Review of Lufthansa flight Frankfurt Berlin in Economy

Airline Lufthansa
Flight LH178
Class Economy
Seat 18A
Aircraft Airbus A319
Flight time 01:10
Take-off 15 Mar 20, 09:45
Arrival at 15 Mar 20, 10:55
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loukas
By SILVER 393
Published on 2nd November 2020

Hi,

After a long break welcome to the 6th and last flight of this 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 - you are here!

After a quite short transatlantic flight from Toronto (6:30) we landed in Frankfurt and should be now waiting for our LH flight to Warsaw. But as covid changed everything, we were now waiting for the flight to Berlin. After two almost sleepless nights and a time zone change I was so exhausted that all I was dreaming of was my own bed at home. At that time I didn't know I would need more than 12 hours to reach it!

THE FLIGHT 
After a short wait boarding begun and within minutes I was sitting inside a 100% full A319. I heard many people speaking my language and talking about being in exactly the same situation: instead of flying to Warsaw or other destination in Poland they were forced to fly to Berlin and try to get home on their own.
View from my seat with a classic United 767.


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Legroom on this A-319 seems quite average


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Some views during taxi. That day I wouldn't believe that A380 would be one of the covid biggest victims :(


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AC 777-300 departing back home from where we have just came


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Take-off


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It was so strange to be on a domestic flight in Germany intead of on a flight straight back home, with memories of hot Cuba and cold Canada still in my mind and fear of what was going to happen in the next hours, days, months, this 40 - minutes flight wasn't pleasant at all.


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We were offered a sweet snack while getting into the plane and after reaching the cruising altitude the beverage service (full choice) begun.


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After approximately 20 minutes spent on the cruising altitude, we began our descent towards TXL.


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View of Berlin - Brandenburg Airport


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Approaching Berlin


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Landing


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A positive aspect of this situation is a possibility of visiting the very classic TXL airport that I have never been to before.


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Last view of the A319 that brought us from Frankfurt. Now it is time to find out how to get back home from Berlin, let's try…


BERLIN->WARSAW by bus, train, taxi, on foot…


After receiving our luggage we went to an information desk where we were told that there was just one way to get to Poland right now: we need to take a train to Frankfurt am Oder (that's a border city) and then cross the border on foot and then try to get to Warsaw from the nearby train station. So first we took a TXL bus to Berlin Hauptbahnhoff


Then a train to Frankfurt am Oder


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Then we needed to walk to the border that's located on the Oder river. The temperature was about +3 degrees Celsius with a freezing cold wind.



During our walk we met many people coming home from: Argentina, Switzerland, USA, UK, Australia that have all finally met on a small station (after a 20 minutes taxi ride from the border) of Rzepin to wait for a train to Warsaw.


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We arrived home at midnight, almost 12 hours later than scheduled, as tired as anyone could be after such a long and stressfull journey, ready to begin a 14-day quarantine that at that time was obligatory for everyone arriving from abroad. I never thought it would end like this when I was buying my ticket last year in October… Many thanks for reading!

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Verdict

Lufthansa

7.0/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering7.0

Frankfurt - FRA

7.2/10
Efficiency8.0
Access5.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness8.5

Berlin - TXL

6.0/10
Efficiency6.0
Access8.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness5.0

Conclusion

As far as domestic flights in Europe are concerned, it was a very good one with a decent catering as for 40 minutes spent onboard. What you currently get from LH even on short European routes isn't even half that good. CC on this flight was very relaxed and helpful. It was my first and no doubt the last chance to visit Tegel airport that takes you back to the early 90ties (the only good thing about this airport is that it is located very close to the city center).

Information on the route Frankfurt (FRA) Berlin (TXL)

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