Around the World Reloaded Part 2 – KIX to KJA
It’s time for a new leg on the westbound world tour. The Pet Shop Boys once sang “Go West!” and today we followed this call on our way from Osaka to Krasnoyarsk. So we said Sayonara Japan, Priwjet Rossiya!
ETD was 04:15 am, which meant we had to get up really early. Even though it seemed as if we were trying to escape sunrise for most of the flight, the approach into Krasnoyarsk was really moody and beautiful.
So after last night’s flight with FedEx it was now time to change employers. Lufthansa Cargo flies from Osaka to Frankfurt, making a fuel stop in Krasnoyarsk. The latter lies in the middle of nowhere in the Siberian Tundra. The next big town is Novosibirsk some 400 nm to the east. Krasnoyarsk and Lufthansa Cargo have a very interesting “history”. LH Cargo used to fly to Astana in Kasachstan for refueling, but the Russian authorities basically forced them to change their pit stop destination to Krasnoyarsk by denying them fly-over rights until they gave in to this demand.
Our Cruise altitude today will be 34,000 feet again, with a Step Climb to 36,000 feet over Mongolia. Freight is 70.5 tons, we will carry 64.9 tons of fuel and like stated above this will only be a fuel stop, so this is already the cargo that will be unloaded in Frankfurt.
After leaving the freight ramp in Osaka, we will take off on runway 06R and follow SID MAIKO5 on a left hand heading to transition SOUJA. We then will overfly parts of Southwest Japan, head out into the Sea of Japan and pass South Korea over Seoul. Via the Yellow Sea we reach China, pass Beijing and fly into Mongolian airspace. From there on we continue into Russian airspace, pass the city of Irkutsk and the Lake Baikal and finally descent into Krasnoyarsk Yemelyanovo airport. ATC will vector us for visual into runway 29. During our time in Russian airspace we will speak with “Nizhneudinsk” Center. Try pronouncing that in one piece…
We’re taxiing to the relatively small ramp in Krasnoyarsk. Just a few domestic Tupolevs sitting there. At least KJA upgraded to a CAT2 ILS solely for Lufthansa Cargo (after forcing them to come here…)
Thanks for reading today’s report! Next one will be from Krasnoyarsk to Frankfurt on LH Cargo MD-11F. Stay tuned and I hope you enjoyed.