After maxing out the first class experience in Frankfurt, it was time to board the Lufthansa 747-400 from FRA->EWR. This is one of the most famous first classes out there because it features both a seat and a bed. The cabin is on the upper deck of the 747 and has eight seats…though there was only one other person in First Class on our flight.
I have flown on Lufthansa’s first class once before, but this was my first time being able to share the experience with someone else…which I was obviously very excited about. Lufthansa has an amazing first class product from the amazing lounges to the luxurious cabin. What an experience!
We began by taking a taxi to the First Class Terminal. This is one of the huge perks about flying First Class on Lufthansa…a separate terminal! To read even more about the FCT you can check out my other trip on Lufthansa First to Zurich and Florence.
We were pretty hungry, so we went straight to the restaurant to check out the buffet
Asiana was the first true first class leg of this trip and I was extremely excited. We went straight to the First Class check-in desk where a slightly angry/confused employee took our passports and printed out boarding pass. They also gave us each a booklet of dollar bills for tips (WTF???)
A book of dollar bills
We were then escorted to security and left on our own to make our way to the Asiana First Class Lounge. The First Class Lounge was nothing special…and the food was not very good either. At least it was a quiet place to relax before the flight. The showers and the bathroom were alright…but I was definitely let down a little since I have really high expectations for first class lounges.
After a whirlwind tour of Tokyo, it was time to head to Seoul on a United 777 outfitted with United’s new Business Class. Just a quick word of advice for people traveling from Tokyo Narita… It is super far! It took us about 2 hours (we made a couple wrong moves) to get from the city to the airport. Luckily once we made it to the airport we were well taken care of… plus our flight was delayed by a couple of hours so it really didn’t even matter!
Our first stop was the ANA Business lounge which was highly recommended by the frequent flier community. It was a pretty comfortable lounge, though a bit noisy and busy. Of course, we had to sample the noodle bar which is a highlight of most travelers going through Narita in Business. It did not disappoint.
KIX airport was alright, but definitely nothing special. Luckily we had a super short layover there which seemed to take forever because of our excitement to get to Tokyo. Also, what’s up with putting bags in plastic?