Log Far East Trip Part III + req's;
P4-KCA B767 Air Astana
Anybody know the Austrian B777 today, couldn't find it on acars??
didn't bother hanging around, views pretty poor inside the terminal anyway (certainly at night) so transferred tothe Queens Garden Resort Hotel for 2 nights (http://www.queensgardenresort.net/index.html). Very cheap hotel about 10 mins from the airport, cost around £27 for a twin inc brekkie.You can spot from the hotel roof. During our stay aircraft were taking off towards the hotel so was reading mainly from under the wings, no good for photo's and also difficult reading stuff on the other runway, especially the Bangkok Airways aircraft. The old airport at Don Muang is till open for domestic traffic so you may need a visit there for some of the Thai 300/737 if you've never been to BKK at all. There were times it was very quiet and we could of ventured over but we never bothered. I think a lot of the Thai long haul fleet must go out at night as we only saw maybe half the 777/200 fleet and still looking for 2 340/600's. The 340/500's have finnished operating to the USA and HS-TLA/C/D seem to operate local Asian routes to Singapore/Hong Kong etc - what a waste eh, dunno how long that'll last. HS-TLB was parked down by the Thai hangers during our stay.
Up early for brekkie and on the roof by 7. One of the first departures we saw both days and never got was the Druk Air 319, took off on the far runway, only got one when we departed to Hong Kong, otherwise quite steady first thing then seems to have a clear out 8-9 of TG aircraft. Also around 9 are 2 Jet AW 737's, Indian AL 320 and Lao AL MA60/ATR.
A300 = TAA/S/G/P/R/T/M/Y/LA330 = TEH/F/D/G/A/B/L/K/EA345 = TLA/CA346 = TNA/E/CB737 = TDF/KB747 = TGA/L/G/Z/O/JB772 = TJR/F/H/D/WB773 = TKA/F/D/B/E/C
Thai AirAsia-B737 = AAP/R/V/I/J/Q/SA320 = ABB/F/G/A/D/C
Bangkok AW-A319 = PGX/YA320 = PGW/VB717 = PGQ/RATR = PGK/L/M/F/B
PB Air-E145 = PBE/F
N194UA 744 UnitedB-16073/6 B777 EvaB-18805/1 A340 China ALHS-SCJ B727 K Mile PH-MPQ/S B74F Martinair9V-SQK/SYK/SQG B777 SingaporeJA702J B777 JALJA707A B777 ANAB-HNE/D B777 CathayB-18201 B744 China ALA6-ETE B777 EtihadA7-AEJ A330 QatarB-6331 A321 China EasternVT-JGP/U B737 Jet AW9V-JSH A320 JetstarXY-AGF FK100 Air BaganRDPL-34169/171 MA60 Lao AirlinesRA-96005 IL96 Aeroflot9M-MQO B737 MalaysianB-6291 A320 China SouthernEI-UNX B777 TransaeroD-ALPC A330 Air Berlin9K-AND A340 KuwaitVN-A349 A321 VietnamB-HOR B747 CathayOH-LGF MD11 FinnairHZ-ANA MD11 SaudiA9C-LD A340 Gulf AirVT0EVQ A319 Indian ALB-18317 A330 China ALB-18606 B737 China ALET-AMG B767 Ethiopian5Y-KQY B767 KenyanD-ABVW B747 Lufthansa9N-ACB B757 Royal NepalVT-PPF A321 Air India
After the morning Druk Air 319 dept and afternoon China AL 744F (dept when i went for lunch)???
Thai AW-A345 = TLBA346 = TNFB772 = TJC/D/SB747 = TGN/F/H/M/T/W
PH-MPP B744 MartinairN107UA B744 UnitedVT-EPT A320 Indian ALHS-SCH B727 K MileB-16311 A330 EvaN417FE A310 FedexVT-PPA A321 Air IndiaHS-PGU A320 Bangkok AWJA05KZ B744 Nippon CargoB-HLK/HLU/LAA A330 CathayB-18208 B744 China ALA6-ETA B777 EtihadB-2289 A321 China EasternVT-JGR B738 Jet AWVP-BUH B757 UzbekistanA9C-LC A340 Gulf AirHS-ABE A320 Thai AirAsiaHS-UTJ/M/R B747 Orient ThaiHS-OMC/D/E MD80 Orient ThaiHS-PGA ATR Bangkok AWB-16410 B747 EvaB-2175 MD11 China CargoVN-A303 A320 VietnamA5-RGF A319 Druk AirHS-SSA B767 SkystarN810TM G4TC-JNE A330 Turkish4X-ECA B777 El AlOH-LGD MD11 Finnair
Got to the airport at 1200 for our 1515 flight to HK, check in not open so we walked down to the Thai hangersto get the Orient Thai aircraft listed above that were parked and to get HS-TLB which we saw on the way in on theshuttle bus but wanted to confirm. As we had our luggage was a bit of a trek but got a taxi back. Checked on on returning and then spotted outside departure hall for about half hour, good views of departing aircraft, dunno how long you'd be able to stay here though if you were planning a day etc, wether you'd get moved on at all.
Airside spotting is difficult to say the least, very unimpressed with the new terminal, the glass is curved and has some sort of 'dots' on it making it difficult to see through and get things, thankfully we didn't have long here before our flight.
Flew to Hong Kong on Royal Jordanian A310 JY-AGP RJ 182, excellent flight, good leg room, very impresseed with RJ.
A few requests from today, Air India exp 737 dept around 3 pm, SAS 340 dept 1430, Lao ATR dep 9 am ish
Hong Kong 11/11;
Although we arrived at 1900, spotting at HKG is easy, even at night from the viewing deck in T2. Follow signs to the sky plaza and aviation discovery. the 'Skydeck' is open 1100-200 and costs 15HKD entry. They will charge you again if you leave and come back. No seats or shelter on the skydeck but good views of the airport and several excellent nikon telescopes which enable the cargo aircraft to be read off at night quite easily. Theye were a godsend during the day too with the heat haze.
P2-ANA B767 Air NuiginiB-6390 A320 East StarN573/579UP B747 UPSLX-WCV B74F CargoluxN602/579/583FE MD11 FedexB-HUP/Q/R B74F CathayB-KAI B74F CathayD-AIHT A346 LufthansaB-HWG/F/J/H A330 DragonairB-2659 B737 XiamenB-HLP/LAH A330 Cathay B-18706 B74F China ALN274UP MD11 UPSN524MC B74F AtlasB-18303 A330 China ALVH-QPJ A330 QantasF-GSQV B777 Air FranceRP-C3231 A320 PhilippinesB-KAD B74F DragonairB-HYE/G A330 DragonairVH-OGU B767 Qantas9V-SFA B74F SingaporeB-HKF B74F Cathay
Stayed at the Dorsett Far East hotel for 2 nights, about £60 for a twin with brekkie. There are 2 hotels at the airport,the Novotel and Regal (and shortly a Marriott), both wanted over £200 a night which is why we stayed in the city. i believe you can get rooms for about £100 some times so worth checking them out first. We got a taxi to the hotel but used public transport thereafter. Buy yourself an Octopus card, costs about 150HKD which includes a refundable 50HKD deposit. They are valid on buses and metro but NOT the airport express train. You can also use them to pay for shopping as well. I think from our hotel to the airport using the buses and metro cost about 15HKD, maybe a tad more, i know when we came home we had refunds of 90 HKD back on the card so 3 one way hotel to airport trips only costs 60 HKD, less than £6 for all and that entailed 2 trains and a bus.The first morning we spent a bit more as we got a bus round to the Haeco hangers at HKG and past the biz hangers. To do this get the metro train to Tung Chung (end of the line anyway) and bus S52 to AMA (aircraft maintenace area). It also goes past (and stops) the GFS and biz hangers. We spotted for a short time by the GFS hangers and left in time to be at the viewing area when it opened at 11. Bus S52 will take you back to Tung Chung then you need bus S1 or S64 (bit slower) to the airport.
HKG log to follow.
Thanks John, you're welcome. I like to be able to post reports from my trips, i always read and research other peoples info before i go somewhere so hopefully people can get some benefit from my reports too. I have completed my logs now and may post completed logs, with cn's etc if people are interested.