Remarks: View from the jumpseat while descending through 1,500 feet currently passing over the harbour on short finals for Port Elizabeth's (FAPE) runway 26 from Johannesburg (FAJS). Long live the Mad Dog ! 2 second exposure.
Remarks: After Aloha Airlines ceased operations this beauty luckily found a new home on the other side of the world in SA. Seen waiting for its night flight back to Cape Town (CPT) where it is based. Unknown operator.
Remarks: Hong Kong ? No, this is the NDIA (New Doha International Airport). ICAO : OTHH. It is currently just over 90% complete and should replace the current airport just 5km away on the 12/12/12, almost 4 years later than planned. Its main runway is 4,850m (15,910 ft) long, making it one of the longest in the world and when fully complete the airport will be able to service six Airbus A380’s simultaneously.
Remarks: Wide-angle view of the massive red Oryx on this A330's tail. I was heading to Dubai (DXB) after arriving on a different QR A332 from there a few hours earlier. Short haul on a wide-body is always fun.
Remarks: Silver Falcons 1, 2 and 3 parked up waiting to perform at their last airshow of the year. In the background on the left is the commentators box with the control tower next to it and on the right is one of the new 7 wonders of nature, Table Mountain.
Remarks: Zoomed (70mm) view of the outer Engine Alliance GP7000 as we quietly climb away from Dubai's (DXB) runway 30R onboard the day flight to Manchester (MAN). Dubai has to be the A380 and skyscraper/architecture capital of the world.
Remarks: A small number of the many private aircraft I saw at this airport, said to be the second busiest biz jet airport in Europe (Paris Le Bourget been the busiest). In the row one Learjet and six Dassault Falcons. Taken from a Jet2 B733.
Remarks: Overview from the awesome viewing terrace of pier D with plenty of KLM aircraft including two A330’s, some Boeing 737’s, a 777 and on the remote an MD-11, only the 747 is missing. In the middle is a Garunda Indonesia A332 which will shortly depart to Jakarta via Dubai.
Remarks: This 32 year old beauty is the first DC-9 for the latest South African LCC Velvet Sky. She is seen performing the second ever Durban (DUR) to Cape Town (CPT) via PLZ flight (the first was operated by a B733 two days earlier).
Remarks: Captain's view of 'Alpha Charlie', the flagship of flagships. Taken on the Concorde Tour at the airports viewing park. I really hope one of these beautiful machines takes to the skies again one day.