Military 747 Charter Pt.2 | Munich, April 16, 2019

Hey everyone,

it’s time for a new spotting topic!

The ones of you who follow my spotting thread closely might still remember my last topic from the end of March when El Al brought its Boeing 747 to Munich on a special charter flight. The weather wasn’t especially great, but I went anyway to catch the Queen of the Skies from Israel while she’s still flying. Today, the plane returned to Munich to pick up the passengers for their trip back in beautiful sunshine.

Let’s start the thread with a departure though - Along with Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines is one of two airlines currently operating at Munich using the A350-900XWB. Later this summer, Air China will join the two carriers with the A350.

Another carrier that used to fly to Munich using the A350 is Qatar Airways. Since last year, the Munich-Doha route is operated with a Boeing 777. Munich will still see Qatar’s 350 from time to time though since the airline is the airline partner of FC Bayern München.

Now let’s get to some smaller planes - The Airbus A320 family probably is the most common aircraft family operating in Munich. Here’s one of TAP Portugal’s A319s inbound from Lisbon.

This week, easter holidays started in Bavaria which brings a lot of holiday traffic to the airport. Here you can see the arrival of Condor’s Boeing 757 in the blue color scheme from Antalya, Turkey.

We can still get smaller! Apart from the very common A320 family, Lufthansa CityLine is operating several Bombardier CRJ-900s from and to Munich. With LH’s Embraer fleet at MUC shrinking, this aircraft type is the work horse of the regional carrier at Germany’s second busiest airport.

We got the blue one, now here’s the latest scheme. Condor’s A320 D-AICC departing for another holiday destination.

As mentioned, the A320 family is the most important aircraft at Munich. Of course, the largest amount of A320 family traffic is operated by Lufthansa. D-AIDO, an A321 can be seen arriving from Barcelona.

While all aircraft I’ve shown to you so far were wearing their old livery, I won’t leave you without new colors. I-ADJN is one of a few Embraers already wearing the new Air Dolomiti design.

Before we finish with the promised 747, here’s another heavy. This 777 of Air China is wearing a special “50 Years China-France” livery.

As I already told you, the main reason for my short spotting trip was the presence of El Al’s 747. While initally, 4X-ELA was supposed to perform this rotation but due to a delay, the airline sent the same plane the used two weeks ago, 4X-ELB, named after the city of Haifa. The charter flight to Munich was used to pic up several hundred Israeli soldiers who had performed an exercise in Bavaria during their time here. In this picture you see the soon to be retired Queen of the Skies crossing the runway threshold of runway 08R.

Find more pictures on Instagram, twitter, or check out my other spotting topics here on the IFC:

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
Valentine’s Spotting 2019
Retro Time
First weekend in Innsbruck
Sunny Innsbruck Spotting a week ago
Bringing the soldiers to Munich

TL;DR service for @dush19: I took a few pics of planes back home in Munich

Spotting in the Morning Sun | Munich, May 10, 2019
Spotting A Bunch of New Airlines | Frankfurt, June 12, 2020
Sunset Spotting for a First Visit | Munich, May 27, 2020
Back at the Airport | Munich, May 03/06, 2020
A Noisy Prop from the East | Leipzig, May 16th, 2020
A little more spotting | Munich (not the airport though), May 9, 2020
Farewell, Pretty Bird | Munich, May 19, 2020
Early Morning Cargo Movements | Munich, June 24th, 2020
Two Weeks of Summer Spotting | Munich, August 9 - 20, 2020
Watching White Whales | Ingolstadt/Neuburg, July 23, 2020
A Crazy Spotting Trip | Frankfurt, August 22, 2019
Spotting on a Sunny Evening in Heathrow | London, June 14, 2019
London Heathrow Meetup Spotting | London, June 15, 2019
Being Grilled While Spotting a Special Freighter | Munich, August 8, 2020
Catching the Retros - Rainy End of a 3 Day Spotting Trip | London, June 16, 2019
London Calling | Munich/London, June 14, 2019
More Special Than Regular Movements | Munich, July 3, 2020
A New Spotting Experience With Several Specials | Ingolstadt & Neuburg, July 06 & 07, 2020
A Few More Days of Specials After My Holidays | Munich, September 16-18, 2020
Two Days of Munich Specials and a Little Throwback | Munich, August 28/29, 2020
Summer Spotting Ending With Amazing Evening Light | Munich, July 29, 2020
Returning to the South and the Visit of an Old Lady | Munich, July 17, 2020
I can stop whenever I want! | Munich, October 18, 2019
From Dawn till Dusk | Munich, June 7, 2019
A Spotting Week in Times of COVID-19 | Munich, June 1 & 3, 2020
Another Spotting Trip to the North | Berlin, August 29/30, 2019
A Cold Day in the Fog (and more...) | Munich, December 6, 2019
A Bit of Spotting and some Experiments | Munich, November 24, 2019
Racing for the specials | Munich, December 19, 2019
That didn't go as planned... | Munich, December 18, 2019
What to do after work... | Munich, October 10, 2019
Hunting an Icon and Tons of Private Jets | Zurich, January 21, 2020
There's also normal traffic at Zurich?! | Zurich, January 21, 2020
Air Force One Ramp Tour | Zurich, January 21, 2020
Spotting AGAIN?! | Munich, October 12, 2019
Getting trolled at the Airport | Munich, January 14, 2020
This is getting out of hand | Munich, January 9, 2020
End of the first spotting decade (I promise!) | December 29, 2019
Heavy Contrasts | Munich, January 31, 2020
As nerdy as it can get | January 6, 2020
Five Specials and a Debut | Munich, September 29, 2019
A New Perspective | Munich, March 5, 2020
VIP Spotting and New Perspectives | Munich, August 8, 2019
A Bumpy Start into a Great Weekend | Munich, February 13/14, 2020
The Highlights of Saturday at Munich Security Conference | Munich, February 15, 2020
A little bonus: Etihad 787-9 "Choose China" | Munich, February 28, 2020
End of the Security Conference Spotting Weekend | Munich, February 16, 2020
A Final Spotting Trip | Munich, March 19, 2020

Excellent pictures as ways… I plan to travel to Heathrow sometime this year to put my ageing Canon 60D to use, sadly Bristol airport is rainy, lonely and not great for spotting. Wish I was nearer to a much bigger airport 😒

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Straight 🔥🔥

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Moooooorrrriiiittttzzzz yaaaaayy! Love me some of your spotting photos 😍

Great work as always.

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Oof 😍 <3

I litteraly just thought, “When was the last time I saw Moritz post?” And here you are answering my prayers! Keep it up!



Gosh every time I see the 757-300 I need to wipe my eyes and make sure I am seeing correctly. Such a long plane!


Oh, i know an upcoming event that would be a great opportunity for a Heathrow trip 🤔

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I’d say I just went spotting to make you happy but I guess that would be a very obvious lie haha

Let me know when you need your next dose of plane pics 😉

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