Looks like 747-8i #2 heads for home tonight?

Old Jul 1, 12, 12:36 am
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Looks like 747-8i #2 D-ABYC heads for home tonight...

Twitter message from Paine:

Paine Tower is staying open late for the Lufthansa 747-8i delivery flight

LH9875 scheduled to depart at 12:11 Pacific Daylight time for FRA

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/D...701Z/KPAE/EDDF

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Old Jul 1, 12, 12:52 am
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ETD seems to be 12:11 PDT
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/D...701Z/KPAE/EDDF
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Old Jul 1, 12, 9:48 am
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D-ABYC didn't quite make the delivery deadline of 30 June 2012 and left PAE at 02:01 PDT on 1 July 2012. ETA in FRA is 19:52. It's amazing how fast an almost empty plane can fly.
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Old Jul 1, 12, 10:00 am
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Originally Posted by NewbieRunner View Post
D-ABYC didn't quite make the delivery deadline of 30 June 2012 and left PAE at 02:01 PDT on 1 July 2012. ETA in FRA is 19:52. It's amazing how fast an almost empty plane can fly.
I'd say it's the tailwind rather than the weight of the plane. According to flightaware they're doing 520kts, which is not really unusual IMHO. Regardless of the speed, good news definitely!
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Old Jul 1, 12, 10:16 am
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Originally Posted by whiskey_sk View Post
I'd say it's the tailwind rather than the weight of the plane. According to flightaware they're doing 520kts, which is not really unusual IMHO. Regardless of the speed, good news definitely!
I was comparing with the flight time of A333 between SEA and FRA.
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Old Jul 1, 12, 11:39 am
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I was comparing with the flight time of A333 between SEA and FRA.
Matrix claims 10h10, how long does it take usually in reality? Never had the opportunity.
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Originally Posted by whiskey_sk View Post
Matrix claims 10h10, how long does it take usually in reality? Never had the opportunity.
SFO-FRA is in the 10 hr 20 min range. On the A380, which was doing about 580 kts at the end as the tanks emptied and the weight decreased.
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Old Jul 1, 12, 12:10 pm
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Originally Posted by whiskey_sk View Post
Matrix claims 10h10, how long does it take usually in reality? Never had the opportunity.
I once flew the route on the A333 and it took 9h37 according to flightstats. Yesterday's LH491 took 9h40. D-ABYC might do it in 8h51 according to flightaware.
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It looks like she made it in just under 9 hrs!

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Old Jul 1, 12, 1:11 pm
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I like the fact that they did not use D-ABYB. Fitting memorial to the 747-100 lost in 1974 in Nairobi.
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Originally Posted by NewbieRunner View Post
It looks like she made it in just under 9 hrs!
do we know when is the next one due?
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Old Jul 1, 12, 4:37 pm
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do we know when is the next one due?
AFAIK, # 3 is due at the end of July/early august. delhi and bangalore for these 2 apparently.]

4 & 5 in late sept/early oct, and they should be on LAX and ORD. But these things are subject to change.
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Originally Posted by NewbieRunner View Post
It looks like she made it in just under 9 hrs!

Hmm, the image of FRA doesn't even show the new runway yet(07L/25R)!
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Originally Posted by sp4294 View Post
Hmm, the image of FRA doesn't even show the new runway yet(07L/25R)!
Could lead to quite funny picture of planes landing in the middle of nowhere
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Originally Posted by sp4294 View Post
Hmm, the image of FRA doesn't even show the new runway yet(07L/25R)!
Originally Posted by supermasterphil View Post
Could lead to quite funny picture of planes landing in the middle of nowhere
Well, they use standard Gooogle imagery, so until Google updates it, 07L/25R will be missing... Till then, happy crash landings :-)
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