost ready to go, but a few bags still had to be loaded. The aircraft doors were closed at 1:52PM, and we were pushed back at 2:01PM with a 31 minute delay.

Finally, at 2:19PM, we took off from runway 07C and got on our way to Vancouver.

Leaving Frankfurt
Our take off as seen on the IFE screen.

Lufthansa In-Flight Entertainment System

Once the seatbelt signs went off about ten minutes after take off, headsets were distributed to be used with the in-flight entertainment system.

Lufthansa 747-400 Economy Class Cabin
Economy class cabin shortly after the seatbelt signs went off.
Lufthansa Economy Class Headset
Headset.
Lufthansa Economy Class Headset
…and unpacked.

As far as the IFE content is concerned, I didn’t look at it in too much detail, but based on a quick look while we were taxiing for departure, there was plenty of movies to entertain most people on even the longest flights.

And, as we discovered with Philippe later, there was also a puzzle game that was quite addictive…

Lufthansa In-Flight Entertainment System
IFE language selection.
Lufthansa IFE
IFE welcome screen.
Lufthansa IFE
Menu.
Lufthansa IFE Games
Links – quite an addictive game!
Lufthansa Movies
There was well over a 100 movies to choose from.

Lufthansa Economy Class Lunch Service

With all of the passengers having received their headsets, the meal service could begin.

First, a bag of pretzels was served followed by a round of drinks. In my case, a cup of Coke Zero. Another ten or so minutes later, a hot towel was provided.

Lufthansa Pretzels
Pretzels
Coke Zero
Coke Zero.
Hot Wipe
Hot towel.

From there on, the service got to nearly a standstill. It took nearly one hour from the time I got the hot towel until the meal cart got to my row with the options of vegetarian pasta and spicy chicken.

I went for the spicy chicken which came with metal cutlery, and which was quite tasty.

After the meal was served, I was also offered coffee and tea.

Lufthansa Economy Class Meal
Lunch.

Cruising Towards Vancouver

After finishing the meal, I started playing the game mentioned earlier on the in-flight entertainment system.

Then, Philippe and I decided to go get some wing shots out of the second pair of doors – an excellent place to see the wing and engines of the Queen of the Skies while onboard.

Lufthansa 747 Purser Station
Purser station.
Lufthansa 747 Wing
A view of the wing through R2 door.
747-400 Staircase
Staircase leading to the upper deck.

We also spent some time hanging around in the galley where a box of Kit-Kat bars, as well as a selection of drinks were available for passengers to enjoy throughout the flight.

Lufthansa Snack and Drinks
Mid-flight snack and drink station.

Before the second meal service, we went out of our seats and to the R2 door’s windows two more times.

The first one was when we were flying over Greenland where the views of the snow-covered mountains below us were simply breathtaking.

Greenland
Greenland.
Greenland
A breathtaking scenery.
Greenland
And, one last look at Greenland.

And, the second time was above northern Canada where we could see some more “winter wonderland.”

Northern Canada.
Northern Canada.

Vegetarian Pasta or Beef Goulash?

The second meal service begun a bit more than an hour before landing and the options included, once again, vegetarian pasta, and beef goulash. While Philippe went with the beef goulash, I decided to go with the pasta.

The pasta was decent. And, for some reason – likely because the crew run out of “economy” version of the pasta – my meal came in premium economy class glassware.

Lufthansa Meal - Goulash
Beef goulash.
Lufthansa Meal - Vegetarian Pasta
Vegetarian pasta.

Landing at Vancouver International Airport

The flight started to come to its end when the seatbelt signs were switched back on at 2:22PM Vancouver time.

Not long after that, the cockpit crew asked the cabin crew to prepare the cabin for landing, and at 2:56PM, we landed in Vancouver.

We arrived at our parking spot at 3:05PM, forty minutes behind schedule. We waited for most of the passengers to disembark to be able to get clean cabin shot, and then followed the suit.

Lufthansa Economy Class
Economy class cabin after the end of the flight.
Lufthansa Premium Economy Class Cabin
Premium economy class.

Once inside the terminal, we took one last look at the 747 and then we headed through the immigration and onto the train to downtown Vancouver.

Lufthansa 747 in Vancouver
The 747 after bringing us to Vancouver.
Lufthansa 747 in Vancouver
And, one last look at the Queen of the Skies…

Lufthansa 747 Long-Haul Economy Class Summary

Lufthansa provided a fairly good way to get between Germany and Canada. The seat was comfortable enough, the IFE offered plenty of options to keep one busy, and the meals were fairly tasty. Especially so compared to its main competitor on the route, Air Canada.

The above coupled with the fact that the flight was operated by the 747 made for a very enjoyable trip across the Atlantic.

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