Yesterday I completed what might be my most scenic route yet, Abu Dhabi Airport to Los Angeles Airport. The route took me over the underrated scenery of Iran, and surrounding areas of the Caspian Sea such as the Caucasus Mountains, from South Russia, through Georgia and Azerbaijan. Then over Moscow, Russia and Northern Norway, and then passing over snowy Svalbard near the north pole, then switching sides after travelling over the Greenland ice sheet to the cool and cold Canada. Further travelling south of Canada where I flew over Alberta, Canada and over the Canada Rockies, with some insight from British Columbia. Then flew further south where I saw the underrated states of Idaho, Montana and some of Wyoming on my left, and the beautiful Cascade range to my right. I then proceeded on through the scenery over Nevada and the hills of California and L.A (which was nothing new to me). I then proceeded to arrive into the extremely busy Los Angeles International Airport, where I landed safely.
Aircraft Route and Details
Aircraft: 77W (777-300ER)
Airline: Etihad Airways (2016 livery)
Callsign: Etihad 171
Route: OMAA - KLAX
Flight Time: 16h and 55 mins
After Taking-off from Abu Dhabi and flying over Dubai and mainland Iran, we can see Mount Damavand, the highest volcano in Asia standing at about 5,609.2 m (18,403 ft). Part of the Alborz Range, which is quite close to Tehran and located north of it, the capital of Iran.
Here we can see part of the Caucasus in Azerbaijan and Georgia
Here we can see a mountain peak very far away in the distance which is Mount Elbrus another volcano part of the Caucasus. It is the highest mountain in Europe, standing at about 5,642 m (18,510 ft).
Skipping way forward past Moscow and Svalbard and Greenland into Canada. Here we can see the Canadian Ice sheets in Nunavut, Canada. This is paired with a glorious sunrise.
Now crossing the Canadian Rockies part of the Rocky Mountains between Alberta and British Columbia, with some mist. Here is wing view of the Jasper National Park and Banff National Park of Canada.
Here we can see two images taken in the same place. On the top are the hills and mountains of what I believe are the Rocky Mountains in the underrated scenery states of Montana/Idaho with the sun. On the bottom, you can see two peaks (they are not very distinct because they are quite far). One of them is Mount Baker (on the right), part of the Cascades where there are many active volcanoes, this one standing at about 10,781 ft (3,286 m). The one on the left I believe is Mount Rainier, the Cascades highest mountain standing 14,411 ft (4,392 m).
Final scenery picture, the Wallowa Mountains in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, in Oregon and Idaho.
Now skipping past descent and arrival onto Runway 24R at LAX, with a Singapore A359 (@thunderbolt) and a Saudi B789 who both exited the runway via Zulu, whilst I go onto Alpha-Alpha. There was also an Etihad A388 (not doing OMAA-KLAX I don’t think) in which we had a parallel landing, which was a great way to land after those stunning sceneries (piloted by @raze, sorry for tagging by the way).
Final picture, now parked at the TBIT, with two American B789s and an Etihad 77W in the older livery who just took the spot of the United A359 in the background. (The other Etihad jet did do the same route as me and took-off earlier than me, but I caught him up and eventually overtook him).