Lufthansa Airlines needs no introduction – a well-earned name in the airline industry. Considering whether to fly via Lufthansa Airlines economy class or not? I’m going to present a detailed Lufthansa Airlines economy class review from India to Germany to help you decide via Munich.
Lufthansa Airlines Economy class review
A preferred flight for most of frequent flyers – business or leisure both – including me. While planning 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 and hence like to try different ones. So, when given a choice, I straightforward jumped to a Yes for Lufthansa Airlines Economy class. Although good things come at a higher price, that’s true for flights too. There were other airline options also with relatively low costs, but my excitement drove me into the path of an iconic German airline.
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Lufthansa Airlines History
The Lufthansa 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 out on 1 September 1939. When Hitler lost the World War, then the Allies dissolved the airline soon after. Later in the early 1950’s a newer organization Luftag launched a brand new national airline that derived the name of its historical airline but without any legal connection with prior Lufthansa.
Delhi – Munich
The flight to 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 at night and landing in Germany early morning which might be another pro for those who 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 the time either way.
When I entered the plane, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it had a 2 – 4 – 2 seating space – seriously WOW!! Can it start any better!! Although my excitement was short-lived as soon as I stepped into 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 back my laptop bag in the upper compartment with the hope of finding nice in-flight entertainment.
As the flight was filling with 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 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 way 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 be handled rather politely. The guy got embarrassed about being called out in public like that he just kept the bag under 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 to me!
Lufthansa Economy Class Food
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 before 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 to help other travellers know my experience. This will be another important aspect of my review of the Lufthansa airline economy class.
Travelling has really taught me about the cultural and diet differences varying in different parts of the world. So, being from India I am used to eating a different style of meat/chicken. I don’t really relish raw meat – the same kind that I was served in a chicken sandwich in Qatar Airways first leg. So, when given an option between vegetarian and non-vegetarian I opted for the former from the Lufthansa economy-class food. Again one more disappointment in terms of Indian food.
Did I like the Lufthansa economy-class food?
I would say, No! We were given the typical spinach/paneer dry gravy with rice when talking about Indian food. Apart from this, we Indians are also famous for their variety of curry options. I am used to eating rice with something slightly liquidated hence the dislike. So there I failed to understand how should I eat rice with a dry gravy counterpart. I felt that the food wasn’t fresh and thus the gravy dried up mid-way. That’s the only explanation else an iconic name won’t serve such an 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 wrapped up soon and the lights dimmed. I started my late-night journey with in-flight entertainment. Although 6-8 hours was difficult to pass with that little legroom.
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Final Words on Lufthansa Airlines economy class review
– If flying in Lufthansa Airlines economy class, opt for the Exit row seats for a more comfortable journey.
– If flying from India and economy and you enjoy vegetarian food, I would recommend inquiring about the crew and what is on the platter so that you can adjust your expectation beforehand only.
– Bring in your entertainment options like Kindle, iPad or an iPod to occupy yourself if you are not satisfied with the flight entertainment. It’ll be handy when travelling during the night 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 traveller like me, it will be a big help.
– Truly an On-Time carrier, chances of delay are less but of-course nothing guaranteed.
Finally, if given an option I might not choose Lufthansa again economy class. Primarily because of uncomfortable seats for me comfort is above the brand name!!
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I often travel to US about 3 times a month, so have boarded almost all the airlines , but just didn’t get a chance to travel the Lufthansa luxury ( the way they advertised themselves), finally got a chance to travel Del to Los Angeles on flight on Jan 30 and outbound on Feb 8.
The services were average but was shocked on Flight. LH 760 FRANKFURT TO DEL to see that it is way below even a lost cost european carrier , the staff is that rude as if you are beggars, despite special meal request they didn’t had food left to cover all passengers, and was offering chicken to a vegetarian and that too borrowing from business class, I wondered that they did not serve anyone twice then where did the stuff go or they didn’t even care to check things despite being a star alliance and the only airline to announce ” A STAR ALLIANCE ” with their name repeatedly,
When it comes to drinks they simply say we dont have and blame catering company for that, obviously if they dont advertise their luxury rather in their advertisements they should suggest people to bring their own miniatures and some food to relax in a 8-10 and if you total all together a 24 hour journey.
Staff like Schepan were so confident that nothing is going to happen even though anybody complains , they themselves say ” PLEASE COMPAINT, PLEASE WRITE ” Becoz they know that they are enjoying the old legacy of Lufthansa and they dont give a shit even if someone flies with them or dont fly, they hardly care. They know the Lufthansa management has attractive old name and do a lot if attaractive ads to bluff people about their services and will bring another 300- 400 fools like me in the next flight who would pay a $100-200 more to fly on Lufthansa to get insulted and get pushed off,
All my concern is that it’s perfectly fine that Lufthansa and their crew wanna treat their passengers like cattle but STAR ALLIANCE should mingle in and kick Lufthansa out of this privileged group which has esteemed service providers like Thai so that at least people have some respect for STAR ALLIANCE which is the oldest alliance.
An appeal to readers : I would try to circulate this message in all social media as well as travel review sites and it is my appeal to the readers of this message to circulate this as much as you can to let the people know the ground reality of Lufthansa which is still a privilege for some people like me to fly with, let passengers know the insult which they are going to face by crew like Schepan and their colleagues and let’s get the people mentally prepared for it who would still fly this carrier.
Thank you for your comment and I completely understand your displeasure regarding the airline. I too pointed out some of the similar points here. Sometimes, we can just do our part by spreading the word and hope it can reach the right person. I really do hope, they live upto their standards & the brand they’ve formed over the years.
(Also FYI – I’ve removed your email & mobile number from the comment for privacy & security reasons).
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This brought back some really fond memories. I studied and lived in Germany for 4 years, so as you can imagine most of my travels from India to Germany were via Lufthansa. I have always been very fond of the airline and found it to be perfect especially when visiting a place in Europe. Although now, I usually search a few of the top airlines and see which one is cheaper and book through them.
Glad I could revive some of your nice memories. Sadly, I had high expectations from the airline and it didn’t come any close that was also disappointing for me. Maybe I need to give them another chance to try to change my perception🙂
This is the sad reality that comes with booking cheap flights. It sucks that it should always be a case of “you get what you pay for”. However, even if the leg room and seating is an issue, customer service is something that they can always work on. Rude service crew is always a turn off for me! Thanks for sharing your honest experience so we know in the future!
Honestly, Lufthansa is a costly airline from India, even my experience with slightly cheaper airlines was better both in terms of legroom plus behaviour and even food. I also expect you get what you pay for, but for me that wasn’t the case 😐
As I read your post, I realize, that I’ve never traveled by Lufthansa. Too bad that the crew spoke to a passenger in a rude manner and the food was not really good. But atleast good that they’re ontime!
Yes that’s a big plus 🙂
Interesting! I’ve never flown Lufthansa, and definitely didn’t know the history of their name. Too bad about the plane food, but I can’t say I’m surprised–I’m always mildly shocked when I receive plane food that’s even moderately tasty.
I agree, I found only one or two airlines with decent food!
I haven’t flown Lufthansa yet, but I kind of feel like very few airlines cater to passengers anymore. Flying these days feels like a Greyhound in the sky — cramped and far from luxurious. I guess they feel more pressure to stay the on-time airline, than to be polite to passengers.
I guess so too 🙂
I’ve flown Lufthansa but many years ago. Good tips on requesting what meal you’d like before the flight. Personally I don’t eat any plane food as it doesn’t make my flight any more pleasant!
I never flew Lufthansa but I know the Germans have an impeccable reputation for quality. Sorry to hear that the vegetarian food was such a disappointment. I like to carry snacks in case I don’t like the meal.
That’s a lesson the hard way..I’ll carry some snacks next time I fly with any airline 🙂
I have flown with Lufthansa a few times and would have no hesitation to book with them again. I flew long haul to Bangkok, the German beers and foods are delicious! It sounds like they got you to your destination safely too!
Yea they did get me just on time. But honestly, I had my expectation bar set to a real high which is something I now know I shouldn’t do 🙂
It amazes me how uncomfortable airplane seats are. Especially, those on long flights! I always try to look at my flight on seatguru to prepare myself. I’m heading to Iceland on Friday and going to go precisely that. Thanks for the post!
I agree, I also use seatguru but it’s the real experience of the place which gives precise info on the legromm and seat-width 😀
Long flights are never easy when you’re squeezed into a seat but you were served a meal and now know how to better confirm what you’ll be served. American airline companies would charge you for water…
Really? Wow I thought all long haul airlines provide meals🙊
When I lived in Germany I always flew Air Berlin (I lived in Berlin and they were more convenient than Lufthansa) but now that they’re bankrupt and no longer exist (sad cry) I might need to turn myself to Lufthansa!
Oh, sad to hear that, hope your experiences are better with Lufthansa 🙂
Ooooooh, what an interesting review!! I’ve not yet had the chance to fly Lufthansa. It’s nice to be prepared ahead of time, but I honestly think I could live with the snappy staff and average food if the flight time and price were right. I’m one of the lucky travellers that can usually sleep just about anywhere, which makes me a lot more tolerant of the little things 😉 thank you so much for sharing!!
I’ve flown Lufthansa a few times and I’m not typically super impressed to be honest! I am a bit accustomed to flying KLM and I really like flying with them. With Lufthansa I find they make really short connections that are very hard to make… and then blame you if you miss them! Over all though they are really safe, so I’d fly with them but not my #1 choice!
I’ve heard this blame game of Lufthansa a lot, thankfully I didn’t have to face that! And I do agree, they’re safe and a nice airline and ditto – not my first choice from now 🙂
I did travel with Lufthansa but very long time ago and don’t remember details anymore. I must agree that comfortable seats are very important and I pay attention to that. Also, advice to use eye masks is good. I always do on long haul flights. Thanks for sharing.
Glad you liked it 🙂 Thanks!
Wow, thanks for sharing! I love flying in general but rude encounters at the beginning of the flight just sets for a bad mood. 😔
Yup, intimidated me too 🙂
I have never flown with Lufthansa, so can’t really comment on the customer Service.
When it comes to airlines, I believe Emirates and Singapore Airlines is the best. Anything below that it’s just average.
Liked the honesty in your post.
I’m yet to fly with both you mentioned, but heard a lot positive about them, hope to experience that myself soon 🙂 Thanks for the kind words!
I flew Lufthansa from Chicago to Dusseldorf a couple years ago and it was really nice.
Glad to know that 🙂
I liked flying with Lufthansa when I flew with them, but I agree the seats are a little small. Thankfully though, I only have had short flights with them. Thanks for sharing your tips.
Yes, they’re nice for short trips, thanks 🙂
Yes I agree after taking the mid-east airlines like Emirates and Etihad, Lufthansa definitely doesn’t come anywhere near them in terms of service and quality. And they are all very close in prices!! Perhaps the only thing good for us flying from North America to India is getting an even break in a long journey but that is low priority so we usually don’t prefer to take Lufthansa if there is a better option available.
Yes the price range is similar so I would also choose Emirates/Etihad!! Thanks for taking time to read the post 🙂
Yes! I love Lufthansa. I’ve flown them (solely economy) several times, including to/from Europe last year, and they’re always great. My favorite airline domestically is Southwest or Virgin America. Abroad, I like BA or any of the Virgin brands or Qantas. Least favorite airline is Emirates, hands down.
Really!! This is the first time I have heard Emirates is someone’s least favorite..would love to hear about your experience with Emirates too 🙂
I’ve only ever flown coach (and this isn’t likely to change any time soonsince we have small children), so I think I’m used to being crammed into places like cattle, ha! At this point though, anything that isn’t being crammed into a tiny Volotea or RyanAir flight feels practically fancy since there are limited options off the island. We were originally scheduled to be on a Lufthansa flight back to the states in a couple weeks, but ended up having to switch to British. Let’s hope the food is better on that one =-D
I think the small seats can get very uncomfortable especially on long flights. As for food on board, I’m yet to find a decent company, everything tastes horrible!
I agree!! In some flights I just rely on bun and butter and fruits to survive😀
I’m used to take short flights with low cost companies, so I really don’t mind what you pointed out in the post. But I can also understand that for longer flights it can be very uncomfortable all the above mentioned, especially the food.
Would you choose Lufthansa again, then, or would you rather go back to Emirates?
Thanks for the kind words. I might not prefer Lufthansa again!
I admire the honesty in this post without sugarcoating. I’ve flown with several airlines and I think my favorite is Asiana Airlines (affordable, great food, entertainment, comfortable etc). I think my experience with Lufthansa is also the same in terms of how big (small) the plane was. I imagined how the flight attended was and it’s something that I don’t want to experience because I don’t know if I can just make myself not talk back. lol
Great post and honest review!
Thanks so much for such appreciative words.
Thanks for the fair warning about the airline’s poor customer service and lack of leg room. I’ll avoid them as much as possible, for fear of being ridiculed like this poor fella!
Yeah, probably I too will avoid!!
It sounds like the attendant was a little rude, but I guess that it is her job to ensure that the flight leaves on time. Thanks for the tips.
I agree, maybe she was just ensuring that everything takes place at the dedicated time, but for me the situation could have been handled in a different manner.
Very well written review with all pros and cons. Thanks for sharing your points.
Thank you 🙂
I did travel with Lufthansa and I found it alright. The thing is, no European airline can even nearly compete with the Middle Eastern one (Emirates, Qatar), or Singapore Airlines for example. They just don’t have the money. But the price is usually better, so it is a trade off!
I liked Lufthansa too but with a bit of flaw 😉 Well I guess everyone has different perspectives and for me, legroom and good food in economy is the key to surviving a long flight!! I agree the Mid Eastern airlines are better in terms of inflow of money!!
Nice! I must admit that I generally will book flights with the shortest layover times and of course according to budget! The rest I don’t really care about, as long as I get to where I want to 🙂
I like long layovers – equal/more than 8 hours – so that one more place to visit! For me being on-time is another big factor!!
Haha! I guess I’m just too eager to get to my destination 🙂 definitely, flights being delayed or cancelled are so frustrating!
Can’t agree more, delays spoil the plans🙊
Nicely written. Good tips and yes you only learn from experience. My favourite is emirates. Expensive but you get what you pay for. However some great deals on emirates when travelling low season. Happy travelling ✈️
I’m yet to travel via Emirates and have already heard nice reviews. Thanks for the tip about the low season. Thanks for the kind words 🙂