An Ongoing Passion for Flight & Flying Designs
For over a decade, we have actively pursued our perpetual fascination and awe with the ever expanding universe of flight.
The following portfolio reflects this with the spectacular diversity of airlines, their liveries, history, and aircraft.
Reflecting our passion for local photography, the images in this blog are exclusively captured at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ), the 2nd busiest international airport in the Americas by passenger count. By way of reference, this equates for 49.5 million passengers per year, just over ten million short of New York’s JFK International Airport passenger volume. Originally named Malton Airport, it received its first passenger flight on August 29th, 1939, bringing it near to its 80 year anniversary. The modern name change occurred in 1984, honouring Lester B. Pearson, Canada’s 14th Prime Minister and a recipient of the Nobel Peace prize in 1957. With two terminals and five active runways, Pearson served close to a whopping half million aircraft movements in 2018. Interestingly, Pearson sports the world’s largest de-icing facility, a quintessentially Canadian feat.
In keeping with out interests, our adventure expands beyond the images; we have included a story behind each plane that highlights the unique history and set of circumstances which bring the planes to YYZ, completing this voyage of discovery.
Robson and David
*Note, you can visit our resources page on our site at: Aviation References
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-400(M) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a dazzling Saturday morning 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-400(M) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) on a dazzling Saturday morning 2019. Interestingly, note the unique logo on the fuselage resembling the number "100" with a banner in Dutch colours intertwined, representing KLM's 100th anniversary this year. The airline was founded in 1919 as KLM, denoting the company as the first airline in the world to reach its centennial operating under its original name. Also celebrating another global milestone, Boeing's 747 family of aircraft is commemorating its 50th anniversary since the inaugural flight in February of 1969, a testament to the aircraft's phenomenal capabilities. Colloquially known as the "Queen of the Skies", the 747, with six million parts, is incredibly still in production and will retake its throne as largest passenger airliner still in production once the Airbus A380 is phased out entirely due to its planned production termination in 2021. Coincidentally, the first 25 Boeing 747 orders (747-100 model) were placed on Boeing's 50th anniversary in 1966 by PAN AM Airlines. The variant of the 747 in this image, the 747-400, has been in operation for 30 years now, another remarkable number, since 1989. Importantly, although KLM was not the first airline to use the 747-400 model, they were first at operating the combi (passenger and freight) variant of the 747-400 in the same year. All five of KLM's 747-400s are named after famous international cities, this plane is named after Johannesburg. Also on this plane, KLM's updated livery is on full display, sporting a similar design to its predecessor but with a tweaked fuselage top. Now, the "drop nose" is being used to add flow to the livery instead of a linear and non dynamic design. See the other KLM aircraft in the "Soaring Blog" for the older livery. With its fascinating versatility and history, we implore all to stop and enjoy the sight of the only true iconic jumbo jet. Enjoy!
Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a thrilling Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) on a thrilling Saturday afternoon 2019. Currently, Lufthansa operates a whopping fleet of 32 747s, 13 of which are 747-400s, the rest are 747-8Is. This denotes the company as the largest operator of the Boeing 747-8Is. Although this specific 747-400 has been flying since 1997, the "Queen of the Skies" 747 family has been in operation for 50 years, and the 747-400 variant has been in the air for 30. Apropos of Lufthansa's fleet, the airline has the distinction and honour of receiving Boeing's 1500th 747 ever built, certifying the aircraft as the first ever wide bodied plane to reach the 1500 milestone, a testament to the incredible lasting and useful design of the 747. Indeed, the 747 operates as the most successful jumbo jet on the market, with rival company Airbus terminating production of their closest counterpart, the A380, by 2021 - just over a decade after that plane was unveiled. To note the immense size of the 747, take into consideration the six million parts that are built into the aircraft, three million of which are fasteners, making the plane intrinsically one of the most resilient and structurally robust ever built. Also note the 275 km of internal wiring, further adding to its colossal 183 500 kg (over 700 000 pounds) weight. Requiring 14 crew members and accommodating nearly 400 passengers, Lufthansa's 747-400s are to be retired from passenger service by 2025, replaced with Boeing's latest 777-9s. However, due to the versatility of the 747 family, these planes, even when retired from passenger operations, will likely continue to operate as freight only planes, extending the life of the jumbo jet even further. Despite its impressive record and list of accomplishments, at the heart of the 747s success, by its chief engineer, Joe Sutter, "safety is the prime design objective of the 747... it shall be given first priority in all design decisions", a very admirable and proven statement. On a final note, the 747 has carried millions of people and umpteen tons of cargo to all corners of the earth, across all oceans and over both poles - to the benefit of all. Enjoy!
Emirates Airlines A380-800 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a remarkable Sunday morning 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Emirates Airlines A380-800 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Dubai International Airport (DXB) on a remarkable Sunday morning 2019. Unusually so, this Airbus A380 was Emirates' second aircraft flying into Pearson Airport on this day, Sunday, July 21st, 2019, an increase from the scheduled single flight. This was due to safety precautions taken as a result of experienced engine troubles of the previous day on Emirates' A380 returning to Dubai. One of the super jumbo's four engines experienced a catastrophic failure, forcing the flight crew to shut down the engine and return to Toronto just over 20 minutes into the flight. As the damaged engine would require significant time for a replacement, Emirates dispatched another A380, arriving the following day in addition to their regular A380 flight, in order to recover the stranded passengers. This additional A380 is also sporting Emirates' special Dubai Expo 2020 livery, which can be found on 40 of their aircraft. The circular designs located on the mid fuselage are blue on this aircraft but also include green and orange on Emirates' other aircraft sporting this livery. Each colour represents one of the three main themes for the Dubai 2020 Expo: blue for mobility, green for sustainability, and orange for opportunity. Significantly, the logo of the Dubai Expo 2020 is inspired by a ring found at a 4000-year old archaeological site in the UAE. Of which, the logo is located near the front of the fuselage next to the English title. Amazing to have an extra A380 "rescue" plane for the day, don't you think? Enjoy!
Emirates Airlines A380-800 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a sensational Sunday morning 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Emirates Airlines A380-800 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Dubai International Airport (DXB) on a sensational Sunday morning 2019. Founded in 1985, Emirates has grown explosively in size, financial success, and prestige. Currently, Emirates owns over 250 aircraft, denoting it as the largest airline in the Middle East, and, astonishingly, well over 100 of these are Airbus A380-800s, the largest passenger airplane in the world. Apropos of the super jumbo, the airline's inaugural A380 flight to Toronto was in 2009, making its ten-year anniversary 2019 — when this image was captured. Additionally, the UAE's largest airline operates a current fleet of only Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, despite its massive size, with more diverse orders placed, allowing them to fly to all six inhabited continents. In 2014, the company was named the World's most valuable airline brand. Subsequently, 2016 brought with it the naming of Emirates as the World's Best Airline by SKYTRAX, one of the most prestigious awards in the airliner community. Emirates also received this recognition in 2013. Interestingly, Emirates is not the national flag carrier of the UAE — this is reserved for Etihad Airways, the airline of Abu Dhabi. Emirates is instead recognized as the national airline of Dubai, one of the seven Emirates of the UAE. The company's standard livery was created by Negus & Negus and consists of "Emirates" written in Arabic calligraphy as well as English on the fuselage. Also, the vertical fin sports an intriguing design of the Emirati flag. and the logo, found on the engines, is of also two parts and languages: Emirates written in Arabic calligraphy and English beneath. With their current motto "Fly Better", can you Emirates ask for anymore? Enjoy!
Air Belgium Airbus A340-300 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a sunny July afternoon - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Belgium Airbus A340-300 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a sunny July afternoon 2019. This is not an Air Belgium flight, however. This aircraft, though flying Belgium's colours, is wet leased (leasing the entire aircraft and operations including pilot and cabin crew) from Air Belgium to British Airways for their BA93 flight en route from London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) to Toronto Pearson. But why? Well, this is due to the ongoing global issues with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine, mandating the forced inspection of all engines and subsequent grounding of any aircraft using it. Consequently, British Airways, which operates a fleet of 787-9 aircraft utilizing this massive piece of engineering, has been forced to rearrange their long haul flights. To reduce the inconvenience, the Heathrow-based airline has decided to lease additional aircraft for these routes. This includes its LHR-YYZ flight (one of two daily), now using Air Belgium's Airbus A340-300 + cabin and crew. Enjoy!
Air France Boeing 777-200(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Air France Boeing 777-200(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon 2019. France's national carrier flew into operation in 1933 following a merger between five significant companies, with one specific member, Compagnie Générale Transaérienne, having the distinction of being the oldest air transport company in France (1909). Significantly, June of 1945 brought the nationalization of the airline, when it became the state owned flag carrier of France. A few decades later, in 1974, Air France moved its principal operations to the brand-new Charles de Gaulle Airport, the same airport in which the airline finds its modern hub. Additionally, in 2000, Air France became a founding member of the Steam Alliance, one of the world's largest airline networks, promoting "high quality and seamless service". Interestingly, shortly thereafter, Air France merged with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, effective 2004, which became known as the Air France-KLM Group and effectively privatized the airline once again — adding to Air France's already impressive history of air company mash-ups. The otherwise simplified Eurowhite livery of 2009 retains a seahorse, to be found on the engine, from Air Orient, one of the company's five founding members. The plane pictured is just one of 70 Boeing 777s in Air France's fleet and was delivered to the airline approximately 17 years ago, which, as it flies over our cameras, brings literal truth to their slogan "France is in the Air". Enjoy!
Air France Boeing 777-200(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on an appealing Sunday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Air France Boeing 777-200(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) on an appealing Sunday afternoon 2019. The 777-200(ER) aircraft pictured above is capable of carrying some 300 passengers depending on specific configuration and finds its place among 68 Boeing 777s in Air France's fleet, with 25 of these being the 777-200(ER). Although 68 is by many accounts a large fleet, the figure represents only a small portion of the airline's total fleet size of 220 passenger aircraft from both Boeing and Airbus. The large majority of these planes are narrow-body, short to medium-haul aircraft. Specifically, the Airbus A320 series accounts for 114 planes, translating to the company allocating over half of its fleet to a single narrow-body family. In addition, the company is currently in the process of significant modernization, with the ageing/inefficient Airbus A340 and A380 long-haul jetliners to be replaced with 28 new A350-900s. The A350-900 is also slated to go a ways in replacing the 777-200(ER). 60 new Airbus A220-300 models are also on order to supplement the existing fleet of A320 family aircraft. Furthermore, it is important to note that, as a two party company, Air France and KLM are both looking to simplify their fleet operations and logistics. Going forward, KLM will move with Boeing wide-body jets (specifically the Boeing 787 Dreamliner), and Air France will purchase equivalent Airbus models (like the aforementioned A350-900). The simplification comes as a result of both respective airlines wishing to stick with their most popular manufacturer; KLM already operates a majority Boeing fleet, so future orders from the American manufacturer allow for similar maintenance operations and smoother transitions to newly received aircraft, and the same applies to Air France with Airbus. Hence, as a move that is not often seen with large fleet airlines, the company has no plans for Boeing 787 aircraft to complement their A350s. Indeed, this is an interesting situation, and, as the future is just as important as the past and present, we avidly look forward to France's revised fleet and operations. Enjoy!
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Boeing 777-200(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a phenomenal Saturday afternoon - Photo by Robson Smith
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Boeing 777-200(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Boryspil International Airport (KBP) on a phenomenal Saturday afternoon 2019. This route, currently operated as PS241, was recently launched, offering a unique direct flight to Ukraine's capital, Kiev - the airline's headquarters. Formerly Ukraine's national carrier and now privatised, UIA commenced operations in November 1992, following the fall of the Soviet Union. The 777-200(ER) wide-body long-haul aircraft pictured above, acquired by the airline in mid 2018, is one of three of the same model in a total fleet of 45 planes. These 777s are being used to replace UIA's older 767 model aircraft, with an aim to increase on board passenger comfort and fare value. Note UIA's livery, which incorporates an abstract bird in yellow surrounded by blue, representing Ukraine's national colours. Welcome to Toronto, Ukraine International!
AeroLogic Boeing 777-FZN arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on an impressive Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
AeroLogic Boeing 777-FZN arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Frankfurt Main Airport (FRA) on an impressive Saturday afternoon 2019. Founded in 2009 as a joint venture with an unique 50/50 split between Lufthansa and DHL, the latter of which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, Aerologic is currently celebrating their 10 year anniversary. Within DHL’s 50% split, AeroLogic is part of the DHL group of six aviation companies, all members of the mammoth Deutsche Post DHL company - the world's largest logistics company, moving over one billion parsecs per year and employing over one half million workers in all divisions. AeroLogic operates one of the world's most modern freighter fleets with eleven advanced Boeing 777-F cargo aircraft. Logistically, this airline splits operational use between the two partners (DHL and Lufthansa) at different times during the week. Lufthansa retains the use over the weekends on behalf of Lufthansa cargo, typically flying to America - or Canada in this case - and DHL Express's network to Asia is served during the weekdays. The livery is a simple design: printed is Aerologic's title, half of which is coloured yellowish-orange - a colour that both parent companies sport in their respective liveries. Not just passenger planes arriving but some great freight operators and their planes too. Enjoy!
Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on an enthralling Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) on an enthralling Saturday afternoon 2019. Founded in 1989, Hainan Airlines has matured to become the fourth largest airline in China by fleet size (behind the "China Big three"), the largest independent airline in mainland China, and has received phenomenal recognition for nearly unmatched quality in all aspects. In 2019, Hainan received the SKYTRAX World's 5-Star Airline rating for the ninth consecutive year, and the airline has placed 7th in the SKYTRAX "World's top 10 Airlines" list for both 2018 and 2019, cementing its place as a global Airline of superlatives. Historically, Hainan took its first name as Hainan Province Airlines, denoting its headquarters and founding location on Hainan Island, southern China, before rebranding to the modern Hainan Airlines in 1996. Of note, this 787-9 Dreamliner was delivered to the company in late June 2019, weeks before this image was captured, and, on this subject, Hainan has on order an additional eight Boeing 787-9s, balanced by a further nine A350-900s from Boeing competitor Airbus. From their motto, 'Fly your Dreams", this beautiful Dreamliner completes their colourful livery. Enjoy!
Westjet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on an awesome Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Westjet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Calgary International Airport (YYC) on an awesome Saturday afternoon 2019. Though Westjet currently operates a majority fleet of 737 aircraft, the airline has made significant progress towards global expansion through the acquisition of long range aircraft. In 2015, Westjet began operating four 767-300(ER) aircraft as an interim step, and in early 2019, Westjet begins acquiring Boeing's 787-9 Dreamliners to eventually replace the older 767-300(ER)s. The Dreamliner in this image was delivered in January 2019, months before this image was captured. Furthermore, to be delivered in 2021 and 2022 respectively (pending updates on Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 groundings and setbacks in Canada), Westjet will also gain 737 MAX 7 and 737 MAX 10 aircraft, bringing further modernization to the fleet and route expansion possibilities. As this Dreamliner is a new aircraft for the airline, it sports Westjet's new livery, unveiled in May 2018. Most notably, this new version tweaks the "Westjet" text on the fuselage and includes in smaller text "The Spirit of Canada" (on the port side — our side) and "L'esprit du Canada" (on the starboard side), with a modernized maple leaf displayed on the tail. With their slogan "Love where you're going", we look forward to where Westjet chooses to fly next and on which aircraft they use to get there. Enjoy!
Aer Lingus Airbus A330-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a sensational Sunday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Aer Lingus Airbus A330-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Dublin international Airport (DUB) on a sensational Sunday afternoon 2019. Founded in 1936 with a standard livery in use as of the post-war 1940s, we find Aer Lingus' livery to be one of the most recognizable among the aviation world. In 1949, the green livery was first used but in a different form than we see today. Today's green top was introduced in 1956, and in 1965, the large green shamrock was launched on the vertical tail fin. The next significant lasting change was in 1974, when a new livery brought a combination of blue and green colours (both still in use) and the elimination of the "international" from the airline's title. This A330-200 aircraft is expected to be repainted into Aer Lingus' updated livery (unveiled in January 2019) by 2021 along with the rest of their fleet of 51 aircraft. The new livery includes a somewhat controversial eurowhite design (appreciated by us) with teal replacing green as the primary colours. The famous shamrock is not thrown away, however, and is still shown predominantly on the tail fin, a nod to its significance and use for 80 years as part of Aer Lingus's look. Smart liveries, smart looks, and smart routes, Aer Lingus follows true to their slogan "Smart flies Aer Lingus". Enjoy!
Air Italy Airbus A330-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B., Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a glorious Sunday afternoon - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Italy Airbus A330-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a glorious Sunday afternoon 2019. This flight, IG923, is a newly launched (as of summer 2019) non-stop route from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Toronto Pearson, operating six times weekly. Air Italy itself is a recently founded airline too, established in February 2018 and in business as of March. Air Italy, now Italy's second largest airline, was created to eventually replace Alitalia as the country's future flagship carrier due to Alitalia's ongoing issues with insolvency. Note Air Italy's intriguing logo on the vertical fin and engines - Maroon and Mint Green colours incorporate a specially designed letter "Y" to look similar to a bird. Enjoy!
Alitalia Airbus A330-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a splendid Sunday afternoon - Photo by Robson Smith
Alitalia Airbus A330-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Rome Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) on a splendid Sunday afternoon 2019. Today's Alitalia has operated since 2009 with roots from more than 70 years ago. Italy's former flag carrier entered into bankruptcy in 2008, fortunately, a consortium of investors stepped forward and bought the Alitalia brand and select assets, relaunching as a new "Alitalia". The brand derives its name from the Italian words "ali" and "Italia" ("wings" and "Italy" respectively). The newest livery design is from 2016, sporting a strong "A" on the tail in the colours of the Italian flag and a similar "A" on the fuselage as part of the word "Alitalia". Interestingly, the company Landor, which created the original logo in 1969, is responsible for the newest incarnation of this famous livery, a clear indication of their affinity for conceiving memorable and meaningful designs. Additionally, a series of white lines can be seen extending towards the tail, inspired by F1 racing cars on the pearl-white fuselage. Although the airline is facing renewed financial challenges, its iconic name in flight along with a rich history and a tenacity for success, Alitalia is truly a "Dream it, Live it" testimonial. From Toronto to Alitalia, mille grazie! Enjoy!
Condor Airlines Boeing 767-300ER arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a spectacular Sunday afternoon - Photo by Robson Smith
Condor Airlines Boeing 767-300ER arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a spectacular Sunday afternoon 2019. As part of the European Thomas Cook Group, Condor Airlines finds its place with Thomas Cook Scandinavia and Belgium airlines. The 767 model pictured above is Condor's designated long-haul airliner, allowing Condor to travel to leisure destinations such as the Mediterranean, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Founded in 1955 and now part of the previously mentioned Thomas Cook Group, it has adopted the unified colours for its livery. Apropos of the logo, the Sunny Heart symbolises the unification of airline brands for the whole airline group. With Condor's slogan "born to fly", enjoy the image and Heart!
Westjet Boeing 737-800 “Magic Plane” arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a dramatic Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Westjet Boeing 737-800 “Magic Plane” arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a dramatic Saturday afternoon 2019. C-GWSZ, the 737-800 pictured above, was delivered to Westjet in February of 2010 in standard livery. Shortly thereafter in 2013, however, the Canadian carrier would bring a drastic overhaul to the aircraft’s appeal. Inspired by Walt Disney World, the “Magic Plane” is designed to tell a story along the fuselage in a linear fashion, from tail to cockpit. Showcasing Disney’s famous Mickey Mouse as “Sorcerer Mickey” on the vertical fin, a plethora of magical elements lead the observer to the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World towards the nose of the aircraft. Interestingly, the Disney magic theme continues throughout the entire aircraft, externally and internally. Passengers receive a special cookie resembling a Disney character without consideration to their route, and the headrests of the cabin seats include a number of bright stars. A typical painting job for an aircraft of this size requires well under a week of time to complete. But since the entirety of Westjet’s 737 needed to be covered in their dazzling display, this painting job took a mind-boggling 24 days to wrap up with a team of 26 specialists working constantly. In addition, an incredible 36 unique colours were used to bring the art piece together, significantly more than would have been required for Westjet’s standard livery. Nonetheless, this is an exceedingly smart decision to woo passengers into flying with Westjet for their next visit to Walt Disney World in Florida. A very worthwhile month's investment to create this magical livery that brings a smile to everyone's face. What a pleasure it is to see such a magical approach to the often monotonous commercial aviation liveries. Psst, there's another Disney livery in Westjet's fleet... Enjoy!
Westjet 737-800 "Frozen Plane" arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a magical Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Westjet 737-800 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a magical Saturday afternoon 2019. This 737-800, C-GWSV, was purchased by the Westjet in 2009, and, in 2015, was repainted from the airline's standard livery into the current “Disney Frozen-themed plane”. The design takes inspiration from Dosney's Frozen, a hit animated film released in 2013, and gradually transitions from cool to warm tones as you move along the fuselage. Note that the Canadian airline also operates another 737-800 sporting a Disney design, but that livery takes inspiration instead from Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer's Apprentice. For such a unique painting job (work of art), a team of masters were recruited from Germany, USA, and Canada to dedicate an incredible 21 full days of time to render this exceptional livery. During the process, a whopping 643.5 liters (170 gallons) of paint were used - a significant increase from the typical 130 liters (35 gallons) for a short haul aircraft like the 737. Also, an incredible selection of 23 different colours were used to cover the aircraft, six unique colours alone were used to paint the umbrella. In fact, the livery's artwork was so demanding that an airbrush artist had to be brought in to work on some of the smaller details. Clearly, the airline cut no corners as the cabin of the aircraft also follows the theme of cool to warm with appropriate decals and headrests added for passengers' magical enjoyment. It's awesome, enjoy the magic!
Caribbean Airlines 737-800 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a fantabulous Saturday morning 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Caribbean Airlines 737-800 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Port of Spain Piarco International Airport (POS) on a fantabulous Saturday morning 2019. Caribbean Airlines serves as the national airline of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as well as the largest airline of the Caribbean islands. Commencing operations in 2007, Caribbean Airlines superceded the previous national carrier of Trinidad and Tobago, BWIA (British West Indian Airlines), which had operated in the Caribbean since 1937. As a result of BWIA's predicted demise during its last months of operation in fall of 2006, a new livery for a new airline was proposed. The livery proposal would be passed and would become the official design for Caribbean Airlines, commencing operations shortly after BWIA ceased service. The then new livery included a hummingbird on the tail, serving as a nod to the Island of Trinidad's recognition as the "land of the hummingbird". The design also makes use of the airline's colours: blue, green, and purple as well as the flag CARICOM (Caribbean community of fifteen country members, five associate members, and eight observers) next to the flag of Trinidad and Tobago at the rear of the fuselage. In addition, the 737-800 aircraft in this image represents a large portion of the airline's 17 planes, of which 12 are 737-800s. Showcasing the company's plans for expansion, these 737-800s are slated to be replaced by the Boeing 737 MAX 8, pending updates on its groundings and successful inspections. With their slogan "The Warmth of the Islands" and one of the most colourful and unique liveries seen at Pearson, enjoy!
Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-800(WL) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on an astonishing Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-800(WL) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Varadero Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport, Cuba (VRA), on an astonishing Saturday afternoon 2019. Founded in 2005, Sunwing Airlines, Canada's low-cost travel provider, is a subsidiary of the larger Sunwing Travel Group and is privately owned, however, the TUI Group of Germany, the world's largest conglomerate leisure, travel, and tourism companies, does hold a significant minority share, providing major benefits to the airline. Sunwing's participation in the group itself also proves advantageous as the Canadian airlines leases out some of its short-haul aircraft during its quieter season to accommodate the influx of passengers TUI experiences during Europe's peak summer season. Moreover, as a member of this mammoth group, Sunwing joins five other European airline companies. And, Critically, if you look at the entire air fleet, TUI Airlines and its subsidiaries operate only Boeing airplanes, like the Boeing 737-800 in this image, with the exception of a few from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. In addition, although only servicing 18 aircraft in its fleet, Sunwing certainly has made its mark on the industry as its parent, the Sunwing Travel Group, is Cuba's largest travel provider, sending some 700,000 vacationers to the country each year. Interestingly, although out of Canada, in the recent years, Sunwing Airlines has expanded to operate out of more than a dozen US cities, each serving Caribbean destinations. To fully appreciate Sunwing's operational scale, understand that the 737-800 in this image began its day at 6:00 in the morning on a flight from Toronto to Varadero, Cuba. CFRP then returned to YYZ for a few hours, only to depart once again, this time to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Finally, the aircraft would leave Montego Bay, touching down in Montreal just after midnight. Similar non-stop schedules are operated daily on every aircraft in Sunwing's fleet. Indeed, Sunwing Airlines represents a tremendous growth story; now with over 22,000 annual flights and nearly 75 destinations around the world, the airline cements its place as Canada's low-cost tourist airline, just as the company once aspired to become. Enjoy!
Flair Airlines Boeing 737-400 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a stunning Satirday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Flair Airlines Boeing 737-400 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a stunning Saturday afternoon 2019. Operating as a Canadian low cost, low fare airline out of Edmonton International Airport (YEG), Flair serves charter flights to northern oil industries, government customers, and world tours, as well as the everyday passenger. This Flair Airlines 737-400 jet (out of a total fleet of 8) is an outdated variant of Boeing's 737 series of aircraft, delivered to Alaska Airlines (the plane's previous operator until late 2017) in 1998. Flair is currently in the process of retiring these aircraft, to be phased out completely by 2020. They will be replaced by Boeing's newer 737-800 model. The plane pictured above is one of a few left retaining the red and purple name and logo, now both updated in February 2019 to better align with Flair Airline's slogan "Plane and Simple", planely a good move. Enjoy!
Avianca Costa Rica Airbus A320-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a fabulous Saturday 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Avianca Costa Rica Airbus A320-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from El Salvador Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) on a fabulous Saturday 2019. To understand why this aircraft was en route from San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, and not Costa Rica (as would seem from the airline's name), it is important to note Avianca Costa Rica's parent company, Avianca. Avianca is a group of eight Latin American flagship airlines, each of which uses the "Avianca" title followed by the flag country of the airline for their names. Due to the close ties these airlines share, we expect that the fleets may be dived up among the individual parties as Avianca and its subsidiaries essentially act as one brand. Hence, this aircraft, although operated by Avianca Costa Rica, could be serving on an Avianca El Salvador route. Historically, the modern Avianca group was created in 2009 when TACA, the leading airline in South America at the time, and Avianca Colombia merged, forming a new pan-Latin American Avianca. Interestingly, Avianca Colombia, the national carrier of Columbia when in operation, was formed one hundred years ago this December 5th as SCADTA, making Avianca, due to the merger in 2009, the second oldest airline in the world behind KLM. The livery of Avianca Costa Rica is shared between the other airlines in the Avianca group, and the design is of 2013, a result of the merger between Avianca Colombia and TACA. The new logo is rooted in the bird symbols of both airlines, a condor, long associated with the Latin Americas, in the case of Avianca. Also, it appears that the logo is a map of the Americas, denoting the region from which the modern group soars. From Avianca's slogans "With Pleasure" and "It's for You"; to see a piece of Latin America fly into North America is always a pleasure. Enjoy!
China Eastern Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on an outstanding Sunday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
China Eastern Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) on an outstanding Sunday afternoon 2019. Note that China Eastern Airlines is one of the "China Big Three", the three largest airlines in the country; Air China, China Southern Airlines, with China Eastern Airlines as the second largest behind China Southern. Interestingly, and a switch from thirty years ago, these airlines are projected to overtake the U.S. "Big Three" (Delta, United, and American Airlines) in fleet and occupational size in the coming years and decades. Indeed, China Eastern Airlines has grown immensely in influence as well as size, now recognized as one of China's top 50 most valuable brands. Their livery and logo, on the other hand, incorporates a famous swallow design by Bang Strategic Brand Design. This swallow was designed with a great degree of care, with the wings of the bird (the red) depicting a sky bridge and the tail (the blue) resembling the Huangpu River that flows by Shanghai - the airline's principal hub and headquarters. Furthermore, the wings and tail of the swallow together roughly form the China Eastern initials: C.E. As vibrant and dynamic as China Eastern Airlines is, never do they lose their focus as "World-Class Hospitality with Eastern Charm", or so the reviews say. Enjoy!
Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777-200LR arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a magnificent Sunday afternoon - Photo by Robson Smith
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing 777-200LR arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a magnificent Sunday afternoon 2019, en route from Karachi's Jinnah International Airport (KHI) - the airline's headquarters. Formed in 1946 as Orient Airways, PIA has a long and rich history. The airline became known as Pakistan International Airlines in 1955, becoming the flag carrier of Pakistan in the process. Of note, PIA was Boeing's first launch customer for the 777-200LR aircraft in 2006 (this image is of that same aircraft in new livery - meaning this was the world's first commercially operated 777-200LR). This accomplishment also benefited Boeing as it positively influenced the success of the Chicago-based company's 777-200LR model. Today's livery was created in 2010, sporting a large Pakistan national flag on the tail and the text "Pakistan International" in gold underneath the large "PIA" on the fuselage. Enjoy the image from "Great People to fly with", PIA!
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777-200(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on an exceptional Sunday morning 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777-200(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) on an exceptional Sunday morning 2019. Note that KLM stands for "Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij", which unsurprisingly translates to 'Royal Dutch Airlines". KLM is the flag carrier of The Netherlands, using the Schiphol Airport as its hub, and was founded in 1919. This makes it the oldest airline in the world still in operation, nearing its 100th anniversary as of October 2019. Furthermore, during its establishment, the airline received the royal blessing and status by then Queen Wilhelmina, providing the airline with the emblem of the crown and cross on its logo/livery and the rare "Royal" component to its full name": KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The livery also uses the well known "Dutch Blue" colour, which flows in linear fashion along the upper fuselage, despite some calling this livery design "dated". In 2004, KLM merged with Air France, resulting in the world's largest airline group. Interestingly, the phrase "The Flying Dutchman" (located on the rear of the fuselage) was KLM's former frequent flyer's program and shares its name with a famous old sailor's legend. From avid plane spotters worldwide to KLM, congratulations for 100 years fulfilling your slogan "Journeys of Inspirations". Enjoy!
Eurowings Airbus A330-300 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a stellar Sunday morning - Photo by Robson Smith
Eurowings Airbus A330-300 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a stellar Sunday morning 2019. Despite the livery, this is actually Brussels Airlines flight SN551 originating from Brussels Airport (BRU) en route to Toronto Pearson. It is important to note that Brussels Airlines and Eurowings are both part of the Eurowings Group, which is itself a subsidiary of the larger Lufthansa Group. As part of this arrangement, Brussels Airlines has been chosen as the long-haul competency partner, responsible for all long-haul flights of this group. Consequently, Brussels Airport will become the hub of all future long-haul flights for the Eurowings Group, and as the Brussels-Toronto route is considered a long-haul destination, Brussels Airlines is the registered operator of this Eurowings aircraft. Enjoy the image!
Korean Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a lovely Sunday morning 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Korean Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) on a lovely Sunday morning 2019. As the current flag carrier of South Korea, with roots going back to the establishment of Korean National Airlines (KNA) in 1946, Korean Air Lines was founded in 1962 through the nationalization of KNA by the South Korean government. In 1969, 50 years ago, the airline was fully privatized and remains so to this day. Of note, The airline's name was changed from "Korean Air Lines" in 1984 to the modern and well recognized "Korean Air". The logo is a reflection of their national heritage through the red and blue colors of the South Korean flag, also present throughout the livery of their aircraft. The round design also incorporates the yin and yang concept with a white dividing section representing a turning propeller. Celebrating 50 years of flight with a vision to become "a respected leader in the world airline community", a goal to fulfill the "Excellence in Flight" reputation, and, as the "Wings of the People", the future of Korean Air is clearly focused on becoming the 'Wings of the World". Enjoy!
EgyptAir Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a delightful morning - Photo by Robson Smith
EgyptAir Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Cairo International Airport (CAI) on a delightful morning 2019. Established in 1932 as Misr Airlines, EgyptAir has been subject to numerous name changes throughout almost 90 years of operation. In 1949, when the Egyptian State became the sole shareholder of the air company, the title was changed to Misrair for just under a decade. In 1958, upon the formation of United Arab Republic (Egypt and Syria), Misrair was renamed United Arab Airlines (UAA). Finally, in 1971 as the country changed its name to Arab Republic of Egypt, the airline followed suit and was rebranded to the modern EgyptAir. Note the falcon on the the fuselage and tail, a unique logo rooted in Egyptian mythology, taken from Horus, "the winged god of the sun". From their motto "Enjoy the Sky", enjoy the image!
Etihad Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on an astounding Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Etihad Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) on an astounding Saturday afternoon 2019. Etihad, the airline pictured which acts as the national flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, operates a 777 fleet of 19 aircraft, with each capable of carrying 412 passengers and flying a range of some 15,900 km (9,880 miles). Etihad's fleet is further supplemented by a cargo fleet of six 777-F freighters, each with a reduced range of 9,000 km (5,590 miles) but the capacity to carry in excess of a whopping 100,000 kg (220,000 lbs) of cargo. Powered by General Electric's superlative GE90 engines (specifically, the -115b model), Etihad's 777-300(ER)s and 777 freighters are at the helm of some of the most advanced pieces of hardware available to the aviation industry. At the time of their release in 2009, the GE90-115bs were proposed-designed to fly the 777-300ER and boasted the highest thrust capabilities on the market. Moreover, these remarkable feats of engineering had the distinction of being one of the quietest in their class per pound of thrust with superior fuel efficiency and lower overall emissions compared to previous designs. Although the above specs of the GE90-115b engine are dated by a decade, some or all may still stand today, denoting its impressive ahead-of-the-game engineering. Also in 2009, the engines reached over two million flight hours, a testament to their phenomenal and proven capabilities. Note, while the 777s fuselage is 620 cm (244 inches) wide, the GE90-115b is some 340 cm (128 in) in width — equating to over half the diameter of the aircraft it serves! However, the engine doesn't halt here; the nacelles, or aerodynamic coverings, for the power unit brings the total diameter to an astounding 420 cm (166 inches), augmenting the footprint to about three quarters of the diameter of the 777's fuselage. Unsurprisingly, this engine holds the title as the largest in history, only to be superseded by GE's future successor and derivative, the GE9X. In fact, the engine is so large that, unless the large fan blade is removed, it cannot fit into a 747 freighter, one of the largest aircraft in its class. Historically, GE's outstanding hardware has broken numerous records and has accomplished extraordinary feats. The engine is rated for 115,000 lbf (pounds of force), allow it to power a Boeing 747-100 in actual flight for three hours (test!). It also held the record for the highest thrust ever recorded for a commercial engine at 127,000 lbf, only marginally surpassed by the GE9X in 2017. However, all of this means nothing is not safe. IFSD (in-flight-shutdown-rate) is a mere one in one million flight hours, of which the GE90 series has accumulated more than 50 million, with over eight million on-off cycles in its twenty years of history. Now, that's engineering in flight, Enjoy!
Air Canada Airbus A330-300 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a dramatically cloudy Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Canada Airbus A330-300 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Dublin International Airport (DUB) on a dramatically cloudy Saturday afternoon 2019. Although Air Canada operates a very diverse fleet of Boeing, Airbus, and other aircraft, the Airbus A330 long-range model as seen in this image is comparitevly unique among its fleet, with only 10 of these jetliners currently in service. Moreover, this specific aircraft has been in their fleet since 2001, with the airline currently putting forth no retierment plans. In fact, Air Canada's A330s have planned deliveries through 2020 and are presently set to replace their ageing and similarily sized Boeing 767 aircraft in the future. Additionally, the livery sported on this aircraft is slightly out of date, with Air Canada now refreshing their fleet to an updated retro livery. The livery here, however, has no historical component and was inaugurated just under a decade and a half ago in 2005. Interestingly, as this aircraft has been serving under Air Canada since the turn of the century, it has already undergone two unique liveries and will soon be repainted once again to fit in with the rest of its fleet, a unique situation to observe. Although we adamantly admire the Boeing 777, of which Air Canada operates a plethora, it is always a pleasure to view such a unique aircraft among their gigantic and fast growing fleet of some 200. Enjoy!
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a tremendous Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) en route from Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok Airport (HKG) on a tremendous Saturday afternoon 2019. Cathay Pacific, which derives its name from an alternate historic English name for China, "Cathay", operates routes to over thirty countries from five continents, with three million passengers carried in June 2019 (including Cathay Dragon, their regional subsidiary). On the livery, note the Oneworld airline alliance trademark, of which Cathay Pacific was a co-founding member from its inception in 1998. Moreover, the Cathay Pacific logo carries a design called the "brushed wing" on both the body and the tail. A Swire Group flag is also located in small print towards the rear of the aircraft, denoting their importance as an early and continuously significant investor in the airline. This is Cathay’s slightly tweaked modern livery design. To see their older livery, view the second Cathay Pacific 777-300(ER) (specifically the vertical stabilizer) in our “Soaring Blog”. To credit their slogan "Move Beyond", Cathay, with a modern fleet of over 150, has come a long way since their one Douglas DC-3 twin-engined propeller prop aircraft used in 1946. Enjoy!
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a striking Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport (HKG) on a striking Saturday afternoon 2019. The plane pictured in this image is of the 777 family, the first entirely new Boeing airplane model in over a decade when released in the mid nineties. The plane was the first ever Boeing "fly-by-wire" aircraft, allowing it to operate exclusively through "computer mediated controls". As a bonus, the 777 project was the first ever jetliner to be designed 100% digitally and was also "preassembled digitally" — no model mockups were required whatsoever, a first for the commercial aviation industry. At the time, as the next largest aircraft to the 747, another Boeing design, the 777 could seat upwards of 380+ passengers and in subsequent models could reach up to an astonishing range of some 9,400 miles or 17,400 km. Although the 777 family is celebrating its 25th year anniversary (since the release of the 777-200 in 1994), the proven plane continues to evolve, pushing boundaries in manufacturing, technology, efficiency, and comfort. In the soon to be released 777X, Boeing sports composite wings and the latest in integrated technologies. In our image, the model is a 777-300(ER) and was delivered to Cathay Pacific in 2015. However... Cathay's history with Boeing goes back much further — as far back as 1970. The company was the first launch customer for the 777-300 in 1998, and, throughout their relationship, Cathay Pacific has also been the launch customer for two other significant Boeing aircraft: the iconic 747-400 and the 777-200. The success of the 777 has been without peer, with more than 60 customers, over 1600 deliveries, and a whopping 2030 orders to date, making this the most popular wide bodied aircraft ever produced by any company, surpassing that of even the 747. Moreover, of eight possible models, the most popular variant is the 777-300(ER), with over 800 deliveries and shown above proudly arriving in Toronto. Enjoy!
China Eastern Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a sublime Sunday afternoon 2019
China Eastern Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) on a sublime Sunday afternoon 2019. The 777-300(ER) aircraft pictured above was delivered to the second largest airline in China in April of 2017, although China Eastern's ties with the aircraft date back to 2014 when they received their very first 777-300(ER) in September of that year. The plane also makes up a sizable portion of the airline's 20 777-300(ER)s in their fleet of over a whopping 550 passenger planes. With a split between Airbus and Boeing jetliners, this fleet makes use of both short and long-haul aircraft and includes significant plans for expansion in the future. Interestingly, China Eastern Airlines was the first Chinese airline to place an order with Airbus, and these planes continue to have significant influence on their operations. The backbone of the entire fleet is the Airbus A320 series (including the Airbus A319, A320, and A321 aircraft), and, when taking into account all variations of all models, accounts for 316 planes, with another 46 modern A320neos on order. On the Boeing side, the most popular jet is the 737-800 with 111 in operations, however, when including all variations of the 737 series, this number jumps to 153. Hence, 469 planes, representing the vast majority of their fleet, is made up of just two aircraft series, servicing the domestic and local routes. For long-haul services, the wide-body Boeing 777-300(ER) and the Airbus A330 serve as the most popular, with the newer Boeing Dreamliner to eventually supplement the 777 and the Airbus A350-900 to complement the A330. It is also important to note that the airline has shown interest in the Chinese COMAC C919, which should act as a Chinese competitor to the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737 families. China Eastern is slated to be the launch customer for this plane in the early 2020s. All in all, as one of the 50 most valuable Chinese brands, China Eastern has a bright and promising future in global flight and service. Enjoy!
China Southern Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a marvelous Sunday afternoon - Photo by Robson Smith
China Southern Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ), on a marvelous Sunday afternoon 2019, from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) — the company's headquarters and principle hub. China Southern Airlines is one of the "China Big Three", comprising the three largest airlines in the country; Air China, China Eastern Airlines, with China Southern Airlines as the largest. China Southern is currently riding on record growth; with plans to operate 1000 planes by 2020 (hundreds more than their present ~750 aircraft), this represents some 33% growth in fleet size in under three years. In addition, China Southern's Vice Chairman and President Tan Wangeng has gone on record stating plans to manage a fleet of 2000 jets by 2035 (equaling a three-fold increase in just over 15 years), a testament to China's phenomenal growth. Indeed, China and its aviation industry demonstrate unprecedented expansion, with Chinese airlines predicted to purchase well over 7500 new aircraft worth over $1.2 trillion throughout the next 20 years. Note: on the livery, the Kapok flower (located on the blue tail) is the city flower of Guangzhou, which adds beauty to their slogan "Fly into your dream". Enjoy!
Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a majestic Sunday afternoon - Photo by Robson Smith
Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Istanbul Havalimani Airport (IST) on a majestic Sunday afternoon 2019. Founded in 1933 as Turkey's national flag carrier, Turkish Airlines has shown phenomenal growth, morphing into one of the largest and most significant airlines in the world. Turkish now operates routes to approximately 304 destinations, the most of any airline when ignoring subsidiaries. The Istanbul-headquartered airline also flies to over 120 countries, which, again, tops the chart. The livery is composed of three significant components. The white fuselage with blue lettering "Turkish Airlines" is referred to as "Eurowhite" livery. The abstract grey tulip towards then rear of the aircraft is significant as the history of the tulip as well as its name (derived from the Ottoman Turkish word "tülbend") is a strong component of Turkish history. Lastly, a striking red tail includes the company logo, which depicts an artistic greylag goose, also located on the belly of this plane. Clearly, Turkish Airlines' motto "Widen Your World" is a prefect fit. Enjoy!
Philippine Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) during a warm sunset 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Philippine Airlines (PAL) Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila, (MNL) during a warm sunset 2019. Since its inception in 1935 and formal operations as The Philippines' national flag carrier in 1941, Philippine Airlines has secured numerous accomplishments. In 1947, the airline became the first South East Asia airline to fly to Europe. The two flights, heading to Rome and Madrid respectively, each took two days to complete and required stops at Calcutta, Karachi, and Cairo, at the time, a remarkable testament to the rapid technological advancements in flying. Philippine Airlines also became the first Asian carrier to fly into China on two new routes to Beijing and Canton in 1979. Closer to home, PAL launched its first ever non-stop flight to the North American east coast in 2012 on a route to Toronto, Canada. The now regularly scheduled flight was inaugurated using another 777-300(ER). The current "Eurowhite" livery has the name "Philippines" on the fuselage, indicating that PAL is the primary flag carrier of the Philippines. The tail and the winglets sport the PAL logo, which incorporates two triangles (blue and red) representing sails with a yellow sunset superimposed on top. Welcome to Toronto, Philippine Airlines, promoting itself as "The Heart of the Filipino". Enjoy!
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a beautiful Sunday evening - Photo by Robson Smith
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW) on a beautiful Sunday evening 2019. As with many of our national carriers, LOT's history brings us back numerous decades and includes multiple points of interest. Based in Warsaw and established in 1928, LOT Polish is one of the oldest airlines still in operation. Serving over 130 destinations through over 80 aircraft, with the majority departing from their home hub Warsaw Chopin Airport, LOT further manages to spread its wings throughout the world. The Dreamliner in this image was acquired by the airline in spring 2019. Interestingly, the airline's first Dreamliner received in 2012 also brought with it LOT's new livery and logo as seen on this aircraft. In particular, note the logo on the tail that depicts a flying crane. The original logo design by Tadeusz Gronowski in 1929 shows a similarly designed crane flying away from the aircraft. The new version amends this to position the crane in a way that shows it flying forwards, among other changes. With their slogan "You chose the direction", we thank LOT for choosing Toronto. Enjoy!
El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a fantastic Sunday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B, Pearson International Airport overhead en route to runway 23 - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dream liner arriving at Toronto Lester B, . Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) overhead en route to runway 23. This aircraft was delivered to Air Canada in May 2017 and is currently serviced as one of 38 Boeing Dreamliners in their fleet, 29 of which are 787-9 models. On the under belly of this aircraft, Air Canada's new livery is on full display, now including a retro black design and a new underbelly design with a prominent red Canadian flag (Air Canada's Rondelle) surrounded by the retro black. The engines on this Dream liner are General Electric's GEnx-1B, the most powerful of this engine family, offering quieter and more efficient fan blades. This engine is also used on the Boeing 747-800 and surpassed one million flight hours in 2017 (two years before this capture) on a Cargolux 747-8 freighter. Moreover, a different view of this aircraft's belly yields a new appreciation for these modern engines (they're loud — but nowhere near as loud as they used to be). Enjoy!
Air Belgium Airbus A340-300 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on an elegant Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Belgium Airbus A340-300 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from London Heathrow International Airport (LRH) on an elegant Saturday afternoon 2019. As a quick recap, this Air Belgium A340 (OO-ABB) is flying to Toronto under British Airways. The British national carrier leased the jetliner to minimize the disruption to their long haul flights resulting from precautionary inspections on the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines equipped for their 787-9 aircraft, a global safety mandate by the engine manufacturer. Air Belgium, a new airline founded in 2016, took to the air in March 2018 with a fleet of four Airbus A340-300s. Currently, two of these planes are wet leased to other airlines — LOT Polish Airlines and, of course, British Airways. The airline has to date been unsuccessful as a scheduled and charter airline, hence the availability and mutually beneficial arrangements between Air Belgium and the companies it leases to. On the other hand, behind this colorful livery lies a neat story with an unorthodox ending. At the turn of 2018, Air Belgium had received four used A340-300s from their previous operator, Finn air, and these four engine jets were being sold by Airbus, the manufacturing company, in full white livery. Prior to flying as an airline, Air Belgium understandably wished not to fly with these nondescript white liveries. However, time is paramount for launching airlines, and the company was unable to find the adequate combination of time, space, and livery specialists for the painting jobs. Consequently, they were forced to consult an innovative supplier, the BCO Aviation Team, who offers a new type of aircraft livery. In lieu of standard aviation paint, the company uses an ultra-high performance, micro-perforated adhesive film, treated to allow for long term, extreme operations and environments. And, best of all, the BCO Aviation Team was able to complete the job in under 30 hours, down from days for standard painting, and in the hangars where the planes were stored — no transportation was required, a monumental benefit. Thus, this plane does not sport the typical (and perhaps boring) hyper accurate paint job we've come to expect — it uses "stickers". In closing, we hope Air Belgium is able to surpass its current issues and fulfill its aspirations of flying to Asia, but, in the interim, it is a pleasure to welcome them to Toronto. Enjoy!
Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a wondrous Sunday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Istanbul Havalimani Airport (IST) on a wondrous Sunday afternoon 2019. The 777-300(ER) aircraft pictured was delivered to the Turkish national carrier in June of 2016 and finds its place along with a total of 33 Boeing 777-300(ER) long-haul jets, which themselves make up one tenth of turkish's fleet. in their fleet. However, as the world's largest airline by passenger destinations (excluding subsidiaries), Turkish's fleet extends well beyond this figure. The airline operates a diverse fleet of a 319 aircraft from both Airbus and Boeing, the leading manufactures in the aviation industry. The two most numerous aircraft in this fleet both serve as narrow body, short to medium haul aircraft and derive from the two manufacturers Boeing and Airbus. Operating 68 Airbus A321-200s and a whopping 98 Boeing 737-800s, the company allocates half of its fleet to just two aircraft models. Looking ahead to the future, Turkish Airlines, in terms of narrow-body planes, is expected to purchase 84 Airbus A321-neos (New Engine Option) and 63 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9s, augmenting their already impressive fleet by 147 new aircraft. Also on order, but in terms of wide-body, long-haul aircraft from Airbus, is a sole A330-300 (to join their existing fleet of 39 A330-300s) and a whopping 30 new A350-900s. Not to be undone, 26 new Boeing Dreamliners (in this case, the 787-9 model) will join their fleet of four current 787s, providing the airline with an equal number of ultra-long range, state of the art, wide-body aircraft from both Boeing and Airbus. 60 of these planes (30 A350-900s and 787-9s), along with the airline's other orders, will, by 2023, bring the fleet size to a total of just over 500 passenger planes, before any retirements. With their slogan "Widen Your World", Turkish is clearly aiming for more planes, more flights, and wider smiles. Enjoy!
Air Canada Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a Striking Saturday evening 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Canada Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) on a Striking Saturday evening 2019. As Canada's flag carrier, Air Canada has certainly earned its title as Canada's largest airline, serving some 48,000 million passengers annually, equating to just under 50 million annual travelers seen at Pearson — the second largest international airport in the America’s. The airline was founded in 1937 as Trans Canada Air lines (TCA), then a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railroad (CNR) under federal legislation mandate. The company, as Air Canada's precursor, was later rebranded to the modern "Air Canada" in 1965. However, as serving a bilingual country, Air Canada"s French title has always been known as "Air Canada", even before 1965. Critically, and effective 2001, Air Canada acquired Canadian Airlines, then Canada's second largest airline, further augmenting the operational scale fleet size of the company. In addition, Air Canada's 777 in this image is shown sporting their new and updated livery, a redesign that coincided with the airline's 80th anniversary and Canada's sesquicentennial since Confederation in 2017. The new retro design takes inspiration from the airline's numerous liveries from its past; the black band surrounding the cockpit was used on Air Canada's very first livery after the rebranding in the late 1960s, and the black tail with a prominent maple leaf (rondelle) is reminiscent of a design from the 1990s. Plus, as a side benefit, this clean logo/livery makes for an easy plane to clean. The overhaul was designed by the International design firm Winkreative, led by Canadian Tyler Brûlé, and will be included on all of Air Canada's 300 planes by 2021. Through a rich and varied history, Air Canada continues to appeal on every landing we watch. Enjoy!
Air Canada Boeing 777-333(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a stylish Saturday evening 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Canada Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) on a stylish Saturday evening 2019. Air Canada’s 777-300(ER) pictured in this image was delivered to the airline in 2009 and presently represents one of 25 Boeing 777s in the carrier’s fleet, a fleet with a much larger total count of close to 300 aircraft, counting those in their airline's group (excluding Air Canada Rouge). In addition to the company’s 777s serving their wide-body, long-haul aircraft fleet, they also operate six Boeing 767-300(ER)s. However, these late twentieth century jetliners are to be phased out by 2020 and superseded by the Airbus A330-300, of which the airline currently operates ten with five more on order. Moreover, balancing out their somewhat dated long range wide-body planes is Boeing's 787 Dreamliner from the 2010s, with the airline servicing a significant 37 as of summer 2019 (29 B787-9s and 8 B787-8s). Plus, since the company is in the process of transitioning their aircraft to more modern counterparts, it is important to note the other airplanes being phased out: Embraer ERJ-190 short-haul jets are being replaced by a combination of the Airbus A220-300 and the Boeing 737-MAX 8s, although the latter aircraft is grounded and currently pending updates before any additional deliveries can take place. In fact, the only completely new plane to be joining their fleet is the brand-new Airbus A220, arriving within a year. Furthermore, as a vast airline, note that the aforementioned fleet statistics do not include Air Canada’s largest subsidiary, Air Canada Rouge, a significant Canadian airline operating a further 64 aircraft with little plans for fleet expansion. On a tangent, this aircraft is sporting the company’s previous incarnation of their livery, which was in service from 2005 to 2017. Air Canada continues to grow, nationally and internationally, positively exemplifying their growing focus on flying the world. Enjoy!
Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a terrific Sunday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) on a terrific Sunday afternoon 2019. Comparatively, this is a new airline, with a founding date just under two decades ago in 2003. Since then, however, Etihad has not failed at maturing into one of the busiest airlines, flying over 1000 flights a week, as well as one of the world"s most renowned. The company has consistently scored in the top ten by the SKYTRAX World's top airlines ranking over the past decade and has received nearly universal praise for their luxurious and opulent in flight experience. And if "Remarkable" is the airline's concept, their livery does not fall short in the slightest. Presented with an award or two, the design pictured above is Etihad's updated variant, sporting a colourful tessellation of gold and brown on the tail fin and golden hues present throughout the fuselage. Created by global leader in brand design Landor, this design is inspired by Emirati patterns, desert colours, and grains of sand. With their slogan "From Abu Dhabi to the World". a remarkable aircraft is brought to Toronto. Enjoy!
British Airways Boeing 777-200(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a captivating Saturday sunset 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
British Airways Boeing 777-200(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) on a captivating Saturday sunset 2019. Unsurprisingly, British Airways, the flag carrier, is one of the oldest operating airlines in the world, approaching its centennial next month (August 2019), and requires an in-depth look at its history for full appreciation; starting on August 25th, 1919, when Air Transport and Travel (AT&T) launched the world's first scheduled commercial international service from Middlesex, UK, to Paris. However, this company later shut down in 1920 and was consequently merged with Daimler Aviation, who in turn merged with three other air companies in 1924 to form Imperial Airways. In 1940, British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), which would serve destinations that were, well... overseas to Great Britain, was created to take over the same Imperial Airways and British Airways Limited. Please take note of another two companies that were formed later in the decade. British European Airways (BEA), flying to European and domestic cities, was formed in 1946. Simultaneously, British South American Airways, or BSAA, was launched to fly to South American and the Caribbean, augmenting Britain's already impressive global reach in air travel. Also note that in 1946, London Heathrow Airport opened, and the facility is still in operation to welcome this 777-200 back on the returning flight, BA98. Following the mid 1940s, BSAA merged with BOAC for all overseas destinations. Finally, in 1974, the British Airways we all know and respect was created through the merger between British Overseas Airways and British European Airways, closing the complex early chapter of British air history. On a tangent, the colour scheme is of 1974 with a stylised Union Jack on the tail fins, named the "Chatam Dockyard Union flag". Here's to a hundred years of "To Fly. To Serve". Enjoy!
Philippine Airlines (PAL) Airbus A350-900 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a heavenly Sunday sunset 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Philippine Airlines (PAL) Airbus A350-900 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila (MNL), on a heavenly Sunday sunset 2019. The A350-900 wide-body, long-haul jet pictured in this image finds a special plane among the six A350s in Philippine Airlines's fleet. The company began acquiring these aircraft in July of 2018 - one year prior to this capture - and, as this specific plane marked PAL's fifth A350 when delivered in February 2018, it received the iconic "Love Bus" decal, proudly displayed on the nose of the jetliner. The decal commemorates PAL and manufacturer Airbus' 40 year partnership anniversary, a relationship that goes back to the purchase of the Airbus A300B4, the derivative of which was Airbus’s first commercial jetliner ever, in 1979 on behalf of Asia's oldest airline. The Philippine national carrier uses its A350s for long-haul routes to New York and Toronto, utilizing its impressive range of 15,000km, and has a larger goal of replacing its aging A340-300s with the modern plane. In addition, it has expressed interest in the Airbus A350-1000, through an option to acquire six A350 aircraft (either -900 or -1000 models) on top of their current planes, bringing further modernization to its fleet. Indeed, these airplanes bring significant advancement to any fleet operating them, with carbon fibre reinforced polymer making up the majority of the wings and fuselage, near unmatched range (especially the A350-900ULR), and incredible Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines with thrust capabilities of 84,000 lbf and 97,000 lbf for the A350-900 and A350-1000 respectively. With such a beautiful sunset and plane, what a treat we were given at YYZ on Sunday. Enjoy!
Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a picturesque Saturday sunset - Photo by Robson Smith
Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Munich International Airport (MUC) on a picturesque Saturday sunset 2019. Lufthansa was founded in 1953 and quickly grew in size and reputation to become the famous airline it is today, awarded the exclusive Skytrax 5 star certificate for excellence. Though this is an Airbus A350 model, Lufthansa has historically used a multitude of Boeing aircraft too. In 1967, the airline became the first foreign launch customer of a Boeing airliner. The aircraft, a 737-100, was the first commercially available 737, making Lufthansa the world's first customer to receive a 737, the world's most successful airplane ever. Germany's national carrier is also credited as being one of the five founding members of Star Alliance in 1997 - the second largest airline alliance in the world by passenger count (750m+ in 2018). Furthermore, the airline finds itself as part of the Lufthansa Group, which includes Brussels, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, and others for a whopping combined fleet of over 700 aircraft, designating the group as one of the largest global fleets. Interestingly, Lufthansa has a tradition of naming most of their aircraft after cities, towns, and federal states, the far majority being German. This A350 is named "Bonn", after the large western German city. In fact, the relevance of the route or plane type flown roughly equates to the size, importance of the city from which it takes its name. The livery depicted is a pre-2018 version, which continues the stylised crane in a yellow circle, from the 1918 design by Otto Firle. Their slogan says "Say Yes to the World", and we say "Thank You, Lufthansa, for saying yes to Toronto". Enjoy!
Air Transat Airbus A330-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a charming Saturday sunset 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Transat Airbus A330-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) on a charming Saturday sunset 2019. As the current third largest Canadian airline, Air Transat was founded in 1986 and began its journey into the sky a year later. The company provides seasonal routes to southern destinations during the Canadian winter season and transitions to mainly European destinations during the summer. Although "only" Canada's third largest, Air Transat certainly has earned its positive reputation, being dubbed the World's Best Leisure Airline in 2018 by the Skytrax World Airline Awards, after some 20 million passengers voted on their satisfaction. Oh, and they also received this certificate of excellence and superlatives in 2019, a testament to the airline's phenomenal service records and operations. On this Airbus A330-200 aircraft, Air Transat sports their new and updated livery, an update which coincided with the airline's 30th anniversary in 2017 since their first flight in 1987. The new livery is designed to stay true to Transat's promise "to brighten the everyday with the joy of vacations" (symbolized by the grey star on the tail) and brings brighter and more saturated colours to the vertical fin, representing Air Transat's destinations by the sea. Where the bright blue tail meets the white of the fuselage, a silver band is included to recall the airline's first aircraft, sporting a metallic fuselage - an addition to honour their anniversary. This new livery was created by Loic Musellec Vanasse. In addition, this exact aircraft was repainted into a Pride special livery in recognition of the International Pride Month of 2019, denoting Air Transat as the fourth airline to recognize this celebration. Unfortunately, we seem to have missed the temporary design change this time. Truly, Air Transat has solidified its place as a global airline of inclusivity and superlatives, bringing with it a phenomenal growth story to service it motto "Vacation is Calling". Enjoy!
Alitalia Airbus A330-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on an astounding Sunday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Alitalia Airbus A330-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Rome Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) on an astounding Sunday afternoon 2019. From Alitalia's fleet of 97 active aircraft, this Airbus A330-200 was delivered to the airline in 2012 and now represents one of 14 A330s in their fleet. The present Italian national carrier also utilizes 12 Boeing 777 aircraft for long-haul operations, and these 777s represent the only assets from American manufacturer Boeing in Alitalia's operations. Consequently, the far majority of the fleet is made up of narrow-body, short to medium-haul planes from Airbus, with the A320 series accounting for a total of 71 aircraft. The airline, therefore, allocates over three quarters of its fleet to just one aircraft family, albeit a very proven aircraft family, and purchases nearly 90 percent of their jetliners from one manufacturer. This is slated to change in the near future as the airline has announced orders for the Embraer ERJ-175 and ERJ-190 to supplement their current all Airbus fleet of short-haul aircraft. On a tangent, the A330-220 pictured in this image not only offers insight into the company's fleet operations but also into its past, sporting Alitalia's outdated livery. Similar to the modern incarnation (which can be seen on another Alitalia image in our Soaring Blog), this design makes use of the Italian national colours throughout the fuselage and vertical fin. Whereas the current livery uses an Eurowhite design and eliminates completely the classic linear line in green that extends from the rear of the fuselage to the front, the "cheat line", as it was called, is to be seen on the old livery - a very common addition in past livery designs. Although the company solely operates a fleet of three aircraft families, Alitalia is proud of their focus on modern flying platforms, benefiting passengers enjoyment and operational efficiency. With old liveries and new planes, viewing pleasure is all the more enhanced. Enjoy!
Condor Boeing 767-300(ER)(WL) retro livery arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on an awesome Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Condor Boeing 767-300(ER)(WL) retro livery arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Frankfurt Main Airport (FRA) on an awesome Saturday afternoon 2019. In the image, notice Condor's unique retro livery proudly showcased on their 767-300, denoting the airline's long history since its founding in 1955. Currently, Condor operates at least two aircraft sporting a retro design, and the particular livery in this image pays homage to Condor's operations in the 1970s. During this respective time period, Condor's livery would have been considered typical, incorporating a cheat line running in linear fashion down the fuselage (blue dash) and a black nose cone - both of which were very common in the 1970s. On another note, the 767 aircraft in this image was delivered to the airline in 2012 and represents a sizable portion of Condor's relatively small fleet of 16 Boeing 767s (with one on order) and 41 total aircraft. However, the company graciously makes up for this when taking into account the group in which it finds its home - the Thomas Cook Group, which operates over 100 combined aircraft. In addition, the Frankfurt-based airline's fleet size is further augmented by the supplementary aircraft it leases during peak holiday seasons from other airlines. When the company was still referred to as the Deutsche Flugdienst in 1956, the airline operated a lonely three aircraft seating 36 a piece. Growing quickly, however, to purchase a competitor airline, Condor Luftreederei, in 1961, the modern name, Condor Flugdienst, was born. With memories of aviation flying today and tremendous aspirations for tomorrow, what a wonderful moment to treasure at YYZ. Enjoy!
El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a fantastic Sunday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) on a fantastic Sunday afternoon 2019. Formed in 1948, El Al Israel Airlines initially operated a wide range of aircraft models and makes, however, the airline transitioned in the 1970s with a final goal of utilizing a modern fleet of solely Boeing aircraft, of which they have accomplished. Of course, this does not affect their relatively new fleet of 43 aircraft with an average age of approximately 10 years. The 787-9 in this image is one of 11 Dreamliners in El Al Israel's fleet (currently all -9 models) and was delivered to the airline in October 2018. There is one other 787-9 on order for the airline along with four 787-8s as of July 2019. Interestingly, the Israeli national carrier has a tradition of placing the name of a city in Israel on the nose of the majority of their planes. The size of this city is meant to correspond with the size of the aircraft on which it is placed. The city on the front of this plane's fuselage is Be'er Sheva, the eighth most populous city in Israel with roots dating back 4000 years, even though this aircraft has yet to be in service for one. In addition to the classic blue stripe running along the aircraft fuselage and the distinctive flag of Israel remaining prominently displayed on the tail fin, El Al has retained their classic logo with minor tweaks near the front of the aircraft, denoting the airline as one of only a few airlines that do not include an English title on their liveries.