For the vast majority of travelers the single most stressful portion of air travel is the airport experience. Airport terminals are crowded, noisy, security lines can move at a snails pace, security screeners may be less than polite, the benches aren’t comfortable and the food selection options are dismal.
Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal is not a lounge, or even located in the main terminal, it is an independent freestanding terminal dedicated to meeting the needs of first class passengers flying internationally.
The First Class Terminal is an experience of multiple services and a haven from the usual stress of traveling.
Upon entering Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal passengers experience one-on-one service. Check in involves no lines and virtually no waiting as they are escorted through security and into the lounge.
For some passengers, the first immediate difference in the passenger experience at the First Class Terminal will not be the quiet setting or the one-on-one assistance, but that security not only has no lines, but also no walk through metal detectors. Passengers entering the First Class Terminal must undergo the usual security, metal detectors are operated by hand, but security agents that are exceedingly polite.
Once through security, passengers cross through a set of automatic frosted doors … and then the experience begins.
For those who have been traveling or coming straight from work, The First Class Terminal offers the option of not only showers, in spacious shower room, but also the option to take a bath (that comes with a rubber ducky). Those who choose a shower or bath are provided with a robe and slippers so that they may relax before and after bathing.
For those who just in need of some private time to relax, the First Class Terminal also offers sleeping rooms. Long comfortable beds are situated in private rooms away from the main room and dining area, creating a space ideal for napping or just laying down and relaxing.
Once finished with relaxing, passengers have a number of options to stay entertained, fed, quenched, relaxed or be productive.
For those in need of food, the First Class Terminal offers a top rate restaurant for passengers to dine and quench their thirst from an exquisitely stocked bar.
While many airline lounges offer food, very few off the level of culinary options available to passengers as the First Class Terminal … and this applies to those sitting at the bar as well.
As many who use the First Class Terminal are business travelers, the Terminal offers private offices. These private offices are not cubicles, but actual offices. Need to make some calls? Just shut the door, lean back in your leather office chair and dialing. Each office is similar to a mini-business center for individual travelers.
Not interested in working while at the airport? The Lufthansa First Class Terminal offers a unique place to unwind … this area is not for smokers … but cigar smokers. The First Class Terminal’s Cigar Lounge gives travelers the opportunity to experience different cigars from around the world, as well as enjoy a second fully stocked bar.
The First Class Terminal is however for travel and the services it directly offers its traveler’s make the experience a complete stand out.
As the time comes for passengers to depart for their flights, the Lufthansa First Class Terminal Staff will find individual passengers to alert them to the time. No watching the clock or listening to announcements and no chance for missing a flight.
Once the Lufthansa staff member finds a passenger, they take their passport from them and bring it down to the passport control in the First Class Terminal. Passport Control in the Terminal has no waiting and no lines, each passenger is handled individually, so by the time they arrive down stairs, at Passport Control they are ready to go … and go in style.
Passengers need not walk to their gate, or deal with lines, passengers in the First Class Terminal are placed in Mercedes or Porsche vehicles and driven to their flight, then escorted into an elevator that leaves them at the jet way door.
There are many outstanding first class airline lounges, but Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal out does them all by providing a level of service and services that outshine everyone of their competitors.
Next time you feel like booking a long haul international flight in first class consider experiencing the lap of luxury before a flight or between connecting flights.
Below are twelve photos of Lufthansa’s exclusive First Class Terminal at Frankfurt Airport.