LH 145 operated by Eurowings BAE 146-300 D-AHOI
11.25 - 12.35 Flights ontime Gate 161 Seat 6E
Load factor max. 60 %
Photo © Jörg Thomas
Photo © Kai-jens Meyer
I´ve booked this flight online direct at LHs website 7 weeks ago, searched a bit to find the lowest fare and payed 91,42 EURO per adult and 74,42 EURO for my son (age 5). Funny, they announced several times, sorry no child discount at this fare, but i´ve payed a discounted fare.
Arrived at STR by car at 09.30, parked at P2 as usual and joined the queue at LH Check-In in Terminal 1, the older part of STR airport. Some 5 minutes to wait there, checked in by a female LH agent, no emotions, like a robot. I presented my Miles and More Card with my ETIX details and she asked me if I use an ETIX, what else?.
We travelled with my sons City-Scooter as hand luggage, I think so, but at security they send me back to check in, the scooter is to handle as bulky luggage, this little scooter?.
OK,back to LH Check In, directly to the supervisor, no time to wait and this time a very friendly female agent. She welcomed me: No problem, bulky luggage is one of my favourite jobs. Thats what I call friendly, thank you!.
Straight back through security where my wife and my son waited and to Gate 161 to wait for our flight.
A Eurowings BAE arrived, it was the only visible Eurowings plane and it was an old fellow D-AHOI. I fly this plane on a STR-AMS flight operated by Eurowings on behalf of KLM 3 years ago.
Bus boarding this time in a heavy rain shower. Ontime departure in western direction. A rather long takeoff run and, amazing, a sharp right turn shortly after takeoff, flown over the terminal building. Later the pilot announced a thunderstorm near the airport in departure direction, this was the case to the unusual departure. 2 female FAs on board, friendly. The AC was clean but if you check some details the age is visible, for example seat numbers, windows and so on. Smooth flight. Only one free drink service. A short announcement from the flight deck about the flight route, wheater and so on. Most of the pax were private weekend travellers.
Flight route:STR-AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA-HAJ-HAM.
Sunny wheater at HAM at arrival. A finger gate, unusual IMO for this small plane and a really long way to go to the baggage are.
3 nights ahead at the SOFITEL/DORINT Am Alten Wall, a newly build design oriented hotel, price per day BB 3 persons: 118.--EURO, booked by Avigo, the REWE-Touristik online portal. Directly at a small water called "fleet", not far from the next "Hochbahn" train station and the main shopping area reachable by feet and a quiet location, do you want more?
4 days to visit Hamburgs main sights and do some shopping, highly recommendable.
LH 152 B 737-300 D-ABEO
18.00 - 19.10 Departure 10 minutes late, ontime arrival Gate A 38 Seat 22D
Load factor 90 %
Photo © Sören Klinger
Photo © Jan Szidat
We reached HAM airport by taxi at roundabout 4 pm, LH flights were handled at T4, no queue at check in. We gone directly to a female check in agent, very friendly this time, I asked if the scooter was handled as bulky luggage, she dont know it and asked another agent. Conclusion: bulky luggage.
She send us with a smile on our way to A38:Dont go to late, its a rather long way to go. We spent half an hour at the viewers terrace, 2 Pulkovo TU 154s, Iran Air A310 and lots of LH,HF and other usual german planes.
Again no waiting time at security. The AC arrived 10 minutes late and turn around time seems no longer than 30 minutes, LoCo style. Rushhour at HAM, lots of planes on departure this time. Boarded the plane by a finger gate, "greeted" by a female FA at the front door, without any emotions. 3 female FA´s this time, the one in the back was much friendlyer than the others. The plane was one of the NonHub planes, that means refurbished with the new fabric seats and with less legroom, it looks like clean, but also for example the windows show me the real age of the AC. Quick departure, only one drink service, nothing on offer to eat.
Flight route: HAM-HAJ-AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA-STR. Nearly 100 % business travellers this time.
Nice wheater to fly, only some white clouds, good views along the route. One short announcement from the flight deck with wheater informations from STR and a planned ontime arrival. Descent from western direction over the "Weidacher Höhe". The plane jumps up and down, IMO unusual for this good wheater, but later I feel it was windy, that was the answer.
A very heavy, late touchdown and full brakes to stop the AC. Seconds thereafter the pilot was on the intercom: "Ja, liebe Gäste, wer das Fliegen erfand, hat das Landen nicht bedacht, willkommen am Boden.
Translation: Yes, dear passengers. The inventor of flying thinked only about flying, but never about landing, welcome on the ground.
Laughing in the plane. A quick taxi to a finger gate, and, unusual, the front passengers deboarded by the finger, the rear passengers by stairs and bus.
The bags circling as we are in the arrivals hall and seconds later we are on our way to my car. We crossed the runway by the Leinfelden tunnel to do some late shopping and until we parked there at the shopping center I saw our plane departing again, very fast turnaround.
Conclusion: There are 3 competitors on this route: Germania Express with 2 flights weekdays with a fix price system, 88 Euros oneway, without a child discount. DBA with AFAIK 3 weekday flights, also more expensive than LH and
LH on the way to a low cost carrier!!
This time it was the cheapest opinion with the best connections, ontime flights, no specials, OK LH.
Comments, questions and critics always welcome,