During my transit in Frankfurt, I was able to access Lufthansa’s fantastic First Class Terminal which I will cover along with my return trip. Suffice to say, I had an excellent time to refresh and recharge in the lounge by having a nice long shower with a breakfast from the a-la-carte menu.
A long layover works to allow me to rest after a long haul flight before continuing on with my journey. Not only would this allow me to combat jet lag, but I would definitely be assured of a room that is ready for check-in when I arrive at my destination.
Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal in Frankfurt is located in a separate building from the rest of the terminal. It has its own security and immigration with all passengers coming here having to hand over their passport and boarding pass for immigration formalities. When it is time for boarding, the staff member will come and pick you wherever you might be inside the lounge. And from the lounge, one can actually take a peek on their fleet of cars that will bring passengers directly to their plane. While in previous years, they used to have Mercedes S Classes, the fleet seems to be primarily Porsches now, and that is not a bad thing indeed with new model Panameras and Cayennes serving passengers. Do note though that if more than 3 passengers are boarding the flight, the car might be a Mercedes van instead.
When it was time to board, I was picked up and brought down one level where the staff member handed me my passport and bade me a good journey. I was handed over to the driver who led me to a waiting Panamera sedan in black. As a huge fan of Porsches, I definitely loved the sight of the Panamera that would take me to my plane directly.
Sitting inside a Panamera while being transported to your plane ride seems like the nicest thing ever in an airplane as that brings the fuss out of navigating airport maps or feeling rushed by the constant airport boarding announcements. The interior is plush as modern Porsches have become luxurious vehicles, while the individual seating arrangement meant it was comfortable to ride in one. As a marketing tool, Porsche has a brief sample of their Christophorus magazine onboard.
Riding a car across the tarmac of a busy airport such as Frankfurt meant it was nice to spot all the Lufthansa jets going around the airport. It must have been an interesting ride for the driver as well to navigate amongst larger transportation tools.
Once we reached, the driver opened the rear hatch and I picked up my backpack before we proceed to the stairs or elevators depending on your preference. But not before I took a couple of quick snapshots of the car with the plane I was due to fly on. The driver was patient with me and waited as I took the photos, before escorting me up to the jetbridge where I boarded my next flight on Lufthansa.
Back on the Lufthansa Airbus A321, I was seated on the same slimline seats that was in all ways inferior to the one I just left on the Porsche. So the highlight of my flight to Stockholm was actually the Porsche Panamera transfer and it definitely put a smile on my face.
Since I have reviewed several intra-Europe Business Class flight, I would not cover it again as the service was routine and the nearly empty Business Class cabin meant I had plenty of space to stretch out. The meal was not bad at all but having had plenty of food and snacks in the First Class Terminal they did not really shine. It was nice for them to have a theme chocolate to tie in with the festive season though as that should cheer frequent travellers a bit.
Based on my experience, passengers connecting onwards to a First Class flight with Lufthansa will be picked up on a Porsche as well if their plane is parked in a remote stand. This service certainly aims to differentiate First Class from Business Class and it makes it worth it to redeem flights in First Class when flying Lufthansa.
As far as ground transfers go, having a Porsche pick you up or send you to your next flight, it might just be one of the best transportation method for transits ever! And for that, I would not mind a transit through Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal at Frankfurt a single bit.