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Summer '16 Part 4: Empty Lufthansa A380, FRA-DEL

 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:25 am    Post subject: Summer '16 Part 4: Empty Lufthansa A380, FRA-DEL Reply with quote

Part 4....

And this was a special one!

Not only was it an A380 to India, it was empty!!!

http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1358027

And the video report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVMe46ECcRY
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Summer '16 Part 4: Empty Lufthansa A380, FRA-DEL Reply with quote

I regret that I got to this TR rather late, owing to bouts of official work which I couldn't wish away. I was waiting for this one, since you had given me a heads-up about it. The introduction is in your own inimitable style. The main body has the reader imagining seeing all this unfold in front of him/her.
This also brought back memories of my own one AI 127 journey via FRA (not a transit, as it was a same-plane service) in 2007. Very nice pictures of the planes at FRA! And come on, DEL isn't that spotter-unfriendly Smile
I enjoyed the pictures and descriptions of the India-bound LH bank from FRA.
$35...hmm....I am still rather intrigued why you gave the upper deck seat, up. For a seat with a reduced view of the happenings outside.
Lovely wing, wingtip fences, and bank pic!
Sparkling white as the Champagne moment...hmm...
It is nice that you got a good set of crew on-board.
the food being good in quality and quantity is a pleasant surprise: I guess LH have upp'ed their India offerings of late.
Bailey's in a plastic cup isn't quite gourmet, though.
The second snack would be a complete let-down for me, I guess.

The emptiness of your flight reminded me of a similar experience on board a CX B744 in 2001 YVR-HKG, just after the CX strike got over.
Thank you for a lovely TR, as usual! I look forward to AI 401, now.
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Summer '16 Part 4: Empty Lufthansa A380, FRA-DEL Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
I regret that I got to this TR rather late, owing to bouts of official work which I couldn't wish away. I was waiting for this one, since you had given me a heads-up about it. The introduction is in your own inimitable style. The main body has the reader imagining seeing all this unfold in front of him/her.

Sir, I appreciate you putting in the time and reading this report. I guess no one else is reading my reports anymore, judging by the lack of comments lately Sad

sumantra wrote:
This also brought back memories of my own one AI 127 journey via FRA (not a transit, as it was a same-plane service) in 2007. Very nice pictures of the planes at FRA!

Thanks again, sir! I'm guessing that was a B747 flight? Or was it a B777 by then..?

sumantra wrote:
And come on, DEL isn't that spotter-unfriendly Smile

Some open parts are great for spotting at Delhi. Gates are less friendly Sad

sumantra wrote:
I enjoyed the pictures and descriptions of the India-bound LH bank from FRA.

Its almost like being in Dubai. Now, for LH to start flights to TRV, COK, CCJ, AMD, etc Wink

sumantra wrote:
$35...hmm....I am still rather intrigued why you gave the upper deck seat, up. For a seat with a reduced view of the happenings outside.

Sleep was a bit of a priority, sir. I had two more flights just after this one. With the 2-4-2 seating on the upper deck, I wouldn't have been able to sprawl out as much as I did on the 3-4-3 seats on the main deck. I have had my time on the A380 upper deck, thanks to Singapore Airlines Very Happy

sumantra wrote:
Sparkling white as the Champagne moment...hmm...

I realized Champagne is only from Champagne, France. Sparkling wine is similar, but not the same.

sumantra wrote:
It is nice that you got a good set of crew on-board.

As was the case on LH763 on DEL-MUC, as you will see soon. Very Happy

sumantra wrote:
the food being good in quality and quantity is a pleasant surprise: I guess LH have upp'ed their India offerings of late.

Again, almost felt like being on an Emirates flight Very Happy

sumantra wrote:
Bailey's in a plastic cup isn't quite gourmet, though.
The second snack would be a complete let-down for me, I guess.

True. I guess standard glasses for all humble Y pax..
As for the meals, compared to KLM, I was glad there was a non-vegetarian option too. However, the second meal on KLM was a full meal with dessert and salad. LH lost out a little bit there.

sumantra wrote:
The emptiness of your flight reminded me of a similar experience on board a CX B744 in 2001 YVR-HKG, just after the CX strike got over.

I love empty flights, especially when they are across continents on a quad-jet! Very Happy

sumantra wrote:
Thank you for a lovely TR, as usual! I look forward to AI 401, now.

Coming right up!

Thanks for reading this!

Cheers, Jish
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Summer '16 Part 4: Empty Lufthansa A380, FRA-DEL Reply with quote

jbalonso777 wrote:
I appreciate you putting in the time and reading this report. I guess no one else is reading my reports anymore, judging by the lack of comments lately Sad
No quite: look at the sheer number of hits! 100+ in almost no time at all. A.net counts rise faster, but an AI.net 100+ count in a short period of time is fabulous! I guess most people read your reports on phones, and do not reply on the web forum, as well.
jbalonso777 wrote:
sumantra wrote:
This also brought back memories of my own one AI 127 journey via FRA (not a transit, as it was a same-plane service) in 2007. Very nice pictures of the planes at FRA!
Thanks again, sir! I'm guessing that was a B747 flight? Or was it a B777 by then..?
I got VT-ESP `Ajanta' in both directions. I was hoping for VT-EVA `Agra' in one direction, at least, as at that time, it was the only refurbished B744 with the PTVs, incidentally in the old Flying Sail colour scheme, with the dreamy Hawa Mahal-type three arch-sided window decorations.
16 Jun (Sat) 2007:
AI 127: Air India (B747-400)
Mumbai (BOM) Terminal 2 - Frankfurt (FRA) - Chicago O'Hare Intl (ORD)
Terminal 5 (International Terminal)
[07:00 am - 04:05 pm] {19:35}
22 Jun (Fri) 2007:
AI 124: Air India (B747-400)
Chicago O'Hare Intl (ORD) Terminal 5 - London Heathrow (LHR) -
New Delhi (DEL)
[08:40 pm - 01:20 am (Jun 24 Sun)]

And some delightful notes from the 2007 AI timetable:
General Info about AI 112:
JFK - LHR [07:45 pm - 07:30 am (+1)]
LHR - DEL [09:45 am (+1) - 10:35 pm (+1)]
DEL - BOM [11:45 pm (+1) - 01:40 am (+2)]

General Info about AI 127:
BLR - BOM [03:00 am - 04:30 am]
BOM - FRA [07:00 am - 12:15 am]
FRA - ORD [02:15 pm - 04:05 pm]

General Information about AI 124:
ORD - LHR [08:40 pm - 10:15 am (+1)]
LHR - DEL [12:30 pm (+1) - 01:20 am (+2)]
DEL - BOM [02:30 am (+2) - 04:25 am (+2)]

Cheers, Sumantra.
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