Now for the inbound leg. Much more and better photos this time, much more diverse aircraft too. All taken with Sony a7 and 24-240 f/3.5-6.3. Enjoy.
Sorry for lack of quality. Picasa decided to dump the size upon exporting.
Haneda Portion: (Outside) Tokyo Haneda, like all Japanese airports really, has a great outdoor spotting deck. It spans across the entirety of the roof on the international terminal, providing lots of room for great shots. I was only up their for about 5 mins, before we left into security to get some knock-off Döner. Wasn’t worth it. Is Japan after all.
China Eastern A333 arriving from Shanghai. This one, B-6083, is the only China Eastern A333 left in their fleet, delivered in 2007.
Air China A333 smoking after arrival from Beijing. B-5913 was delivered in 2014.
Air China A333 on the decel.
Air China A333 taxing to the gate. I didn’t get this shot, but at the main terminal at the International gates was and Air China A333, China Eastern A333, China Southern A333, China Airlines A333, and a Shanghai Airlines A333, all in consecutive gates. Only if I got the shot. Again, I wasted my time with crapy knock-off Döners.
Haneda Portion: (Inside) Disclaimer: Shooting through glass sucks.
JAL 788 (JA832J) slowing down from Saigon. Nineteen. Ni-nini-nineteen.
My ride, N15969, a 789, arriving from SFO. She is United’s Youngest Dreamliner. I got to fly on her consecutive legs, too.
ANA 763 arriving from Ube. This 767 is 26 years old, and still getting seven flights a day.
ANA 789 (JA830A) arriving from Osaka Itami. We were gonna fly this route, but opted for the cheaper Shinkansen.
Same 789 as above. JA830A was the third 789 ever delivered, and the second to ANA.
ANA 788 flashing. She arrived from Hedeki Matusyama. JA812A is the 11th ANA Dreamliner and 56th ever.
AIr China A333 on the fastest turn around time ever. The photos above and this photo were taken 44 minutes apart. Super fast for an international widebody flight.
ANA 789 (JA876A) arriving from CDG.
ANA 77W (JA874A) arriving from London. JA874A was delivered in 2007.
The China Eastern A333 rotating out for Shanghai.
Vietnam Airlines A359 (VA-A890) arriving from Hanoi with the Sky Tree in the background. Two fun facts: VA-A890 is the 56th A350 ever, and the Sky Tree is the second tallest structure in the world, after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and beating Shanghai tower be seven feet.
VA-A890 slowing her roll.
Funky looking Dreamliner.
JAL 772 (JA771U) in the One World livery. This 772 was delivered in 2004.
Dynasty rotating up and out for Taipei.
Japanese wide-body line-ups
Singapore A359 (9V-SMJ) taxing for departure for her flight back to Changi. Delivered December 2016
China Southern A333 flight deck prepping for a flight back to Guangzhou.
Starting her taxi.
Tail line up. Cool enough, there was two Delta 772’s with consecutive production numbers side by side, but on pushed before I got the shot.
Departure: We had a really neat departure, taking off due east, and then swirling up over the Tokyo bay, before heading north up the coast of Japan. The reason we do this is because Haneda’s arrivals patterns are restricted by Narita and Yakota, meaning that departures are restricted to a small spot over the Tokyo bay, hence the swirling. Same goes for arrivals, and that is why they do that gnarly Kai-Tak style bank at 300 feet. Here is the sequence:
We flew straight for about a minute, before a full 180 degree turn back over Haneda. Gave us a cool view of all the boats in the Tokyo bay.
Back across the bay and over to Tokyo. Cool to see the largest city in the world from the air. Tokyo just stretched on for miles, I never saw an end to the dense urban landscape. Haneda just out of frame to the left.
Tokyo again. You can see the massive Sky Tree jutting up, dwarfing everything else.
And to top it off, here’s the top of Fuji peaking out of the clouds. Neat!
San Francisco Portion: Nope, were not done. Still got another half to go.
Air India 77L (VT-ALF) arriving from Delhi.
United Dreamliner line-up. There was a fifth, but it pushed before I could get the shot. They are from or to: Shanghai, Haneda, Tel Aviv, Chengdu.
Hawaiian A332 off to Honolulu.
United 739 (N36472) arriving from Washington DC. It was cool because when we arrived, T3 was fully filled with only UA 737’s.
United 753 (N75858) off to Seattle. Funny thing, I photographed this bird at KDEN here:
Hands down the coolest plane all trip, this Super King Air! N924SD was heading out to Denver too. If only I was on it. The Dreamliner was nice too.
United 788 (N26910) arriving from Kansai. This was the inverse of my outbound route.
Hometown heros of SFO.
United 788 (N26902) taxiing out to go to Chengdu. This was United’s second ever Dreamliner, deliverd in 2012.
N75858 rotating out to Seattle.
ANA 77W waiting to cross 28L after arriving from Narita.
Some rich corporations G650 off to Dulles. Sure must be nice.
And lastly, this awesome Korean Air 748 (HL7636) arriving from Seoul.
And thats a wrap. As you can see, I take a lot of photos, which is why there are so many here. Hope you enjoyed them, as I enjoyed taking and editing them. Writing them in this post, not so much.