You all won’t believe what I did today! Yes, very surprisingly I’ve been to Munich Airport once again, this time for an aircraft change and (on short notice) a brand new special livery supported by beautiful weather. Additionally, I managed to catch some more special liveries and a few “normal” planes at a completely new spot for me.
So let’s start this with a rather normal plane. If you look closer you’ll identify this bird as one of Lufthansa’s A320neos based at Frankfurt which gave us a short visit today.
Same livery but slightly bigger - This Airbus A340-600 arrived from Los Angeles. During summer this route is operated by an Airbus A380.
Let’s not change the airline yet but at least have a special livery now. After returning to Lufthansa from TFC Käufer, a flight school, D-AIQS was painted in a unique “albino” version of the Star Alliance livery. The 25 year old plane was actually planned to only operate for a very short period but due to the lack of equipment, Lufthansa is still using it 3 months after its return.
With the albino on the ground we quickly changed position to catch Norwegians Boeing 737 inbound from Spain wearing the portrait of Freddy Mercury on its tail.
Right after Queen’s singer Adria’s CRJ900 arrived wearing yet another Star Alliance livery. Adria is operating several A319s for Lufthansa to compensate the lack of new airplanes.
Another wetlease operator for Lufthansa is Helvetic. Several Fokker 100s are operating for Germany’s flag carrier from Munich at the moment. As you see, the equipment situation for Lufthansa is really critical in 2018, so even these modern and comfortable aircraft are in use for them. If you want to learn more about Helvetic’s comfortable aircraft ask @SunDown ;)
An operator that also used to be in trouble regarding its fleet is Eurowings. With the integration of the remains of airberlin a diverse fleet in various different colors emerged. From TUIs 737s that used to be flying for airberlin to airberlin Dash 8s and wetleased CSA planes from the Czech Republic basically every airworthy piece of metal was in the skies. The winter season with lower demand will be used to repaint the airberlin aircraft that are still flying in their old colors. This A320 operated by Eurowings Europe (recognizable by the Austrian registration) is already flying in the Eurowings colors and is wearing an additional Eurowings Holidays special livery.
Now let’s get to the planes you’ve been waiting for. While I was still sitting at home I got an alert that a special plane had just taken off for Munich. With the spot I wanted to spot it from being totally new to me and the airport being a 50 minutes drive away (normally) the lack of speed limits on the German Autobahn helped me. After driving like a maniac for 35 minutes I arrived right in time to find the spot and shoot this brand new livery as the next departure.
airBaltic added this livery to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Latvia. After the ferry flight from Tallin to Riga the first revenue in its red dress brought YL-CSL to Munich.
With the sun setting over Bavaria many spotters were waiting for the second special of the day. While the usual Royal Jordanian flight to and from Amman is operated with planes from the A320 family, the oneworld airline scheduled 4 flights to Munich via Frankfurt during November, December and January using a Boeing 787-8 Dream)liner. JY-BAB can be seen crossing the highway on the way to its gate in beautful light.
At the end of the day I spent with some other spotters around the airport we returned to the first spot at the motocross track below the short final of 08L. Before finally leaving for home a last Lufthansa A350 arrived in the setting sun.
I hope you liked the pics I managed to take over the last weekend. Find more of my pictures on 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
Spotting special planes
TLDR for @dush19: 10 planes: 4 Lufthansa, 1 Adria, 1 Norwegian, 1 Royal Jordanian, 1 Eurowings and airBaltics Special livery landing at Munich airport.