MUCFLYER From Germany, joined May 2004, 116 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 10325 times:
next stop of the german cruiseline ship MS-Deutschland will be Papeete on the island of Tahiti in French-Polynesia.
Sounds good for our european ears...
Lufthansa flight 2572 will take place on Monday the 31th January out of Munich, to exchange some of the cruiseship passengers. This time with fuelstop and probably crew change (i am not sure yet) in Vancouver.
Arrival of the A340-600 in PPT will be 01Feb 0545Z or in local time 19:45H still on the same day, the 31th.
Transittime will be 3 hours.
Any spotters down there to make some pics for a.net?
haynflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 9661 times:
Related to this post, LH just flew what I understand is their longest sector ever at 6,991 nautical miles from MUC-HNL a few days ago to bring in 150 passengers for the cruise ship. I'm wondering if these same folks are going back to MUC from Papeete?
rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7804 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 9520 times:
Maybe not all the same passengers, but pretty much the same type of exchange.
A ship cruise site is advertising short and long cruises on the ship.
Tahiti-Sydney is the next leg
Singapore-Sharm El Sheikh
With air from Germany for each exchange point
The Cunard Lines ships also special voyages starting in January, with individual legs bookable for folks who cannot do the entire 107 day around the world trip, or the 108 day out and back from the UK around Africa to Australia and New Zealand to Japan to Hong Kong, Singapore and back to the UK through the Suez and Med.
I live right by YVR.. sunset on 31 Jan will be 17:06H.. sometimes if it's really clear, there will be enough residual light for a little while longer, but I think at 19:45H it is going to be a no-go. Also, we get a LH A340 in every day.. here's my favourite photo of one so far - http://www.flickr.com/photos/theduck...39098444/in/set-72157623081316719/ - yes, a 343, but sometimes we get 346's during summer.
Cyba From Bahamas, joined Nov 2005, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 7909 times:
Quoting stylo777 (Reply 1): for sure the crew will change, they can't do MUC-YVR-PPT in one shot. also the reason why YVR has been choosen as fuelstop as it is right on the route and a 340 destination anyway.
YVR is also probably relatively cheaper. SFO would also have been an option, being a 346 destination (from MUC) and also right on the path.
lhrnue From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7232 times:
Quoting haynflyer (Reply 2): Related to this post, LH just flew what I understand is their longest sector ever at 6,991 nautical miles from MUC-HNL a few days ago to bring in 150 passengers for the cruise ship. I'm wondering if these same folks are going back to MUC from Papeete?
Can you imagen only 150 pax on an A340-600. Assuming the business class was fully ocuppied with 66 people, that leaves more than 3 seats per pax in he economy class.
PPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 9088 posts, RR: 36
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5250 times:
Aside from great circle and "where the fuel is cheaper", what other considerations go into this? Some I can think of:
1. Visa issues.
2. Weather/Temperature (YVR is a bit cooler than SFO) so that's good in terms of performance.
3. YVR actually splits the flight into two roughly equal segments, which is kinda nice from a pax perspective (not that LH really cares about this, though it could have some extra labor cost implications by going longer).
4. As some of you guys already mentioned, being a LH city with A340 service in case something breaks is a good idea.
5. Airport fees
6. Extra cargo revenue?
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