Hello, bonjour and gamarjoba everyone! This is the second flight of my summer trip 2019 to Georgia (the country)!
Planning and Booking
For my summer trip 2019, I wanted to travel to a special place, a country that only few people know about and as I knew that WizzAir is offering cheap flights to Kutaisi, Georgia, I checked the price. The flights departing from Vienna were the most cheap ones, but when my companion received the confirmation of the holiday dates, the prices increased and travelling to Vienna by train and flight together were too expensive for us. Because of that, I checked other possibilities to travel to Georgia: Those were LOT, Baltic, Belavia, Lufthansa, Ukrainian and other. However, the schedueles were quite bad or my companion did not want to fly them (safety reasons). So I strated the search flights from other airports around my home town (MUC, PRG, NUE, SZG, LNZ)
But then, during December 2018, I found out that Lufthansa offers a Business Class ticket from NUE to Tbilisi via Munich for the same price as a direct economy class ticket from Munich. First, I was a bit afraid of the 75 min connecting time, but we booked the flight and I hoped that everything would work well. I also have to say, that it doesn't really make sense to drive to NUE (even if MUC is a bit closer) and fly 30 minutes to MUC, but I always wanted to try the CRJ and of course it is cheaper (= Business Class flight for free).
Regrettably, one week later, I saw that the flight back from TBS to MUC was cannceled. In that case you have 14 days to rebook or the new routing (one day later) will be automatically accepted. Normally, you get an email, but (I think) I did not. So I can be happy that I check the booking.
To rebook the flight, I had to call the hotline of Lufthansa. I did not wait really long for an agent. First, he said, he cannot do anything because this is the only flight. Because of that I asked him to rebook me on an other airline (he directly checked TK). However, he worked slowly and after 20 minutes the connection broke down. Second try. I directly told the friendly agent, to rebook me on an other airline. She told me, that I can fly with TK business class via IST or Georgian Airways (Economy) and Eurowings (Business) via Vienna. As I heard many good thing about TK and TK is much more expensive then LH or Georgian Airways on that route, I took TK and within minutes I got a new E-ticket. The second call took me 30 minutes.
LH 2557 / TBS-MUC / Business / CANCELLEDNot available
LH 2163 / MUC-NUE / Business / BOOKED ON OTHER FLIGHTNot available
TK 387 / TBS-IST / Business / A321Coming soon
TK 1503 / IST-NUE / Business / A321Coming soon
Transfer and the Lounge
I arrived on a CRJ900 from Nuremberg and my flight to TBS departes from a non-Schengen H-Gate in the main building of T2. The queue at the normal passport control was quite long.
That would have ment that I had no time for the lounge. However as EU-citizen with a chiped passport, I can use the automatic control. It was easy to use and I was through within 3 minutes. I like that possibilty and I'm also happy that the minimum age is 12 (and not 18). That's good when you travel with children.
Here are some pictures of the Lufthansa Business Lounge at H-Gates. It was a nice place with a good offer of meals.
Later I realized that my gate was changed from H24 (next to the lounge) to H44.
I arrived at the gate at around 10 o'clock, but I had to wait until around 10.20 for boarding.
The plane: An A320 (D-AIZB)
"Georgia, here I come!"
The seat: 3-3 configaration with the middle seat blocked. The flight was long, but I found them comfortable enough. (Well, it could be better too, but we knew what we booked). Legroom was good for me (I'm around 172 cm tall). The flight was fully booked. The cabin crew were friendly.
An A321 next to us:
A blanket and a pillow were waiting at the seat. The pillow had agood quality. The blanket could be better, but it was ok.
We departed with a dealy of around 30 minutes (and landed with the delay). I don't have that much pictures of take off and landing due to the darkness.
After take off we got an amenity kit.
And that's inside:
Later, they even distributed a hot towel. Nice!
The meal service started with something to drink and some nuts. What I like about Lufthansa, is that the glass is made really close to my hometown.
Then the meal arrived. I could chose between pasta and an indian chicken with rice. A funny moment was when I ordered the chicken and the flight attendant said: "You have to know it is spicy!" Later, it was not tht spicy, but it is friendly that she informed the passengers.
The aluminium cover was still on the hot meal. The sense is that it does not get cold too fastly.
Here is the pasta:
The chicken was really good. The pasta was average.
As we were flying during the night the lights were turned off for the rest of the flight
In the seat pocket was the Lufthansa magazine and some other stuff. The plane is equiped with wifi. You can pay for the internet or get some information about your destination on the main page of Flynet. Regretabbly, only when you use the Lufthansa App, you can get your aproximate position (within Europe).
Flying over the capital of Romania: Bucharest
Here is a picture of the toilet for those who want to see it
After passing Batumi, (the Las Vegas of the eastern world), the light were turned on again and water was distributed for those who wish.
With a delay of 30 minutes we landed and parked next to a plane of Georgian Airways.
Thanks to the cabin crew and D-AIZB for the great flight.
Tbilisi: The city that loves you… I just say: Gamarjoba Tbilisi da Sakartwelo!
Passport control was fast (7 minutes), but the officer was quite unfriendly (not the only one). However, the other staff at the airport was firendly.
Getting the baggage
The arrival hall:
There you can change your money (good exchange rates) or get a sim-Card for your phone. At this point I want to say thank you the the lady at the magti-shop. I forgot my camera there and she kept it until I came back.
When you want to go to the city centre you can take a bus (0,50 Lari = 0,17€), a train to the railway sation (only two times per day. Realy cheap too) or a taxi. I took a taxi to the railway station to leave my baggage there (next to platform 1). The price was 30 Lari (= 10€). When I took a taxi back to the airport from the Freedom Square, I paid 25 Lari. But take care. Do not take the white taxis in front of the airport (you might pay really much). Go right to the deapture hall and wait there. Taxis in Georgia do not have a special look and you have to agree the price before depature.
When I ledt the airport started to rise and I started my 15 day travel through Georgia (or should I say Sakartwelo). The communication with the people was not difficult as most of them speak English. I even learnt to read the Georgian letters. I just fell in loove with the language.
If you like read my travelling bonus.
Didi madloba for reading and in a few days, the flight back home on TK will be published.
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Georgia is a beautiful country, but the tourism is increasing. It is becoming a trend destination. When you are there you have to try Khachapuri Megruli and Immeruli, a Georgian cheese pizza, which I loved.
Here are the three most impressing pictures, I have taken there:
1) Tbilisi: Rike Park with the Bridge of Peace, the Sameba Cathedral in the background. Taken from the Narikala Fortress.
2) Gergeti Trinity Church near Stepantsminda (Kazebgi)
3) A river between Ushguli and Shkhara Glacier in the region of Svanetia. Ushguli is the highest located settlement in Europe in which the habitants live for the whole year.
Lufthansa Business Lounge H
Munich - MUC
Tbilisi - TBS
Lufthansa offers a good product on this 3.30-4.50 hours flight. I'm impressed by the meals they offer, the amenity kit, the hot towel and the pillow/blanket. This is one of the longest flights Lufthansa operates with there narrow-body planes and in my opinion it is the maximum because the seats might not be the most comfortable for a flight over night.
Lufthansa Business Lounge Gate H: Nice lounge with good offers of food and drinks.
MUC: Large and efficent (exept the manuel passport control)
TBS: Nice little efficent airport. Staff at passport control not that friendly, but other staff is.
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