Strikes are never fun, even if they do seem to be a way of life in certain European countries bonjour! but at least there was something for the ooglers of aircraft this time around. Namely a small fleet of Qatar A320’s, flying for British Airways who have been having a somewhat lenghty strike this summer.
The Airbus A350 is such a beautiful aeroplane.
Sadly I will not know the joys of flying aboard Hockeywings until november. But I have been told it is lovely. Better than the Dreamliner. I’m eager to find out.
I’ve seen it land and take off countless times. I’ve flown it, photographed it, and it’s not even that pretty. But I’m still not tired of watching the Airbus A380 in action. It’s just so massively awesome.
One thing I noticed about the Airbus A330 is how the wheels dangle when the landing gear is extended.
No dangling feet on the A350.
Nor on the A380.
But A330? Very much dangling.
The origin of the word “dangle” is most likely Danish. Although we rarely use it anymore, now preferring “dingle”. Language is a thing of beauty.
The Airbus A350 is a rare bird. Finnair is currently the only European airline flying this smooth wonder with the spectacular wings.
It’s no wonder, though. The A350 is a new type of aircraft and only entered service in january 2015. There are currently around 40 birds delivered, most of the commercial flying taking place on Asian airlines such as Vietnam, Cathay and Thai. Brasilian LATAM launched their first A350 on my 35th birthday, January 25th this year. That’s kind of awesome. And China Airlines just got their first one in september.
But Qatar is the largest operator of Curvy Wings. They currently have 11, but have ordered a total of 80(!).
Many of the upcoming deliveries are scheduled for 2017 and 18, so hopefully we’ll soon se more. Finnair have a large handful waiting to be delivered – if they put them on their Tokyo flights, I’m going to the Land of Mochi, stat.
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.