Review of Germania flight Tehran Berlin in Economy

Airline Germania
Flight ST3329
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Boeing 737-700
Flight time 05:25
Take-off 10 Aug 15, 16:05
Arrival at 10 Aug 15, 19:00
ST 3 reviews
skyteam_iran
Published on 13th August 2015
*** I see people have very specific expectations regarding a flight report. When taking this flight I was not considering a FR yet, so please understand it's incomplete, further reports will be better ***

First and foremost: this is a great value, new direct connection between Berlin and Tehran and I hope it will stay there for some time at these affordable prices. Luggage of 25kg is included, as well as a hot meal and non-alcoholic drinks. Sadly, the planes are chronically delayed because they fly in a W pattern from Dusseldorf with only 45min of turnover between each leg (DUS-IKA-SXF-IKA-DUS).


photo Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 15.28.14
Phew, my first picture after I passed the first security gates before check-in (fear of terrorism), the check-in desk, the immigration counter, the second security gates where Pasdaran (Revolutionary Guards) interrogate young guys like me in a scary manner to check whether we did our military service or are potential spies (in my case the latter one was more likely, a foreigner speaking Persian…). All in all, Tehran IKA is an unpleasant airport to depart from, everyone needs to be there 3h in advance. Check in was slow because one of the conveyor belts would only work from time to time. Immigration checks are slow and a bit scary. NOW, TIME TO RELAX WATCHING PLANES ON THE TARMAC

photo IR_Najaf
IranAir A320 to Najaf. Couldn't read the registration, otherwise would have followed up its origin.

photo Iraqi
Iraqi Airways 737-800 was on its way to Najaf too. Najaf is one of the main destinations from IKA, because of Shi'a Pilgrims.

photo Zagros
A320 from Zagros had arrived from Istanbul Atatürk.

photo Tarmac
After a chaotic boarding process (two planes from one gate - confusion), I'm now on the bus to the aircraft, which seems to be always parked very far from the terminal regardless of how crowded the airport is, I think Germania wants to be as close as possible to the runway because of its short turnover time.

photo Qeshm
We passed this Qeshm A320 which just arrived from Dubai.
photo Qeshm_2photo Aseman
As we board, Aseman A320 on its way to Yerevan taxies towards the runway.

photo Boarding ST3299
boarding in the afternoon summer heat.

photo Takeoff
Take off :-)

photo Qazvin
half an hour after take off, as we head north east, we pass Qazvin.

photo Ararat
1.5h after departure, I guess this is Mt Ararat as we were in the Turkey/Iran/Armenia border area.

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Unfortunately the seat pitch is certainly no more than 30. Thus on a 5 hour flight (and the return leg was overnight!), it was not an incredibly comfortable experience.

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There is entertainment via overhead screens available, if you purchase the headphone for 3€. The blanket and pillow cost 5€, but you can keep them with you. There is an online duty free shopping opportunity with decent choice, although not all items in the catalogue were available. This is a rather old Boeing 737-700W, but the interior has been revamped with moodlighting and slim leather seats. Engines are louder than on more modern Airbuses.

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The meal (Veggie Lasagne) was decent, but it is not a platter with entrée and dessert, just a main course and bread, but enough for 5 hours. A little pastry was later served with tea&coffee, but on the return leg there was no more hot water available. Well, these things happen.

photo landing
Landing in Schönefeld, a bit greener than Tehran :) This is it, I know plenty of things aviation geeks like are missing, next time I promise!



All in all, I think this flight is great value for money and the sheer fact they fly directly Berlin-Tehran is great. From Sep 1st, they will also offer Premium Economy service on this route which might make it more appealing to business travellers who currently suffer from the holiday plane character that is currently felt in this slightly cramped cabin.
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Verdict

Germania

6.3/10
Cabin5.5
Cabin crew7.5
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Buy-on-board menu6.0

Tehran - IKA

4.2/10
Efficiency2.0
Access8.0
Services3.5
Cleanliness3.5

Berlin - SXF

7.2/10
Efficiency6.5
Access7.5
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Conclusion

A very good connection, good value for money, but (leg-)room for improvement!

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8 Comments

  • Comment 143806 by
    Luigispaghetti 120 Comments

    Thank you for this FR, you were right to post it.
    An interesting routing, I did not know that low Cost airlines like Germania were flying to Iran.
    The service is really low though, I hote the price was attractive

  • Comment 143817 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5332 Comments

    Nice report! You're improving with each report you post :-) I imagine once you set our to do an FR on purpose in the future, they will be great! Great to see another exotic report--have never seen a review of Germania before. It doesn't seem bad at all except for the tight legroom. Thanks for posting!

  • Comment 151826 by
    MrMax 144 Comments

    It seems a little odd to me that they charge for pillows, blankets, and earphones, but there was a free meal!

    • Comment 331423 by
      skyteam_iran AUTHOR 48 Comments

      Hi, thanks for your comment! Yes, Germania has a rather special business model. It is mostly a charter company for HotelPlan and AllTours. They also offer scheduled flights like this one, but always look out for niche destinations: for instance, they just cancelled DUS-IKA because competition from Mahan and soon Eurowings (out of CGN) will be too tough. Hence their onboard service is better than all the other German charter companies (Condor, TUI...) yet they cannot afford full long haul service. They make sure you don't starve, but you can see every little penny counts: alcohol isn't free either. I personally think this is sustainable and interesting model, if only the rumours on their Pay-to-Fly contracts weren't true...

    • Comment 331686 by
      MrMax 144 Comments

      I wish that all airlines were like that!!!

  • Comment 154028 by
    KL651 TEAM 4502 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.

    How much was the flight with Germania compared to the usual price for BER-IKA ?

    It's fun that Iran is only 5h away...

    With the improvement of the relationship with the west, I think we'll see many more flights on holiday airlines.

    • Comment 331670 by
      skyteam_iran AUTHOR 48 Comments

      Hi, I paid 380rtn. A connecting flight with LH starts at 460 but is often rather 600, it can be as little as 300 with Pegasus via SAW (Istanbul) though. Direct flights with IranAir from FRA, CGN or HAM also start around 450-500, Mahan from DUS and MUC is a bit more (500-600).

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