LUFTHANSA First Class Terminal / Lounges Unveil 2016 Holiday Duck

LUFTHANSA First Class Terminal / Lounges Unveil 2016 Holiday Duck

Lufthansa will be offering a unique Duck during the Holiday season to passengers visiting the First Class Terminal and First Class Lounges in Frankfurt.   Make sure to change your travel plans so that you can add one to your collection!

2017 Lufthansa First Class Holiday Duck

2017 Lufthansa First Class Holiday Duck

The duck is available in limited quantities so once it’s gone, it’s gone!


SWISS First and Business Class Deals For Last 2 Weeks Of December!

SWISS First and Business Class Deals For Last 2 Weeks Of December!

For those of you who have yet to decide how or where you’ll spend Christmas this year, SWISS gives you compelling options.

SWISS is currently holding fare specials for Business and First Class from the USA to most of their destinations throughout Europe.

Pricing is attractive!

For example you can fly SWISS Business for only $2050 between NYC and Venice or Barcelona.   From Chicago the fare moves up to only $2300-$2700 for most European destinations.

For those of you compelled to spoil yourself and fly in First Class (read about my experiences), you can fly from New York to most of Europe for under $5000, and between $5000 and $6000 from most of SWISS’ other USA gateways.   To push you over the edge, here’s look at their fantastic First Class Lounge that opened earlier this year in Zurich.

Economy fares are also attractive, but not as compelling as the premium cabin options!

The travel period for these specials is restricted to the last 2 weeks of December, but what a perfect time to get to Europe to enjoy the fantastic Christmas markets……


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Plane Spottting Luxury In SWISS’ First Class Lounge In Zurich

Plane Spottting Luxury In SWISS’ First Class Lounge In Zurich

A few weeks ago while enroute back to the States from our Safari trip to Africa, we flew with SWISS and because of our seats, we were able to visit the First Class Lounge in Zurich between flights.    You can see what that fabulous Lounge is like in this trip report.   To see what a First Class flight aboard SWISS is like when you have the cabin to yourself, read this trip report.

Aside from all the fantastic amenities that you’ll find in the Lounge, my favorite was outside the Lounge.   When SWISS designed and built the new Business, SENator, and First Class Lounges inside ZRH’s Terminal E, they took advantage of the real-estate they had to work with and included outdoor terraces for all 3 lounges.    In fact, for the hardcore plane spotter, the Senator and Business Class Lounges are actually better for plane spotting since it puts you closer to the runway used for ‘Heavy’ arrivals in the morning.   The First Class Lounge however does have an advantage for ‘Heavy’ departures in the late morning and afternoon.

The photos should give you a pretty good idea as far as just how great the vantage point is from these Lounges.    Unfortunately the timing of my visit wasn’t ideal for photography.   We were in the Lounge from about 6:30a to 9a which meant that most of my shots were taken with the sun still not above the horizon.   The fact that it was extremely overcast didn’t help matters much.   Fortunately my camera did a stellar job with high ‘ISO’ settings so I was at least able to see what I was shooting!

If for some reason you don’t travel with a suitcase full of camera equipment, you’ll appreciate the high quality Leica binoculars and telescope that is available to guests so they can get up close looks at the birds.   There are a few pair of binoculars installed in kiosks found on the terrace (First Class terrace only for the binoculars).

Next year’s trip is going to include outbound SWISS flights so that I can spend 8-10 hours at this new Plane Spotting Mecca……

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A 20-year old Single Malt Scotch just adds to the wonderful experience! 🙂

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SPECIAL LUFTHANSA First Class Duck Available ONLY Today And Tomorrow!

SPECIAL LUFTHANSA First Class Duck Available ONLY Today And Tomorrow!

To celebrate the inevitable changing of the seasons and the time change that comes with it, Lufthansa’s First Class Services in Frankfurt will be giving a special and rare Duck to visitors to the First Class Terminal on October 29 and 30th.   The duck is appropriately named ‘Good Night’ due to the fact that Europeans will spin their clock back one hour on October 30 as Standard Time returns to their time zones and everyone will be able to get an extra hour’s sleep.

So if your travels qualify you to visit the ‘FCT’ this weekend, make sure you leave with this new duck to add to your collection.

 

Appropriately nicknamed the 'Good Night Duck'

Appropriately nicknamed the ‘Good Night Duck’

 

Related:  First Class Duck Registry

SWISS First Lounge Tour & Pictorial

SWISS First Lounge Tour & Pictorial

As part of our travel back from a Safari trip to Africa and the fact that I was booked in First Class for our flight from Zurich to the States, we had the ability to visit SWISS’ new First Class Lounge in Terminal E at Zurich.  Typically lounge access is restricted only to SWISS First Class passengers and Miles & More HON Circle members and since the lounge is located in Terminal E which serves only International long-haul flights, its even more exclusive than most First Class Lounges.

Just as I had the good fortune to have the entire First Class cabin to myself for the flight from Zurich, we were also the only visitors to the First Class Lounge during our 3 hour layover in ZRH.   This gave us the opportunity to explore the entire lounge without the risk of violating the privacy of other passengers and since we were the only ones in the lounge our attendant, Bjorn,  was extremely happy to give us a tour of the entire facility.

The lounge opened to passengers in February of this year and offers a few unique features not found in most First Class Lounges.    For example, the lounge is almost entirely wrapped by an outdoor terrace that provides an OUTSTANDING view of the airport, making it nirvana for ‘avgeeks’.  I spent most of my time on the terrace taking photos of aircraft while nursing a 20-year old Scotch….not a bad way to pass a lay over.

The lounge also offers private rooms that remind me of a high quality hotel accommodations instead of just a room with a cot in it thats designed for short naps.

Additionally, the lounge of course offers a 5-star al-a-carte dining experience along with a wine selection that can be measured in hundreds of bottles.

What struck me most about the lounge is simply how spotless and perfect it is.  Nothing is out of place, not even the cocktail napkins at the bar.   Magazines and newspapers were piled perfectly, even the flowers seemed to be set into a template.   Really impressive.

Being the only passengers gave us a great opportunity to explore the nooks and crannies, and I hope that the photos below give you a sense of how special this lounge is.

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You know you’re in for a treat when you see signage like this!

 

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This is the first impression that you get when entering the lounge. As I mentioned, see how everything is absolutely perfect??

 

Several Champagne choices......

Several Champagne choices……

 

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Magazines and Newspapers in several languages

 

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Hundreds of bottles of wine will satisfy any palette…..

 

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Several seating areas fill the lounge, each with their own large flat-screen TV.

 

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Another example of a seating area

 

A Leica Spotting Scope is available to zoom in on the aircraft. Another nice touch is the placement of several pairs of Leica binoculars on the terrace.

A Leica Spotting Scope is available to zoom in on the aircraft. Another nice touch is the placement of several pairs of Leica binoculars on the terrace.

 

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The Bar offers nothing but top-shelf beverages…..

 

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The Dining Room overlooks the terrace, providing wonderful views of the airport….

 

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The Dining Room offers a 5-star culinary experience, but unfortunately neither one of us had an appetite to eat at 7am!

 

But I did have room for a dram of 20 year old Scotch while plane spotting.....

But I did have room for a dram of 20 year old Scotch while plane spotting…..

 

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A private conference room is available and thanks to the modular design of the lounge can be adjusted to accommodate small or large groups, as well as being tied directly to one of the ‘Hotel Rooms’.

 

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A look inside the ‘Hotel Room’, notice the proximity to the observation terrace. Privacy can be an issue but light blocking shades and draperies take care of any concerns.

 

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The private bath in the ‘Hotel Room’

So as you can hopefully tell, this lounge is quite the place and should be on the list to visit for anyone that enjoys experiencing a premium product.    Though its not necessarily easy to create the strategy to gain entry, I promise you that the effort is worth it!


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