Previous parts of this trip:
- Introduction: USA, September 2019
- Trip Report: TAP Portugal | Airbus A330 | London Heathrow – Lisbon
- Trip Report: TAP Portugal | Airbus A320 | Lisbon – Geneva
- Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza, Geneva Airport
- Trip Report: Iberia | Airbus A320 | Geneva – Madrid
- Trip Report: Iberia | Airbus A350 | Madrid – New York JFK
- Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza, HY36 Midtown Manhattan
- In Pictures: New York
- Trip Report: American Airlines First Class | B737 | New York – Miami
- Hotel Review: Holiday Inn, Port of Miami Downtown
- In Pictures: Miami
- Trip Report: American Airlines First Class | Airbus A321 | Miami-Dallas
- Hotel Review: Hotel Indigo, Dallas Downtown
- In Pictures: Dallas
- Trip Report: American Airlines First Class | Airbus A321 | Dallas – Chicago
- Hotel Review: Kimpton Gray Hotel, Chicago
- In Pictures: Chicago
- Trip Report: Delta Airlines First Class | Boeing 717 | Chicago – Detroit
- Trip Report: Delta Airlines Airbus A220 | First Class | Detroit – Newark
- Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza, Times Square
- In Pictures: New York 2
- Trip Report: Finnair | Airbus A330 | New York – Helsinki
- In Pictures: Helsinki
- Trip Report: Finnair | Embraer E190 | Helsinki – Geneva
- Hotel Review: Hotel PAX, Geneva
- In Pictures: Geneva
- Trip Report: Swiss | CS300 | GVA-ZRH
- Trip Report: Austrian | Airbus A320 | ZRH-VIE
- Hotel Review: Ruby Sofie Hotel, Vienna
In Pictures: Vienna
- Trip Report: Austrian | Airbus A320 | VIE-FRA
- Trip Report: Lufthansa | Airbus A321 | FRA-TXL
After arrival from Vienna, I made a point of heading to the recently opened Panorama lounge. I had wanted to go there back in December between flights, although it wasn’t open.
I was in luck this time however. Access was made by Star Alliance Gold status.
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge
This particular lounge certainly doesn’t follow the same concept of most other Lufthansa lounges. It’s the most recent of the airlines’ lounges to open in Frankfurt.
It is split into two sections. To the right of the reception area, it really isn’t anything too special. And not that big either.
Where as to the right, its a far bigger space.
As opposed to the mostly brown furniture found in nearly all the other Lufthansa lounges, this one was made up of a number of rooms and featured sofas and tables. It resembled more of a hotel than an airport lounge.
There were a pair of buffets with cold items, along with a few coffee machines dotted around. No warm food here though, as featured in the Senator lounge.
The views from this lounge weren’t too bad.
Boarding got underway a little later than advertised due to the aircraft arriving in from Berlin a behind schedule.
It eventually began around 15 minutes behind what was advertised. And around 15 minutes before departure.
The boarding process seemed to take quite a while, due to people blocking the aisle while they got their things out of their bags and generally being slow.
Boarding was completed twenty minutes later. Once more I scored a free middle seat.
A flight time of 50 minutes was given.
Due to the slight delay on boarding, we missed our departure slot. This meant that initially at least, we would be departing 25 minutes late. Luckily this improved slightly to 20 minutes.
We made it into the air 35 minutes after schedule.
On board service
The service on this short flight began just a couple of minutes after departure. On previous domestic flights with Lufthansa, the crew have handed out chocolate bars upon boarding. This time however they came through the cabin with a box of cakes.
This was followed up a few moments later with the drinks trolley. I’m not too sure why they couldn’t do both at once? Surely that would be more efficient?
After just under 30 minutes in the cruise, the engines spooled back. This left the crew to rush through the cabin collecting the rubbish – by this point the seatbelt signs had come on and were given the ten minutes to landing call.
They just about managed that and their final checks just as the landing gear was coming down.
Once we did land, it was one of the hardest I’d experienced!
Despite being absolutely awful for departures, Tegel works very well for arrivals. From leaving the plane, I was curbside in under 30 seconds due to not having to clear passport control or wait for a bag.
It was then off to catch a bus into the city, although as I found out the hard way, it appears the TXL express bus no longer goes as far as AlexanderPlatz.
Another Lufthansa flight that was consistent with the others I’ve taken with them over the years. In fact, it was consistent with the pair of Austrian flights I took prior to this flight too, who are also part of the Lufthansa group.
The crew did a good job getting everything done on this short sector, although I cant help but feel they made things more difficult for themselves than really needed. When I’ve flown between Frankfurt and Munich previously, which is a much shorter flight, it has seemed like less of a struggle for them.
Catering wise, it seems as though they have gone downhill a little. What I did receive was OK for this short flight, but I much preferred the branded biscuits from previously!