I recently published two first class reviews from Los Angeles to Frankfurt on Lufthansa, one on an A380 and the other on a 747-8. Which aircraft is better if traveling in Lufthansa First Class? This post will will compare the two aircraft.
I’ve compared the two aircraft on ten metrics (in alphabetical order), including:
- Food + Drink
- Personal Storage
- Window Shades
Bedding is identical on both aircraft.
The A380 has a wonderful tail camera that provides stunning views from outside the aircraft. Meanwhile, the 747-8 has a nose camera and belly camera, but no tail camera.
Food + Drink
Food and drink is identical on both aircraft. Steer clear of any red meat in Lufthansa First Class unless you like it beyond well-done…
Other than the built-in cameras discussed above, IFE selection is identical on both aircraft. Wi-Fi is also available on both aircraft.
Here is perhaps the most marked difference between the two aircraft. While the 747-8 has a slightly oversized lavatory (equivalent to handicapped size), the A380 has two huge lavatories. The lavatories are spacious with plenty of room to stand up, move around, and change in. The A380 lavatories even contain a urinal.
With first class on the upper deck, the A380 offers a slightly more quite cabin environment than the 747-8. That said, the nose of the 747-8 is also not loud.
While the first class seats on both aircraft contain ample personal storage compartments, the A380 has personal lockers large enough for your large carry-on bag and personal item. The lockers include a combination-lock, but I have never felt a need to actually use it since the cabin is very secluded in the front of the A380 upper deck. There are no overhead storage bins in first class.
Note the personal lockers on both aisles behind the first class cabins.
Meanwhile, the 747-8 has overhead luggage bin on the sides only (the center section has none).
Both first class cabins contain eight seats. The 747-8 is configured 1-1 in the first two rows and 1-2-1 in the third row while the A380 contains two rows of 1-2-1 seating. The seats are identical.
Service in Lufthansa First Class is delightful on Lufthansa no matter which aircraft you fly.
Both the 747-8 and A380 have automatic window shades in first class with honeycomb-style blinds plus blackout shades. The buttons are different, but both provide elegant alternatives to conventional window shades.
While I love the 747-8, all else equal I’d always choose the A380. Reason? The lavatories. The large lavatory provides a much more comfortable experience than the smaller 747-8 restrooms. The grand staircase is another nice A380-only feature.
But both aircraft are a pleasure to fly. We’re just quibbling here…