The beginningA few weeks before the event I received an email by Lufthansa, where they were inviting me to attend the Roll-In of the A350! Of course I thankfully followed their invitation. A few days later I received a second email, giving detailed information about the procedure. They organized shuttle busses from different spots on the airport to the hangar where the event took place. Also at these spots were check-in counters, where some staff checked your name on the list of ivited people. If you were on that list you would get a bracelet, which basically is your ticket for entering! The bus service was very nice, because there was much less chaos, than it would have been, if everybody just drove to entrance directly. The frequence of the shuttle busses was very comfortable. After a short ride we got to the hangar. The security zone of the airport was postponed a bit, so no one had to go through a special security. Our bracelets were checked and we were allowed to enter.
Entering the holy hallsSince it was fairly cold outside in February, we were happy to get in. I was fairly early so there was enough time to check out everything! Directly after entering I took this picture, where you can see the wardrobe on the right, a whole lot of people in front of me and the stage, with the huge screen, reading #LHA350, which was the Social-Media Hashtag for this evening! What you unfortunately can not see is the accreditation point for the press, which was on the left side, directly after entering. Since I was formerly invited as press I decided to go for it, not knowing what benefits I would get from it, since I have already been allowed to take photos of everything I want to. We'll get back to this later. Also right next to the press-point was a little photo-shoot place, with a few Lufthansa Stewardesses. Everyone could get a glamorous new profile picture, including the most beautiful Stewardesses of Lufthansa, for their social media there...
Inspection walkNext up I was looking for a table for myself. Since I was interested in taking pictures in particular, I decided for a table in the front row. On my was this photo was taken, showcasing the huge effort Lufthansa put into decorating the tables and making everything look perfect! I went to my elected table and hang my jacket. Next up I went for a little walk-around, since there was plenty of time left until the planned beginning of the event! Lufthansa organized a whole bunch of external food suppliers and at the same time provided their own food, which combined to a fair variety. Drinks from Beer over wine to juice were served at the bars at order. The staff was really friendly and everything was extremely cleaned up (Well... It was the beginning of the evening). During my little walk-around I also met some people, you might know, like Laird Kay. I got into a little talk with him and we later met at my table! While checking out the food stands I honestly forgot to take some photos, since I really had to concentrate in order to not start drooling, because of all the good looking stuff! To name my personal favourite, after exiting the event a few hours later: It was the "pulled boar mini burger" by a local supplier called Vogl Wild ! However the dessert by Lufthansa was the most delicious dessert, I have eaten for months! Since there was still a lot of it left over, when I left the event, I ate about 10 of these little glasses, to be honest with you.
Speeches and baptismFinally the time had come, we were all waiting for... The event began. First of all, there were a few speeches by Michael Kerkloh (CEO of MUC), Thomas Enders (CEO of the Airbus Group), Carsten Spohr (CEO of Lufthansa) and Markus Söder (Minister of Bavarian State Ministry for Regional Development). All of them mentioned especially the big technological advantage of the brand new A350. The reduced noise and dirt emissions (Which is always a huge discussion point in Munich) and the new passenger comfort were especially highlighted. As a symbol for the modern built aircraft with carbon-fiber technology, Mr.Enders handed Mr. Spohr over a piece of carbon-fiber from the A350-900 as a gift.
Performing an outside checkApart form only waiting for the doors to open and eating stuff, I decided to have a little walk around the airplane and check out the all new design! The curves of this beauty are so smooth, it is unbelievable. The engines do even look clean and everything looked so incredibly new. The aircraft was prepared to look to pretty! But before I loose it completely just have your own look here. Images are known to be worth more than a thousand words...
A look inside the cabinFinally the time has come when the doors of the A350 opened. The entrance was at the left rear door and the exit at the L1 door. So I went for the entrance and finally discovered the benefit of my Press-Bracelet: Press was allowed to enter first. So the time in queue were just about 15 minutes for me. And that was very little time. Since literally everyone wanted to get inside once, the waiting time rose above 60 minutes for the non-press people.
After show party and the endingAfter getting out of the plane I went for a bar in order to get myself a coke. After cooling down a bit I made a second walk trough the whole hall. At this time it was already much less crowded, since most of the press had left and also some people, who had to work the next day started to make their way home. It is all visible on the pictures on the bottom. Afterwards I also went for a second aircraft inspection on the outside. When all of this was done I considered my job of taking pictures done and decided to finally join the party. The live-band was still playing and most people who were not standing in line for a visit of the aircraft's interior, were dancing next to the stage.