TriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2189 times:
For your information, a Lufthansa B747-400 is scheduled to make an exceptional arrival in Brussels tomorrow (Thursday 04 April 2000).
The reason for this trip is a flight to Shangai which will carry Prince Filip along with a delegation of the Belgian Foreign Affairs office. It will be a delegation of 130 people.
Rather than taking them to Frankfurt first, and have them catch a connecting flight to Shangai, LH is having the jumbo jet depart from Frankfurt two hours early so it can come and pick up the delegation, thus providing them with a non-stop flight to Shangai.
Too bad the weather maps make it look like we'll be having a cloudy day in BRU. Wouldn't this have made for a great photo opportunity for numerous Belgian spotters...?!
TriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2043 times:
Sorry Sndp, I don't have any information on that. I don't know when LH's Shangai flight normally departs from Frankfurt. If anyone does, that could serve as a guideline, since it was said that it would now leave two hours early, and head for Brussels, first.
TriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2036 times:
Since I'm pretty sure the LH flight will be landing on RWY 25L - as most aircraft do - I would advise you to drive your car down there. It's BRU spotters' favourite hangout, as it is.
In case you need to ask directions; it's close to the closed center for asylum seekers in Steenokkerzeel. Writing down directions without a map to clarify seems like an impossible thing to do. Not to mention it would probably not make any sense, anyway. It's sort of in the middle of nowhere, if you're not familiar with the area...
I hope you can make it out there tomorrow, and get a few good shots of this Queen.
TriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2016 times:
Thanks for that information, WorldTraveller. It seems like the flight is being operated with the same number out of Frankfurt, since a Lufthansa flight 728 is arriving at Brussels at 4:05pm (16:05h).
I'd say it pretty fast to have a B747 turn around in one hour, but then again that delegation of 130 people is probably the only boarding that will be going on in BRU...(?)
I noticed they should be parked at gate C03 though. Which is the public terminal. My guess is the departure of the prince will be all over the news tomorrow, too, so it's probably best to stay posted on that, as well.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2008 times:
A strange observation I made while perusing lufthansa.de, was that those wishing to fly to Shanghai must fly on a connceting flight to Brussels (either LH4444, LH4466, or LH4428, all no bigger than an A321), before boarding the 747. Can anyone explain why they'd (apparantly) fly an empty 747 to Brussels? Does it have to fo with security?
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Sndp From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 553 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1997 times:
A flight that stops for a prince, this must cost Belgium a fortune. But of course, great publicity for LH that they come with their plane to BRU to pick up the prince and all those following him. I think they hope to get the news with it, of course
TriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1996 times:
In the message I read, Lufthansa's motivation mentioned for this special rerouting was threefold: the number of people making out the delegation, the fact that the prince is part of the delegation (and his presence attracting a great deal of the media's attention), and the fact that Belgium's Foreign Trade Office apparently is a good client of Lufthansa's.
I doubt the Belgian government is really paying any extras for the rerouting, which I take it is with compliments of Lufthansa. Even if it meant they had to apply for special traffic rights to have a Brussels-Shangai flight, in the first place.
Also, Lufthansa has arranged for the cabin crew on board to be Belgian. How about that?
LHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 50 Reply 15, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1964 times:
Why LH? What does Prince Filip's choice of airline imply about Belgium's own national carrier? I understand that Europe is one big happy economic love-in nowadays, but still- i doubt you'd see Prince Andrew taking the Alitalia red-eye to JFK. I think it's poor etiquette for this flight to be handled by LH instead of Sabena. -Mark
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