The day his son came home, all decked out in the livery of a Low Cost Carrier, Frank sincerely hoped it was just a phase – even if he were a little jealous of the yellow tail with the pretty purple crown.
Archives for August 2016
When plane spotting, one of my trusty helpers is the Flightradar24 app. It tells me which aircrafts are on approach, when they’re scheduled to arrive, if they’re early (or late!) and what they look like. Which is how I found myself bouncing excitedly up and down on the viewing platform at Manchester Airport. I had a short list of planes I really really wanted to photograph during our 3 days in Manchester, and Aer Lingus was on the list. “There’s one on the way,” said my Better Half. And it was the retro livery version.
I love the shamrock tail.
And I love the black nose. It sure looks fancy.
I love watching the Dreamliner.
I love the slender fuselage and the pointy butt.
I love the long, curvy wings.
They’re easy to photograph, beautiful from every angle.
Even this one.
But they’re especially dreamy when they’re whisking you away from a rainy grey day towards warmer destinations.
Thomas Cook Airlines G-OMYT Airbus A330-243 at Manchester (MAN), august 2016
This Monday (well, tuesday) Morning Aircraft is G-OMYT, a lovely Airbus A330-243. An extensive interview was planned, but, as you can see, OMYT was already taking off, on her way to Orlando.
There she goes, the hero of the day, saving the British from their own weather.
G-VROM departing Manchester (MAN), destination: Orlando.
(G)VROM-VROM, off she goes.
But don’t you worry, she will be back monday morning, bright and early, carrying a mixture of Americans and Brits and anyone else fancying a trip to Northern England’s rolling hills and friendly people.
She’s like a cargo aircraft, but for humans.
My favourite spotter-spot at CPH, is right at the start of runway 22L, where the majority of landings take place. This makes for excellent landing shots.
From time to time, however, they decide to land at the opposite end, on runway O4R, making it rather difficult, if not outright impossible, to get any kind of landing shots. You can’t even see the planes (unless it’s the A380 – you can see that giant bastard from the Moon).
You can, however, get some fabulous shots of every departing rear end, as the planes take off right in front of you.
Last year, we (my
worse better half and myself) decided that a trip to Beijing would be a suitable entertainment for the first week of October. I always wanted to visit The Great Wall and I do love tea and steamed buns so very, very much. It was a no-brainer, really.
We booked with KLM, flying from Copenhagen to Amsterdam, where China Southern would show up with a big, fat Airbus A380 and lug us to Beijing. First trip on the A380, and flying home on the 747. It was perfect, a nice plan indeed.
In real life, while on our way to the airport, we received a text message, telling us that our flight had been delayed. In fact it had not only been delayed, it was cancelled. The plane was still in Amsterdam, where fog had decided to halt operations completely. In other words: We were going nowhere fast. Months later, we would come to regard this message with some suspicion, as we observed planes land and take off right on scedule in an incredibly foggy airport. And when I say “observe”, I mean on the screens at the airport. It was so foggy, we couldn’t even see the runway.
But anyways. This was where my love of everything airport came in handy. We had left home with hours and hours to spare, because I wanted to oogle the planes and do some People Watching, Airport Version. This not only meant a relatively short wait in line to be rebooked, because we arrived shortly after the cancellation, we also managed to snatch the very last seats on our brand new itinerary: We were now booked on Finnair instead, with a stop in Helsinki (HEL). Boarding passes in hand, it was straight to Burger King, where I proceeded to drown my sorrow in onion rings. There would be no A380 for us this time. The tragedy.
Instead we ended up on an Airbus A330 so dull and non-A380-y, the Captain used a pseudonym, when he introduced himself. “If you drink enough,” he announced, “it might help. Lucky for you, this is Finnair. We have plenty of vodka.”
Okay, maybe he didn’t say that, although I’m sure he wanted to. We suffered in silence. But as we looked at our boarding passes from the connecting flight, it was all worth it.
For we had travelled on flight AY666 – to HEL.
The Monday Morning Aircraft of the week is G-EUUT, a lovely Airbus A320-232 from British Airways.
G-EUUT loves turbulence, neeps & tatties and crossing the Alps. She is less fond of birds, scones and travelers with excessive hand luggage.
Starting the week in Hamburg, she looks forward to stretching her landing gear at fashionable airports such as Nice, Geneva and Paris.
G-EUUT is seen here on approach to Copenhagen (CPH), an airport she calls her own, even though she will always be British At Heart.
Finnair Airbus A350-900 OH-LWB at HEL, august 2016.
While taking pictures in Helsinki Vantaa Airport (HEL), the Finnair fleet arriving one by one, flashing their OH-registration code prefixes, one has to ponder how grand it would be for them to have an aircraft with the registration code OH-GOD.
Especially if it were to operate on the AY666 from CPH to HEL.
Ever since that fateful first day in kindergarten, OH-LVH and OH-LVA have been best friends forever.