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Lufthansa A350 Is Now Coming to SEA

International flights are starting to increase in frequency and, it seems, capacity.  Lufthansa has been making the run to Seattle with the A330s for a while now.  Recently, they changed from the 300 to the A350.  One quiet Saturday, I figured I would head down to grab a shot.  Sadly, the old livery example of the previous day was replaced with one in the new livery.  I do prefer the old livery but that wasn’t the reason for my disappointment.  It will go away before too long so there will be plenty of chances to get the new livery over the years.  It was hot and sunny and arrival is noon so about the worst time you could think of for photographing.  A polarizer to take out some glare and to deepen the colors was the best I could manage.

A Pair of New 737s in Nice Light

With Max flight activity pretty much back to normal at BFI, there is no shortage of opportunities to shoot the jets on the approach.  However, since it is now mid summer, the lighting is going to be pretty harsh most of the time.  A little later in the day, though, and the light can be improved.  I have also taken to using the polarizer to cut down on the harsher glare which is boosting the vibrancy of the shots.  I got two of the jets during one visit.

One of them was a Ryanair Max 8-200.  This is a special configuration that Ryanair has ordered that has an extra reader fuselage exit added to the -8 fuselage to allow the seat count to be increased.  This jet turned out to be the first one to be delivered to the airline shortly after this was taken.  The other was an Oman Air jet.  Nice colors for the livery of this airline which were enhanced with the lower light angle and the polarizer.  Sure, 737s are incredibly common but sometimes it can still be nice to shoot them.

Competitor Dreamliners

I took this shot at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.  The 787 has sold well with the Japanese carriers – my trip to Tokyo was on a JAL 787-8 and ANA was the launch operator – and with these two airlines competing strongly for the Japanese market, it seemed slightly appropriate that they should both be in this single shot.

Finally I Get The NEO

I complained recently about my lack of luck when shooting the A330NEOs that Delta operates out of SEA.  I finally got some better light on them.  I was out for the Aloha Air Cargo 767 which was coming in just after sunrise.  About half an hour later, Delta had a NEO coming in from Honolulu so I hung around.  The light changed a lot in that half hour with the super warm light getting a little subdued as the sun came up but it was still by far the best light I have had on one of these jets.  Thankfully it came in on the inner runway so no shooting it in the distance!

Polarizing the Overfliers

I was in a location where a couple of the departures from SEA were overflying me.  I happened to have the camera to hand (of course I did) and I had the polarizer on there at the time.  I had an Alaska Airlines 737 (what a shock from SEA) and a Hawaiian Airlines A330.  I grabbed a few shots.  The thing I like about the polarizer is cutting down on the glare from the white fuselages but they were still pretty bright.  The rest of the sky was darkened considerably and, when editing to address the white fuselages, even more dark.  I quite like the deep and moody look it gives to the shots with very little editing involved.  Both jets pulled some vapor as they came through the same area so clearly there was extra moisture in that one spot.  Maybe it was a thermal?

Zipair

There is some rationalization underway in the Japanese airline business at the moment.  JAL and ANA are both taking control over smaller operations as a result of the difficulties that COVID has placed upon them.  However, even before COVID reared its ugly head, JAL had created a new subsidiary.  This is called Zipair.  I recently read that it is due to start operations soon which surprised me because I thought I had seen its planes before.  It turns out I saw one of their 787s as it was parked up at Narita when the flight I was on was taxiing in after landing.  I guess that airframe hasn’t had much use yet.

Kalitta/DHL 767

The Aloha Air Cargo 767 was the reason for me being out early one morning but it wasn’t the only freighter coming in.  (Indeed, this was the case for both of my efforts to get the Aloha jet.). Kalitta were also operating a 767 which is under contract to DHL.  Some of Kalitta’s jets are plain white so you wonder whether a given day will bring something in that has a bit of color to it or not.  On this occasion I was lucky.  It might not be the most dramatic of the DHL schemes but it is better than no color at all!

Aloha Air Cargo 767

A 767 freighter conversion made its way across the country and stopped off at Boeing Field recently.  Unfortunately, there was no way I was going to be able to get there to see it so I figured it was just one of those things I had missed.  However, not long after that, it showed up with a flight plan to SEA.  The flight plan was listed against Northern Air Cargo but the plane is marked for Aloha Air Cargo.  I was taking the day off and it was due in at the beginning of the day so I decided to head down to try and get a shot.

Sadly, the traffic was getting busy at SEA and, with plenty of departures and not too much on arrival, they put it on the outer runway.  It was a bit far out from where I was but I got some shots, although nothing too special.  I then saw it was coming back on the Sunday but this time it was due to land at 5:30.  With sunrise just after 5am, this would produce some good light.  However, I didn’t plan on getting up.

At 4:30 on Sunday morning, I woke up.  I thought this was an opportunity so decided to get up and head out.  At that time of the morning, no risk of traffic problems.  I got down there in good time and, while it was a few minutes early, I was ready for it.  The sun was barely up so the light was really excellent.  Also, with no departures at that time of the morning, they came in on the closer runway so a total win!

Korean Air BBJ

I was surprised to discover that Korean Air, while being a major airline, is an operator of corporate jets.  I’m not sure how an airline ends up in the bizjet market but they have.  They have Globals, G650s and BBJs.  One of the G650s was in SEA recently but I didn’t have an opportunity to see it.  However, I did get the BBJ on one of its visits to BFI.  It was stopping at BFI before making a direct run back to Korea.  It is quite a nicely painted jet.  Lots of the windows are blanked out on the front fuselage.  A check on their website shows this is where some sleeping seats are installed.  Plenty of smaller accommodation at the back for your lackeys to use while you rest up front if you like.

One Day I’ll Get the NEO in Good Light

Shortly after my A220-300 landed, another Delta jet was due in.  (Actually, quite a few were but they weren’t terribly interesting.). It was an A330-900, the NEO version of the A330.  I have shot a few of them but have really struggled to get them in good conditions or nice lighting.  Since the weather was crummy on this Sunday morning, that luck wasn’t changing.  However, it was there so why not get a few shots.  At some point I will get one in good light.