LH2473 London Heathrow to Munich Airport (Economy Class) – Aboard Lufthansa’s Flying Lab
In this adventure
- A call from Germany
- Off to Heathrow T2. Wait. Terminal 2??
- LH2473 London Heathrow to Munich Airport
- Exploring innovation on the ground at Munich Airport
- LH424 Munich to Boston with Lufthansa and Recaro Aircraft Seating
- Into Boston, The Holiday Inn Bunker Hill
- Exploring Boston
- Robot and Bowl Food – Exploring Spyce… and lessons for the Passenger Experience?
- Oodles of Noodles – Pho and Ramen in Boston
- The APEX Conference and Expo – What you missed
- Back to Boston Logan International airport
- LH423 Boston Logan to Frankfurt-am-Main
- The joy of Frankfurt Airport
- LH924 Frankfurt to Heathrow… with a neo
- Train? Thataway
- The outlook for the next six months
LH2473 London Heathrow T2 to Munich Airport T2
Lufthansa, Seat 22F, Economy Class, Airbus A319
1250 Status miles, 676 Award Miles
I was welcomed aboard the plane and headed down the aisle. This plane would be going out packed – mainly because Oktoberfest had kicked off.
And we all know Brits and Beer go together, don’t we? With hen parties abroad and people getting settled, I headed to my seat near the back of the plane. The row was empty when I got there, but by the time I stowed my luggage and got comfy… more people arrived.
I strapped in and got comfy with my surroundings. After some years, I’ve got used to the Lufthansa NEK seat (or a Recaro custom product), and compared to some of the previous generation slimline seats, it’s still pretty passable – with good legroom and living space. Even in the back of the plane, where space can be at a premium.
Loading was completed on schedule, and after a manual safety demonstration, our plane pushed back and begun a short trundle around Heathrow Airport to 27L.
So, how many planes do you think you can line up for departures on a Heathrow runway?
If your answer was less than 2, you’re wrong. Four planes at once were turning and waiting their turn to depart – a well-coordinated piece of work by Ground control.
With a roar, our engines powered up and LH2473 took to the sky.
It was shortly after the point I were airborne that my body decided that an hours snooze was in order. Which was inconvenient because I wanted a non-stop sandwich.
I did wake up in time for the drinks service. In the past – one could get a can of mini-coke when requesting a coke light. That’s changed now… and you get served from the same bottle as everyone else. A nice cost-cut/save the world/nonstop change by Lufthansa there.
I wasn’t in the mood to chase after a sandwich, so I dozed on and off as the plane continued to cross Western Europe.
One thing that was of interest was that this plane was fitted with the Inmarsat GX Aviation/EAN domes, and such, Onboard Internet was offered on the plane (with T-Mobile operating the front end of the system.)
Prices were reasonable for the short-haul service, with €3 for messaging, €7 for a browse package and €12 for a package that unlocks the full bandwidth of the system.
With only a 1 hour 30 segment, and me sleeping on and off it, it made no sense to connect to the platform. Least of all, on the next flight (the flying lab) I would be more connected that I would normally like to be.
All too soon, our LH2473 began its descent into the Munich Area, vectoring in with more than a few bumps as it dropped through the cloud layers.
With ease, the Airbus A319 landed at its base of Munich Airport, ending LH2473’s flight.
As the plane was on the ground, it begun the taxi from the runway to the T2 Satellite.
Turning to the gate with other narrow body aircraft, the plane came to a stop. With that, the seat belt signs were released with the mass hysteria of people wanting to be first off the plane.
Overall: A pretty standard end-to-end flight, with a simple up and down the flight, with some snacks and drinks (even though I missed the snacks). the seats were ok for the short hop, and the crew did what they needed to do in a Business-friendly sort of way.
FULL DISCLOSURE: Recaro Aircraft Seating kindly invited Economy Class and Beyond, as a guest on the Lufthansa Flying Lab, as well as paying for the flights as part of this.
Economy Class and Beyond attended Apex Expo and Aircraft Interiors Expo North Americas as a media delegate
All opinions and thoughts are the author’s own, and are not directed by Recaro Aircraft Seating, Lufthansa Systems, APEX or Aircraft Interiors Expo.
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