Spring Spotting @ Munich (EDDM/MUC) - Part 3

Hey again!

Spring 2018 was special for Munich Airport: With the beginning of the summer schedule on March 25, Lufthansa moved 5 Airbus A380-800s to operate the flights to Beijing, Hongkong and Los Angeles. The first arrival of D-AIMB (named “München”) on it’s ferry flight turned into a huge event even for people who are not usually watching planes. In exchange for the A380s, some of the A340-600s were moved to Frankfurt. One of the reasons why I managed to go spotting at Munich 4 times within a month. Since I have too many pictures to share them all at once, I made this a little series with 3 or 4 episodes, today continuing with my pictures from March 10 when I returned from Reykjavik onboard Icelandair’s Hekla Aurora. Since the weather was quite bad when we arrived I used the chance to play around with some more excessive editing. I hope you like it!

In case you missed my part 1 with LH’s first scheduled A380 flight from Munich and a lot of special planes, check it out here.
Part two with @Lolo31R can be accessed here.

Let’s kick this thread off with a speical livery that doesn’t exist anymore by now. Lufthansa’s A340-600 (D-AIHZ named “Leipzig”) with FC Bayern München Sickers blasting out of a wet Runway 26R. This aircraft has since been moved to operate from Frankfurt Airport (EDDF) starting with the summer schedule. Since FC Bayern München has chosen Qatar Airways as new airline partner and due to the positioning to Frankfurt the stickers have been peeled off.

Not only in the real aviation world its a hot topic, it also is one in the IF community - A350 or Dreamliner? In this pic you have both. ANA’s Boeing 787-9 (JA871A) taxiing to the gate after a long flight from Tokio Haneda Airport while Lufthansa’s A350-900XWB (D-AIXE) is taking off towards a destination in the US.
Instead of starting yet another argument about this topic, state your opinion here - What aircraft do you like better?

  • A350
  • Dreamliner

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Another Lufthansa A340-600 helping to dry the runway from the rain. In contrast to many other Lufthansa planes, this one isn’t named after a city.

Yet another shot of D-AIXE A350-900XWB operated by Lufthansa. Due to it’s young age it will be one of the last planes to be painted in the new Lufthansa scheme. The first A350 in the new scheme has been delivered in early March.

And here’s the reason I was at the airport. Icelandair’s B757-200 TF-FIU “Hekla” in the Aurora special livery. I arrived on this aircraft only an hour earlier. Due to heavy snowfall in Reykjavik we arrived almost 3 hours late. Here you can see the plane taxiing for departure back to Iceland…

…and eventually taking off into the thick dark clouds over Munich airport.

To get an impression of which weather conditions we faced in Reykjavik, check out my flight video of flight FI532 KEF-MUC on March 10 including the full flight and the ground and deicing action prior to departure: https://youtu.be/msem6ZyQHzg

Catching the Retros - Rainy End of a 3 Day Spotting Trip | London, June 16, 2019
I can stop whenever I want! | Munich, October 18, 2019
Spotting on a Sunny Evening in Heathrow | London, June 14, 2019
Spotting special planes | Munich - November 02/03, 2018
A Spotting Week in Times of COVID-19 | Munich, June 1 & 3, 2020
London Calling | Munich/London, June 14, 2019
Retro Time | Munich, March 06, 2019
Valentine's Spotting - Old, New and Special | Munich, February 14, 2019
Quick Spotting Trip for an Old Lady | Munich, March 27, 2019
Military 747 Charter Pt.2 | Munich, April 16, 2019
VIP Spotting and New Perspectives | Munich, August 8, 2019
Back in the Alps | Innsbruck, March 16, 2019
Another Spotting Trip to the North | Berlin, August 29/30, 2019
Sunny Fall Spotting | Munich - November 10, 2018
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
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
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
Being Grilled While Spotting a Special Freighter | Munich, August 8, 2020
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
Military Special Movements in Fall Light | Ingolstadt, November 18, 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
Winter Charter Madness | Innsbruck, March 09, 2019
From Dawn till Dusk | Munich, June 7, 2019
London Heathrow Meetup Spotting | London, June 15, 2019
Two Days of Munich Specials and a Little Throwback | Munich, August 28/29, 2020
Several Days of Fall Spotting in Munich | October 2020, Munich
Munich Security Conference Spotting | February 14, 2019
Spotting in the Morning Sun | Munich, May 10, 2019
Avianca Inaugural Spotting in Golden Light | Munich - November 18, 2018
A Crazy Spotting Trip | Frankfurt, August 22, 2019

Nice photos! I like this airport.
and I’m also glad to see the A340 still operating.

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Loved the shot of the a350 and 787!

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Fresh from today at EDDM :)

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