Two years ago, the thought of flying business class would have been unthinkable. It would never occur to me to distinguish between different types of business class seats — what does that even mean? Business class is just waaaaaaay better than economy, right? That’s what the old me would have said.
Thanks to the points/miles game, I’m slowly morphing into one of those annoying people who says things like, “The Lufthansa Airbus 330 is not half as nice as the Boeing 747.” Don’t you just hate those people?
But this is one of the “downsides” of flying business class more than once. I now have a point of reference. And that point of reference was so incredible, other business class flights don’t live up to it.
Don’t get me wrong. Our flight to Frankfurt and our return flight to New York City on Lufthansa’s Airbus 330 were great: Lots of leg room, reclining seats, personal entertainment centers, gracious flight attendants, etc. But compared to my inaugural business class flight to Croatia on Lufthansa’s new Boeing 747, there were some important difference.
The 747 has more space, including handy compartments in the armrest and in front of my legs to store useful carry-on items so they don’t end up in a mess on the floor. It also contains brand new lie flat seats, which means the seats recline completely flat so you are horizontal with the floor. I also enjoyed the extra room in the shared armrest on the 747 and the plethora of entertainment options.
The Airbus 330 contains angled seats, which means the seats lie at an angle to the floor when fully reclined. I still managed to fall asleep, but the lie flat seat is definitely an upgrade. The entertainment options were sufficient for an eight hour flight, but the wide selection on the 747 is far more impressive and the screens are bigger. The Airbus 330s also have less armrest space and fewer cubby holes for personal belongings.
At the risk of sounding like a complete spoiled brat, let me reiterate that the the Airbus 330 is an enjoyable and restful flight. But if you have the opportunity to fly business class in Lufthansa’s new B-747s, grab it.