Early in January, I was planning my trip in Easter holiday. I decided to visit my friend in Manchester and I purchased the ticket via Lufthansa.com
On the day of departure, I arrived the airport at 7:15am, the train was full of people as it was the first day of holiday. My flight was schedule to depart at 8:50am. I printed out the boarding pass from a machine and check in my baggage. The boarding time was 8:25am, theoretically I should have more than enough time until boarding. Once I reached the security check, the queue was like normal days. However, it took me 25 minutes to pass through. As all the flights to United Kingdom are leaving at H concourse, so I still have to go through the immigration. It was already 8:00am and a long queue was in front of me, so I decided to go to the fast lane on the left.
I managed to get to the gate 5 minutes before schedule boarding time, and there were lots of passenger waiting. My flight today was operated by D-AIPB, a 27 years old A320 with the name Heidelberg. Boarding started at 8:32am and everyone was heading towards the automatic gates. I wouldn't say it was chaotic, as no one was pushing against each other. But definitely this was not in order.
I boarded the plane in no time and I have to admitted that Lufthansa keeps its plane very well that you cannot tell this is already a 27 years old plane. My seat was 18A which provided a very good view of the wing. I had to young ladies seating together with me.
Cabin during boarding 1
Cabin during boarding 2
View from my window. D-AIPF another Lufthansa A320, preparing its flight to Seville as LH1822.
Push-back started at 8:53am. Thai International Airways B747, HS-TGP was parked at the far end after arriving from Bangkok as TG924. As I can remember, Thai International Airways is the only airline serving Munich with B747 now. Flight time was 1:50 according to the announcement.
Taxing to RWY26R.
My plane took-off at 9:05am.
Seatbelt sign was off at 9:11am, cabin crew immediately started the service. First they distributed the landing card to passengers.
15 minutes after take-off I got my salmon sandwich.
10 more minutes later the drink cart arrived and I had a cup of coffee.
From the view outside the window, we knew that we just passed Frankfurt airport and heading towards Belgium.
Overhead vents and lights
Cabin view while I was going to the lavatory. I guess it was nearly full loading.
Descending into Manchester
Weather was not good in Machester, we could not see anything until minutes before touch down.
This was really disgusting as I discovered that the guy behind me put his shoes on my armrest….
Our plane landed on RWY23R at 10:52am. Total flight time was 1 hour 47 minutes. There was a short taxi until we reached the parked at gate 25 of terminal 1.
During the flight I realized that I did not have my friend's address, but Manchester airport provided free WIFI so that I was able to contact my friend once I entered the terminal. When I got through the immigration, my luggage was the only one that left on the conveyor.
Munich - MUC
Manchester - MAN
For flight time close to two hours, I actually would expect more than a sandwich for catering. Overall I am quite satisfied with Lufthansa.
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