Lufthansa A380 First Class from Frankfurt to Singapore

For this flight, I was driven to the plane on a Porsche Cayenne since there was 2 other passengers travelling on the same cabin from the lounge. One of them seems to be a frequent traveller on this route since he still remembers the time when this flight would continue onwards to Jakarta.

Boarding Lufthansa A380
Boarding Lufthansa A380

Boarding a large widebody from the ground level was awesome since you get to feel just how big the whole jet was.

LH778 Frankfurt FRA – Singapore Changi SIN
STD-STA: 2155-1705
Actual: 2226-1653
Airbus A380-800 D-AIMA Frankfurt am Main
Gate Z54 Seat 2D

Inside the cabin, there was already 2 other passengers seated in 1A and 2K. Being back in this familiar cabin, the fittings and seats are the same thus I would not cover them in details again. But this time around I am seated in the 2nd row aisle seat since all the 4 window seats were already taken.

Front view
Cabin view from the middle

In most First Class flights with 2 rows of seats, I prefer to be seated in the second row as it is further away from the front staircase and less traffic during the flight since the rear of the First Class cabin is the galley.

Seat ambience
Seat ambience on 2D

As I got seated comfortably, the captain came online to announce a flight time of 11 hours and 25 mins. He came out to the cabin to greet the passengers in First Class.

Back of the First Class cabin
Lufthansa logo at the First Class cabin

Lead stewardess came by to introduce herself and presented me with Medium sized pyjamas and amenity kits. Sadly, there was no longer the Rimowa amenity kits and as I remarked this to her, she mentioned that plenty of travellers had the same comment. Since the male kit did not look very nice, I requested for a change to the female version.

Pyjamas
Neatly packed pyjamas

Stewardess took orders for our welcome drinks and I just asked for water. Surprisingly there was no refills offered or asked even though we were on the ground a little while.

Seat 2D
Seat 2D

Champagne is available for pre-departure drinks and the crew did setup the champagne complete with flutes and an ice bucket up front so First Class passengers could certainly help themselves.

Champagne bar during boarding
Champagne bar during boarding

While waiting on the ground, the stewardess handed out menus for the flight, which included a beverage menu as large as the meal menu.

Menus for the flight
Menus for the flight

Newspapers and magazines were placed at the front and passengers could choose the titles they want themselves. It was nice there was multiple copies of the same magazine so passengers could get their choice.

Crane logo at the cabin
Magazine shelf at the front of the cabin

I picked out a copy of the Monocle magazine for some reading during the flight.

Monocle magazine
Monocle magazine

After a slight delay, we made our way to the runway to proceed for a smooth take-off in the night sky. Once we reached cruising altitude, the crew went around the small cabin to pass around hot towels.

Towel service
Towel service

Shortly after that, a small plate of snack was served with my beverage of choice. With the amuse bouche served in the dimly lit cabin, it did not look presentable at all. Maybe that was why they did not serve it earlier when the cabin was bright. Either way, it did not taste very good.

Amuse bouche
“Amuse bouche

After the snack, there was a bit of a lull in the service and I checked out the inflight wifi. Wifi was provided by FlyNet and it was included for all First Class passengers where they will receive a voucher with an activation code. Do note the code can only be used for the current flight. In any case, the wifi was quite slow in this flight such that I did not bother with it.

Wifi welcome page
Wifi welcome page
Wifi cost
Wifi cost

With that, I switched to the inflight entertainment and watched the movie Ant Man and the Wasp and a TV Series titled Absentia. The Bose headphones supplied onboard meant it was comfortable enough that I did not need to take out my own headphones.

Bose headphones
Bose headphones

About 10 minutes into the movie, the stewardess laid out the tray table with linens and placed the cutleries, butter plate, salt and pepper shakers precisely and neatly. I had also requested for some champagne to enjoy with my supper, while bread was offered and I got some garlic bread.

Garlic bread
Garlic bread

The dimmed cabin lights did allow passengers who skipped the supper meal service to go to sleep but it certainly made it more difficult to take photos of the meal service.

Dimmed cabin lights
Dimmed cabin lights

The menu for the flight was as follow:

Inflight menu

Breakfast menu

And the beverage list was as follow:

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Red wine list

Dessert wine and port

Monthly recommendations

Cold beverages

Hot beverage list

Another 10 minutes passed by before the appetizer service started as the crew rolled out the cart stocked with caviars and the 3 types of starters along with a salad bowl.

Appetizer service
Appetizer service

Caviar is always a great way to start a First Class flight and I usually find it the most enjoyable part of First Class dining since it need not be warmed up and is a light and pleasant cuisine to have while flying.

Caviar to start
Caviar to start

Since there was plenty of starters left when the trolley came to my row, I asked for all 3 of them. The starters were tasty and I enjoyed them.

Trio of appetizers
Trio of appetizers

For my main course, I ordered the beef tenderloin and while it was presented nicely, the meat was slightly dry and overcooked. This meant the tenderloin was not as tender as I hoped and I did not even touch most of it.

Steak on the plane
Tenderloin of beef with carrots and green pea and mint mashed potatoes

Choosing the dessert, I just went with the chocolate one and it was alright. In the end this meal was not as satisfying as others I had in First Class. Aside from the caviar and the starters, the rest was a bit disappointing. For this late night departure, some kind of soup might have been very nice indeed.

Chocolate dessert

Layered chocolate creme brûlée

With the conclusion of the meal service, the crew gave out a box of pralines and a bottle of water.

Chocolates for turndown
Box of chocolate at turndown service

In addition they would also offer to make up the bed for passengers in First Class. This involves converting the seat to a full flat bed and laying down duvet and blankets along with pillows. The shield partition on the left is then moved up for more privacy.

Sleeping suite
Sleeping suite

During the time they setup the bed, I went to one of the lavatories upfront to refresh myself. Once again, I feel fortunate to have the space on the A380 and it was comfortable to change to pyjamas and brush my teeth.

Portside lavatory
Front lavatories in the A380 First Class

It was still nice to see the washroom stocked with necessities like shavers, razor creams, Evian mist spray and wet towels.

Amenities in the washroom
Amenities in the washroom

Because I had a bit of a nap in the lounge, I was not feeling sleepy and continued watching the movie before turning in. Watching the entertainment system while lying flat is still doable and somewhat nice as well!

Movie on the seat
Movie on the seat

It was only as we passed the Black Sea that I went to sleep for the night. On all my flights onboard the A380 premium cabins, I always find I have no trouble sleeping. The cabin ambience was just perfect and the temperature on Lufthansa’s flights suits me just fine.

Flight route
Flight route

I woke up only to the sound of cutleries and the smell of breakfast being served in the cabin. Now that is a nice way to wake up for a trans-continental flight. Orange juice and coffee was served first and that was very nice of the crew to prepare that quickly. Table linens are then placed once more and passengers are asked what they would like to have. After that we were offered granola, yogurt, croissants and fruit plates as breakfast starters.

Breakfast platter
Breakfast platter

For the main course, there was the tasty scrambled eggs topped with crispy bacons and chopped chives. The scrambled eggs was done nicely and for some reason this simple dish with the bacon outshine the miserable supper. During breakfast the cabin was still dark as there was some passengers who chose for more sleeping time to have a light breakfast instead.

Scrambled eggs and bacon
Scrambled eggs and bacon

After breakfast, most of the cabin was awake and the windows were opened to allow for daylight to illuminate the cabin.

Bottled water and amenity kit
Bottled water and amenity kit

With most of the inflight service being concluded, there was time to change out of my pyjamas since the 2 lavatories are shared by just 5 passengers in the front cabin. Back at my seat, I just relaxed by browsing the inflight magazines and reading materials I took at the start of the flight.

View from my seat
Daylight illuminating the cabin on our descent
Magazines and catalog
Magazines and duty free catalog

As we approached Singapore, even passengers in the middle section could get a view of the landing with the onboard camera and the simulation from the personal monitor. The generally fine weather did allow us to land slightly ahead of schedule even with out delayed departure.

Cabin view
Cabin view during descent

When it came for the time to disembark, I went to retrieve my belongings that I had placed in the private lockers behind my seat. All First Class passengers gets their own lockers with a combination code that they can set themselves. Not only was there space to hang your clothes or fit your hand carry items, this made the rest of the cabin more spacious and I do hope more First Class cabins are configured this way.

Private lockers
Private lockers

Considering Airbus is phasing out the A380 out of production, it is with fond memories as I look back to these series of First Class flights on Lufthansa’s A380 because I truly believe there is no greater way to fly commercially than on a First Class flight onboard an A380 just for the space and general comfort. Thus even when this might not be the best First Class flight I had with Lufthansa, it was still one of the most comfortable flight I ever had.

End of the flight
Cabin at the end of the flight
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