While U.S.-based  Delta Airlines and United are bidding goodbye to their beloved Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jets” Germany’s Lufthansa is hanging on to their stalwarts of the skies which I walked through on a recent tour at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

The familiar air frame of the Boeing 747-400 model appeared behind the Plexiglas windows with its distinctive second deck bubble housing a comfortable business class and a far less spacious cockpit I’d soon get to visit.

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Lufthansa staff on hand hinted the 747-400 would be flying the Vancouver – Frankfurt route for the next 1 – 2 years before eventually being replaced either with the newest generation Jumbo Jet, the 747-800, already operating on Frankfurt routes from major U.S. gateways or the Airbus A350 which the airline took delivery of its first aircraft in December 2016 and operates on mainly Asian and Indian routes.

There are the a main deck business class seats at the nose of the aircraft that offer the coveted row 1 with its generous legroom and a quiet location for those wanting some solid sleep on overnight flights.

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The Lufthansa business class seats aren’t quite the personal pods found on many airlines but rather a side-by-side seat that transforms into an almost 2-metre-long, fully flat bed.

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The stairs at back of the main deck business class lead to the exclusive upper deck business class cabin.

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One of the perks of these upper deck seats I’ve always appreciated is a storage space below the window that’s handy for hiding smaller items like books, iPod’s or cameras.

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Lufthansa has ended its trolley food service in business class in favor of a what it calls restaurant service with personal choice ordered from a menu, setting tables with ceramic crockery, and serving meals directly from the galley.

The Premium Economy seats feature up to 50 per cent more space than in economy altogether on all sides, two complimentary checked bags, a dedicated menu and meals served on fine china tableware.

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Premium Economy guests can also access the Lufthansa Business Lounge for a small fee.

Ahead of the upper deck business class cabin is a  space where the pilots operate this Jumbo Jet and I was able to shoehorn myself into this small space for a photo-op.

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Open a 360-degree view of the Lufthansa 747-400 cockpit by clicking the picture below.

There are some cockpit insights from a Lufthansa captain flying the Boeing 747-400 here.

An excellent video walk-through of the Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 cabins is available in the following video which starts on the upper deck and works its way down and through the different classes of service.

The Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 is a familiar friend flying the skies between  Canada and Germany and I want to thank the airline staff who were present to share their insights and lets us walk through an aircraft being groomed during a short 45 minute turn-around at Vancouver International.