Review of Germanwings flight Hamburg Amsterdam in Economy

Airline Germanwings
Flight 4U7184
Class Economy
Seat 24A
Aircraft Airbus A319
Flight time 00:45
Take-off 15 Jan 16, 18:30
Arrival at 15 Jan 16, 19:15
4U 15 reviews
hamiltus
By 1676
Published on 18th January 2016
Welcome to my FR of a route that has been reported on previously by fellow members of the community onboard KLM, however this route has never been covered with the other two airlines that run it : Easyjet & Germanwings (now called Eurowings). I'm going to address the latter with an FR on my return leg of a day trip I took to Hamburg. In total this trip costed me just €80 return bearing in mind I booked it only a few days prior to departure.

Here's my routing :
Eurowings AMS -> HAM - Friday Morning - Not covered
Eurowings HAM -> AMS - Friday Evening - This report

We start off at the Airport S-bahn station having just gotten off the train.
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Next step was to check the FIDS to find out which direction I needed to go. I guess I'm headed for Terminal 2 then !
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Since I had no bags and had already checked in online, I headed straight for the security area. Which was jam packed and took a fair amount of time to clear.

Eventually I made it airside and headed for gate area A
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I forgot to take a picture of this but Hamburg has a fun layout where by certain gates can be organised to handle both Schengen & Non-Schengen routes with isolated Gate areas behind glass walls. Just a fun tidbit there ;)

After about a 1/2 hour wait, boarding began at gate A36
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Sigh, guess it's another paxbus for me :(
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But at least I get to do a bit of spotting enroute to the aircraft (Apologies for the image quality from here on in, my camera doesn't handle low light at all well)

EZY A319 with the newest livery
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A very blurry BA A319 headed back to LHR
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EZY and Germanwings
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Eventually we make it and I embark via the rear door.
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This gives me a chance to catch the tail number : D-AGWR, which was delivered to Germanwings on April 30th, 2010
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Finally found seat 24A
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I'm a tall guy (1 meter 95) so all budget airlines are a little bit of a squeeze for me
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Boarding complete we begin taxiing and end up side by side with an Air Berlin A319
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More mixed aircraft parked up
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Then it was our turn.
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Is that an AB A321 I see in the gloom ?
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V1, Rotate !
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After that I didn't take many shots while airborne because it was pitch black most of the way.

BoB menu was fairly decent in terms of selection but the prices were a bit excessive for me
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An hour or so later, we began our descent
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Are these some sort of Dutch crop circles ? Or Crop Blocks ?
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Nope, just some factories with aerial illuminations ;-)
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Final Approach
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Touchdown
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Winglet shot
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After a 5-ish minute taxi, we arrive where we started this morning at the B gates of Schiphol with mostly fellow Star Alliance carriers for company.

LH A320
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Edelweiss A320
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Looks like Gate B17 is ours
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LH Regional ERJ-170 is our next door neighbour
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After a quick disembarkation, since this was Schengen, we exited via the Departure gate a bit like American airports. On the way out, I got one last look at our trusty vessel and her tail
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FA screengrab
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Thanks for reading, I look forward to chatting with you guys in the comments ;-)
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Verdict

Germanwings

6.9/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Buy-on-board menu6.0

Hamburg - HAM

7.6/10
Efficiency6.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.5

Amsterdam - AMS

9.0/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

A great value with a schedule that allowed me to visit a city and a country all in one day. Punctual and nothing much to complain about. BoB could have been a bit cheaper.

I hope Germanwings stays this way during it's Eurowings transition

Information on the route Hamburg (HAM) Amsterdam (AMS)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 8 reviews of 3 airlines on the route Hamburg (HAM) → Amsterdam (AMS).


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4 Comments

  • Comment 155291 by
    NGO85 1622 Comments

    Thank you for sharing this FR with us!

    Great tarmac shots of your plane at HAM.

    Finally found seat 24A
    - Are those crumbs on your seat? If so, very poor cleaning while the plane was on the ground. At 1.95 meters, I think all airlines would be a squeeze for you LCC or not, lol.

    BOB looks a little expensive, I wouldn't pay €2.5 for a cup of tea.

    As you said, 4U did everything you needed them to do based on your needs with a good on-time performance.

    • Comment 332750 by
      hamiltus AUTHOR 30 Comments

      Thanks NGO85 !

      Yeah, I always revel for an empty neighboring seat for a few cm's of extra legroom. ;)

      And yes those were crumbs which I only just noticed from your comment lol

      Hehe, I got a kick out of that. Cheers !

  • Comment 155606 by
    KL651 TEAM 4505 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.

    What a cheap price for a return flight booked on such short notice.

    EX BoB prices remain reasonable compared to other LCCs.

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