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Luxair is the flag carrier of Luxembourg and served as our ride between Luxembourg Airport (LUX) and Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) this morning. While you might have never heard of the airline (and I had not flown it before this morning), it provides flights to over 80 destinations in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Anthony’s Take: Luxair is a boutique airline, but it offers friendly service and a nice Business Class experience, overall. I wish the planes had Wi-Fi and the ability to heat food, but it’s fine for short hops around Europe.
I booked the flights directly with Luxair. Business Class was around $583 per person. Luxair partners with Miles & More for mileage earning and redemptions. There are no other partners and it is not part of any airline alliance. I thought the fare was a bit expensive, but I wanted to try this new carrier and it was the only nonstop option between Luxembourg and Budapest.
The flight was on time and boarded about five minutes after what was written on the boarding pass. There were no announcements for boarding other than “we’re ready to board.” Everyone moved forward and there were no preboarding or group announcements. We walked outside and climbed the stairs. The aircraft was only about half full.
Business Class was designated as the first two rows of the plane. It had a small, moveable curtain to adjust cabin size as needed. We were the only two Business Class passengers and we had six seats for the two of us. Overhead bins were surprisingly able to hold our rollerboards.
This is European Business Class, which means that the seats are identical to those in Economy Class. You have one blocked next to you, so you’re essentially getting two seats for the price of one. There were no outlets. The seats reclined and had a tray table at each one. Both rows one and two are considered exit rows. They have plenty of legroom.
Individual air nozzles and lights are overhead.
There was also a QR code on the ceiling. I did not notice it until after we were in flight, but it looks like the carrier provides a selection of TV shows and movies through its Luxair Inflight Entertainment.
In-flight magazines are at every seat.
No predeparture beverages or bottled water was offered. I had preordered the Luxembourg Delicacies special meal for both of us. Meals can be ordered up to 48 hours before departure. There are also Vegan, Gluten Free, Diabetic, and Fruit options (more here). This was accompanied by crackers with a welcome beverage and a box of chocolates after the meal.
A packaged towelette was provided before the meal.
Next, a choice of beverages and crackers. I had apple juice.
Our meals were brought out a few moments later. While cold, it was tasty and looked surprisingly like the picture on the Luxair site.
Just before we landed, a flight attendant brought us each a mini box of chocolates.
Luxair only offers Wi-Fi on some of its Boeing aircraft. Its De Havilland Q400 aircraft are not equipped with it.
The flight attendants were attentive and friendly during out two-hour flight. We had limited interactions aside from meal service, but I found them pleasant and efficient.
There is a lavatory at the front of the plane. It’s tiny, but functional and clean.
Overall Impression: We had a lovely flight with Luxair. It’s a boutique airline and I’m not sure when we’ll fly it again, but I recommend it if presented the opportunity.
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