This evening I had the chance to go spotting at Minneapolis St. Paul International to see the inaugural flight of Aer Lingus to our airport using the Boeing 757, it was very exciting and this was the first time I had seen a water cannon salute! I also did some other spotting while I was waiting for the Arrival of the 757.
Here is one cool plane that I saw landing, a Delta Skyteam 737-832 greasing the landing on 30L
After this, I moved over to 30R to catch some other aircraft, here is a United A319-131 taking off past a Minnesota ANG C130 in the background.
After around 20 minutes since I got there, EI-LBR finally touched down. This aircraft is a 21-year-old 757-2Q8, formerly owned by Finnair! Aer Lingus will be operating daily year-round service to Minneapolis using this aircraft.
Backshot with spoilers and reverse thrust active.
Taxiing to parking after exiting the runway.
Water cannon salute! Sadly part of the terminal blocked my view. :(
And the last picture is sadly not mine but taken by Andrew Clark from the Minneapolis St. Paul Facebook Group, showing probably what is one of my favorite moments of every inaugural flight.
Another important event not too related to this but interesting none the less, just 2 days before, Delta operated its first revenue out of Minneapolis using an A220 to Dallas Ft. Worth Airport, super excited to see Minneapolis grow after the 9/11 downturns. Here is N116DU, a week and a half old A220 departing off of runway 12R.
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