Outward Bound

The Lufthansa lounge at JFK is a bit like heaven — it gets better as you ascend. Business class passengers are confined to the ground floor, with Star Gold members reside up a flight and First Class passengers sip single malts up top. The trio of Swiss passengers in our group were sentenced to Purgatory (i.e. the Swiss lounge in Terminal 4), prompting Pat to drop $2,800 for a gate pass (i.e. a fully refundable walkup ticket) to sneak in.

Early arrivals for tonight’s flight to Frankfurt were offered a tour of the higher levels — the rest of us snuck up every now and then for some tikka chicken masala and a cocktail. After several hours of sipping champagne, our hosts hailed our return nearly a year to the day and explained why Lufthansa was the launch customers for the Boeing 747-8i — which we will visit on the assembly in Everett near the end of the DO — because LH’s chairmen are historically engineers, and there’s nothing an engineer loves more than power. “We told Boeing years ago if you extend, renew, refurbish it, we will buy it,” and it did.

After welcoming remarks, Tommy took to the mike to “guarantee to we’re doing things in Frankfurt we didn’t do last year.”

“Sleep?!” came the hopeful reply.

“No, not sleeping!”

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