Review of Lufthansa flight Warsaw Munich in Economy

Airline Lufthansa
Flight LH1613
Class Economy
Seat 9A
Aircraft Embraer E-195
Flight time 01:35
Take-off 28 Feb 20, 13:25
Arrival at 28 Feb 20, 15:00
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loukas
By SILVER 376
Published on 4th April 2020

Hi,

Welcome to this new series covering my late winter getaway to Cuba with stopovers in Munich, Germany and Toronto, Canada. The whole trip consisted of the following 6 flights operated by Lufthansa, Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge:

28.02.2020 - LH1613 - WAW-MUC
29.02.2020 - AC847 - MUC-YYZ
29.02.2020 - AC1876 - YYZ-HAV
14.03.2020 - AC1877 - HAV-YYZ
14.03.2020 - LH471 - YYZ-FRA
15.03.2020 - LH1348 - FRA-WAW

but as the last flight has eventually been cancelled due to covid-19 pandemia and closing of Polish borders on the 15th of March, we've been offered a flight to Berlin instead:

15.03.2020 - LH178 - FRA-TXL


BACKGROUND


As we have been doing for the last couple of years, we planned also a winter getaway trip for the beginning of 2020. This time, unlike the previous trips, it was planned for the beggining of March and for the first time westwards. I was very close to book tickets to SIN and then to Indonesia but as I have never been to America before and always dreamt of seeing Havana, I decided it's time to go to Cuba. The cheapest tickets, as there are no direct flights from Poland except for some charters to Varadero, are offered by AIR CANADA combined with one of its code share partners in Europe. My first plan was to fly via LHR with stopovers both in London and Toronto, but as this tikcets were offered by a not recommended website I chose the Munich option that required a night spent in Germany on the way to Cuba and a whole day stay in Toronto on the way back. Air Canada tickets to Cuba have one more asset that not everybody knows about - AC is the only airline to offer Cuban "visa" included in the price of your ticket, in other airlines you have to pay 25 euros extra. The so called "visa" is just an immigration card that, when it's not offered by your airline, you have to buy from Cuban embassy or selected travel agencies. A funny thing is that you need to have it with you from the very beginning of your trip (you may be asked to show it, so your luggage can be checked-in to Havana) but AC gives it to you only during your final flight to HAV. Luckily an unused "visa" can be returned to the travel agency it was bought from with a full refund.


THE FLIGHT TO MUNICH


As our trip was a little bit complicated, on the 28th of February we were supposed to fly only to Munich and to stay there overnight. It's been 9 years from my last stay in this nice city, so it was nice to be going there again. I like Germany and the way things are organised there. I also like its beers and my boyfriend is in love with pretzels so we were looking forward to this short stay.
As my last flight was in September and I was really tired with this unusually long break, I counted days to be able to fly again.

Our flight was in the middle of the day, far away from the morning and afternoon peak, so the airport was rather empty and quiet. We decided to check the bags in only to MUC and then check them in again the next day to Havana. Staying overnight without your luggage could be difficult.

Current departures


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Some spotting while waiting for the boarding to begin:
LOT 787


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EK 777 to DXB


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Finnair E-90 to HEL


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KLM 737-700 to AMS


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LOT E-75 in retro livery


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TAP arriving from Lisbon


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EK departing to DXB


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Our E-95 arriving from MUC with a small delay



Boarding gate


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Let's get onboard then. Our seats 9A and 9C are quite in the front, I chose them during web check-in.


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Quite decent legroom for this 1:15 flight


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First view from my window


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and another one as we push back


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LOT 789 in this terrible flag livery


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We are cleared for take off


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It's nice to be up in the skies again!


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and above the clouds that are very thick and look like a huge glacier


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Time to focus on what's inside: the seat pocket contents


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The safety card


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Fleet facts from the magazine


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Service starts and we are offered a standard LH cheese sandwich and beverages. As always with LH I choose Warsteiner beer


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After the snack it's time to look outside again, the clouds are not so thick anymore and I can spot some winter landscapes somewhere in Czech Republic. It's good to know that snow, that was almost completely absent in central Poland this winter and I've experienced that for the very first time in my life, still exists!


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There is a very interesting arcticle in the duty free catalogue on how LH is upcycling their old planes. Instead of just throwing them away to the desert, they try to reuse as much of the material as they can producing keyrings from the fuselage, bags from the seats… wow! All this stuff looks great as far as desing is concerned. If you are interested you may find the whole collection on LH Worldshop website.


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As the flight is very short, we soon atart to descend and it's funny to see how the snow disappears and winter gives place to spring



Welcome to Munich!


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I wasn't happy with the new LH livery first but as the time passes I start to like it and find it very elegant


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it looks better than the old one, it's better without yellow in my opinion


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Time to collect our bags and head to the city for the afternoon and night


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STOPOVER IN MUNICH


Munich is in my opinion of the most interesting German cities. I've spent here a couple of days 9 years ago and was happy to be back, even not having enough time to come back to all the places I would like to. Our hotel was just outside the Old Town so all we needed was a short walk to the central Marienplatz and the most fameous restaurant in the city - Hofbrauhaus.



The Hofbrauhaus is the oldest restaurant in Munich and it's known for its traditional food and beer but also, what is obviously not mentioned anywhere there, as the favourite spot of Adolf Hitler that started his political career with speeches in the restaurant's central hall! But be wise and never mention it while being there. It's something that everyone knows but noone talks about.



That's the end of the first part of the story. Thanks for reading and see you soon!

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Verdict

Lufthansa

7.8/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering7.0

Warsaw - WAW

8.6/10
Efficiency8.5
Access9.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.0

Munich - MUC

8.6/10
Efficiency9.0
Access8.5
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

A very good flight with a decent snack and beverage service. The crew on this flight was very professional and nice, especially the purser that spoke perfectly understandable English with no foreign accent and was very attentive and interacted with passengers all the time. I also liked the very neat and ergonomic cabin. MUC is well organized and easy to reach from the city, even if it takes 40 minutes.

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8 Comments

  • Comment 549621 by
    Aigle_voyageur SILVER 583 Comments

    Thank you for sharing this FR and for this interesting route transiting in Germany and Canada.

    A good flight before going to Toronto, Ontario with a good catering.

    I wasn't happy with the new LH livery first but as the time passes I start to like it and find it very elegant

    And yet, that livery isn't the newest. This one is the "blackest" one before LH decided to change the color... Personnally, I still rather the oldest version; with the blue and yellow. These colors tag along pretty well.

    Very interested bonus about Munich, although a little frightening... I know quite enough about Berlin but why not München if I have the occasion.

    • Comment 549693 by
      loukas SILVER AUTHOR 341 Comments

      Hi and thanks for your comment! I was in favour of the old livery first but then I changed my mind. So you say there are more versions of the new livery? I had no idea about it, need to check!

  • Comment 549661 by
    Pilpintu SILVER 707 Comments

    My - god!!! You HAD to chose Cuba exactly now??!! XD Do you know how many people are stranded at HAV now??? Only this morning I saw a video of a Chilean communist activist stranded there, begging our right-wing government to rescue her!! They have no medicines, no internet, not even sanitary pads for the women... They barely have running water a couple hours a day!! You were very lucky to be back home on time!! :O

    LOT 789 in this terrible flag livery

    Hahhahah Looks like someone threw up blood from the cockpit window!!!

    Take care!

    • Comment 549695 by
      loukas SILVER AUTHOR 341 Comments

      Hi Nelson,
      On the day of our departure nobody expected things would go so bad. Anyway going westwards seemed right that moment when the virus was still present mostly in Asia. I wouldn't like to stay in Cuba now, we were happy to leave when things started to become serious. It's avery nice country but the lack of basic things can drive you crazy, I can't imagine any extraordinary situation there if almost everyday there looks like this normally... The livery....yes, we call it red toilet paper rolling out from the cockpit but it could be blood vomiting too. Gracias por su visita!

  • Comment 549838 by
    KL651 TEAM 4492 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.
    An interesting itinerary for sure.
    AF or KL did not offer any decent fares to HAV or did you prefer * A ?.
    Didn't know AC offered the "visa"

    • Comment 550015 by
      loukas SILVER AUTHOR 341 Comments

      Hi, No, I had no preferences at all, but the price I paid for this ticket was approximately 250 euro lower that the one of KLM/AF at the time of booking. Other thing was that I wanted to see Toronto, even if only for a couple of hours. And there was also 744 on the YYZ-FRA leg that I have never flown before, so that made my choice :) Thanks for stopping by!

  • Comment 549982 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5305 Comments

    Hey Loukas! It's so interesting to see these series of reports on the last flights before Covid-19. I was lucky that I got back in time before border closings. You made it back to Europe, but your last connecting flight was impacted. And then there are those who are still stuck overseas. Crazy times we are living in!

    It is cool to see the landscaped evolve and the snow disappear as you got closer to MUC. Spending some time in Munich is a nice way to kick off the trip--a beautiful city. Looks like a really cool routing in store. Glad you didn't get stuck in Cuba!

    • Comment 550016 by
      loukas SILVER AUTHOR 341 Comments

      Hi Kevin, the trip back home lasted 43 hours and the last part of it was a pure mess. Now it's just a memory but I felt terrible the last evening in Havana when we heard about border closing and all the incoming flights to Poland being cancelled. Cuba is great but you can't imagine my happiness when we took off from HAV towards YYZ. We were saying to ourselves: we can get stuck in Canada, we can get stuck in Germany, but not in Cuba! Thanks for your comment

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