alanelrfc
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MAN-FRA-MAN With Lufthansa (W/Pics)

Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:36 pm

This is my first trip report, so please tell me what your opinions are.
Never been to Frankfurt airport before, so me and a few mates decided why not book a few days off work.
Plus, anything to get away from work, we all work at MAN airport, so we thought it would be nice to see how other airports handled different traffic.

Date: 29th June 2008
Aircraft: Airbus A320-211 (Lufthansa)
Reg: D-AIQS
Sched Dep Time: 0700
Act Dep Time: 0700
Flight Time: 01:30
Sched Arr Time: 0940
Actual Arr Time: 0930

We all had prebooked extra legroom seats, so we all had a window each over 2 rows.
I was sat on 10A on the left side of the plane.
We boarded through stand 9 on time and soon enough the L1 door was closed. Passenger load was about one third full.
The other morning LH flight pushed just before ours off to Munich next door on stand 7, otherwise we would have pushed early.

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Awaiting pushback from Stand 09


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BMI A330 G-WWBB loading up for a longhaul flight somewhere


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Seating arrangement onboard Quebec Sierra


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Was very satisfied with the amount of legroom on their A320's


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Crossing runway 23R with a BMI A319


We executed a rolling takeoff from 23L just 10 mins from pushback, and due to the light load we were airbourne in no time.

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Climbing away from MAN into the low cloud base


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Nice gap between the lower and upper level clouds


This traffic on my left hand side stayed parallel with us for some time before turing away to the left.

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Traffic at 9 o'clock


The approach into Frankfurt was brilliant. We came in from the North, made a serious of right turns to line up with runway 25L.
Some excellent views were to be had, with the sun shining on the scenery.

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Making the approach into a sunny Frankfurt


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Final approach runway 25L


We touched down 10 minutes ahead of our scheduled arrival time, which is always a bonus.

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Waiting for the touchdown


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Vacating 25L


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First glimpse of Lufthansa heaven


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After the company A320...


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Passing the huge Technik hangar, with D-AIAP on tow


We arrived at gate A28, and were bussed to the Terminal, no too sure why as our gate had an airbridge, maybe someone can enlighten me.

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Arriving on gate A28


A few choice images from the many taken over the 3 days we were there:

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TUI 737 D-AHFU


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Russia State Transport Company A320 EI-DZR


We also took the 45 minute bus ride airside around the airport and what can I say, it was awesome.

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Air Union Tupolev 154 RA-85702


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TAM A340 PT-MSL, looks fab in the bright colours of TAM Brazil


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Qantas 744 VH-OJC being towed to the cargo apron, notice the A380 tug


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A shot of the superb viewing terrace offered at FRA



Date: 1st July 2008
Aircraft: Airbus A320-211 (Lufthansa)
Reg: D-AIQB
Sched Dep Time: 2135
Act Dep Time: 2210
Flight Time: 01:20
Sched Arr Time: 2215
Actual Arr Time: 2230

It was time for us to return back to Manchester, and I must say, as international airports go, FRA rates amongst the best I have ever been to.

This Singapore Airlines 773 came onto stand while we were grabbing a bite to eat, along with a Thai 744, what a sight.

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I wish we got the 300 series at MAN, 9V-SWE


We eventually boarded at 21:50, and were bussed out to our aircraft on remote stand.
Passenger load on this Tuesday evening was 90% full, I was sat in the middle seat (22E) while my friend occupied the window seat. The two other guys were sat 2 rows behind.

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Boarding via the rear steps of Quebec Bravo


The flight was pretty smooth until we made our approach into MAN. As we descended through the rain clouds, it was rather bumpy, as expected.

Soon we arrived back onto Stand 9 where our journey began. We offloaded via the front steps onto the wet Manchester apron, and into the terminal.

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Back on Stand 09, with our aircraft being offloaded


All in all, anyone who has never visited FRA airport, it should be on the spotting list. The airport as well as the city was magnificent.
Would be happy to go back anytime.

So until next time....

Thanks for taking the time to read
Alanelrfc
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MAN23R
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RE: MAN-FRA-MAN With Lufthansa (W/Pics)

Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:47 pm

absolutely fantastic bravo bravo, great TR, the best you've done ?


btw I'm sure i know you......

[Edited 2008-07-08 13:49:43]
 
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RE: MAN-FRA-MAN With Lufthansa (W/Pics)

Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:47 pm

great TR! FRA is defo the top of the list of the best places to go  Smile
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RE: MAN-FRA-MAN With Lufthansa (W/Pics)

Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:53 pm

Nice report and pictures, thanks for posting.

FRA is a great place for spotting though the deck is not as good as the old one, however any deck is better than none!

Regards

Mark
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RE: MAN-FRA-MAN With Lufthansa (W/Pics)

Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:03 pm

Hi, Alan,

always nice to read about another one´s view into FRA.
An airport where I was for a simple lot of times!.

Quoting Alanelrfc (Thread starter):
We arrived at gate A28, and were bussed to the Terminal, no too sure why as our gate had an airbridge, maybe someone can enlighten me.

The A pier is Schengen Area, so it´s usual when your machine doing the next intra Schengen ride, the non-Schengen arrivals gone by bus to the entrance.

Sounds you had a great time there.
For your next arrival on the 25´s, take the other side,
the skyline is amazing.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)
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RE: MAN-FRA-MAN With Lufthansa (W/Pics)

Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:20 pm

Very nice pics , thanks a lot for sharing . Frankfurt is one of the increasingly rare airports with spotting terraces .
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RE: MAN-FRA-MAN With Lufthansa (W/Pics)

Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:28 pm

Hiya

nice report, good pics, for sure!

Quoting Alanelrfc (Thread starter):
We all had prebooked extra legroom seats

Do they offer these seats on European flights?! Didn't know that. Or did you use own contacts via your job at MAN ?

Hope to read more about your travels soon here.

Cheers,
Eric
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alanelrfc
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RE: MAN-FRA-MAN With Lufthansa (W/Pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:15 am

Hi Airbuseric,
We used our contacts originally to reserve the exit seats on one row, but once on board, no-one else outside the group sat on any of the other exit seats, so we moved and all had a window each.
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RE: MAN-FRA-MAN With Lufthansa (W/Pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:44 pm

Hi there,

Although it is not my homebase, FRA is very special to me as I worked for LH serveral years.
I fully agree on you that the terrace in FRA is of high quality.
You make some great pictures aswell btw.

Thanks for sharing!
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alanelrfc
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RE: MAN-FRA-MAN With Lufthansa (W/Pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:48 pm



Quoting MAN23R (Reply 1):
btw I'm sure i know you......



I know you Scott  Smile haha
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RE: MAN-FRA-MAN With Lufthansa (W/Pics)

Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:15 pm

Very great first TR.

Nice pics you got

The 773 is HUGE. Cant wait to fly on that a/c one day.


Thank you for sharing

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