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.
Following 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. It's quite an astonishing feat, and by way of reference, this equates to 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, honoring 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. True to its location, Pearson sports the world’s largest de-icing facility, a quintessentially Canadian feat.
Furthermore, our adventure expands beyond these images. We have included a story behind each aircraft that highlights the unique history and set of circumstances that guide the aircraft to YYZ, completing this voyage of discovery.
Robson and David
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Westjet Boeing 737-600 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a spectacularly cloudy Saturday morning 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Westjet Boeing 737-600 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a spectacularly cloudy Saturday morning 2019. Of Westjet's 124 plane fleet, all but 7 are Boeing 737 aircraft, clearly indicative of the company's fondness of this famous design. The 737 in this image is a 737-600 variant, the smallest in Westjet's fleet, coming in at about 102ft (31.2m) and at 13 years of age, is presently one of 13 in service. Launched in 1995 with SAS Airlines as Boeing's "third generation derivative of the original 737", the 737-600 would supercede the 737 “classic models” (the Boeing 737-300, 400, and 500 series), created by the drive for increased fuel efficiency following the well-documented inefficiencies of the previous iterations. Westjet's ’600 models carry some 113 passengers in a two-class configuration. This generation, although currently dated, featured at the time of release numerous avionics advancements and appreciated features, including redesigned wings (sporting larger areas and wingspans), increased fuel capacity, higher max takeoff weight (MTOW), improved engines (CFM 567 series), modern "glass cockpits" (no longer completely analogue), interior redesigns for comfort and practicality, and, of course, culminating with longer flying range. It competes, along with the rest of Boeing's 737s, with similar sized and performing Airbus A320 series. However, this plane does join over 7000 737 NG (Next Generation) aircraft ordered to date, a simply mind-boggling statistic. An equally astonishing feat has the 737-600 joining a whopping 1250 737s (of all variants) flying at any given point in time, with two either departing or arriving somewhere every FIVE seconds, a testament to the sheer popularity and success of Boeing's revolutionary design. Following Westjet's favourable experience with this family, many future plans have arisen, continuing to build upon the 737. Plans have been put forth to acquire 33 Boeing 737 MAX 7 advanced aircraft and 12 MAX 10s, both of which are new high-performance additions to their fleet. An additional nine 737 MAX 8s are slated to be added, complementing Westjet's existing fleet of 13 MAX 8s. From such a cute and stubby plane we always love to catch, enjoy the image!
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!
SwiftAir Boeing 737-400, N807TJ, arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a dramatic Saaturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
SwiftAir Boeing 737-400, N807TJ, operating under Sunwing Airlines, arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a dramatic Saturday afternoon 2019. First serviced by Alaskan Airlines in 1992 (later transferred to SwiftAir in 2018), this ageing variant of Boeing's world-famous 737 series has been in the air for nearly 3 decades, exemplifying the inherently enduring nature of the 737 family. The specific SwiftAir company in this photo (there are many "SwiftAirs") finds its base in Miama, Florida, and offers aircraft leasing services to a mutitude of customers from various backgrounds and industries (i.e sport teams). Interestingly, IAero Group, SwifsAir's parent company, was founded in 1997, denoting this very striking aircraft as being significantly older than the airline through which it is operated. In addition, iAero Group's fleet as of Jaunary of this year totals 33 aircraft, exclusively Boeing 737s: 20 -400 variants, 5 of the extended -800 versions, 7 -300 standards, and one -300/BDEF model. It is also important to note that, as a wet-leasing company (providing pilots, crew, as well as aircraft), this 737 was flying under Sunwing Airlines, Canada's low-cost vacation carrier. Sunwing, at the time of capture, was leasing only 2 aircraft from SwiftAir, marking a dynamic choice by the airline. (Sunwing continues to lease a multiple of other airliners from many other airlines and leasing companies.) From such a colourful (and rare) livery, enjoy the image!
Raglan Airlines Boeing 737-200C(Adv) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a superbly sunny winter Saturday 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Raglan Airlines Boeing 737-200C(Adv) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL) on a superbly sunny winter Saturday 2019. This aircraft is operated by Glencore International, an international mining powerhouse. The company has routes tracing back to the Falconbridge Raglan nickel mining complex in 1995, located in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, Canada, whose access is exceedingly limited. Through subsequent mergers with various mining companies, including Noranda Mines and Xstrata in 2013, Glencore Xstrata was formed via the merger of Glencore International and Xstrata, now known simply as Glencore International. This is critical to recognize as Glencore Canada operates this airline. The particular mine to which this 737-200 flies is accessible by ship less than eight months per year; there is no other access other than through air travel, and this is where the aging Boeing 737-200C (manufactured in 1979, joining Glencore in 2005) comes into play. As a combi 737, C-FFAL is able to transport both passengers (mining employees) and cargo (various equipment) concurrently. It also fares exceedingly well in tough conditions. To give an idea of the harshness of the environment of upper Quebec, the mining site is located in sub-arctic permafrost with an average underground temperature of negative 15 degrees centigrade (-5F). It is a cold, desolate, frozen region yielding little hospitality. As such, a ruggedized, versatile aircraft is required. The 737-200 modified is a prefect fit. The short-haul jet is a remarkable specialty variant of Boeing's classic design, serving 45 years around the world to remote, low infrastructure areas. In keeping with the needs of the aforementioned conditions and, specifically, the adverse landing and take off challenges at the Raglan mine, the aircraft features numerous visual and structural enhancements. Notably, large cargo doors on the forward port side of the fuselage aid with the "combi" nature of many northern operations, a gravel deflector underneath the forward wheel (resembles skis) is designed to prevent debris from spraying into the engines from the forward wheel during landings on gravel, like a miniature shield, vortex dissipators on each engine nacelle (the protruding rods) that function to prevent the turbofans from intaking debris, such as gravel, during unpaved landings, like those associated with northern airports, through the use of "compressor bleed air" (high pressure air release). Ferrying 50,000 passengers and three million pounds of cargo per year using only two of these aircraft, Glencore and the 737-200C have certainly exemplified their versatility. Indeed, the 737-200C is one of the best-suited aircraft for these purposes. As such, approximately a dozen northern airlines utilize these proven aircraft and their numerous adaptations in regular use. It is scheduled to fly for another 15 years with Raglan, bringing its total lifespan to about 50 years. With two planes supported by a team of just 22 with zero issues, enjoy the image! (observe Raglans logo, an inukshuk, too.)
Air Transat Airbus A321-200neo (C-GOIE) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a magnificantly crisp winter Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Transat Airbus A321-200neo arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from London Gatwick International Airport (LGW) on a magnificently crisp winter Saturday afternoon 2019. Received in May of 2019, months before this capture, this particular Airbus aircraft marks Air Transat's very first A321-200neo received, C-GOIE. As such, miniature model manufacturer ezToys has designed a very special 1:200 model of this exact plane, a very intriguing feat indeed. Moreover, note that the "neo" addition to the names of certain Airbus aircraft serves as an acronym for "new engine option", allowing carriers to augment the performance of their fleets using the newest engine models. On the A321-200neos, the turbofan is by Pratt & Whitney, the PW1133G engine. This proves to be instrumental to the success of the narrow-body, mid-range aircraft series, their economic gains, eco-friendly operations, and pinnacle performance (distance). This engine has now, after 20 years of development and 10 billion dollars, produced the standard engine of choice for Airbus' A320s. In addition, a testament to this revolutionary design occured in October 2019, when the 1000th A320neo family aircraft was delivered, a mere 3 years since its first delivery in January of 2016. An equally impressive figure has the A320neo series receiving a mind boggling total of 7000 plus orders from more than 115 airlines as of late 2019, denoting it, unequivocally, as the fastest selling commercial aircraft in history. This stupendous growth is due in part to the numerous advantages brought by the neo series engines: mainly, a 16% reduction in fuel burn, 50% shaving in greenhouse emissions, and a whopping 75% drop in noise emissions. Dependability is also a critical aspect, and the engine certainly does not let down here either; on the A320neo, the PW1133G jet has reached a reliability of 99.9%. Simply put: in 1000 hours of flight time, only 1 hour is needed for "down-time"! And close to home at YYZ, it is a pleasure knowing that this engine design was tested in Canada. In all, with a beautiful - and efficient - addition to Canada's vacation airline, enjoy the image!
Avianca Costa Rica Airbus A320-200 (N495TA) 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!
Air Canada Rouge Airbus A320-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a triumphant Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Canada Rouge Airbus A320-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Greater Moncton Roméo Leblanc International Airport (YQM) on a triumphant Saturday afternoon 2019. Air Canada Rouge, as a fully-integrated subsidiary of the larger Air Canada, was founded in 2011, and, due to its close ties with the Canadian national carrier, flies with Air Canada flight numbers (AC) and is listed as "operated by Air Canada Rouge". The airline was launched to directly compete with Canada's other carriers in the low-cost leisure industry; mainly, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, and Westjet. Although dwarfed by the size of Air Canada, Rouge has nonetheless shown extraordinary growth in its young eight years of operations. Back in 2012, the airline operated a lonely 4 aircraft, all of which were from its parent. However, over the years, and as the airline expanded its routes from Toronto and Montreal to destinations in Canada's west and further, more and more aircraft were acquired by the company, resulting in its current 64 planes - representative of a 15 fold increase in a matter of years. With destinations as far away as Osaka, Japan, Europe, and South America, Rouge shows no signs of stopping any time soon. In addition, Air Canada Rouge's livery includes the name Air Canada in bright red and Rouge in burgundy on the front of the fuselage as well as a cropped and modified Air Canada rondelle on the vertical fin. The design team behind the livery, color scheme, and more is Paul Wylde Agency. Interestingly, the name "Rouge" was chosen by a public naming contest, with citizens calling it very Canadian, easy to remember in both of Canada's official languages, and an appropriate name for a "stylishly affordable leisure brand for Air Canada". Joining Air Canada's vacation brand, their new slogan "Vacation Ahead" symbolizes the airline's aspirations to become a first choice for the casual vacationing customer. Rouge showcases one of our favourite liveries, enjoy!
Air Canada Express (operated by Sky Regional Airlines) Embraer ERJ-175, C-FRQM, arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport on a wonderfully sunny Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Canada Express (operated by Sky Regionasl Airlines) Embraer ERJ-175, C-FRQM, arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport (YOW) on a wonderfully sunny Saturday afternoon 2019. Although sporting Air Canada's updated "retro livery" from 2017, this aircraft is, in fact, operated by Sky Regional Airlines, an independent enterprise chosing to service aircraft under the Air Canada Express banner. Sky Regional Airlines has been in operation since 2011, which also denotes the company as a relatively new addition to the global airline manifest. On a different note, this specific ERJ-175, C-FRQM, has already flown under six airlines since its first delivery in 2006 to Paramount Airways; this plane was delivered to Sky Regional Airlines later in 2017. Interestingly, the Embraer E175 was first launched by Air Canada (Air Canada, not Sky Regional) in 2005 and currently comprises a sizeable portion of Embraer's "E" series aircraft orders and deliveries. Of the roughly 1500 "E" family deliveries, 612 are of the E175 variant, with the next most popular model, the E190, taking around 560. In addition, with 345 backorders for this family of aircraft, 181 are allocated towards the ERJ-175 and essentially none towards the ERJ-190 (the reason for this is a result of the newer and more appealing E195-E2 model, the E190s successor, an aircraft having already received well over 100 fully committed orders). Statistically, the ERJ-175 has an average flight time of 1 hour, 4 minuets and an impressive turn around time of as little as 15 minutes, contributing towards making this a fascinating regional jet to see at Pearson. Enjoy the image!
United Airlines Airbus A320-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a prime Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
United Airlines Airbus A320-200 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on a prime Saturday afternoon 2019. Currently, as the world's third largest airline, United Airlines finds its place as one of "The American Big Three", the three largest airlines in the country (American, Delta, and United airlines). However, United's history of growth originates much further back. Its predecessor, the Boeing Airplane Company, commenced its first commercial flight (mail delivery) in 1919, 100 years ago, and Boeing's success made way for the creation of a subsidiary, United Aircraft Corp., to focus as a full-service passenger airline in 1929. Subsequent growth induced mergers and acquisitions with many other US companies, including such notable names as Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Soon after the multiple acquisitions, in 1930, the name "United Airlines" was created as the parent company for its airline subsidiaries. Following in 1934, the company devolved into multiple businesses, and this allowed United to focus exclusively on commercial airline operations. Moreover, when the company split up, two new separate aviation manufacturers were formed with United: Boeing, which continues to produce planes to this day, and United Aircraft (today, United Technologies). Now, as an established and influential airline, United began to form a long list of accomplishments and firsts. The airline received the first Boeing 747 (model 747-100) ever produced in August 1970, pioneering the way for the most iconic commercial jetliner every produced. Plus, In the coming decade, United would become the launch customer for the Boeing 767-200 aircraft in 1982 as well as the first airline to serve all US states with commercial airports in 1984. United would not stop at the 1990s, however, as the company became another launch customer for a world-renowned jetliner, this time for the Boeing 777 aircraft, a plane which would become one of the most successful wide-body airliners in history, in 1995. In 1997, the company also became the co-founder of Star Alliance, one of the largest airline alliances in the world. A more recent change came in 2010, when United merged with Continental Airlines, another US mega airline. The merger would create the world's largest airline, taking United's name while using an updated livery from Continental. The two companies would form one single conglomerate in 2013. Pursuing their modern day slogan "Fly The Friendly Skies", United Airlines has operated through a near century of aviation history, gaining recognition for a multitude of achievements and firsts, culminating as the true mammoth it is today. Enjoy!
American Airlines (Envoy Air) Embraer ERJ-175 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International airport on a pleasing Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
American Airlines (Envoy Air) Embraer ERJ-175 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International airport (YYZ) from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) on a pleasing Saturday afternoon 2019. Envoy Air traces its roots back to 1984, when it was created as a regional carrier for American Airlines. As a subsidiary of the American national carrier, Envoy Air's name was changed from American Eagle Airlines in 2014 to avoid confusion with the American Eagle brand name, under which American Eagle Airlines (Envoy Air) and other airlines combined operate as a regional branch for American Airlines. In addition, the name "Envoy" is derived from a US Airways seating class dubbed "Envoy Class", a nod to American Airlines's merger with US Airways in 2014. Furthermore, American Airlines, which currently operates as the world's largest airline by revenue, passengers carried, fleet size, and number of destinations served, dates back to 1930, when some 80 small airlines merged into one conglomerate company known as American Airways. However, historically, the airline dates back to 1926, when one of the first merged companies began operations. Jumping ahead, when American Airways first took to the skies in 1936, its name had already been changed to American Air Lines, resembling the company's modern brand image. As a fully functioning airline during the 1930s, American Air Lines began adding to its impressively long list of accomplishments and firsts. In 1973, American Airlines became the first major airline to hire a female pilot, who would fly the Boeing 727 jetliner. In 1998, the airline became a founding member of the Oneworld Alliance, now the world's third largest airline alliance, and, as of 2019, American operates some 960 aircraft, claiming its position as the largest passenger fleet in the world. Additionally, the company's freight brand, American Airlines Cargo, voted the best cargo airlines in the Americas for more than a decade by the prestigious Air Cargo News, serviced the world's first air cargo schedule. Importantly, in 2013, by the merger of the parent companies of both American Airlines and US Airways, American Airlines Group, Inc was established. Finally, as of 2013, American Airlines would begin to roll out a new and modernized logo of their classic design that has evolved at least four times since its inception in 1934. It is known as a "Flight Symbol", with an eagle and star surrounded by US flag colors of red, white, and blue. With their slogan "Great is what were going for", it is truly great to see American Airlines at Pearson. Enjoy!
Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ-900 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on an admirable Sunday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ-900 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) on an admirable Sunday afternoon 2019. As one of the current largest commercial airlines in the US, Delta Airlines has a history dating back to 1924, when an aerial crop-dusting company by the name of Huff Daland Dusters was founded to become the world's first aerial crop-dusting company. The enterprise proved to be a success, and later, in 1928, a founder of the company raised sufficient finances to buy and covert its operations to include passenger services in the US. Thus, Delta Air Services was born from the re branding and took to the skies one year later in 1929. Interestingly, the brand name of Delta originally referred to the Mississippi Delta, near which the company was headquartered. Furthermore, it is important to note that Delta Airlines has not grown all by itself, with numerous mergers throughout its years; including, but not limited to, Northeast Airlines (founded in 1931) in 1972, Northwest Airlines (founded in 1926) in 2010, and Western Airline (founded in 1925) in 1987. Currently, Delta Airlines operates as one of the "American Big Three", the three largest airlines in the United States (American, United, and Delta airlines), however, the airline's long history has experienced even more impressive feats. In 1955, Delta revolutionized the airline industry with the implementation of the first hub and spoke system, whereby aircraft flights are routed through a central hub before connecting to other destinations, requiring fewer routes for an airline. Ahead of the game again, Delta was the first to offer web-based access to real time flight and passenger information in 1993 and the first US airline to fly smoke-free worldwide in 1995. Note that in 1993, Delta Connection, a subsidiary (seen in this image), was established and designed to operate regional jets for short-haul flights throughout North America, cementing its place as a world's first. Delta connection holds the distinction of providing the world's first in-flight internet services for regional planes (such as this CRJ-900) in 2011, augmenting Delta's already impressive record of firsts. The current three-dimensional triangle logos is a result of many incarnations (19, with the exception of one), all the way back to its very first, where the Greek letter "Delta", a triangle, was used to match the airline's name. With their slogan "Keep Climbing", Delta Airlines has certainly exemplified this message throughout their impressive history of mergers, records, firsts, and accomplishments, culminating with the airline's present and nearly unmatched scale in the aviation community. Enjoy!
American Airlines (Envoy Air) Embraer ERJ-140LR arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a wonderfully cloudy Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
American Airlines (Envoy Air) Embraer ERJ-140LR arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport(YYZ) on a wonderfully cloudy Saturday afternoon 2019. Although sporting a retro American Airline livery, this Embraer aircraft is operated by Envoy Air, a regional subsidiary of American Airlines. This very colourful aircraft makes up just one of a total 180 planes in Envoy Air's fleet, all of which are of Brazillian manufacturer Embraer, save for five Canadian Bombardier CRJ-700s. The Bombardier aircraft, however, are slated to be transferred to their sister American Airlines group company PSA Airlines. Furthermore, the ERJ aircraft in this fleet are of two models, the ERJ-145, pictured here, and the 140, both accounting for a whopping 109 planes (59 of these are ’145 models). In addition, the American regional giant rounds out their fleet with 66 Embraer E175. Effectively, the airline services just 3 aircraft variants, excluding the soon-to-be donated Bombardier CRJ-700s. It is interesting to note, too, that the airline has 11 regional jets in storage at Mathis Field, Texas, in near flying condition if needed. From such a unique retro design, enjoy!
Azores Airlines Airbus A321neo arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a lovely Saturday evening - Photo by Robson Smith
Azores Airlines Airbus A321neo arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Ponta Delgada International Airport (PDL) on a lovely Saturday evening 2019. Interestingly, the A321neo aircraft pictured above was delivered to the airline in July 2019, the same month as this image was taken. Operating out of the São Miguel island of the autonomous archipelago of the Azores, Azores Airlines is the international carrier for the region. Situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the airline is known by their slogan "The Atlantic in You". Note the very interesting and well-thought-out logo, which was updated from an older variant concurrent with the re branding of the company in 2015, on the tail and engines of this aircraft. An intriguing design comprised of nine differently shaded geometric shapes (representing the nine islands of the Azores) forms the outline of a sperm whale tail. The significance being that the Azores archipelago is recognized as a whale sanctuary. The special "Magical" livery on this plane includes a QR code, directing you to www.azoresairlines.pt — a smart 21st century twist!
FedEx Express McDonnell Douglas MD-11F arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport during a grand Sunday sunset 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
FedEx Express McDonnell Douglas MD-11F arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Memphis International Airport (MEM), the airline's super hub, during a grand Sunday sunset 2019 (and a waxing Sturgeon moon). As a cargo airline, FedEx Express, then Federal Express, soared into operation in 1973, two years after its establishment, and quickly grew to dominate the American — and arguably global — air freight industry, now serving as the largest cargo airline in the world. The company operates a mammoth fleet of more wide-body, civil aircraft than any other airline in the world, freight or commercial, and is the ninth largest by fleet size, with destinations to almost every country on Earth. Furthermore, with an incredible volume of over 11 million pounds of air freight moved daily, FedEx has an aircraft landing roughly every 40 seconds, a testament to their phenomenal operational scale! By comparison, Toronto's Pearson Airport, the second largest airport in the Americas, serving some 50 million passengers each year, sees approximately the same number of aircraft movements in one day, yet FedEx manages to accomplish a similar figure using only cargo services. In addition, approaching its nearly 40 year anniversary, FedEx has participated in numerous historic moments for the aviation industry. The company received the world's last Airbus A300 (model: A300-600) ever built, which was European giant Airbus' first jetliner ever, and FedEx was both the first customer of the Boeing 777-F in the United States and the largest global operator of the proven aircraft. Their livery, on a tangent, was designed in 1994 by Landor and utilizes a wordmark for "FedEx". With unique font, the brand name is split into purple and orange, with the empty space between the "e" and the "x" resembling a forward arrow, representing their obligation to fast cargo movements. Moreover, such as their commitment to on-time delivery, every night in the US, FedEx has around five aircraft fitted without cargo or specified freight destinations for nothing more than operational redundancy and possible load surplus — that's how mammoth the huge enterprise is. Enjoy!
LOT Polish Airlines arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport during a superbly lit Sunday evening 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
LOT Polish Airlines arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW) during a superbly lit Sunday evening 2019. From an approaching view of Boeing's newest airliner, first launched in 2011 with All Nippon Airways after years of preliminary work and financial questions, it becomes incredibly clear as to just how advanced and beautiful the Dreamliner's physique truly is. As a new design, also note that the specific aircraft in this image, SP-LSE, was delivered to LOT, the Polish flag carrier, in April of 2019, a few months before pictured. In regards to the Dreamliner's wings - arguably the jetliner's most gorgeous design aspect - they incorporate a plethora of advanced, space-age materials, allowing for remarkable economic gains for any operator and simply awe-inspiring feats. The wings, formulated of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), are primarily composite, which, along with the fuselage, designates the Dreamliner as the first commercial aircraft to utilize a composite design. This means nothing, however, if the materials fail to endure the monumental stress experienced by the average jetliner; unsurprisingly, the aircraft and its iconic swapping arms have excelled in this area as well. During one stress test, the wings of the 787 flexed an astounding 25 feet without suffering any catastrophic failures, a testament to its remarkable engineering. From an iconic airline and now iconic plane, enjoy the image!
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport during a beautiful Sunday sunset 2019 alongside a waxing sturgeon moon - 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) during a beautiful Sunday sunset 2019 (with a waxing sturgeon moon framed). Interestingly, the waxing moon in this image would become the Sturgeon moon (and the second full moon of summer), so named by the north-eastern Native American Algonquin tribes since it permitted easy fishing for large fish (Sturgeon) in the lakes. The moon is also referred to as the Green Corn Moon as, during this time of year, corn ears have appeared but are not yet ripe. Other festivities occurring around this full moon include the Hindu Raksha Bandhan celebration of the bond between sisters and brothers as well as the Nikini Poya Holiday in Sri Lanka (a holiday for every full moon, by the way), commemorating the first Buddhist council somewhere around 400 BCE, about 2400 years ago. This full moon occurs during the ghost month in the Chinese calendar as well, where the fifteenth day of the month (corresponding with the Sturgeon full Moon) is called "Ghost Day", when deceased ancestors arise to visit the living. Plus, the full moon also marks the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival. Perhaps this 777 was transporting passengers visiting family in Toronto to celebrate these various festivals from China and the surrounding region. With a beautiful sunset and plane, what a delight to elevate the experience with such a unique summer moon. Enjoy!
Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-900 departing from Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a bright Saturday morning 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-900 departing from Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) en route to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) on a bright Saturday morning 2019. Delivered in late 2017, this Airbus A350-900 has been flying the Addis Ababa-Toronto service for just over a month since the route's inaugural A350 flight in November 2019 (this route was previously operated by a Boeing Dreamliner 787-8 and occasional Boeing 777-200LR). Impressively, in June of last year, Ethiopian took delivery of its 100th aircraft, the Boeing 787-9, designating the company as the first African airline to operate 100 aircraft, a clear indication of the company's phenomenal growth strategy. As of December 2019, Ethiopian's total fleet numbers 117, of which 13 are cargo aircraft, and an additional 60 order have been placed (all but one are meant for passenger travel). The company's cargo sector is exclusively Boeing, with 777-Fs, 757-200PCFs, and one 737-800BCF with another to be delivered. The airline has also become a large operator of the Bombardier DASH 8-400 turboprop, short-haul aircraft, currently flying 23 with a further 10 on order. Moreover, although servicing a fleet of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft (with a few Bombardier planes too), the vast majority has been allocated towards the Boeing side in both diversity and quantity. For short range equipment, the 737-800 (16) and 737-700 (10) are used with two 737-800 variants on order. Leapfrogging to the future, the airline presently owns four 737 MAX 8s (currently grounded) with 28 on order. This purchase marks the largest order put forth by the airline. Moving along to the wide-body jetliners, Ethiopian services six 767-300ERs and ten 777 aircraft in both the -200ER and -300ER models. Furthermore, into Boeing's modern options, a total of 23 Dreamliners are operated, predominantly 19 -8 models and four of the model 9s with a further order of seven 787-9s. Ethiopian Airlines has also shown significant interest in the A350-900; 12 are in operation with 12 more on order. Interestingly, this exact aircraft, ET-AUC, has made the news resulting from a minor and casualty-free incident involving the right winglet. In March of 2018 whilst on the ground at Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport (FIH) - Democratic Republic of the Congo, a delay of approximately eight hours occurred as the right-hand winglet (visible in this image) scraped the horizontal stabilizer of a Serve Air Boeing 727 during the taxiing phase. Thankfully; damage was minimal. What a treat to observe this A350, enjoy!
EgyptAir Boeing 777-300ER (SU-GDP) departing Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a colourful winter Saturday 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
EgyptAir Boeing 777-300ER (SU-GDP) departing Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) en route to Cairo International Airport (CAI) on a colourful winter Saturday 2019. Interestingly, as the official carrier of the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON), held in Egypt this summer, the aircraft pictured was one of the select few chosen to carry an official sticker representing this 32nd biennial International men's football championship of Africa and honouring the year 2019, which marks the fifth time that Egypt has hosted the event, a first. Unfortunately, this emblem was placed on the aircraft's opposite side, not visible from this view. On a different note, this Boeing 777-300ER was delivered to Egypt's national carrier in February of 2011 (the first 777 the airline received was in March of 2010, only a decade prior to this capture) and represents a small portion of EgyptAir's 60 aircraft in service from Airbus and Boeing. Six of these are 777 "combi" variants, carrying cargo regularly during passenger flights, and with a seating capacity of upwards of 346 passengers in EgyptAir's configuration, this model is utilized for EgyptAir's long-haul routes. An additional 29 737-800 narrow body aircraft have been purchased from American giant Boeing. Moreover, the carrier reached a major milestone in July 2016, receiving their 50th Boeing aircraft, a 737-800. Wrapping up the airline's Boeing family, the extraordinary 787-9 Dreamliner, of which they have six, is furthermore proven by EgyptAir's order for another two of these modern jetliners during the 2019 Dubai Airshow. From Airbus, following EgyptAir’s merger this year with EgyptAir Express, seven A220-300s (Bombardier) will be augmented with a further five on order. EgyptAir's existing A320-200 fleet of four are being phased out in 2019 to be replaced by the A320neo ("New Engine Model" - eight on order), starting with deliveries in 2020, and the new Airbus A321neo, with seven on order. For the wide-body, long range aircraft, we have the A330 family, with four A330-200s and four A330-300s in service. "Astamate" - enjoy!
Approaching Giant - KLM Boeing 747-400(M) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a gloriously cloudy Saturday morning 2019.
Approaching Giant - KLM Boeing 747-400(M) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS) on a gloriously cloudy Saturday morning 2019. Of note, the average KLM fleet age is just under 12 years, although the average KLM 747 clocks in at over 22 years (this 747 is about 17 years mature), something important to note when observing fleets with such iconic (but old) aircraft. Significantly, KLM's fleet of ten 747s has been equally split between the passenger only variant (747-400) and the passengers/freight variant (or "combi" 747-400(M)), and KLM Cargo furthermore operates an additional 3 Boeing 747-Fs. Along with many other airlines, the Dutch flag carrier has plans for an intended retirement of their "Super Jumbo" 747s by 2021, to be replaced by 787 aircraft. However, there is no doubt that the 747-400s, once retired, including this plane, will continue their life in the freight-only business, a testament to the jetliner's incredible longevity. KLM's overall fleet operates 119 commercial passenger planes: 13 Airbus A330s (to be retired by 2025), 16 aircraft of the 787 family (split between 13 of the 787-9 model and three 787-10), 29 aircraft of the Boeing 777 family (15 777-200ER variants and fourteen 777-300ER), with many other short-haul aircraft (such as a whopping 51 Boeing 737s). As a new focus to operate exclusively Boeing, the only new orders to be added to their fleet are of the American giant, with the 787-10 (12 orders, deliveries through 2023) and the Boeing 777 (an additional 2 of the 777-300ER). Indeed, the fleet modernization of KLM is one of much excitement and will certainly prove to be quite fun to observe in the future, when the overhaul is expected to be completed. From such an iconic airline and fleet, 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!
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!
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 superseded 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 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!
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!
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!
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!