Review of Germanwings flight Rome Berlin in Economy

Airline Germanwings
Flight 4U8891
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Airbus A319
Flight time 02:10
Take-off 16 Jul 14, 12:35
Arrival at 16 Jul 14, 14:45
4U 15 reviews
Avionero
By 1383
Published on 7th February 2016

Hello and welcome to my 2014's Rome-Berlin flight report. You can read how I got from Argentina to Italy in my previous report. I hope you find this report of a now defunct airline interesting. Also I have a kind of special tourist bonus at the end
http://flight-report.com/en/report-8751.html


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That sunny morning I left my hotel at Fiumicino and took a shuttle with an Alitalia's crew. The Leonardo Da Vinci Airport reminds me the Buenos Aires-Ezeiza Airport in the 80s. Old and dark terminal.

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The FIDS for that day

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Two hours before the scheduled departure time, there was an increasing queue but the counter remained closed. I know Germanwings was a LCC. For me, it was surprising that two capital cities like Rome and Berlin weren't connected by Lufthansa. At least at that time.

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Finally after checking in, I passed security and went airside. Clearly, FCO is not a spotter friendly airport.
Alitalia B772 and Qatar Airways A330


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A nice Thai B744 and a Norwegian 738

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More queueing. This time for boarding on time.

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Walking to the jetbridge

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I think the seats were similar to those Lufthansa's Recaro infamous slim seats. The hard airport seats are much more comfortable than them.


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A Germanwings A320 next to us

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As you can see. Seat pitch was OK for my (limited) height. And the middle seat was empty the whole flight


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In flight magazine, GW. So creative…


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Safety card

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The plane had the older Airbus cabin but was well maintained and clean

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Finally boarding finished and we were ready to go

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Fiumicino ATC and its curious checkerboard

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We started taxiing

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Wizz Air A320

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A Vueling A320 was behind us

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An Iberia A321 was in front of us

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Ready for take off

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Off the ground

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Bye bye FCO






The Fiumicino Village and the Tyrrhenian Sea

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Cruising altitude

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Germanwings destinations. This was the IFE for this flight

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My ticket fare allowed me to get that bag containing a small sandwich, a tiny mineral water and a microscopic cookie

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And don't forget the free drink. Tea for me, please.
The cabin crew was nice

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I haven't seen before a fuel cavity on the upper wing surface of an A320

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Nice views

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We started descent. I think that's Berlin Brandenburg Airport. I hope my great-grandchildren will live enough to see that airport opening lol

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Some socialist architecture visible






The Fernsehturm (TV tower)

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You can spot the Weltballon at the distance

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Almost there

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We landed on time. No doubt we were in Germany

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Yes, the old Berlin-Tegel. A concrete monument. Seems that Stalinist architecture was trendy in Western Berlin, too.

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Disembarking

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That was my A319

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I got my suitcase and took the bus to Kurfürstendamm Avenue where my hotel was.
If you remember the Brazil's World Cup final match, you might agree with me that traveling to Germany wasn't the most clever idea for an Argentinean.
When I got to my hotel, the German TV was broadcasting the World Cup celebration at Brandenburg Gate. Including the so called "Gaucho dance" made by the Germany football team… lol

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Now the tourism bonus. I decided to explore the former Tempelhof Airport. A nazi eagle is still visible

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The Airlift Memorial outside the airport, remembering the Western Allies flights during the Soviet Blockade

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Tempelhof is an icon of Nazi monumental architecture and had been called one of the greatest buildings of modern age

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Starting the guided tour

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Departures FIDS at one of the gates






An endless corridor

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Arrival

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The main hall full of avgeeks

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The check in counters remained almost intact

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The main FIDS and former restaurant

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The baggage carousel

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Outside, the nazi eagle that was on the top of the terminal building, after WWII was decapitated and its head is shown

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A Douglas DC-6 used in the Berlin Airlift

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When tour finished I went to the runway. Walking on a closed airport is a very strange feeling. I felt quite nostalgic and happy at the same time.




I hope you enjoyed this flight report. Comments are welcome!
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Verdict

Germanwings

5.0/10
Cabin4.0
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment/wifi4.0
Buy-on-board menu5.0

Rome - FCO

5.8/10
Efficiency7.0
Access5.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness6.0

Berlin - TXL

6.2/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness6.0

Conclusion

A standard regional flight with the now defunct Germanwings. The slims seats were uncomfortable even for a short flight. The cabin crew was rather nice. Some ticket fares include a sandwich and a bottle of water. Otherwise you need to buy meal on board. The IFE was limited to the in flight magazine. The flight arrived on time

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6 Comments

  • Comment 156966 by
    Aubin 144 Comments

    Great bonus, thank you!

  • Comment 157025 by
    Benoit75008 GOLD 6944 Comments

    Thank you for this report,

    4U is not so bad. Your ticket fare allowed you to get this meal bag.
    In a way, it's a better offer than LH and famous free sandwich.

    Nice bonus concerning Berlin.
    I don't think Tegel was built in a communist style, just this post-war modern style.
    Allies gave support to this project mainly.

  • Comment 157158 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4857 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this report on pre-merger Germanwings. I haven't been to Germany lately, but I'm assuming most planes are still painted in the Germanwings colors, but flying as Eurowings.

    The Leonardo Da Vinci Airport reminds me the Buenos Aires-Ezeiza Airport in the 80s. Old and dark terminal.
    - Haha, I just got done saying in another report that FCO is a dump. Yet someone else who thinks so :-)

    The cabin interior looks a lot like any Lufthansa Airbus A32X, with those grey slimline ironing board NEK seats.

    Thanks for the interesting AvGeek-Historical bonus. In retrospect, closing Tempelhof a few year ago was probably a bad idea considering that BER is STILL not open and aging TXL and SXF and having a hard time handling all the traffic.

    Thanks for sharing!

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