Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Trip to Germany! [Part 4]

Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.

Dusseldorf (DUS/EDDL) to Birmingham (BHX/EGBB)
Germanwings (ops by Eurowings) Bombardier CRJ-900 D-ACNI

Before long it was time to head to the airport! We'd bought a Düsseldorf day ticket for travel by train and underground around the city, so we caught the underground back to Düsseldorf hbf and then a train direct to the airport. Düsseldorf airport, despite being really quite big, was easy to navigate and we breezed through to the departure lounge. Half an hour before boarding we went through the passport check and boarded on time.

D-ACNI, the chariot to take us home
Amongst a line up of CRJs
The CRJ was both noisier and felt more cramped than I expected, even more so than the Dash 8 but that might be because it was night-time and there no was natural light in the cabin. Nevertheless it was a pleasant flight back, no real complaints and it was actually cheaper than Flybe to Cologne or Dusseldorf when I booked so I'd definately consider Eurowings/Germanwings/Lufthansa/whatever they are if travelling to Germany again. I believe the Lufthansa Groups plan is phase out the CRJs and replace them with A320 series while rebranding the whole thing to Eurowings, although I'm not sure if A320s are the right aircraft for thinner routes like BHX, which  only just fills 3 CRJs a day, this would surely mean a twice daily A320 but then you're losing frequencies, not ideal for the business traveller, the main pax for this kind of route?
Dusseldorf after departure...

The routing taken DUS-BHX.
On final to rwy33...
An Air India 787 on stand...

My 63rd flight, first with Germanwings and first on a CRJ, landed on time. Despite the Emirates 777 and Air India 787 on stand, they must have arrived much earlier or had yet to disembark, because arrivals was empty. I refuse to use the silly face recognition machines for passport checks, they take so much longer, a person is much better at face recognition! Friendlier too!

And that concludes our trip to Germany. Both the flights were pretty much faultless, no problems here, but Germanwings were marginally cheaper on this occasion! The markets are worth a visit in Germany but no worries if you can't make it over there, the Birmingham one for example isn't that different. In fact some of the stalls were identical (ie the same company!). But Germany certainly makes theirs look more festive. And I dare say the food is better over there too!

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