JONAS
Jonas Rask Eilersen
Wizz Air A320 XXL
Tel Aviv Ben Gurion - Bucharest Henri Coandă, Airbus A320-200 Economy Class XXL Seat Option
25th September 2015

Hungarian carrier, Wizz Air, has recently commenced operations to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion; from both Budapest and Bucharest and now also from Lithuanian Vilnius and Cluj-Napoca in Romania (twice a week).There are also be flights available to and from Katowice, Poland, three times a week.
RASK is not usually one to seek out such an ultra-low cost carrier, but with prices starting as low as EUR 39.99 (one way including all taxes), we couldn’t resist giving Eastern Europe’s answer to Ryanair a try!
We went for the “XXL” fare option, including both check in and hand luggage, as well as a seat with more legroom.

Check In
Check-in is in the domestic terminal (T1) - irritating due to limited transport options to reach it. However, queues were very short for security and RASK was through in minutes. Check-in itself was a lengthier affair, not aided by the incredibly unhelpful staff. It costs money to check in at the counter – those not travelling on an “XXL” fare have to either check-in online or pay EUR10 at the counter. Once through passport control passengers are bussed to the main Terminal 3, containing the flashier, more extensive services.
Boarding
When it came to boarding, RASK was again pleased to have plumped for the XXL fare – 45 minutes before departure, the queues for boarding were already very long, due to free seating on board (a free-for-all). “XXL” passengers were the first to board – and had reserved seats. On the plane, Wizz Air staff were very friendly and chirpy.
The Cabin, Seat and Service
The aircraft was very clean. No pillows or blankets were offered. If you’re looking for a luxuriously cosy ride, this is probably not the carrier for you. The seats are all “pleather”, and none of them recline – including the XXL seats. Overall RASK was relatively comfortable - and for a low cost carrier it was refreshing not to be bombarded with scratch cards, special offers etc. (Ryanair, take note).
Food and Drink
The on board offering did not look particularly appetising - processed pre-made sandwiches and snack boxes, along with soft drinks. RASK suggests stocking up pre-flight.
Inflight Entertainment
The sole in-flight entertainment consisted of an inflight magazine: an average read.
Arrival
Timely; welcome announcement from flight deck, quick delivery of bags - all great.
Verdict
WIzz Air offers super value for money, but to get the most out of this route, RASK advises passengers to go for the XXL seat option - ensuring priority boarding, substantially better legroom, and a check in of one piece of luggage.