all started by taking the train to FRA. you must know that in germany, a great deal of tolerance is directed towards smokers, and i share this tolerance. however, i will never understand why the german railways company is so dumb to have one waggon half being smoker, other half being non-smoker. this is so f*****g unbelievable stupid, of course the smoke wanders just into the non-smokers section and causes annoyance. so did it on that very morning.
once arrived in FRA, things got better. the lady at the LH counter was very friendly and smiled a lot. a really strong amount of security was applyed to us passengers, including 3 passport checks, and two scans of handluggage and body screens, one including spreaded legs and arms in fromt of all waiting passengers. a bit more privacy would have been in order. but still: better this than sloppy security.
after boarding the A332 (ex sabena), i noticed two things. first, the ex-sabena economy seats were very comfy by themselves. second, the seat pitch was so very tight in economy, i never experienced such a cramped plane. it was a mess. i would pay a considerable amount of euros more for more room. where is the market? i know that there is something like business, but this means a very lot more pitch and width, which i simply do not need. just some more room for my poor legs. so something inbetween business and economy would be just fine. or BA economy (on their 777, as i once experienced).
our male purser had a terrific french accent. all of the FA's were really nice and smiled a lot. but they failed to supply water during the flight. many passengers walked the way down to the back of the plane to pick up water. they really did not care.
take off was on time, swift but nothing spectacular. i really tried to hammer the feeling at TO as well as the cabin noise into my memory, as i would fly back on a A340 and i wanted to see what it is all about with the most silent cabin and sluggish TO.
a lunch was served, which meant pasta or beef. i took the pasta which were canneloni filled with chestnut filling. a lot of such filling. while i like it in general, this one was way to much and spoiled the tasted. not good, unfortunately.
during the flight, i played around with the IFE inherited from sabena. the most interesting part was the flight tracking and details, as well as watching BECKER in english. but i quickly returned to my books, and finally had a nap. just before arrival, a sandwich, better a carricature of a sandwich was served. being plain cheese and ham, wrapped in plastic foil, definately not satisfying. the noise in the mid-section (where we were placed) was just what i remembered from my previous A330 flights: mediocre.touchdown was smooth and 20 mins before schedule. we had a short taxi to legans terminal E. all in all, the flight was ok, but certainly nothing special. the seat pitch was almost intolerable, and the food service was not worth the calories. the crew failed to service us with drinks, but were nice and smiling. its lufthansa, and there certainly is a better way to fly.
the guy at the immigration table had nothing but a grim face, inquiring what the purpose of my trip was and where i was staying. after i named the name of the hotel he said that this was a very very expensive hotel (which it was in absolute terms, but not compared to hotels in BOS), and why i was staying there. i really felt like he wanted to tell me that i did not look like someone who would stay at such a place. anyways - probably he had a bad day, tooth pain, or had no bang for a while. but then the same was true for the custom guy, who gave me a look as if i was OSB himself. but i am not, so after a short while i found myself happily driving through the "most worth to live in"-city of the USA (that is subjective, though).
soon to come: return flight, testing out the silence of a A343, CAT over the atlantic, and a cabin crew from outer space.
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