Airbus A380-800 Super Jumbo by Emirates (reg. A6-EUK) @WAW

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.

Airbus A380-800 (A6-EUK)
The Whale on final approach gliding from the skies to the ground.

Airbus A380-800 (A6-EUK)
Just few seconds prior to touchdown – one of my favourite moments. That’s the magic point at which a flying object turns into a rolling one and changes its nature completely.

Airbus A380-800

Large plane, surprisingly little smoke after touch down.

Airbus A380-800

Landing roll against the Sun on the longer 15/33 runway while having spoilers up and engine thrust reversed.

Airbus A380-800 (A6-EUK)

Passing by in front of me, just few steps away – glorious view as seen never before. Really.

Airbus A380-800 (A6-EUK)

The wings bent towards fuselage make the Whale recognisable from far.

Airbus A380-800 (A6-EUK)

As soon as the Whale docked into the bay (stand), plenty of servants queued up.

Airbus A380-800 (A6-EUK)

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.