Around the World Reloaded Part 3 – KJA to FRA

We’re making good progress on our second Around-the-World tour. Today I flew from Krasnoyarsk to Frankfurt on Lufthansa Cargo MD-11. This means we’re already halfway through.

Last time we stopped in Krasnoyarsk for refueling, coming from Osaka/Kansai. After this short stop, we today continued as DLH 8383 with the wonderful MD-11 registered as D-ALCO. ETD was 09:40 am local time.
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The routing would take us from runway 29 in KJA on SID MN2 to our Western heading. Crossing Russia from East to West for the most part of the flight, there was not a lot to see but Siberian wilderness. On FL 340 we would later pass a little North of Perm and Moscow and then fly through Belarus, where we would overfly Minsk. From there on we will pass Warsaw in Poland, do a Step Climb to FL 360 and later almost pass Dresden in Eastern Germany and enter Czech airspace for a short time, before finally reaching Germany around Bayreuth. ATC will then clear us for an ILS approach into runway 25L.
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Now let’s get started. The crew stayed on board D-ALCO while we got some new fuel for our trip to Frankfurt. After our tank indicators showed a load of 65,600 kilograms of JET-A1, we left the ramp in Krasnoyarsk quickly and got cleared for a Take-Off on runway 29. The early morning fog also had disappeared and the skies looked friendly. Nonetheless, it was still -9°C OAT.
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To get into position, we had to taxi on the active runway to the turning bay by the threshold.
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The turn radius of the MD-11 proved as sufficient for this maneuver.
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Without any problems we got into position and were cleared for Take-Off! Doswidanja Rossiya.
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Not far from the ramp we reached Vr and gently brought her into the skies.
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The view out of the window wouldn’t change within the next 4 hours.
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Isn’t she beautiful?
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Close-up. On a real life note: I had the chance to fly on board a DC-10 back in the day, including a visit to the Flight Deck. Since KLM is the only airline left that has the MD-11 in passenger service, I really should book a flight with them, just to fly this great airliner as long as it’s still possible…
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It’s cold and lonely in and above Siberia. This little Aeroflot A319 was the only company we got during our time in Russian airspace. Later, during our descent in Germany, the airspace around us will be packed.
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Prepare for impact with this death-defying cloud that decided to be in our flightpath during descent.
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We are already on final approach into 25L in FRA.
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There is no snow right now in this part of Germany. But FS doesn’t know that and thinks there should be, as it’s winter…
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A very busy ramp if you are coming from Krasnoyarsk. Below us the motorway A5.
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Short Final
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The Crane returns home!
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“Mainhattan” in the background.
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Back on German ground.
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This is home for our Crane-bird. All his other Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 buddies are already waiting for him. And one FedEx Triholer was allowed to join the party.
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Busy FRA. A Lufthansa A319 is taking off on 25R, as we are shutting down the plane.
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Thanks for reading today’s report! I hope you enjoyed. Next flight will be on LH Cargo again, from Frankfurt to Toronto. This will also be my 400th flight since I started to log my FS flights back in 2009, so prepare for some more statistics to go along with the next report…

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