Spotting at HKG

Last August, Tawn and I took at short trip to Hong Kong to celebrate the fifth anniversary of our marriage. I realized this weekend that I never posted the photos I took the afternoon of our return flight. Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport is one of the best places for spotting: lots of large windows offering mostly distortion-free views of the many airlines from around the globe that call on HKG.

I hope you enjoy.


Cathay pacific Airbus A330 in the OneWorld color scheme


Qantas Airbus A380


British Airways Boeing 777-300ER


China Airlines (from Taiwan) Airbus A330


Elegant Swiss Airbus A340


Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300 – the terminal in the background handles flights to/from the Mainland


Korean Air’s Airbus A330 in a robin’s egg blue color that I find very fetching


Looking over the top of a Cathay Pacific B777 to enjoy another Cathay B777-300 in the Spirit of Hong Kong color scheme. This picture also provides a very good sense of just how built up Lantau Island has become, adjacent to the airport.


From the land of Hobbits, an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-200ER

P1290361Cathay has since retired the passenger versions of their Boeing 747-400, the “Queen of the Skies”


Dragonair is another local carrier, also flying the Airbus A330. You can also see the British Airways A380 in the background.


A pair of Airbus A340-600s, the front one belonging to Virgin Atlantic and the back one from Lufthansa.


Something new and different, an Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner


Singapore Airlines also operates the Boeing 777-300 into Hong Kong


London, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong are three great cities to view the Airbus A380. This one is operated by Emirates and makes a stop in Bangkok before continuing to Dubai.


Air France also flies the Airbus A380 to Hong Kong


Lufthansa is one of the few carriers not to give up on the 747 passenger version. This is their newest plane, a Boeing 747-8i.


A Hong Kong Airlines’ Airbus A330 with a surprise guest in the background: a Boeing C-17 Globemaster operated by the United States Air Force.


Another Cathay A330, this one in their regular color scheme


Turkish Airlines Operates the Boeing 777-300ER into Hong Kong. One of the newer members of Star Alliance, I would like to try them one of these days.


One of the more interesting color schemes on an Airbus A330 belonging to Air Seychelles. The Seychelles are off the east coast of Africa, north of Madagascar. Don’t worry, I had to look it up, too.


Aviation Porn – Phuket

The place we stayed in Phuket is just a mile or so stroll down the beach from the international airport.  Far enough that you don’t hear much noise, but close enough so you can walk down and watch planes land and depart.  We also spent an hour or so one morning parked alongside the service road that is the back entrance into the airport, paralleling close to the runway.  Here is a little aviation porn for those of you whose tastes run that way.

And from the beach side: 


THAI Airways A300 arriving from Bangkok.


THAI Airways A330 arriving from Hong Kong


Transaero B777-200 arriving from one of the Moscow airports.


“Be careful!  The jet blast.”  Yes, I managed to stand right behind a Dragonair A320 as it powered up for takeoff and learned just how strong that is.  Smartly, I turned my back to it as it was kicking up a lot of sand.  The blast was pushing little waves about 200 feet into the ocean.


There’s that Dragonair A320 from Hong Kong, about 45 minutes before it sandblasted me.


Another Transaero plane, this one a B747-200, coming from the other airport in Moscow.


Beautiful erosion in the sand banks just off the runway.  You can see the top of the fence in the upper right hand side of the picture.

There will be some Mexican food porn from Houston tomorrow for everyone else.