Our journey from Europe to Panama involved a 3-leg flight with Lufthansa, starting from Amsterdam. Having flown little with Lufthansa beforehand, we were curious to discover how a Lufthansa longhaul inflight experience would pan out.
Our Lufthansa Longhaul Inflight Experience
The Lufthansa flight deal we found was quite exceptional. Just €310 each for a return flight ticket. We’ve sometimes paid more than this for one-way only flights within Europe. Admittedly, the low price was largely due to the fact that we weren’t flying direct.
Our journey comprised 3 legs: Amsterdam-Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Bogota, Bogota-Panama City. The total journey time was a hefty 18 hours.
The only questions were would Lufthansa live up to its reputation as the best airline in Europe? and the 9th best airline in the world?
After a 20-minute ‘technical’ delay in Amsterdam, we were already running late for our connection when we arrived in Frankfurt.
Frankfurt is a huge airport. After finding our zone, we had to queue for another passport check. When we finally reached our gate, they were ready for boarding. Had we been delayed by another 30 minutes, we’d possibly have missed our connection (and holiday).
Lufthansa’s Airbus A340-300 – used for these longhaul flights – is a little cramped in economy class. The food is acceptable, and drinks are served from large bottles on the trolley (no miniatures here).
The headphones for the inflight entertainment system are 2-pin, but there was only a single-pin plug on the console. This means that unless you bring along and use your own headphones, you’ll get only single-speaker mono sound, with just half the volume.
All in all, Lufthansa is not much worse than any other long-haul flight we’ve taken from Europe – but certainly no better.
However, considering the really low price we paid for our economy tickets, we can hardly complain.
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