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Very Last Swiss MD11 Flight 31OCT  
User currently offlineINNflight From Austria, joined Apr 2004, 3765 posts, RR: 60
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 13543 times:

Hello!

As most of you know, the 31st of October will be the very last day with the last remaining Swiss MD11 ( HB-IWE ) flying.

The flight will arrive from ORD in the early morning and will do two 1,5hrs sightseeing flights in the afternoon.

Just out of curiosity, who of you guys will be on one of these 2 sightseeing flights?

So far I know following A.nutters:

Name / Class / Seat / Flight:

Florian Trojer ( myself ) ( Y / 18A / #2 )
Wolfgang Hut ( Y / 18B / #2 )
Christian Galliker ( C / 10J / #2 )
Valter Alves ( Y / 35J / #2 )

I'm sure there are more ( especially Swiss ) A.nutters who will be there.


Cheers,
Florian



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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2899 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 13304 times:

I'll be on the first of the two sightseeing flights (LX9438), together with four colleagues who are not members on a.net.

Alex Ndebele (Y / 26G / #1)

So we won't be on the same flight, but i guess we'll meet at the lunch break between the two flights. Looking foward to meeting you guys there, and of course looking forward to finally having my first MD-11 flight!

Grüße, Alex.


User currently offlineINNflight From Austria, joined Apr 2004, 3765 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 13254 times:

Hi Alex, I just read in the confirmation I got that the lunch break will start at 1230. Any idea where this will be?

Will there anyone be at the airport in the early morning for shooting the arrival from ORD? It all depends on the weather but Wolfgang Hut and myself will do some spotting during the morning, for sure.

Anybody wants to meet up?


Florian



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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13199 times:

What's with these sightseeing flights? Where do they originate, and where do they go? Who can get on them? They sound pretty worthwhile, if you can get on em!

Thanks  Smile

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineINNflight From Austria, joined Apr 2004, 3765 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 12973 times:

Hi DeltaGuy!

I am sorry to tell you that these flights are booked out. Swiss originally wanted to do 1 farewell sightseeing flight for enthusiasts, now they already make 2 because of so much interest.

The flights will takeoff and land at ZRH, and they will do a 1,5hrs sightseeing flight above the alps.

You may consider to get on the ORD-ZRH flight if you want to fly her  Wink/being sarcastic

Florian



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User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3007 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 12933 times:

Well, there's always RG.


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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 12758 times:


Hi SWISS fans!

For those who will have the chance to fly in these very last flights of the MD11 I DEMAND YOU....... to take good pictures and post them in this forum!
Regards and I wish I was swiss for that event!


User currently offlineSwiss-airplane From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 591 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 12733 times:

hi there,
but where can you book those last MD11 flights, or from where do you have this offer? thx for the input
Mike


User currently offlineFlySwiss From Switzerland, joined Jul 2003, 443 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 12659 times:

@ Mike

at the Zurich Airport web page was it mentioned.

@ others

I booked two seats but I haven't received yet the confirmation for ticket?
When did you get seats for this special flight?

Cya
Stefan



Simle at the world and the world smiles back :)
User currently offlineSwiss-airplane From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 591 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 12546 times:

Thx Stefan
didn't found this offer anymore.. to bad....
will miss the MD11, but luckily i can see them through my window at work
in glattbrugg...


User currently offlineAerosol From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 12513 times:

I now wrote them the 4th email and I booked one month ago - still no answer.
Keep up the good work and I gues we'll soon have the chance to fly the last SWISS flight ever...  Smile


User currently offlineUnique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 36
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 12513 times:

Keep up the good work and I gues we'll soon have the chance to fly the last SWISS flight ever...

Really bad customer relationship! Still it needs a little more to go belly-up than not answering email...


User currently offlineJamesvf84 From Switzerland, joined Sep 2003, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 12446 times:

Aerosol

I may have an email that you could use but obviously with the utmost discretion.

Email me and I will send you the details.

As for the last flight I know that Swiss did not plan 2 flights but due to the fact that there were so many demands they included the 2nd flight.

I know for sure that the crew will also be great as they had to apply for the last flight so it will be a memorable moment for everyone!

James

[Edited 2004-10-13 13:06:19]

User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2899 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 12252 times:

I got my confirmation eMail last Friday. Fellow a.netter Contact Air has booked the flight as well but didn't receive a confirmation yet. But keep in mind that this whole flight is obviously organized by one single person, at least the eMail contact is a personal eMail address and not something like reservations@swiss.com or whatever. So it's only natural that we can't all get the confirmation at the same time, keep in mind that there were apparently more bookings than seats available. The person in charge has to decide who gets his/her first seat preferrence (e.g. Business Window) and who gets another category instead of his/her preferred seat (e.g. Business Middle or Economy Window). It might take a few days to decide who gets which seat, also there are assigned seats, they have to take care of groups sitting next to each other, ... quite a task to organize all this, at least when you try to fulfill as many requests as possible.

I know it's easy to talk when you already have your confirmation, but I can imagine that there a lot of things to organize for the whole flight. I'm 100% certain that you'll all get a reply within the next few days.


User currently offlineINNflight From Austria, joined Apr 2004, 3765 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11911 times:

I also got my confirmation email last week - but I booked sometime in
September... took quite a while.

18 days to go  Smile I'm already excited a lot!

cheers,
Florian



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User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11847 times:

Well... It is sad to see this wonderful plane in it's final days with Swiss. I just bought a DVD video from justplanes.com called Swiss MD-11 where you can see a complete two + hours of preparations, in flight, landings, take offs with Swiss crew.


MDE: First airport in the Americas visited by the A380!
User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4302 posts, RR: 36
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11801 times:

I sent an email yesterday to the contact person at Swiss but she informed me both flights were sold out indeed  Sad


nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2070 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11714 times:

Is KLM MD-11-less already?
If not, lets hope they do some enthusiast flights as well before they go......and that publicity is a bit better than with Swiss.



` Yeaah! Baade 152! Trabi of the Sky! '
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2899 posts, RR: 23
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11505 times:

I also got my confirmation email last week - but I booked sometime in September... took quite a while.
Bookings were accepted until 1st October. On a flight like this full of enthusiasts, where seat allocation and Window or Middle is much more important than on an "ordinary" flight, it wouldn't make too much sense to start confirming seats as long as they still accept bookings. They started planning seat / group allocations on Monday, 4th October, I suppose. I for one never expected to receive any reply before end of last week - which was exactly when I got my confirmation.

I'm also very pleased that we got four seats next to each other, although we booked separately and just added the request for seats next to each other.


User currently offlineChrisZRH From Switzerland, joined May 2004, 423 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 9960 times:

hi flo...
nice to start up this topic  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
can't wait to fly the MD11.... again  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
anyone here booked ZRH-ORD-ZRH just to fly the MD11?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



Christian Galliker - AirTeamImages
User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 9805 times:

Hey

a little off topic, but when was the last Japan Airlines MD-11 flight?


One goes one comes back (the going LX/JL) (the coming AZ/Santa Barbara)



No Vueling No Party
User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 9805 times:

This has to be one of the worst times MD-11 wise...
I hope it finds a good owner!



I gladly accept donations to pay for flight hours! This thing draws man...
User currently offlineAerosol From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 9700 times:

Got my unofficial confirmation now for the first flight, yeah. I'm with you. Its just that they booked me two times, so there was a kind of confusion!

See you there!

Kjell


User currently offlineUnique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 36
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 9468 times:

For those who cannot join the flights and wish to take pictures:

08.10am, STA of LX009 ex ORD, Pier E (very last commercial LX MD11 flight)
11.00am, STD of LX9438, Pier E, sightseeing flight
12.30am, STA of LX9438, Pier B (stand B35, deboarding via steps)
02.30pm, STD of LX9449, Pier B (stand B35, boarding via steps)
03.45pm, STD of LX9449, Pier A or E

Landings on runway 14, take-offs on runway 28, subject to change. Pictures can be taken from the terrace Pier B, parking lot near runway 28 and/or parking lot in the approach area near runways 14 and 16.

In between the two sightseeing flights, all booked passengers of these two flights are invited to a drink in the former passenger waiting lounge while HB-IWE will be parked right in front of it.

I wish both passengers and photogs a clear and sunny day!


User currently offlineINNflight From Austria, joined Apr 2004, 3765 posts, RR: 60
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 9373 times:

Thank you very much Unique!

So it is a very hard decision wether to go to the parking garage 3 for RWY34 or on the RWY14 spot for catching LX009 from ORD... Arrgh 50-50 chance  Insane

Btw: May be off-topic, but Unique, is this you?  Smile


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Cheers,
Florian



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25 Post contains images Unique : Florian, no, I never wear shorts when "at work"!
26 Post contains images Flying Belgian : Very sad time for the MD11 enthusiasts... It's really a Master of the skies going. I wish a happy day to all of you joining the tour flights. FB.
27 Post contains images ChrisZRH : flo why do you think? scheduled at 0810 and if there's a delay over an hour!! (which is quite rare) you still got time to go to rwy 14 so whats the fr
28 Manta : Greetings, I'm a long time reader of the a.net forums, and decided to try my luck at posting. Is anyone planning on taking any pix of the MD-11 from t
29 INNflight : Scott, Welcome on the A.net forums as an active poster! Any images from the ORD departure would be great! Cheers, Florian
30 Deltawings : Landings on runway 14, take-offs on runway 28, subject to change. Pictures can be taken from the terrace Pier B, parking lot near runway 28 and/or par
31 Post contains images Solnabo : I agree: Sad, very sad for this beauty´s last flight! I really like MD11, but thank god there´s FINNAIR...... Kiitos Soumi Micke/SE
32 Post contains images Jacobin777 : I flew on Swiss MD-11 from ORD-ZHR-KHI back in 1998..it was a great trip and I'm sad to see it go..........just videotaped KLM MD-11 at SFO yesterday.
33 Post contains images GlorydaysSR : thats so sad Those planes (in SR colors) took me all over the World. I grew up around them- my mom was staff here in NY. I love that plane.
34 GlorydaysSR : BTW Jacobin777 You said: I flew on Swiss MD-11 from ORD-ZHR-KHI back in 1998..it was a great trip and I'm sad to see it go..........just videotaped KL
35 Unique : So the MD-11 will take off at Rwy 28? How did you find that out, since this is an unusual runway for widebodies, and is there a way in finding this ou
36 Post contains links and images ChrisZRH : View Large View MediumPhoto © Christian Galliker landing rwy 28! View Large View MediumPhoto © Christian Galliker take-off rwy 28! chris
37 Post contains images Deltawings : Yessss. Just got confirmation. I was lucky. They still had a seat, although I booked so late. I will be on seat 24G. So I will be there to now. DeltaW
38 Post contains images Ndebele : @Deltawings: Which of the two flights are you on? If you're on the first flight (LX9438) then I'll be sitting two rows behind you - Big Brother is wat
39 Post contains images Deltawings : Hi Ndebele, Exellent, I will be on the first flight with you!!! What seat will you be on, so I know who to speak to Will anyone else be on the first f
40 Airways : Just to let you know, I'll be on the second flight. I'm really looking forward to fly the MD-11 again. I'll do a report for our magazin about this fli
41 Thenoflyzone : October is a sad month indeed! Air Canada are retiring their B744's and Swiss is retiring their MD11's. Is there any other airline out their retiring
42 Ndebele : @Deltawings: my assigned seat is 26G, but we're a group of four sitting on 26DEFG so I might be any of those four. Well, maybe not the girl, which mea
43 BA : I had many pleasant flights on Swissair MD-11s. They will be deeply missed.
44 Ua777222 : Wish I could be there! Who is getting their MD-11's? FX? Oh well. All you lucky guys enjoy yourselfs and Adam I do expect pictures! Thanks again. UA77
45 Ktachiya : Thenoflyzone JAL also got rid of their MD-11's. But on the other hand, they received the 744 Freighter. But its ironic that Swiss is retiring their pl
46 Lima : Airways, in which seat are you? I have 21C on the second flight. Greetings Lima
47 Manta : Greetings, The last Swiss MD-11, LX 008, arrived at ORD on 27L without any problems. The only problem I had was the flight was supposed to land on 27R
48 Leskova : Hmm... I saw HB-IWE this morning: she arrived at ZRH while I was waiting for my departure to BOS, and just after our takeoff, including a 270 degree t
49 Je89_w : Sad to see the JAL MD-11s go, now the Swiss MD-11s. I'm glad I had the opportunity to fly a Swissair MD-11 from SIN-ZRH-SIN! Enjoyed every bit of it,
50 Post contains images Gerardo : Seen yesterday on its very last take off for a scheduled revenue flight: Gerardo
51 HB-IWC : I've flown all 20 of Swissair's/Swiss' MD11 (HB-IWA up to HB-IWU) to all parts of the world, including the ill-fated HB-IWF and the four ex-LTU ships
52 Speedbird747 : A few minutes ago I just saw HB-IWE making a go around in BRN. Pity the weather is that bad. When I heard the sound I was thinking it was just a Busin
53 VIAF : I saw the plane to 11.30 at Bern ! Farewell !!!!!
54 Unique : One more MD-11 has arrived from the desert at ZRH yesterday! http://www.aerpix.net/AP-PhotoGallery/ZRH/ZRH200410/0-ZRH200410Photo37.htm I'm sure you c
55 Airfinair : Manta - I was over at 27L for the arrival yesterday. One of the windiest days in quite a while at ORD. WSW winds at 23knots gusting to 38knots. I'm wo
56 Post contains images AviationMaster : Just saw HB-IWE land from my window for the very last time!
57 Post contains images Ndebele : A few minutes ago I just saw HB-IWE making a go around in BRN. Oh yeah, and I was aboard The go around at BRN was indeed a very nice surprise. What a
58 Post contains links and images ChrisZRH : here already two pics inflight! sad alex we didn't make it to meet up :-( View Large View MediumPhoto © Christian Galliker View Large View MediumPhot
59 DC-10 Levo : Chris, the first photo won't open. It says "There is no photo in our database with that ID number". DC-10
60 Post contains images Teahan : Are Swiss selling any of the MD-11's seats by any chance? I'd pay a reasonable amount to get hold of a pair of the Business class seats. 12 years of m
61 Post contains images ChrisZRH : hi jeremiah i've got like 7 of the current LX MD-11 Business Class seats at home... what do you think about transportation contact me via PM and the l
62 Post contains images DeltaWings : Ahh, what a fantastic flight. I will never forget it. The Apero afterwards was nice to. It was nice meeting Ndebele DeltaWings
63 Post contains links Ndebele : Hi Deltawings, it was nice meeting you, too. @ChrisZRH: I tried to call you before boarding of your flight, but apparently your mobile phone was alrea
64 Post contains images ChrisZRH : sweet!!! ah that was you i just saw a phone number, after switching on the mobile, and i didn't knew who it was it was sooo breathtaking with this wat
65 Jamesvf84 : Hello All Glad for those who managed to get on the flight! Any chance some of you took any pictures of the cabin crew and interior!? Thanks James
66 Post contains links Ndebele : So here's the plug-link to my trip report: http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/51095/
67 Lowsonboy : I know the many elements of airline operating economics are very complicated but there is one thing about the demise of SR/LX's glorious MD-11s that s
68 M404 : I saw it asked before but have not seen the answer. Where are the Swiss -11s going? I'm almost under the pattern at MEM and see a bunch daily for FX a
69 DeltaWings : 2 of them are going to HolandExel, which will be used for flights to the Dutch Caribbean (perhaps SXM)
70 CV990 : Hi! First of all I would like to thank those that posted such great pictures of the very last SWISS MD11 flight! It couldn't a better tribute to this
71 Post contains links and images ChrisZRH : well haven't heard anything about hollandexel... Catran is a possibility, lauching freigther services and some might go to aeroflot cargo... just got
72 JumboJim747 : Its sad that lots of carriers are getting rid of their old birds will miss them.
73 Post contains images INNflight : Oh man Chris... you're pretty fast with adding shots It was the most amazing flight I experienced so far... but my images will be in the database a co
74 ChrisZRH : i would use the same words as you flo! superb day lots and lots of thank you to Swiss for making this special event possible!
75 Post contains links INNflight : Finally, I posted my trip report!!! Feel free to read... there are lots of images, too! http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/51
76 Post contains images Gerardo : OFF TOPIC: Florian: are you sure, you don't want to change your signature? Hint - Your Reply: "... but my images will be in the database a couple of w
77 Post contains images INNflight : Gerardo: Oh well, I won't change it Hits are not a must have for me...... but LOTS of hits are still nice don't you think? You currently have 138 phot
78 Post contains images Gerardo : Agreed! Even more, if it was a special picture, like this. It was just funny to see both - your reply and the sig - together Cheers Gerardo
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