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LH: German Soccer Team Flight Bookable!  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3822 posts, RR: 51
Posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6849 times:

Just received the email from Lufthansa.

It is now possible to book tickets on the flight that will carry the German soccer team to the World Cup in South Africa on June 6, 2010.
The fare is 1444 EUR, including a return flight between June 11 and July 16.
It has to be booked by January 15, and there will be a lottery to determine who gets the seats.

Book here:
https://www.lufthansa-fanflug.de/

Even without the soccer team on board, the fare would be more than reasonable in the context of the event.

Soren  santahat 


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User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6782 times:

They're flying commercial? I can understand the US or the DPRK flying commercial because no one really cares if they're on board, but Germany? I'm sure that will be a pleasurable 10 hour flight for the players with autograph requests and being bugged by fans.


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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4695 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6657 times:

It's part of their job. They get paid pretty well to "endure" such minor hassles.


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User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8371 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6524 times:



Quoting JCS17 (Reply 1):
They're flying commercial?

Just because it's bookable it doesn't mean it's a regular scheduled flight. It's fairly common for some fans to travel on the same plane as the team for games.


User currently offlineTravelExec From Spain, joined Dec 2007, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6436 times:



Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 2):
It's part of their job. They get paid pretty well to "endure" such minor hassles.

Do they? How much does Germany pay footballers for playing for their country?


User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6426 times:



Quoting JCS17 (Reply 1):
They're flying commercial?



Quoting Airbazar (Reply 3):
ust because it's bookable it doesn't mean it's a regular scheduled flight. It's fairly common for some fans to travel on the same plane as the team for games.

As said by Airbazar, this is not a scheduled flight. The DFB (Deutscher Fussball Bund; German Football Association) will charter an LH aircraft but they only use a part of the seats for the team and the staff. So they sell the rest to journalists and fans. I wonder what aircraft it will be: 343, 346, 744? BTW this is common, I think the Swiss Team does the same.


User currently offlineEZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4967 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6355 times:



Quoting JCS17 (Reply 1):
I'm sure that will be a pleasurable 10 hour flight for the players with autograph requests and being bugged by fans.

I've travelled by coincidence several times with football teams/players and most of the time no one bothers them during the flight, especially because they are flying premium so no one from eco is allowed



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User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3590 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6347 times:



Quoting TravelExec (Reply 4):

Do they? How much does Germany pay footballers for playing for their country?

Germany itself pays nothing directly, it is paid by the DFB, the german football association, which is the largest sports association in the world with more than 6 million members. Indirectly, of course, the association gets a lot of money from the state or other indirect subsidies.

When germany won the world cup in italy, in 1990, they were brought home by a Luftwaffe 707 with the minister of internal affairs onboard, who is the minister in charge of sports.


User currently offlineBeakerLTN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6167 times:



Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
The fare is 1444 EUR, including a return flight between June 11 and July 16.

I don't know why they give the option of returning 11th June > 16th July.... They might as well just book the 11th June now and get it over and done with!



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User currently offlineDeltaWings From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6078 times:



Quoting BeakerLTN (Reply 8):
don't know why they give the option of returning 11th June > 16th July.... They might as well just book the 11th June now and get it over and done with!

Speaking from a Brits point of view of course Big grin

Why do you have to book a return flight and not just wait to travel back with the german team again? Seriously, any German Fan who wants to fly down to South Africa will want to stay there as long as Germany is still in the tournament, right?



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4646 times:



Quoting EZEIZA (Reply 6):
I've travelled by coincidence several times with football teams/players and most of the time no one bothers them during the flight, especially because they are flying premium so no one from eco is allowed

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Everyone who books this flight and thinks to meet a player onboard is a fool! Economy Class passengers won't see a single player or any other team member... not during boarding, not during the flight, and not during disembarkation!

I've joined a German Bundesliga pro-football team twice while they traveled to an away game (one time by plane, another time by team-bus), and the last thing they want during their flight/ride are loud and annoying fans who bother them!

Patrick


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5517 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3255 times:



Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 10):
Everyone who books this flight and thinks to meet a player onboard is a fool! Economy Class passengers won't see a single player or any other team member... not during boarding, not during the flight, and not during disembarkation!

Why not during boarding? Do they not use the jetway? I think it'd be almost impossible not to see them. Unless you meant that you won't get near them.


User currently offlineBlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4001 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3137 times:
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Quoting ZRH (Reply 5):
So they sell the rest to journalists and fans.

Does the DFB routinely sell tickets to fans on their charters ? Most other professional sports associations fill up their planes with journalists, sponsor VIPs and hanger-ons, not fans (except a lucky few contest winners of one sort or another).

Quoting Continental (Reply 11):
Why not during boarding? Do they not use the jetway?

Professional teams are usually the last on and the first off on their charter. Especially in soccer where fans can be very... passionate, teams often meet at an off-airport location and travel together by bus to the airport. There, depending mostly on PR needs, they either do get into the building and board by the jetway for a photo op or two, or the bus drops them off at the foot of dedicated stairs straight into their cabin.

If there's press onboard, the coach and a few players might walk to the back to answer a few questions, otherwise there's no mingling. Sometimes, team staff is seated immediately behind the players to provide an extra buffer between the team and the... peons.



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User currently offlineLHFADUS From Germany, joined Apr 2007, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2060 times:

hey guys!

anybody thought about the possibility that this could also be an A380 "in disguise"? didn't LH announce they were planning on using the A380 to south africa during the world cup? and wouldn't it be a great PR-thing to let the german soccer team fly with germany's newest flagship?

any thoughts?

patrick


User currently offlineFraT From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 1107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1807 times:

The 380 will be too late for the World Cup. They planned to have the first A/C on the South African routes during the WC but due to the delays it's not going to happen.

My guess is that the delegation (at least the players and coaches) will use the First Class Terminal in FRA. So there might be a chance to "see" them there for other FC pax.


User currently offlineLHFADUS From Germany, joined Apr 2007, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1752 times:



Quoting FraT (Reply 14):
The 380 will be too late for the World Cup.

damn, did i miss another delay? so it won't be EIS may 2010 anymore?

Quoting FraT (Reply 14):
My guess is that the delegation (at least the players and coaches) will use the First Class Terminal in FRA. So there might be a chance to "see" them there for other FC pax.

perhaps in the F-Terminal, yes. but on board? depending on the aircraft it would be, they'd be having a maximum of 16 seats in f-class. they'd have most of their people sitting in c-class.

patrick


User currently offlineLX138 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1591 times:

Quite a novel way of ramping up the fares, they could have probably gotten away with it being even higher. Wonder if you get the chance to meet each player on board, like 'speed dating style' interviews?!

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 7):
Germany itself pays nothing directly, it is paid by the DFB, the german football association, which is the largest sports association in the world with more than 6 million members. Indirectly, of course, the association gets a lot of money from the state or other indirect subsidies.

Really, thats surprising, bigger than some of the sports associations in the US? Some of the NBA and baseball associations must be of similar size?



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1544 times:



Quoting Continental (Reply 11):
Why not during boarding?

Like BlueFlyer wrote, they are usually the last on and the first off.

Quoting BlueFlyer (Reply 12):
teams often meet at an off-airport location and travel together by bus to the airport.

Exactly! When I did the aforementioned trip to an away game, we met the whole team at the training facility and went by team-bus to the airport. The bus stopped infront of the plane and we could board directly without setting a foot into the terminal. Interesting was that our names were not printed on the boarding passes that we got in the plane, instead only the name of the team was printed on them.

Quoting FraT (Reply 14):
My guess is that the delegation (at least the players and coaches) will use the First Class Terminal in FRA.

Yes, I also guess that they'll use the First Class Terminal at FRA.

Patrick


User currently offlineBrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4226 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1486 times:



Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 2):
It's part of their job. They get paid pretty well to "endure" such minor hassles.

They won't be near the fans and the fans won't be able to get near the players. You can still board the aircraft from the outside by being bussed to the gate and boarding by the outside stairs attached to the jetway.

I once stayed at the same hotel as the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland FL during the spring training and they mingled with the other guests and surprisingly they enjoyed being with the baseball fans and had no problem signing things and posing for pictures and stuff like that.



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1413 times:



Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 17):
The bus stopped infront of the plane and we could board directly without setting a foot into the terminal.

How about security then? Are the players exempt from the check or do they have a portable scanner they set up on the apron?

Soren  santahat 



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1369 times:



Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 19):
How about security then? Are the players exempt from the check or do they have a portable scanner they set up on the apron?

There were two guys with hand-scanners and one guy who searched every other piece of hand luggage, everyone had to pass them before boarding the plane.

Patrick


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