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  • rohank4284
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    Excellent flight review

    Excellent job on this detailed flight review and good pictures, as well. The part about the observation deck was pretty interesting to read, looks like it's a very good spotting area.

    Yep, the German strictness was one of the reasons why I didn't like connecting through Frankfurt that much when we used to fly Lufthansa to India, but I do love that LH tries to be very on-time, wish other airlines could be so efficient. LH looks to have very good short haul services and I would agree with your statement that in Europe it's better to pay a little extra and fly with one of the bigger airlines. Keep up the good work!

    Regards,

    Rohan

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  • Foxtrot
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    ^I've transited at FRA many times now but have never had the opportunity to go to the T2 observation deck. Nice photos, you got some cool special schemes there.

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    Daytrip to Frankfurt with Lufthansa + Pics

    This will be a spotting daytrip to Frankfurt. People have told me about Frankfurt, but never been there before.

    When booking the flight, although booked through BMI, the ticket says operated by Lufthansa.

    Thursday 13 August 2009
    MAN-FRA
    Lufthansa
    BD 3369
    Airbus A320-211 D-AIQT
    Seat 24A

    Got to Macjester airport early.
    When checking in the check in agent said she could not find our details in the computer at first. Thankfully it did work out as we had booked the flights ourselves.

    There was a queue through security and immigration. Then a slow walk to the gate.

    Boarding was called and boarded the plane and it was not a full flight. There was a small delay and since the Germans like to be on time the captain was not happy at being late. We did push back about 15 mins later.


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    For a short 1hour 15 minutes flight, the takeoff roll seemed quite long,
    There was minimal turbulence during the flight.
    Breakfast consisted of a cheese roll that was a little dry but was ok.


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    Landing in Frankfurt was good.
    The plane parked on a remote stand once the engines were shut down, the familiar A320 barking dog sound was heard. However this time it sounded more like someone was trying to cut a hole in the side of the plane with a hand saw. We were then bussed to the terminal, so I saw a few aircraft like United 747s etc on the way into the terminal. I made sure I grabbed a window seat on the bus.


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    Some of the aircraft I saw from the bus.


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    Once in the terminal we got through, immigration ok and got the skytrain over to terminal 2.

    Once over at terminal 2, made our way to the observation deck. You have to pay 4 Euros I think and go through a security check. While lining up to go through the metal detector, if you even put your toe on the yellow line before it is your turn, you get told in a very stern voice in which only the Germans could do to get back. Talk about keeping everything under very tight control.

    Apart from lots of Lufthansa traffic, there was also quite a lot of middle eastern and eastern European airlines too.

    Here are some of the photos I took from the observation deck. Too many to include all in the trip report.


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    Thursday 13 August 2009
    MAN-FRA
    Lufthansa
    BD 3368
    Airbus A320-211 D-AIQE
    Seat 21A

    After spending the day on the observation deck. Where I got a bit sunburnt. I did not expect that in Germany, as most think the weather is usually cold and rainy, but today it was sunny and humid and hot sat outside most of the day.
    Since we got our return boarding passes in Manchester, we did not have to check in again, just go through security and immigration etc.
    Once at the gate I thought we were going on the aircraft that was already parked at that gate, but it was soon pushed away and we were put on busses and taken out to another aircraft.
    Tarmac boarding was ok tonight since the weather was favourable.


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    The flight home tonight was full.

    Once loaded we were soon on our way home.


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    A turkey sandwich was served with a drink.
    Flight was very smooth with very little turbulence.


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    Landing back in Manchester were a little rough as the plane swayed from side to side a little bit and the captain stomped on the brakes quite hard.
    Since there was major work being done to many of the taxiways there was a delay until we could get to a gate.
    Since I was one of the last off, said hello to the captain on the way out and said how I had gotten sunburnt in Germany which he chuckled to himself, probably thinking how did he get sunburnt in Germany?.


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    Tonight was particularly slow going through immigration, geez how much does it cost to put a couple of extra staff on rather than just having one overworked person on?

    Then got a bit lost trying to get out of the airport and once we found the taxis, dad was not happy about being charged £25 to be taken 7 km back to the hotel. We eventually found one who was cheaper but had to ring him to come, so there was bit more of a wait.

    By the time we got back to the hotel it was midnight and we were both knackered.

    Lufthansa has a good service on their short haul routes and there is none of this going to out of the way places like the low cost airlines do. In the future if I do another daytrip to Frankfurt I would fly with Lufthansa or another big name airline again, sure you pay more but I think it is worth it.

    Despite itís vast size, Frankfurt is not a hard airport to get around, but be prepared if you step over the line (or on it) expect a good old German style telling off.

    So that caps off the German adventure.
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