KL911 From Netherlands, joined Jul 2003, 5479 posts, RR: 16 Posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2314 times:
I'm planning a 3 day spotting trip this summer to AMS and was wondering which plane types are never seen at AMS. I don't care about the past, more like what I can expect this summer. What are rare visitors, (even just arriving for maintenance/painting), and on which day do the operate? I haven't been there for spotting since 1999, so your help is appreciated.
For example, have the TU-204 and the AN-224 ever operated to AMS?
A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10346 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2137 times:
I thaught you live in the Netherlands looking at your nationality flag in your profile, but here's my advise:
- The A346 doesn't operate to AMS by any airline. The only time a A346 was at AMS was the emergency landing of VS.
- Russian aircraft: Besides the TU-154 you will also see an occasional Yak-42 while the An-12 is a regular visitor at AMS as well.
- Turkish airlines: As usual you will see lots of Turkish charter airlines operating to AMS in the summer. These airlines will arrive spread out through the day, but the peak 'Turkish' rush hour is between 20:00 and 0:00LT. Then you will see almost the entire G-Pier full of turkish airlines, one would even think you are in Türkiye Turkish charter airlines include: Onur Air, Fly Air, Pegasus, AtlasJet and Sun Express. THY is also known to use their A343 to AMS in the summer, although this is a rare sight.
- Other classics: You will see the regular classics as well, such as NW DC-10, IR 312/313, AMC AB3 and if you're really lucky Royal Air Maroc sends the 732 occasionally, but again, this is a rare sight. What is interesting, Royal Air Maroc also uses the 744 to AMS in the summer, I think every wednesday, but I'm not sure about the days.
AMC and Nouvelair are visiting AMS more frequently these days. I've also seen Air Memphis operating the A320 to AMS.
As for cargo airlines, there are always unusual cargo airlines at AMS, one being Ocean Air of Italy and GSS (British Airways Cargo) which I've seen a few times in the past months.
You can look up all arrivals/departures in the Schiphol Airport timetable available on-line on their website. Just go to the website and look up the timetable: