Originally Posted by Peter Kesternich
Dear LH-B744, the "A333" in my post was an honest typo. I know that Emirates doesn't have the bigger A330 variant in its fleet and I of course meant the A330-200.
Since I am from the Cologne area, I of course consider EDDK my home airport, but with only about an hour's drive away from EDDL, I should tell you that I know my way around that airport perfectly. I fly into and out of EDDL several times a year and go there for plane spotting about twice every year additionally.
However, I think I am definitely knowledgable enough about operations at EDDL to contribute to the discussion here.
[This is not a full quote, as I tried to respect a forum rule "please try to avoid full quotes".]
Yes, somehow I was able to remember your location.
And after I was home with my photos on September 1st, I've learned that EK in fact comes to EDDL with a 773ER (although they also operate 773s without extended range).
So, wingspan is not an argument against LH-B744 at EDDL, as a 744 is even 0,40 m smaller in that dimension than a 773ER.
Sometimes, people discuss the "80x80 box" which you need to properly park a 388. I don't know the maximum size of the big parking positions at EDDL, probably it's not quite 80x80.
From what I've seen at EDDL so far, I'd guess the biggest positions are 70x70, with enough space for a/c that are not longer than 75 m.
That includes 744 and 773ER.
But 748i and 388 exceed the size limits not only at EDDL. Imho it's good to also have longhaul jets that fit into the "smaller" parking positions, without the necessity to provide "80x80".
And that's why I really like my favourite aircraft, it fits on a lot
Edit: If you want to know where my avatar is now, I don't have a clue. In German we say "Der kommt ganz schön rum." Watch this, some people say that my avatar will never again be in the air after January 2013. But one thing is for sure, I don't change neither my nickname nor my avatar. History has to be kept alive:
744s are by far not as old as me, so my nickname should rather be LH-B742...
But who wants to say that your nickname is so f** old, that it can be found in a museum in Speyer... So I'll also in future stick with the young history of 744s that began in 1989.
Sometimes I'm glad to have found some men who the f** are more experienced than me. For these men and these songs, it is true:
°°°The Eagles feat. Don Henley - Hotel California (1976)
°°°Foreigner - Fool for you anyway (1977)
°°°MC Solaar - Gangster Moderne (1997)
°°°Exile - Kiss You ALL Over (1978_).
The artists are one or two years older than me but they're Gold.
Ah, finally, this one I came across yesterday. LH at Tullamarine, one LH 747 story which is completely new for me. They at least should have booked a baby seat for me in those days, the last link for me for today.