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LH 744 In HAM  
User currently offlineN104UA From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 897 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4279 times:

I just flew into HAM tonight and saw a LH 744 sitting in the hangar, and I am wondering what it is doing there, and where it is from/ going to. I could not find anything on Flight Aware. I thought LH did not fly anything bigger than a A321 into HAM


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User currently offlineyp6370 From Germany, joined Apr 2000, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4228 times:

Most probably maintanance. Also sometimes temporary storage.
LH Technik is huge in HAM.


User currently offlineSemaex From Germany, joined Nov 2009, 806 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4228 times:

They flew some domestic routes with 744's last summer, though I can't recall why exactly. The search function will probably reveal the background. So I'm guessing it's for the same reasons as back then.

If not, maybe a training aircraft for the local LHT, or maybe a new paintjob?



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User currently offlinestgs1988 From Denmark, joined Sep 2007, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4184 times:

Yes - LH Technik has a huge maintenance facility that provides several services for the 744.

User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8906 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3933 times:
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There are no 744s in storage anymore. D-ABTA was the last but is back in service for over 5 weeks now.

LH has a huge maintenance facility in HAM and the 744 and other airplanes show up on a regular basis in HAM. So nothing too spectacular.
Currently no 744 short haul flights with 744, shortest flight from FRA is to TLV.

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24084 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 4):
LH has a huge maintenance facility in HAM and the 744 and other airplanes show up on a regular basis in HAM. So nothing too spectacular.

The LH Technik facility in HAM (photo below from their website) must be one of the world's largest aircraft maintenance operations. According to their website the HAM base has about 7,500 of their 20,000+ employees, making LH Technik one of Hamburg's largest employers. They may be 2nd after Airbus which has about 12,000 employees in Hamburg.



User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8906 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3846 times:
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Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 5):

Exactly. And in the huge hangar which you can see bottom right I think 4 744s fit in there. So not too small. LH is doing a lot of maintenance and even VIP airplanes are being refurbished there.

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User currently offlineSemaex From Germany, joined Nov 2009, 806 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3680 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 6):
Exactly. And in the huge hangar which you can see bottom right I think 4 744s fit in there. So not too small. LH is doing a lot of maintenance and even VIP airplanes are being refurbished there.

Which brings to mind that I saw a Deutsche Flugbereitschaft (German Government Flight Service) A340-300 (former D-AIGR, now 16+01) in February departing HAM. It did take me by surprise  



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User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2497 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3625 times:

Correct, HAM is a major base for LH Technik. You'll occasionally see "exotic" aircraft undergoing maintenance, retrofits etc there, as LHT does lots of third party work as well.

That 744 is probably there for cabin retrofit with the new First Class, which LH is performing on a number of 744s.


User currently offlineSemaex From Germany, joined Nov 2009, 806 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3612 times:

Quoting r2rho (Reply 8):

Actually I've got a question on this: Didn't LH announce to to the cabin fitting of their 747-8i with LHT as well? If so, will they do that in HAM?



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User currently offlinerobffm2 From Germany, joined Dec 2006, 1109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

Quoting r2rho (Reply 8):
That 744 is probably there for cabin retrofit with the new First Class, which LH is performing on a number of 744s.

Hopefully not only F, but Y too!

Anybody got an idea about the registrations? Could it be D-ABVC?

Contacted [UTC] Callsign Flightnumber Routing Registration Operator Type
2011/05/05 19:17 LHTEST LHTEST D-ABVC Lufthansa Technik B744


User currently offlineNicoEDDF From Germany, joined Jan 2008, 1097 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

Quoting robffm2 (Reply 10):
D-ABVC?

Yes, indeed, its -VC


User currently offlinetimmydasquirrel From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3370 times:

That facility looks impressive.
I wonder if they ever offer tours of the site?
If so, I may have to hit Hamburg on my next trip over there!


User currently offlineHMUcfm56 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3334 times:

Quoting timmydasquirrel (Reply 12):
That facility looks impressive.
I wonder if they ever offer tours of the site?
If so, I may have to hit Hamburg on my next trip over there!
http://www.lufthansa-technik.com/app...403&action=initial&setLang=english

The price for a single ticket is 20€ (only visible if you switch to German language and only available on certain days).


User currently offlineNicoEDDF From Germany, joined Jan 2008, 1097 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3261 times:

Quoting timmydasquirrel (Reply 12):
That facility looks impressive.

...and it has grown significantly since the picture was taken.


User currently offlinetimmydasquirrel From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

HMU,
Thank you for the link.
 


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