Review of Lufthansa CityLine flight Sofia Munich in Economy

Airline Lufthansa CityLine
Flight LH1705
Class Economy
Seat 19F
Aircraft Embraer E-195
Flight time 02:05
Take-off 22 Feb 19, 18:55
Arrival at 22 Feb 19, 20:00
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NewYorker
By SILVER 307
Published on 3rd May 2019

Welcome to part 2/2 of my quick trip to Bulgaria! In this report, I'll be flying Lufthansa CityLine from Sofia to Munich. In case you missed it, check out the previous report, too.


Routing


I took a taxi from my hotel and arrived at Sofia Airport around 5 PM, 1h55m before departure.


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Security was slow as always at SOF, because a lot of the people who fly from here are first-time tourist who aren't very airport smart, if you know what I mean ;) As a frequent flyer, it always give me a chuckle. Anyways, about 30 minutes after I checked in, I was airside.


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I spend my time waiting for my flight at the Aspire Vitosha Lounge, which LH/OS use. It's comfortable enough, but that's about it. At the time of my visit, it was rather crowded, as there was an OS flight to Vienna, an LH flight to Frankfurt, and my LH flight to Munich. I was lucky to have a free chair next to mine. There are a few magazines and a dopey selection of food. Even the bathroom is outside the lounge. I'd call it a 'premium waiting room' rather than a lounge. But hey, Sofia is no prize winning airport.


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My offerings: a couple of sandwiches and Bake Pizza Rolls. The sandwiches were actually pretty good.


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I left the lounge as my aircraft arrived.


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Flying to Munich would be D-AEBC, named Oberstdorf. It was delivered directly to Lufthansa CityLine in 2009.


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Flight info at the gate.


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Gate lice forming.


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Walking down the jetbridge.


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Quick look at the fuselage.


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Nice Embraer cabin.


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Good legroom at my seat.


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Not the best cleaning job, though.


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Good wing view.


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A look at the cabin before it fills up.


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In just a few minutes, the cabin went from being mostly empty to completely full. All seats were taken, IIRC. After everyone was onboard, Captain Michael made his welcome announcement and announced a smooth flight. We pushed back a few seconds later.

Flaps 2.


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Beginning our taxi to runway 27 and passing an Aegean A320 (SX-DVV), which was to fly to Athens as A3983.


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Two Bul Air 737-300s


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Austrian A320 (OE-LXB) getting de-iced before flying to Vienna as OS798


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Lining up with the runway.


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Rolling.


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Rotate.


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Right turn after departure.


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Cabin after departure.


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Climbing over Northern Bulgaria.


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Typical Embraer PSU.


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Meanwhile, a look at the contents of the seat pocket. Here's the safety card.


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Cover of the Lufthansa Magazin.


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The fleet page.


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As we were over Serbia, a snack was served. The choices were a cheese sandwich or a salami sandwich. I chose cheese.


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While the combination of cheese and egg sounds good, whatever sauce was on it made the sandwich disgusting. I did appreciated the effort of a sandwich service, though.


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As always, I chose water for my drink.


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Shortly before the descent, the First Officer made the arrival announcement. He said that we would be landing right on time and that there'd be slight turbulence on the approach.


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Cabin during descent.


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The beautiful winglet of this Embraer.


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Turning base leg south of Dachau.


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Allianz Arena, Munich.


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Airport in sight.


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Turning final north of Dachau.


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Final approach.


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We had a smooth landing on Runway 27 one minute early, at 7:59 PM.


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Taxiing off the runway.


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Hard to see, but that's a Lufthansa A380 with the new livery.


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Sleek-looking terminal.


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Star Wars ANA 787-9 (JA873A) about to pushback before flying to Tokyo/Haneda as NH218.


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Pulling in to our gate next to a South African A330-200 (ZS-SXZ 'Charlotte Maxeke') which will fly to Johannesburg in a little.


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Deplaning.


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I had a nice chat with the pilots after we landed. They were going to fly to Copenhagen next.


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And of course, the final routing of the flight.


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Thanks for joining me on this short trip. See you soon for another trip to the US!

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Verdict

Lufthansa CityLine

7.2/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi6.5
Meal/catering6.0

Vitosha Aspire Lounge

5.6/10
Comfort6.0
Meal/catering6.5
Entertainment/wifi5.5
Services4.5

Sofia - SOF

5.9/10
Efficiency6.0
Access6.5
Services5.0
Cleanliness6.0

Munich - MUC

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

Conclusion

A perfectly normal intra-Europe flight.

+ Nice Embraer cabin
+ Friendly crew
+ Beautiful Munich Airport
+- More food than I was expecting, but the sandwich tasted pretty bad
- Boring Sofia Airport and lounge

I enjoyed the flight. Lufthansa will always be my #1 airline to/from Sofia.

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1 Comments

  • Comment 501878 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4865 Comments

    You can't beat E-jets for comfort in the Y cabin...except maybe A220s...though I've never tried one personally.

    More food than I was expecting, but the sandwich tasted pretty bad

    Definitely surprised to see a sandwich in Y on a 2h flight. Yeah, a lot of people would prefer to have decent BoB options over a low-quality free meal/sandwich, or at least that's what the airline marketers would have us believe, haha. Personally, free makes things taste better to me 😆

    See you soon for another trip to the US!

    One of the good things about being an American expat in Europe...lots more vacation. In my case, being a French expat in the US is torture because of the lack of vacation 😢 It's hard to squeeze in 75-100K EQMs in only 3 weeks! haha

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