Standby – Day 1

I got up this morning shortly past 4 am and took the first flight from Dresden to Frankfurt at 6 o’clock. Today is the first day of my standby shift that started at 8 o’clock and since then I haven’t done much. I have been sitting around in the Lufthansa Cargo breakroom all day, watching TV and surfing on the internet. I even went to take some photos, although the weather was way too cloudy to take good pictures. Here is one of them, an Aerologic Boeing 777F over the numbers of runway 25R:

Aerologic Boeing 777F on approach to Frankfurt's runway 25R.

Nobody has called me yet to fly one of our magnificient MD-11s to an exotic place somewhere in the world. Nobody has called in sick and I don’t believe that it will still happen today.The first six hours hours of my standby shift I had to make sure that I would be at the airport within one hour. For the next 24 hours the rule is that I have to be in the briefing room within six hours, so I could even meet some friends or check-out one of the many cities in the vicinity.

But as it is getting dark outside, I feel that it is finally time to go and find a hotel room. But before that I will visit my favourite fast food restaurant at Frankfurt Airport serving Thai Food – Thong Thai! Nr. 38 is waiting for me… 🙂

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6 Responses to Standby – Day 1

  1. Bogdan M. November 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    I’ve never heard of standby shifts, was quite interesting to read.
    And I don’t know what you have, the picture you took is great! I’ve always loved the 777 series and I can’t wait to see some 777’s in the colours of the german Lufthansa neyt year.

  2. Frank November 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    also ich war heute mit LH 1322/1323 (A 320; D-AIQE) einen Stretcherpatient nach Hause holen.
    Von B 56 in einer viertelstündigen Vorfeldrundfahrt bis V 268, standen auf dem Weg genug MD11 rum? Grins.
    Über den Alpen (ging nach TUN) hats ganz schön geschüttelt, sogar der Servie war kurzzeitig eingestellt, kreisch!
    Kopf hoch. Ich mag den Blog übrigens sehr!

  3. Felix Gottwald November 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    @Frank: Tja, die standen eben alle nur rum die MD-11en… 😉 Aber freut mich, dass es dir der Blog gefällt!

  4. Hendrik November 13, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Hi Felix
    lange nichts gehört von Dir. ich verfolge deinen blog super gerne. weiter So. ich darf zwar auch auf Arbeit Flugzeuge bauen aber mal selber fliegen das wäre es Natur!! What Ever habt ihr bei Lufthansa Cargo eig entlich auch a300/a310 die von den Elbe flugzeugwerken umgebaut wurden?.

    Grüße vom Hendrik
    und immer schön die Nase in den Wind 🙂

  5. Sascha November 14, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Okay, now I know what I will have for lunch next time when I’m at Frankfurt Airport! 🙂

  6. Sascha November 14, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Sorry, I forgot something:

    Amazing shot!!! Thanks for uploading!

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