This is my third post of many which reflect my ongoing winter trip! The trip report started here and links to all the posts.
I was hoping that when we landed, we wouldn’t be assigned a gate. The reason behind this was that if you arrive at a non-gate position, you are entitled to a private car transfer to the arrivals hall.
When we landed, I noticed that we turned away from the terminal and parked at a non-gate position. Score!
After getting off the plane, we were ushered to the First Class Van that was to take us to the arrivals hall. It’s important to note that this van will not take you directly to the First Class Terminal. The driver was nice enough to take my parents along with us in the van even though they were in Business Class.
Before leaving, I noticed that we parked next to an ANA 787 and a Lufthansa A340. Driving on the tarmac is such an amazing feeling because you realize how big these planes really are! The drive to the arrivals hall took about ten minutes and afterwards, we were taken to the immigration line. After clearing immigration, I followed the drill of just exiting and staying to the left. Eventually, we reached the holy grail of terminals.
Because I arrived with Lufthansa and was also departing in Lufthansa First, I was entitled to use the First Class Terminal. If you arrive in LH F and are departing on LH Business, I believe you can also use the Terminal as well.
TIP: The Lufthansa First Class Terminal/Lounge let’s you bring in one guest as long as they are traveling on the same flight as you. This was important because my parents were in business while my sister and I were in First.
I had originally been booked on an ANA 777-300ER First Class but my friend Amol from Points to Point B convinced me to switch to the Lufthansa A380 First Class.
After reaching the entrance to the FCT, we were greeted by our own personal assistant. She was an awesome assistant and made sure we were always taken care of. After entering the FCT, we went through what was probably the nicest security ever. The security agents actually smiled! Once we were cleared, our assistant showed us around and offered to set us up for showers. This was the highlight of my trip because all I wanted out of this was the Rubber Ducky! Note that there are only 2 shower rooms that offer the rubber duck. You have to ask for one with the bathtub.
After showering, I headed to the restaurant. The FCT has it’s own restaurant with a full-fledged menu! It’s also all complimentary. We arrived when they were serving breakfast and left when they started serving lunch so we got 2 meals in. The food ranged from fresh eggs to a selection of cold meats. We all elected to sit in our private area and eat instead of eating in the restaurant. While eating, I noticed a sign that stated that the FCT had wireless chargers for phones. I went to our assistant and she took my boarding pass in exchange for a round wireless charging plug. I then looked around and found a place that said “Wireless charge point” right next to the massage chairs. It worked pretty well until the white plug got so hot that it burned me!
After doing everything possible in the FCT, we just sat around and caught up on emails and work. At around 12:40, our assistant came and told us it was time for boarding. When we went downstairs, there was combination of Vans, Porsche’s, and Mercedes. I was put into a Mercedes S-Class while my parents got the Van.
The drive from the FCT to the plane took all of 2 minutes. The A380 as I’m told never receives an off gate location. We took our bags from the car and proceeded to follow the agent to the elevator up to the plane. She walked us all the way to our seat on the A380 and put us in the hands of the most professional crew on the trip.
Stay tuned for more posts!