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Germany W/BA, AB & The DB: LHR-FRA/CGN-TXL-ZRH-LCY

Sat Sep 05, 2015 2:21 pm


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Hi there,

For the last couple of years or so, I’d been aware of Air Berlin offering some semi decent fares from Cologne to London with a couple of stops thrown in for good measure. Although I hadn't got around to booking the flights remained on the radar.



Fast forward to early 2015 and I finally got around to booking the trip I’d been researching for the previous couple of years.



As usual on Air Berlin, they only offer free seat selection to their own frequent flyers.



And as usual, one of the other OneWorld members was able to rectify this.



Next up was a way to Cologne. I had planned on taking Germanwings on a direct flight from LHR, as prices were around the £40 mark. Annoyingly though, when I came to book the prices had gone up to over £110. So instead I looked to British Airways. They don't actually fly to Cologne, but flights to Frankfurt more reasonable - still four pounds more, but at least I’d be able to get some dinner in the lounge.



Seat selection wasn’t an issue on this flight - at least when I booked.



Yet another no so special offer. They used to be reasonable at under £100 but now they just seem to be the same price as you'd pay for Club anyway.



To link Frankfurt and Cologne I’d turn to the DB. I’d wanted to try the ICE train so this seemed like a good enough excuse. I’d also wanted to visit the viewing deck at FRA for a few years (on all of my previous visits, it had been closed) so I was ticking more than a few things off on this trip.

As mentioned at the beginning of my South America series, I was exploring options other than the National Express coach to get me to Heathrow. This time I figured I’d try out the hourly bus service - it took over an hour and a half, but cost a fraction of the coach - so you get what you pay for I guess.



Upon arrival, I grabbed a souvenir boarding pass and took a look at the fast track security. It looks more than a little busy from what I could see, so I made my way through the regular security instead. And I was through in about two minutes. So as I've suspected, the fast track isn't quite that fast.


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I made my way up to the lounge for a tasty dinner of macaroni cheese.


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After this, I headed out to my favourite spot on the terrace and grabbed some juice.


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But no sooner as I'd say down, I was being told to make the trek over to the C gates - typical, as just a few weeks after they stopped giving you £15 at Starbucks, I get my first departure from T5C in nearly three years. No big deal though as I wasn't all that hungry anyway.



I made a couple of laps of the satellite to see what was around.


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Upon returning to the gate, I saw a massive queue so figured it would be a good idea to join it. Boarding started a few moments later and I was welcomed by name and asked how I was by a friendly ground agent.


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RE: Germany W/BA, AB & The DB: LHR-FRA/CGN-TXL-ZRH-LCY

Sat Sep 05, 2015 2:23 pm


BA916
LHR-FRA
May 2015
Airbus A320 / G-EUYB
Seat: 19F / Euro Traveller
Scheduled: 19:35/22:10
Off Stand: 19:37
On Stand: 22:17


I took my seat, immediately followed by my two seat mates. The flight looked completely full.


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As boarding was finally completed, the captain gave the usual welcome speech and announced a flying time if an hour and ten minutes. We pushed back a minute or two behind schedule and made a rough ride over to 27R. Once there, we had to wait for a string of heavies to depart before it was finally our turn.


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The crew handed out the snack and drinks whilst I watched an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm on my iPad.



With around forty minutes to go, the first officer announced we had started descent. Seemed a little early to me, but I guess he knows more than I do on the subject. Meanwhile, the sun was setting behind us.



We descended through the clouds and the light faded completely.



It was then a great view of downtown Frankfurt before making reasonable contact with one of Frankfurt's older runways.


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Then came a lengthy taxi over to a remote stand where we arrived a little later than scheduled.



After a further ten minutes or so I made my way towards the rear exit and down the steps.


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A bus tour followed before heading over to the Hilton for the evening.


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The next morning, I paid a visit to the viewing deck.


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Before heading off to catch my train to Cologne, after some essential shopping and lunch.


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As my train was delayed by around thirty minutes, I headed downstairs to the lounge. Hardly a patch on any airline lounge, but it was better than a platform.



Finally on the train to Cologne:


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A few pictures from my time in Cologne. Pretty much as soon as you exit the station, you're faced with the massive cathedral.



Walking along the river


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Paying a visit to the chocolate museum


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Out at the cathedral once more



And my room at the Hilton, just a few steps away.


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As usual, the best pictures come after dark


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When it was time to leave, I made my way across to the station, where most trains appeared to be delayed. I jumped on one that said it was going to the airport, only for an announcement to be made after a few stops that I had to change to an S13 train. So I hopped off, only to find that was an S13. By the time I'd realised the train was leaving - so no option but to wait thirty minutes for the next one at a pretty remote station...



Upon finally reaching the airport, it was up to check in to grab a boarding pass. The agent didn't say an awful lot, bit did do quite a bit of typing - eventually handing me one boarding pass for all three flights.


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I then made my way through security, where for the first time ever I was told that my camera would also have to be screened separately. New rules apparently… Following this was a few steps to the Air Berlin exclusive waiting area - not quite a lounge but not quite the general waiting area either.


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At around 10:00 this mornings ride pulled in. I was glad to see it was still the scheduled 737-700 as this is a new sub type for me. And also a new operator as this one is operated by TUI fly.


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Boarding was announced, and I was the first on board - due to the fact there wasn't a mass charge towards the gate. It was actually very civilised with everybody waiting their turn!


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RE: Germany W/BA, AB & The DB: LHR-FRA/CGN-TXL-ZRH-LCY

Sat Sep 05, 2015 2:25 pm


AB6500
CGN-TXL
May 2015
Boeing 737-700 / D-AHXF
Seat: 18F / Economy
Scheduled: 11:05/12:10
Off Stand: 11:21
On Stand: 12:31


As I boarded, the cabin crew offered me a form to sign up to their Top Bonus program - but I didn't see much point in taking one.


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The cabin filled up very slowly but the flight seemed pretty full. The captain gave his welcome speech and mentioned that we were still waiting for some more passengers - shortly followed by an announcement saying their bags were now being offloaded.



As it turned out, one of the very few empty seats was next to me so I was fairly comfortable.



We finally did push back around fifteen minutes behind schedule, and then made a long taxi over to the runway - passing quite a few cargo jets along the way.


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Luckily we were given an intersection departure so we didn't have to go quite down to the end if the runway before departing.


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It wasn't too long before we were into the clouds and the view disappeared.



Service on this sector was more or less the same as what was handed out in my first AB flights back in 2013 - something "sweet or salty".


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Descent started as the clouds cleared- meaning there were good views of the area on approach.


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On short finals, a gust of wind caught us, putting us somewhat off balance and leading to a very hard landing - possibly the hardest I've experienced.



It was then a brief taxi over to the terminal - and I was glad to see that we were arriving at the main terminal as opposed to the shed that I experienced last time I flew into TXL in AB. The AB chocolate hearts were handed out upon leaving.


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As I'd arrived in terminal A, it was a short walk to the BA lounge, I did consider heading up to the viewing deck as it was such a nice day, but I figured as I'd been there but not visited the lounge here I'd go for the unknown option.


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It was a little on the busy side, but luckily I spotted a side room with nobody in it. So grabbed a plate of food and set up camp there for the next hour or so.


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When boarding was near I headed down to the gate. Despite there being a fast track, the layout meant that I'd probably upset a few people by using it - so I didn't bother.



The hold up didn't matter anyway, as pretty much as I cleared security the ground crew announced a forty five minute delay. So I headed up to the Exclusive waiting area, as the gate area was packed.


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This time there was an airport security guard manning it and he demanded to see my card. I handed my BA card over and he was a little dubious. I mentioned that it's all OneWorld so it shouldn't matter, and he consulted a chart that was sellotaped to a post. A few moments later he let me pass through. It was a little bigger than the Cologne version but the offerings were still the same.



A few moments later, an A321 pulled on to stand and an announcement was made saying boarding would begin as soon as the passengers on board had left.


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Boarding began, and once more I was the first on board. Although I was stopped in my tracks once I reached the aircraft do as they hadn't quite finished hoovering.


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RE: Germany W/BA, AB & The DB: LHR-FRA/CGN-TXL-ZRH-LCY

Sat Sep 05, 2015 2:27 pm


AB8568
TXL-ZRH
May 2015
Airbus A321 / D-ABCF
Seat: 29F / Economy
Scheduled: 14:15/15:40
Off Stand: 14:59
On Stand: 16:14


As boarding was completed, I once more ended up having the middle seat free despite it being a reasonably full flight.


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The captain welcomed everybody and apologised for the delay, blaming the late inbound arrival of the aircraft and the fact that he was a little late himself arriving from Düsseldorf. He did mention a shorter than usual flying time though of just fifty minutes so we weren't due to arrive too late. Lucky as I was meeting somebody in ZRH


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We pushed back and sped over to the active.



Upon reaching the runway, the captain could hardly contain his enthusiasm as the throttles were advancing as we were pulling on to the runway.



Unlike this mornings flight, it was clear skies throughout.


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The crew started the service and this time they elaborated a little more on the "sweet or salty" line - introducing the snacks as a chocolate or potato chips.


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Once this was done, there wasn't too much flying time left - so I relied on Tom & Jerry on the overhead for entertainment.



We made a cloudy approach to Zurich before touching down a little softer than earlier.


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A brief taxi to the B pier followed where I was met by Infodesk.



We spent the next hour or so chatting before she headed off home after a day at work and I ventured up to check out the OneWorld lounge.

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I wasn't planning on eating anything as I'd spent most of the day eating and drinking it seemed, but I had a hard job turning down the pasta.


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After around thirty minutes I headed to the gate, which was down in the basement area.



There initially seemed to be quite a few people waiting around, but only once the LHR flight started boarding from the adjacent gate did quite a few people disappear.



General boarding began - no priority boarding here, unlike on the LHR flight.


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RE: Germany W/BA, AB & The DB: LHR-FRA/CGN-TXL-ZRH-LCY

Sat Sep 05, 2015 2:30 pm


BA8768
ZRH-LCY
May 2015
Embraer E170 / G-LCYG
Seat: 16D / Euro Traveller
Scheduled: 18:20/18:55
Off Stand: 18:26
On Stand: 19:00


I was somewhat half heartedly greeted at the door and I made my way towards the rear to take my seat.


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Boarding was completed pretty quickly and it turned out this flight was pretty empty.


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I decided to take a look at the inflight mag, but it appeared a dog had beaten me to it…



The flight deck gave their usual welcome although I couldn't understand most of what was being said due to the poor sound quality of the speakers. I did make out the fact he was apologising for the delay though. What delay?



We pushed back before the LHR flight and made a very slow taxi over to the active.


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Luckily, takeoff wasn't quite as slow and we were off the ground within a few seconds.


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Not too long after departure, the on board service began. There were no less than four options to choose from - a salmon salad, a pasta salad plus the crisps and biscuits found on the BA mainline domestic runs. I chose the pasta salad.



This was followed by the drinks run, where I chose a G&T.



With an episode of Family Guy for entertainment.



Nice low load this evening.


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Not too long after it finished I felt the nose dip, so I figured we had started descent - so I ought to start paying attention again.



The captain came over the PA and mentioned that it was a pleasant evening in London, but from where I was sat, I wasn't in agreement.



Descent continued until the rollercoaster ride began.


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We touched down and pulled almost immediately on to stand.


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Disembarking was delayed by around ten minutes due to the LX RJ100 next door starting up. When we were finally released, it took around five minutes from plane to the DLR station - aided by the fact LCY have installed E-Passport gates since my last arrival in December 2013.


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British Airways: Standard. Nothing more to be said.

Air Berlin again offered a couple of pretty decent flights. It was a bit of a shame that they were both delayed but it didn't cause any issues. The crew were friendly and the exclusive waiting areas were a good idea for an airline that doesn't offer a business class product in Europe.

BA Cityflyer continue to show their bigger brother how it should be done, with a range of small but tasty on board catering choices - and can they really cost that much more than the pre packaged sandwiches found on board the main line?

Next up:

A trip to Poland with a fellow A.netter.



Followed by a selection of UK domestic flights.

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A trip to Guernsey with Blue Islands and Aurigny.

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RE: Germany W/BA, AB & The DB: LHR-FRA/CGN-TXL-ZRH-LCY

Sat Sep 05, 2015 3:07 pm

Excellent as usual James. I thought you'd retired from written reports?   Good for us you didn't.
Nice few hops around Europe. Glad also to see some destination pictures - I remember well that chocolate museum. Not a patch on Cadbury World though!
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RE: Germany W/BA, AB & The DB: LHR-FRA/CGN-TXL-ZRH-LCY

Sat Sep 05, 2015 3:17 pm

Great multisector report. Interesting contrast between the onboard offerings.

Nice to see all the different airline liveries and aircraft types captured. We're rather more limited here in PER.

Regards, Weary
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Sat Sep 05, 2015 7:50 pm

Robin,

Quoting signol (Reply 5):
Excellent as usual James.

Thanks,

Quoting signol (Reply 5):
I thought you'd retired from written reports?  

I have - this one (and the final one) was already written and the pictures done - so figure I may as well release them.

Quoting signol (Reply 5):
Nice few hops around Europe

Yeah, always interesting to talk in intra Europe hop.

Quoting signol (Reply 5):
I remember well that chocolate museum. Not a patch on Cadbury World though!

Never been!

WearyDrover,

Quoting WearyDrover (Reply 6):
Great multisector report.

Thanks

Quoting WearyDrover (Reply 6):
Interesting contrast between the onboard offerings.

Yeah, but still a snack of some sort on all the sectors. I was most impressed with the offering on the ZRH-LCY hop thought Very tasty.

Quoting WearyDrover (Reply 6):
Nice to see all the different airline liveries and aircraft types captured. We're rather more limited here in PER.

FRA does have a good mixture. As does LHR.
 
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Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:28 pm

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Service on this sector was more or less the same as what was handed out in my first AB flights back in 2013 - something "sweet or salty".

James - I enjoyed reading your detailed report. Well done. I noticed an orange juice on your CGN-TXL flight ...
Well according to Stern (German language article) AB will not be serving free soft drinks from November.


http://www.stern.de/reise/deutschlan...enke-auf-kurzstrecken-6436152.html
 
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Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:45 am

LondonCity,

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 8):
James - I enjoyed reading your detailed report. Well done

Thanks, glad you enjoyed,

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 8):
I noticed an orange juice on your CGN-TXL flight ...
Well according to Stern (German language article) AB will not be serving free soft drinks from November.

Shame! I thought they had a pretty decent product.
 
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RE: Germany W/BA, AB & The DB: LHR-FRA/CGN-TXL-ZRH-LCY

Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:00 pm

Great report- loved the pictures, especially the ones from the viewing terrace at FRA (It wasn't open when I was staying in Germany last year!) and the pictures of Cologne- great city.
 
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RE: Germany W/BA, AB & The DB: LHR-FRA/CGN-TXL-ZRH-LCY

Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:36 am

Hello James!

Nice report as usual and nice routing.

I got my first taste of the new BA Airbus cabins a few weeks ago, didn´t find them particularly cramped (or maybe I am too used to Vueling) but they do look classy and the mood lighting helps.

I also visited the terrace in FRA, and felt like I was cheated... half of it is still closed and the area doesn´t really offer great views other than what is taxiing and taking off, years ago you could walk along and see all the aircraft parked on the gates entirely, now you have a big chunk of building in the way  

CGN, nice city, visited back in 2008, also on an ICE from FRA  

LCY... my nemesis, as you know, for the second time, I was left hanging on my attemps to tick that airport lol... but I shall persevere.. those ERJ170s look nice, and the catering is far superior to what BA offers.

Keep it up and don´t retire yet from Trip Reporting! I wanna read about your future EK flights lol.

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RE: Germany W/BA, AB & The DB: LHR-FRA/CGN-TXL-ZRH-LCY

Thu Sep 10, 2015 5:17 pm

Hi James,

another great report here, thanks a lot for putting it together. Looks like you had a couple of quite nice flights here. It covers a lot of familiar things for me, besides LCY which is still missing in my log.

Two solid flights with AB, good to see they still offer the chocholate heart. Shame about the delays, but fortunenately they weren't too long. And finally a great flight with the E170 with good catering here, well done.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
One thing I don’t like about the BA E-Jet is the misaligned windows

Yes, that's always a bit of a hit or miss. It seems most of the regional jets have this problem, had misaligned windows on both the Embraer and the CRJ.

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RE: Germany W/BA, AB & The DB: LHR-FRA/CGN-TXL-ZRH-LCY

Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:07 pm

ams747757,

Quoting ams747757 (Reply 10):
Great report- loved the pictures, especially the ones from the viewing terrace at FRA (It wasn't open when I was staying in Germany last year!) and the pictures of Cologne- great city.

Thanks, glad you enjoyed,

Christian,

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 11):
Nice report as usual and nice routing.

Cheers,

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 11):
I got my first taste of the new BA Airbus cabins a few weeks ago, didn´t find them particularly cramped

They're not overly cramped, but the fact they have the same legroom in J as they do in Y now means its cheapened the J product somewhat.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 11):
they do look classy and the mood lighting helps.

Agreed, they look great especially at night.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 11):
I also visited the terrace in FRA, and felt like I was cheated... half of it is still closed and the area doesn´t really offer great views other than what is taxiing and taking off, years ago you could walk along and see all the aircraft parked on the gates entirely, now you have a big chunk of building in the way

Yeah, I was a little disappointed, especially as nearly everybody ended up huddled in the same corner.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 11):
CGN, nice city, visited back in 2008, also on an ICE from FRA

Yeah, a decent enough city.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 11):
LCY... my nemesis, as you know, for the second time, I was left hanging on my attemps to tick that airport lol... but I shall persevere.. those ERJ170s look nice, and the catering is far superior to what BA offers.

One day...

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 11):
Keep it up and don´t retire yet from Trip Reporting! I wanna read about your future EK flights

Hmm, the best I can offer is a few live updates on iMessage, as the A380's have cheap wifi!

CR,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
another great report here,

Thanks,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
Looks like you had a couple of quite nice flights here.

No complaints!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
LCY which is still missing in my log.

Arriving there is great fun!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
Two solid flights with AB, good to see they still offer the chocholate heart.

For the time being at least...

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
Shame about the delays, but fortunenately they weren't too long.

Yeah it could have been worse - although I do feel a little bad for Hannah waiting for me at the other end after her shift!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
And finally a great flight with the E170 with good catering here, well done.

It was - especially with the low load.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
Yes, that's always a bit of a hit or miss. It seems most of the regional jets have this problem, had misaligned windows on both the Embraer and the CRJ.

Must admit I've only noticed it on the Embraer, but having said that I've not flown on too many other regional jets.
 
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RE: Germany W/BA, AB & The DB: LHR-FRA/CGN-TXL-ZRH-LCY

Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:13 am

Greeting Jwhite

Great TR  

Looks as if AB is the only one to serve chocolate (Other then LH and LX).
How long was the immigration queue a FRA?

Thank you though for posting this TR

Lesfalls

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RE: Germany W/BA, AB & The DB: LHR-FRA/CGN-TXL-ZRH-LCY

Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:30 am

Lesfalls,

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 14):
Great TR

Thanks

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 14):
Looks as if AB is the only one to serve chocolate

I've not experienced it on any other airline, at least in Y.

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 14):
How long was the immigration queue a FRA?

Pretty non existent at that time of night.

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