Review: Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt Concourse A

Introduction: It’s The Journey That Matters
Plaza Premium West Lounge Hong Kong
Swiss 139 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to Zurich
Swiss Business Class Lounge Zurich Terminal D
Swiss Business Class Lounge Zurich Terminal A
Swiss 2802 A321 Business Class Zurich to Geneva
Swiss Business Class Lounge Geneva
Lufthansa 1223 A321 Business Class Geneva to Frankfurt
Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt Concourse A
Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt Concourse Z
Lufthansa 796 A380 Business Class Frankfurt to Hong Kong


Upon deplaning my flight from Geneva I headed towards the signage for the Z gates, where I knew my flight would be departing from. Along the way, I saw signage for a Concourse A Lufthansa lounge, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt if I paid it a visit.

It was my first time in Frankfurt Airport, so I’m not quite sure how to get to the lounge if you’re departing on an international flight with a business class ticket, but if you’re a Star Gold member departing on a Star Alliance flight or have a Star Alliance business class ticket at hand, you’ll be able to access the lounge. I’m not sure about the regulations if you’re leaving from Frankfurt with a business class ticket, though, as you don’t need to clear security to enter the lounge.

Anyway, I decided to visit the lounge, so gave my boarding pass to the lounge attendant. The lounge attendant stated that there was a “much nicer” lounge by the Z gates, though I still expressed interest in visiting the lounge. She said, “ah, to tour around?” I said “yeah”. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to grab a picture of the lounge entrance.

Near the entrance was some bar seating that was unoccupied throughout my short stay.

img_5407Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt Concourse A Seating

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Cathay Pacific Introduces Dine on Demand

Cathay Pacific has announced that it will be trialing a Dine on Demand concept in Business Class on flights from Hong Kong to London Gatwick and Chicago. This comes after years of criticism surrounding Cathay’s Business Class catering – which many have criticised for its lack of flexibility and poor presentation. After all, competitors such as Qatar Airways have offered passengers freshly plated on demand meals in Business Class for quite a long time.

IMG_6413.jpgCathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Catering 

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Review: Lufthansa 1223 A321 Business Class Geneva to Frankfurt

Introduction: It’s The Journey That Matters
Plaza Premium West Lounge Hong Kong
Swiss 139 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to Zurich
Swiss Business Class Lounge Zurich Terminal D
Swiss Business Class Lounge Zurich Terminal A
Swiss 2802 A321 Business Class Zurich to Geneva
Swiss Business Class Lounge Geneva
Lufthansa 1223 A321 Business Class Geneva to Frankfurt
Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt Concourse A
Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt Concourse Z
Lufthansa 796 A380 Business Class Frankfurt to Hong Kong


Lufthansa Flight 1223
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Origin: Geneva (GVA) Gate: A8 Dep: 18:20 (18:30)
Destination: Frankfurt (FRA) Gate: A50 Arr: 19:40 (19:40)
Duration: 1 h 20 min (1 h 10 min)
Aircraft: Airbus A321
Seat: 7A/6F (Business Class)

I was walking at a brisk pace, so the lead purser said “Stop!” at the entrance. He then had a look at my boarding pass and guided me to seat 7A, which is at the very back of the cabin.

I asked if I could take some pictures, and he said yes, though he asked, “for what purpose?” I responded with the speech that I had prepared in case I was asked when taking pictures onboard an aircraft – I love flying, I love taking photos, I always like being onboard first so I can get great pictures of aircraft, etc.

He then asked if my camera was a Powershot G3. I replied it was a G3 X, then he said “nice, I like taking photos too”.

img_5322Lufthansa Airbus A321 Business Class Cabin

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Upcoming Reviews and Upcoming Travel – What’s Next in Store?

While most airline bloggers that I know like to leave the reviewing process to themselves, I’m pretty transparent with everything I know that I owe you guys – mostly because I have nothing else to post, but also because I’m “committed” to whatever I say I’m going to be posting. I know that I’m one of the slowest posters in the entire airline blogosphere, but I’m working on trying to get everything out during my work time.

It’s always a blessing to know that you fly more than you post

I’d like to quickly run through all the products that I’ve yet to review, which I owe you in the next few weeks. Most of them will be part of the big Swiss and Lufthansa trip report that I’m writing up right now, but there will be a couple of other additions that I haven’t mentioned much.

I’d also like to run through the products that I’m expecting to write about in the next few months. I’ve run through them before, but this is finalised and not exactly the same as I’d once promised…

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Review: Swiss Business Class Lounge Geneva

Introduction: It’s The Journey That Matters
Plaza Premium West Lounge Hong Kong
Swiss 139 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to Zurich
Swiss Business Class Lounge Zurich Terminal D
Swiss Business Class Lounge Zurich Terminal A
Swiss 2802 A321 Business Class Zurich to Geneva
Swiss Business Class Lounge Geneva
Lufthansa 1223 A321 Business Class Geneva to Frankfurt
Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt Concourse A
Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt Concourse Z
Lufthansa 796 A380 Business Class Frankfurt to Hong Kong


On our last day around the area, we took a van from Courchevel to Geneva’s city center, where my parents, the children traveling with us and I all got to buy our hearts content (if you’re wondering what I got, there’s a great chocolatier based in Geneva). We decided to head towards the airport at 3:00 PM for our 6:20 PM flight, and got there at around 3:30 PM.

Wow, Geneva Airport is a dump. We did our tax-free procedures for our French goods with the help of some staff at the Swiss ticketing center, which required going over to the French side of the airport, then back to the Swiss side.

img_5288Geneva Airport Departures Hall

I’ve explained the shenanigans we’ve had with online check-in before, so I won’t beat a dead horse – but check-in was straightforward, and Hailey was given seat 7A.

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My Thoughts on the Inflight Electronics Ban

Over the past few days, there has been a shock as the United States and the United Kingdom have imposed (separate) electronics bans on all flights from certain destinations. While most bans just leave me feeling sorry for those affected (such as the U.S. travel ban, which left me really sad but partially unable to relate), this one has shaken me more than any other. While I’ll try to avoid looking at this from my own perspective, as I use electronics on planes differently from most travelers, I’d like to quickly run through my thoughts – I’m no expert when it comes to travel laws, so Jason may be able to come up with a more definitive post describing the parameters of the ban.

DSCF9211Some passengers may be greatly affected on the way to the United Kingdom and the United States, especially to Heathrow Airport

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Review: Swiss 2802 A321 Business Class Zurich to Geneva

Introduction: It’s The Journey That Matters
Plaza Premium West Lounge Hong Kong
Swiss 139 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to Zurich
Swiss Business Class Lounge Zurich Terminal D
Swiss Business Class Lounge Zurich Terminal A
Swiss 2802 A321 Business Class Zurich to Geneva
Swiss Business Class Lounge Geneva
Lufthansa 1223 A321 Business Class Geneva to Frankfurt
Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt Concourse A
Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt Concourse Z
Lufthansa 796 A380 Business Class Frankfurt to Hong Kong


Swiss Flight 2802
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Origin: Zurich (ZRH) Gate: A85 Dep: 07:50 (07:55)
Destination: Geneva (GVA) Gate: A10 Arr: 08:45 (08:40)
Duration: 55 min (45 min)
Aircraft: Airbus A321
Seat: 6F (Business Class)

Upon arriving the cabin I first asked the purser if I could take a few pictures, and she gladly obliged. I was excited to be in intra-European business class for the first time.

img_5098 Swiss Airbus A321 Business Class Cabin

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Review: Swiss Business Class Lounge Terminal A

Introduction: It’s The Journey That Matters
Plaza Premium West Lounge Hong Kong
Swiss 139 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to Zurich
Swiss Business Class Lounge Zurich Terminal D
Swiss Business Class Lounge Zurich Terminal A
Swiss 2802 A321 Business Class Zurich to Geneva
Swiss Business Class Lounge Geneva
Lufthansa 1223 A321 Business Class Geneva to Frankfurt
Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt Concourse A
Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt Concourse Z
Lufthansa 796 A380 Business Class Frankfurt to Hong Kong


I’ve been terrible with trip report speeds lately, despite having all the photos uploaded. I’ll make sure that each post is coming every two days from hereon out, so I can actually start powering through my work next week (I do still have an assignment that’s overdue and a chemistry test tomorrow, but the former can be dealt with and I’m mostly ready for the latter). So yeah, here’s my apology. Here we go…


The walk to Terminal A was surprisingly fast given my mom’s descriptions. I caught up with my family immediately, as I’d assumed it was quite a hike, and started running as fast as I could. I’m not sure how fast the rest of the group was walking at this point, but the immigration point for transiting passengers couldn’t have been more than 200m from the immigration point for passengers departing Zurich. At this point some of my friends realised they wouldn’t be able to make the 7 AM flight (they booked through a travel agency, so that’s a shame), so I made sure to get them rebooked on our flight.

I appreciated the extra time, though – while I thought I’d visited a combined business class/Senator lounge last time, I’m assuming the agent had actually accidentally pointed me towards the Senator lounge. The other possibility is that the lounge simply has different access policies at different times of day. Reviewing this lounge means that I’ve now covered all the business class lounge options at Zurich Airport.

I got to the entrance by going up a level from where the A gates were, as the two lounges share an entrance (I didn’t actually take a picture of the entrance, though here’s one from my previous visit).

img_1748Swiss Business Lounge A Entrance

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Top 10 Things I Look For In An Airline Lounge

A few days ago Jason and I thought it would be fun to rank business class airline lounges into five “tiers”. We collectively agreed that Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong The Pier Business Class Lounge belonged in Tier 1, and the Lounge Pacific at Osaka belonged in Tier 5. However, it was fun to talk about some of the airline lounges that we had differing opinions of.

img_5289Geneva Airport is a good example of why I value lounges

This led me to think of what is important in an airport lounge in general, since it’s one of the things I really enjoy reviewing up here at Young Travelers (I don’t want to be a designer in the future, but I love great designs, and a lot of my friends are aspiring designers as well).

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Review: Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge Hong Kong

Introduction
Cathay Pacific – The Wing First Class Lounge
Cathay Pacific Flight 699 Business Class Hong Kong to Mumbai
GVK Premium Lounge Mumbai
Cathay Pacific – The Arrival


We decided to set out for the airport at around 2:30, which was around 3 hours prior to our flight to Mumbai. We took an UberBlack to the Airport Express Station located in the International Finance Center at Hong Kong. The ride cost us $50 HKD ($6.45 USD) which is similar to what a taxi would cost us, except this ride was in a Tesla Model S.

The Airport Express is the most convenient and efficient way to get from the city center to the Airport. Costing just $100 ($12.9 USD) per person per way, it’s a real deal, considering that a taxi would usually cost upwards of $400.

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The Airport Express

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