A few weeks ago, my good friend and fellow anetter WindowSeat let me know he’d be in Munich for work. As MUC is practically next door for me, I looked into air fares, but was disappointed. A SAT-SUN round-trip would set me back well over 200 euros. A little too much! I couldn’t resist checking the fare again one day later, and found that it had dropped to 99 euro’s on LH!
I didn’t hesitate and proceeded to book. I chose the earliest outbound flight on Saturday, operated by Lufthansa Cityline, with their AR8. I’m a big Avrojet fan so I was looking forward to another ride. For the way back I determined it would be a nice chance to get a ride on the ERJ-195. Instead of Cityline I opted for the once daily Augsburg Airways flight, in order to score a new airline as well.
I was working on Friday the 25th, having the late shift, and found out that I would be riding the D-AVRB the next day. My friends at LH arranged an upgrade for me, and got me into seat 1A, with a great engine view! I got up around 4:30am the next day and made it to the airport at around 6AM. Thankfully I could use the priority security lane as the regular lane was completely full. I cleared security in less than two minutes, got some coffee, and headed to gate B23.
D-AVRB getting ready
LH2313 26/03/11 Operated by LH Cityline
BAE Avro 146-RJ85 Second time on type
Seat 1A, business class.
Photo © Fabien Campillo
D-AVRB was the third AR8 for Cityline, delivered in 1994.
I said goodbye to my coworkers at the gate and was the first passenger on board. Three others followed me into the business class. There were 56 pax in the back, so not a very full flight. 1A is a bulkhead seat and the legroom is rather poor, however the view makes up for it!
Besides the usual complimentary newspaper offerings on LH, business class pax are also offered a variety of magazines (i.e. TIME or the Economist) Everyone got settled in time. Before the doors closed the purser walked up and down the cabin with a black backpack which had been left at the gate, however no one responded. We pushed back on schedule. On engine startup I immediately noticed the noise level in the Avro up front is WAY less than in the back! As usual, a long taxi followed to RW36L, the dreaded Polderbaan.
Take off video
I just love this engine view!
Take-off on the little quad was not very spectacular due to the light load and the long runway. After turning into the direction of MUC we climbed through the clouds and into the sunshine
The purser walked down the biz section offering everyone glasses with orange juice or water, and he unfolded the table in the seat next to me. Breakfast concluded of oatmeal with honey, yoghurt and blueberries, and croissants. I also got a cup of coffee next to my orange juice. Both the purser and the other flight attendant were very friendly. The breakfast tasted good though it was very light in my opinion.
Life is better at flight level 240!
After clearing the tables, all pax were offered these very delicious chocolate bars
Soon enough we started our descend into MUC. The cockpit crew gave us some destination information and told us we’d be landing on time. The final descent was pretty steep!
It was a short taxi to the remote parking stand and I enjoyed the sight of this many LH metal
D-AILL, I flew her to FRA some years ago!
Nice line up!
We reached the stand a couple of minutes ahead of schedule. We were allowed to disembark at the front and rear, however I was determined to use the Avrojet’s Airstairs. The passenger directly behind me asked the purser for his camera bag, to which he responded that it was still in AMS. It was the back he showed around during boarding! I thanked the purser and got on the bus to the terminal.
The long airstairs
Some last looks at D-AVRB
A lot of ground equipment for a regional jet!
The arrival at MUC was very smooth and I enjoyed the modern and clean terminal. I got a ticket for the S Bahn into town and texted WindowSeat that I’d made it to MUC in one piece, and that we’d be meeting at the hotel. After 45 minutes on the train, I transferred at the Hauptbahnhof for the subway. I was surprised to see some ancient subway trains! I think they were built in the 60s or so. At least they were in better condition than the tin cans that ride around Amsterdam.
After meeting WindowSeat at the hotel we decided to head to the Dachau concentration camp, the BMW welt and Olympia park, and to get some beers in town that night. Some impressions of MUC;
The Dachau camp
Foundations of former barracks
Dachau was pretty impressive and is well worth a visit. It’s easily accessible by a train/bus combination. After heading back to town we visited the BMW welt. I’m not really a fan of German cars but the building itself is worth a visit, it even has an indoor test driving track!
The main office
After a short visit I climbed an overlook next to the BMW visitor center to get some nice views of MUC and the Olympia Park
After heading back to the center, we decided to drop by at the famous “Hofbrauhaus”. We intended to have one beer here, but this place was so fantastic we ended up spending the entire evening among the drunken Germans! Great atmosphere, people, and of course, beer!
Yours truly enjoying a beer
Thankfully we found our way back to the hotel, thanks to my good instincts. (right, V?)
After sleeping off our hangover we had some excellent breakfast, and went into town for some sightseeing around the city center. We didn’t have that long as my flight would be leaving at 5PM and I wanted to head back to the airport around 2PM. Some impressions of the MUC center.
The Hofbrauhaus logo
At around 2PM we made our way back to the Hauptbahnhof, said goodbye to WindowSeat, and I got onto the S8 to MUC. In all this train is pretty convenient, but I wish they had an express train which didn’t stop at all the small stations!
Terminal 2, and some Audi advert
I had already checked in by phone the previous day, and so I could proceed straight to the gate. That’s until I saw a sign saying observation deck! I could do some spotting instead! The deck was pretty cool but unfortunately the weather was really bad. Nonetheless a lot of LH movements to be seen. Also lots of AirDolomiti planes.
The big yellow bird
Check in area
After some spotting I decided to go to the gate area. Airbuseric had informed me that D-AEME would be scheduled for today, an Augsburg Airways E95 as I had hoped! Security was a breeze and I easily found my way to the gate. I really love MUC T2, everything is spacious and clean, and somehow a very calm atmosphere.
We got onto a Swissport bus and headed towards the aircraft. I was really surprised by the presence of so many Air Dolomiti planes!
D-AEME getting ready to go!
I got on board and was greeted at the door by two friendly flight attendants. I made my way to seat 19A and I found a very pretty Italian girl in my seat. Sorry honey but you have to move! I’m sitting here. The seat was very comfortable and way better than the ones I had tried before on BA Cityflyer. I was impressed by the legroom and overall spacious feeling of the regional jet. It almost felt like a mainline jet! To my horror I soon found out that the Italian girl was travelling in a group, and her friends were all around me making a lot of noise.
LH2308 27/03/11 operated by Augsburg Airways
ERJ-195LR First time on type
Seat 19A Economy class
Photo © Stefano R.
Everyone got settled and the flight was reasonably full as far as I could see. We pushed back 3 minutes late and the CF-34-10E’s slowly whined to life with a lovely sound. A short taxi to the active and a rolling take-off followed. Due to the water on the windows the take-off video is not worth sharing.
Climbing through the cloud layer..
And into the sun!
Another legroom shot
The guy behind me was pushing my seatback and that’s when I decided to go into max recline for the remainder of the flight. The Italians were still making a lot of noise.
The service consisted of an Italian salad (the irony) with Italian breadsticks. I only remembered to make a picture until after I ate it. Of course I opted for a beer as LH is the only airline around here to still offer glass bottles!
We also got a tiny, but tasty, Augsburg Airways chocolate
The cabin crew was very friendly and attentive. I spent the remainder of the flight doing some reading and looking out the window
After a short cruise we started descending into AMS. Some very nice weather in the Netherlands instead of rainy MUC!
Harderwijk, where it all started for me nearly 22 years ago
On final for 36R
Some of the Italians started applauding but I didn’t join in. Some other traffic seen while taxiing to the gate
We docked at the B concourse nearly 10 minutes ahead of schedule, nice!
After thanking the crew I disembarked and made some more pictures.
She’s a beauty!
I got on the bus and was home less than 40 minutes after leaving the plane!
The business class service was alright, the crew took good care of me and for the short flight it was fine. The legroom in 1A is rather poor. I’d still choose the Avrojet over any other regional jet, though it’s rather cramped and noisy in the back. I just love it!
I usually hate the E95 at work, because they are a total nightmare when it comes to weight and balance. However from a passenger POV I loved it! The seats were better than on the only other Ejet I’d been on, the BA Cityflyer E70. The legroom was great and it’s hard to think it’s actually a Regional jet. Especially when compared to the CR2 for example. The Augsburg crew was very friendly and I can recommend them to everyone.
Loved the city, and loved the airport! Both are very clean. The city has a lot to offer and I could easily spent more time there. The airport, at least the LH part, is fantastic.
A special thanks to my friends at LH for the upgrade, and to WindowSeat for the good company! Thanks for reading and any remarks / comments are always appreciated.