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Report No: 2020-304E
Ladies and Gentleman,
Welcome to this very interesting and thrilling Flight-Report series as the COVID-19 situation in the world affected my travel plans, however, not this time as I was able to return back to Europe as planned with some minor changes. This series would contain 2 parts, with 5 flights all on Economy Class, covering 3 different airlines, 6 different airports, 5 different lounges and 5 different aircraft types.
My original plan was to return back to Istanbul, the day after the event I attended in Graz with Turkish Airlines onboard their direct flight from Graz to Istanbul. Unfortunately, 5-6 days before my trip, due to low demand, the Graz route was dropped until the end of March ( now until mid-April ) so I needed a rebooking. Also due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, many flights were canceled and things have been complicated.
After arriving from a short flight from GRZ, my original intention was to take a TK flight back to Istanbul; however, the day that I intended to return back the Turkish authorities have banned travel from several EU countries ( including Germany ) and only allowing repatriation flights so I needed to find an alternative routing back home, and I had the smart idea to re-route my self through Athens as Greece also has land, sea and air borders with Turkey.
That's one of the reasons I took this flight to Athens onboard this old Lufthansa A320-200 to Athens onboard Lufthi's Economy Class. This report would also contain a review of the Lufthansa Senator Lounge at K-gates at MUC.
The routing details would reveal part by part…
Stay tuned with Flight-Report for the upcoming reports in this series
Pax for this flight
Business Class: No idea
Economy Class: %90-95
When I checked-in online for my GRZ-MUC flight, I also had the chance of checking-in for my MUC-ATH flight. The system had given 5F to me but in the upcoming hours, as availability opened on the exit-row, I assigned myself to seat 12A.
After arriving from my flight from GRZ, I was inside MUC T2 after 4 years. I looked at the FIDS and learned that my flight would depart from K gates.
And it was time to take to people mover to K gates. It would be my first time going to MUC T2S.
And descending to the basement in order to take the people-mover
After a short wait, I went inside this small train to head to the satellite terminal. The journey takes around 1-2 minutes.
And, it was time to head to the Senator Lounge as I had around 3 hours until my next flight.
My last visit at one of the Lufthansa Lounges in MUC was back in 2014 so I wouldn't able to compare the offerings to my previous visits, however, the offerings were super good.
Especially, the pasta dish was super-delicious.
Beans and soup
The lounge also has a bar where the barista prepares cocktails for those who wish
The lounge also has a special bar for coffee and desserts.
Desserts available that day
The lounge also has great spotting opportunity, this LOT 737-800 was visible from the lounge
30-35 minutes before our scheduled departure time, I headed to the gate and our aircraft was visible from the terminal
Our gate, K22, was directly located across the Green Gate information area
20-25 minutes before scheduled departure time, boarding has started with the respect of priorities and I was the first one to board the aircraft.
After being greeted by the crew, I found my seat on the 27 year old Lufthansa A320.
As I feel comfortable when sitting on Lufthansa NEK seats, I enjoy traveling on them. However, the lack of armrest on the left side was a bit disturbing. Other carriers, for example BA, has an armrest-ish thing on the window exit. However, when I slept on the flight, the lack of armrest, improved my quality of sleep as it increased the seat width.
The legroom is generous on exit-row seats.
Our neighbor was this Lufthansa A340-600
The seat pocket had the usual content
Lufthansa flies to several cities in Greece, however, only Athens is served year-round. At least according to this route map
Technical information about our aircraft
As you might know, most Lufthansa short-haul aircraft has internet equipped within them, however, D-AIQS did not have FlyNet equipped, so passengers did not have the option to connect to Wi-Fi onboard today's flight.
After boarding was almost completed, the captain announced that there were 2 people missing coming from connecting flights and they did want to allow them to make the connection so they told that they would wait them for 10 minutes. 4-5 minutes after that announcement, they did show up and doors were closed, the safety demo was performed and we had pushed back from parking position 313.
Mostly LH aircraft is present at Munich T2
The situation is same for the main building, mostly LH aircraft
However, this Avianca 787 was an exception
And shortly later, we had took off.
Remote stands near Terminal 1.
And we're in the air
Shortly after the seatbelt signs have turned off, the meal service had begun. The tray contained a small plate of vegetables, a main dish, bread, butter, and chocolate. I find Lufthansa very good in terms of catering and they are one of the rare carriers that didn't introduced cost-cutting on their intra-European flights.
Today's main course was a pasta which LSG Sky Chefs is expert cooking at. As usual, it was super delicious and above my exceptions.
Rigatoni with Tomato sauce
For a drink, I opted for a tomato juice.
Shortly after the meal service, I have visited the lavatory and it was clean during my visit
And then I slept until we approached to ATH
And we've successfully landed at ATH
And we were going to park at a non-Schengen gate at the satellite terminal
So this meant that buses would take us to the terminal
After saying goodbye to the crew, I have left the aircraft from door 1L and took this fuselage shot.
At that time, the rear stairs was being attached to the aircraft
After the first bus has been full, without the respect of social distancing, we were transferred to the terminal
The bus took us to the Schengen bus gates area at the main building
As my bags were checked thru on my next flight, I left the baggage claim hall.
And, it was time to head to the Sofitel at the airport for the night.
And, after waiting 5 minutes for my turn at the front desk, I was assigned a room and had a deep sleep
And, this report has came to an end. The adventure would continue on the next report.
Thanks for reading and hope to see you on another Flight-Report.
Lufthansa is one of the remaining carriers in Europe, that hasn't started cost-cutting for many years on their intra-European flight. The experience started with a great lounge experience with decent food and comfortable seating which was a wonderful place to spend 3 hours. Although there are better lounges in Europe, this is was one of the best Schengen lounge experiences that I had. The flight was also pretty good and not complainable as exit-row seats have great legroom and the Recaro seats are comfortable. The only disadvantage of the window seat in the exit rows was the lack of armrest, however, the lack of armrest allowed a greater seat width which is more ideal when sleeping. The meal on this flight was also super as it was both delicious and pretty generous. It's pretty obvious that LSG SkyChefs in Germany could cook the best pasta on aviation meals. The toilets were also kept clean throughout the flight. Arrival at ATH was the usual pax-bus experience ( according to my records until this report has been published, 5 out of 8 flights to/from ATH arrived/departed at/from a remote stand ) and the noticeable thing was that social distancing measures were not active at that time. Otherwise, the experience at ATH was alright.
(+) Priorities respected throughout the boarding process
(+) The terminal was super clean
LH SEN Lounge K
(+) Comfortable seating
(+) Delicious food and a great amount of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
(+) Availability of phone rooms and a business corner
(+) Decent legroom and comfortable seats
(+) A pretty adequate and delicious meal for the route
(+) Friendly crew
(+) Lavatories were kept clean throughout the flight
(-) All passengers in an A320 were squeezed to three buses without the respect of social distancing