2017 Trips


7th to the 9th February 2017
Madrid Trip

Having not visited Madrid since 2011 a trip was long overdue to catch up with the latest deliveries to Iberia,Air Nostrum and Air Europa and also to see some of the newer visitors.

We departed MAN on the evening of Tuesday the 7th February, Ryanair 737-800 EI-DLG was our ride and we  arrived in Madrid just before 9pm local time.
24 numbers were added to the log book on the taxi in and the walk to arrivals before we made our way to the Ibis in Barajas for our two night stay.

Two shots were taken through the windows from the terminal as we walked to passport control,





Wednesday 8th February 2017

We were up early and made our way down to the mounds overlooking Terminal 4 and the taxiways, it was an extremely cold and windy day, the following pics were taken during our time there and another 63 registrations in the book.
























Nice to finally catch the "Pull & Bear" Iberia Express special A320 EC-LYE 




























Thursday 9th February 2017

This morning we were up very early to get back to the terminal to start walking all the way around to the far side of the ramp by Terminal One to catch the Conviasa B747-400 when it arrived just before sunrise ...... if only it had been a few minutes later it would have caught the sun!









We then made our way around to the end of Runway 33 Left to catch arrivals,
Bluebird Cargo B737-400F TF-BBH was parked in a nice position towards the end of the new freight ramp.



















We then walked the long route back to the terminal to spend a short time in the cafe area in T2 before going airside for our flight home.













My last shot before departure was a night shot of the days nicest movement, shame that the steps were still on!


Another 36 new numbers in the book for today,
We departed home on board Ryanair B737-800 EI-EVS at 2200, landing back in MAN just after 2300 local.
A total of 123 new registrations added to the log book for the trip and many new subjects caught by the camera too, Some great company from Ashley and Gary, just a shame about the cold weather eh?!


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6th to the 7th March 2017
Madrid Trip

A cheap fare from Ryanair tempted us to make a quick return visit to Madrid to catch up on some of the subjects we missed last time. We departed Manchester on board EI-FRH (FR3187) on the evening of the 6th arriving at MAD just after 9.30pm so made our way straight to our hotel in Barajas.
We were up again very early the next morning to catch some of the early morning movements, we walked from the terminal to the spot overlooking the terminal 1 ramp where the following were photographed .... 



















Once the Capital A330 had departed we made our way over to an area nearer to runway 32L where the following were caught on short final, 















We then started the long walk back to the terminals (takes around 45 minutes) where we proceeded airside around 15.30 and caught the following before darkness set in .....






Our flight home (on EI-FOK FR3186) departed Madrid just over two hours late (thanks to the French ATC strikes!) and we arrived back at Manchester just before 01.00 on the 8th.
A great day and some really nice catches in the sunny weather .... 
another 47 numbers put away in the log book which was surprising after only visiting Madrid a month ago!

Thanks again to Ashley and Gary for a great trip.

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25th to the 28th May 2017
Prague & Paris Orly Trip

A long weekend trip to Prague and onwards to Paris Orly.

Thursday 25th May 2017

We departed Manchester early morning on Thursday 25th May on Jet2 B737-800 G-JZHA en-route to Prague arriving mid morning where we then spent the rest of the day airside watching the movements and the following were photographed.





















We departed late evening on board Transavia France B737-800 F-GZHL to Paris Orly arriving just after 22.30.

Friday 26th May 2017

Up early morning and we made our way down to the end of runway 06 where the following were taken in the lovely weather.







































After a superb morning down the end of the runway the sun was starting to move around, we made our way back to the terminal for something to eat and to photograph the afternoon and evening movements from the viewing deck.





















Saturday 27th May 2017

We were up on the Orly Sud terrace first thing to catch a couple of early arrivals before the sun moved around,







We then made our way back down to the end of 06 but not as much of interest for the second morning, there was a fair bit of cloud around too and a runway change back to 24 departures made us move back to the terminal far earlier than planned, these were caught in the couple of hours we were there ....






We arrived back at the terminal early afternoon and made our way airside ready for our early evening flight back to Prague, Transavia France B737-800 F-GZHF did the honours departing Orly at 17.35 and arriving back in Prague at 18.50.
We managed to get off the aircraft and back in to the terminal just in time to snap the departing Korean Air B747-800 HL7642!



Once outside the terminal we caught a new colours ASL ATR72 being towed from the hangars and the CSA Prague special A319 departed in the evening sun .... 




we then called it a day and made our way to our city centre hotel.


Sunday 28th May 2017

Our final day of the trip, we were down at the end of the runway early morning (although PRG isnt exactly busy first thing!), the following were seen over the next few hours, 






















Another runway change had us move to the other end where just two of interest passed us by ...



With very little of interest due for a couple of hours we decided to have a run up to the museum at Kbely, the following snaps were taken but sadly very little is parked in good positions for photos,













You can also see on to the active base where a few aircraft can be identified.....




After our little run round the museum we headed back to Prague and the observation mound opposite the terminal in time for a few nice visitors,






















This was apparently the first time Prague had seen two B747's on the ground at the same time!



We made our way back to the terminal and went airside ready for our flight home, just two more shots taken late evening, sadly the special schemed LOT Dash8-Q400 was not in the best position for a pic!



We then boarded Jet2 B737-800 G-GDFJ for the flight home, arriving back in Manchester at 23.00.

A great weekend with some great laughs with Ash and Gary, Another 162 new numbers hit the book too!!


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