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My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:38 am

Hey all,

Last year I flew on an LH A3B6 for the first (and last) time of my life, as I flew from Malta (MLA) to Frankfurt-am-Mein (FRA), and loved every second of it. I decided not to write a trip report on it, but I still have some of the pictures on my hard-drive that I would like to share with you today, since today (July 1st) will be the last ever LH A300 flight after more than 33 years in service with the company. It was a pleasure to fly, and I think I don't stand alone when I say that I just love to fly wide-body on short-haul!

I had always been hoping for another chance to fly on her since, but unfortunately this never happened.

Anyways, I shall now let the pictures do the talking as my tribute to the LH A3B6, this particular one serving our flight was named Bocholt (sorry, I do not know what the reg # is). Sorry if the pictures are not top-notch quality.


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http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q5/wally1990/FranceJune080082.jpg
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I LOVE the wingtips!
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q5/wally1990/FranceJune080112.jpg

Can anyone tell me what these black brush-like things are between the flaps? Typical A3B6? I have never seen it before!
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q5/wally1990/FranceJune080122.jpg
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http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q5/wally1990/FranceJune080192.jpg

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q5/wally1990/FranceJune080212.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q5/wally1990/FranceJune080222.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q5/wally1990/FranceJune080232.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q5/wally1990/FranceJune080242.jpg
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http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q5/wally1990/FranceJune080262.jpg


Let's hope the A300 will have many more years in service with many other carriers around the world.

Thanks for looking!  Smile Comments welcome.


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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:05 am

Hi Allard,

great report for a wonderful air craft. Still remember my first LH A300 flight from HAM-FRA back in the seventies. Just last week had the pleasure of flying a KE A3B6 from Jeju Island to Seoul Gimpo. Believe KE still has 8 A3B6 in service on their domstic routes. Seems they are pretty much used like a bus between Seoul Gimpo and Jeju. One of my best domestic flights with clear skies from Jeju to Seoul.

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Cheers from Brisbane,

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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:17 am

Hi Allard,

thanks for this topic.
Flew the LH AB6 also for the first and last time last year, ship was D-AIAL.
Indeed a wonderful experience and great ride on this magnificent Airbus!

Quoting BPS3458 (Reply 1):
Believe KE still has 8 A3B6 in service on their domstic routes. Seems they are pretty much used like a bus between Seoul Gimpo and Jeju.

KE use the AB6 also on PUS-NRT, since I see it always on the morning flight at NRT.

Regards
Eric
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:09 pm

Is the takeoff with no flaps??????
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:47 pm



Quoting BPS3458 (Reply 1):
Seems they are pretty much used like a bus between Seoul Gimpo and Jeju

Yes, that's why it's called an Airbus  Smile

Never flew on a LH A300 but my flights on this bird include Air Alfa, Air Anatolia, China Northwest Airlines and Thai Airways. Even the 3-3-3 seating on the Turkish carriers always made for a comfortable ride.
 
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:40 pm

Great Pics.

RIP Lufthansa A300's. We will miss you. I remember flying them between FRA and TXL in 2005-6. They are just wonderful. My only other A300 experience was on AA from MIA to SJU which is also not going to be around for much longer with the 300. Hope some airlines continue to fly these machines cause they are beautiful.


Quoting BPS3458 (Reply 1):
Believe KE still has 8 A3B6 in service on their domstic routes. Seems they are pretty much used like a bus between Seoul Gimpo and Jeju.

FYI, they also use them on Korea (not sure where but guessing incheon) to NGO because i was at NGO a couple weeks ago and there was a KE 744 and A300 waiting in the night for morning flights back to Korea.
 
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:45 pm

Great pics and thanks for showing us. Sure will miss the A300. Lucky I got to fly on it a few years back FRA-ATH on LH.

Just love the A/C and have fond memories of flying on Olympic's A300-B4 fleet all the time.

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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:42 pm

I, too, will miss the AB3s very much. I fondly remember many flights aboard them, mostly on the AB3s that Indian Airlines had....I've logged many hours flying onboard them. Infact, my very first flight was when I was 2 months old from BOM to TRV in 1982!

Maybe I should purchase a pass on AA and try to get on an AB3 flight before they are completely gone from pax service in the US skies!

Sad day indeed.
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:22 pm

Love the A300-600R, it's a beautiful plane, nice lines, comfortable and roomy. They will be truly missed. Here we have another 2 months to enjoy seeing AA AB6's grace the skies for the last time. The end of an era, what a shame!!!  Sad Nice report by the way.  Smile
 
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:31 pm

Thanks for the comments you guys!  Smile

I realise though that this isn't a true TR. I would have filled you in with the details of the flight (food/service/the works), but since this was a little less than a year ago, I won't even be able to tell you what date it was (except that it was a sunday, haha).

Glad you enjoyed the pictures.


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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:39 pm

Great pics!

My one and only A300 flight was on Lufthansa from FRA-HAM, August 25th, 2004. Good times Big grin
 
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:20 pm

Hola Allard,

A great tribute for a superior plane.

I flew them a couple of times on the FRA-BCN route. They were used in summer when the demand for flights to the Mediterranean was higher.

BTW, the registration for your particular plane, Bocholt, was D-AIAU.

Salut!

Roger
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:55 pm

Hi, Allard,

nice pictures.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 2):
ship was D-AIAL.

1.)365.)MUC-FRA Lufthansa A300-600 D-AIAL
2.)407.)ATH-FRA Lufthansa A300-600 D-AIAU

Me, too + D-AIAU.

For sure, something to miss here at FRA.

Greetings,
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:10 pm

Thanks for bringing back some fond memories of a wonderful flight, ahem years ago  Silly , on an LH A3B6 that made me realise just how much I'll miss the opportunity to fly on these great old birds.

Did the MS A3B2 in 1988 & fell in love with the A300 as a type. Really sad to see yet another operator finally having to let them go.
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:35 am



Quoting AFKL (Thread starter):
this particular one serving our flight was named Bocholt

I had no idea Bocholt even had a LH aircraft named after it. I lived in Rhede for many years which is just a few kilometers to the east of Bocholt.

Quoting Ogre727 (Reply 3):
Is the takeoff with no flaps??????

From what I understand, its a common procedure in A300/310 aircraft. I've been on A310s quite often with no flap take offs.
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:37 am

Lufthansa A300... I luv you!

The A300 is a truly masterpiece. I was cabin crew on TransAer's A300B4's based in LGW. One day the PIC (pilot) asked me for briefing: "hey buddy, do you know why our A300 is series B4?" I was shocked and not prepared to answer the question. He smiled: "well, it was build B4 (before) you was born!".  bigthumbsup 

Back to the Lufthansa's A300. These birds, series -600, looked even after years of service factory fresh and even after used on the milk runs between HAM/MUC and FRA. A very, very sad story! I will miss you baby...  cry   cry 
 
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:49 am

Well, checking my log I was on D-AIAH, -I, -N, -S, Z for a total of at least 7 flights.

Always on flights between FRA and LHR or HAM.

I'm pretty sure that I had more flights on the A300 / A310, but that was before I started my log.

Thanks for taking me to my destination safely.
 
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:20 pm



Quoting Ogre727 (Reply 3):
Is the takeoff with no flaps??????

Yes only slats... it takes off like a rocket!!  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 2):
Flew the LH AB6 also for the first and last time last year, ship was D-AIAL.

I had my first ride on an a300 in March. I flew FRA-ATH-FRA. First leg also with D-AIAL, return leg with D-AIAX. Great flights!

Quoting Profcalvin (Reply 5):
RIP Lufthansa A300's.

Don't worry, I understand that the last 5 LH a300's are being sold and not scrapped. Not sure to which airline though...

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 2):
KE use the AB6 also on PUS-NRT, since I see it always on the morning flight at NRT.

TG also still uses the a300. Anybody know if TG and KE have any plans to retire these great aircraft?
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:47 pm

A few years back I went from Gatwick to Paphos in a Monarch AB6, thinking back, I seem to recall it was one of the smoothest flights I've ever had.
 
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:26 pm

What a great experience!
I haven't been on a wide-body on short-haul yet but it must be exciting!
The pictures were excellent and you would never know the plane was a bit older because LH keeps them looking brand new.
Glad you enjoyed!
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:51 am

It's indeed very sad to see the retirement of such a beautiful, amazing and great aircraft. Lufthansa always kept them in excellent condition. Outside was spotless, inside like a brand new plane escpecially after the installation of the slimline seats.
As everybody here I enjoyed every single one of my total 24 flights on the Airbus A300-600 operated by LH including the 7 flights on this particular plane (D-AIAU). After D-AIAH which is covered in my log with 8 flights "Bocholt" was the 2nd most AB6 showing up for my flight.
 
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:50 am



Quoting Stylo777 (Reply 20):
Outside was spotless, inside like a brand new plane escpecially after the installation of the slimline seats.

Agreed. I was very surprised to learn that D-AIAL was over 20 years old when I flew it last March, it looked impeccable on the inside as well as the outside.
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:55 am

Great Report, always nice to fly a widebody on short-haul. My first and only time on an A300-600 was a few years ago on Monarch DUB-PMI and back. Great experience.

Thanks for posting,

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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Sat Jul 04, 2009 6:41 pm

Good report. D-AIAU is the only LH AB6 that I have flown on. I was amazed they were able to do a full beverage and sandwich service on the FRA-LHR sector I flew it on. Good to see the plane is still in good condition so thank you!
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:57 pm

I was a regular commuter on LH's morning and evening flights between LHR-FRA around '06 and '07, which due to demand, were on the A300 instead of the A321. Great aircraft, boarding was always done on the apron and there was literally tons of space on board those rare times when load factors were in fact low. LH had done a nice job refitting the cabin every few years which made it easy to forget that you were flying in a plane from a bygone era.
 
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:52 am



Quoting AFKL (Thread starter):
Thanks for looking!

Thanks for sharing.  Smile

I've once flew an A300-600 and it was a really great experience.
 
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:19 pm

Sad to hear that all LH AB6 are retired now. It was my favorite aircraft on short hauls. I flew 14 times on LHs AB6 and enjoyed every minute.

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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:37 pm

4 legs on LH AB6's

TXL-FRA on D-AIAT
FRA-AMS on D-AIAX
FRA-OPO on D-AIAT
OPO-FRA on D-AIAM

Thanks for the report on my favorite LH bird.
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RE: My Tribute To LH A3B6

Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:34 pm

I only ended up on an Lufthansa A3B6 by accident. It was two years ago while flying from EWR to ATH via CPH. Apparently SAS had canceled the CPH-ATH portion of the trip (due to maintenance issues with the A321s IIRC). Due to this they routed us on LH from CPH-FRA-ATH all on the A3B6. It was even the same cabin crew on both legs of the flight!

I remember how nice they were too. We got emergency exit rows on both legs and had tons of room to stretch out. Such a nice memory and only happened due to chance (don't the best things always happen that way?)  Wink

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