Jumbolino From Germany, joined Mar 2001, 490 posts, RR: 17 Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3585 times:
12th of march 04 VIE-DUS on Air Berlin
Last saturday I called Air Berlin because the latest check-in time wasn´t written onto their confirmation email to ask and the girl on the line told me 60 min. prior to departure and I asked "sure ?" and she told me "affirmative".
Well due to this facts and due to the fact that I had no clue how long it will take from my working place nearby U3 Zieglergasse to the airport, I left the nice place after lunch to catch the U3 to "Wien Mitte Landstrasse", before I bought online a return ticket for the new airport train called CAT from Wien Mitte to the airport (15 EUR for both and you can print out your tkt yourself)
Luckily enough I found the CAT from the underground station Landstrasse and could catch the 13:37 train instead of the next 14:03 which was calculated. Therefore I was real early on the airport and searched for the Air Berlin Checkin which is done by OS in terminal area A. Couldn´t call the OS checkin girl real friendly and later I found out WHY.
Boarding time indicated on the boarding pass was 15:50 (departure time 16:20) Gate B35 (bus boarding) but they started boarding at 15:35 ?! and short after I found out that this was a real good idea ! Flight AB8137 VIE-DUS was done with an B737-400 and I couldn´t see ANY empty seat !!!!!
They did the bus boarding with 3 double busses and they where good filled.
Taxiing began on time (couldn´t say push back) but deaparture was a bit late, because we had to wait.
also landing in DUS was 5 min late 17:55 instead of 17:50 but this due to the facts that the wind wasn´t in our faviour
My seat was unfortunatly 9A so no real good pic´s available
We had gotten a sandwich (ham or cheese) and a coffee, tea or softdrink for free, for alc you have to pay, but there was also a free newspaper service (!) ok tkt wasn´t real cheap with 216 EUR incl. taxes (the week before I booked I could have it for only 160 EUR
but the value what you get for your bucks is good on AB (instead of OS/LH codeshare where you have to pay even for the softdrinks and sandwich for the same or more money - because when I booked AB was the cheapest even germanwings to CGN would have been more expensive.
Hopefully you enjoyed my short trip rep, more will follow when I am online again (at the moment I haven´t even television nor phone or internet in my "home" at my workingplace
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4696 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3360 times:
It was very nice to read your report about what seems to become my "Stammstrecke" - I am quite frequently taking the AB flights from DTM or DUS to VIE for professional reasons. You are certainly right - AB is offering a very competitive and professional price for a very good price.
From my experiences, 4U is no longer an option on the VIE run - if you are booking less than two weeks in advance, they are usually at or above 400 Euro, which is ridiculous for a so called "low cost carrier". Thus we usually fly AB, VBird or even LH/Os when we have work to do in VIE.
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2903 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3349 times:
Hi Jutta, thanks for the report and the photos! I'll be flying through Vienna in April, however I'll have to take Germanwings because unfortunately there is no Air Berlin service STR-VIE. What a pity, because I'd really like to try Air Berlin - well of course, I haven't flown Germanwings either, but for Germanwings I have some other flights planned for the summer.
So these 216€ were for a one-way? Not really cheap either, but still, if you have to fly on a certain date and Germanwings is even more expensive...