Quick note: If anyone who reads this spots at Perth Airport (PER / YPPH), please PM on here or on Instagram!
Now, onto the thread. This 33-year-old 767 was originally delivered to American Airlines in February 1985, as a -223(ER), registered N315AA. In 2008, she became the testbed aircraft for Boeing’s “Special Freighter” program, and was converted into a -223(BDSF), serving with Capital Cargo International Airlines for two years, and ABX Air for six years. After flying exclusively in North America for just over 31 years, she joined Raya Airways in March 2016 as 9M-RXA.
Currently, RXA operates for DHL Aviation, and is the only Malaysian registered 767. Unfortunately, for spotters, she is relatively nocturnal and her only predictable movements are the 5x weekly TH3507/3508 services between her hub airport, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB), and Hong Kong (HKG), which is flown almost entirely in the dark.
It’s been my mission to catch her for a few weeks now, so I woke up very early on Sunday morning last week and headed for SZB to catch the arrival of the TH3508 flight, just before sunrise. RXA was running a little ahead of schedule, so it was still rather dark and quite hazy when she touched down at 7:17 am. Safe to say, they’re definitely not my best photos ever, but I’m quite happy with them, especially the second one.
Occasionally, RXA does make daytime movements to Borneo, Johor Bahru, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh. However, these movements are few and far between, and it’s either been raining or I’ve been stuck in school on the last occasions. I’ll be sure to post if I manage to catch this beautiful 767 again sometime soon :)
1/40, f/4, ISO320 at 165mm
1/40, f/4, ISO500 at 111mm
1/40, f/4, ISO640 at 100mm
Canon EOS 700D + Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM