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My second TR, this time on a journey in July/August 2005.

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A321-100 D-AIRD "Coburg"
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July 2005 was a very rainy month in Austria and yes, I was glad to go to Alaska for a bit of sun...  Wink

This first flight was incidentally operated by the same A321 that had taken me from VIE to FRA two years before on my way to OSL. Considering the amount of 321s in LH's fleet, that's quite a coincidence.

Departure was on time, RWY in use was 29.

Taxiing out, passing OE-LDD:

After waiting for a CRJ to land and an DH3 to depart, it was our turn. Great spotting area down there:

Breakfast was nothing to write home about (and nothing to take apicture of, either  Wink), just a standard roll and tea (with milk in my case).

Over Bavaria:

You know what an A321 looks like, but anyway:

Approaching RWY 25L:

Having to clear US customs was unexpected, since our destination was YXY and not ANC, but anyway... The DE 767 had to use the US pier.
Customs were rather un-tightish, however (silly me) I had to get rid of a 10cm nail that I was still carrying in my bag that I had found some days before at a Vienna train station. The officer asked me whether it was possible that I had some kind of figure with a nail in my bag after x-raying my stuff and after a second of panic (Oh shit, don't arrest me, please don't!  Wink) I pulled it out and told him to keep it...
Funny though, that VIE X-Ray didn't find it. I was carrying a rusty nail on a European flight. Ironically, today you can't even transport a bottle of mineral water... :/

DE 2066
B767-300ER originally D-ABUI, changed for D-ABUF
mfd 1994

We were awaiting our 763 at the gate, I was looking forward to my first post-9/11 transatlantic flight.
About an hour before scheduled departure, D-ABUI pulled into the gate and I was glad to be on a yellow DE plane:

The plane was neatly cleaned:

But soon I realized that something was not really going according to plan:

"UI!", as us German speakers would say...  Wink

Soon after, ABUI was pulled away again. :sad:

A LH employee came on the PA and announced that the flight was delayed for technical problems with the nose gear (As if I hadn't known...  Wink) and we were about to be bussed to another gate as the gate was needed for the LH flight to PDX.
It should be noted that, by that time, we had already passed the boarding pass controls and were basically trapped inside the gate area without toilets. The poor employee at the gate had to collect the passes from everyone leaving the gate for the toilet and was pretty stressed.

Pretty creative solution:

On the bus ride we were passing by some real beauties:

We were then "parked" in a waiting area below the pier that's used by UA and AA (don't know the name):

After another 30 mins we were finally bussed to our actual plane, D-ABUF which was waiting at a remote stand. Don't ask me who this grumpy guy is:

The interiors were SOOOO 1990s  Wink:

However, I found the seats to be quite comfy, although it seemed that the legroom was inferior to the LH and OS Europe fleets.

We then departed rather quickly. After all, we had lost a lot of time on the ground. DEP RWY was 25R:

Norwegian coastline:

Lunch was served over the North Sea and consisted of Chicken Breast with Meshed Potatoes and a Strawberry Cake. Pretty good:

View from row 40. I think it's terribly annoying that some people were standing in th aisle the whole 9 hrs flight long, blocking it and chatting VERY loudly...Not necessary...

Some images of the Arctic (north of Greenland!!!):

About an hour and a half out of YXY, a second meal was served:

We approached YXY straight from the north, without a major change in direction between FRA and YXY...

Yukon. No explanations needed for this immense beauty...

On short final, passing the city of Whitehorse to the west:

Looking along YXY's frost-proof runway:

The impressive terminal in YXY. YYZ, watch out!!!

What followed were two unbelievable weeks up north, touring the Yukon and Alaska. Pics including a water plane flight out of Lake Hood.

DE 2067
B767-300ER D-ABUH
mfd 1994

The inbound plane from FRA was delayed for about an hour. Apparently, this is normal... :lol:
There she is...

The cabin before departure:

I've only got a vid of take off and landing, perhaps I'll put them on YouTube later.

After the northbound departure:

Views of Canada's highest peaks:

Surprisingly, we had to fill in US immigration cards, even though our final dest was FRA. However, it appears that the US need as many biometrical data as possible, so they let the whole plane deplane and re-board again. Oh, America... Treats you like cattle when you try to get in (or don't!) and can be so very kind to you when you're there.  Smile The US don't deserve their airport immigration.

Approaching ANC over Cook Inlet. Very low tide...

ANC Intl gates. The blue T-shirt folks are pilgrims visiting the Catholic World's Youth Day in Cologne:

Departing ahead of a beautiful 732:

The city in the background:

Denali in all its glory:

Midnight sun at FL 350...

The funniest eastbound transatlantic flight I've ever experienced. Also one of the most beautiful. So much to see and so little time...

Calm European skies again:

On approach:

Europe's skyscraper capital:

The loveliest N-registered airplane, NW's A330:

We were parking in exactly the same spot as upon leaving Europe, so we had another bus tour ahead of us. Ironically we could see our OS 320 leaving for VIE. Without us.

We had missed our OS connection home, but upon leaving the bus we already heard:
"Passagiere nach Wien? Passengers to Vienna?" and a very helpful male employee guided us towards the info counter and handed us our boarding cards for the next LH flight to Vienna. Just like that. Well done, LH!

While we were waiting for our flight to board, I did some mediocre spotting through the window panes:

LH 3534
A319-100 D-AILS "Heide"
mfd 1997

For some obscure reason, our 319 was once again waiting at a remote stand...

On the way to RWY18, we passed our 763 a last time:



We circled around the city to the north and the east, just to finally arrive on RWY34...

Great spotting position below:

Welcome home:

What else but a VO 100 to greet us?

Questions are very welcome. I'm just to tired to deliver a more detailed conclusion right now.  Wink
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Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:22 am

Great report! Love the pictures.

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Thread starter):

Looking along YXY's frost-proof runway:

Frost-proof runway? What makes it such, if you don't mind me asking?

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Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:27 am

That was a joking rerference to the visible wear and tear on the runway.
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Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:59 am

Excellent report; I really enjoyed the pictures of the Canadian north from the air!
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Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:28 am

Wow, excellent tripreport and what an amazing pictures  Smile !
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Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:37 am

Great report and pictures!!
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Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:23 am

thanxs for takeing the time to post that great report.
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Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:40 am

Excellent report, and AWESOME pictures. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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Wed Mar 14, 2007 2:55 pm

Thank you so much for at treat at some of the most spectacular sights I have ever seen. I have become a fan of your trip reports. Love the first one too.  wave 
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Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:56 am

Great job; excellent photos. Thanks for taking the effort.
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Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:49 am

great report and pictures, glad you enjoyed Alaska
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Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:46 pm

Great report! The Northern Canadian landscape looks awesome.

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Thu Mar 15, 2007 7:56 pm

Great report....the scenery is so beautiful, it must have been a great flight! Big grin
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Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:38 am

Fantastic report, the scenery looks beautiful

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Sat Mar 24, 2007 2:52 pm

Great report, the scenery on both DE flights looks just stunning!


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Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:33 pm

Crisp, clear pics!! What type and brand of camera did you use? Thanks for the answer.
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Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:35 pm

Back then I was using a Minolta Dimage Z10. I since upgraded to an EOS 350D. (See my other TR for comparison)

The Z10 is one hell of a camera, I must say. Great value for money.
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:38 am

Great report as well as the pics!  Smile
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:18 am

Amazing trip, and I agree we don't deserve our own immigration
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:49 am

Amazing trip! I liked the pictures of the scenery in Alaska, and Denali! Great trip report, Thanks!
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Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:13 pm

Excellent report and awesome photos. Really is great to see my home airport (YXY) on here.

However, I clicked the link for more of your travel photos, and I jumped when I saw YDU labeled as a Convair 440. The airplane at Dawson there, is Air North's YDU, which is one of 4 Hawker Siddeley HS748s. Not a Convair, sorry.

Other than that it was an excellent report though!

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Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:17 pm

Quoting CanadianNorth (Reply 20):
Not a Convair, sorry.

Well, that was well before my time. My mfd is 1987...  ashamed 
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Wed Mar 28, 2007 7:31 pm

Nice report and great pictures  Smile

How far north did you actually fly?? Flew with AY from HEL to SFO once and we flew north of Iceland and crossed Greenland way north before entering Canadian airspace. Needless to say, my face was glued to the window during the whole flight Big grin

I am going too BKK with OS in April and have 5 hour stopover i VIE. Any suggestions of things to do??

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Thu Mar 29, 2007 2:07 am

Hej Stein!
Depends on what you want to do in VIE...

I would not go to the city center. The regional train frequencies are less than convenient and the (private) City Airport Train is way too expensive and a real tourist rip-off (OK, perhaps not by Norwegian standards  Wink).

If you are one of those who don't have a problem with staring out of the window for a few hours watching planes, or, if you are a spotter, the parking lots offer great views.
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Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:08 am

Great report! I'm glad you enjoyed Canada. I find it very funny that such a tiny place as Whitehorse gets a 767!!!

As a side note, it looks like I flew out of FRA the same day you returned (FRA-YVR). I remember all the people going to Köln for that Catholic thing.
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Thu Mar 29, 2007 5:50 pm

Thanks a lot DavidkunzVIE.

Will have to take a good look at those park lots then  Smile Are there good views from the terminal building as well? You totally right about the train (ACT?). It is actually quite cheep after Norwegian standards Big grin

Looking forward to my first flight on a Fokker jet-aircraft, believe OS utilize a F70 on the OSL - VIE route.

Thanks again  Smile

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Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:28 pm

Great TR and the pics are just ... wow!!

Flew into Whitehorse about two months earlier in June 05 where we met friends coming in from FRA with DE. Guess what - they were delayed by an hour as well  Big grin

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