Thursday, 7.30am - Moritz‘ clock goes off next to his bed which is located a 50 minute car drive from the airport. „Wonder if there are any news on the special departure later today…“ Actually, there aren’t any, it will probably be between 10 and 2, so enough time to turn around and sleep for some more minutes and drive to the airport at 8.30 or something like that.
Thursday, 8.05am -
*BING* „Hey there are news from Martin: STD 0850, Runway 08L“
„F*CK“ - A now very awake Moritz jumps out of the bed, dresses up, „eats“ a piece of cake while putting on his shoes and takes advantage of the German Autobahn to get to the airport (Yes, there are actually speed limits at German highways but if you only go 20km/h too fast it will not cost very much if you get caught…the rest is up to your imagination here)
Now that you are informed about the start of my last airport visit, welcome to another spotting topic. Of course the race to the airport wasn’t actually necessary for the special in the end but at least I arrived on time to catch some birds in rather interesting weather conditions.
One of the first arrival I caught at Munich‘s northern runway was, @Cameron listen please, an Airbus 319 arriving from Helsinki operated by Finnair showing some nice wing condensations and vortices.
Just as this little KLM hopper inbound from Amsterdam arriving in the middle of fog patches that morning.
Not only arrivals showed some nice condensations but also departing aircraft. While this bizjet would already look fantastic without special effects due to its colors the weather made it even more stunning.
The king of the humid air and fog that day nevertheless was a common visitor: One of Lufthansa’s loooooong A340-600s shortly before touchdown trailing some huge clouds and vortices.
Making pics even better, the sky eventually cleared even more allowing some nice light on the planes still displaying the humidity such as this Air Canada 777 from Toronto still wearing the old color scheme (which, tbh, kinda looks worn off around the titles already)
Not the special I expected to depart but nevertheless a welcome motive was this Boeing 737-400 owned by the King of Thailand. While I already caught his 737-800, the -400s we’re still entirely missing in my collection.
On Wednesday, we saw the new Condor, so now here is the very old Condor still wearing the sunny heart on a blue background. I’m very curious how this plane will be changed to the new livery, to be precise if they will attach a condor on blue background or if the plane will get a full repaint to the grey color scheme. If I’m being honest I’d love to see a yellow/blue version of the condor on it.
Another arrival from across the Atlantic - United’s 777 a few feet from touching the ground.
Let’s get towards the day‘s specials though. While Kuwait Airways usually sends 777s and 330s to Munich during the summer months, the service is reduced to an A320 for the winter. Since the airline has recently received its first A320neos the new livery is now not only seen on the 777s but also on their narrow bodies such as this A320neo visiting us this week.
Another bird coming close on the taxiway was LOT‘s new special livery on the E195, I‘m quite sure @Kuba_Jaroszczyk can shed some light on what this livery is promoting 😉
The plane that was actually scheduled for 8.50 am eventually showed up at 10.40 for a departure to Paris. After being parked at the airport for a month, Bahrain’s 747 started a little Munich-Paris-Bahrain-Munich round trip from which it returned yesterday evening. The departure on Thursday made for amazing condensations once again.
Eventually I ended my day at the airport like I had begun it: with a little race. Flightradar showed a special livery approaching so I waited for it at the southern runway. It turned out that it actually approached the northern one though so I had to quickly change my position to get a shot of Etihad‘s „Choose Singapore“ 787.
I hope you enjoyed this second spotting topic within two days. Not sure if it will be the last topic of the year but it kinda looks like it when I have a look at the weather forecast. If you can’t get enough of these pics and feel like you won’t survive the holidays without them feel free to check out my social media channels below and keep an eye on the plane pics on Flightradar 😉
My spotting topics 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 - 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