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Best City View Seen From An Aircraft?  
User currently offlineSammyhostie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8608 times:

What is the best city view you have seen from an aircraft?

I think the approach to LHR is amazing, the Thames, The London Eye, Houses of Parliament etc is fantastic!

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User currently offlineJmy007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 598 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8569 times:

Either departure or Arrival into: STL, SYD, EWR, LGA, SIN, and LAS.  Smile

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User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 7282 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8561 times:

DCA outbound over the Potomac.

JFK/EWR/LGA with Manhattan approaches or overflies.

Flying to MKE and passing abeam of Chicago on the Lake Michigan flyway. Gorgeous.

User currently offlineAm777 From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 83 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8550 times:

Without a doubt Mexico City arrival is amazing specially by night.

User currently offlineMrwayne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8548 times:

Yes I agree with SammyHostie,

And specially when in a stacking position on a clear day with the planes going round you, its just fantastic!

User currently offlineMlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8500 times:

I'd have to say the evening approach into LAS from PIT 2 years ago on July 4. It looked like a war-zone with all of the small fireworks from scattered sources around the valley, but it was incredibly beautiful.

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User currently offlineVC745d From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 214 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8489 times:

up the Hudson on approach to LGA

User currently offlineSK901 From Denmark, joined Feb 2004, 113 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8466 times:

My favorite is NYC. I love the view you have of the
city on the approach on EWR, along Hudson river.
It is incredibly beautiful, but can also look really gross
if it is a very smoggy day.

Traveling is living
User currently offlineTrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8403 times:

My all time favorite is when you are sitting on the left side of the aircraft coming into Chicago O'Hare on 27L or 27R from the south. You come up over the water and the view of downtown and the city is amazing. And at night the lights are incredible.

User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8391 times:

When I flew over London in November it was great.. the city was all lit up, fireworks were going off everywhere - it was brilliant  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineDC9 From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8360 times:

Personaly I like the approaches to Nice, Stockholm Bromma (rwy 30) and LHR, all offering great views of the respective cities

User currently offlineBNA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8322 times:

I have departed LAS for ATL late at night and the view of the strip is amazing. They took off west-bound and circled to the north before heading east. This offered a GREAT view of the Strip and downtown hotels.

User currently offlineAMM744 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8310 times:

Sammyhostie. Sorry I couldn't disagree more, can't think of many places more boring (sightwise) than London, when you can see it that is !.

The Millennium Dome, your'e kidding right, looks more like a giant flat hamburger just that you might find in London.

Las Vegas at Dusk or Night - Awesome, absolutely awesome.

Los Angeles during the early hours - aaahh those swimming pools and the fantastic coastline.

Seattle or Portland - Pretty damn amazing with the incredible cascades as a backdrop.

I guess North America does it for me, can't think of anywhere in Europe (Citywise).


Chicago - Amazing at night with the massive Lake (Looks More Like The Sea).

User currently offlineEugdog From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8293 times:

I have taken all these trips mentioned and none of then come close to La Guardia - approaching from North (ie from Boston, Buffalo, Canada) but landing from the south.

Get a seat on the LEFT side facing forward

The initial approach is over Long Island sound, the plane turns west and flies directly over La Guadia - then across Queens then over Manhatten - The Skyscrapers are barely 1000 feet above you (clearly the absolute minima) and you can almost touch them! You fly directly over central park.

Then the plane turns south (left) over the Hudson and continues its descent at Sky Scraper level. At the tip of Manhatten the plane does a wide 180 turn - so you get a great view of the Downtown Sky scapers (alas not WTC) and then does its final approach flying over Brooklyn!

Nothing comes close to that - it is amazing!!!!!

[Edited 2004-03-09 18:49:59]

User currently offlineSEAPete From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8263 times:

SEA is my favorite. Especially the approach from the north going over the city. SFO is fun to for similar reasons. I like the water/city views though PHX, LAS are fun at night.



SEA No other place like it
User currently offlineKA501 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8231 times:

ORD is spectacular over lake Michigan on a nice day.
LAX is good for counting swimming pools.
Most impressive for me was Mexico City just for the sheer size of the City just seems to go on and on!!

User currently offlineWpmike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8198 times:

For me it is LAX at night from the east. Lights!

User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8168 times:

Personally i'd have to say NYC, the view of Manhattan at night from the air is breathtaking - a site I won't ever forget.


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User currently offlineAviationMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8162 times:

Mexico City beats them all, if you land when it's dark outside, then you are literally flying over a sea of lights for about 15 (or even longer) minutes.

User currently offlinePolnebmit From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8131 times:

The World Trade Center was my best view. But after that, I think landing into SYD coming over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Last time I was in such a flight was back in May of 2001. I'm not sure if due to security reasons the airspace over these 2 monuments is restricted or not.

User currently offlineLunchbox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8092 times:

As far as city view approaches go, I'd also have to cast my vote for Sea/Tac!

Honorable mention - SAN

User currently offlineScf158 From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8082 times:

I dont mean to sound biased... but GVA is absolutely stunning. The entire town, including the famous 'jet d'eau' can be seen as you approach.

User currently offlineWhyNotTu204 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 95 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8039 times:

Flew SFO-JFK on America West's A320. The pilot requested a tour route from ATC after take off from SFO. I was a clear, cold morning. We leveled at two thousand feet, hung a left after rotation, flew over the Bay Bridge, another left, flew over the Golden Gate, hung a Ueee and blasted off to JFK. It was beautiful.

User currently offlineAMM744 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7998 times:

SCf158...you're absolutely right, I forgot about Geneva.

Approaching from the west, the site of Mt.Blanc and The rest of the French/Swiss Alps, simply fantastic.

GVA, nice city too.

User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7929 times:

It has got to be CPT in South Africa!  Smile

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25 Airtangora : I agree with TrnsWrld. ORD is fantastic in/outbound when you fly over downtown and the lake. When there is heavy lake affect fog, all you can see is t
26 Post contains images FinnWings : Am777, I agree with you... Mexico City by night is something truly amazing! Especially if you have a chance to do a go-around during short final and g
27 Post contains links and images TransIsland : View Large View MediumPhoto © Grant Feggi It's an amazing feeling coming into the harbour, slowly descending below cruise ship level, etc. Other
28 777UALSFO : SFO to SNA at night, sitting on left side of plane, awesome views of SF Bay area as the plane takes over an 180 degree left turn, then great views of
29 Post contains images PlaneGuy27 : I think the DCA approach is the best! (biased DC area resident) SAN is an honorable mention.... DEN - Just kidding Too far away!
30 LV : Vegas baby....especially at night. I will never forget my first trip to LAS...we were coming in at about 10 pm on a Friday night and I remember as we
31 Post contains images Kilavoud : Overflying Dubai in the night at 12000 meters is an unforgettable experience. I was on LH business class at a window seat on a flight between India an
32 Post contains links and images Goboeing : I'm going to have to plug some pictures for this! It's a tie between New York and Boston. Flying over London was awesome too but I wasn't the pilot fo
33 RG777 : Please folks !!!! Check the Santos Dumont Airport at Rio de Janeiro and I am sure You all are gone agree that is simply fantastic RG777
34 AMSMAN : For me it's the views coming into DUB at night, just seeing the good ol' lights of home is a great feeling! Second to that: flying AMS FCO, we flew ov
35 DC-10 Levo : On our way back to the UK from Greece we flew over an amazing city - the view was fantastic. I haven't a clue where we were though! DC-10
36 Post contains links and images SwissBrazil : how about the most beautiful city in the world View Large View MediumPhoto © Fred Albrecht
37 Post contains images 5T6 : I guess we're all a little partial to our hometowns. ELP is particularly nice at night when approaching from the west and flying over the downtown are
38 Thrust : TransWrld is right about Chicago. Years ago I was enroute STL-MDW, at night, aboard a Southwest Airlines 737, where I would change planes and then fly
39 Post contains links and images N743AS : CAPE TOWN! Flying around the point is awesome. View Large View MediumPhoto © Vivian A Watts -743AS
40 Aloha73g : HNL is awesome, especially taking off to the east or landing to the west. Incredible closeups of Downtown, Ala Moana, Waikiki, Diamond Head and the Ko
41 Scf158 : SwissBrazil, I agree. That is an amazing picture of Rio from the air!
42 LHR340 : Flying into MAD always offers a great view! but I do agree flying in on the 27's at LHR across London is just as great! LHR340
43 Post contains images Jaspike : Some from over London.. Josh
44 Post contains images Jfklganyc : All I can say: LGA runway 4 approach!
45 PHL27RPhotog : Last May I flew IAD-LHR on a UA 763. It was the morning depature on a crystal clear day. We flew over BWI, MTN, ILG, PHL, TTN, EWR, ground zero-Manhat
46 Sammyhostie : Great pics Jaspike, thanks alot London is truly a wonderful and beautful city
47 American757 : Flying into ORD is amazing at night if you come in off the lake, and have a seat on the left. The city just looks awesome, plus all the lights from th
48 VC10BOAC : Landing in Sao Paulo - Skyscrapers from horizon to horizon.
49 Post contains links and images Corey07850 : I've flown into EWR at night dozens of times, and it certainly amazing... but I think this takes the cake: View Large View MediumPhoto © Tommy Mo
50 Horus : I'd have to go for LHR and CAI London/Heathrow If you're landing on 27R coming from the west, you do a spectacular turn around the Dockland areas, so
51 WorldAV8R : I have had a lot of beautiful arrivals and departures... Arriving into MXP after a long-transatlantic. The aircraft begins to descend at sunrise over
52 Post contains images DLKAPA : Up the east river to Rwy 4 LGA. DLKAPA
53 Gilesdavies : It has to be NYC, I was flying into LGA from PHL on a US Airways Express Dash 8 and as they are high winged the view was spectacular and completely un
54 Carlos1979 : For my money, the best approach has to be LHR. Simply amazing watching that great city unfold beneath the aircraft.
55 Arsenal@LHR : The westerly approach to LHR over central London is spectacular, that alone is worth the flight. There is no better way to see the Houses of Parliamen
56 Post contains links and images Steve6666 : Tem que ser a cidade maravilhosa.... View Large View MediumPhoto © Sam Chui
57 Asuflyer05 : My favorites are EWR and LGA too. I prefer EWR landing to the south and LGA landing towards the north. When landing in Phoenix towards the east you fl
58 Post contains links and images Aussie747 : My favourite is my home - beautiful Sydney. Unfortunately there are not that many photos that do it justice. Usually have to be in on a 16R arrival si
59 A330Fan1 : London LHR, New York JFK, Los Angeles LAX, Bombay (Mumbai) BOM, Mexico City MEX, and Paris CDG all have good scenes of the city upon approach. But my
60 Rockyracoon : Of all my flights, HNL departure has been my favorite. Gotta love Wikiki and Diamondhead. peace
61 S.p.a.s. : Has anyone mentioned Paris? One sight I will always remember... returning home back in 1994 after 1 1/2 year living in Austria with my family.. Depart
62 Cactus739 : Landing in Phoenix is definately the best view for me. Coming in from the north... being able to pick out various mountains, passing right over downto
63 Thomacf : Arriving into LAX from the East at night. The lights seem to start just West of Palm Springs area and go forever.
64 HPCMHPHX : All these cities seem great!! For me, it's any city you fly over, but especially big cities. Looking down at the vast amounts of homes and such is a h
65 Leneld : I think Newyork, Hongkong,San Fransisco, Seattle,and Portland, Oregon are the best viewing approaches that i've exprerience. I flew into Mexico City,
66 Hugojimenez : Definitely all are great. Specially Rio, Wash. D.C., London... even Miami!!!!!
67 Cjuniel : Hands down, Chicago. At night it is truly spectacular. Even pre 9/11, New York doesnt hold a candle to Chicago.
68 Azmd80 : The best city view I've ever seen are: 1. London City 2. LHR 3. SYD 4. GOA Genoa is my airport I land here hundreds of times but I'm always amazed by
69 JGPH1A : Some faves... CPT - flying over the peninsula, then turning round over Table Bay - awesome. SYD - Approaching from the North, with the Bridge and the
70 Post contains links and images LHcapt2007 : LONG LIVE THE PRINCESS... View Large View MediumPhoto © Joe Pries - A.T. TEAM for every reason plenty of city too! cheers LHcapt2007[Edited 2004-03-1
71 VCE : I continue to belive that approaching VCE you can see the most beautiful view. I like also NYC and NAP with the Vesuvio Volcano. That's great!
72 Post contains images Stefandotde : I agree with Aussie747 (=SYD) and our London supporters
73 Silver1SWA : From my experience, LAS is definitely my favorite, especially at night. I have been to LAS 4 times, and I have experienced three different approaches,
74 TFJamie : LHR is probably the best experience for me, both day and night, sadly I've never been to NYC! Another noteworthy experience is CAI. The city is huge,
75 Post contains images IB6400 : Hi! By far... Mexico City... Huge and incredible city... Landing or taking off you never realize the size of the city till you are up in the air. As s
76 Jhooper : I'm voting for DCA! The River Visual approach is definitely and experience, and if you have a left-window view, you'll be impressed! And I departed DC
77 Post contains images TR763 : The landing procedure to São Paulo CGH is pretty interesting as you have the impression that the plane will land on the top of the buildings!
78 Post contains links ScottishLaddie : The approach into EDI up the Firth of Forth can be scenic. http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.cgi?97457 The best photo I could find.
79 NORTHSEATIGER : My favourites are Toronto and Singapore and flying over Newcastle was good too !!
80 Corocks : One site that I will not forget was landing in Panama City. It was really cool coming in over the ocean and seeing all the ships trying to line up to
81 Post contains links and images AirGabon : Paris !! View Large View MediumPhoto © Andrew Hunt - AirTeamImages View Large View MediumPhoto © Alsatian Spotters
82 B741 : They say YWG for Canada, the city of lights. EWR was good landing south sitting on the left-hand side.
83 Spike : Wish I had a picture to0 prove it, but the current Baiyun airport in Guangzhou. Talk about city centre!
84 AirxLiban : For me, coming into Istanbul Ataturk from the north or the east is simply amazing. you see the crystal blue bosphorus sitting right there with the bos
85 Mrwayne : great post sammyhostie some great veiws and great memories. well done everyone i wont forget my camera next time i fly!
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