Around the World Reloaded Part 1 – ANC to KIX

Here we are again. After finishing our Around the World Tour on the Boeing 747-400F, we couldn’t stay on the ground for too long. Today I finally found some time to start my next Tour: Around the World on a westbound track with the MD-11F.
This time we start in Anchorage and fly via Osaka/Kansai to Krasnoyarsk. Then we will head towards Frankfurt, over the Atlantic to Toronto and back to Anchorage.
The first and last leg will be on FedEx MD-11F, the 3 inbetween will be on Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F.

This is what our tour looks like, with the current leg highlighted in yellow. The motto for today is: “I think I’m turning Japanese”…
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Let’s kick it off! The flight details for today: 70.5 tons of cargo, 69.7 tons of fuel onboard and the whole flight will take place in daylight – welcome to the advantages of a westbound track. FedEx metal today will be N608FE.
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Our routing will take us from runway 14 in ANC on a right turn towards Bethel, Alaska. A little later we will leave the American continent at Newtok, Alaska. Before we reach the Russian Kamchatka peninsula, we will overfly the St. Matthew Islands. Around Petropavlovsk/Kamchatka we will leave our FL of 34,000 feet with a Step Climb for 36,000 feet. From there on we fly over the Sea of Okhotsk and reach Japan over the city of Monbetsu. Other major cities we will overfly are Sapporo, Niigata and finally we will land on runway 6R with a vectored visual approach in Kansai with some nice crosswind-action.
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A welcome change to all the hours on the 747 lately: Say hello to N608FE
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What a beauty! It’s such a shame those graceful Tri-Holers are disappearing slowly.
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Almost ready! The last pallets of cargo are being loaded into the belly. Salmon and a big load of some good ol’ Country music CD’s are among our freight today.
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Familiarizing with the new office: There are quite some differences between the Boeing and MD designs. Here we are already taxiing through the FedEx-ramp to runway 14.
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That’s one great looking plane!
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While we are holding short at runway 14, this Korean Air Cargo B747-400F is getting ready for Take-Off.
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Did you ever notice the hidden arrow between the “E” and the “x” of FedEx? Once you will see it, you can never look at it again without noticing…
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Lined-up on 14, ready to roll!
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Rotate!
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LAX-style again. I just love this angle.
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Climbing out over the forrests surrounding Anchorage.
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It’s cloudy today in ANC. You can’t even see the Chugach mountains very well.
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Your lifejacket won’t help a lot in those freezing cold Alaskan waters. Thank god there’s the Coast Guard. A little TV recommendation here: Coast Guard Alaska on the Weather Channel, very interesting show.
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Still climbing. You better get used to the new Flight Deck. This will be our office for the next few flights.
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The stunning Alaskan landscape passes below us.
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And here we have the moon and the sun in one frame.
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Are you kidding me? They seriously have a waypoint named “PALIN” in Alaska???! 😀
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The snow and the clouds are reflecting all the sunlight.
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Born to fly.
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The MD-11 Cockpit appears to be “colder” because of its blue-greyish colors, compared to the warm earth-colored Boeing Flight Decks.
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Konichiwa! We reached Japan.
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It’s not quite Alaska, but they have some quite nice mountains of their own.
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On our way we get some company by this JAL Boeing 767.
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Luckily we had our zoom lens on us and could take a more detailed picture.
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Soon after this little encounter, we begin our descent. This offers us some nice views onto the mountains.
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Here we are closing in on the Southern coastline in Osaka, the third-largest city in Japan.
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Turning on final vectors, cleared for Visual 6R.
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We get to see a very scenic landscape during our approach.
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KIX is the IATA 3-letter-code for Osaka-Kansai airport. Like Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok, this is build on an artificial island offshore.
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We have to fight some relatively strong crosswinds on our final approach.
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On short final.
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That’s a popular angle for pictures taken here.
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Still crabbing in due to the crosswinds.
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Just seconds before our wheels touch the ground. Another FedEx MD-11 is getting ready for departure.
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As we’re passing the passenger terminal, we spot a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777.
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On our way to the cargo ramp the company MD-11 we have seen earlier rotates, just as we’re passing by.
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If you’re used to Anchorage, Hong Kong, Dubai and so on, the cargo ramp in KIX looks relatively small.
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Find the odd one out. 2 FedEx and 1 UPS in a row, as we leave the plane and are about to start looking for some Saki and Sushi.
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This was leg number 1 of our westbound around-the-world tour with the MD-11. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this flight. Next leg will be with Lufthansa Cargo from Kansai to Siberian Krasnoyarsk.

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