After a two-hour delay, I was happy to board the flight and get to Frankfurt. It would be my first time flying the Lufthansa CityLine CRJ-900.
The boarding gate appeared empty, but when boarding was called it took mere moments for everyone to line up. The aircraft was parked at a remote stand, thus a bus transported us from the gate to the aircraft.
Larger carry-on bags were collected outside the plane and were returned at the plane upon landing in Frankfurt.
Milan (MXP) – Frankfurt (FRA)
Thursday, June 24
Aircraft: Bombardier CRJ-900
Seat: 1A (Business Class)
The captain apologized for the late departure, blaming high winds in Frankfurt. We pushed back at 8:45p and had to wait for several aircraft ahead of us to take off. By 9:00p we were in the air.
The cabin included six rows of business class with identical 2-2 seating to economy class (row one only had seats on the A/C side). The only difference was that in business class every other seat is blocked, so each passenger has a pair of seats.
A tiny, and I mean tiny, lavatory is located in the front of the aircraft for business class passengers. I could not fully stand up and could barely turn around.
Right after takeoff, a FA whipped out business class meals. The tray included ham, cole slaw, hot bread, cheese, and a tapioca-like dessert. I also requested a glass of sparkling water.
I didn’t eat much of the meal: I was saving room for my dinner in Mainz. But I do appreciate how Lufthansa serves a full meal on regional jet with a flight time of under one hour.
The sunset was stunning after takeoff:
As we neared Frankfurt, I began taking pictures. In all my years of living and visiting Frankfurt, I was not aware there was a nuclear power plant so close. We landed on the northwest runway (landings only), which gave me the chance to take some aerial shots of the airport and The Squaire/New Work City (the cruise-ship-like building).
Before the aircraft door even opened (and there wasn’t much a of a delay), the planeside-checked bags had already been unloaded and placed on cart for retrieval:
I love the 10pm dusk…
An intra-Europe business class report is not complete without my comment that I’d trade the meal in a heartbeat for a “real” business class seat. Nevertheless, I appreciate Lufthansa’s consistent product on flights within Europe.