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User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4182 times:

Thursday, August 22nd:

Me and my friend had arrived at the airport in Düsseldorf (DUS) at about 1800. We found that the line at check-in wasn’t that long and after not more than a minute it was our turn to check in. The person at the desk just asked us which destination we wanted to fly too and he wanted our ID’s. That was all, I have never seen checking in go so fast since I didn’t have to show him a ticket and so on.
After that we had about one and a half hours left so we sat down in a restaurant next to the visitors terrace in terminal B. We had something to drink and when it was about time we left to go to the gate. We had to stand in line for the security check for quite a while and then when we were through it we had to run to the gate.

Our gate was the furthest away, it was B75. We ran there and were just in time to board the plane.

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The plane was D-ADBO. It was delivered to Deutsche BA in December 1997.
We were lucky to have the seats in row 11 (D&E) which is the only row in a dba 737 where you have the feeling that you could be flying business class... Since it was the row where the overwing emergency exits are located.
It was a really unusual experienc but for the first time ever I experienced an all-male-crew.
We then departed DUS on time at 2010 as DI 7054 into a cloudy German sky. Our 737 did a rocket climb, even with allmost all seats taken, to 11.000m for a just 50 minute flight.
Risen to the max. altitude they started their service which was a new experience for both of us. We had a manual in the seat-pocket infront of us where we could see what they offered. I saw quite a few people go shopping then... A guy behind us got a coke, two coffees and something to snack... If you add the high prices of the food with the low price for the flight you were still much cheaper than a flight with Lufthansa or even than Germania.
After the „inflight-snack-restaurant“ had closed they handed out the „Deutsche BA hearts“ made out of chocolate which I thought was really sweet as that seems to be a service you would believe to be stopped after they went low-cost.
Then our plane left the max. altidude and we started our direct approach to Berlin-Tegel. About five minutes before we landed the sky opened and we landed in perfect weather.
We then taxied to gate 1 and on the way there the crew welcomed us in Berlin and said thank you for flying dba. This is what they said: „..Captain Hellmich, the crew, the autopilot and the co-pilot which you a pleasant stay in Berlin...“
We then got off the plane and then I found Tegel to be an airport of really short ways. We got our baggage directly at the gate and a further 20 meters walk brought us out of the airport.

We spent four really great days in Berlin where we saw very much of that great city which has totally changed since I was there the last time. Since we will have our general elections in less than a month we could also experience lots of political events where we saw almost all politicians that are in the Bundestag and also a few non-political famous people.

On Saturday we went to Tegel to meet two a.neters that had booked the same flight (DUS-TXL-DUS) for a 1€ fare offered by dba on their website about two months ago. We went to the visitors terrace on top of the airport which is built so that you can walk around the whole area of the terminal so you can look onto every gate. Since Berlin isn’t really too famous for it’s air traffic we didn’t really get to see too much except for a Lufthansa A320-200 with a Condor Berlin nose (I hope a.net will accept the pic I’ll upload soon...) and a Volare A320 which I had never seen before. After about an hour or so Sabena332 and Herbman had to leave again for their flight back to DUS and we took the bus back to downtown Berlin.

On Sunday we decided to take a look at the other two airports in Berlin. After more than 30 minutes from downtown Berlin we arrived in Berlin-Schönefeld where we stayed for about 15 minutes... The next departure would have been two hours later... On that day they had nine movements left and we just had 1430! We took the bus downtown again to go to Berlin-Tempelhof hoping to have more luck there. There we would have just had to wait one hour so we also decided to spent the rest of the day „non-aviation“.

Tuesday, August 27th:

After the time in Berlin was reaching it’s end on Tuesday we left for the airport where we arrived at 1030. We had wanted to check-in early enough to get good seats (We had wanted to sit in row 11 again) but we were disappointed when we got there since we couldn’t check in until about an hour before take-off so we had some hours to spend at the airport, and remember this isn’t FRA, LHR or LAX...
We went to the Burger King and after that we sat down and played games on our laptop. I had wanted to take some good pictures of the plane we would fly with so I went up on the visitors terrace to have enough good angles for pics. I took a few nice shots of the plane and then I noticed that the SAS MD-80 (LN-RLE) parked at the gate besides ours was the plane I had my last flight on (CPH-ARN) four weeks ago.
After I had taken a few nice pictures I went back into the terminal and then it was time to check in.

I had asked the lady for seats in row 11 or 12 but she said that she wanted to keep them for people taller than me... Well I know they are there but not too many...
Well we got seats in row 2 then and thinking about it now that was absolute ok!
While sitting in the boarding area and again playing on the laptop I noticed a face I had seen two days before in Berlin. It was the General Secratary of the political party SPD of Gerhard Schröder, Franz Müntefering and he would sit in row 1 so just infront of me.
To be honest he is the guy I like least of the German Government (ask SN332 what I think of the whole crew Big grin) but still it isn’t too bad to sit in an airplane with that guy...

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We then boarded D-ADBU one of the youngest 2nd generation 737’s built in 1998.
This reg. used to be carried by a Lufthansa DC-10-30.

We departed TXL on a sunny tuesday afternoon pre-schedule at 1345 as DI 7045.
After take off we flew over Berlin and We could see the Reichstag, the Potsdamer Platz and also the Alxander Platz with the Funkturm while we made a turn over the city.
Again our max. altitude would be 11.000m which I thought was a too high climb for such a short flight but I guess the people in charge knew what the did...
The service was the same as on the way back besides that we had an all female crew J.
After we had left the Berlin area the weather got bad and we had the first rain since we had left DUS.
We landed in Düsseldorf 10 minutes ahead of schedule. Our plane parked at Terminal B where also an Emirates A330-200 was parked being prepared for the daily DUS-DXB flight.
Since we sat in the second row we got off the plane real quick and we then headed to the baggage courts where we noticed the difference between an airport like TXL where you had your luggage in no time and DUS where it took a while.
On all the bags you could see that the security on our flight was at a more intense level as all
had a sticker of the Bundesgrenzschutz (The Police in charge of everything trans-border like airports, train stations or harbors) taped on it. I guess they checked our luggage very careful because of the above mentioned Franz Müntefering.

Now after coming back from Berlin I can say that for the city I would love to go back to Berlin (and I will) but I won’t waste any time at the airports there as they do not offer any attractions. Maybe that will change when they open the new airport planned for 2007 (which I doubt). And to dba I can say that for the price I paid I had an excelent flight with very friendly crews and also on time. I will always consider them again when I have to fly to either TXL or MUC.

Max


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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4117 times:

Hello Godbless, this is a really great trip report! I had one of those 1€ + tax flights (STR-TXL-STR) in July, and I agree that it's really fun to fly for cheap, the service is excellent for short-haul, yes you have to pay for it but it's still much cheaper than flying LH. Oh yes, and I was also flying on D-ADBO, btw D-ADBO is the registration that used to be a LH DC-10.

Also it's great to hear that you met some a.neters at TXL. I found out that there are no active members who live close to TXL, in fact I think there are hardly any members in whole East Germany, or am I wrong? Very difficult to meet somebody there, but with the increasing number of dba 1€ offers, I think at least the number of a.neters visiting TXL has increased  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Yes, it's really bad luck that you had to fly in the same aircraft as Franz Müntefering. I don't like him either (although I generally support the Government), and I don't know anybody who likes Müntefering. Did he travel alone or did he have bodyguards? Imagine, 135 CDU-supporting passengers and six FDP-all-the-way crew members, this might become dangerous for poor Müntefering  Big grin

Bad luck that you didn't get the exit row on your return flight. I never heard before that an airline keeps the exit row for tall passengers. They sometimes don't want to give out the exit row to passengers younger than 18 (although they would be allowed to give it to a passenger who is at least 16).

Once again, a great trip report! Btw, I see in your profile that you live in Siegen. There is a flight from Siegerland airport to Berlin-THF, I think. Did you ever take this flight? Did you ever fly from Siegerland airort at all?


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4099 times:

Yes D-AIQA looks really funny with the yellow Condor nose. There is no photo of this in the database yet, so I hope your photo will be accepted  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4107 times:

Ndebele,

Nice to hear that you liked my trip report.
Yes you are right about the LH DC-10 reg. It wasn't D-ADBU but D-ADBO I got them mixed up.

I havn't found any a.net members from East Germany so far either. But there must be Aviation enthusiasts there (alone if you see the aviation shop accross from THF).

Franz did travel alone, except for the increased security (as mentioned we had the Bundesgrenzschutz tags on our bags) there was no increase of security. The seat next to him was empty but I don't know if it was so because the airline wanted to give him a special treatment or if he had booked two seats.
After he got up you could see the mess that guy made. There was a FAZ, a Bild and a Berliner Zeitung or so covering his and the seat that was empty.
So maybe he needs two seats to make sure that absolutly nobody likes him at all anymore by making the biggest possible mess.

There were at least two CDU-supporters on board and at least one SPDler who was happy to be able to take some pictures of him and his nasty smile. But if anybody would have wanted to hurt him then even I would have helped Franzi... I want him to be alive when his party get's kicked out of the Bundestag on Sep. 22nd  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Usually I never have problems getting the exit row since I am quite tall. Back when I was 15 I even got the exit row on an AC DC-9 flight drom YWG to YYZ. We just weren't lucky with the lady at check-in... She looked just as nasty as Franzi...

I have never flown SGE-THF and I also had considered taking it to Berlin but it would have been much more expensive.
Another a.net member flew SGE-THF once and he had told me about a special offer on that route but by that time we had already booked the dba flight. I hope that I will have the chance to fly SGE-THF the next time I go to Berlin if there isn't a 1€ fare keeping me with dba...

Max


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4087 times:

I'm sure that Müntefering has booked and paid two seats. The SPD is not *that* poor that they couldn't afford to pay for two 1€ tickets  Big grin

Talking about the yellow Bundesgrenzschutz tags: It also depends on the airport. Here at STR, every bag gets one of those yellow BGS tags - except for the BA and DL flights, those get a special (even stricter) security.

I want him to be alive when his party get's kicked out of the Bundestag on Sep. 22nd
Oh yes. But you'll have to wait at least until Sep. 22nd 2006, if yot Sep. 22nd 2010  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4024 times:

I take Muenti had a tag around his neck saying:

"Hey voters, look I´m not gaining evil LH miles!"

Right?

 Big grin Big grin Big grin

Daniel Smile

P.S.: According to this week´s Spiegel, Dr. Guido flew THF-SCN on (Team) LH - in case you want to place your butt exactly where his was: D-ACIR, seat 1A  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineAndie007 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 875 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4028 times:

Hey Godbless,

another cool trip report for the DUS-TXL-DUS routing.
I enjoyed reading it...

Andie007


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4013 times:

@Airsicknessbag:
And Dr. Helmut Kohl is a frequent flyer on TeamLufthansa's Do328 MHG-THF-MHG, at least I've seen him on TV several times as he got off the Do328 at MHG. I wonder how comfortable he feels in the rather cramped seats, he's rather tall and has a fuller figure. Maybe we'll meet him today at MHG  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3961 times:

A nice and entertaining trip report, Max! I enjoyed reading it.

It was a short but nice meeting at TXL, even when there was not much traffic. The D-AIQA with the yellow nose and the very good looking Volare A 320 were a nice surprise when we stayed on the observation deck.

Patrick


User currently offlineNik From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3940 times:

Hi Max,
nice report!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3880 times:

Nice to hear that you liked the report  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I wanted to upload a few pictures here on a.net from the trip but then we had a severe storm here in Siegen (wow, we were even on RTL news  Big thumbs up) and our internet got wiped out and the Telekom didn't send us a new Eumex yet. But as soon as it does come I will upload the pics and hope that they will be accepted.

Max
Btw: It isn't my computer that I'm using now  Crying


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3844 times:

And here's a pic of the LH A320 with Condor nose:

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