A few weeks ago I wrote about Lufthansa having closed all First Class at Frankfurt Airport and instead made a small corner available at the Lufthansa Senator Lounge in Concourse B.
This “First Class Area” as they call it is really just that as I was able to observe during a visit to said lounge last Friday.
Lufthansa just re-opened the First Class Terminal on September 1 but the same time decided to close all First Class Lounges in the main terminal, only a small “First Class Area” has been set up in the Senator Lounge, Concourse B.
This is a huge inconvenience and devaluation for First Class passengers who transit in Frankfurt while at the same time taking away First Class Lounge access for Amex Centurion cardholders as well.
Passengers – incoming or outgoing First Class / HON Circle customers – have to leave the Terminal entirely and walk over to the First Class Terminal.
Alternative they can just use the Senator Lounge where Lufthansa apparently set up something they call the “First Class Area” within the B Concourse:
The whole this is pretty much just a few tables and sofa chairs / couch as pictured above.
Not much to write home about. There is no special catering offered as per the lounge staff, First Class guests are just directed to the general area and grab something like all other passengers.
There were a total of three passengers in this little pit so it wasn’t possible to take any more direct pictures of the seating arrangement.
I was flying Thai Airways Business Class, not LH F last Friday and grabbed some food during my brief stay which (for a lounge) I found totally sufficient:
The F&B items was a lot less than what’s usually available at the Senator Lounge.
- Potato Soul
- Leberkaese (Meat Loaf) with vegetable sides
- Cucumber Salad
- Panna Cotta with Berry Coulis
- Packaged Pretzels (took two of them with me on the flight – good call as it turned out)
The quality of the food was good, no complaints there. However if you’re flying First Class it’s highly inferior to the catering normally available at the First Class Lounge or First Class Terminal.
This means the cooperation between American Express and Lufthansa is now useless for Centurion Card holders who were previously able to use the First Class Lounge while holding a Business Class ticket.
All this First Class Area does is to reserve a few chairs. Other than that you can just as well sit anywhere in the rather large Senator Lounge and I’d say the lounge chairs next to the windows are even more comfortable.
While Lufthansa has reopened their First Class Terminal in Frankfurt all of their First Class Lounge in the main terminal are now shut with customers being directed to Senator Lounges including the SEN Lounge in Concourse B (T1) where Lufthansa has apparently set up a “First Class Area” for them.
If it’s possible I’d recommend eligible passengers to walk over to the First Class Terminal instead, however this should make sense in terms of time and comfort. It’s quite a trek over there and unless you have a lot of time I wouldn’t do so as a transit passenger. Especially when the weather is getting worse these days.