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FRA-HAM On D-AIRL (29.03.2007, 18:20-19:20)  
User currently offlineLufthansi From Germany, joined May 2002, 454 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3381 times:

Hi there!

Due to the nice replies on my last trip report "A Great Day In The Cockpit" (http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/94320/) I created another one for you.

This time I was flying to Hamburg for to celebrate with my family. As you may know from my last report I moved to FRA one month ago. On my first leg from FRA to HAM I was joining an A300 from Lufthansa and enjoyed a seat in the last seat row. It's amazing how deep the tail dives during rotation. And BTW: I got the drink at first due to the aft galley where service for the aft cabin starts. I made no pics due to to the high pax load. I don't wanna seem like a freak...

The leg back home to FRA was on board D-AIRL and I was granted to fly on my favorite seat. Jumpseat in the cockpit. We had to wait for a slot which added some 15mins delay. Weather was good at HAM but some big cumulus clouds and thunderstorms at FRA forced the FRAPORT to reduce movements per minute. While waiting for our start-up and taxi clearance, Mr Lauer (chief financial officer) talked to us in the front office and told us some interesting facts from his meeting at HAM. Lufthansa is good but needs to catch up to Ryanair's good financial situation.

If you're going to HAM make sure to enter the "Mövenpick Restaurant" in Terminal 2. The Amarena-Cherry-Ice is really tasty!!! They offer a lot of meals from Switzerland. Lufthansa Employees are getting 40% price reduction  Big grin You can see the restaurant right above the company 737. The terrace is open again but with an annoying fence. On this picture we are starting ENG No 2.

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During taxi-out we saw N777AS on which I once worked during my apprenticeship. This is one of only two private 777s in the world! It's always stored at HAM and will be returned into service by Lufthansa Technik if the owner wants to use it for a trip to London or whatever. Therefore it needs to be flown to Jiddah each and every time for catching up the lucky ones travelling on board.

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We were taxiing down to rwy 05 from Gate C17 via taxiway Kilo and November. We had to wait some minutes on taxiway Romeo before crossing rwy 33 due to a Citation which was taxiing to rwy 23 instead. My pilots were surprised as I was when we saw the Citation thundering down rwy 23 while we stopped at the end and reported ready on the holding point. "It seems as everyone can ask for it's own runway. Why didn't we ask for 33? That would have been much faster than this city-trip. And why the heck is the "Schweinchen" (little pig which is the nickname for all LH 737s) taxiing to rwy 15?" This is how it looked after taxiing into position behind the departing Citation.

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Rwy 05 is really bumpy at the threshold. My dear! The pilots meant it's like driving on an "Acker" (acre). We switched off both packs for having more power on our V2500 engines during take-off roll. Rotation was smooth though.

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Gear is going up while passing the terminals where I had my Ice cream some 30min ago.

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Turning right to 164° following DLE 6C departure route. But we had radar vectors until waypoint ULSEN.

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Climbing to FL310 enroute to FRA.

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Following a Cirrus aircraft down to FRA.

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Here you can see the reason for our delayed slot at HAM.

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Frankfurt radar at it's best. "The Cirrus is in sight. Can we follow visual and catch up?" "Yeah, but don't get ahead of him and contact tower on ninteen-niner"

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c184/lufthansi/01011418.jpg

Dizzy weather at FRA. The cars on the A3 and A5 are already lighted up. And so are we at 1000 feet.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c184/lufthansi/01011420.jpg

Short finals for 25 L.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c184/lufthansi/01011424.jpg

Busy FRA all day long.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c184/lufthansi/01011426.jpg

Backtracking to Gate 11. Holding short of 25R for a company A319.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c184/lufthansi/01011428.jpg

There we are. Nearly on time, safe and lucky due to the nice trip.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c184/lufthansi/01011431.jpg

I wanna thank the cockpit crew for their friendly permission to join them in the cockpit. It has been a truly amazing experience and made the day even nicer as it already was.

I hope you enjoyed my trip report. Of course the pics are not at a.net quality but maybe interesting to some of you. Feel free to post your comments!


Life starts at take-off!
11 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1676 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3326 times:

Always nice to see the office upfront!
Thanks for sharing!!



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User currently offlineGjunnar From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

Amazing pictures, thanks.

User currently offlineEGBJ From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 498 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3220 times:

Awesome unique report...thanks for sharing!! Big grin

User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1916 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3172 times:
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Very nice report and pictures!!

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User currently offlineStylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 2952 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3145 times:

great report and amazing pics! very sharp... good job my colleague  Wink

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8506 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3142 times:
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Great report and pictures, I sure miss those trips to the front office  Sad

Thanks

Mark



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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2344 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2581 times:

Hey, cool pictures. I was on D-AIRL (A321-100) from LHR to FRA in April 2006. In need of an updated interior if I remember correctly...


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User currently offlineAA787823 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

WOW!!! That FO looks kinda HOT!...Was she????

User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1676 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 7):
In need of an updated interior if I remember correctly...

Has been updated since  Smile



flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineSpeedbird19 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 449 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2302 times:

Nice report, LH are always good to fly with, I flew D-AIRS from BCN-FRA last year, never had a complaint when it comes to flying with LH  Smile


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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7086 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2261 times:

Quoting AA787823 (Reply 8):
WOW!!! That FO looks kinda HOT!...Was she????

Took the words out of my mouth.


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