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Lufthansa’s San Francisco-Frankfurt-Bangalore route is the shuttle of choice for techies going from Silicon Valley to the heart of India’s outsourcing industry. The ‘Bangalore Express’ is favored over competing options like Cathay and Singapore for its slick, short connection, and is known as a networking fest of the tech industry.
I became aware of it in a 2012 Businessweek article, The Bangalore Express, a Networker’s Paradise, and went back to a 2007 San Jose Mercury News article, Networking at 35,000 feet. FlyerTalkers characteristically threw cold water on the networking, focusing on Lufthansa’s angled seats.
I can vouch for the expense of that and the surprisingly few international Bangalore options so I will only be on the 3 am Bangalore – Frankfurt stretch when presumably everyone is so exhausted that the only hope at networking may be a fish bowl for leaving business cards.
I’ve only flown Lufthansa once, earlier this year Frankfurt-New York JFK in economy and had a good, unremarkable experience. I am looking forward to see what I can make of an 8-hour layover in Frankfurt to partly compensate for a business schedule that will not permit any sightseeing in Bangalore. Not having a chance to go up to UNESCO-listed Hampi is disappointment that staying at the first Ritz-Carlton in India will not allay.
Readers, have you been on the Bangalore Express? Is it journalistic hype or something special?