JONAS
Jonas Rask Eilersen
Lufthansa A380 Business Class
Frankfurt Main - Los Angeles, Airbus A380-800, Business Class
28th October 2015

Lufthansa operates a daily flight from Frankfurt to Los Angeles with all flights being operated by the huge Airbus A380-800.

The flight departs Frankfurt at 1010 and arrives in Los Angeles the same afternoon, at 1250. I checked it out.

Check In
I commenced my journey in Copenhagen, checking in at the dedicated business class desks for SAS and Star Alliance partners (among them, of course, Lufthansa). I was furnished with two boarding passes - one for the leg Copenhagen to Frankfurt, and one for the longer leg to Los Angeles.

As my Rimowa suitcase is an aluminum case, it had to go on the bulky luggage belt (Copenhagen is the only airport I know of which can't handle my suitcase going on the regular belts).

Security was easy (fast track), and on arrival in Frankfurt, I could go straight to my departure gate in Terminal 1.
The Lounge
Lufthansa operates a number of lounges at Frankfurt; as my flight was departing from the Z gates, I chose the nearest lounge which is on the third floor, near the Z gates duty free shop. While the lounge is impressive for its size and offers plenty of amenities (showers, buffet, ice cream cart and so on...), it just feels a little too anonymous. Service was acceptable - although receptionists were a little curt.

There are no boarding announcements being made here (thankfully). As it was still morning (around 9), I grabbed a glass of Apfelschorle (my favourite) and a newspaper (there is an ample selection here). The lounge was extremely busy, but not as busy as the general transit area downstairs.
Boarding
Around 920, I glanced on the screen in the lounge and saw that boarding had commenced. I went downstairs and was quickly seen to; for those who haven't flown on the Airbus A380, you won't know just how many people you will end up queuing with....(a lot...) - but I was amazed how quickly the gate personnel were able to get everybody sent through the correct channels.

I will be honest; the vast number of passengers meant that the boarding experience did not feel quite as luxurious and personal as I thought it should've been. I was not shown to my seat, for example. However, I was quickly offered an aperitif of either orange juice, water or champagne (Duval-Leroy Brut). I, of course, opted for the bubbly...
The Cabin, Seat and Service
All business class seats are on the upper deck; my seat, 15A, was a window seat.

The cabin is the new Lufthansa business class cabin. All seats are facing forward, in seat pairs (2-2-2) but are slightly angled away from each other, increasing privacy. Overall, the cabin feels very business like; the colour scheme is true to the greys, yellows and blues usually associated with Lufthansa. All felt fresh and new.

The seat goes fully flat and is very comfortable. It's some 20in wide and there is ample legroom. Also notable is the storage space - and, of course, the big screen for inflight entertainment. I loved the quilted blanket and the huge and very plump pillow. Although there is no extra padding when in bed mode, the seat is really good for both a snooze and a proper sleep. I would, however, have appreciated the option to not have somebody immediately next to me. Although the cabin layout is much more spacious than on e.g. the 787 or 777 aircraft, a little more privacy for single travellers would be nice.

Service was prompt, if quite impersonal. There were so many stewardesses and stewards milling about - and it seemed to be a different one attending to me every time. Cleanliness, including that of the lavatories, was to a high standard (side note: I loved the window in the lavatories - and the Korres amenities which were in ample supply!)
Food and Drink
Shortly after takeoff, printed menus were distributed. It's clear that a lot of work has gone into creating a pretty fancy menu - there were three choices of both starters, mains and desserts. It was also clear that a lot of passengers were transit passengers, who'd either arrived off other long haul flights (or had early starts in Europe); for them, an "Express Service" was proposed (i.e. a starter, main and dessert or cheese all served at the same time).

However, I was not in a hurry - with a flight time of close to 12 hours, I had plenty of time to dine (and drink...ahem). I asked for a Bloody Mary and this was delivered promptly (and mixed to perfection).

As for the food; while I was happy with my crayfish starter, I thought that the raviolo with black truffle and ricotta was too heavy (it was only 11am...). Still, the white wine (a 2013 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc) was excellent.

My curd mousse with strawberries and rhubarb compote went down a treat, too.

Before landing, a lentil stew with veal was served; it did the job but was nothing fancy.

Overall, the food and drink were acceptable, wines good - but not outstanding.
Inflight Entertainment
The IFE is quite impressive, and I was very happy with both the functionality, the selection and the screen itself which was large and without scratches. The earphones were of a good quality too.

The inflight magazine was a good read, too - and I really appreciated the vast selection of international reading matter available (newspapers and magazines).
Arrival
At 1150am local time, we started our descent into LAX, and we landed, incredibly smoothly, exactly at 1210pm.

Taxiing to our stand took a while, but I was amazed with the disembarkation process which was very smooth and quick. I also noted that the cabin and the staff were both impeccably groomed on arrival. Some cabins look like warzones after a long flight - not this time.
Verdict
Lufthansa is truly a safe and reliable choice, and the Airbus A380 is a joy to fly. I was not amazed with anything on this journey, really - but I felt very comfortable, well fed (and even a little tipsy...) on arrival, and I was still in good shape after having slept like a baby in the comfortable seat.
In short: while Lufthansa don't get my heart racing, I'd fly them again in a heartbeat.