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Lufthansa Airlines Flight LH783 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)
Flight LH783 - Quick and Enjoyable
Flight Information: Lufthansa Airlines Flight LH783 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) - Flight LH783: The flag carrier of Germany and one of the largest airlines in Europe and fifth largest in the world in terms of carried passengers, Lufthansa Airlines is one of the trusted airline companies in the world. It is a founding member of Star Alliance, which was formed in 1997 together with Scandinavian Airlines System, Air Canada, United Airlines, and Thai Airways. (Click here to read our Kuala Lumpur hotel and restaurant reviews and click here to read our Bangkok hotel and restaurant reviews.)
In this flight, we flew first class from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok (click here to read our Bangkok hotel and restaurant reviews). The estimated flying time was about an hour and forty-five minutes.
Check-In: In the Kuala Lumpur Airport, Lufthansa had a dedicated first class counter for first class passengers. When we got to the counter, we were the only people there so we expected a speedy check-in process. The agent, however, took her time in processing our tickets and was painfully slow. Finally, we got passes to go through a dedicated immigration line as well as for security.
From our arrival to the airport up to the time we got to the lounge, it took about 30 minutes! The majority of the time was spent waiting on the agent at the check-in counter. To think, we were the only passengers there. I can't imagine how long it would take if there was a line.
The Lounge: The Royal Silk Lounge at the Kuala Lumpur Airport was elegantly decorated with maroons and purples but that was about the only thing going for it. The selection of food was horrible: egg sandwiches, noodles and chicken stir fry, and sausage in a bun (something I haven't seen since grade school). They did not even offer wine or Champagne, only a few low shelf spirits.
They did offer free internet but this does nothing to make up for everything else that the "first class" lounge lacked. It doesn't even deserve to be called a "Royal" Lounge as the only thing royal about it was the colors.
First Impressions: Our seats were on the upper deck and as I walked up, the first thing that crossed my mind was how cramped the cabin looked. I felt like I was a sardine about to be canned.
The Cabin: Our plane, a B747-400 had a seating configuration of four rows of 2x2 and had the First Class seats on the upper deck. Each seat converted to a two meter bed and included laptop power outlets and entertainment facilities.
Regardless, the seats were too cramped as I mentioned above, and was beneath acceptable. Luckily the exit rows were not occupied so we were able to move to the exit row seats, which were much more spacious. For maximum space, I strongly suggest booking the exit row seats (row 83).
The Flight (Service/Food/Drink): Shortly after we have settled in our seats, the flight attendants went around offering us drinks, Champagne, magazines and newspapers. A little later, they took our orders for dinner.
Even though it was a very short flight (only under two hours), Lufthansa came through with an amazing dinner menu - Papaya Salad with grilled prawn in a black sesame sauce to start; Grilled snow fish with ginger sauce, brown and white rice, glazed carrots ad sautéed spinach (the fish was fresh and wonderful); and Potato Gnocchis tossed in a tomato basil sauce with broccoli, asparagus tips and mixed bell peppers (mediocre at best). Dessert was the freshest fruit I have had in ages!
As it normally is with Lufthansa, the wine selection was quite nice. They had two champagnes: Champagne Veuve Devaux, and after takeoff, Piper-Heidsieck; three Whites: a German 2007 Riesling, 2006 Napa Valley Chardonnay, and a Swiss 2007 Petite Arvine (I went with the third. Produced only in Switzerland, it was an elegant wine with hints of grapefruit and ripe peach); and three Reds: 2005 Cumaro, Conero Reserve, Umani Ronchi, Italy, 2001 Chateau Yon-Figeac, Saint-Emillion Grand Cru Classe, France, and the monthly proposal, a 2005 Family Reserve Cabernet-Sauvignon Shiraz, from Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Arrival: With the fabulous dinner and equally fabulous drinks, time flew by and before we knew it, we were in Bangkok a few minutes ahead of schedule. It was as if we merely dined in a restaurant in the skies and our dinner was now over. The Bangkok airport was fairly easy to navigate. We went through immigration, claimed our bags, and were on our way to the hotel in less than 30 minutes.
Overall Impression Lufthansa's selection of food and wine always set them above most airlines. The service on this flight was top notch (again as is customary on Lufthansa) and other than a cramped feeling cabin, the flight was Bombastic!
Flight Time: 1 Hour, 45 Minutes
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - KUL
Bangkok, Thailand - BKK
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