Farewell, Pretty Bird | Munich, May 19, 2020

Hey guys,

a quick addition to yesterdays topic today. Actually a very sad topic after all.
Sad for two reasons: little traffic making even Lufthansa’s CRJ a motive worth spotting…

…and since two of Lufthansa’s A340-600s left for storage at Teruel. Hoever, at first it looked like it might only be one 340 - D-AIHL stayed at the runway threshold for several minutes first, then taxied back to the ramp creating a last runway exit shot at its home base (with bad light however).

A few minutes later and with slightly better light, D-AIHT left Munich for real.

I have some very special memories to this plane since it was the one that brought be to Berlin and back two years ago, which was my last travel on an A340…

About an hour after the first attempt, -HL also left for Spain. Not knowing if I’ll go for another spotting session next Tuesday and whether the A340 will ever return from storage, it made me quite sad that this might have been my final glimpse on a Lufthansa A340 ever. With the departure of HL and HT, only two A340s (HU and HV) remain at Munich but they will also leave for TEV on Tuesday.

A little additional highlight came from Dubai: While I already completed my collection of EXPO A380s, I was still lacking EXPO 777s, so the blue triple was a welcome guest for me.

Things you don’t see that often: even the police was spotting the arrival of this bird.

Usually a normal movement but (if you look at it closely) a special one: Lufthansa’s A350 arrving from Beijing while being packed with freight instead of passengers:

And since the low traffic makes it hard to reach 10 pics, here’s a little Cessna Citation departing. It actually wasn’t the only Cessna at the field though, since quite some GA planes visited the airport for low passes over the active, yet empty, runway.

My Equipment:

Canon EOS 80D
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM (99% of pics)
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (for the 1% of the cases where I need a wide angle lens)

You can follow me on twitter and Instagram to get more shots on a daily basis. Also, keep your eyes open on Flightradar24 where you might see some of my recent shots.



My spotting topics on the IFC (sorted by years since this is slowly getting endless)


Spring Spotting 1
Spring Spotting 2 with Lorenzo
Spring Spotting 3 (feat. Hekla Aurora)
August spotting with some sunrise shots
September 30 with quite some special liveries and bizjets
Spotting in Zurich on the way to Cosford
Spotting Laura and more in Birmingham
Spotting in fog with a sunny end


Special planes at Munich - Munich Security Conference feat. E-4B
Valentine’s Spotting 2019 - Civil Traffic around the Munich Security Conference
Retro Time - British Airways BEA A319
First weekend in Innsbruck - Charter Flights in the Alps
Second Innsbruck Spotting Weekend
Bringing Israeli soldiers to Munich - El Al 747
Another visit of ElAl’s queen - El Al 747
Spotting in the Morning Sun - South African Special Livery A340-300
A full day of Spotting
London Calling - Spotting at MUC and LCY on the way to London
London Heathrow Evening Spotting Before the Meetup
London Heathrow Meetup Spotting
Last Day at Heathrow: Landor, Negus and more
Government Jets and New Perspectives at Munich Airport
One Day Spotting Trip to Frankfurt Airport
Spotting Trip to Berlin
A lot of Specials at Munich
Quick after work spotting for a private A340
Another Sunny Spotting Day in Fall
Spotting with a Female closer than 5 miles, so definitely click even though she’s in none of the Pics!!!
Day and Night Shots at Munich
Deicing and more
Condor’s new colors and a big chopper
Stunning Condensations and a Royal 747
Azimuth Superjet and more for the last topic in a decade


Birthday Spotting
The Final EXPO A380
Special Cargos in the Evening
Zurich’s Airline Traffic during the WEF week
Air Force One Ramp Tour
Air Force One arriving in Zurich
Heavy Contrasts for Air Malta’s Retro Jet
First two days of SiKo - Kuwait A340, Russia Il96
Amazing Security Conference Perspectives feat. Kuwait’s A340 and more
Etihad’s Choose China Livery
Security Conference Final
Trying A New Position for Condor‘s and United‘s New Liveries
Last specials prior to the Corona break
First spotting trip after the Corona restrictions with some cargo specials
50 Years Special Livery on a Helicopter
Spotting AN-22 in Leipzig

TL;DR service for @dush19: Actually, I can’t be bothered to continue this any longer but: Planes, Planes, Planes.
@MrMrMan: Look, something new to quote again! You’ll end up in a burnout very soon I fear…
@Marc you’re welcome 😉
@Nathan time to visit this place again


A… A… Another one???

Anyways, great shots as always!

Farewell Indeed, @anon38496261, care to play TAPS?


With pleasure




What are we playing Taps for again?

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The retirement of the Lufthansa A340-600



She was and is and always will be pretty.

@Moritz Farewell indeed. These are great shots.


Moritz not captioning each photo? I’m shocked. 👀


And the A340 was supposed to come to CLT a few more times, nooo!

An a brighter note, great photos once again!


Awesome photos Moritz!

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An aircraft that makes me happy and sad at the same time …

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I accidentally hit Ctrl+Enter making the IFC posting it automatically so I had to rush the captions in the edit haha

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That actually was the exact music I started to play when -HT started the bank towards the south 😥

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What’s that? Sorry I’m a noob, lol

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The registration in abbreviated form. The regs of all LH Airbuses start with D-AI so when you are talking about LH planes we often just use the last two letters


Gorgeous photos! Looks like a fun weekend of spotting.


Thanks @Moritz for these great and moving pictures! Really sad to see the A340-600 go!

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Incredible shots as always! I love the first one!

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Woah amazing photos! I actually had plans to the A340 from Charlotte. It’s so sad they’re possibly getting retired. Don’t know if I’ll ever get an opportunity to fly my favorite plane and check out LH’s special bathroom configuration.

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Technically, only 7 340s are said to be phased out. From what I’ve heard it’s very unlikely any 340-600s will return though.


On another note, the 777 has gone missing from the maintenance hangar.

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