Lufthansa Airlines needs no introduction – a well-earned name in the Airlines industry. A preferred flight for most of the frequent flyers – business or leisure both – including me. While planning for my trip to Vienna from Delhi, I was really interested in trying a different airline. Although I had an amazing experience already with Qatar Airways, I love flying henceforth like to try different ones. So, when given a choice, I straightforward jumped to a Yes for Lufthansa Economy flight. Although good things come at a higher price, that’s true for flights too. There were other airline options also with relatively low cost, but my excitement drove me into the path of iconic German airline.
The airlines get its name reference from Luftwaffe which was a premier stronghold aircraft fighter in Germany’s role in World War II. Originally the airline was the main carrier in Germany post World War I, although it was merged into Luftwaffe when World War II broke on 1 September 1939. When Hitler lost the World War, then the Allies dissolved the airline soon after. Later in early 1950’s a newer organization Luftag launched a brand new national airline but derived the name of its historical airline but without any legal connection with prior Lufthansa.
#Delhi – Munich
The flight till Vienna was booked with a short 4 layover in Munich which allowed me to explore another airport. My flight was to start from Delhi late night and landing in Germany early morning which might be another pro for those like to save their day. Although I am an anxious flyer and I really can’t sleep at that altitude so I knew I simply had to pass time either way.
Upon entering the aircraft I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it had a 2 – 4 – 2 seating space – I was like WOW!! Can it start any better!! Although my excitement was short-lived as soon as I stepped onto the seat and found myself struggling with accommodating in that little space. I realized the seats are far less wide and legroom is also reduced. At that very moment, I knew I can neither sleep nor work on my laptop so I had to push my laptop bag in the upper compartment with the hope of finding nice in-flight entertainment.
As the flight was filling with the passengers, some flight attendants started to help them sort out their luggage in the upper compartments. Not a unique gesture…so why mention it?? Because I am a storyteller, thus I would like to highlight a small incident here. When the flight was full, just in the middle seating area, there was a group of friends, and one of them was unable to fit in his luggage in the upper compartment. The flight soon got full and almost everyone else was settled but him!! Then a flight attendant came up to him and spoke to him in a slightly rude manner to do it fast as the flight is about to start. I know Lufthansa doesn’t like delays and is actually famous for being on-time. But this tad incident could have been handled rather politely. That guy got so embarrassed from being called out in public like that he just kept the bag beneath his seat and started murmuring that he’ll do it later. After this little incident, I was also a little intimated of the crew and got more anxious worrying that similar should not happen with me!
After everybody settled, we started sharply on time and soon after the dinner was served. Although it was a midnight flight and I already had my dinner prior to boarding the flight I wasn’t that hungry. Yet I hardly say no to meals so that to know whether to opt for them the next time and also to help other travelers know my experience.
Being from India I am used to eating a different style of meat/chicken and don’t really relish raw meat – the kind which I was served in a chicken sandwich in Qatar Airways first leg. So when given an option between vegetarian and non-vegetarian I opted the former. Again one more disappointment in terms of Indian food. When talking in terms of Indian food, we are presented with the typical Spinach and Paneer dry gravy with rice. Apart from this, Indians are famous for their variety of curry options so am I used to eating rice with something slightly liquidated, so there I failed to understand how should I eat rice with dry gravy. I assumed that the food wasn’t fresh and thus the gravy dried up mid-way…that’s the only explanation else an iconic name like Lufthansa won’t serve such unusual combination of the main course!! Even the quantity was also a letdown but thankfully I wasn’t that hungry so ate it all.
Moving all, the dinner was wrapped soon and the lights were dimmed!! I started my late night journey with the in-flight entertainment. Although 6-8 hours was difficult to pass with that little legroom.
– If flying via economy in Lufthansa, try to opt for a seat with no seat in front of yours for better and more comfortable journey.
– If flying from India and economy and you enjoy vegetarian food, I would advise inquiring with the crew what is on the platter so as you can lower your expectation beforehand only.
– Bring in your entertainment options like Kindle, iPad or an iPod for occupying yourself in case you are not satisfied with the flight entertainment. It might come handy if you’re traveling on a night flight and the light from the LED screen of your seat might disturb your fellow passenger(s).
– Use an eye mask which might help you fall asleep. Also, if you’re also an anxious traveler like me, it will be a big help.
– Truly an On-Time carrier, chances of delay are less but of-course nothing guaranteed.
Finally, in my opinion, if given an option I might not choose Lufthansa again primarily because of uncomfortable seats.
Did you travel via Lufthansa Economy?? How was your experience with them? Do share with me, would love to hear from you all!!
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– The Wanderer
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