I'm very pleased to translate this report from french to english and to add more pictures from the last Swiss -MD11 flights on October 31st 2004.
I was fortunate enough to be a cabin crew aboard the DC10-30, the MD11 older version, and then for 3 years on the MD11. Those two birds are my absolute favorites, I loved every flight with them. Both plane were flying with a slight angle, as the engine #02 was on the tail, making crews telling they go upwards to the cockpit and downwards to the galleys. It was much harder for the legs to work aboard those planes, compared to airliners that flew almost flat. But still, it was a pleasure to work with this two fellows.
Pictures will tell more than a long story, here's the report. It was a ZRH-ZRH flight with a low pass over BRN, and Alps sightseeing. Unfortunately the weather was quite bad, so not that much sightseeing. The flight time was one hour, and this was the second last operating. After ours, a second flight was conducted.
We arrived the day before to enjoy an afternoon of spotting at ZRH airport, and we were treated by an ex-SR MD- (ex HB-IWT), with neutralized colors for a maintenance visit. The a/c has been in open storage in Mojave before being sold to Transmile as a cargo bird, and then sold to Fedex where it still flies today.
Fast forward to October 31st for the big event, here is the bird that arrived from Chicago, with the last passenger scheduled flight:
The cabin, clear and spacious:
In flight, with this absolutely amazing winglet:
And the big bird on ground in ZRH where we were allowed lots of pictures opportunities:
Zurich - ZRH
Zurich - ZRH
That was such a beautiful flight, the crew was top, everyone was happy to be here, we had a drink and snack service and lots of goodies to take away. The pilots commented the whole flight, that was really interesting.
The low pass over BRN and Bern was amazing!
On arrival lots of press was there to interview people, lots of them (me included) had tears in their eyes. A book has been definitively closed that day in Switzerland.
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