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YVR, Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, Richmond, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Taking flight

Above/featured: Departures information in English, French, and Chinese: YVR Vancouver airport – 1 Jul 2014 (6D1).

Once upon a time when I lived and worked on distant continents, I flew on many international transcontinental overnight flights to the accumulation of over 1 million miles in the air. A worldwide pandemic has forced not only air travel to a crawl, but also a rethinking about what long-haul travel in the context of climate change might look like in the future. For the time being, I consider here what it once meant to “take flight” with various images of planes as some time spent as occasional planespotter and images within airports as previous frequent-flyer.


As of posting, some planes in the following images have been decommissioned, retired, and/or dismantled for parts.


Berlin Tegel, TXL

•   Berlin Tegel airport (IATA: TXL).
•   Airplanes on descent and west approach to runway 26R/8L.
•   TXL closed November 2020 with the opening of the new Berlin-Brandenburg BER airport.

Tegel airport, Berlin Tegel, Tegel, Reinickendorf, Berlin, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Air Berlin Boeing 737-700 (D-AXHE) – 7 Dec 2014 (6D1).

Tegel airport, Berlin Tegel, Tegel, Reinickendorf, Berlin, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Air France Airbus A321-200 (F-GTAH) – 7 Dec 2014 (6D1).

Tegel airport, Berlin Tegel, Tegel, Reinickendorf, Berlin, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Flybe Embraer ERJ-175 (G-FBJA) – 7 Dec 2014 (6D1).

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CFB Comox, YQQ

•   Canadian Forces Base Comox, Comox Air Base (IATA: YQQ).
•   Comox Air Show, in 2005.

CF-188, CF-188, Hornet, 410 Squadron, 4 Wing Cold Lake, Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Forces, Comox Air Show, CFB Comox, YQQ, Comox, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Centre: McDonnell Douglas CF-188 Hornet, serial no. 188719; Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 410 Squadron, 4 Wing Cold Lake. Plane retired 2011; delivered 2014 to Air Force Museum in Calgary, AB. Photo on 8 Aug 2005 (A510).

Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Forces, Comox Air Show, CFB Comox, YQQ, Comox, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Canadair CT-114 Tutor Snowbirds: plane in foreground with serial no. 114009. Canadian Forces Snowbirds (431 Air Demonstration Squadron) – 8 Aug 2005 (A510).

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Dallas-Fort Worth, DFW

•   Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW).
•   DFW Founders’ Plaza, landside at the northwest corner of the airport.

Founders Plaza, DFW airport, DFW, Dallas-Fort Worth, Dallas, Texas, USA, fotoeins.com

British Airways Boeing 747-400 (G-BYGB) on final descent – 19 Nov 2011 (450D).

Founders Plaza, DFW airport, DFW, Dallas-Fort Worth, Dallas, Texas, USA, fotoeins.com

United Parcel Service (UPS) McDonnell Douglas MD-11F (N292UP) – 19 Nov 2011 (450D).

Founders Plaza, DFW airport, DFW, Dallas-Fort Worth, Dallas, Texas, USA, fotoeins.com

American Airlines Boeing 767-300 (N369AA) taxiing for departure – 19 Nov 2011 (450D).

Founders Plaza, DFW airport, DFW, Dallas-Fort Worth, Dallas, Texas, USA, fotoeins.com

China Cargo Airlines Boeing 747-400F (B-2426) taxiing upon arrival – 19 Nov 2011 (450D).

Founders Plaza, DFW airport, DFW, Dallas-Fort Worth, Dallas, Texas, USA, fotoeins.com

Facing south-southeast, from Founders’ Plaza – 19 Nov 2011 (450D).

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Frankfurt am Main, FRA

•   Frankfurt am Main international airport (IATA: FRA).
•   Massive departures board in Terminal 1.

FRA airport, FRA, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Departures board at FRA Terminal 1 – 10 Dec 2014 (450D).

FRA airport, FRA, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

“Where do you want to go?” FRA T1 – 10 Dec 2014 (450D).

FRA airport, FRA, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

“Where do you want to go?” FRA T1 – 10 Dec 2014 (450D).

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Honolulu, HNL

•   Honolulu international airport (IATA: HNL).

HNL airport, HNL, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, fotoeins.com

Japan Airlines Boeing 747-400 (JA8085) – 9 Dec 2009 (450D).

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Sydney, SYD

•   Sydney international airport (IATA: SYD).
•   Inside a frequent-flyer lounge, before flight to Auckland.

SYD airport, SYD, Sydney, Australia, fotoeins.com

Qantas International Business Lounge, SYD T1 – 9 Oct 2010 (450D).

SYD airport, SYD, Sydney, Australia, fotoeins.com

Lower centre: Qantas Boeing 747-400 (VH-OJC). The yellow diagonal stripe is an internal reflection of lights within the lounge. Photo on 9 Oct 2010 (450D).

SYD airport, SYD, Sydney, Australia, fotoeins.com

Centre: Air Austral Boeing 777-300 (F-ONOU, “Léon Dierx”) – 9 Oct 2010 (450D).

SYD airport, SYD, Sydney, Australia, fotoeins.com

Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 (9V-SWF) – 9 Oct 2010 (450D).

SYD airport, SYD, Sydney, Australia, fotoeins.com

Emirates Boeing 777-300 (A6-ECX) – 9 Oct 2010 (450D).

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I made all photos above between 2005 and 2014 with the following devices: Canon PowerShot A510 (A510), Canon EOS450D/Rebel XSi (450D), and Canon EOS6D mark1 (6D1). Acknowledgements go to Tina for LAPC no.144 in the week of 17-23 Apr 2021. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-kLA.

15 Responses to “Taking flight”

    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Tina. The important thing here is that I *used* to fly/get around a lot more. That stopped for the most part when I returned to Vancouver 🤷🏻‍♂️ Not gonna lie though, I miss flying in business class and getting to hang out in the business-class lounges (American Airlines/oneworld). But after a long sleepless redeye flight, one of the most important things about those lounges is a long soak under a hot shower and fresh coffee afterwards. Sounds simple in principle, until such time I no longer have those perks 😭

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    • Tina Schell

      I agree Henry, it makes quite a difference when one is paying out of pocket instead of an expense account LOL. I’ll admit on long hauls like China or Australia I still care enough to cover the cost out of pocket although sadly those trips have become far less frequent

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