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A Day Of Spotting In MUC & FRA With LH  
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1712 posts, RR: 7
Posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6728 times:

Another empty day in my agenda, so a good day to fly out and go spotting in MUC with a former class-mate. At first we wanted to drive by car to DUS, but we decided to combine spotting with some flying. So I booked some tickets with LH for today.

At 03.45 my alarm clock went off and I drove to my friends place 6km from the airport AMS. Check-in with my e-tix went wrong and we had to queue at the check-in desks. Fortunately it was not too busy and a nice female agent checked us in for the first flight of the morning to MUC.
Security was a breeze as we only had some photo-equipment with us. It only took 10 minutes to pass security and we decided to grab a cup of coffee at the newly opened Starbucks coffee-counter. We walked down to the B-concourse where 2 LH birds were waking up after an overnight stay at AMS. A 737-300 at B9 for FRA, and at gate B11 a small Canadair CRJ-200 was waiting for us to join on her first flight of the day to MUC.

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Flight: LH 4705 ( operated by LH Cityline )
Routing: AMS-MUC
Reg: D-ACHA
Type: Canadair CRJ-200LR
Seat: 11A
Load factor: 75%
2nd flight on the CRJ-200 and the 1st on this machine


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Although the aircraft was parked at a finger gate position, we had to walk down the stairs and board via the stairs into the aircraft. As it is only a small bird, boarding was completed within minutes and we were soon ready for Pushback. Our captain had a rushy morning I think as we taxied with a very high speed. Still it took us 12 minutes before we queued up as nr.5 at rwy 36L. After a quick turn we headed to the south-east towards the Dutch-German borders.
The aircraft was in a good condition with surprisingly a very good seat-pitch. And bearing in mind I was quite far in the back of the aircraft, the engine noise was not too loud.
We were served some coffee and juice together with 2 small sandwiches ( 1x cheese, 1x Chicken ). Soon we started our descent into MUC and we landed smoothly on rwy 26L.
We taxied to a remote stand next where a bus was waiting for us. It took us to the terminal and we arrived in Bavaria.

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whole lotta kranich

We decided to check out the T2 observers deck, but after some minutes we decided to go to the Airpark as the views were not too good here. So downstairs again and we walked to T1 to catch the S-bahn to the next station. We passed the aircraft in the park (BO-105, DC3, Ju52 and Connie ) and climbed the hill to check out the movements at MUC.

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D-AILU

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nice and shiny Aegan 320

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BA 757-200

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US 767-200

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AB 737-800

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Israir 320

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LT 330-200

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TUI 737-800

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'Tante Ju' ( Junkers 52/3M )


After a couple of hours we went back to the airport and check-in for the first possible flight to FRA. Through security we went, which seemed to take hours. For some reason the X-ray machine went of every time, and after 30 minutes we finally passed security on this quiet day at MUC. I really don¡¦t want to know how long it takes here on a busy day!
Gate G26 was our goal now, which is located directly behind a big tax-free store. Smart move MUC. We made a pit-stop at the coffee counter, as LH is offering free coffee and tea at MUC. A very nice gesture I must say.

Flight: LH 973
Routing: MUC-FRA
Reg: D-AIQA
Type: Airbus A320
Seat: 21F
Load factor: 80%
6th flight on the A320 and the 2nd on this machine


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Boarding was again a breeze and we soon taxied to rwy 08L for a nice take off. The flight was uneventful, as it is a very short hop from MUC to FRA. I can't believe LH actually operates 330's at the moment between MUC and FRA. On the other hand a pity that we got an A320.
We first passed FRA before turning sharp right for a rwy 07L landing. Landing was a bit tough and we taxied to a finger-gate at the A-concourse. We walked to the sky-train and took the train to T2. Here we had a ¡§meal¡¨ at McDonald's and after that we went outside on the observation deck. Again we stayed for some hours taking various pictures of the airport action.

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EK 330-200

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Almost ready for taxi

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Red tails at FRA

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TS A310

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Dolomiti 146-300

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S7 A319

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EW 146-300

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LH 340-300

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KM A320

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New door attached


Flight: LH 4682
Routing: FRA-AMS
Reg: D-ABXS
Type: Boeing 737-330
Seat: 18E ( 18F actual )
Load factor: 95%
5th flight on the 737-300 and the 1st on this machine


Now it was time to go home again, and with some full memory-cards with nice pictures we were happy about today's results. Our assigned gate was A36 which is quite a walk from the main terminal, and with only minutes left we needed to rush to make it to the flight.
My rule then is, don't run but walk fast. If you run, you'll miss it.
We were in time to make it to the flight and we quickly boarded this refurbished 733.
You really can't tell that this bird is around 20 years old looking through the eyes of the average passenger. We enthusiasts know better  Smile

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Il-76

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down-town FRA

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This flight went smooth and just over an hour later we landed at AMS on rwy 36R.
We said our goodbyes and home we went, tired but with a nice day behind us.

Thanks for reading!
Brgds,
DALCE


flown: F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,77W,319,320,321,333,AB6.
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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6707 times:

DALCE

Many thanks for your report and pics. Looks like you had a great time. Nice to see some pics from the now re-opened deck at T2 at FRA. I went there in 1999 to the T2 deck before it was shut, although it's not as good as the facilities were at the other terminal. Still, in the current climate, any spectator's deck is better than none!

Did you find the CRJ200 extremely difficult to look out of the window? My one and only experience so far on the CRJ200 nearly gave me neck cramp from having to stoop down to look out of the window!



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17126 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6701 times:

What a great TR with the spotting.

Really excellent pics.

I am so jealous on you, that get the opportunity to do flights like this just for spotting. Wish that I could do like this too.

Thank you for sharing.

B747forever.



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6683 times:

Hi, Joost,
great that you fixed the bucket problem now.
It was well worth to wait for your story and your pix.
Sounds you had a nice day spotting around germany´s two largest airports.

Quoting DALCE (Thread starter):
You really can't tell that this bird is around 20 years old looking through the eyes of the average passenger. We enthusiasts know better

Or at the other hand side it´s unbelievable to view the conditions on FR´s 738 after five years in service there!.

Thanx for posting and best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1712 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6671 times:

Hi Palmjet,

Thanks for reading my report!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 1):
Many thanks for your report and pics. Looks like you had a great time. Nice to see some pics from the now re-opened deck at T2 at FRA. I went there in 1999 to the T2 deck before it was shut, although it's not as good as the facilities were at the other terminal. Still, in the current climate, any spectator's deck is better than none!

I think the T2 terrace is veryg ood, also because at T2 you seen a wide variety of airlines. T1 is mainly LH and Staralliance.
The old terrace i don't know. Then I was not so much into aviation as now, and didn't have the possibility to fly out like I have now. Back then I was a poor student, who spend all his money on beer  Smile



Quoting Palmjet (Reply 1):
Did you find the CRJ200 extremely difficult to look out of the window?

With my 1.91mtr length, it was terrible to see something. My back and neck still hurt when I think back of that flight  Smile

Hi B747forever!

Thanks for reading my report!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 2):
Really excellent pics

Still have to learn a lot, just bought a new camera, and now I have to improve my skills.


Cheers,

Joost ( DALCE )



flown: F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,77W,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1712 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6667 times:

Hi Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
great that you fixed the bucket problem now.
It was well worth to wait for your story and your pix.

Yup, it was because of the help of Airbuseric that the problem is solved. It was something with the names of the pics.
But anyway it is solved now  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Or at the other hand side it´s unbelievable to view the conditions on FR´s 738 after five years in service there!.

According your stories with FR, you are right. Personally I have no experience with FR so far.
I think LH is doing a very good job on keeping their planes in good shape.

Gruss,
Joost ( DALCE )



flown: F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,77W,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6642 times:

Guten Abend Herrn Joost  Wink

Good to see we fixed your problem  Smile I had similar problems in the past, it won't happen again now.
Interesting score to get the CRJ-200 on your MUC flight. I guess it's usually served by a mix of CR7/CR9 and even the Avro 85 ? Munich is on our list for a weekendbreak with some shopping. Postponed to early 2008 now, but for sure LH will see us on board.

I know LH is serving A330's now between MUC-FRA, a real shame you didn't get one. That must have been fun otherwise.
Nice pics, good story. Already waiting for your next one  Wink

PS - when will our former classmate put his reports online here?

Bye  wave 
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1712 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6625 times:

Hey Eric,

I'm very thankful for your help! I almost gave up with photobucket  Sad
But now I know what went wrong, and it will not happen again.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
Interesting score to get the CRJ-200 on your MUC flight. I guess it's usually served by a mix of CR7/CR9 and even the Avro 85 ?

Currently most flights are served with CR9 and AR8, with as of next week 319 or 735 here and there.
The CR2 is quite rare on AMS-MUC nowadays. I hoped for the CR9 as she is far more comfortable as the CR2.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
I know LH is serving A330's now between MUC-FRA, a real shame you didn't get one. That must have been fun otherwise.

It was a pity, but these things happen. I found it more terrible to have the D-AIQA again, no new bird for the log....

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
PS - when will our former classmate put his reports online here?

I know he reads them, but he is not a member, but I will ask him  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
Nice pics, good story. Already waiting for your next one

Next one will be an U2 report AMS-EDI-AMS in December.

Groetjes,
Joost (DALCE)



flown: F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,77W,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27245 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6573 times:

Really nice TR , thanks for sharing

OA260


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17126 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6559 times:

Quoting DALCE (Reply 4):
Still have to learn a lot, just bought a new camera, and now I have to improve my skills.

But your pics are really good. Hope we can see more pics from you soon. Why dont you send some to A.net, I am sure they could accept some of them.



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4690 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6261 times:

Hi, very nice TR!

I have two comments:

Quoting DALCE (Thread starter):
AB 737-800

That's not a 738. My bet is on a 737-300 (maybe operated by DI?) or a non-wingleted 737-700.

Quoting DALCE (Thread starter):
Il-76

Thanks for that pic! I didn't know Silk Way had already completed a PS-90 engine conversion on one of their IL-76s.



Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1712 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6230 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 9):
But your pics are really good. Hope we can see more pics from you soon. Why dont you send some to A.net, I am sure they could accept some of them

Perhaps I might give it a try sometime, you never know  Smile

Quoting A342 (Reply 10):
That's not a 738. My bet is on a 737-300 (maybe operated by DI?) or a non-wingleted 737-700.

I was already doubting  Smile

Quoting A342 (Reply 10):
Thanks for that pic! I didn't know Silk Way had already completed a PS-90 engine conversion on one of their IL-76s.

With pleasure!



flown: F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,77W,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17126 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6228 times:

Quoting DALCE (Reply 11):
Perhaps I might give it a try sometime, you never know

That is great.



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1712 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6044 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 12):
That is great.

I will give it a try, still have to select some pcs though



flown: F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,77W,319,320,321,333,AB6.
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