trident2e
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Questions About Germanwings

Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:43 am

Is Germanwings a free-seating airline or do they allocate seats at check-in? If free-seating, do they have a priority boarding system? What is their seat pitch and seat comfort like?
 
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RE: Questions About Germanwings

Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:10 am

I flew LGW-CGN-LGW with 4U last weekend. They operate a free seating policy with boarding pass number groups which the agents tried to enforce at the gate both at LGW and CGN, however after the first few minutes it all just turned into a mess and they let everybody through.

Seats are typical leather ones you'd find on most airlines' eurofleet. The outbound flight was an A319 and the seat pitch seemed to be 28". The return was an A320 and it felt like 31" or so... I assume it was formerly with LH or another quality airline because it had J/Y convertible seats.
 
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RE: Questions About Germanwings

Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:18 am

Quoting Trident2e (Thread starter):
Is Germanwings a free-seating airline or do they allocate seats at check-in? If free-seating, do they have a priority boarding system? What is their seat pitch and seat comfort like?

Germanwings is indeed a free-seating LCC. In THEORY what happens is that that passengers with boarding card number 1-30, then 31-60, then 61-90, then 90+ board the aircraft in that order. In PRACTICE this doesn't happen most of the time and it's just like a bunch of cattle trying to get onto a flight like most LCC carriers with no seat-allocation.

Comfort is good I must say (and with 187cm I am quite tall and would notice if I were restricted). It's not one of those airlines where you get to know your knees much better. I have flown with both their A319s and A320s and the seat pitch is the same to my knowledge. I think it was something like 30" (good for LCC standards). They have their aircraft from a german charter operator which did lots of flights to Spain... forget their name!! They also have LCD screens like every 3 rows which is great  Smile

Anyways, if you are flying with them... enjoy!!
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RE: Questions About Germanwings

Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:39 am

Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 2):
They have their aircraft from a german charter operator which did lots of flights to Spain... forget their name!!

Some of their A 319's are ex Eurowings Charter (those with D-AKN_ registrations) and some are ex Lufthansa (either they came directly from Lufthansa, or from Lufthansa after they returned back to Lufthansa after they have been leased from airlines like Air Malta or Khalifa Airways).

Their A 320's are either ex Lufthansa or ex V-Bird and ILFC respectively.

The 717's (EC-HNY and EC-HNZ) were wet-leased from AeBal during the winter season and they wore a hybrid livery, both aircraft returned to AeBal meanwhile.

They also operated a 734 from Sun Express for a short time.

Patrick

[Edited 2005-06-08 01:49:02]
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RE: Questions About Germanwings

Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:42 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 3):
their A 319's are ex Eurowings Charter

THAT was the airline I was thinking of. Ok so they also have some from other airlines/lessors... thanks for the info  Smile
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