Introduction: A Trip of a Lifetime

Hello everyone, and welcome to a new RJ Aviation Trip Report, covering travel in United’s new 777 Economy Class, Lufthansa’s A320, A330 and A340 Economy Class, and Qatar Airways’ A320 and new 777 Economy Class.

For quite a few years now, my family has wanted to go on a safari in Africa. Earlier this year, the perfect opportunity presented itself when three other families wanted to go as well. After finalizing that we wanted to go, we needed to book flights.

After the one-week safari in Kenya and Tanzania (I may make another post with more details on it), we were thinking about coming straight home, but instead decided to stop over in Luxembourg for about a week to visit some family members.

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Cheetahs Hunting in Masai Mara, Kenya

We needed to book our flight into Nairobi and out of either Nairobi or Kilimanjaro. Three one way tickets or a muti-city itinerary would have been crazy expensive, so we got clever.

First, we booked a multi-city flight going from NYC to Nairobi via Frankfurt, and from Frankfurt to NYC via Dusseldorf. By chance, this gave me the chance to review United’s infamous 777-300er economy class and three Lufthansa flights on three different aircraft.

The A340 flight was even one of the few long-haul routes operated by Lufthansa Cityline, and I was looking forward to see if the service was any difference than on a regular Lufthansa-branded flight.

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United 777-300er Newark Airport
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Lufthansa A340-300 Frankfurt Airport
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Lufthansa A320-200 Frankfurt Airport
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Lufthansa A330-300 Dusseldorf Airport

Then we booked a one-way ticket from Kilimanjaro to  Frankfurt via Doha. This gave me the chance to review two Qatar Airways flights and one of the flights were even on a brand new 777 with the new interior.

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Qatar Airways A320-200 Interior
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Qatar Airways 777-300er Doha Hamad Airport

Here is the list of my flights (all in Economy):

6/30: UA 960 EWR-FRA
7/1: LH 590 FRA-NBO
7/9: QR 1354 JRO-DOH
7/10: QR 69 DOH-FRA
7/15: LH 74 FRA-DUS
7/15: LH 408 DUS-EWR

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Map by Great Circle Mapper

I’ve realized that full cabin shots on the planes are quite limited, so I will try to improve that in future reviews.

Overall, this trip was very interesting. I got to sample some very diverse products and had even more fun at a few countries along the way.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for the full review!

 

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