Review of Lufthansa flight Munich Sofia in Economy

Airline Lufthansa
Flight LH1702
Class Economy
Seat 4A
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 1:50
Take-off 17 Jul 17, 09:25
Arrival at 17 Jul 17, 12:15
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Published on 10th August 2017
Routing :

CDG – MUC / Airbus A320-214 CEO SL D-AIUT Lufthansa LH2239 Economy K / 6 AM Beer City Flug [THERE]

MUC – SOF / Airbus A320-214 CEO SL Lufthansa LH1702 Economy K / Eastern Orient Express [YOU ARE HERE]

SOF – VIE / Airbus A320-200 CEO OE-LBP Austrian OS796 Business C / Vienna coffee [THERE]

VIE – FRA / Airbus A319-100 CEO OE-LDG Austrian OS125 Business C / Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 [THERE]

FRA – JNB / Boeing 747-8i D-ABYO Lufthansa LH572 Business C Upper Deck / I’m leaving on a jet plane, (I know) when I’ll be back again [THERE]

JNB – SZK / Embraer 135 ZS-SWN South African Airlink SA8865 Economy Q / A different kind of animal [THERE]

SZK – MQP / Cessna Caravan C208-B ZS-MLT South African Airlink SA8930 Economy Y / Dreaming of Cessna [THERE]

MQP – JNB / Embraer 140 ZS-ALR South African Airlink SA8828 Economy Q / Outclassing the road [THERE]

JNB – DUR / Airbus A330-200 ZS-SXV South African Airways SA559 Business C / Comfy old cabin [THERE]

DUR – CPT / Boeing 738WL ZS-ZWU British Airways by Comair BA6310 Business U / On the ‘Business’ again [THERE]

CPT – GRJ / Embraer 135 ZS-SWN South African Airlink SA8631 Economy Q / Lost Garden route flightpath [THERE]

PLZ – JNB / Boeing 737-800 Split Scimitar winglets ZS-ZWH British Airways by Comair BA6242 Economy O / From Port Elizabeth with chill [THERE]

JNB – FRA / Boeing 747-8i D-ABYR Lufthansa LH573 First C Nose / "Luck"

FRA – VIE / Airbus A320 CEO OE-LBL Austrian OS128 Business C / Good Morning Austria

VIE – SOF / Airbus A320 CEO OE-LBM Austrian OS795 Business C / Foodstock

SOF – MUC / Embraer 195 D-AEMD Lufthansa LH1705 Cityline Economy K / …6.5 hours later

MUC – CDG / Airbus A319-100 CEO D-AILY Lufthansa LH2238 Economy K / Clap-my-end or "I (don't) love Paris, in the summer…"

I did leave you a few hours ago when we landed in MUC from CDG and ended up exiting D-AIUT at the G concourse.

This FR focuses on the second leg of the journey, to SOF.

The flight was planned to depart from gate H33.

Upon exiting gate G15, we checked the FIDS to see if the gate had changed and it was a positive answer : let's go to gate H26.
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So we had to turn left…
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…Take long treadmills…
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Pass through passport control (most officers were "cold", but that is their job not to appear friendly heh)
and taking yet another treadmill
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To finally reach the H gates FIDS stating the obvious : H26 it is.
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The A321 parked next door
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Before boarding was called, a crew member did bring beverages for the flight crew but I am not sure carrying open beverages through the airport follows international air travel rules related to food poisoning prevention.

Boarding was called 3 minutes late and the priorities were not really respected.
For instance, two fellow french female pax went through despite not being called as they did not hold any status and were in Economy.
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I take the worst pictures of the universe with my iPhone

Ahh a DSLR is always better
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The cabin is exactly the same as the previous report, I am not going to repeat the same comments, but I feel like the seats nicely fit the routes operated by LH on its european network for flights under 2hrs.

While pushing back, we can see AC is here with an A333 RR
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And LH has exactly the same aircraft
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During taxi, I spotted a really nice looking LX CS100. Pity the glass distortion and the sun went together to ruin the pics

Now we are following another LH A320 CEO SL enroute to Runway 26L for a southeast bound departure


Smooth take off and very nice view of the German countryside and the Austrian Alps upon climb out

Upon reaching our cruise level, the crew ballet started
The catering was divided between snacks and beverages.
The crew first came to distribute snacks consisting of a choice between two types of sandwiches. I chose cheese. It was labelled as "vegetarian";
I did not take anything as a drink.
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Depite not looking very well in the inside, the taste was okay and the bread smooth enough.
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We had recycled paper as a napkin
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The approach came quickly we flew over the Bulgarian countryside before reaching the Sofia surroundings. A first time for me as I never went to any Eastern European countries.

Bozhurishte disused military base
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To my dismay, the urban architecture was grey, cold… well, socialist. Decades will be necessary to change this.

We landed on runway 09.

Upon taxiing out, I noticed several Libyan aircrafts waiting to be scrapped or just stored.
Like this 5A-FLC, a 1987 Bae 146-200.
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A Balkan Holidays A321-211
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Even a Bulgarian Airlines TU134
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SU is here with an A321 VQ-BEI
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The famous Afriqiyah (8U) A319 parked here for a while (5A-ONI) and blocking a jetway

The last picture was taken at 12:15PM, so this is a perfect on-time arrival for this second LH flight this morning.

Now we had to pass a passport control (disorganized) to enter Bulgaria and reach the luggage carousel to take them back to the Austrian check-in desk. Our turnaround was short : between reaching the gate and the drop off limit time, we just had 55 minutes.
Luggage delivery was fortunately quick and customs were nonexistent.
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Verdict

Lufthansa

7.3/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment6.5
Meal/catering6.5

Munich - MUC

9.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Sofia - SOF

6.4/10
Efficiency6.5
Access6.0
Services6.0
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

The cabin does its job and with a brand new aircraft, there is nothing to criticize. The crew was welcoming, smiling and efficient.

The magazines were exactly the same as the previous flight and the catering was honest for the flight duration.

For instance, for flights less than 2hrs, like CDG-MAD, AF did not even offered us a sandwich last year, and the pitch was not great either with the old cabin. LH beats AF easily.

MUC airport is really easy to travel through, so clear and white looking that the overall experience is excellent.

SOF T2 is well... probably better than the T1 but still not really modern looking despite being quite new. The scrapped aircrafts stored give a third-world country feeling, but I like it, so much pictures to take !

Informations on the route Munich (MUC) Sofia (SOF)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 3 reviews of 1 airlines on the route Munich (MUC) → Sofia (SOF).


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The airline that is scoring the best average grade isLufthansa avec 6.9/10.

The average flight time is 1 hours and 35 minutes.

 

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