As I wrote before I came to Germany for the annual food exhibition where the company I work for had a stand. After 4 very busy days spent in Cologne I took a train back to DUS airport that is perfectly connected to the railway network and that makes it easily accessible from anywhere around. The train from Cologne brought me there in less than 40 minutes. Then I took the fameous sky train that of course can be considered something interesting if it is not crowded (I suppose it always is) and if you travel without luggage that occupies your hands and makes taking photos impossible. Sorry guys, no photos of the skytrain this time :(
Finally I arrive to the terminal and head immidiately to Eurowings counters to get rid of the bag that makes my life so difficult. Anyway the whole procedure is quick, I print my boarding pass from self check-in kiosk and wait in a long line that gets unloaded within minutes. By now DUS efficiency looks really good.
But I didn't come to the airport just to fly back home. I wouldn't have arrived here then so early (almost 4 hours before my flight). My aim is to have some spotting from the observation deck that, as I read, is quite big and offers good view on the tarmac and runways. Let's check this out.
The access is easy and fully marked, you just need to take countless escalators that give some nice view of the terminal interior
The entrance ticket costs 2 euros, my hand luggage is scanned and I'm free to take as many pics as I want. Good it's not too windy and there is no rain.
Germania 737-700 and EK 388 in the distance
Air Berlin R.I.P
BA A319 from and back to to LHR
Haven't seen this one before
UIA 737-800, SWISS BCS100 and AUSTRIAN A320
Control tower on the top of the observation deck
Time to go back to the terminal to catch my flight.
There are long as hell queues to the security check but once again everything is very quick and the staff seems ok.
My flight departs from a gate located on the ground level, it means we will board the aircraft by bus. It also means some nice spotting facicilities. This ANA 787 was so close.
And my gate
After a short ride I'm on the stairs to a decent looking A320
As always during this food exhibition, the flight is full to the very last seat. The aicraft interior looks good and new with slim seats and good legroom as for a low cost airline. It is announced that there will be free WI-FI on this flight but it never worked.
View from my seat
Air Malta waiting for it's turn while we take the runway for take off
View of the terminal and river Rhine and the city of Dusseldorf as we become airborne.
Finally, after 4 days of clouds and rain I can see some sun and blue sky!
This flight is operated fully by Eurowings and there is no Air Berlin crew as on the first flight. I must say this crew is much more professional and polite than the previous one. Passengers with full option receive a complimentary snack and drink, while the ones with basic fare including me may buy something from the BOB. This time I decided to take Warsteiner beer I know very well from Lufthansa. It was definitely a better option than the weak tea on previous flight.
It slowly becomes darker as we fly eastwards
and it's completely dark when we land and park next to this SWISS A319 departing to Zurich
The bag arrives quite quickly this time
Many thanks for reading!
Düsseldorf - DUS
Warsaw - WAW
Eurowings offers a decent semi-low cost product with many options to choose from and - what is really important - in resonable prices. The aircraft was new, modern and comfortable and the crew was really nice. The only thing that didn't work on this flight was WI-FI. DUS is quite big and crowded but very efficient and the observation deck is a nice addition (must be really nice in the summer).
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