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Big Summer Holiday To Asia Part 1: DUS-MUC With LH  
User currently offlineakhmad From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 14121 times:

BACKGROUND


Dear fellow A.netters,

At the first weekend of last year December, my partner and I received a handwritten letter from my mother. Despite the digital revolution, there are still people who do not catch up with it and therefore become unfamiliar with the ease of sending an e-mail for instance. My mother is among them.

She told us in her letter that she had experienced her most painful moments of being a rheumatic patient and got so much terrified that she would not make it until the year’s end. When I rang her, she got slightly feeling better although she will never recover. Given this situation, we decided that it was about time to come over to visit her again in Indonesia.

Keeping in mind that we had collected a decent amount of miles with one certain airline, we did not have to think long which airline we would be flying with. We happily stuck to Qatar Airways again and chose Munich as an intermediate destination to Doha.

To catch our QR flight, we had to fly Lufthansa to Munich and this time from Dusseldorf. You might be wondering why DUS and not Amsterdam? Firstly, we found out that the ex-DUS flights had better deal than AMS. Secondly, DUS was attractive as none of us had ever been there before. And finally, it should have been my first time flying with an Airbus 321. The matters changed however after my escapade to Paris

Although this LH’s DUS-MUC segment was booked in conjunction with QR, I will devote this thread to our LH flight as I want to do justice to my partner and my experience with LH. Furthermore, allow me to share our travel planning, accommodation and spotting adventure in DUS.

Welcome to the first part of my trip report series of our big summer holiday to Asia.





[Edited 2010-08-21 08:51:10]

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User currently offlineakhmad From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 14183 times:

TRAVEL PLANNING


A.net meeting


I learnt that fellow A.netter Patrick (Sabena332) supposed to live close to DUS. Therefore I wished to take the opportunity to invite him for a meeting in DUS. He accepted my invitation and loved to spend couple hours together in the evening. However, he asked me to remind him sometime in advance for just in case. I was for sure looking forward to the meeting.

Couple days before our departure I sent Patrick a reminder . Unfortunately, he would not be able to make it due to other commitments. Pity about that. Maybe next time?


Hotel reservation


As our flight would depart quite early from DUS, we did not want to risk missing our flight and therefore booked a room at Sheraton Dusseldorf Airport Hotel for the night before our departure.

As a QR Privilege Club member, you can too earn some miles with your stay at any Sheraton hotel. All you have to do is to enroll first into Starwood Preferred Guest so that so called Starpoints can be credited into your account. At the end, you can convert the Starpoints into QR miles.

This Sheraton had an attractive prepaid offer at EUR 75 each night. So we jumped at it despite our stay being still way ahead. However towards the end of January, to our unpleasant surprise, we could not locate our reservation online anymore and that was after my credit card got charged! I sent an e-mail to the hotel and got almost immediately a reply from Graziana that our reservation had been stored in their system.
"But why are we not allowed to check up on the reservation ourselves anymore?" I asked.
Graziana said that only travel agents had admission to the details.
After a double-check with SPG Customer Support, I should feel confident about our reservation. Indeed, a kind of reservation reminder was delivered two days prior to our stay. So, everything was set then.


Online Check-in


At 11.30, my partner and I got notified on a separate e-mail by LH that it was time to do the online check-in. The process went smoothly at the beginning until I tried to confirm our seats and got an error message instead that none of us could not be checked in. Hey, what was going on? At that point, there was nothing more we could do than going to the airport and getting ourselves checked in. I was just hoping that our itinerary did not get screwed up.


Getting to the airport


Intentionally we wanted to take the ICE international train from Arnhem train station to DUS. Unfortunately to our disappointment, I came across an announcement by ICE that there would be some work in progress during our travel period which made the station inaccessible for any international train trip. Therefore we had to book a parking spot at P24 in DUS. It was necessary as P24 tended to be in great demand. No wonder as we got eventually charged less than EUR 16 for 20 day parking.


AT THE AIRPORT


P24



Reference to locate our spot


There is a dedicated bus to and from the terminal which runs every 20 minutes around the clock.



DUS is easy to navigate. As we jumped off the bus, we just had to follow the signage to our hotel.



[Edited 2010-08-21 09:09:47]

User currently offlineakhmad From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 14142 times:

SHERATON DUSSELDORF AIRPORT HOTEL




Entrance



Lobby





View from the right wing



Air photo of the hotel



Check In


Cheerful Pia greeted us. “Good afternoon. Do you have a reservation with us?”
“Yes, we do,” we handed over our hotel confirmation printout and passports.
“Thank you. Could you please fill out the form? I am going to make a copy of your passports,”
Pia returned while I was jotting down my Starwood Preferred Guest number.
“Is that your SPG number?” She asked.
“That is correct,”
“Because you are a SPG member, you receive an upgrade to Executive room,”
I thought, ‘Wow, that is a good start of the holiday!’
“Your room number is 425. It is located on the right wing. Enjoy your stay,”
“Thank you,”


Executive room



Double bed



Television and mini bar inside the cupboard



Writing table



Bathtub and shower



Washbasin



Amenity kits



Window view


After stowing our luggage, off we went for some airport explorations.


Self service check-in


Underway to the terminal building, I spotted a striking machine inside the parking garage.





What a coincidence! So we tried to retry the check-in. It worked!


My boarding pass


Once our boarding passes were issued, we proceeded to Terminal B. I must say, I was impressed.

Interior



The pianist


Really home of Air Berlin






We went upstairs to get more overview and of course the spotting adventure.


Left



Right



And beyond


I did not know that DUS had such an extensive Travel Market.

Second floor






Third floor




We got ourselves a well deserved big glass of Weiße at Das Gasthaus before proceeding to the observation deck.


Lovely restaurant



Schneider Weiße


User currently offlineakhmad From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 14141 times:

PLANE SPOTTING


Let’s get the spotting party started. The admission was free that Sunday.






Control tower



Observation deck



Terminal A



LH B735



LH A320



Skywings B733 winglet



AB A320 taking off



Four Azerbaijan A320’s and a Blue Wing A320. Grounded?



Flybe Dash 8



Interesting spotters



Easyjet A319



Hamburg A319



AB A333



AB A319 taking off



Condor B753



Turkish A320



A lone KLM F100 among AB aircrafts



AB B73H taking off



AB’s old and new livery



Czech B735



Iberia A319 retro livery



Dedicated to Christoph (Contact Air)



Emirates A332


In case you want to take some souvenirs with you after all the spotting, there is an aviation shop.



We treated ourselves a simple but delicious dinner and a big glass of Frankheimer Alt to go with it.



We decided to go to bed early as a preparation for a long journey the following day.


User currently offlineakhmad From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 14117 times:

Check Out


My partner and I left our room early to maximize our stay in the lounge and having our breakfast there.


FIDS inside the hotel


It was cloudy that morning. The rain would be pouring within the next hour.


The terminal B curbside



Left



Right


We went inside through the entrance of Terminal B as LH Business Class check-in area is located right next to AB’s check-in desks.


Entrance


FIDS





Close up



Check-in at the counter


At that time, there were only four J check-in desks manned.




Star Alliance column


We could go forward straight away .



Ms. Trompel was in charge of desk 136. After scrutinizing our travel documents, she checked our single luggage through to Kuala Lumpur and put the priority tag on it. Before returning our documents, she reissued a new boarding pass for me as the luggage was coupled to my name.



“What about the lounge invitation?” I asked.
“It is not necessary as you are traveling Business Class,” Ms. Trompel replied. “Your onward boarding passes will be issued in Munich. Have a nice flight.”


Eye-catcher near the J check-in area


We proceeded towards the security. Interesting to see that there is a separate lane for premium travelers. Is that typical German?



The security process was a breeze. We were airside within five minutes, even though the scanner went off when it was my partner’s turn. One security guy scanned him with a metal detector. It beeped above the sandals.
“These are real Birkenstocks,” my partner said by which the security guy broke into a smile and waived him through.


Airside


Shopping arcade







Free newspapers


We went upstairs to the lounge.




View from the pedestrian bridge



LH Business Lounge



Entrance


Our boarding passes were scanned and we were allowed to proceed.

Lounge overview





Right



Left


Buffet




There are extensive choices of (non) alcoholic drinks.









Nice food for breakfast.


Bread baskets



Greek style


There is an ice cream corner as well. Typical LH lounges?



I decided to have a light breakfast.



To accompany your breakfast, there are plenty newspapers and magazines to choose from.





There is an internet corner to keep you occupied.



Or go for some spotting like me. The lounge is suitable for it. 




Busy morning



Swiss Red Cross bizjet?



Intersky ATR42



VIA A320



Air France A318



Dedicated to Hannah (Infodesk) and Eric (Airbuseric)



Turkuaz A321


Before going to the gate, I paid a visit to the toilet.


Washbasins



Amenities



FLIGHT STATUS



Our itinerary:
Route: DUS-MUC
Date: 2 August 2010
ETD/ATD: 09.25 / 09.25
ETA/ATA: 10.35 / 10.30
Flight number: LH 833
Plane: Airbus 321-131
Registration: D-AIRE, named Osnabrück
Delivered: 3 March 1994
First Officer: Captain Martin Müller


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Our flight got assigned gate A81.




Still in preparation



D-AIRE waiting for her next assignment



Holding room



Boarding


Boarding call was made at 09.00. Despite a separate call for premium passengers, everyone just got off the chairs and forming a line.



Most passengers were businessmen as they were settling some last calls before entering the finger gate.







Glimpse of Captain Müller


User currently offlineakhmad From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 14115 times:

ON BOARD


Ms. Settimeyer greeted us at the door. Her colleague, Ms. Lange, was standing next to the cabin divider.



Business Class




My partner and I got assigned rows 2C and 2A.




My seat



Legroom



Neighbor view



J cabin for the day



Ouch! A pen scratch on the armrest


Let’s see what we got in the seat pocket.

Safety card






In-flight magazine




Ms. Settimeyer appeared and offering an array magazines. My partner took a Newsweek.
“No, I am fine. Thank you,” I said when she turned to me.

The door closed just after 09.15. I counted sixteen J passengers. Pushback commenced at 09.20 during the downpour.



Miss Lange distributed refreshing towels when the engines were turned on.




Miles & More advertisement on the packing


Soon, we made our way to 05R/23L runway.


Sister-ship A333’s


Cabin lights were dimmed. Captain Müller made announcement that we would commence our takeoff run immediately.


Entering the runway


Austrian F70 and Delta B763 were waiting in line.





D-AIRE thundered down the runway and lifted off at 09.30.







Engulfing by the clouds, we banked to the left.



And emerging above the cloud layer.




Food and beverages


Five minutes after lift-off, the fasten seat belt sign switched off. Ms. Settimeyer and Ms. Lange sprung into action.

After another five minutes, we banked sharp to the right. While leveling off, Ms. Lange started the service.


Meal tray



It is all about strawberry


The meal consisted of a pre-packed sandwich with tasty creamy brie filling, a muffin and a cup of fruit yogurt.

After distributing the meal trays, Ms. Lange appeared with the drink cart and proceeded to the Y cabin.



Ms. Settimeyer was in charge of the J cabin this time. Both my partner and I ordered coffee which came in a paper cup.
“Do you want anything else to go with it?” she asked.
“Orange juice, please,” We replied.
The orange juice was served in a glassware this time.



The sky was clearing up during the meal service.



Thanks to the empty middle seat, I could free up my tray table and getting off my seat to explore the cabin.


J lavatory



J cabin


Mini forward economy class cabin



Forward view



Aft view


Main economy class cabin




When I returned to my seat, a passenger seating at 1C apparently needed to catch some sleep and therefore minimizing my partner’s legroom by his reclining.



After 25 minutes into the flight, Captain Müller said on the intercom that we were flying above Duisburg and would be landing in MUC in about 30 minutes. The temperature would be 19 centigrade’s over there. Not long after the captain’s announcement, Ms. Settimeyer cleared up our tables.

At 10.15, the fasten seat belt signs were illuminated. Soon enough, we were leaving our cruising altitude.



Another refreshing towels were distributed.



Let me take you through the landing experience.


Erding Air Base



Eitting


MUC in sight



Touch down at 10.25



Welcome to MUC


We vacated the runway and made our way towards the G gates. I must say, MUC is another spotter’s heaven. Can you spot our connecting aircraft?









We were docked at 10.30.


AT THE AIRPORT


Disembarking


We thanked Ms. Settimeyer and Ms. Lange for the flight and made our way to our connecting gate.


Thank you D-AIRE


As soon as I entered the terminal, I understood why MUC deserved the Skytrax accolade.

Clear signage’s







Airy design






And most of all, no security checks to enter the non-Schengen gates.




The end of the beginning


Herewith, I put this trip report into conclusion. The following part would cover our onward journey with QR. I do hope you have enjoyed my covering and wish to thank you for allowing me to share my experience. Please let me know what you think of it and do not hesitate to leave any comments or suggestions.

Cheers,
Suryo

[Edited 2010-08-21 09:23:58]

User currently offlinerogerbcn From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 13894 times:

Hola Suryo!

A very interesting beginning... Looking forward to reading the next installments.

D-AIRE is a familiar plane to me as I have flown her once BCN-MUC, it seems to be her favorite destination.

I see that LH domestic breakfasts are pretty similar to the international ones, how come they cannot have anything warm? Something I do not like either is the use of plastic cups for coffee, can't they have some proper tableware?

Anyway, service seems to be standard, serving the J cabin and then disappearing into Y... I think there should be someone to look after J passengers.

It seems you had a great time at DUS, no txakoli?  

Salut!

Roger


User currently offlinetk747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13759 times:

Amazing report! You made a relatively boring flight so interesting to read about . I can't wait until the next segments of your report. The LH lounge looks so European and I didn't know that DUS airport was so big with such a nice area for viewing .

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13662 times:

Hey, Suryo,

well done, thats what I call a real detailed story together with nice pictures.

Sounds like a pretty good start to you´re long summer travel adventure.

Looking for more now, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)


User currently offline767747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13504 times:
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Hey, Suryo -

Great report! What a really well written first installment of your trip. Your pictures are really good!

Lufthansa seems to offer a really nice service in J on a short flight like DUS-MUC .. The plane looked really new and clean inside too! I like the view of the Economy class cabin where the Lufthansa symbol is on the wall ..

Looking forward to your next flight with QR!

767747


User currently offlineoa260 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 13413 times:

Hey great report .

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I received a handwritten letter from my mother. Despite the digital revolution, there are still people who do not catch up with it and therefore become unfamiliar with the ease of sending an e-mail for instance. My mother is among them.

Arr thats nice to get some normal mail sometimes, my Mother does it also and sends me letters and cards, it is more personal.  

Loved all the photos really great to see the LH product and the observation deck at the airport.

The Aircraft was named Osnabruck which reminds me when I was a kid we had school exhanges to Munster which was next to it . They even have their own airport which I spotted at a few times http://www.flughafen-fmo.de/

Looking forward to the next part.

Philip


User currently offlineabrelosojos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 13134 times:

Awesome start to the entire journey ... now stop resting on your laurels ... I really want to read about your onward flight to Indonesia!

Saludos,
A.


User currently offlineLH4116 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 13056 times:

Hello Suryo, great report!

Nice to see some pics from DUS Airport, to me it looks like quite a nice airport to me. The LH Business Lounge look rather decent actually, not as good as what other airlines seem to offer as J Lounges. F&B offerings looked quite nice. Those coffee machines however aren't the best ones imho.

Your flight in LH J class seemed pretty nice, the crew seemed pretty friendly. The Load in J looked pretty good, so I'm guessing this was a profitable flight for LH. Sadly though, I was pretty chocked to see the food they served. I know that it's a domestic flight, but still they should have done something about that presentation. It looked more like an Y class snack than something that would be served in J.

One thing that I liked about the A321 was the mini Y cabin, between J class and door 2L. Next time I fly LH I'll definitley choose to sit there  

Thanks for sharing
//Jonas


User currently offlineairbuseric From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 13053 times:

Hi Suryo,

welcome back. Let me say, this LH report is a good one to start with! Quite a good service here, only the paper coffee cup I dislike to be honest. The sandwich pack seems one also served in Y-class.
LH DUS lounge seems quite ok.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
After 25 minutes into the flight, Captain Müller said on the intercom that we were flying above Duisburg

That's not good, when LH needs 25 minutes to get over Duisburg after leaving DUS   I guess a mistake here.

Yes I spotted your conecting flight, that grey bus. And yes, MUC is a truly fantastic airport. It's my no.1 in Europe, for sure. Clear, clean, friendly, organized in the fantastic German way, and enabling very, very short connections also, even when using remote spots.

Looking forward to more,...

Eric


User currently offlinebedo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 12981 times:

Hi Suryo!!

Great start! These Trip reports series are going to be real good!

Dus it's a great airport, modern and a lot of activity on the tarmac.


Really nice spotting pictures and great deal on your parking.

Looking forward on your story.

Thank you for sharing!

Benito.


User currently offlineN809FR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 12791 times:

Awesome photos to go with a well written report! It's a shame you couldn't catch on of the A333's down to Munich though!  

User currently offlineakhmad From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12613 times:

Hi fellows,

Many thanks for your reply.

@Roger:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 6):
D-AIRE is a familiar plane to me as I have flown her once BCN-MUC, it seems to be her favorite destination.

You don't say? In that case, It would not be surprising if her next assignment was BCN.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 6):
I see that LH domestic breakfasts are pretty similar to the international ones, how come they cannot have anything warm? Something I do not like either is the use of plastic cups for coffee, can't they have some proper tableware?

I can only reckon BA as the only one which served warm breakfast on a better tableware. BA did have better tableware with a real cup and china. But that was last year. I don't know how it looks like now.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 6):
I think there should be someone to look after J passengers.

Miss Settimeyer did.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 6):
no txakoli?

For txakoli, I should come over again to BCN.   

@tk747:

Quoting tk747 (Reply 7):
Amazing report! You made a relatively boring flight so interesting to read about .

Thank you.

Quoting tk747 (Reply 7):
I didn't know that DUS airport was so big with such a nice area for viewing .

Neither did I until I discovered the observation deck.

@Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
well done, thats what I call a real detailed story together with nice pictures.

Thank you. Glad you like it.

@Matthew:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
Great report! What a really well written first installment of your trip. Your pictures are really good!

Thank you for your kind words.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
The plane looked really new and clean inside too!

LH does a good job on maintaining the interior. This plane is 16 years old.

@Philip:

Quoting oa260 (Reply 10):
my Mother does it also and sends me letters and cards, it is more personal.

How lovely! Does she live abroad?

Quoting oa260 (Reply 10):
Loved all the photos really great to see the LH product and the observation deck at the airport.

Thank you. Good to know that.

@A.:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 11):
Awesome start to the entire journey .

Thank you.

@Jonas:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 12):
Hello Suryo, great report!

Thank you.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 12):
Nice to see some pics from DUS Airport, to me it looks like quite a nice airport to me.

DUS is a great alternative to AMS. You have got better flight deals from there, and the F&B prices are great. My dinner was charged less than EUR 10.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 12):
The LH Business Lounge look rather decent actually, not as good as what other airlines seem to offer as J Lounges. F&B offerings looked quite nice. Those coffee machines however aren't the best ones imho.

The lounge has got everything business people may need. The coffee machines weren't so bad. I still got myself a nice strong espresso out of it.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 12):
Your flight in LH J class seemed pretty nice, the crew seemed pretty friendly. The Load in J looked pretty good, so I'm guessing this was a profitable flight for LH.

I think so. Though I am curious how many passengers actually disembark in MUC and not having any connecting flight.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 12):
Sadly though, I was pretty chocked to see the food they served. I know that it's a domestic flight, but still they should have done something about that presentation. It looked more like an Y class snack than something that would be served in J.

Agreed. I got a better J meal presentation two years ago.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 12):
Thanks for sharing

You are welcome.

@Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
welcome back. Let me say, this LH report is a good one to start with

Thank you.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Quite a good service here, only the paper coffee cup I dislike to be honest. The sandwich pack seems one also served in Y-class.

Agreed. A real cup and a mini plate could have improved the appearance.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
LH DUS lounge seems quite ok.

You have got everything you need there. It is fine indeed.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
I guess a mistake here.

Most probably. Is there any German city between DUS and MUC which sounds a bit like Duisburg?

@Benito:

Quoting bedo (Reply 14):
Great start! These Trip reports series are going to be real good!

Thank you for your kind words. Still have some to go now.

Quoting bedo (Reply 14):
Thank you for sharing!

You are welcome.

@N809FR:

Quoting N809FR (Reply 15):
Awesome photos to go with a well written report!

Thank you.

Quoting N809FR (Reply 15):
It's a shame you couldn't catch on of the A333's down to Munich though!

I caught the QR one from DOH though.   


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12543 times:

Hi Suryo,

what an excellent start of your series - great to see how you managed to write an interesting report about a common LH domestic flight. You pictures are great, too.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Four Azerbaijan A320’s and a Blue Wing A320. Grounded?

Four ex-Air Berlin A320s were intended for AZAL, but the transaction was cancelled. Blue Wings went out of business.


PH


User currently offlineaviationmaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 12313 times:

Fantastic trip report!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Swiss Red Cross bizjet?

That jet is one of Rega's (Swiss Air-Rescue) three Bombardier CL 604 "Challenger" aircraft. They are usually used to repatriate injured Swiss citizens.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rega_%28air_rescue%29


User currently offlineBA319-131 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11992 times:
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Hi Suryo,

Nice first installment, thanks for sharing.

I never knew LH had a business class offering on domestic flights, so I've learned someting today, thanks for that.
tting soon.

MUC is a great airport, must return for some spotting soon.

Roll on your next installment.

Rgds

Mark


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11793 times:

Hi Suryo,

You have some amazing talent in creating a very enjoyable and throughout report from even the most mundane and run-of-the-mill flight, like this standard domestic hop on LH! Very much enjoyed it and judging from this the whole series should be quite an epic - very much looking forward to subsequent installments!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Because you are a SPG member, you receive an upgrade to Executive room,”

That's good - but didn't you get Executive Lounge access? Or doesn't this property have one? You could've had your beers and dinner for free there!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Intentionally we wanted to take the ICE international train from Arnhem train station to DUS. Unfortunately to our disappointment, I came across an announcement by ICE that there would be some work in progress during our travel period which made the station inaccessible for any international train trip. Therefore we had to book a parking spot at P24 in DUS. It was necessary as P24 tended to be in great demand. No wonder as we got eventually charged less than EUR 16 for 20 day parking.

Hmm, couldn't you catch the train from some other station instead? Or maybe catch a NS train from Arnhem and then switch to the ICE at some other station? Well, anyway considering how cheap that parking was it's not a big deal I guess!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Most probably. Is there any German city between DUS and MUC which sounds a bit like Duisburg?

Most probably Würzburg - the position matches perfectly the flight times you quoted!


User currently offlineinfodesk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 11577 times:

Hi Suryo,

Nice to read part 1 of your summer trip. It seems you have a bit of flying ahead!

After the problems with your hotel reservation and the OLCI, you must have wondered what else was going to go wrong! Glad it all got sorted.

DUS looks to be avery nice airport, a good viewing terrace and that fantastic lounge. It seems the C-Class was a bit disappointing - I certainly would have been with coffee in a paper sup, a cereal bar and pre packaged sandwich. Cabin and seats look very smart though.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Swiss Red Cross bizjet?

As Aviation master has already said, it's a Rega jet. They have a base here in ZRH.

Hope you found your Mum's health to be better than she had anticipated. I know how hard it is having family in a different country. Oh, and thanks for the LX pic!

Happy flying
Infodesk   


User currently offlineojas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 11556 times:

HI Akhmad!

A good start of the TR's, good pictures of DUS airport.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
She told us in her letter that she had experienced her most painful moments of being a rheumatic patient and got so much terrified that she would not make it until the year’s end.

Wishing her all the best!

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Emirates A332

You just have to see an EK flight at a major international airport.

Thanks for sharing .. eagerly awaiting your QR trips.


User currently offlineEICVD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 11436 times:

Hi Suryo
I really did enjoy reading that trip report, didnt want it to end  
Thanks for posting & im really looking forward to part 2.


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Reply 24, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 11423 times:

Hi Suryo,

Really enjoying the reports so far as I've said in the other thread! You made a relatively common German domestic flight sound really exciting here. I love DUS. I used to go and spot there regularly when I lived in Bonn and I've stayed in the Sheraton a couple of times as well. It's a really nice hotel and so convenient. It's also the only hotel I've been to where the mini-bar was free in the room. I managed to empty it once but the other times, I wasn't so successful and couldn't even take the booze with me as the liquid restrictions were in place and I was travelling with hand luggage only.   Lol!!

Looking forward to the continuation of your adventure!

Gareth


25 Post contains links and images akhmad : Hi all, Thanks a lot for your replies! @PH: Thank you for your kind words. Glad you liked it. Good to know about this. Thanks! @Christian: Thank you.
26 vandenheuvel : Hi Suryo, Finally the long awaited summer holiday coverage. It seems like you've had a nice time flying LH. I didn't know you were flying your first s
27 Post contains images gpbcroppers63 : They never told me about it in reception either. I can't quite remember how I found out about it but I think there was some information somewhere in
28 AI151 : Hi Suryo, at last the beginning of your big holiday has started and it was a pleasure to read it. Like your other TR's I love how you incorporate ever
29 Post contains images akhmad : @Tim: Thank you for your patience. I did not tell you my whole itinerary on purpose. Only how many airlines I would be flying with. Two of them have b
30 Post contains images Contact Air : Hi Suryo, Great report and lots of fantastic pictures showing many nice details - very well done! I was also wondering what LH offers on domestic Busi
31 akhmad : @ Christoph: Thank you. Glad you liked it. It has been a pleasure. Cheers, Suryo
32 The777Man : Fantastic report for such a short flight with fantastic pictures!!! The legroom on LH business seems like eocnomy on SK; REALLY bad.! I still think it
33 Post contains images ronerone : Greetings Mr. Suryo! What a great and fun start to your latest TR series. One that i am every so late in responding to (sorry!) I was quite impressed
34 Post contains links and images akhmad : @ Lars: Thank you. You are right about the legroom. According to Seatguru, the first three rows have two inches more legroom than the rest. If we woul
35 Post contains images The777Man : No, I was much further back .......in 31E The777Man
36 Post contains images Scandinavian : Nice report! The picture of the Schneider Weiße makes me thirsty.
37 akhmad : @ Lars: I thought you might prefer a window seat at all time. Was the flight fully booked? @ Markus: Thank you. IMHO, you can only get a big glass of
38 Post contains images NZ107 : Hi Suryo, First off, happy 5th A.Net anniversary! Great TR! And photos were wonderful as well. Starting to get like me - making such a big report from
39 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Nicholas, Thank you for dropping by. Thank you. I have to admit. Someone has set an example. Never mind! Glad you have made it. I wished it was. Ou
40 Post contains images NZ107 : Haha. I'm still wondering if it's a good thing or not, me creating seemingly long reports on short hops.. Ouch. Yet was it still worthwhile heading t
41 Post contains images akhmad : You have inspired me. So, it must be a good thing. For carparking probably not. But for spotting definitely yes! I will wait. Cheers, Suryo
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