At its best, air travel is time travel — as anyone who’s arrived someplace before their stated departure time could attest. That wasn’t quite the case on LH 405 from JFK to FRA this morning, but thanks to a serendipitous combination of tailwinds, a short taxi at JFK, and a clear path to the gate at FRA, we arrived a full 75 minutes early. There’s nothing quite like breakfasting in the Lufthansa Welcome Lounge on sausages and Lowenbrau Oktoberfest half an hour before you ever planned on arriving. (The sole snafu of the morning: the discovery that the Welcome Lounge was sealed behind a blast door unable to be opened from the inside — as faint German voices informed us from the other side. Someone’s trolley had bumped into the emergency button, sealing them inside.)
Checked in, refreshed, and as caught up on sleep as we’re ever going to be on this trip, we adjourn until 13:45 for our date with the A380.