I travelled on a flexible economy ticket at no less than €699 (No other choice for a day return!). The LH monopoly keeps increasing the price every year on BRU-FRA. I was booked on LH4571, etd 8:25. The plane, an Airbus A320-200 "Klewe" registered D-AIQW, arrived late in Brussels.
Photo © George Polfliet
Boarding was delayed and the actual departure time was 8:35. In addition, Frankfurt airport was congested (what a surprise!) and we circled some 20 minutes before landing. Finally, we could not get a gate (yet another surprise at FRA!) and had to be bussed from the tarmac to the terminal, where I arrived 30 minutes late. I was therefore 20 minutes late in my meeting. Incidentally, the load factor was 100%, more than one third of which in business class. Why decrease the price under such conditions? This is a gold mine for LH!
The nice feature about the flight was that, in addition to the usual German cabin crew making the announcements in German and English, there was a Belgian stewardess who translated some of the announcements in French and Flemish (not Dutch, as you could tell from the accent).
Well done, Lufthansa! (...if it were not for the cost and the late arrival)
Just one question: is it a new policy at LH to hire local people from countries they are flying to, in order to speak the local languages?
This nice exception did unfortunately not occur anymore on the return flight, LH4586, etd 17:20, operated by an Airbus A321-100 "Regensburg" registered D-AIRT.
Photo © Balazs Pinter
Here the load factor was only 25%. The only words in French and Dutch came from a tape recorder.
Nothing else special to mention about that flight...