May 3, 2015

Review: LAN Business Class Boeing 787-8 Frankfurt-Madrid

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LAN 787-8 Business Class cabin

Flight: LA 705
Departure in Frankfurt: 19:35
Arrival in Madrid: 22:10
Equipment: Boeing 787-800
Flight duration: 2h 35m
Date of flight: April 4, 2015
Seat: 2A
*This is an award travel, Business class flight #78

As a business class passenger, I had access to the JAL Sakura Lounge located in Hall D. About 10 minutes before boarding, I headed to the departure gate which was B45,

 As usual, there was priority lane for business class passengers.

My second time to fly on a Dreamliner, this time on LAN's 787-800!

My seat 2A was a window on the larger business class cabin. The cabin has a 2-2-2 configuration with a total of 30 seats which was about 60% full that night.

LAN 787 personal screen

LAN 787 business class ottoman

LAN 787 business class window shades control which was the same as JAL's on their BKK-KIX route.

LAN 787 business class IFE controls and headphones

LAN 787 business class seat controls

LAN business class inflight magazines, safety on board card

LAN 787 business class power outlet, USB port, bottle holder and mini pocket and IFE controls all located on the right side of the seat beneath the armrest.

A few minutes after I was seated, Maria Jose, one of the cabin attendants came to my seat and presented herself. She offered me a choice of predeparture drink presented on a tray which consisted of water, champagne and Pisco Sour. I settled with a glass of water which came with some warm mixed nuts. A little later, I was also offered some magazines and newspapers and I chose The Economist. The captain also came into the PA advising us of our flight time of 1 hour and 55 minutes.

View of the cabin from my seat.

As soon as we were airborne, the crew started wit the meal service. The dinner consisted of turkey and salad, fresh fruits, cheese plate, bread and butter and a mini chocolate bar. Hot towels were also given.

For my drinks, I had a glass of apple juice.

I thought the turkey and the salad combination was perfect.

LAN airshow Frankfurt-Madrid

LAN 787 business class lavatory

LAN 787 business class lavatory amenities

LAN 787 business class lavatory

The flight went smoothly and we landed at Madrid Barajas Airport about 15 minutes ahead of schedule.

CONCLUSION

I was really excited to be on this flight since it was operated by a Dreamliner. LAN flies between Santiago and Frankfurt via Madrid which is good if you intend to try this airline on the shorter leg. I thought the cabin was okay although if I were to compare it to Qatar Airways Dreamliner, Qatar Airways is surely the winner. Comparing it to JAL's Dreamliner between Bangkok and Osaka, LAN's cabin wins since the seats are lie flat but then again, this aircraft flies all the way to Santiago while the flight between Bangkok and Osaka is just 5 hours. The service on board was very friendly and the food was very good. For a short flight between Frankfurt and Madrid, I think LAN's business class is one of the best choices out there. To all the crew on this flight, Muchas Gracias!


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