Review of Lufthansa CityLine flight Munich Paderborn in Economy

Airline Lufthansa CityLine
Flight LH2180
Class Economy
Seat 22F
Aircraft Embraer E-195
Flight time 01:00
Take-off 15 Jun 13, 18:10
Arrival at 15 Jun 13, 19:10
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Flight94
By 3927
Published on 31st July 2014
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Hello everybody,
I share my first report in English but I’m only 16 years old…

Welcome on board the second leg of my trip in Germany, June 2013, which was n published in my native French,.

After a first leg from Paris to Munich, it’s time to reach my final destination which in Paderborn, a small city located in Germany (Westphalia).

This report is the opportunity to discover a regional German route and a new airport in the database but also the services of CityLine, which is one of Lufthansa’s subsidiaries.

1- INTRODUCTION :

On my way to Paderborn, I have to wait more or less than three hours before my connecting flight at Munich Airport, terminal 2 (Lufthansa and Star Alliance members terminal). However it’s a great experience for me, first time traveling alone and first connecting flight of my life.

A Canadair Regional Jet (also known as CRJ) was initially operated my flight. But in aviation as we can observe changes at short notice, the flight is finally operated by an E-Jet, a new plane for me.

Lufthansa operates daily three or four turnarounds from Munich to Paderborn. Definitely it’s a short-haul flight.

I would like to remember you the following trip summary :

  1. 1- Paris, Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - Munich, Franz Josef Strauß (MUC).
  2. Lufthansa, Airbus A320-214. HERE : IN FRENCH ONLY 2- Munich, Franz Josef Strauß (MUC) - Paderborn, Lippstadt (PAD). Lufthansa Cityline, Embraer 195LR (ERJ-190-200LR) YOU ARE HERE 3- Paderborn, Lippstadt (PAD) - Munich, Franz Josef Strauß (MUC). Lufthansa Cityline, Embraer 195LR (ERJ-190-200LR) HERE : IN FRENCH ONLY 4- Munich, Franz Josef Strauß (MUC) - Paris, Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG). Lufthansa, Airbus A319-114 HERE : IN FRENCH


2- TRIP REPORT:

First of all, I take this opportunity to report Munich Airport, which is a wonderful airport, I would say. I had a great time here and I was not disappointed for my first visit in Lufthansa’s second hub inside Germany.
After my flight LH2231 from Paris, the bus left me directly in front of the entrance of the Schengen area (G gates) at 2:35 pm. Arrivals and departures are not separated like in the US : it’s definitely an easier process for connecting flights.

Look at the FIDS: my domestic flight number LH2180 is expected on time, scheduled at 6:10 pm at gate G06.
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Terminal map : 950 meters long between Pier North and Pier South.
Level 3 : check-in area and arrivals.
Level 4 : G gates (Schengen)
Level 5 : H gates
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I decided to explore the Pier South despite the fact that it’s the opposite of my boarding gate. We can discover the famous Allianz Arena.
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We can go faster with this kind of conveyor belt.
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Waiting area with a lot of comfortable seats. I was really impressed by the cleanliness inside the terminal. Munich Airport is one of the best European airports, I think.
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A lot of services are available such as free newspapers but also free coffee to go kindly offered by Lufthansa.
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The hot chocolate was tasty but finally it was hard to choose as an important selection of hot beverages is offered.
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Children have also a kid corner with a plane of Lufthansa. Indeed DAILU is an Airbus 319 of Lufthansa with the special Jetfriends livery (Lu and Cosmos stickers).
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Now I’m in Pier South where we can see a part of the regional fleet in front of the building. The terminal is quite “spotter-friendly” which is appreciable.

A little spotting now :

A CRJ700 of Lufthansa CityLine (D-ACPM) also known as “Heidenheim an der Brenz”.
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An Airbus A321 of Lufthansa named Freudenstadt/Schwarzwald.
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First time of my life I saw a B787-8, here a B787-8 of Qatar to Doha-DOH.
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It’s difficult to have a great view on the apron and the aircrafts as there are many gateways.
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A lot of A340-600s are based in Munich Airport :
D-AIHW :
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D-AIHZ :
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We can use computers with Internet access for free twenty minutes only.
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I took the opportunity to check some Flight-Reports.
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We can find a lot of shops and restaurants in the center of the terminal building.
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The entrance of the Senator Lounge but no way unfortunately, I’m not traveling in Business Class and I’m only a M&M member with no status.
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As MUC is located near Ingolstadt … Welcome in Bavaria !
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My A320, D-AIZL is already on its way to Dublin, DUB.
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A great narrow-body jet of Egyptair (SU-GEC) is on its way back to Cairo, CAI.
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Finally a MD-81 (OY-KHN) named “Dan Viking” of SAS is arriving at a parking stand.
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After a walk from Pier South to Pier North discovering the wonderful Munich Airport Terminal 2, I reached my assigned boarding gate, which was gate number G06. I relaxed in a seat a few moment and it was comfy as it was not crowded at all.
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Lufthansa, Lufthansa and Lufthansa again.
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Lufthansa Cityline - Embraer 195 - D-AEBS also known as “Hallbergmoos”.
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Boarding is scheduled soon (at 05:45 pm) but at last but not least I saw a B77W of All Nippon Airlines arriving at the next gate.
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Paderborn in Westphalia is not an attractive leisure area for foreigners. To tell you the truth I was the only foreigner on board. A lot of families and businessmen were coming back home for the weekend on this last flight of the day to Paderborn.

My boarding gate :
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My Embraer 195 of CityLine (D-AEBL) is arrived and hopefully we didn’t have to take a bus to reach a remote parking stand. I was quite excited because it was my first flight with an Embraer and an E-Jet.
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E-Jets are pretty cool.
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The plane was ready for boarding with a little delay of five minutes. Passengers with status such as HON Circle or Star Gold were invited to board first. I was allowed to check-in online a day before departure and I was the first one so I selected seat 22F with an aligned window.
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Hello, you !
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The three flight attendants were kind and I received the snack directly at the front door.
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My seat 22F.
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The slim-leather seat was looking good and well designed but the backrest was totally uncomfortable. However the recline is quite appreciable for this short flight (Duration : one hour).
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The view from my seat.
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Boarding was shortly completed despite a full cabin.
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We were pushed-back the gate exactly on time at 06:10 pm.
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At the holding point of the runway 26R.
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“Off we go”, bye bye Bavaria.
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Munich Airport is now behind, I had a nice time here.
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Great winglet on this “regional” aircraft.
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No doubt : The E-Jet’s cabin is spacious and comfortable for a regional aircraft.
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A typically German landscape.
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After take-off a passenger suffered a little medical problem. Flights attendant came immediately : they were very careful and finally the passenger was evacuated in the galley.

I found a page in the Lufthansa board-magazine dedicated to my aircraft of the day.
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The captain was friendly, making announcements. Flight time today over Germany is very short, only 15 minutes at our cruising altitude the descent into Paderborn airport began.
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Legroom on board the E-Jet is smaller than the one on the A32S of Lufthansa but quite sufficient for a domestic flight.
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Due to the medical emergency in-flight service was delayed and I received my beverages only 15 minutes before landing. The flight attendant asked me “Would you want water without gas or sparkling water, sir ?”. It was a nice touch.
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The small snack consisted in salted appetizer biscuits and it was very tasty and enough.
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In-flight Entertainment.
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The crew was hurrying-up efficiently because we landed shortly after the end of the service.
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Kassel overview.
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Kassel Calden airport, which is suffering from the immediate proximity of Paderborn-Lippstadt airport.
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Fast approach into PAD with speed brakes deployed.
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Great Paderborn city overview in final approach.
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Finally we landed on time on runway 24.
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“Welcome to Paderborn-Lippstadt !”

We arrived at our final parking stand on time at 07:10 pm as expected.
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I left the plane quickly using an useful jetbridge.
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Bye, Bravo Lima !
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At the Baggage claim : my bag (checked-in in CDG) arrived quickly.
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Auf wiedersehen and see you soon, stay tuned !

Flight94 - 2014
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Verdict

Lufthansa CityLine

7.6/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Meal/catering8.0

Munich - MUC

8.6/10
Efficiency8.5
Access7.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness10.0

Paderborn - PAD

9.2/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

LUFTHANSA CITYLINE :

Finally a pretty good experience with Lufthansa CityLine.

The cabin was looking good and well designed with grey slim-leather seats. However the backrest is hard and uncomfortable.

The crew was friendly but also professional. No doubt it was a pleasure to fly and to serve the customers in spite of the short flight duration and the medical problem.

No entertainment system excepted the German landscapes through the window and the interesting in-flight magazine.

The flight departed and arrived on time, well done Lufthansa.

MUNICH AIRPORT :

An incredible place to be for sure.

PADERBORN-LIPP. AIRPORT :

A nice regional airport with a lot of facilities.

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