Saturday, 10 September 2016

Penang Planespotting #006 - 06 July 2016 - Part 1

I honestly cannot believe it when I saw this one. 2 trips in a row, a special visitor was around. First shot of the day.

Kiwijet being loaded

Imagine all the Nasi Lemak and Roti Canai that is going into that aircraft. Penang food is awesome, and I would expect that it will be an aromatic ride back to Kiwiland with all of that food on-board.

It was almost 8am, and the sun was still hidden behind some thick clouds. It didn't seem like any good amount of light would be available this trip. Had to push the sensors a bit to get the shots (and of course to stabilise the hands for lower shutter speeds)

Dragonair pushback

The big Thai in Penang

It was the Ramadan season along with the school holidays. I guess load was good enough for TG to send their tripple 7. Still waiting on them to send in their Dreamliners (or even their A350) during equipment shortage or anything of the matter. Yes yes, it is such a great waste to be sending such efficient aircraft on short haul routes, but there's no harm in wishful thinking..... right?

AirAsia A320-216 (9M-AQM)

One good thing (probably the only one as of now) of low light is the ability or rather the requirement to pan with low shutter speeds. Nice effects, but still, a long way from perfection.

Dragonair A330-342 (B-HLB)

2 beauties in one pic. It is not every trip you get such a combination. Up next is Firefly.

Firefly ATR72-500 (9M-FYH)

Followed by the triple 7, the aircraft that is putting a lot of other aircraft out of commission.

Thai Airways International B777-2D7 (HS-TJC)

Closeup of the front of the aircraft

Boeing has really done a great job in the designing of the 777. That, together with efficient engines from GE and RR put other aircraft like the MD-11, the A340 and even the B747 out of commission. The 340 and the 747 are most likely still surviving due to the need for long translantic flights (not restricted to ETOPS) but I fear that too might not last long.

Next up, two ATRs from Malindo in a row.

Malindo ATR72-600 (9M-LML)

Malindo ATR72-600 (9M-LMF)

Next up was Air Hong Kong's freighter. Wonder when they would send their 747s again.

Air Hong Kong A300F4-605R (B-LDA)

Front part with those Reversers

My attention was then drawn to a line of people just happily walking across the tarmac. They were headed for the Kiwijet.

Next part will show the Kiwi's departure as well as Neptune Air, the elusive small freighter.

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