Hello everyone, and welcome to a new flight review! Today we will be flying Lufthansa from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf. This flight was part of my Africa/Europe trip last summer. The details of the trip can be found here.
I had a quick connection in Dusseldorf before continuing onto Newark; however, this flight will only cover the first segment.
Anyways, hope you enjoy!
We arrived at Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1 around two hours before the flight took off after returning our rental car. Our first stop was to the check-in kiosk, which was super annoying. We had to change kiosks more than once to find one that would accept our passports and check us in all the way to Newark.
As I’ve already mentioned in a previous review, I love the flip departure boards at Frankfurt!
The security wait lines were really short, and we were soon on our way to gate A22.
I also managed to also see the Fanhansa 747, but unfortunately, I could not get a good picture of it.
At the gate, Lufthansa was offering downgrades from Business to Economy for $100 in compensation. Even though I was traveling in Economy, this seemed like a great deal to me, given that on this short hop, Business was no more than “a blocked middle seat and a nice bus”, as even the Lufthansa gate agent said! Unsurprisingly, there was quickly a taker for the offer.
Although this gate had a jetbridge, we were departing from a remote stand. Boarding started on time, and after the bus filled up, we were on our way.
The bus ride was pretty long, but at least we saw some interesting traffic, including a Qatar Airways 777 (have you seen my review?) and a China Airlines 777.
Frankfurt (FRA) – Dusseldorf (DUS)
Plane Registration: D-AIPP
Plane Type: Airbus A320-200
Flown: July 2018
Takeoff Time: 9:25 AM
Landing Time: 10:06 AM
Total Flight Time: 41 Minutes
Flight Distance: ~112 Miles (~180 Km)
The first thing I noticed upon boarding was how thin the seats were. These Recaro seats were the thinnest that I have ever seen, and also had extremely limited recline. As uncomfortable as they were, they were fine for a flight as short as this one. However, a lot of Lufthansa A320 flights can be around three hours long. They even flew one of their A319 aircraft to India for a couple of months! I am not sure my thoughts would have been as positive if I was on one of those flights.
Legroom was okay, but not great.
In the seatback pocket were a magazine, the safety card, an airsickness bag, and even this cool World Cup-themed puzzle!
The plane had individual air vents, which was appreciated, as they are not always available in Europe.
Before I knew it, the pushback and safety demonstration began. The crew was seemed very professional on this flight (even though there was no inflight service).
After a quick taxi to the runway, we took off about on time around 9:25 AM.
The seatbelt signs were turned off 23 minutes after takeoff. I have nothing to say regarding service because there wasn’t any. I don’t have much to say about the flight other than that we had a great view of Monchengladbach, Germany. We cruised around 20,000 feet and only cruised for around 10 minutes (if even that) before starting our descent.
We touched down at 10:06 AM, pretty much on time.
After landing, we had a quick taxi to our arrival gate, A1.
After deboarding, we quickly went to the long passport control lines in order to make our connection.
Overall, this flight was… fine. It would have been nice to even get some water during the flight, but the flight was so short that it didn’t even matter. The flight got us to Dusseldorf on time, the flight was clean and smooth, and the flight attendants were nice, which is all that really matters on a flight of this length.
Sorry for the shorter than usual flight review today. As always though, thanks for reading, and stay tuned for my final flight of the series, back to Newark!