So just join me on my holiday trip to Turkey with the German leisure carrier Condor!
It was a quite fresh Monday morning when I arrived at Munich' s airport Terminal 1 to already find many passengers using the common Condor check-in area used for all the carrier's flights in module B. Luckily I have used Web check-in the afternoon before and could make use of a separate counter to leave my luggage. This special counter is reserved for passengers having used Web check-in or travelling in Condor's Premium Economy Class. There was just one person in front of me - so check-in was a breeze and I could continue through security to wait for boarding my Condor flight to Dalaman in Turkey.
|DE 1442 MUC-DLM boarding pass|
01st of August 2011
Condor DE 1442
Munich - Dalaman
06:45 - 10:40
The boarding gate for my flight was located in module C and I could already find our Airbus A320 standing at the gate and being prepared for this morning flight. The Boarding Pass said boarding would begin at 06:00 but sitting at the gate nothing moved. It wasn't until 06:35 before the first boarding call was made - so a delayed departure was foreseeable. Boarding was done according seat rows and I joined the line to get on the passenger bridge and down to the Airbus. Welcomed ba a friendly cabin crew of one male purser and three female cabin attendants boarding was quite quick although the aircraft being very packed - especially with many families. Condor's Airbus Fleet has just undergone a redesign and the cabin was looking very bright and modern featuring blue cloth seats. Seat pitch however was quite mediocre We pushed back approximately 15 minutes late and taxied out for take off. Flight time would be 2h30min and all anouncements very made in German and English - also the safety video was shown in both languages - very professional. The safety video was really funny - featuring celeb doubles. For example at the end an astronaut said: "Thank you for your attention! A small step for you but a great step for your flight safety!" For those who are interested, the video can be seen under the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daed7gAch6I
After take off we broke through the heavy bed of clouds and soon inflight service started. Headsets were offered for 3,50 EUR however what I really like with Condor is that you can use a normal one-plug headset to hear the inflight entertainment - so no need to buy one for me. A movie started while cabin crew started to serve a small breakfast which was quite good including warmed rolls:
|DE 1442 MUC-DLM breakfast|
A full drink service followed two times with flight attendants actively asking passengers if they wanted two drinks - for example water as supplement to a glass of tomato juice etc. - thumbs up for that! I had tomato juice and a cupa of tea for breakfast. Meals and all drinks are free on Condor with the exception of alcoholic drinks for which you have to pay.
Later flight attendants sold duty free items before our short flight already came to an end. We started approach to Dalaman from a north eastern course and approached Dalaman's runway coming in overflying the mountained country side. Touch down was only five minutes behind schedule so we made up most of our delay. Deboarding was through an airbridge into Dalaman's very modern and nice international terminal. Passport control didn't take very long and as we approached the baggage reclaim our suitcases were already circling on the belt
We spent some very nice days in Lykia World Oluedeniz - which is 1h30min bus drive from Dalaman airport. A very nice holiday resort surrounded by mountains being located in a very nice bay. Following are some pictures - also of our excursion to the Greek island of Rhodes that is just 1h30min away with hydrofoil.
|Lykia World Oluedeniz pool|
|Lykia World Oluedeniz beach|
|Inside hydrofoil Fethiye - Rhodes|
|Rhodes old town|
The nice holiday came to an end and return flight came closer. Check in for the Condor flight back to Munich was also a breeze with four counters open and only four people in front of me. Here is a picture of Dalaman's modern check in area:
|Dalaman check in area|
My flight back to Munich would board at gate 29 and here you can see a picture of our flight's aircraft taxiing in. It's a Boeing 757-300 painted in a special livery to celebrate Condor's 50 anniversary! I was very pleased to see that special aircraft operating my flight.
|Condor Boeing 757-300 special colours|
|DE 6585 Boarding|
Next to our aircraft was a Condor Airbus A320 operating to Berlin and on the other side a Thomson Airways Boeing 737 bringing back holiday makers to Newcastle.
|DE 6585 boarding pass|
06th of August 2011
Condor DE 6585
Dalaman - Munich
21:05 - 23:10
Boarding started slightly delated and I made my way through the airbridge. Boarding was through door 2L and I turned right to find my seat 18A. A range of newyspapers was offered at the boarding door just as on the outbound flight. Cabin had a very warm atmosphere featuring blue and yellow holiday mood colours.
|Condor Boeing 757-300 cabin|
Seat pitch was also considerably better than on the outbound Airbus! Flight time was announced to be 2h40min and we taxied out with a slight delay. Having reached one end of the runway wind conditions changed and we had to taxy to the other end to take off in the opposite direction. So in the end we took off with a delay of half an hour into a clear night sky. Service on this flight consisted of a hot dinner service and two drink rounds - the first drink round only offering cold drinks.
|DE 6585 dinner|
Then trash and empty meal trays were collected before a second full drink service also offering hot drinks was conducted. Overall this procedure was adding to a very relaxed and unrushed service.
|DE 6585 tea service|
Descent into Munich started over the Austrian city of Salzburg and we touched down 5 minutes late at the end. Having parked at a passenger bridge the friendly cabin brew said good bye offering candies at the door - a nice touch.
So that's it - I hope you enjoyed reading my first trip report here. In overall I really liked those two Condor flights and think that the carrier is one of the best and most professional leisure airlines flying around - also with the advantage of being able to collect Miles & More miles!
Next time I will also try to take more pictures - my next flights coming up this September!