Heavy Contrasts | Munich, January 31, 2020

Hi again!

Since I have only been spotting 4 times this month and the pressure by my approaching exams is not yet high enough it seems, I decided to do something stupid again. Lying in bed this morning and looking out of the window to see dark clouds I was set up for a day of studying. But then Flightradar sent an alert - Air Malta‘s retro jet was inbound to Munich. Knowing it might not be around for much longer I was already a bit stressed to get it. But in this weather? It took me quite some time and several checks of my weather app before I got to a decision. Actually, I have no clue why I eventually went to the airport since the app even forecasted rain for the time of the plane‘s takeoff (I was way too late for the landing already). So, long story short, I hopped into the car for a 45 minute drive to the airport. Approaching the airport I actually got a smile on my face since the clouds (partly) went out of the way around the airport. This made the trip rather nerve wrecking but also the results turned out quite amazing.

When I arrived at the airport eventually, I decided to go back to a more risky spot instead of the boring yet safe spotter hill. Luckily, I arrived right in time for the takeoff of Singapore Airlines‘ A350.

An equal motive, yet slightly different but with an equally spectacular backdrop, thanks to another A350, now from Lufthansa bound for India.

And since all good things come in threes, let’s start with the first „retro“ livery. Some people who think I know every tiny detail about Munich‘s traffic might be shocked but I was positively surprised that this flight was operating to Shanghai today since it’s not a daily service. (And who knows if this flight will continue to operate normally due to the current situation in China)

Oh yeah, of course we also have the mandatory „Munich-based Lufthansa narrow body“ in this topic 😉

Now, let’s get to the reason I went for a 1:30h total car ride: a probably soon to be gone retro jet leaving for Luqa, Malta in front of the dark clouds further north.

To not cut off the Maltese Cross on the tail, here’s another, slightly different angle

For once, I really only did a short trip. After the following Laudamotion jet had left for Mallorca, I also left the airport since traffic at the southern runway died down and I expected the clouds to cover the sun again by the time the next interesting planes would arrive. I guess at some point I should study nevertheless haha

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

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 😉


I’m never gonna be able to catch up. I fear that I am too far behind…

Oh well. Guess I better get caught up this weekend!

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Sounds like a good idea haha

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Would wish I would manage to go spotting 4/5 times a month ;)

The A350s are simply fantastic and you can always get my attention with an Air Malta aircraft!

A really great picture of the retro jet! Any confirmed exit from service/repaint (as you wrote the livery might not be around for that long anymore)?

Thanks for sharing!

Nothing confirmed, just heard it will leave the fleet soon. Since the lease will be 8 years in May I’d guess it might leave the fleet somewhere around that. But in the end I rather be safe than sorry so I took the pic today instead of waiting and speculating to see it during the SiKo weekend in two weeks

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All right! Might have to keep an eye on it then… Thanks for the information and great post!

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I haven’t gone once :(

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That’s why I have FR24 Gold to send me all the alerts haha

Happy IFC anniversary btw 😉

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Guess I’m not a realistic benchmark for normal people lol

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I need a bit more planning time for such specials sadly… Also that would completely destroy my notifications ;)


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Oh, no worries, there’s a 30 alerts limit on each device haha

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The little Airbus’s vs the big ones!
Love the first one with the darker color at the bottom of the clouds and lighter at the top!

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Hi again to you! Really nice pictures.

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Nice pictures…thanks for sharing!

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Nice ones!

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That contrast is my favorite as well indeed! Thanks :)

Thanks guys :)


Absolutely stunning as usual, can’t wait for the next ones.

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If I’m honest that’s not very long at all.

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Great Job like always 👏

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Well, compared to American ride times it might be short but it’s still quite an effort for taking pictures of ~5 planes 😂

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