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BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day

Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:54 pm

Berlin Trip Report
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Background

Needed a plan for Christmas, so a few clicks later, checked google maps and Berlin seemed to be a great option. Coupled with the fact that BA were having a discount going on with hotel and flight package, 30 minutes later we had booked ourselves on to a trip to Berlin along with 3 nights stay, starting on Christmas day onwards. Woop..Woop..

Needless to say, a big thank to gcmaps to enable us to imbed our travel route here:

http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=lhr-txl-lhr&MS=bm&MR=120&MX=720x360&PM=*

Stats (Since 2010, when I started maintaining my flight reports):

9th and 10th time on BA
9th time on A320-200 and 6th time on A321

British Airways – BA 982 and BA987 – LHRTXLLHR
Flight Reg: G-EUYD ; delivered December 2008
Airbus A320-200
Flight Reg: G-EUXF ; delivered November 2004
Airbus A321-200
Seat 7F and 16F
Departure time 10:10 (Actual 10:15); return: 13:00 (Actual: 12:45)
Arrival time 19:40 (Actual 19:55); Return: 20:30 (Actual: 20:30)
25th and return on 28th December 2014
Total paid for 2 return tickets from LHR to TXL and 3 nights stay at the Holiday Inn West £355.00



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Checked in online the previous day. As always, seamless process and done in under 5 minutes. On the day of the flight, the drive to airport was superb. At purple parking business in 45 minutes. Check in at parking took a while. Slow process. Bus journey around 8 min.

From time we checked in at purple parking to T5 around 25 min. I guess it’s better to spend the extra few quid and get yourself parked in one of the Heathrow official parking. Finally at airport by 8:20.
Surprisingly a lot crowded. Never seen T5 this crowded at the check in area. Despite the crowd, T5 because of the airy design, felt tranquil.

Christmas at LHR T5
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Busy check in desks at T5 - Christmas day
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Check in and security took a further half an hour and was airside by 8:55. With some time to spare for last minute Christmas shopping for the cousins. Once airside though, the crowd seemed to be normal.
Once again T5 is a no non sense purpose built terminal. No gimmicks, but everything just feels right.

LHR on a clear bright winter morning
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Boarding commenced at 9:45 from gate A8. Boarding completed exactly at 10:10, which meant we would miss our departure time.

Our ride to berlin - BA 982 A320-200 Interiors and exterior shots
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Once on-board, the interiors looked brand spanking new. The new seats felt very comfortable and was looking forward to the short hour and 25 minutes flight to berlin Tegel TXL.

Plane spotting at LHR
Sea of BA
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Twin beauties
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BA DreamLiner - (G-ZBJH) - Delivered brand new to BA in Aug 2014
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Nevertheless we departed from the gate 5 minutes late. One of the quickest taxiing I've experienced at Heathrow and we were airborne by 10:25.
Soon after take-off, refreshments were served. Cookies, crisps, mixed nuts along with a wide range of soft drinks were available.

Video of this trip report here...


Rest of the time spent in reading inflight reading material. The business life was particularly good since it was on technology in London for this edition. Was an interesting read.
This flight to berlin was fully loaded. The rest of the flight was uneventful in a good way. Spent some time writing this report and before we knew it we were descending into Berlin.

En-route to Berlin
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Landed at 12:45 local time, and Berlin Tegel being a minuscule airport, we were out of the airport by 1:00 pm. From there it was a Long walk to the car rental.

Berlin Tegel TXL

I am sure a lot must have been said about the airport, but Berlin airport looks around 10 years over the use by date. On the flip side very convenient. From the gate, to the immigration, baggage collection and exit is a total of 10 steps!

On the whole a very good flight to berlin on Christmas day and couldn't fault it. On time, clean aircrafts, good service, and over all a great value for money deal.

Berlin Tegel TXL
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Old style FIDS at TXL
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Return flight BA987 to LHR on 28th December

Once again, checked in the previous day via mobile device. Got to know that there was an aircraft change. Changed to an A321, originally was an A320 (or at least think it was).
On the day of the flight, reached the airport three hours early. So spent the spare time at the Berlin airport lounge. A very basic lounge with some drinks, snacks and Wi-Fi on offer. Horrible viewing area though, which was non-existent.

Berlin Lounge
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Check in began exactly two hours before departure and it was a quick process. Security entrance was beside the four check in desks, once again highlighting the miniscule size of the airport. Security took a while and we were airside in thirty minutes with over an hour before boarding commenced.

Check in desks at TXL
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En-route we saw hordes of passengers to Zurich on a cancelled Swiss aircraft. Not the best airport to be stuck at.
Only after we reached airside, did we realise that there was no food facilities airside! Only a bar/snack shack and nothing else! How bad is that for an international airport for the capital city of one of the most noted engineering countries in the world? Talk about ironic! From my memory, I can’t think of a more incapable airport for a capital city than Berlin Tegel, where the only saving grace was the speed with which we exited the airport upon arrival. Doesn't mean much as we had a much quicker exit even at Coventry airport, when it was existent.

Paltry TXL airside
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The boarding pass was a bit ambitious with an 18:55 gate closing claim for a 19:40 flight. As expected, the aircraft hadn't landed before 19:05. Boarding was delayed and subsequently we disembarked 15 minutes late. Take off was 10 minutes later. Quick and crisp into the cold berlin sky. Flight time of 1 hr and 20 min announced.

Our ride to LHR - BA A321-200 (G-EUXF)
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Plane Spotting at TXL
4U A320-200 - (D-AIQP) Delivered to LH in 1992; named 'Suhl'
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AB A319 - (D-ABGJ) delivered to Air Berln in 2008; named "Kamen"
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AB B737-700 - (D-AHXG) delivered to TUIFly in 2008 and then to AB in 2010
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Snacks service commenced swiftly. Options of chicken pesto or vegetarian wraps were handed over since this was an evening flight. A more than decent wrap. Wide variety of drinks available too. Although they did start to run out of it towards the end of the cabin. Ran out of still water!
Rest of the flight was just right. Landed in London on a crystal clear evening. Great views of London during night time.

BA 987 A321-200 Interiors
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F&B on board BA 987 to LHR
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Landed on time. Disembarked through terminal 5B. A mono rail ride later we arrived at the immigration, which took a while. It took more time for me to get out using the e-pass compared to my wife who was in the general non EU passport line. All in all we were out of the airport in an hour after landing.

Landing in London a clear winters evening
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T5 Baggage hall on a sunday evening
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Landing into London Video here...

Verdict

All in all a very acceptable way of getting to Berlin and back. Clean aircrafts, good service, on time (almost) and all for a very good price. Can’t expect more to be honest.

Hope you enjoyed this quick trip report. All the best and safe flying.

Happy New Year and look forward to a lot more flying next year. Bring on 2015!

Adios!

Few highlights of our trip

What a waste..! BER
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Our ride for the trip - Nissan Note
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Sights around Berlin
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Sights around Dresden
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RE: BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day

Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:57 pm

BA Airbuses looked very good.

I love Berlin...I could go back and back and back....looks lovely in the snow!

But yeah..both airports TXL & SXF are shite!

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RE: BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day

Thu Jan 01, 2015 4:05 pm

Visited Berlin last summer and loved it, so thanks for brining back some good memories, 110% agree with the above, TXL is awful, and even though It has just been given some money to enhance its facilitys it still puts me off visiting Berlin again.

But flying on Christmas Day, I just couldn't do it personally.
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RE: BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day

Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:43 pm

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 1):
BA Airbuses looked very good.
Quoting aerdingus (Reply 1):
.looks lovely in the snow!
Quoting aerdingus (Reply 1):
.both airports TXL & SXF are shite!
Quoting aerdingus (Reply 1):
110% agree with the above, TXL is awful

Agree on all counts.
 
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RE: BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day

Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:22 am

Hi,

nice to read another report on Berlin   I hope you had a good time here.

Quoting newbief1yer (Thread starter):
I am sure a lot must have been said about the airport, but Berlin airport looks around 10 years over the use by date. On the flip side very convenient.

TXL is an airport from a different era. It was designed with a capacity of 6 million, last year it handled about 18 million. It's a nightmare if you need to transfer, but just flying to or from Berlin is usually quite ok with short distances and convenient terminal A layout. Despite all the issues I will still miss it when it is gone, me and majority of locals (even people who are not into aviation ) really love TXL.

Quoting newbief1yer (Thread starter):
Only after we reached airside, did we realise that there was no food facilities airside! Only a bar/snack shack and nothing else! How bad is that for an international airport for the capital city of one of the most noted engineering countries in the world?

The offerings really are quite poor, but I guess they don't really want to invest too much into offering more stuff. And there might also be a space issues. A gates can be kind of crowded, especially with widebodies... I hope that things will improve with BER.

Quoting newbief1yer (Thread starter):
What a waste..! BER

I did a tour in the summer and we were also allowed into the main terminal building (check-in area). It looks completely ready and it is such a waste that it is not in use yet. But BER is just another "victim" of the incompetence of the Berlin senate when it's about construction projects. No project is finished on time and the costs usually explode at some point.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 1):
I love Berlin...I could go back and back and back....looks lovely in the snow!

  
 
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RE: BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day

Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:30 am

Quoting TxlThfSxf (Reply 4):
nice to read another report on Berlin   I hope you had a good time here.

Thanks TxlThfSxf. Had a great time in Berlin. The city has such a unique charm to it, very Prague'ish (just the feel of the city, and no other context)

Quoting TxlThfSxf (Reply 4):
It was designed with a capacity of 6 million, last year it handled about 18 million

Woah! I would then have to retract my statement. TXL is doing extremely well, if these figures are to be considered.

Quoting TxlThfSxf (Reply 4):
The offerings really are quite poor, but I guess they don't really want to invest too much into offering more stuff.

Hmm, at least a limited selection of warm food would not go amiss.

Quoting TxlThfSxf (Reply 4):
But BER is just another "victim" of the incompetence of the Berlin senate

Cant fathom how this is happening in Germany! My impression about Germany has and always will be Reliable, on-time, precise (I will only ever own a German Car). But BER..! Still cannot believe it. It HAS to be some kind of political issues, rather than the told fire and safety problems (haven't been following it, so not sure of what the latest on this issue is)
 
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RE: BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day

Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:22 pm

Apparently tomato juice is one of the most popular soft drinks.

I was in Berlin in 1991 and I want to go back. It seems so much more interesting now. I also would like to visit Dresden.

Tegel Airport looks very nice. It was not so in 1991.
 
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RE: BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day

Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:25 am

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
Apparently tomato juice is one of the most popular soft drinks.

Is it? It does work well on a flight. At least less sugary than the other soft drinks available on board.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
I also would like to visit Dresden

Highly recommend it.
 
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Sat Jan 10, 2015 6:23 pm

Quoting newbief1yer (Reply 5):
The city has such a unique charm to it

I agree on that. That's one of the reasons I moved here two years ago and don't regret it.

Quoting newbief1yer (Reply 5):
TXL is doing extremely well, if these figures are to be considered

I just saw the newest numbers for 2014. 20,7 million passangers in TXL, 7,3 million in SXF and the growth will definitely continue. TXL capacity nowadays (after they have built all the temporary shacks and tents) is about 12, maybe 13 million, but SXF still has some space for more passengers.

Quoting newbief1yer (Reply 5):
Cant fathom how this is happening in Germany! My impression about Germany has and always will be Reliable, on-time, precise (I will only ever own a German Car).

Well, this is typical for Berlin, the rest of Germany is different, more like you described it. But Berlin is a bit special. It's difficult to explain it (or it would be a really long post), one needs to see and experience it. Especially construction projects are a big issue in Berlin (BER, metro, opera house, etc.) due to incompetent politicians and city bureaucrats that don't have any idea how to run big projects, but want to be involved and decide all the time, as the former mayor Wowereit did with BER. Politics is laregly responsible for all the delays and problems around the airport and the supervisory board lacks competence and experience in how to build and run an airport.
 
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RE: BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day

Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:44 am

Nice report.

I used to travel that route twice a week for work and I'll miss TXL when it is gone. I found the trick is to remember that in practice each flight has it's own security check point, so it is rare to queue for more than a couple of minutes and then the distance to your jetbridge is probably 10-15 yards so you don't need to go airside until 20-30 minutes before departure. There is a decent range of shops, cafes and restaurants landside. For me as a regular business traveller that was ideal as with online check in, coupled with the donut terminal design which means your taxi drops you at the gate, I could leave the office with less than an hour to take off and still make the flight. Having said that I did once have a five hour delay with bmi and which saw us leave about midnight. Everywhere shut about 9pm and I was out of coins for the vending machines which was lousy! Mind you trying to leave LHR at about 2am was no better.....

BER is a sad situation, I passed through SXF a few months back with some people from New Zealand who just couldn't comprehend that it is the second gateway to the capital of one earths most powerful nations.
 
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RE: BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day

Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:34 pm

Quoting TxlThfSxf (Reply 8):
due to incompetent politicians and city bureaucrats that don't have any idea how to run big projects
Quoting Ryanair01 (Reply 9):
Nice report.
Quoting Ryanair01 (Reply 9):
BER is a sad situation

Thanks.
Yes, have heard a lot about these from my German colleagues too.

Quoting Ryanair01 (Reply 9):
Everywhere shut about 9pm and I was out of coins for the vending machines which was lousy! Mind you trying to leave LHR at about 2am was no better

Ah, not an ideal situation to be in. Interesting they allowed the flight to land at LHR at that time. Wasn't the curfew in place?
 
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RE: BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day

Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:10 pm

EasyJet -> London Gatwick South (LGW) to Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF)

Hello A’netters. Hope you’re all doing well.

Just thought of adding a quick photo report about a short weekend trip to Berlin. This time around we chose to fly Easyjet, due to better timing, and we also get to try out Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport.

Stats (Since 2010, when I started maintaining my flight reports):

5th and 6th time on EasyJet
4th time on A319-100 and 14th time on a A320-200


EasyJet – EZY 5415 – LGW - SXF
Flight Reg: G-EZGJ ; Delivered brand new to EasyJet on May 2011
Airbus A319-100
Seat 18F
Flight time: 17:55 – 19:00 (19:05 – 21:35) -> Delay due to us missing our slot, and then waiting in queue for over an hour.
12th Jun 2015



EasyJet – EZY 5414 – SXF - LGW
Flight Reg: G-EZTM ; Delivered brand new to EasyJet on August 2009
Airbus A320-200
Seat 19F
Flight time: 18:10 – 19:00 (18:10 – 18:50)
14th Jun 2015



Verdict

Once again a no fuss policy by EasyJet. Great on board service, very courteous and always a smile. Both the flights were 100% full, but it never felt cramped. The crowd was good and no hooliganism unlike our last flight with WizzAir.

On the return, the cabin bag was checked in for free. Not sure why it was done, as there seemed to be quite a lot of free space in the cabin.

In terms of F&B tried their snack box, which was a good mix of nuts, crisps, few dips and crackers.

Probably the only slight blip was we were supposed to land at the South terminal on the return, but we were parked in the North, which wasn't communicated to us. Created a bit of confusion for a few passengers, but not a deal breaker.

On the whole a stress free travel from EasyJet, and except for the hour delay due to ATC traffic at Gatwick, it was yet another blemish free travel from EasyJet. Thanks EasyJet and Team.

A worthy 9/10.


Easy bag drop at EasyJet counters at LGW
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FIDS at LGW
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Plane Spotting at LGW
A 23 year old B737-500; initially with CanJet Airlines (?);
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LN-LND -> one of DY's DreamLiner. When did they re-register these from EI to LN?
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A 16 year old A320-200
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Our ride to SXF -> A 4 year old A319-100
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EasyJet -> Amsterdam!
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En-route
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It pains me to post these pics -> they even had all their lights on.!
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A long taxiing trip from the runway to SXF terminal
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Sights and Sounds of Berlin on lovely summer’s weekend

Tiergarten
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On the way back, tried the lounge at SXF. Very basic and hardly any seats to sit.
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SXF -> an uncanny resemblance of the Police station we had to visit during our last trip to berlin (Stolen sunglasses, lodging a complaint)
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Our ride back to LGW -> a 6 year old A320-200
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Plane spotting at SXF
A rare Astra Airlines A320-200; Ex-US Airways. Looking up about Astra Airlines, from Wiki, it looks like they have 4 aircrafts and all 4 of them a different one. Talk about diversification!
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Previous Trip Reports

Baltic Escapades - VNO/TLL/RIX On W6,BT And OV
South France - EasyJet A320 BA A319
UK To India - The EK Way - B777-200/300 & A380
India Domestic–Jet Airways And Indigo–A320/ATR 72
BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day
China Southern - LHR-CAN-HKT - B787/A321
Aloha! The United Way - B777-200 And B737-900
Mahalo Hawaii, Hello NYC - DL B767-300
Cool Blue To BOS And Got Blue? To LAS - E190 A320
VS Little Red To ABZ And EZY Return
24 Hours On A 787! - Final Leg CZ - AKL-CAN-LHR
Part 5 - BHE-WLG-AKL On NZ Beech1900D And A320
Part 4 - MEL-AKL-ZQN On QA And NZ B738A320
Part 3 - CNS-MEL On JetStar A321-200
Part 2 - SYD - CNS On Virgin Australia E190
Canton Route Part 1 - LON-SYD - CZ DreamLiner/A332
DREAM(liner)ING Of Hainan - China Southern
Panda Calling - BA LHR To CTU - Club World
China - The Low Cost Way - Spring Airlines - SJW-CTU
China United Airlines (KN) - CTU - SJW - B737-700
Norwegian B737 - LGW-TOS-BGO-LGW
Jet Airways: LHR – COK
Barra Trip – that was not to be
LHR - KWI - BA 747 - Part 1 - Middle East - China
Part 5: PVG-LHR - BA - Economy - B777
Part 2: KWI-DXB - FlyDubai - Economy - B737
Part 4A&B - SHA-SJW-SHA - FM: Eco: B737
Part 3A&B : DXB-HKG-PVG: CX & KA :Eco: A333
Morocco Trip - LGW-RAK-TNG-LHR - EasyJet & Iberia
Dusseldorf Calling - BA & EZY - Club/Eco - A321

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