DALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1796 posts, RR: 6 Posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7131 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.
Flight: LH 4705 ( operated by LH Cityline )
Type: Canadair CRJ-200LR
Load factor: 75%
2nd flight on the CRJ-200 and the 1st on this machine
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.
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.
nice and shiny Aegan 320
'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
Type: Airbus A320
Load factor: 80%
6th flight on the A320 and the 2nd on this machine
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.
Almost ready for taxi
Red tails at FRA
New door attached
Flight: LH 4682
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
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.
Palmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1233 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7110 times:
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!
DALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1796 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7074 times:
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
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
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4341 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7045 times:
Guten Abend Herrn Joost
Good to see we fixed your problem 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
PS - when will our former classmate put his reports online here?
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
DALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1796 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7028 times:
I'm very thankful for your help! I almost gave up with photobucket
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
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.