Tomorrow starts our trip (as least my part of it) to Hong Kong, albeit getting there will be a little bit more creative for me than the convenience of sitting on a United 777 from Chicago to Hong Kong (which is what Mrs. LH Flyer is doing on the following day).
My day tomorrow starts way too early when I fly with United to Chicago then onward to Washington DC, at which point I’ll meet up with a Lufthansa A330 and head for Frankfurt, arriving at a mildly ridiculous 5:15a (I’ll be camped out in front of the Lounge Entrance for a while). From there, I’ll have a few hours to freshen up before meeting up with a friend from Lufthansa who has arranged access “behind the fence” for us which will bring us close up to both aircraft and airport alike. So I expect that I’ll have an entirely different ‘plane spotting’ perspective in Frankfurt than on previous visits.
After several hours of ‘avgeek’-style good times, I plan on meeting up with the great people from LH’s passenger social media group and spend time with them visiting a hidden gem tucked away in one of the basements in one of the Terminals.
After a break for dinner with a few friends, it’ll be off to FCT for the continuation of my travels at which point I’ll board a late night flight to Bangkok (sounds like a Rush song doesn’t it?). Once in Bangkok, it will be a quick 2 hour transit at which point I’ll board a Thai Airways 747 for the brief 3 1/2 hour flight to Hong Kong. As part of my flight on Thai, I took advantage of their meal pre-order service, but it wasn’t easy. I was amazed at the selections that are available — I stopped counting after scrolling through about 25 different meal options that can be pre-ordered. I hope I didn’t make a mistake by ordering the Chinese Roast Duck. Hopefully my Lufthansa Ducks won’t be aware of what’s going on around them during dinner.
If everything works out, Mrs. LH Flyer will only have to wait about 2 hours for me at Hong Kong Int’l, before we head off to our hotel. I may be taking the long way around to get to Hong Kong compared to her, but who do you think will have more fun?
Coming home will be a little bit easier as we’ll fly on Asiana from Hong Kong to Chicago via Seoul. We’ll have the opportunity to experience Asiana’s well regarded new First Class Suite cabin which I’m sure will be a great treat and a fitting way to close a great vacation.
It’s safe to say that I will have thousands of pictures and plenty of trip report material to share once we return in about 10 days.