In 2011, celebrating 75 years of flying here and there, Aer Lingus decided to order a new Airbus A320 painted in the carriers 60’s livery. It was a good decision.
Archives for July 2017
Aircraft are obviously exempted from the airport’s no-smoking rule.
“Well I only smoke 10 wheels a day.”
Last time I was in Toulouse, back in April, they were busy flight testing the Airbus A350-1000. I would walk home in the evenings and there she was, soaring high above, returning again and again while playing “oops, missed the runway.”
Unfortunately, plane spotting at Toulouse-Blagnac requires a car, which I do not have. The pictures would have to wait until the Paris Air Show.
Now I have plenty.
But never enough obviously.
In the Eternal Battle of Airbus vs. Boeing I’m firmly on Team Avro.
The Avro has nothing to do with neither Airbus nor Boeing, but this is my blog and I make the rules.
Put some protective padding on her belly, and you can land her on gravel. On a short, slippery slope.
In a shark-infested hurricane. If that’s not awesome, I don’t know what is.
Today is my one year spotterversary. And above you see the very first picture I took on that fateful day, where I went from taking occasional phone-pics through airport windows to standing outside for hours with a real camera in hand, waiting for some purple aircraft.
An excellent picture if I do say so myself. Good contrast, white balance is spot on, razor sharp focus and magnificent placement of the seagull.
Air Canada is flying daily between St. John’s and London Heathrow, using an Airbus A319. I can’t imagine sitting on an A319 for five long hours. Not even with my short legs.
But I do appreciate the opportunity to snap a few photos.
LN-RGL was the first Airbus A320neo delivered to SAS back in October 2016. Like a true Scandinavian aircraft she is registered in Norway, living in Sweden and a very frequent visitor of Denmark. Lately she has been spending a whole lot of time flying to Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, but that’s probably true for most Scandinavian aircraft in the summer. Especially when the weather is bad.
But it’s not all charter destinations, screaming children and drunk passengers. Just last week I saw her in London Heathrow, looking very shiny and relaxed as she flew past the rows of spotters waiting in the morning sun.
I spent a day spotting in London Heathrow and the sun was shining. I had to wear sunscreen. It was so confusing.
The Avros, these wonderful tiny aeroplanes, are being replaced at a rapid pace. Swiss only have one left, the lovely HB-IYZ. Next month, she will be gone and Zürich Airport will be a little duller without her. The replacement Bombardier CS100s are beautiful birds, but do they have high-mounted wings and four jets? No they don’t.
I suppose that’s part of their appeal… but anyways.
I wanted to squeeze in one more flight before it was too late, and so HB-IYZ flew me from London City Airport to Zürich a few days ago (with some help from the pilots, of course). On the way, she treated us all to a lovely cloud safari. And tea made in a coffee thermos. Yuck. But you can’t win every time.
One would have loved better weather for the arrival of this gorgeous Aurora Borealis version of the Icelandair livery, but one will take what one can get.
And what one could get was photos.