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
*Note, you can visit our resources page on our site at Aviation References
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 place 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.
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on an extraordinary Sunday afternoon - Photo by Robson Smith
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW) on an extraordinary Sunday afternoon. As part of LOT's 787 family of aircraft (model eight and nines), this Dreamliner was delivered to the company in June 2017 and is one of eight 787-8s in a total fleet of 14 Dreamliners — the other six are 787-9s. Furthermore, the bulk of LOT Polish Airlines’ fleet consists primarily of Boeing 737 aircraft for short haul flights, with the entirety of their long haul fleet originating from American manufacturer and designer Boeing. In regards to the Boeing Dreamliner, it is noteworthy that the tail height, 17 metres, and wingspan, 60 metres, is shared between all models of the aircraft (787-8s, 787-9s, and 787-10s), despite significant variance in size and passenger capacity throughout. Of note, LOT Polish Airlines has the distinction of being the first European operator of the 787-8 Dreamliner, which provides a range in excess of 13 600 km to the airline, allowing the company to fly round trip from Poland's capital to Toronto... almost. With the nine and eight models of LOT's Dreamliners in our collection, we eagerly look forward to adding the balance of LOT's other fleet members in the future. 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!