Lufthansa: Airbus A321, Economy, FRA-TXL


Previous parts of this trip:


After arrival from Vienna, I made a point of heading to the recently opened Panorama lounge. I had wanted to go there back in December between flights, although it wasn’t open.

I was in luck this time however. Access was made by Star Alliance Gold status.

Lufthansa Panorama Lounge

This particular lounge certainly doesn’t follow the same concept of most other Lufthansa lounges. It’s the most recent of the airlines’ lounges to open in Frankfurt.

It is split into two sections. To the right of the reception area, it really isn’t anything too special. And not that big either.

Lufthansa Panorama Lounge
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge

Where as to the right, its a far bigger space.

As opposed to the mostly brown furniture found in nearly all the other Lufthansa lounges, this one was made up of a number of rooms and featured sofas and tables. It resembled more of a hotel than an airport lounge.

Lufthansa Panorama Lounge

There were a pair of buffets with cold items, along with a few coffee machines dotted around. No warm food here though, as featured in the Senator lounge.

Lufthansa Panorama Lounge catering
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge catering
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge catering
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge catering
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge catering

The views from this lounge weren’t too bad.

Lounge views

Boarding

Boarding got underway a little later than advertised due to the aircraft arriving in from Berlin a behind schedule.

Lufthansa A321
Austrian A320
The A320 that brought me to Frankfurt heading back to Vienna

It eventually began around 15 minutes behind what was advertised. And around 15 minutes before departure.

Gate views
Gate views

The boarding process seemed to take quite a while, due to people blocking the aisle while they got their things out of their bags and generally being slow.

Seating
Seat 14F for me today

Boarding was completed twenty minutes later. Once more I scored a free middle seat.

Wing view

A flight time of 50 minutes was given.

Lufthansa A321 WiFi
Most, if not all, of the Lufthansa A321 aircraft feature WiFi

Departure

Due to the slight delay on boarding, we missed our departure slot. This meant that initially at least, we would be departing 25 minutes late. Luckily this improved slightly to 20 minutes.

Wing view

We made it into the air 35 minutes after schedule.

Wingview
Wingview

On board service

The service on this short flight began just a couple of minutes after departure. On previous domestic flights with Lufthansa, the crew have handed out chocolate bars upon boarding. This time however they came through the cabin with a box of cakes.

Lufthansa catering
Lufthansa catering

This was followed up a few moments later with the drinks trolley. I’m not too sure why they couldn’t do both at once? Surely that would be more efficient?

Water

Arrival

After just under 30 minutes in the cruise, the engines spooled back. This left the crew to rush through the cabin collecting the rubbish – by this point the seatbelt signs had come on and were given the ten minutes to landing call.

Wingview

They just about managed that and their final checks just as the landing gear was coming down.

Wingview

Once we did land, it was one of the hardest I’d experienced!

Landing
Landing

Despite being absolutely awful for departures, Tegel works very well for arrivals. From leaving the plane, I was curbside in under 30 seconds due to not having to clear passport control or wait for a bag.

Arrivals
Arrivals

It was then off to catch a bus into the city, although as I found out the hard way, it appears the TXL express bus no longer goes as far as AlexanderPlatz.

Bus line

My Thoughts

Another Lufthansa flight that was consistent with the others I’ve taken with them over the years. In fact, it was consistent with the pair of Austrian flights I took prior to this flight too, who are also part of the Lufthansa group.

The crew did a good job getting everything done on this short sector, although I cant help but feel they made things more difficult for themselves than really needed. When I’ve flown between Frankfurt and Munich previously, which is a much shorter flight, it has seemed like less of a struggle for them.

Catering wise, it seems as though they have gone downhill a little. What I did receive was OK for this short flight, but I much preferred the branded biscuits from previously!

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