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Lufthansa A350 - Special Flight - MUC-FRA-MUC - D-AIXA

Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:11 pm

Hi together

The A350 is about to take over Delhi, Boston and Mumbai flying soon at Lufthansa and to practise procedures on board and on ground Lufthansa organised a special event for employees and people involved in the A350-EIS project.

Most of the seats were raffled among employees and I was lucky enough to get a seat on these special first passenger flights on board D-AIXA. At this point the aircraft had already done more than 200 test and training flights over the last few months.

My trip started in Hamburg, after getting up at 3 am and taking the first regular LH flight to Munich I was very tired, but a fantastic flight experience lay ahead of me, so I exited the security area to collect my tickets at one of the four special A350-Check-In counters. The boarding passes were already printed, so no choice in terms of seats, but the seats were more or less also raffled, so I was very lucky to get a Business seat and even better, in both directions :D

Instead of Frankfurt <> Bremen LH 350 and LH 359 today are MUC-FRA-MUC :airplane:

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After some speeches by the responsible project managers and a small breakfast buffet, boarding started:

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A first Business class impression:

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That would have been the view from seat 6K, I was first assigned to an aisle seat, but I was able to swap for seat 5A :bigthumbsup:

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forward business class section

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new screens and the new Panasonic eX3 entertainment system working well :bouncy:

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The IFE was running smoothly and reaction time to touch inputs was short, the new onboard cameras provide excellent picture quality, something I don't remember from my Qatar and Finnair A350 flights.
You can also connect your phone with the system which was easy and worked well, given you had the App installed. The map features and displaying option for the route are now interactive and they give an excellent flight overview

Take-Off (the other Videos (onboard camera TO & LDG and wingview LDG are being added later)

As embedding a video is seemingly impossible, the only option is to click on the preview picture below:

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After Take-Off we turned south, climbing through the clouds towards the alps, to fly through or above the valley surrounding the Austrian city of Innsbruck and to get a nice view of the Zugspitze Glacier, Germany's highest mountain.

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Head-Up-Display-View:

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a few hills :spin:

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a few more hills, some might even call them mountains :bouncy:

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turning right above the city of Innsbruck

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After these pictures I left the forward Business section to explore the different wingview perspectives on this aircraft

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IFE screen showing the route and also showing our deviation from the normal Munich-Frankfurt course :bigthumbsup:

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The weather in the Frankfurt area was nowhere as nice as in the alps, but spectators in Frankfurt weren't scared off by these clouds:

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Gate A50, can we park there with all these people in our parking bay?

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Before leaving the aircraft for our 3 hour layover, I quickly visited the cockpit, unfortunately I didn't have the time to take a clean and proper picture

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After our stop in Frankfurt we flew back to Munich, this time I took my aisle seat, but I was able to attach my GoPro to the window. (I'll add this video later as well)

I left Munich back to Hamburg at 5 pm local time onboard D-AIDF, the same aircraft that took me to Munich a few hours ago.

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I hope you like the pictures, for more I'd be glad if you check out my page on Facebook

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Regards, Max


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Re: Lufthansa A350 - Special Flight - MUC-FRA-MUC - D-AIXA

Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:37 am

Amazing....lovely aircraft and interiors. I saw some pictures earlier and Y cabin is complete surprise (nice surprise) for me...different colour than usual LH.
 
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Re: Lufthansa A350 - Special Flight - MUC-FRA-MUC - D-AIXA

Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:01 pm

theaviator380 wrote:
Amazing....lovely aircraft and interiors. I saw some pictures earlier and Y cabin is complete surprise (nice surprise) for me...different colour than usual LH.


Glad you like it! - Y class indeed is completely different, I would have loved to see a new C class as well, but this will take some time.
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Re: Lufthansa A350 - Special Flight - MUC-FRA-MUC - D-AIXA

Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:15 pm

Thank you for posting. Must have been a very nice flight.

How did you set up your camera on that MUC departure video? Very smart set-up making the window look extremely large!
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Re: Lufthansa A350 - Special Flight - MUC-FRA-MUC - D-AIXA

Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:24 pm

PW100 wrote:
Thank you for posting. Must have been a very nice flight.

How did you set up your camera on that MUC departure video? Very smart set-up making the window look extremely large!


Glad you like it :bigthumbsup:

I use a Gopro Hero 3+ Black and the original gopro suction cup. A friend tried other suction cups, but they always fell off the window :spin:

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Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:39 pm

Moin and thanks for this extraordinary trip report! Great pictures and and a flight I envy you about to report on! I would have loved to at least be on the commercial MUC-HAM-MUC on Feb 9 but even that one didn't work out for me since it rotated out of MUC and there was no way for me to get that flight with my commitments and they didn't sell the HAM-MUC sector.
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Re: Lufthansa A350 - Special Flight - MUC-FRA-MUC - D-AIXA

Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:29 pm

Right. Somehow I think even that gopro suction cup will not hold my Canon 5D . . .
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Re: Lufthansa A350 - Special Flight - MUC-FRA-MUC - D-AIXA

Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:22 pm

PW100 wrote:
Right. Somehow I think even that gopro suction cup will not hold my Canon 5D . . .


I guess it might actually! Attaching it to the suction cup is the bigger problem, I reckon! You could lift a table, when you attach the suction cup to it, seriously! :D - Maybe two suction cups ? Then it wouldn't be to shaky, I guess :rotfl:
Flown on - 306,313,318,319,320,321,332,333,343,345,346,359,35K,388, 712,733,734,735,736,73G,738,744,748,752,753,763,77E,77L,77W, 788, 789, M11, M1F, M88, CR7,CR9, E35,E45,E75,E90,E95, AR1,AR8, DHT,DH1,DH4, and some more ;)
 
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Re: Lufthansa A350 - Special Flight - MUC-FRA-MUC - D-AIXA

Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:11 am

Hi MaxiAir.

Thanks for sharing your experience. Great shots of the "hills", by the way.
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