It was the first commercial Airbus A380 visit to Warsaw, Poland, as it replaced one-off on that day a Boeing 777-300ER serving usually the route Dubai-Warsaw. Emirates celebrated that way the fourth anniversary they established flights to Warsaw. Admittedly, there were previously two occasional A380 landings in Warsaw of which one was a medical emergency in 2015 by Emirates and the other one was a courtesy visit by Lufthansa in 2011.
Being a Warsaw Spotters member, I was given the unique opportunity to take pictures of this A380 directly from the Warsaw Chopin Airport ground. That was a great experience, indeed, as we were almost able to touch the A380’s winglets over our heads while it was taxiing and turning to its stand.
Our visitor was a brand-new aircraft, almost an infant which flew first in June 2016. The plane was co-piloted by a Polish, Mr. Tomasz Lubaczewski. More about that event in the official press release by Emirates.
Large plane, surprisingly little smoke after touch down.
Landing roll against the Sun on the longer 15/33 runway while having spoilers up and engine thrust reversed.
Passing by in front of me, just few steps away – glorious view as seen never before. Really.
The wings bent towards fuselage make the Whale recognisable from far.
As soon as the Whale docked into the bay (stand), plenty of servants queued up.
It was frosty & funny ;-). One more thing: an A380 is undoubtedly a masterpiece of aircraft engineering which a spotter must not miss but it does not surpass the Boeing 747, the most beautiful Queen of the Skies ever ;-).
Browse all A380 aircraft on the spottair.com photoblog.