Earlier today, amid poor conditions at Munich, Lufthansa’s first A350 (D-AIXA) finally touched down at her new home base to begin what should be a long and successful career.
As I mentioned in earlier posts, D-AIXA will begin a concentrated schedule starting tomorrow that will take her around Germany to allow pilots to gain certification to fly the A350. After this 7-10 day marathon, LH Technik will complete the installation of parts of the interior and other items before being released into service. The first event is scheduled for February 2 where the A350 will enjoy a ‘Roll In’ reception in Munich that I’ll be attending. Then on February 9, D-AIXA will fly a special roundtrip between Munich and Hamburg and then on February 10 she’ll begin regularly scheduled service between Munich and Delhi.
Lufthansa captured nearly every minute today of the A350 as it flew from Toulouse to Munich. Below you’ll find a series of photos and videos that LH had posted throughout the day celebrating the new milestone for the airline. All photos and videos are courtesy of Lufthansa.
This morning in Toulouse, ahead of the delivery flight:
Video showing Take Off on the A350’s Inflight Entertainment System:
Cruising towards Munich:
Video showing arrival in Munich through the eyes of the Aircraft’s cameras:
Ground perspective of the A350’s arrival in Munich:
Cockpit Video showing the A350 taxiing in Munich:
Welcome committee at Munich:
One last shot before being taken to the hangar for the evening….
Earlier today, SWISS took delivery of their 2nd 777 when HB-JNB departed Paine Field and headed for home in Zurich where it is scheduled to enter service in the next week or 2.
Paine Field spotter @JenSchuld was there to capture the fly away:
This is the second of 4 777s that SWISS has on order from Boeing.
For those that want to track the flight home, it is operating as LX 7531 and will be arriving in ZRH at approximately 8am local time.
Earlier this year, Lufthansa Cargo received the last of their 5 777 Freighters (D-ALFE) and to mark the special occasion, LH commissioned PilotsEYE.tv to create a documentary that would capture the experience.
PilotsEYE.tv is an awarding winning team that specializes in capturing rare, behind the scenes footage of airlines in a way most of can only imagine. Their access to all of the ‘good stuff’ is truly impressive and it reflects in their documentaries!
The PilotsEYE.tv crew at work at Boeing
The 100 minute documentary takes us behind the scenes at Boeing, showing D-ALFE in her various stages of final assembly as well as fantastic footage from aboard her delivery flight to Frankfurt and interviews with the pilots. The video also gives us a rare front row seat to the delivery meeting where Lufthansa pays for the aircraft. Amazing how quickly hundreds of millions of dollars can change bank accounts! 🙂
As an additional ‘bonus’ they included some of my personal footage from my ‘secret spotting spot’ capturing D-ALFE being moved from one part of the factory to another in preparation for final assembly. Don’t believe me? Check the credits at the end! 🙂
To learn more about the video, including additional footage that is included, please visit the PilotsEYE.tv webpage for this documentary.
Now for the special offer……
Normally the video is available for purchase for online viewing or DVD and costs €29.95 on Amazon.de, Amazon.uk and various bookstores and video retailers in Germany.
However, PilotsEYE.tv has offered LufthansaFlyer readers a coupon code good for 50% off of the video when ‘renting’ it through Vimeo. Normally, the cost would be $18.90, but by using code ‘LHF50’ you’ll save 50% off of the published rate. The rental period through Vimeo lasts for 1 week and you can use this link to take you to the Vimeo webpage for this video.
Please note that the coupon code is limited to the first 30 purchases, so hurry before the coupon code disappears!