As we mentioned a bit in Part 1, A-Plus was specifically designed for widebodies like the Airbus 380 and the Boeing 747. Four of its seven gates take on the double-decker A380s with three jetbridges each; the other three gates fit 747s and A340s like a glove. In total, A-Plus can welcome some 40 A380s per day if it must. Should narrow-body jets want to pull up here and puff out their chests with the big boys, 11 can be handled at once. That's a lot of en- and de-planing going on.
After arriving in the terminal and spending time all over both the Schengen and non-Schengen levels, we whipped out our tiny notebook and jotted a few final thoughts:
· Good: Walking the entire length of the new Pier and utilizing the moving walkways, only takes around 12 minutes. Factor in a few more minutes for being stuck behind slow walkers and families with too many carryons.
· Not so good: You will be totally jealous of the airport employees, navigating the terminals on their compact bicycles.
· Good: The Schengen departure gates have complimentary periodical walls with cappuccino machines. The non-Schengen gates have only the periodicals. Stillit's all free!
· Not so good: You're going to need to clutch your lucky rabbit's foot to find a power outlet. Unless you're in a lounge, and then they're plentiful.
· Good: The A-Plus Pier has the largest lounge in the entire Lufthansa system. It's the Senator/Star Alliance Gold lounge in the non-Schengen area and it measures almost 7,000 square feet. More on this tomorrow!
· Not so good: The coating on all the windows of the concourse will give your photos an aqua hue that's pretty tricky to color-correct, even with Photoshop. We did our best with ours here.
Disclosure: We traveled as guests of Lufthansa, but rest assured that all photos and opinions are completely our own.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]