On the Ground: There is nothing luxurious about arriving at JFK, but the Lufthansa check-in desk made me forget I was there. I stepped up with my carry-on and one bag to check. The agent was the epitome of efficiency. I had passport, boarding pass and lounge pass in hand within seconds. I wouldn’t have minded a smile from her, but I was in good hands for my imminent departure to Seoul via Frankfurt.
Pre-Flight: The dedicated Lufthansa lounge at JFK is a breath of fresh air. Located just after security and European in design, the lounge is comfortable and a good spot to get a snack or do last-minute work before boarding. I boarded at my leisure, and a friendly flight crew welcomed me as I took my seat in the massive business class downstairs in the Boeing 747.
In-Flight: I always enjoy flying on a 747. My business-class seat was located toward the nose of the aircraft. I was looking forward to the dinner, as I knew Lufthansa created a Star Chef program for their in-flight menus. Andres Jimenez, executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, designed the menu on my flight from JFK to Frankfurt. The hors d’oeuvres were pickled shrimp with glass noodle salad; soy-glazed New York strip steak with green onion skewers; and a traditional American iceberg salad with dates, toasted pecans and crumbled Maytag blue cheese. For the entrée, I opted for the pan-seared chicken breast with orange balsamic reduction, roasted potatoes and caramelized pearl onions. I passed on dessert, although the Häagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche did look good. Overall, the food tasted good, but I was a little disappointed in its presentation, which seemed to take away from rather than enhance the experience of dining at 35,000 feet with a custom-designed business-class menu.
After dinner, I was ready to get some rest. It took me a little time to get comfortable on the nearly lie-flat bed, but I slept soundly for most of the flight. Lufthansa will incorporate a new business-class seat in 2012, which will be an exciting enhancement to the business product as well as the entertainment system. I woke refreshed and enjoyed a breakfast of bread, cheese, meats and coffee. The menu offered a breakfast-to-go option, a great idea for passengers who want to sleep longer.
The flight from Frankfurt to Seoul offered a nice variety as well, including the Korean specialty bibimbap, designed by Chef Anna Matscher from the restaurant Zum Lowen in South Tyrol.
The Experience: Both flights were pleasant. I arrived refreshed, the most important element for any non-stop or connecting flight. The transit period was easy and one I’d recommend for those not flying direct to Asia from the East Coast. At Frankfurt Airport, business-class passengers can access a highly recommended welcome lounge for a shower and breakfast. I had time to shower in the transit lounge, a huge bonus. The lounges were comfortable and naturally lit, which I appreciate between long-haul flights. I look forward to flying Lufthansa’s new business-class product.
- Less than 10 minutes for check-in
- Friendly and helpful agents
- Priority tagged bags
- Airport lounge
- Complimentary in-lounge food and beverages
- Priority boarding
- Helpful and courteous in-flight staff
- Pre-flight beverage service
- Pre-flight newspapers and magazines
- Amenity kits
- Lie-flat seat/bed
- Mattress pad and comforter
- The Valley Wing at the Shangri-La HotelIn-flight menu offering choice of three entrées
- Top-shelf wines and liquors
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I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
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The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
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Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.