CPA 3272 Leg 3 – AMS to DXB
Okay, you had it coming! It’s that time again, our next leg on the RTW-Tour is waiting. Having just arrived in Amsterdam, we didn’t have much time to enjoy the city – duty was calling. Cargo out, Cargo in, add some Fuel and off we go from chilly Good Old Europe to hot and dusty Dubai. I know, I know, the last leg from Chicago would bring me over my maximum allowed duty time and I’m not allowed to fly so soon again. Well, you know how it is…I was just travelling in the Jumpseat, honestly! And every once in a while I got to push some buttons. And it’s definitely not my fault when the Captain gets trapped inside the lavatory and I have to land that darn thing, you know…
The Cargo today is 111 tons of tulips, gouda and some pallets full of Euro-Bills. That stuff is becoming worthless anyway and some superrich Dubai-Sheikh wanted to wallpaper his palace with it, so who cares.
After Take-Off from runway 06, we will follow SID ARNEM2R towards Arnhem on a slight turn to the right. It’s not gonna be long until we cross the German border and fly through Westphalia, some 30 miles North of Dusseldorf and the Ruhr-Area. Our route will then take us via Leipzig in Eastern Germany into the Czech Republic, a little North of Prague. We continue through Slovakia, Romania and fly over the Black Sea before we cross Turkey. For about 5 minutes we will fly through Syrian airspace and then on to Iraq, where we will pass Baghdad and reach the Persian Gulf over Basrah. Before landing in Dubai, the route will lead us pretty much over the middle of the Persian Gulf, with Iran to our left and Saudi-Arabia to the right. ATC will then clear us for a beautiful ILS Approach into RWY 12L. This will give us the opportunity to get a stunning view of Dubai’s Skyline, with the Burj Dubai – currently highest Building in the world.
Cruise Altitude will be FL 350 and our ETD is 01:20 pm CET.
At 165 kts the FO called out rotate and the Captain lifted this gracious bird into the skies with a little pull on his yoke. Like I said, I was only riding the Jumpseat and observing, you don’t believe me?!
And shortly after we retracted the gear downtown Amsterdam comes in sight with all its little town canals, bridges and even a big Cruise Ship at the horizon. They are not very popular in Europe at the moment for some reason…
Some 200 miles out of DXB over the Persian Gulf, we caught up with UAE106 Heavy. This tiny A332, enroute from Athens to Dubai, didn’t stand a chance against our B747 and we let him eat our dust soon enough
Now that’s what I’m talkin’ bout! Demonstrating my Multi-Tasking skills and taking a photo of the breathtaking Dubai skyline at night, while turning this little bird into the localizer. At the same time the Captain on duty is locked in the lavatory. They are so lucky that I happened to be on that flight!
Thanks for taking the time to digest my flightreport. We’re already halfway through now on the Round-the-World Tour. Stay tuned for the next leg from DXB back to Cathays hood in Hong Kong.