Lufthansa's traditional dirndl crew flights celebrate Oktoberfest with onboard "beer on tap"

  • Fresh draft beer available on board again after 50 years to celebrate Oktoberfest
  • Lufthansa traditional dirndl flights taking off from Munich to New York, Singapore and Shanghai
  • “Leberkäse”, pretzels, and white sausage available in Lufthansa Lounges during Oktoberfest

As the yearly tradition continues, Lufthansa crews are taking off on select Munich flights in traditional Bavarian garb (dirndls for the ladies and lederhosen for the gentlemen) – just in time for the Oktoberfest season. As a special treat this year, on these particular flights, Lufthansa will offer, fresh beer on tap to its onboard guests. Additionally, for the very first time, the crew participated in developing an exclusive Business Class Oktoberfest menu that pairs perfectly with the fresh draft beer being served while inflight.

This year, the first Lufthansa traditional Oktoberfest flight occurs today, September 19, from the Bavarian capital heading for New York (Newark). The second traditional costume flight is on September 25 from Munich to Singapore. And lastly, passengers traveling from Munich to Shanghai on October 6 can also experience this special flight just before Oktoberfest officially ends. There will also be further crews in traditional costumes on selected European flights.

Lufthansa employees in traditional Bavarian outfits

 Lufthansa's long-haul crew attire for these special flights was designed and custom-tailored by the Munich traditional clothing specialist Angermaier. The Oktoberfest Dirndl worn by the female flight attendants is dark blue with a silver-gray apron and their male colleagues will be wearing Lederhosen with a dark blue waistcoat made from the same material as the Dirndl. This is the third year that Angermaier has outfitted the cabin crews to commemorate the largest folklore festival in the world.

As in previous years, Lufthansa passengers can also enjoy seeing the traditional costumes on flights departing from Munich to select European destinations. From October 5 to 7, one of Lufthansa CityLine’s crews will swap their uniforms for traditional outfits. Destinations this year are Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Luxembourg, Pisa, Genoa, Amsterdam, Rzeszow, Timisoara, and Cagliari.

The tradition also continues for Lufthansa employees working in Passenger Services at Terminal 2 in Munich, as they will welcome passengers in Bavarian costumes during the Oktoberfest season. Instead of the Lufthansa uniform, female staff may wear a Dirndl and their male colleagues can opt for Lederhosen. The service employees in Lufthansa's First Class Lounges will be wearing traditional garb in black and gold.

Draft beer on board and an Oktoberfest menu created by the flight attendants

Passengers enjoying freshly-tapped beer on Lufthansa flights goes as far back as the 1960s. At that time, the "Lufthansa Senator Service" served draft beer and now, this treat is returning on board once again. An "airworthy" keg was selected specifically for the Lufthansa traditional costume flights. In this special keg, the carbon dioxide pressure is regulated by a valve that prevents the pressure from becoming too great on board so that pouring from the barrel can be done even at an altitude of 32,808 feet. To compliment the fresh beer, passengers in Business Class will be served a special Oktoberfest menu. For the first time, these have been created by Lufthansa's flight attendants in cooperation with the culinary experts at LSG Sky Chefs. The ideas and experiences of the crew on previous Oktoberfest flights were taken into account while developing the menu. The selection this year includes ox tartare with truffle, followed by char with Riesling sauce and Bavarian cream with pistachio pesto. Throughout September and October, Lufthansa passengers in Business Class can enjoy the Oktoberfest menu on all intercontinental flights.

Oktoberfest in the Lufthansa Lounge

Munich's Lufthansa Lounges are also ready for the Oktoberfest. Based off of last year’s celebrations, more than 8,818 lbs. of “Leberkäse”, 38,000 pretzels, and about 1,609 lbs. of white sausage are expected to be consumed this year in the twelve lounges located in Terminal 2 and the satellite building. The Oktoberfest menu in the Lufthansa First Class Lounges various restaurants, which will be decorated accordingly, will begin with an Oktoberfest soup followed by duck served in a rustic style. For dessert, there will be apricot and plum dumplings with vanilla espuma. The Senator and Business Lounges will offer their guests an “Andechser” goulash soup or mushrooms in cream with dumplings. And, of course, all lounges will be serving Oktoberfest draft beer.

Oktoberfest treat for passengers

Passengers that land at Munich's Terminal 2 during the first weekend of the Oktoberfest, September 22 & 23 will receive a special free Oktoberfest box. It contains everything you need for the festivities – a ribbon for a beer mug, vitamin drink, some salty pretzels and fruit gummies in the shape of a beer mug.