✅ Trip Verified
| Riga to Frankfurt. Web check-in smooth, guaranteed seats together at an additional 9.99 EUR p.p. Unfriendly staff at gate in Riga, picking out guests with probably "oversized" hand-luggage, overall their luggage-policy is creating a mess on the ground as well as in the aisles. New Bombardier CS300-aircraft impressive at first sight: attractive mood-lighting, really good seat-pitch, smallish monitors overhead each row featuring airshow only, but still better than nothing, and the first good sound-system I ever noticed in an aircraft for public announcements/lounge music. Large overhead-bins for the huge amounts of hand-luggage on a fully-booked flight like this. Contrary to inbound flight a few days before unfriendly crew. All drinks/food at additional, relatively high costs. The seats are hard as solid wood, headrest included. However the real letdown of this newly designed aircraft are the noise level and vibrations. Sitting above the wings feels like riding a rocket throughout the entire flight: whereas models like the A320 or B738 provide a smooth ride soon after takeoff, the CS300 gives you quite a noise and constant vibrations from the massive engines, which seem to be intensified by the hard seats. Weather conditions were absolutely okay, but the flight felt like flying through clouds all the time - not relaxing at all. So better avoid rows 14 to at least 22, the back of the aircraft was much quieter. Upon arrival in Frankfurt no sufficient amount of buses due to full load of pax and their hand-luggage. Last bus-load had to wait on the tarmac while aircraft was already being cleaned.