There are many international airlines that have first class lounges, but not many who have a whole terminal just for passengers flying first class. Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal in Frankfurt, Germany is as about as exclusive as one can get flying scheduled airline service. This is not an area you can buy a day pass for and you won’t even have access if you upgrade to first class. You either have to pay full fare for your international first class ticket or you have to have HON circle status, meaning you fly 600,000 miles over a two year period. I recently had a special tour of the terminal and wanted to share the experience.
Everything can be done for a passenger in the first class terminal — they even have their own security. The terminal is exclusive, but there are still about 200-300 passengers that will go through the lounge everyday. No worries, there are plenty of different spaces they can relax or do their business.
The bar area has 86 different kinds of whiskey for customers. There also were a few jars of different candy (seen at the end of the bar) which added a nice touch.
Right next to the bar is an eating area, where guests can order and eat food for free. Well, they did have to pay for that first class ticket, but once you are inside the walls of the first class terminal food and drinks are on the house.
If the bar area becomes a bit too crowded for your taste, right across the hall is a cigar lounge with its own mini-bar. I wonder how many business deals have been done in this area.
Many airline clubs are proud to state they have shower facilities available. Well, Lufthansa offers not only showers, but also full baths. And yes, that is a yellow rubber ducky on the edge of the bath and yes it has “Lufthansa” on it (photo) — now that is frek’n class.
After having a few helpings of whiskey and finishing a cigar, one can get a little sleepy. Passengers are able to get a private room and catch a few z’s before their flight.
Waiting at the gate, waiting for your row to be called is so for peons. When it is time to board your flight, someone will come get you and then you will be driven in either a Mercedes S500, Porsche Panamera or Porsche Cayenne. You will be chauffeured right to your plane where you can board to the first class cabin. That means you can make your own trip without even having to look at someone in business class, little alone economy. That is great for folks who want a little privacy.
For those select few who are able to use such an amenity, what a wonderful way to travel. For those who always say travelling is not what it used to be, this is a much better way to travel than it used to be, but it will just cost you a few bucks. For example, flying from New York to Frankfurt in Lufthansa first class will cost about $16,000.00 or Seattle to Frankfurt for about $20,000.00. But, of course if you have to ask how much it will cost, you probably can’t afford it.
VIEW A FEW MORE PHOTOS OF LUFTHANSA’S FIRST CLASS TERMINAL
All I can say is “wow”!
i was fortunate enough to use the First Class lounge at Frankfurt 2 years ago – the good news if you’re connecting from another location is that a car will pick you up on the tarmac to drive you to the terminal, where 2 lovely people welcome you to Frankfurt Airport and escort you to the lounge – the bad news is that the First Class TERMINAL (as opposed to the fabulous equivalent Lounge) is only for passengers originating at FRA – the other bad news? lounge treatments like massage or facial are not free, unlike British Airways’ wonderful Elemis spas
Great showcase. What a way to travel! I’d happily partake in the Cigars with a seat at the bar.
How the hell did YOU get in, even for a few pictures?
Surely not by paying. I was an invited guest by Lufthansa.
It is a fabulous experience. I don’t make the money, nor ever had a job that would pay for first class travel but fortunately through the use of miles I was able to experience the FCT last December. Definitely a memorable experience for us.
Little correction, unless things have changed in the last two years: You can get access if you have upgraded. But then, you can only upgrade to First from Business, so it is not like you are free-riding entirely.
And yes, if I find the monies in a seat cushion somewhere, this will be my preferred way of travel. Private aviation is sooo 1980s.
“Deutschland Uber Alles”, indeed.
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