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”…
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.
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.
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.
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.