It’s been quite a long time since my last spotting topic which actually dates back to the London community meetup back in June. After a month of studying for exams I finally made it back to my home base at Munich - right in time for some very rare specials. And while “rare” might be overused from time to time, this time it definitely is appropriate.
Initially I actually only planned a short visit in the evening for an arrival that was already announced a few days before, but the day went quite different from just a quick visit eventually, starting with me going to the airport as early as 11am since another special was said to depart at noon.
But let’s start with something less rare but not less beatuiful - Swiss’ Bombardier CSeries 100 (HB-JBF), already quite high at this point which is not surprising considering the enormous power of the engines combined with the small weight needed for the short hop to Switzerland.
You might realize that this perspective of planes departing is rather new to my spotting topics. This is due to the fact that I wanted to position myself at the rotation point of the special plane that was due to depart at noon. I haven’t been to this very spot before but looking at this departing Kuwait Airways Boeing 777-300ER (9K-AOC) in front of the amazing backdrop the spot offers it was definitely worth the walk.
Another new thing for me was the Airbus A321neo at Munich. I was able to catch some of the British Airways neo’s in London but in fact I not yet managed to spot one at home making this Turkish Airlines A321neo (TC-LSG) a little special. Obviously I’m still waiting for my first Lufthansa 321neo but maybe a trip to Frankfurt can help out here.
Let’s get a bit more special with a special paint scheme. Promoting the EXPO 2020 in Dubai, Emirates keeps flying around colorful 380’s and 777s. This blue A380-800 (A6-EOT) could have been the completion to my collection of colors, but since the green one I got at London Heathrow arrived right in the shadow of a cloud I still have to get a proper shot of that one.
Since Munich is one of two main hubs for Lufthansa, there has to be one Lufthansa plane in the spotting topic. You might notice that the pic below doesn’t really look like a Lufthansa plane and you might share that opinion with the passengers flying Lufthansa on the Munich-Bangkok route, which is actually operated by SunExpress for Eurowings with the Airbus A330 (D-AXGB).
Not really planned and also not of the best quality due to the heat haze present in the afternoon was this A320 (A6-SHJ) arriving from the United Arab Emirates. As you see, we’re already in the afternoon but we haven’t seen the special that was announced for noon…Well, it eventually turned out that the departure was delayed to 2pm, ehm I mean…3pm…well, in the end the clock showed 5.40pm when the plane I came for early finally taxied.
To get over the annoying delay, let me show you one of my favorite shots of Thursdays trips. Condor’s “Hans” retrojet (D-AICH) rocketing out of 26L right in front of the tower and the roof of the MAC forum to bring tourists to their holiday destination.
If you replace the Saudia A330 (HZ-AQ23) in this image with a private Boeing 777, this could be the shot I was hoping for for the special departure that was scheduled for noon, but with this backdrop all planes look kinda great in my opinion.
As I mentioned, the departure of the first special of the day was initially planned for noon but was postponed until 5.40pm. Due to the sun moving to the north by that time, I had to leave my location to get to another spot for a good perspective. When I arrived there, Equatorial Guinea’s government Boeing 777 (P4-SKN) already appeared taxiing on the horizon. The plane spent 44 days, including two test flights, at Munich but during the entire time I had no time to get to the airport so this departure actually happened right in time for me. While I don’t want to dive into politics discussing the owner of this plane, the paint scheme is probably one of the most amazing liveries you can find on a Boeing 777.
But that’s not all! About half an hour after the departure of the 777 we got another rare visitor that has in fact never been to Munich before. Thailand’s “Air Force One”, an A340-500 featuring a rather amazing retro scheme arrived from Bangkok.
After all these shots I had already spent more than 6 hours at the airport while I had planned for 2 hours. However, the day at the airport was far from over and the spotting location I showed you earlier was not even close to the new perspective I got only two hours after spotting the landing of the Royal Thai Airforce A340. Being connected with one of Munich’s Apron Controllers via Twitter I’ve been texting with him for a few days since the Airport is actually looking for new controllers. In the course of that conversatio he actually offered me to have a look at Apron Control myself. Just after finishing spotting and looking for food at the terminal he told me he was on the late shift that day and I could come with him from 8pm. That way I not only ended up being at the airport for 13 hours until midnight but also experienced an exceptionally amazing sunset from 60m above the ground.
I hope you enjoyed this little selection of pics! Hopefully, the next spotting topic won’t be as late as 2 months after this one. Regardless of that, you can always find more spotting pics on a regular basis on my twitter and Instagram profiles as well as on JetPhotos/FlightRadar24.
See you next time!
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
London Calling - Spotting at MUC and LCY on the way to London
London Heathrow Evening Spotting Before the Meetup
Lonon Heathrow Meetup Spotting
Last Day at Heathrow: Landor, Negus and more
TL;DR service for @dush19: Actually, I can’t be bothered to continue this any longer but: Planes, Planes, Planes and a tower view.