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LH #446 FRA-DEN Inaugural Flight Airbourne!  
User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3697 times:

As the headline says, Lufthansa's inaugural FRA-DEN service is officially underway!


As of approx. 8:20 MST, here is the latest flt info:

Deutsche Lufthansa #446
Departing 3 hours and 37 minutes ago

In Flight 987 mi WNW of Belfast, Northern Ireland 35,000ft 447 knots

Arriving Denver Intl, CO 3:06 pm 3374 mi ENE


Will anybody be in DEN to greet the plane in all its refulgence? Get a few pics?

What does everybody think of this service? Will it be a $$$money-maker$$$?

I'm happy for the service and I think it will be very profitable for Frankfurt and Denver.


Share your thoughts!


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-Shawn

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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3549 times:

Anyone have any idea what runway it will be landing on? Runway 16?

Thanks



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3543 times:

Depends on the winds.... are you planning to be there?

User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

Is the plane LH is using on this flight an A340?

BH346



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User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3525 times:

I'll probably be there today!


Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

Yes, it is an A340.

User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3514 times:

Anyone who's going to be there, PLEASE (!) get lots of pictures and THE REG #. Go inside the plane if DLH lets you.

Thanks!

-Shawn


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3494 times:

I MAY go. Depends on the weather. Right now its VERY foggy.


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3487 times:

BA, go anyway! It will probably clear out soon.

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3480 times:

Will see.


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

I think this could be a very profitable route for LH since DEN is an UA hub. I'm just wondering why the route haven-t been opened earlier.

GOT



Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3457 times:

I agree with GOT. LH AND UA are going to make lots of cash on this route. UAL will also add a daily 777 flight to FRA from DEN starting in the summer (does anybody know what date?), so I think they too know that this route will be a money-maker.

-Shawn


User currently offlineBoeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

I think this flight will be an A340 for a long long time. Dont expect to see a 747 on that route unless its in the winter ski season, and thats pushing it.





User currently offline747firstclass From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3443 times:

Does anyone think like I do, that this may really hurt BA not only in Denver but also Phoenix? LH will have the capability to draw all the connecting passengers too, possibly many of them away from BA. As we all know LH is in the powerful Star Alliance and BA is kind of out there by itself at least in Denver. Perhaps slowly, very very slowly BA will realize that in order for them to be as successful as LH in Denver and other markets its time for openskies in the UK. Just my thoughts on the matter.

User currently offlineBizJet From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3438 times:

Shawn:

Yes, I'm not sure if has been officially announced yet or not, but United is planning on starting their own DEN-FRA nonstop for peak summer travel season. It will be using 777's. United is updating the 777-200XI aircraft (noses 27XX/28XX) engines to have greater takeoff thrust to make Denver to Europe runs on hot summer day, due to the temperature and altitude of DIA.

This represents United's first intercontinental flight from its sizable Denver hub (codeshare operated by LH -- the only other int'l flights from DEN by UA are Mexico and Canada). It should do well, since the feed is there and there will be lots of O&D.

There are plenty of rumors circulating about a DEN-LGW nonstop, but I'm not so sure. They can't fly into Heathrow because Denver isn't covered by Bermuda II, and I doubt they will open up a whole Gatwick station just for this flight. But if they are going to open up a new station for this flight, they could add some other less-marquis destinations. For example, AA has to maintain a LGW station to have a flight to DFW (Not covered by Bermuda II and thus no LHR), so they also have a flight RDU-LGW. This is an extremely profitable route for them, since they have dozens of contracts with pharmacutical companies in the Research Triange with offices in the UK. Normally it is a 767-200 in the winter and a 767-300 in the summer, but this summer it is going to a 777-200.

As a side note, Phoenix service begins today as well (LH448/LH449). This is a big advancement for the city of Phoenix, as now they have another intercontinental nonstop to complement BA's daily 747-400 to Gatwick. They do have a very nice international terminal there (Barry Goldwater Terminal 4).


User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3433 times:

As long as BA keeps their prices down, which they have done (I saw DEN-LGW at $308  Wow! !), they should be able to compete very well with LH.

Just my opinion

-Shawn


User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3432 times:

So far, it looks as if the LH flight will be landing from the north on a southerly runway heading. It is still a few hours away though.

Although it looks like Seattle outside right now, they say the sun will break through today.



Ding! You are now free to keep supporting Frontier.
User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5480 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3418 times:

I was on a ski trip and we left yesterday(out of DEN) and I must say that the airport officials really advirtised this service as there are signs all over the baggage/check in terminal.
rgds,
blink182



Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3871 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3415 times:

Yesterday, everything was ready. Gate was ready, and on the screen it was flashing "LH flight number to Frankfurt", and the typical other messages.

User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3409 times:

Where is the gate? Concourse A like BA?

-Shawn


User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3386 times:



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User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3375 times:


Anyone wishing to see the plane come in should start thinking about heading out now... it is scheduled to arrive at 14:16 and is crossing the S. Dakota/Nebraska border!
-Shawn


User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 3358 times:

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User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 3352 times:

I guess it landed, because I can't find information on it anymore...

Anyone know the precise time?


User currently offlineILoVeA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 3349 times:

My friend will be on the ramp and is scedualed to deal with this flight. I forgot which gate he said it would be.

25 IFlyADesk : Gate A41. The DIA arrival board still shows it ontime at 1435, but that was 15-minutes ago.
26 Shawn Patrick : Great! Is anybody going to take pictures?
27 IFlyADesk : If anybody planned on taking pics, they wouldn't be reading this right now...
28 Shawn Patrick : I should say "do you know of anybody taking pics?" Sorry
29 IFlyADesk : Interesting that this flight is so new to LH, that they do not even list DEN as a destination on their website for checking dep/arr times...
30 Shawn Patrick : There will be a big celebration at DEN for everyone with a "wild west" theme. Will PHX have celebration also? LH is going there starting today also.
31 Shawn Patrick : .
32 Shawn Patrick : The return flight LH #447 has just taken off, inaugurating the DEN-FRA route.Deutsche Lufthansa #447 Departing Denver Intl, CO 4:51 pm In Flight 32 mi
33 BA : Yes, I went. I took 23 photos of it. I have to have them developed. On Tuesday they should be ready.
34 Shawn Patrick : WOW! Thanks a lot BA
35 Flyf15 : I was down on the ramp with the press/media...fired off about 30 shots of it as it pulled in.
36 MEA-707 : I hope for Lufthansa that the flight will be succesfull... But an alarming sign might be that Lufthansa now promotes Denver in Holland with low prices
37 BA : How did you get on the ramp!
38 BA : Shawn, I just dropped off the film to be developed. Hopefully, I'll have it tommorow. By the way, did anyone get the registration on that A340? Thanks
39 Flyf15 : D-AIFA
40 BA : Thank you.
41 An-225 : I was there as well, for the entire ceremony. Me and my friend saw the A-340 land, and then we went and hung out for the entire ceremony. By the way,
42 Post contains images Airsicknessbag : I highly doubt that a Lufthansa passenger plane will be given a name of anything else than a German city or state. There are over 100 German communit
43 Post contains images KMIA : why do you doubt it? I think it would be very nice, and "City of Denver" sounds much better than for example "City of Aschersleben" or something like
44 Post contains images Shawn Patrick : BA and anyone else who has taken pics: Please send me your best two or three pics because airliners.net take a while to get them on the site. I'm just
45 BA : I'll pick up the photos at noon.
46 Johnnybgoode : i agree with airsicknessbag, i don´t believe there will be a LH plane bearing the name of denver. daniel
47 Shawn Patrick : I agree that City of Denver doesn't sound very patriotic to Germany. However, I also don't think it is very patriotic for America West to hire so many
48 BA : I read it in the newspaper too. They'll name it "City of Denver".
49 QantasA330 : Firstly: Yes it will be named "City Of Denver" Secondly: I heard that the a/c got the traditional "Water-Cannon Salute" after arrival. Anybody verify
50 Shawn Patrick : BA, where are the pics??? ShawnB777@yahoo.com Thanks
51 An-225 : As me and my friend came to the airport, we saw it land, and we saw a fire truck going to the airplane, we didn't see water salute, but the concrete w
52 Post contains links and images A330-243 : Well I remember a similar occurence when Emirates started its DXB-BHX-DXB service. The first flight was operated by A6-EAA, EK had taken delivery of t
53 Post contains images BA : Here you go guys: I don't have time to send you all photos, so I posted them here. Kind regards.
54 Shawn Patrick : Thanks! Great pics!
55 QantasA330 : Great pix BA - thanks! Hey F15 any chance of getting your pix up here??? :::QantasA330:::
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