B737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3418 times:
Saturday July 20th
Stuttgart – Berlin Tegel
About four weeks ago I took advantage of a great offer by DBA. A roundtrip ticket within Germany was available for approximately 25 €.
So I decided to go to our capital for a day trip with a friend of mine and my parents.
We left for the airport at 08.30 for our 09.55 departure. Since we parked the car about 1 km away from the airport we eventually arrived at the airport at about 09.00. Went straight to the check in counters where a long line awaited us. Most of the folks were British Airways passengers, though. And there was only one lady checking in the DBA passengers.
Received our boarding passes after a while and proceeded to our gate 114. D-ADBR showed up and a few minutes later we boarded the “Sternschnuppe”. This was by the way exactly the same plane that I had flown on 3 months before, also to Tegel.
In the front of the cabin there was the new monthly DBA magazine and the little chocaolate hearts for take away. A nice crew greeted us and I settled into my seat 6F.
When boarding was completed, the crew offered everybody to change their seat as there were still some aisle seats available.
We pushed back at 10.00 and taxied to runway 07. We were number two behind an Air Alfa A300. Safety instructions were given and the cool male flight attendant was starting his jokes. He was a funny guy. I’ll give you some of his jokes. “Some bad news for smokers, smoking makes ugly, I’m the best example, so please don’t do it on board”.
Started our take-off run at 10.05 and shortly thereafter were on our way to Berlin. Weather was very nice in Stuttgart.
Made some left turns and climbed to flight level 320. About half way into the flight more and more clouds appeared in the sky and it got overcast. The crew announced it’s new service concept and started their snack/beverage service. You now have to pay for everything on board. A Vitel is 2.5 €, a beer around 3 €, sandwiches 3 €, …
I was surprised that quite many people bought something.
The legroom offered by DBA is pretty generous imho and I think the seats are pretty good. The flight was about 75% full.
After 45 minutes we started our approach into Tegel airport. It was overcast and when we got out of the clouds we were already on final approach for runway 09L.
Touch down was at 11.00 after a flying time of 55 minutes. “Ladies and gentlemen, others have not even left the ground we have already landed, yet again 10 minutes early”.
During taxi at Tegel I saw a Polish government Tupolev, the DBA in new colors, OS MD87, Freebird MD83 and other Lufthansa or DBA jets.
Taxied to gate 1 and left the plane.
Jumped into the TXL Expressbus and left for “Unter den Linden”. Had a fun day in Berlin although it was a bit chilly there. I got my loved Dunkin’ Donuts which I’m enjoying right now. Back at the airport I went to the visitor’s terrace and took some pictures. The entrance fee is 2 € but you have a pretty good view. A Luftwaffe A310 landed while I was there. I liked it.
For other Berlin visitor’s, there now is a Burger King at Tegel. Just in case you’re interested.
Berlin airport itself is small and everything is very cramped.
Saturday July 20th
Berlin Tegel – Stuttgart
The airplane arrived 25 minutes before our scheduled departure time from Stuttgart.
Boarding started ~15 minutes prior to departure and this time I had seat 13E. Too bad I forgot to have a look at my return ticket when I got it in Stuttgart already. No more windows available. Oh well. The flight was about 85% full this time and I think there were many business traveller’s on board.
Settled into my seat and waited until boarding was completed. Asked a flight attendant if there were more pax to come but she told me just to wait a few more minutes because she didn’t know.
When the doors were closed I got up and wanted to move to the window seat just behind the exit row but another man was faster and I had to take the exit row seat. Only 2 seats are in this row which means that you basically do have a window, but it’s about half a meter away from you. Still good now.
We pushed back from gate 1 and taxied to runway 09L. Since we were number one for departure we entered the runway and started rolling. When we reached the “09L” mark, the pilot applied full power and a few seconds later we were out of Tegel.
The flight attendants started their service again. And yet again as on my last DBA flights there was a real cutie on board.
Took a few pictures of the cabin and out of the window and just enjoyed the flight.
Flying time was about 1 hour and as we approached Stuttgart the weather got better again.
We were coming in from the east and landed on runway 25. Taxied to our gate and left the airplane via a jetway.
Two Atlas Air 757s were parked here, along with Hapag Lloyd’s, a Condor and several Lufthansa and Eurowings airplanes.
In general a great trip to Berlin again, with good flights and a great deal, considering that the return flight only cost me 4.83 € total.
DBA is the way to go or as they call it “DBA – the clever way to fly”.
Hope you liked my report. I always appreciate some feedback.
Shamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3356 times:
That was good trip report. I think it's a real shame that Deutsche BA turned in to a low cost domestic carrier - I had my best short haul flight ever in economy on a Deutsche BA B737-300 from LGW to MUC in July 2001 - the service was superb.
Swiss-airplane From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 591 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3390 times:
Great trip report, man. Enjoyed reading very much. Looks like you had a great trip. I flow to Oslo this weekend with Swiss and back through Brussel with SN Brussel Airlines. Hope everything is fine by you.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4703 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3346 times:
Thanks for you very good trip report!!!
I recently flew dba on one of those 1-Euro-flights DUS-MUC-DUS on 21/7, and must say that despite being low-fare, they still keep some "class". Keeping the seat reservations is a good feature - I just hate the "cattle rush" at FR's boarding, that's one of the reasons why I won't fly them - and being able to check-in for your return flight later in the day is another service I hope they will keep. BTW - since I gave my credit card number at the appropriate booking option on the dba website, I was able to check-in at the BA check-in automates at DUS, where one can select his/ her own seat.
Prices for on-board drinks and snacks is very reasonable, with soft-drinks starting at 1,50 Euro and sandwiches at 3 Euro. Sweets and alcoholic bevarages are also available. During my flights, the on-board sale of articles went really well, there were at least 2 or 3 passengers per row purchasing items. BTW - seat load factor was about 90% on both legs. That's amazing for domestic flights (but not really surprising considering the low fares)! I've heard that dba is breaking even when their planes are at least 75% full, although I cannot confirm right now, where I got this from.
Seat pitch and ergonomics is, as you said, very comfortbale and compares favorably to LH's economy seats.
I will continue to support dba as long as they keep these features and offer competitive prices (you can still fly DUS to TXL or MUC for about 65-80 Euro return). They offer very good value for money compared to Lufthansa, and being the little guy, they need all the business they can get. We all know how air fares look in markets where LH has a monopoly...
Oh, and maybe we had the same funny purser. The remark you told us about is very similar to one he was telling us during the safety announcement. Another one I can remember was "There are many ways out of a relationship, but only six lead out of this aircraft. Fair as we are, we marked these with the word 'exits'" ("Es gibt viele Wege aus einer Partnerschaft, aber nur sechs führen aus diesem Flugzeug. Fairerweise haben wir sie mit dem Wort 'exit' gekennzeichnet." Hard to translate a funny remark from German into English, so it might have lost some appeal here...
Surely got the attention of the crowd! I've never seen LH flight attendants being both professional and funny.
P.S.: I'll be flying on dba again on 25/8, again DUS-MUC-DUS. Maybe I will come up with a trip report about this, although I'm not promising anything here
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
B737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3331 times:
Thank you for your comments guys !
@Sabena332: That's too bad. But enjoy your DBA flights. I guess they'll be great. Maybe a little trip report for us ??
@Shamrock 747: I like it that they went low cost. As you see they have very reasonable fares right now and even such specials at times. They still offer a very good overall product.
@Swiss-airplane: Everything alright here. Thanks man ! Hope you had a nice time in Norway.
@Tristar500: We must have really had the same purser. I think he said the same you mentioned on my flight as well. "There are many ways ..." hehe, he was so cool.
Would be cool irf you wrote a trip report on your DBA flight as well.
BTW: Sorry I didn't include any pictures here but they are still in the upload queue and I also don't know how many (if any) make it into the database.