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.
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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…
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Lufthansa Cargo’s D-ALCO is ready for our trip to Siberia.
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Flying the Crane today
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The apron in Osaka looks like some modern lightshow
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D-ALCO taxiing to the active
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And we’re lined up and ready to go
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Rotate! A busy terminal in the middle of the night in the background with lots of widebodies too.
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There was not much to see from now on as it was pitch black outside. Over Mongolia the sun started to rise behind us
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You can almost sense the cold air here in Siberia
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There is not much around but clouds, some trees and wilderness
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I love the MD-11
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Flying over the icy fields of Siberia
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Finally the sun is catching up with us
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It’s such a beautiful atmosphere, you could almost forget there’s a plane to fly
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We started our descent into Krasnoyarsk and are about to enter the clouds
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Overflying the Yenisei river
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And we have the runway in sight! The MD-11 is very different to handle compared to the 747.
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The untouched nature of the Russian tundra
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It was -21° C outside. Quite chilly…
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On short final
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And touchdown! Reverse active, Spoilers deployed
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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…)
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Parked at the ramp. That’s some interesting airport buildings they have here.
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Now we just have to wait for the fuel truck, before we can continue to Frankfurt.
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But we have some time to leave the plane and take a walk in the freezing cold Siberian morning air.
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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.

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