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Topic: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-12-19 11:24:01 and read 15787 times.

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Introduction



During my recent mission to catch the LAN A340: Catching The LAN A340: FRA-MAD-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Oct 23 2012 in Trip Reports) I still had a one-way AMS-FRA fixed for the 20th of October, so I started looking for flights from FRA. I decided to look for fares to CDG first, as I hadn’t been there in a while. I immediately found a dirt cheap FRA-CDG-FRA-AMS fare on LH and booked it, spending the night at CDG.

With this trip booked all I needed now was to look for an hotel. After a bit of searching I settled with the IBIS CDG Airport.


Map



The map for this weekend trip, thanks to the Great Circle Mapper:

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Saturday October 20



Getting To AMS



Like always this report will start in the west side of Amsterdam where I take a 5-10 minute train ride down to the airport. With the first flight of the weekend not leaving until 13:30 I finally got the opportunity to sleep in after a busy week at work. The alarm clock went off at 11:00 and after getting my usual morning rituals done I was all ready to go at 11:50. A 10 minute walk followed to Amsterdam Lelylaan train station where I took the 12:07 train to the airport.


Check-In



After a bit of walking around the airport I arrived at my designated check-in area at 12:30. I had checked in online the night before and all I needed to do know was print my BPs. I approached one of the many LH SSKs, swapped my FFC and the machine successfully spit out my 2 BPs for the day.
Next stop was security, which was a breeze and I was through within 5 minutes without any problems.
With about half an hour to go before boarding time (13:00) I decided to walk around and see if there was any “special” traffic outside. Not much to see today at this hour except for this KLM EMB wearing its beautiful SkyTeam livery:

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Once arriving at my assigned gate (B31), the aircraft was already there. D-AILR will be doing the honors on this leg. A 15 year old A319 delivered to Lufthansa on 19/09/1997:

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For the remainder of the time, I took a seat and waited for boarding to begin.


Boarding



BP for this flight:

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Boarding began 15 minutes late, at 13:15. The usual scrum to the gate followed so I decided to sit back and wait for the crowd to go through. When there was barely anybody left in line I decided to join it. The gate agent scanned my BP with a smile and wished me a pleasant flight. After thanking her I headed into the jetway.


On Board



20/10/2012
AMS-FRA
LH991 // 22A
A319-114 Lufthansa // D-AILR
13:32-14:36


I entered the aircraft as one of the last passengers where I was greeted by a female FA in a friendly manner. Flight crew was all female except for the FO. Can’t say much about the 3 FAs as this was a short flight but they got their jobs done with lots of smiles.
I proceeded towards the back of the plane and to my assigned seat 22A. Flight load was full at 100%, but I luckily enough had no trouble finding a spot for my carry-on in the overhead bins.
While getting settled in the “boarding completed” was announced and the doors were closed at 13:30. The Purser then came on the PA with the usual announcements followed by the female captain welcoming us on board and wishing us a pleasant flight. Announced flying time was a short 45 minutes.
While the safety demonstration was being performed we started pushback 2 minutes behind schedule:

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A short taxi followed to runway 24, also known as the Kaagbaan:

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Take Off



After just a 2 minute taxi we rolled onto runway 24 and started take-off roll immediately:

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Rotate!:

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Through the clouds:

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Once the seatbelt sign got switched off the crew quickly began their service. Snack on this flight consisted of the brown bread with a big slice of cheese in between, together with that I got a coke:

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Legroom shot:

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In no time the FO came on the PA announcing our descent towards FRA, giving a weather update and thanking us for choosing Lufthansa:

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Landing



While the cabin was still being prepared for landing, we were on final approach for runway 25R:

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Landing on FRAs newest runway means you get a nice view of the terminals:

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And touchdown at 14:25, 15 minutes ahead of schedule:

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We exited 25R and taxied back towards the terminal:

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A bunch of stored LH 747s:

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1 of 10 whalejets Lufthansa has nowadays:

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THAI as always dedicated to Win1290:

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And in our final parking position at 14:36, still 4 minutes ahead of schedule:

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Now this was something new for me. For a second I thought we were headed to a gate, but instead we parked at an international gate and were bused to the terminal. I’m guessing this is to shorten connection times for passengers?

Once the seatbelt sign was switched off I grabbed my belongings and bid the crew farewell while walking down the rear stairs. A 5 minute bus ride followed and I was inside terminal 1 in no time.


8 Hour Layover…



About a week prior to this trip I got an email from Lufthansa stating that Frankfurt had just opened their brand new Pier A plus. So before heading to the LH Business Lounge I decided to head over to the pier and give it a look as I had more than enough time.

FRAs Pier A+ started operations on the 10th of October and will only be used by Lufthansa or one of its *A partners. It has 185,400 sqm (800 m long) of useable floor space and provides 7 gates, 4 of those are designed for the A380. With this new pier now open it will allow an additional capacity of up to 6 million passengers per year:

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Kids corner:

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1 of the 7 gates:

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A UA 777 being towed to its gate still wearing its old tulip livery:

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Lots of seating availabilities here:

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You can also get up close and personal with the different heavies docked at their gates:

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Thank you!:

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Not many shops/restaurants are open yet:

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A380 heaven:

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Continued Below

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-12-19 11:26:07 and read 15829 times.

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They also have these nice coffee corners here offering free coffee/newspapers to all passengers:

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At the end of the pier the LH logo stands proudly:

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FIDS:

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The new pier A+ also has 5 new Lufthansa lounges. One First, Senator and Business lounge in the non-schengen area (upper level). And one Senator and Business lounge in the Schengen area where I was. So after exploring the pier I headed towards the brand new Lufthansa Business Lounge.

After swapping my FFC and scanning my BP I was let through into the lounge. This lounge is a bit bigger than the older one near gate A26 and everything is obviously brand new. The offerings are about the same as your usual LH lounge and this one even has its own Lufthansa World Shop inside it. As usual the place was packed to the brim so I didn’t take all too many pictures during my stay here.

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After spending a lot of hours in the lounge it was time to head out again. Just before boarding time for my next flight (21:00) I left the lounge and took the long walk towards my assigned gate A36. On the way I passed the other LH Business/Senator lounge which was closed:

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Once I arrived at the gate, boarding hadn’t started yet:

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Boarding



BP for this flight:

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Boarding started 15 minutes behind schedule, at 21:15. The usual scrum to the gate followed so I remained seated until most people had boarded. After that I scanned my BP by using one of the self service machines and headed into the jetway. While walking in the jetway I caught a glimpse of the registration for this flight to CDG.
D-AIZM will be doing the honors on this leg, delivered factory fresh to Lufthansa on 20/07/2012. At the time I took this trip it was exactly just 3 months old!


On Board



20/10/2012
FRA-CDG
LH1052 // 29A
A320-200 Lufthansa // D-AIZM
21:30-22:43


At the door I was greeted by 2 female FAs in a friendly manner and headed to the back of the plane towards my assigned seat 29A. First impression of the cabin was (obviously) clean, brand new and fresh.
At the back of the plane was another female and male FA who also greeted me in a friendly manner. The crew on this flight can best be described as friendly and efficient, getting their job done with lots of smiles.

After getting settled in I took a quick look outside:

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The perfectly acceptable legroom:

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The doors were closed 8 minutes ahead of schedule at 21:22, quite a light load on this flight at only 40% with all 3 seats to myself.
The female purser then came on the PA with the usual announcements, followed by the flight deck with another welcome and some flight details. Announced flying time will be 50 minutes. The pilot also stated that there will be no update during flight due to the short duration of the flight, I don’t buy that as AMS-FRA is even shorter then FRA-CDG and I always get an update on that flight..

Pushback commenced bang on time at 21:30 while the safety demonstration was being performed:

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Take Off



We taxied to runway 7C, and after waiting for a couple of other aircraft, we rolled onto the runway and took off into the dark sky at 21:44.


Seatpocket Contents



Safety card:

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Worldshop Catalogue:

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And the magazin:

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Once the seatbelt sign got switched off the crew sprang into action offering the snack service. The snack was the same as my earlier flight, bread with a thick slice of cheese in between. Together with that I got a coke:

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Landing



In no time we started our descent towards foggy Paris. After a couple of turns we were on final approach to runway 9L and touched down at 22:36, 9 minutes ahead of schedule. We exited the runway and taxied to our gate at T1.

In our final parking position at 22:43, 2 minutes ahead of schedule:

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I was one of the last ones off the plane thanking the crew on my way out. A long walk followed to the exit using many different moving walkways:

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Ibis CDG Airport



As already mentioned in the introduction I had booked a room at the Ibis hotel located at the airport near T3. That meant taking the CDGVAL airport shuttle from T1 to T3:

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Had the whole cabin to myself while the back one was filled up:

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Once reaching the T3 stop a 5 minute walk followed to the hotel. After being checked in by the friendly receptionist I headed upstairs to my room:

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After making use of the provided WIFI and booking some Alitalia mistake fares on their Japanese website I fell asleep…


Sunday October 21



The alarm clock went off at 08:00 the next morning and after slowly getting out of bed I took a quick look outside. The fog was still there from last night:

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After taking a quick shower to wake me up, I gathered my belongings and headed back downstairs. Check out only took 2 minutes and the same ritual as last night followed. This time taking the CDGVAL back to T1.


Check-In



Once arriving, I walked over to the very busy LH check-in area:

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I had checked in online the night before in my hotel so just needed to print out both BPs. After a short wait I approached one of the many LH SSKs, swapped my FFC and the machine successfully spit out my 2 BPs for today.
Once again the same ritual as last night followed. Taking the different moving walkways back to satellite # 6:

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Once arriving at satellite # 6 I headed straight through security which only took 5 minutes.


Lufthansa Lounge



With a little under 2 hours to go before boarding time, the next stop was the Lufthansa lounge. The lounge is located under the ground so that meant taking the elevator one floor down. There I was greeted by a friendly agent who scanned my BP, swapped my FFC and wished me a pleasant stay.
The LH lounge here at CDG is nothing to write home about, I found the offerings to be quite poor. Nevertheless I kept myself entertained the next 2 hours while making use of the free provided WIFI.

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Boarding



BP for this flight:

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When boarding was showing on the FIDS I decided to head back upstairs to my assigned gate 61. Once arriving there boarding hadn’t begun yet, this gave me a nice opportunity to check which plane will be taking me to CDG this morning. D-AIQF will be doing the honors on this leg, delivered factory fresh to Lufthansa 21 years ago on 26/07/1991. Unfortunately I was unable to get a good picture of it.

Boarding began 8 minutes late at 11:13 so I joined the short line. It only took 5 minutes before the gate agent scanned my BP and wished me a pleasant flight. I thanked her and headed into the jetway.


On Board



21/10/2012
CDG-FRA
LH1031 // 29F/ later to 30F
A320-200 Lufthansa // D-AIQF
11:35-12:40



Continued Below

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-12-19 11:27:58 and read 15800 times.

Once entering the aircraft I was greeted by 2 female FAs in a friendly manner and headed to the back of the plane. At the back of the plane were 2 other female FAs who also both greeted me, all 4 FAs got their job done with few smiles on this flight. As I was one of the last ones on the plane and seats 29D/E were occupied by a couple I asked one of the FAs if I can move back to the last row (which was free) to which she acknowledged.

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The OK legroom:

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The doors were closed 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 11:25, flight load was around 40% with all 3 seats to myself. The purser and pilot came on the PA with the usual announcements and a welcome on board, no announced flying time was given.
While the safety demonstration was being performed we started our taxi to runway 9R:

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SAS taking off:

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Followed by Onur Air:

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We joined the line of aircraft waiting for take-off including these 2 Delta 767s:

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This Delta 767 started take-off roll, aborted it immediately and exited the runway again:

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SWISS waiting behind us:

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The Delta plane that aborted take-off joined the line behind us:

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US Airways A330 taking off for yet another TATL flight:

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Take Off



At 11:48, 13 minutes behind schedule we rolled onto 9R and started take-off roll immediately:

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Rotate!:

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Which gave a nice view of CDG, shame about the weather though:

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Much better weather up here:

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Once the seatbelt sign dinged off the crew sprang into action, the snack this time was a cheese croissant. Together with that I got a coke:

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Landing



In no time we started our descent towards FRA and lined up for final approach to runway 7R:

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And touchdown at 12:31, 19 minutes ahead of schedule!:

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We exited 9R and taxied towards the terminal. The same ritual as yesterday happened, parking at an international gate and taking a short bus ride to the terminal from there:

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And in our final parking position at 12:40, still 10 minutes ahead of schedule:

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I thanked the crew and exited via the back stairs and into the bus. But not before taking a quick picture of my aircraft:

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And its next door neighbor:

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A 5 minute bus ride followed and I was released into T1. Just as yesterday, I headed over to the new LH Business Lounge. I stayed here for the next couple of hours waiting for my last flight of the weekend. The lounge was busy during my whole stay there where I got the opportunity to catch up on some TRs.

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Boarding



BP for this last flight of the weekend:

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I left the lounge just after 16:00 and headed to my assigned gate A10, which is a bus gate. Once arriving there boarding was already well underway so I scanned my BP and headed into the waiting bus. A couple more passengers came and the doors were closed. The bus was not even half full meaning either it was a light load or this was the second bus.
A 10 minute bus ride followed and we were released in front of our aircraft. D-ABXL did the honors on this leg, a classic 737 delivered to Lufthansa 26 years ago on 05/12/1986.

Dedicated to Markus:

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On Board



21/10/2012
FRA-AMS
LH996 // 25F
B737-300 Lufthansa // D-ABXL
16:37-17:40


I boarded via the back stairs and was greeted by a female FA. The crew on this flight consisted of 3 females, all getting their job done with lots of smiles. A short walk followed to my assigned seat 25F. First I had a little trouble finding some room for my carry-on but eventually found some space further down the aircraft. I have to say this aircraft was still in excellent condition considering it is 26 years old!

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The OK legroom for this short flight:

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5 brothers sitting on the tarmac awaiting their next flight:

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Right after getting seated the doors were closed and the Purser came on the PA with the usual announcements and an announced flying time of 50 minutes. No welcome from the cockpit as far as I know, but that could have happened before I boarded. Flight load was pretty full at 90% with the aisle seat occupied and the middle seat next to me empty.
We started pushback 2 minutes behind schedule at 16:37 while the safety demonstration was being performed:

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Taxiing to runway 7C:

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Take Off



After waiting for a couple of aircraft ahead of us we rolled onto 7C and started take-off:

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Rotate!:

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Continued Below

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-12-19 11:28:55 and read 15785 times.

A nice line of aircraft coming from all corners of the world:

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Flying straight over Frankfurt am Main:

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Seatpocket Contents



Seatpocket contents were the same as all 3 previous flights except for the safety card:

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The seatbelt sign got switched off and the crew sprang into action. The snack on this flight was once again the bread with a thick slice of cheese in between, together with that I got a coke:

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In no time the FO came on the PA announcing our descent towards AMS, giving a weather update and thanking us for flying Lufthansa.

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Landing



Quite some low clouds at AMS today, so it took a while before land was in sight:

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It became clear we will be landing on the Kaagbaan, also known as runway 06:

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And touchdown at 17:37, 13 minutes ahead of schedule:

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We exited the runway and a short 3 minute taxi followed to our gate:

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An airline some users here like:

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The airline famous for its great legroom:

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The airline famous for its mistake fares and professional FAs:

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And in our final parking position at 17:40, 10 minutes ahead of schedule!:

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The aircraft slowly emptied and I thanked the crew on my way out. A lengthy walk followed to the baggage claim, no checked baggage so I headed outside passing customs on the way out to who I was of no interest.
I headed straight towards plaza where I took the 7 minute train ride back home. A 10 minute walk followed and I was home again after another great weekend!


Conclusion



4 short hops on Lufthansa. Lufthansa was like Lufthansa usually is: Punctual and friendly crew. Getting a snack on a flight under 1 hour is always nice. It was great to fly a brand new aircraft but also a 26 year old one, which was in great condition!
The new Pier A+ is great and a nice addition to FRA. Love the fact you can get up close and personal with all those heavies, fantastic.
The new LH Business lounge is very nice!
Ibis CDG Airport has a great location. The rooms might be a bit small but was perfectly fine for me and in good condition!

This will conclude my trip report. If you’re still reading, thank you very much for taking the time to read this report, it is much appreciated.
Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question, I would really appreciate that!
My next report will feature part 1 of a USA trip I made at the beginning of November:

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Take care,

Brendan Berkhout // Amsterdamspotter

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-12-19 13:37:41 and read 15462 times.

Previous Trip Reports



Lufthansa Inaugural: Rotterdam-Munich-Rotterdam (by adamspotter Nov 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
Catching The LAN A340: FRA-MAD-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Oct 23 2012 in Trip Reports)
Air Baltic, Norwegian & KLM: RIX-ARN-HEL-AMS (by adamspotter Oct 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
KLM Business To HEL + A BT Dash 8: AMS-HEL-RIX (by adamspotter Sep 27 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 5: YYZ-AMS In A KLM Upper Deck! (by adamspotter Sep 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 4: Off To Canada!: PHL-LGA-YYZ (by adamspotter Sep 9 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 3: Big Delay + JFK-PHL On DL (by adamspotter Aug 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 2: Maine! + BOS-JFK On DL In Y (by adamspotter Aug 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 1: Delta Long Haul: AMS-BOS In Y (by adamspotter Aug 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
Spotting Pics + My Journey Back Home On Swiss In C (by adamspotter Jun 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
Weekend Spotting Trip To Zurich On Edelweiss In C (by adamspotter Jun 25 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Heathrow Via Munich + Lounges (by adamspotter Jun 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Business Class To Manchester On KLM (by adamspotter May 6 2012 in Trip Reports)
To LGW Via FRA + Spotting At FRA (by adamspotter May 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Toronto For The Weekend Pt. 2: YYZ-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Apr 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Toronto For The Weekend Pt. 1: AMS-FRA-YYZ (by adamspotter Apr 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Another Great Day With LH: AMS-MUC-FCO-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Mar 31 2012 in Trip Reports)
Delay & Plane Change: AMS-BCN-MAD-BCN-AMS On VY! (by adamspotter Mar 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa To Brussels!: AMS-FRA-BRU-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Mar 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
First Trip Report!: AMS-CPH-FRA-AMS (SAS & ICE) (by adamspotter Mar 3 2012 in Trip Reports)

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: LFutia
Posted 2012-12-19 16:47:51 and read 15084 times.

Goedenavond Brendan,

Wat een mooie verslag! I really liked the pictures from the A+ Pier. I think I might have to give LH a shot one day! I think its quite nice that LH provides free newspapers and coffee. Its these small touches that can make a passenger's day. The big lufthansa logo looks real nice. I think it could of been accented more with it being yellow but the Lufthansa logo is classic and timeless.

Its funny how most of your LH flights left late but arrived ontime.

Met vriendelijk groeten,

Leo/ORD

PS: Can't wait to read the big mega trip report!

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: greg99
Posted 2012-12-19 19:32:09 and read 14895 times.

Great trip report - love the pics and the tale.

One question, though - what was it that you had on the hot dog buns in the LH lounge?

Thanks!
Greg

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-12-20 04:58:15 and read 14509 times.

Hey there Brendan. Very good report as usual. Good that you managed to catch the 737 classic too - must admit I prefer those to the A319's. I was also on a pair of the old birds the same day you were.

That old terminal at CDG brings back the memories of flying out of there with BA on my 18th birthday - and seeing a couple of BA 757's around and hoping I wouldn't be on one as I wanted to get on the A319 for the first time. How times change!

Shame you didn't get to do much sightseeing during your time in Paris though.

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-12-20 06:14:06 and read 14401 times.

Quoting LFutia (Reply 5):
Goedenavond Brendan

Hoi Leo!

Quoting LFutia (Reply 5):
Wat een mooie verslag! I really liked the pictures from the A+ Pier

Thank you very much!

Quoting LFutia (Reply 5):
I think I might have to give LH a shot one day! I think its quite nice that LH provides free newspapers and coffee. Its these small touches that can make a passenger's day. The big lufthansa logo looks real nice. I think it could of been accented more with it being yellow but the Lufthansa logo is classic and timeless.

  

Quoting LFutia (Reply 5):

Its funny how most of your LH flights left late but arrived ontime.

Indeed!

Quoting greg99 (Reply 6):
Great trip report - love the pics and the tale

Thank you very much!

Quoting greg99 (Reply 6):
One question, though - what was it that you had on the hot dog buns in the LH lounge?

hot dog, with fried onion, Ketchup and mustard, delicious!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 7):
Hey there Brendan

Hi J.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 7):
Very good report as usual

Thanks!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 7):
Good that you managed to catch the 737 classic too - must admit I prefer those to the A319's. I was also on a pair of the old birds the same day you were.

Same here, and they are still in excellent condition too!  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 7):
That old terminal at CDG brings back the memories of flying out of there with BA on my 18th birthday - and seeing a couple of BA 757's around and hoping I wouldn't be on one as I wanted to get on the A319 for the first time. How times change!

Very true!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 7):
Shame you didn't get to do much sightseeing during your time in Paris though

Done sightseeing in Paris a couple times already so I didn't mind that much  

Thanks for commenting guys!

cheers,

Brendan

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-12-20 13:52:26 and read 13929 times.

Hi Brendan!

Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures !

It seems you had some nice flights ! Lounges look good too.

I stayed at the same IBIS hotel in late November but facing north and managed some spotting from the room.

Looking forward to your next report !

The777Man

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-12-21 03:37:36 and read 13667 times.

Hello Brendan,

Nice report! Thanks for the little tour of the A+ terminal looks great and very shiny still!

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: thegivenone
Posted 2012-12-21 10:43:47 and read 13452 times.

Hi Brendan,

Thank you for the wonderful little report. It looks like you got more than your fair share of of cheese sandwiches from LH  

I too have just returned from my first exploration of the new A+ pier on my stopover in FRA. I very much agree with your general conclusions:

> Nice architecture (very German and very "FRA") with great window area and some really fantastic views of the ramp.
> Nice new lounges.
> Great amenities (did you see the shower facilities available to non-lounge passengers? I would kill for these in airports where I don't get lounge access).

The pier definitely adds to the maze that is FRA and now distributes LH's long haul operations along the entire length of Terminal 1 (from the C gates, through B, the US A-gates and A+). Connecting from A+ to C must be quite the trek!

It baffles me that the new LH Business Lounge is so small. I agree with you that it is a fairly standard LH lounge affair, although I do very much like the new styling and modern flair. I used the shower facilities as well, which are definitely an upgrade over the previous lounge (these are featured with powerful rain showers). I still don't understand why it is so small though. This new lounge is essentially responsible for all European, A+ and US traffic. It's similar in size to the new Austrian Business Lounge, which serves significantly less passengers. I assumed that LH would have learned from the shortcomings of the previous lounge at A26 which was constantly packed.

Thanks again!

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: sultanils
Posted 2012-12-21 11:23:23 and read 13420 times.

Hello Brendan,

Thank you for this very good 'signature adamspotter' report. Not a spectacular routing but one where there is always something interesting to see: AMS, FRA and CDG. Good to see some pics of the new pier, which it 'totally FRA'.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
together with that I got a coke

And a laptop as well apparently 

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I%u2019m guessing this is to shorten connection times for passengers?

I rather think you parked at a 'non-Schengen' gate and your aircraft's next destination was a non-Schengen one. Therefore you got bussed because you don't need to go through passport control.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
They also have these nice coffee corners here offering free coffee/newspapers to all passengers

That's 1 thing that LH and FRA do very right: free booze for everyone. Me like.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
After making use of the provided WIFI and booking some Alitalia mistake fares on their Japanese website I fell asleep%u2026

You managed to nail some as well? Bookings are still standing?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
which plane will be taking me to CDG this morning.

You surely must mean 'to FRA'  

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
This Delta 767 started take-off roll, aborted it immediately and exited the runway again:

Any idea what happened? (guess not...)

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
An airline some users here like

some = most  

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-12-21 15:08:08 and read 13296 times.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Hi Brendan!

Hi there 777Man!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures !

You're welcome, thanks for commenting!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
It seems you had some nice flights ! Lounges look good too.

Indeed   

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
I stayed at the same IBIS hotel in late November but facing north and managed some spotting from the room.

Thats very nice, shame I wasnt able to get any spotting done

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
Hello Brendan

Hoi Robert

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
Nice report! Thanks for the little tour of the A+ terminal looks great and very shiny still!

Thank you very much!

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 11):
Hi Brendan

Hi thegivenone

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 11):

Thank you for the wonderful little report

You're welcome, am glad you liked it

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 11):
It looks like you got more than your fair share of of cheese sandwiches from LH

hehe indeed 
Quoting thegivenone (Reply 11):
> Nice architecture (very German and very "FRA") with great window area and some really fantastic views of the ramp.
> Nice new lounges.

  

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 11):
> Great amenities (did you see the shower facilities available to non-lounge passengers? I would kill for these in airports where I don't get lounge access).

No I didn't see that actually, where was it located?

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 11):
The pier definitely adds to the maze that is FRA and now distributes LH's long haul operations along the entire length of Terminal 1 (from the C gates, through B, the US A-gates and A+). Connecting from A+ to C must be quite the trek!

That is very true!

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 11):
It baffles me that the new LH Business Lounge is so small. I agree with you that it is a fairly standard LH lounge affair, although I do very much like the new styling and modern flair. I used the shower facilities as well, which are definitely an upgrade over the previous lounge (these are featured with powerful rain showers). I still don't understand why it is so small though. This new lounge is essentially responsible for all European, A+ and US traffic. It's similar in size to the new Austrian Business Lounge, which serves significantly less passengers. I assumed that LH would have learned from the shortcomings of the previous lounge at A26 which was constantly packed.

I also definetely agree with you there, LH lounges are always packed it seems!

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 11):
Thanks again!

Thanks for commenting!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Hello Brendan

Hi there Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):

Thank you for this very good 'signature adamspotter' report. Not a spectacular routing but one where there is always something interesting to see: AMS, FRA and CDG. Good to see some pics of the new pier, which it 'totally FRA'.

You're welcome, am glad you liked it!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
And a laptop as well apparently

:D

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
I rather think you parked at a 'non-Schengen' gate and your aircraft's next destination was a non-Schengen one. Therefore you got bussed because you don't need to go through passport control.

Hmm, that sounds right

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
That's 1 thing that LH and FRA do very right: free booze for everyone. Me like.

  

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
You managed to nail some as well? Bookings are still standing?

1 of them "survived" and I flew the weekend after getting back from the US in November  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
You surely must mean 'to FRA'

Oops, yeah sorry.. Got to proofread these reports better!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):

Any idea what happened? (guess not...)

No idea, for a second I thought it might by something tech, but as it lined up right behind us again I still have no idea  

Thanks for commenting guys!

cheers,

Brendan

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-12-22 00:16:18 and read 13101 times.

Hi Brendan,

nice report about this LH trip. The new pier looks good, maybe I will try it next year together with the 748. I'm a bit disappointed that you got the same cheese sandwich three times - some more variety would be nice.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
A UA 777 being towed to its gate still wearing its old tulip livery:

I will miss that scheme...they should have scrapped the CO colors.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
As already mentioned in the introduction I had booked a room at the Ibis hotel located at the airport near T3. That meant taking the CDGVAL airport shuttle from T1 to T3:

I also stayed there again in October, I love its location. I always ask for runway/airport view.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Taking the different moving walkways back to satellite # 6:

Those are cool, I really like Terminal 1.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
A 10 minute bus ride followed and we were released in front of our aircraft. D-ABXL did the honors on this leg, a classic 737 delivered to Lufthansa 26 years ago on 05/12/1986.

That good old bird was retired on November 5 - now it's waiting for the scraper at TUL.


PH

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: stipica
Posted 2012-12-22 01:19:28 and read 13072 times.

Hi B !
just to say hi ... it is always so cozy ... new terminal is much better than other part of FRA but again no architecturally interesting ... for me the most funniest part is LH emblem in the end of terminal , so sacral like the altar ... thanks stipica  

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-12-22 07:46:45 and read 12889 times.

Nice report....looks like you had a set of very standard LH EU flights. THe new lounge in A+ looks reasonable...nothing too innovative. The new pier too looks ok....not terribly interesting though. I guess they didn't want to adopt any ideas like in SIN or ICN?

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-12-22 08:29:47 and read 12865 times.

Hey Brendan!

Good to see the new wing of FRA--hell, they need it  

LH looks slightly above-average, as usual. Nice to get a Classic 737 every once in a while.

Not my favorite airport, CDG, but the architecture of T1 always intrigued me. I wonder, any idea when T1 was built? My grandfather flew via Paris to JFK (well, IDL) in '61. No idea if via Orly or CDG though I think the former...

Anyway, thanks for your report Brendan, and looking forward to the US mega-trip  

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-12-22 14:38:33 and read 12681 times.

Hoi, B.,

really good to follow you´re weekend trip and especially the pictures from the new pier at FRA.
Good choice to connect this way.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
, a classic 737 delivered to Lufthansa 26 years ago on 05/12/1986.

Dedicated to Markus:

The perfect picture with the perfect plane!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-12-23 14:28:51 and read 12402 times.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
Hi Brendan

Hi PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
nice report about this LH trip

Thank you!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
The new pier looks good, maybe I will try it next year together with the 748.

Indeed   

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
I'm a bit disappointed that you got the same cheese sandwich three times - some more variety would be nice.

Me too, have gotten that same sandwich on 6 of my last 10 LH flights. Coincidence I guess?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
I will miss that scheme...they should have scrapped the CO colors.

Indeed, a very nice livery!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
Those are cool, I really like Terminal 1.

Indeed, it looks great

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
That good old bird was retired on November 5 - now it's waiting for the scraper at TUL.

Nice to know, flew it in one of its last weeks! Shame really as it was still in excellent condition!

Quoting stipica (Reply 15):
Hi B

Hi stipica

Quoting stipica (Reply 15):
new terminal is much better than other part of FRA but again no architecturally interesting ... for me the most funniest part is LH emblem in the end of terminal , so sacral like the altar

Surely agree with you there

Quoting stipica (Reply 15):
thanks

Thanks for commenting!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Nice report

Thanks Gabriel

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
looks like you had a set of very standard LH EU flights

indeed   

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
THe new lounge in A+ looks reasonable...nothing too innovative. The new pier too looks ok....not terribly interesting though. I guess they didn't want to adopt any ideas like in SIN or ICN?

Indeed not all too interesting, that would've been nice if they did!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 17):
Hey Brendan

Hi Alex!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 17):
Good to see the new wing of FRA--hell, they need it

Indeed hehe  
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 17):
LH looks slightly above-average, as usual. Nice to get a Classic 737 every once in a while.

Indeed   

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 17):
Not my favorite airport, CDG, but the architecture of T1 always intrigued me. I wonder, any idea when T1 was built?

I remember CDG is not your favorite airport hehe  
T1 was built on the 14th of March 1974

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 17):
Anyway, thanks for your report Brendan, and looking forward to the US mega-trip

Thanks for commenting Alex, hope to get to read your reports somewhere this week!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
Hoi, B.,

Hoi Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
really good to follow you´re weekend trip and especially the pictures from the new pier at FRA.
Good choice to connect this way.

Thanks and indeed!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
The perfect picture with the perfect plane!.

Indeed once again!

Thanks for commenting guys

cheers,

Brendan

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-12-25 03:43:36 and read 12023 times.

Hello Brendan


Nice tripreport, thanks for sharing! LH looks good as it usually is.
Nice to see you where able to see the new terminal in FRA! It's a nice and welcome addition to the FRA Airport.
CDG T1 always impresses me with it's impressive layout.
Good to see you got the 733 on the FRA-AMS leg.


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2013-01-03 14:09:14 and read 11377 times.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 20):
Hello Brendan

Hi Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 20):
Nice tripreport, thanks for sharing! LH looks good as it usually is.

Thanks, glad you liked it!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 20):
Nice to see you where able to see the new terminal in FRA! It's a nice and welcome addition to the FRA Airport.

Indeed   

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 20):
CDG T1 always impresses me with it's impressive layout.

Indeed, very nice!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 20):
Good to see you got the 733 on the FRA-AMS leg.

Yes, was happy with that!

cheers,

Brendan

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: OA260
Posted 2013-01-13 08:22:52 and read 10562 times.

Hi Brendan  

Nice report and also good to see the new Pier A Plus . Looks prettty nice. As for T1 CDG no thanks ! Worst experience ever there I had .

Happy flying in 2013

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: daviation
Posted 2013-01-13 10:10:10 and read 10494 times.

Very nice report!

The last time I transferred at FRA in 2008, it was a bad experience. Aircraft parked on the tarmac, bus to terminal, long trek from A to C, hard to transport handicapped passengers between terminals. And my favorite, which I will never understand or live down: very few toilets! I could only find one small dirty watercloset every ten gates or so. Next to PHL, it was my worst transfer experience.

Has that changed now with the new terminal? Was the toilet problem limited to the A-gates only?

The last time I transferred at CDG was even earlier: 1984, I think. But it was from TWA to TWA, so there was no problem. I was very impressed at the time with the airport shops. I recall saying, "Leave it to the French to make even the shop windows look so beautiful!"

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: knightsofmalta
Posted 2013-01-14 12:40:23 and read 10297 times.

Hi Brendan

I finally got round to reading your report. I should have read this before I flew via Frankfurt. In any case, I enjoyed the pictures you took and I must say, I'm quite impressed. In your photos the new A+ dock looks quite nice and bright. When I was there my impression was that it's rather dark and gloomy.

Thanks for posting!

Cheers,
William

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: win1290
Posted 2013-02-08 08:15:56 and read 9253 times.

Hi Brendan,

Another very nice/detailed trip report as usual. Thanks for sharing your trip experience especially the new pier at FRA terminal. It's a nice read!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
THAI as always dedicated to Win1290:

Thanks!! Nice capture, though the nose of that aircraft looks scarily close to the terminal building, haha.

Cheers,
Win

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2013-02-27 10:53:10 and read 8362 times.

Hi guys,

Thanks for commenting and very sorry for the late reply!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
Hi Brendan

Hi Phillip  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
Nice report and also good to see the new Pier A Plus

Thank you very much

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
Looks prettty nice

Its indeed a nice terminal IMHO

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
As for T1 CDG no thanks ! Worst experience ever there I had .

haha, many people say that.. I dont think its all too bad myself

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
Happy flying in 2013

The same to you!

Quoting daviation (Reply 23):
Very nice report!

Thanks daviation

Quoting daviation (Reply 23):
The last time I transferred at FRA in 2008, it was a bad experience. Aircraft parked on the tarmac, bus to terminal, long trek from A to C, hard to transport handicapped passengers between terminals. And my favorite, which I will never understand or live down: very few toilets! I could only find one small dirty watercloset every ten gates or so. Next to PHL, it was my worst transfer experience.

Yeah, I can understand that that can be quite irritating. You can get some very long transfers at FRA unfortunately, I don't mind that all to much as I love walking around.. Indeed, the toilets are quite limited..

Quoting daviation (Reply 23):
Has that changed now with the new terminal? Was the toilet problem limited to the A-gates only?

No, it hasn't really changed IIRC

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 24):
Hi Brendan

Hi William  
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 24):
I enjoyed the pictures you took and I must say, I'm quite impressed.

Thank you!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 24):
Thanks for posting!

Thanks for commenting!

Quoting win1290 (Reply 25):
Hi Brendan

Hi Win,

Quoting win1290 (Reply 25):

Another very nice/detailed trip report as usual.

Thanks!

Quoting win1290 (Reply 25):
Thanks for sharing your trip experience especially the new pier at FRA terminal. It's a nice read!

You're welcome, glad you enjoyed it  
Quoting win1290 (Reply 25):
Thanks!! Nice capture, though the nose of that aircraft looks scarily close to the terminal building, haha.

Haha, yeah they can get quite close at FRA

cheers guys,

Brendan

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: eastafspot
Posted 2013-03-03 01:39:44 and read 7690 times.

Very nice report Brendan,

Great for you those short hops in Europe, even more when you can (re)visit new area.
The New Pier A looks convenient, especially the view, and i really like the LH lounge too.

Thanks for sharing  Smile

[Edited 2013-03-03 01:41:10]

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: TS-IOR
Posted 2013-03-11 07:44:05 and read 7018 times.

Is there available access to FRA visitors terrace while remaining in the non-Schengen transit area T1 ? If not, what are the possible sightseeing facilities around ? Thanks  

Topic: RE: Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2013-04-04 11:13:58 and read 5793 times.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 27):
Very nice report Brendan,

Thanks Leonard!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 27):
The New Pier A looks convenient, especially the view, and i really like the LH lounge too.

Indeed, both look nice!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 27):
Thanks for sharing

Thanks for commenting and sorry for the late reply!

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 28):
Is there available access to FRA visitors terrace while remaining in the non-Schengen transit area T1

FRAs visitors terrace is closed during winter and only accessible landside, not airside

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 28):
If not, what are the possible sightseeing facilities around ?

For airside spotting I mostly head over to the A gates myself!

Thanks for commenting guys!

cheers,

Brendan


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