On 5 January 2019, I was lucky to see D-ASEE operating my flight from Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, to Düsseldorf.
I arrived around two hours before departure. At Lanzarote Airport, a long queue was already waiting in front of the Check-In counter. Unfortunately,
After this step, which featured nothing really special, I was heading straight to the security check, which was completed quickly.
Boarding was scheduled half an hour before departure, so I had enough time to explore the airport. After paying around €8 for a small sandwich and a
Boarding completed five minutes before scheduled departure. The captain welcomed us onboard the aircraft and told us that our slot was half an hour away, which allowed us to chat with the crew or enjoy the sunny weather outside the aircraft.
After the 30 minute wait, the captain had more bad news: as the aircraft was heavy this flight, we were only allowed to take off towards the Atlantic and not the mountains. The problem: the arriving planes were landing incoming over the Atlantic, so we had to wait until there was a small break in arriving planes so that we could depart safely.
The good news: the crew allowed us to talk with the pilots and visit the five-year-old A320’s cockpit.
After waiting another hour inside the aircraft, we got takeoff permission and took off with a total delay of 1 hour, 35 minutes.
The flight wasn’t spectacular.
What should be mentioned was the hospitality of the friendly, funny crew. They were always willing to help and even helped my father find his phone after it fell down during departure. They had always wore smiles and were professional. Crew members seemed to truly love their jobs and were not just there to sell products to passengers like machines as many crews normally do.
30 minutes before landing, every passenger was given some peppermint tablets, which was a nice giveaway.
We arrived in
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