Just in time for Munich’s Oktoberfest, Lufthansa’s Trachten- crew is getting ready for takeoff. This year, the world’s largest crew in traditional dress will take off on Lufthansa’s flagship Airbus A380 for the first time. A total of 21 Lufthansa flight attendants will be trading their uniforms for traditional Bavarian garb. The first Lufthansa ‘Trachten’ flight will take off from Munich on September 23 to Beijing; on October 3 the flight from Munich will fly to Los Angeles. Additionally, crews on a select number of European routes will also takeoff in traditional costume.
Lufthansa employees in traditional Bavarian clothing
The traditional garb worn by Lufthansa’s long-haul crew were designed and tailored by Angermaier, a Munich-based specialist for traditional Bavarian clothing. The female flight attendants’ dirndls are dark blue with silver-gray aprons, while the men will wear lederhosen with dark blue vests made from the same material as the dirndls. As in previous years, Lufthansa passengers can also experience the ‘Trachten’ flights on a selection of European routes from Munich. In September and October, a Lufthansa CityLine crew will be exchanging their uniforms for dirndls. Their flight destinations include Amsterdam, Lyon, Gdansk, Milan, Sofia, Brussels, Ancona, Belgrade, Warsaw, Cologne and Münster.
For Lufthansa’s passenger support staff in Munich’s Terminal 2, it has been a yearly custom to welcome passengers in traditional costume during the Oktoberfest season. In addition to the Lufthansa uniform, ladies may also wear dirndls and the gentlemen may wear traditional Trachten suits.
Oktoberfest in the Lufthansa lounges
Munich’s Lufthansa lounges are also prepared for the Oktoberfest. In the twelve lounges in Terminal 2, and the satellite building, nearly 9,000 pounds of Leberkäs’ will be served, along with over 38,000 pretzels and approximately 1,700 pounds of Weißwurst sausages. This year’s Oktoberfest menu in the festively decorated Lufthansa First Class lounges will start with Festtagssuppe, a traditional soup, followed by farmers’ duck and concluding with homemade apple strudel served with vanilla sauce, roasted almonds and rum-soaked raisins. In the Senator and Business lounges, passengers will enjoy typical Bavarian dishes such as Leberkäs’, Fleischpflanzerl meatballs and quark mousse with plum topping.