Review of EasyJet flight Rome Berlin in Economy

Airline EasyJet
Flight U25702
Class Economy
Seat 22F
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:55
Take-off 12 Sep 19, 10:30
Arrival at 12 Sep 19, 12:25
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Carlotherocks
Published on 18th September 2019

INTRODUCTION


Hello FlightReporters
After finishing my university exams in mid-July I started to plan many activities for September
A dear friend and I decided to make a long weekend in Berlin around mid-September
He had never been there while I've visited it in 2014
For me it would have been an occasion to see the German capital with a different eye
A couple of days before my journey to Vietnam and Cambodia we booked the flight and the hotel
The best solution was with easyJet from FCO to TXL
Departure was set for Thursday 12nd September


Routing


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At the airport


Having the flight at 10.20 my friend and I decided to meet at the airport around 8
This would allow us to check-in, drop our baggages and pass through security
My dad brought me to the airport
Since there was a bit of traffic we arrived at Roma-Fiumicino "Leonardo Da Vinci" International Airport around 8.15


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Since my friend was already arrived my dad left me at the kiss and ride


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Terminal 1, base for Alitalia's flights


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Terminal 3, which hosts most of the flights at FCO
easyJet departs from here


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The departure hall was a bit crowded


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Old-style FIDS
Our flight, reported to be ontime, was handled at check-in desks 307-312
The gate was already showed, C15


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The oldest part of the Terminal, renovated in 2017


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easyJet uses almost an entire desks' line


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During booking we made also the check-in and printed our BPs
It took around 10 minutes to get to bag drop desk
The lady at the desk confirmed the boarding gate C15


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Having nothing to do landside we proceeded straight to the checkpoint


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Even if the airport was quite crowded it took 6 minutes to get airside
Turning right to boarding areas B-C-D, which handles all domestic and Schenghen flights
Extra-Schenghen flights are handled at gates E


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Gate C area has a good choice of Italian shops and food


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The departure lounge
None of the C gates is equipped with with jetbridges, they are all bus gates


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Plane spotting was almost impossible
AZ A320s parked at Pier B


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At 9:40 boarding was called at gate C15


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Spotting time from the bus and the plane


While most of the passengers doesn't like boarding by bus, for an avgeek like me is a good occasion to spot planes
Vueling A320 at Pier D, Swiss A320 taxing and Air Europa Boeing 737 at Pier B


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China Southern Airlines Boeing 787 Dream)Liner


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Norwegian and El Al Boeing 787 Dream)Liners, Ryanair Boeing 737 and Sichuan Airlines A330


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Norwegian Boeing 787 Dream)Liner


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El Al Boeing 787 Dream)Liner


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easyJet A320 taxiing


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Our aircraft:
easyJet Europe Airbus A320-200, OE-IZE, delivered to Niki in Febraury '11 (8.6 years old)
It was later transfered to AirBerlin and later to easyJet
The plane is equipped with 180 seats, all in Y


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Being in row 22, we boarded from the rear door
Orange tail


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Norwegian Boeing 787 Dream)Liner from the stairs


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Neos Air Boeing 767 in the distance


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Fuselage shot


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I gave the Flight Report form to the Purser and made my way to my seat, 22F
The view from my seat


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Sichuan Airlines A330


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When we left to HKG on the 18th August our CX A350 was parked at the Satellite Terminal
On the return flight on the 1st September we were parked at a remote gate

While we were waiting I saw CX A350 being towed to the Satellite Terminal for boarding


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easyJet A320 taxiing, American Airlines A330 and Hainan Airlines Boeing 787 Dream)Liner at the Satellite Terminal


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Air Canada and United Airlines tails in the distance


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Around 10:30 we left our gate
El Al Boeing 787 Dream)Liner and Sichuan Airlines A330


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El Al Boeing 787 Dream)Liner El AlBoeing 787 Dream)Liner


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Norwegian Boeing 787 Dream)Liner


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It is dedicated to Kirsten Flagstad, a Norwegian opera singer


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Alitalia Boeing 777 parked in the distance


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Also El Al Boeing 787 Dream)LIner was pushing back



Norwegian Boeing 787 Dream)Liner and Sichuan Airlines A330


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Norwegian and El Al Boeing 787 Dream)Liners


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Heavies apron at FCO


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El Al Boeing 787 Dream)Liner


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Cathay Pacific A350 just towed at the gate


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Hainan Airlines Boeing 787 Dream)Liner


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Etihad Airways Boeing 777 and American Airlines tail behind


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Many heavies parked at Pier F and Satellite Terminal
Alitalia, Emirates, Air Canada and Etihad Airways Boeing 777s and American Airlines A330


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Air Canada Boeing 777 and United Airlines tail behind


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Delta Airlines A330 and Boeing 767


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We would depart from RWY25, generally used for T/O at FCO
Uzbekistan Airlines Boeing 767


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American Airlines A330


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Mistral Air Boeing 737 and FedEx Express ATR42 parked in front of the Cargo City


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Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737


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TAP Air Portugal A319


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THE FLIGHT


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There was no queue for the takeoff at RWY25


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And here we go…


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…and in the air


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Crossing RWY16R/34L
It's generally used for heavies' landings at FCO


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Fiumicino town and Roman coastline


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Banking over Tyrrean Sea


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Approaching land again


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Bracciano Lake, north of Rome


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Vico Lake


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Viterbo, located 65km from Rome


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Military Airport in Viterbo (ICAO: LIRV)
There are plans to transform it in the new low cost airport for Rome


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Bolsena Lake, the 5th largest lake in Italy


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The cabin while paid food service started


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Trasimeno Lake, the 4th in Italy


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Crossing the Appenines


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Approaching Adriatic coastline around Ravenna


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Po river's Delta


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Venice Laguna


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Flying over Veneto


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Pordenone and Aviano Air Base (IATA: AVB, ICAO: LIPA)


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Crossing the Alps


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Since I woke up around 6:00 I took a little nap
I woke up while approaching Berlin
Cloud of layer


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Around 20 minutes before landing cabin was prepared
German countryside below us


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Crossing the clouds


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Flaps down


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Berlin suburbs


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Last moments on air


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We would have land on RWY26R


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Perfectly on time, at 12:35, we touched down at Berlin-Tegel "Otto Lilienthal" Airport
Landing was a bit bumpy

Meine Damen und Herren, willkommen am Flughafen Berlin-Tegel


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Vacating the runway while another plane T/O on RWY26L


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The apron
Taxiing was quite short


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Eurowings A320s


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Lufthansa A321 parked at hexagon-shaped Terminal A
It was painted in new livery


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Finnair A321


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Delta Airlines Boeing 767 and Alitalia A321 in Landor Livery


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No doubts about the location


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Alitalia A321 pushing back


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We were parked at a remote stand in front of Terminal C


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While desembarking I asked for the Flight Report
It was filled properly
I really like pilots' kindness with it


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Last views of our plane
Bye Bye OE-IZE


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Even if the Terminal was close, we were carried to the baggage claim by an apron bus
Qatar Airways Boeing 777 landing


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The warehouse-style Terminal was quite horrible
It looked like CIA or other low cost airports
We waited for the baggages around 5 minutes


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The main hall, which serves both arrivals and departures


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Having our hotel close to Tiergarten and Kaiser Wilhelm Kirche we decided to take a taxi
It brought us there in about 25 minutes

To be continued…

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Verdict

EasyJet

6.2/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Buy-on-board menu5.0

Rome - FCO

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

Berlin - TXL

6.8/10
Efficiency8.0
Access6.5
Services6.5
Cleanliness6.0

Conclusion

I've already flown with EZY and I found the service decent as usual
The seat was quite tight, especially in width

FCO is always a great airport to fly to and from. It is improving the Schenghen part with a new shopping area and a boarding pier

I find a bit difficult to define TXL an airport, it's small, cramped, dirty and surely not enough for a capital city like Berlin
Hope the situation will improve with the opening of Berlin-Brandeburg Airport (maybe 2020, who knows)

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