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HAM-CGN-HAM With LH + Many, Many Pics  
User currently offlineLH492 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 208 posts, RR: 11
Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3791 times:

Hello everyone, welcome to this trip-report about my short flight from HAM to CGN and back.
I took many pictures and will let them speak for themselves, since I do not think that a detailed written description would be very interesting on such a short flight because there does not happen much.

Check in:

I took me 10 minutes to get my boarding pass, I went to the self check-in machine from LH, inserted my Miles and More card, answered some questions by touching the screen and finally selected my seat 16F (window)   

Breakfast:

I had more than two hours left until boarding, so I went upstairs to Mövenpick in order to get some breakfast.   



The terminals at Hamburg Airport are very spacious and modern and it is always a pleasure to start a vacation there.



After breakfast I went downstairs, through security which was a breeze and towards the duty free shops.

Prior to boarding:

I spent most of the time at the windows, watching the planes come and go.
The nicest sight was the Continental 757 with blended winglets from Newark and an advertisement which read that Emirates will also start a service to New York from Hamburg.   
Despite the CO 757 there were mostly LH planes coming and going from/to destinations all over Europe.
After my nose hurt after pressing it against the window for about an hour, I decided to go to my gate and read my book until my flight is called.

Airline: Lufthansa
Equipment: 737-300
Registration: D-ABEH (Football nose)

Boarding:

When boarding was called, I noticed that the load would be pretty low today.
We boarded through the jet bridge and two F/A`s greeted us at the door.
I went to my seat, settled down and placed my camera in the seat pocket in order to be ready if Anthony interesting happens.
I read my book for ten more minutes and suddenly there was an announcement by the purser...
She said the following "Boarding completed"...
SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET, I would have an entire row for myself and even the row next to me was completely empty.   



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We pushed back through the puring rain and soon we were on our way towards Runway 33.



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we had to wait for this 737 to take off
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turning onto Runway 33




take off



soon the drink service started and since we were so few pax, it was over really fast and I was asked if wanted to have a second drink, which I declined, since I was not thirsty any more


my apple-juice

soon we started our descend and we were asked to fasten our seat belts pretty soon, since they expected turbulence during the descend.

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weather in cologne was not much better than in Hamburg

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flying trough low-hanging clouds

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shortly before breaking through the clouds

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overflying the Autobahn

I did not take more pics during the landing because I wanted to enjoy it, but I can tell you that the landing was smooth and that we taxied very fast towards our gate.

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Cologne-Bonn
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sister-plane

We arrived at our gate 15 minutes early and soon everyone was out of the plane.
Conclusion: The flight was good and for LH standards exceeding my expectations, since I was asked if I wanted a second drink.
The cabin crew was very young and friendly, something you do not always get on those flights.

After spending two days in cologne, it was time to fly home.
I drove to the airport, checked in the same way as in Hamburg, and this time I selected seat 16A for my seat.
After that was done, I headed towards security which took some 5 minutes and then I was in the old terminal were the departure gates from Lufthansa are located. Luckily passengers are able to go to the new Terminal were the LCC´s are flying because there are good opportunities to watch the planes and to explore the shops.
I sat down at a café and watched some of the traffic, there were several MD-11´s, the Germany Air Force A310 and lots of Germanwings planes in this ugly pink T-mobile livery.
After I looked, ate and shopped for about an hour, I headed towards the gate since I just saw my plane coming in

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my plane


When I arrived at the gate, I noticed that this flight would be fuller than the one two days ago, but I doubted that it would be completely full.
Unfortunately I noticed that this was the same plane I flew two days before and like many of you know, there is nothing worse than flying the same plane twice.
Even though the plane arrived 15 minutes late, boarding started on time and soon I was seated in my seat and taking some pictures



when the F/A announced, that boarding is completed, I noticed that th eplane was about 85% full and the seat next to me was empty.
The Safety demo was shown and soon we were on our way towards the runway.t

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We arrived at the runway and were given immediate take off clearance.

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take off

We hit some turbulence after take off but nothing to write home about.
Soon we were on our cruising altitude and the drink service started.

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sunset



after the drink service was completed, it was time for our descend.


flaps coming outt

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banking right for an RWY 5 arrival

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the Elbe river

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shortly before landing


our final approach was quite shaky, since there were moderate winds outside, but the pilot managed a very smooth landing.

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vacating the runway

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we arrived at our gate 10 minutes early and soon I was on my way home.

Conclusion: The flights were good, I had much worse experience with LH but this time I was lucky to have the young motivated F/A´s.
The service was nothing special, but the plane had the new seats and the cabin looks nicer and more modern.

I hope you liked my report and any comments are welcomed.

Cheers,
Philipp

[Edited 2006-05-07 11:50:31]


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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4699 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3564 times:

Quoting LH492 (Thread starter):
like many of you know, there is nothing worse than flying the same plane twice.

I disagree. Sometimes it is annoying, but sometimes it's great. When I was a kid, I flew HB-IPX, a Swissair A319. Several years later, this January, I flew Swiss to ZRH, and I hoped it would be HB-IPX, and it was. When on board the plane, I started thinking about that flight with Swissair. I never was so happy to be in the same plane again.



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1691 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3465 times:

Quoting JRadier (Reply 1):
this January, I flew Swiss to ZRH, and I hoped it would be HB-IPX, and it was.

A.net meet ?



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4699 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3378 times:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 2):
A.net meet ?

where else?  Wink



For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
User currently offlineMalmoaviation From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 385 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

Nice report!  Smile The same plane twice happened to me to, first from CPH to BKK, then from BKK to ARN. It was a TG 744, HS-TGR (cn 27723/1071) . And guess what? On the BKK-ARN, I got a seat just one seat away from CPH-BKK flight Big grin Sometimes it happens..
Can you recomend M�venpick as a place to buy breakfast? Their food looks great.



Rgds!


User currently offlineLH492 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 208 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3082 times:

Quoting Malmoaviation (Reply 4):
Can you recommend M�venpick as a place to buy breakfast? Their food looks great.

Yes, definitely, it is a great place to eat, because they have a great variety of food and they make it right before your eye, but it is pretty expensive.
I always go there if my plane departs in the morning, it is nice to enjoy a fresh and tasty breakfast, watching the planes and enjoying the atmosphere of the airport  Smile

Thanks for the nice responce,

cheers,
Philipp



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